Manga: Trinity Seven

"Time to wake up, Arata Kasuga... or else I will have to kill you."
—Lilith Azami

Arata Kasuga always thought himselyf as but another Ordinary High-School Student, everyday routine and all, together with his cousin and childhood friend Hijiri. One day, he suddenly wakes up to find a mysterious black sun burning in the sky. No one seems to find it odd... and soon it becomes apparent to him that something is wrong.

It turns out that this world was an illusory recreation of Astil Manuscript, a grimoire the real Hijiri left behind when the Black Sun appeared and triggered the "Breakdown Phenomenon" which destroyed his hometown only three days before. He was eventually confronted by Lilith Azami, a crimson-haired girl he (and the fake Hijiri) met earlier, who forces him to choose either dispelling the illusion, surrendering the grimoire, and having all his memories of his past life erased... or be executed on the spot for creating the illusion in the first place. However, when the fake Hijiri confesses that the real one is still alive, Arata decides to Take a Third Option: keep the grimoire, become a magician, save Hijiri and stay alive through it all.

To this end he joins Royal Biblia Academy, a Wizarding School where Lilith works as a teacher (despite the fact that she is just Arata's age), where the headmaster is a Chivalrous Pervert, and where he meets "Trinity Seven": a school body composed of seven of its most powerful mages, of which Lilith is one. Thus Arata begins his quest to control the grimoire Hijiri bequeathed to him in order to save not only her but his entire hometown, unaware of what lies ahead.

Trinity Seven: Shichi-nin no Mahou-Tsukai is an ongoing 2010 manga series written by Kenji Saitou and illustrated by Akinari Nao (Psycho Busters). A drama CD was released in September 2011, and was also given an anime adaptation for the Fall 2014 block.


This series features examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: Arata and the others are sent out quite often to investigate mysterious magical things going on. Sometimes within the school itself, and sometimes in areas outside of it.
  • Accidental Pervert: Arata, on occasion. He's remarkably nonchalant about it.
  • Action Girl: Levi and Akio above all others, though Lilith is plenty capable with her magic guns.
  • Amusing Injuries: Arata often has a red handprint on his face after getting slapped by Lilith.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The Headmaster essentially talks about this at the end of the OVA, as there are still enemies out there, and Arata still has to find Hijiri.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Sora and Ilya, the anthropomorphic personifications of the Astil Manuscript and the Ilias Fragment.
  • Anti-Magic: Arata's power.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Mira does one to Arata in episode 11, stating that she wants nothing to do with him while in his demon lord form. This causes him to revert briefly, allowing Sora to seal the demon lord inside him away.
  • Balanced Harem: Mostly. Lilth is Arata's favorite, but he shows a fair share of attention to all the girls, and the manga seems to be aiming for a Harem Ending (which is apparently how Trinity Seven is supposed to work).
  • Bare Your Midriff: Akio tends to only have the top few buttons of her shirt done up, leaving her belly exposed.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 3 spends some time at the beach while the school is undergoing repairs due to Arata's breakdown from the previous episode.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Arata wakes up next to Yui and Arin sleeping beside him in episode 5.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Arata carries around a picture of himself and Hijiri that she drew as a child. He's immediately accused of having a sister complex because of it.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Levi does this in episode 11 while fighting Lugh. She coughs up quite a bit too, which starts to cause Yui to worry.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Akio likes to solve her problems by kicking them.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: The OVA has Arata borrowing Arin's catchphrase, "This is difficult," when they're being scolded by Lilith and Arin hasn't thought of a way out other than enduring it.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: It's lampshaded from chapter to chapter.
  • Buxom Is Better: Arata seems to think so. Though smaller ones have their own charm too.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Arata's grimoire warns him in episode 4 that if he uses his magic too much, he could end up turning into one of those demons they just fought. More so for him because of his demon lord candidacy, but he takes his chances with it to take out the phantom dragon in Yui's room.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: It's mentioned early on that the seventh of the Trinity Seven went missing a year or two ago. That's Liese.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A drawing by Hijiri during her childhood clued in Arata to The Masquerade — the sun is red, not black as most people in his "reconstructed" hometown think.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Arata's Nudifier anti-magic attack turns out to be essential to his power copying, as using his power to deconstruct another's magic is the required last step of learning to access that mage's Archive and Thema. Yep, his power mandates indulging his perversion.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Arata will gladly comment about how hot Yui is despite her childlike appearance, but he wouldn't kiss her. Yet.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Some members of the Trinity Seven start to get jealous when a girl gets closer to Arata.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Arata accidentally does this to Lugh in episode 11 after they arrive back at the school.
  • Credits Running Sequence: Arata does this in the second ending sequence.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Headmaster.
  • Date Peepers: Several of the girls do this in episode 12 when Arata is hanging out with Lilith in town.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arin.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Lilith and to some extent Mira have warmed up to Arata...but they still smack him on occasion for anything perverted he does.
  • Delayed Reaction: Played for Laughs in the first episode with Arin when Arata spots her in the men's bath. He's actually weirded out by her non-reaction to seeing him naked, then finds Lilith who does an appropriate yell. When they see Arin again, it takes her a moment to realize she's supposed to scream, but she does it in an emotionless tone that doesn't fool anyone.
  • Delaying Action:
    • Levi takes on Liselotte in episode 6 to give Mira time to use her scan ability and select the appropriate counter to use on her.
    • Levi does this again in episode 11 to buy time for Arata and the others to make it back to the school.
  • Dirty Old Man: The Headmaster is also quite peverted like Arata.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Levi gropes Lilith a little too much in episode 3, she responds by firing her BFG inside the beach house.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Liese's behavior upon stealing a lot of magical power all at once is blatantly similar to having an orgasm.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Arata and the Headmaster are often on the receiving end of slaps and/or punches from Lilith after they get a bit too perverted.
  • Dual Age Modes: Yui's dream-self is an older version of her.
  • Emotionless Girl: Arin, for the most part
  • Equivalent Exchange: Alchemy is based on it, so overuse can lead to losing one's soul.
  • Evil Is Easy: It's why Liese became an Evil Magus.
  • Excuse Plot: The OVA, in which Arata is told he's in danger of being expelled for not understanding more about Thema research. He is then told to talk to the girls in the series, learn about their Thema, and turn in a report on it in the morning the next day. Basically he spends "quality" time with each girl, several of whom are more than eager to get into his pants, were it not for a meddling Lilith ruining every attempt.
  • Fountain of Youth: Akio during their return to her hometown, as a result of overusing her magic.
  • Full-Contact Magic: Akio.
  • Hair Decorations: Ribbons and heart-shaped clips in Yui's hair. Sora and Ilya both have ribbons.
  • Handsome Lech: Arata and the Headmaster.
  • Harem Seeker: Arata, sort of.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: The Headmaster does this repeatedly. He's shown to be quite dangerous if he has to actually use his powers, but he deliberately holds back so as to let Arata and the others take care of the situation and grow from the experience.
  • Henshin Hero: Use of magic requires entering Magus Mode, which involves opening one's Grimoire, an Instant Costume Change into a (cooler or sexier) outfit, and conjuring any required tools. (Lilith, for example, goes from her more conservative preferred clothes to A-grade Zettai Ryouiki, a tight white sleeveless blouse and short tie, and full-length Opera Gloves, plus BFG.) Leaving Magus Mode returns one's clothing to normal — unless one has been forcibly returned to normal by Arata's Anti-Magic, of course.
  • Hot Teacher: Lilith.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The OVA, in which several of the girls are scantily-clad, or naked in Yui's case, and Arata has an Imagine Spot of doing perverted things with them.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Levi does this a few times against Liselotte in episode 6. Several of her attacks manage to nearly land against the latter, and when she attempts to teleport, Levi's Super Speed is able to keep up with wherever she goes.
  • Ice Queen: How Levi describes Lilith before Arata came in, and Mira, who shows this a lot during the early chapters of the manga.
  • Idiot Ball: After seeing Liese steal Serina's magical power, Arata all but allows her to do the same to him in the exact same manner.
    • She cheated by mentioning Hijiri, which at that point still made Aratas brains fall out of his ears.
  • I Let You Win: The Headmaster against Liese, knowing her quest for power will only lead her to ruin.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Levi suffers this in episode 11 from one of Lugh's attacks.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Justified by way of Mother Nature, Father Science. Characters explain magic as a very emotional practice but men tend to the more theoretical side of things. So, there are more female mages than male. The only male mages seen so far are Arata and the Headmaster, as well as a few nameless (and outnumbered) background characters.
    • Also, Magic Kings are apparently universally male, though candidates can be either sex.
  • In the Name of the Moon: The Trinity and Arata's transformations begin with this: "Connecting to the [insert name] Archive, executing my thema".
  • Just Friends: Even with the romantic implications, Arata would prefer he and Lilith's relationship stay this way.
  • Kick Chick: Akio's primary means of magic delivery is via devastating kick.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The headmaster's words to Arata about Trinity Seven: "Meet them, fight them, and violate them".
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Akio interprets Levi's actions in the labyrinth in episode 4 as a challenge, and goads the latter into a fight. When Mira protests that they don't have time, Akio says Levi and the others will get in their way sooner or later, so it was best to take care of her right away. Levi tells the others to go on and find Yui while she holds off Mira and Akio. Subverted moments later, when all three girls show up, calling a truce to deal with the much bigger threat of a phantom dragon inside Yui's room.
  • Moment Killer: Lilith does this repeatedly any time she suspects Arata is doing naughty things with the girls privately.
  • Little Miss Badass: Levi.
  • Names to Know in Anime: The Drama CDs, at least:
  • Loophole Abuse: In episode 2, Arata, Lilith, Serina, and Levi are stuck in his room due to a magical barrier. His grimoire gives him vague clues as to what to do, such as doing irrational things. So they instead lie about having found out the secret hiding spot of the seal. After his grimoire mentions where the magical seal was at, they then find it and destroy it to escape.
  • Nice Hat: Lilith always has a little beret-like hat, in or out of Magus Mode.
  • Ninja: Levi. Her Catch Phrase is :"Because I'm a ninja", even if it has nothing to do with the situation.
  • Nose Bleed: Arata suffers one in the OVA after hearing several of the girls molesting Lilith while they were bathing.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Lilith goes into Arata's room to wake him up in episode 5. She immediately spots him with Yui and Arin sleeping in his bed, and assumed they must have been doing naughty things. Rather than clear up the misunderstanding, Arata instead invites her into the bed as well. She declines.
  • The Nudifier: Arata's first spell. Justified as part of his Anti-Magic arsenal, since "Magus Mode" creates magical clothing for the user.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Liselotte has this look from time to time in episode 6 when it seems Mira and Levi have the upper hand. The others also have this look when Liselotte seems to be have the advantage.
      • And then there's her fight with the headmaster at the end of the epiosde, who is so much more powerful that he dispels all of her attacks with ease, and even gives her pointers on how to be stronger.
  • Out of Focus: Initially billed as a main character alongside Arata, Lilith rapidly fades from the spotlight. Lampshaded at the start of a later chapter.
    • Subverted later on as the story brings her out to forefront once again. Arata even take her out on a date and later meets her father who turns out to be a Magic King from another world.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Serina is a magus, but she's an ordinary one, unlike the rest of the cast.
  • Personality Powers: Played with. Magic operates irrationally and without "common sense", so a regular mage can only use it by working with a thema that is absent from his/her normal personality makeup, subverting it for regular mages. Evil Mages, meanwhile, seem to give in to the nature of their thema and archive for power, playing the trope straight.
  • Potty Emergency: Exaggerated into fourth-wall breakage in chapter 3/episode 2. Arata, Lilith, Levi, and Serina are trapped in a barrier around his dorm room, and one of them observes they'll have to get out eventually just because there's no bathroom there. Cue Lilith suddenly having to go, then Levi, then Levi faux-hypnotizing Serina into needing to go, all while they crack jokes about the direction the manga is taking so early, or Serina blaming Levi for wanting them all to become "piss heroines."
  • Power at a Price: Liese's ultimate spell allows her to freeze time, but it risks trapping her for good. Arata promises Serina to bring her sister back. He keeps his promise
    • It's implied every Last Crest involves the user taking massive risks for similarly massive power. More than a few mages choose to broaden their power base by exploring other Themas rather than seek out something so dangerous, even if they could potentially achieve the power to become one of the Trinity Seven.
  • Power Incontinence: The Breakdown Phenomenon can be invoked willingly, but more commonly seems to be caused by very poorly controlled phenomenal magic power. Arata can cause it (or make an existing situation worse) if he loses control of his powers, and a similar thing happened with Yui. The Grimoire Security organization that Mira and Akio work for is dedicated to shutting down occurrences of the Phenomenon by any means necessary.
  • Power Parasite: Liese.
  • Power Perversion Potential: When Arata discusses learning how to focus his Anti-Magic attack to hit single targets, the others (not unreasonably) assume it's because he wants to be able to disrobe them more effectively.
  • Pull the Thread: In the first episode, Arata notes a drawing Hijiri did when they were younger, and noticing the yellow sun on it. After Lilith shows up, he asks Hijiri again what color the sun is. She says it's black. He points out the color discrepancy with the drawing from earlier. "Hijiri" then turns out to be a grimoire his cousin left in his care right before disappearing, and the world they were living in was a fake one, and Arata begins his quest to save his cousin.
  • Razor Floss: Levi attempts to use this in episode 11 against Lugh. However, it only stops her temporarily, as Lugh simply cuts the wires after realizing she was in Levi's trap.
  • Reality Warper: The potential heights of Arata's power, given the reconstruction of his hometown at his wish in the first chapter.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Arata lives by this. Every time he's found in a compromising situation, he pushes it further so he can get away with nearly anything being "just a joke." Magic works better for him as a result of thinking like this, too.
  • Refusal of the Call: When first offered power during the Breakdown Phenomenon, Arata wished for nothing more than his normal life and cousin back.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Possibly Arin.
  • Replacement Goldfish/Lotus-Eater Machine: The entire town in the first chapter.
  • The Reveal: Hijiri shows up again in episode 10, after having been missing for much of the earlier episodes. Unfortunately she's working with the bad guys at the moment, and laments having to fight Arata after he chose to fight against their goals.
  • Rule of Three: Threes are important in magic - "Trinity" keeps popping up for a reason. Mages can learn more than one Thema within their Archive, and those who have learned at least three are able to access some kind of "trinity" mode or power. It's also the prerequisite to controlling some of the most powerful magic weapons, and seems to be inherent in mastering one's own Magic King potential. Oddly, the Trinity Seven are themselves not quite bound by the same rule to get that title; instead they have to master the Last Crest ultimate magic of their Archive.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Demon Spear Gungnir being Scathach's spear? Granted both mythology have rune magic.
  • Samus is a Girl: Arata's grimoire reveals itself to have a feminine avatar and goes by the name "Sora".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: There's a being inside Arata, the real Magic King Candidate, "Astral Trinity". Sora and Ilya were pretty shaken up when he appeared.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The archives from which magi can derive a thema are based on them. However, his/her thema is actually the opposite of his/her actual personality.
  • She's Got Legs: Akio
  • Shout-out: Warp portal in episode 8 is a Stargate.
  • Skinship Grope: Yui, Arin, and Levi do this to Lilith in the OVA.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Lilith can summon rifles that are as long as she is tall.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Lilith wears glasses when teaching, and a half-pair (arm, one lens, and nose bridge) appears as part of her Magus Mode - they help her target her BFG.
    • Serina wears glasses, too, though usually perched on her forehead. Later on they help distinguish her from Liese on a first glance.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Levi. Again, Lampshaded.
  • Take a Third Option: Arata will often do these given the choice:
    • When they first meet, Lilith offers to erase his memories and let him live, or be killed due to his grimoire. He decides he wants to retain his memories so he can rescue Hijiri, and refuses to die, so he instead enrolls in the magic academy. Much to her surprise, the headmaster allows him to join.
    • When Yui unintentionally begins a breakdown phenomenon in episode 4, Mira and Akio head out to investigate, and likely kill her. Arata and the others instead beat them to Yui, and in the end he ends up saving her after he starts to learn how to use his grimoire for offensive magic.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Occurs often during the serious battle scenes,with the opponents analysing each others' spells and actions, in addition to some banter about Arata's perversions.
  • There Was a Door: In episode 4, Arata and the others head into the academy's underground labyrinth to investigate the breakdown phenomenon. Despite having to fight some demons, they manage to get down there faster than Mira and Akio, who simply broke through several floors, then kicked down the walls to where Arata and the other girls were at.
  • Title Drop: The Trinity Seven are a set of seven powerful magi who have learned the Dangerous Forbidden Technique at the heart of each of their magic Archives, one for each type. All the current group are students at Royal Biblia Academy. They are ostensibly the most powerful mages in the world after an awakened Magic King, though so far the current Seven have been hit by The Worf Effect a few times, especially against the evil mages of Ish Kerioth.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Yui is an unusual example, being a large breasted little girl.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Arata does this a lot...usually to every new girl introduced.
  • Training from Hell: Arata is forced to fight Akio in episode 6 to help him get up to speed quickly on using his magic powers after they barely manage to escape Liselotte.
  • Transformation Sequence: Usually happens when a fight is about to break out.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Happens to Arata in episode 10 after Ilya continues to goad him with attempting to kill Mira and Sora. His demon lord power awakens, and he wrests control of the dimension they were in from Ilya with ease, unintentionally saving Mira and Sora in the process.
  • Tsundere: Mira
  • Unwanted Harem: Arata never wanted one, but he wouldn't mind having one. The harem ending is the bad future according to Hijiri - turns out they destroyed the world.
  • Vicious Cycle: How this applies: Magic King candidate meets Trinity 7, they destroy the world, world is reborn, and cycle repeats yet again.
  • We Can Rule Together: Hijiri offers this to Arata, and later Liese. Both of them decline the offer, stating they'd rather spend time in this world with their friends than destroy it like she wants to.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Mira does this to Arata in episode 11, slapping him and saying she has nothing to give to him in his demon lord form. This buys Sora time to seal the demon lord away so they can get the old Arata back.