What do you get when you cross ecchi, harem anime, and a magical grimoire that will help a young perverted man learn the ways of magic and become the Demon Lord Candidate? Trinity Seven is what you get, and thanks to Section 23, you can score this complete series on blu-ray. Let’s dive in and see what this is all about.
The Movie (4.5/5)
I’ll preface this review by saying that while I enjoy anime, I don’t get a lot of time with it. This is due to the lack of time in the day, the limited knowledge of what is worth watching, and the fact that my wife is not a fan. However, Trinity Seven not only had me interested based on the prurient cover, but also the interesting sounding plot.
In a nutshell, this 12 episode series is about a young man named Arata who is looking for his lost cousin Hijiri. Lucky for him, he has a magical talking grimoire that helps him learn the ways of magic with the help of the Trinity Seven, the strongest gals in the magic academy. Even more lucky for Arata, these girls are all incredibly sexy and put up with his pervy attitude in a variety of hilarious ways. I mean, his magic blows off the clothes of any nearby magic wielding babes, what more can you ask for in anime?
Throughout his journey to save his cousin, Arata will learn different forms of magic from each of the Trinity Seven, and will encounter wraith like demons, dragons, and less friendly mages as well. Each episode is full of hilarious encounters and seriously funny banter between the characters, which leads up to a short but satisfying ending (which is a bit of a cliffhanger, but hopefully they continue on with another series).
What we have here is essentially a harem show where the one man befriends and interacts with a whole slew of sexy ladies who fawn over him — each in their own way. The show is loaded with ecchi and is way over the top. However, the writing is fantastic, the voice overs work perfectly, and the subject matter is treated in a way that is nothing short of great. To put it into perspective, while reviewing this series, I sat down with three friends who were also interested in the series. One is a lifetime anime and manga fan, one a slightly more casual fan of anime, but still leaning heavily in favor of the genre, myself, and my wife. By the end of the fifth episode, all four of us had shared several laughs, and even my wife was interested in watching more (even if she won’t admit to it).
Overall, this show is seriously funny and makes all the right moves. The only downside I can think of is that the show ends just too soon. Hopefully more is on the way.
Anime always looks great on blu-ray and this set is definitely no an exception. Anything animated will benefit from the high resolution and color display that the format brings. The art style in this show is gorgeous, and they put plenty of pretty things on the screen throughout (not just talking about the boobs here people, the magic is entertaining and there are some great looking locations as well).
As expected with blu-ray, Trinity Seven sounds great. From the catchy theme song, to the satisfying boom of magic being used, to the almost sexual oohs and aaahs that the girls in the show grunt and moan throughout the series, this set will make you either want to crank the speakers up or turn them down and keep your door closed. Either way, it sounds fantastic and is fun to listen to.
The show comes in Japanese Master Audio 2.0 or in English dubbed Master Audio 2.0. The voice over work is spot on and not annoying in the slightest, so if you aren’t a fan of subtitles, they have you covered.
The Features & Packaging 2.5/5
While this set comes in a perfectly suitable Eco-LITE Vortex blu-ray case, the sleeve only has art on one side. The discs, however, have attractive art on them, which definitely helps.
The real bummer of this set is the lack of special features. Apart from a few trailers, the only include special features are Clean Opening and Closing Animations.
The Verdict 4/5
This series has appealed to several types of anime watchers, from the lifetime fans down to those who won’t admit that they might like cartoons every now and again. This is for good reason, because the show is really well done, entertaining, funny, and worth your while. Pick it up!
Note: This Blu Ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.