- Genre : Fantasy, Adventure, action, political
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
While I was walking Buddy yesterday, I slipped and hit my head pretty badly. It’s possible that my understanding of this weeks episode may have been somewhat affected by this. But that doesn’t mean I can’t win the Winter Games. People love an underdog story!
Well once again, A Record of Grancrest War managed to throw out my prediction from last week in the opening scene. Not only did Theo and the gang not get lost on their way to Villar’s castle, they seemingly instantly teleported their with their assorted hangers on. I’m still not entirely clear on what Hikaru no Go hair guy’s role is in all this but apparently he’s an assassin butler. As in a butler and also an assassin not a butler who exclusively works for assassins. In any case, he’s still there so prediction no2 has a shot.
So far, I’ve repeatedly faulted this show for not properly developing its characters and trying to strong arm shallow but grand sounding political schemes without bothering to establish the setting making everything either hard to follow or simply unimportant. Naturally the production team took note and decided to slow down and spend an episode carefully detailing Theo’s backstory, finally creating a full fledged personality we can cheer on and sympathize with. I’m just kidding!
The first part of the episode introduced us to an entire new cast of characters which we know little to nothing about but apparently have to care for and more half baked intrigue. I will say that Villar at the very least does have some potential. He seemed a little more nuanced than everyone else and I have some hope that the character will be further established in the future. For the most part though, all these new people simply came and went with very little impact and I’m having a lot of trouble remembering any of them.
Siluca quickly met what seemed to be a mean girls assortment of castle mages but nothing came of it and then she was rushed along with Theo to sit in on a dinner being thrown for some guest of the count’s and thinly veiled rival. Why did they have to be there? I don’t know. Seemed odd. The guy made a bunch of harsh statements that stopped just short of threats for some reason. I understand that this character will probably return in future episode bu the dinner scene seemed fairly useless. They could have simply introduced him without the prattling on.
Then suddenly, the episode veered back to the characters we saw in the opening tag and turned into a Vampire vs Werewolves show out of nowhere. Why? I don’t know….At this point it went back to being essentially animated hack and slash but this was one of the most boring fight scenes we’ve seen from this show. A character died in a super timely way. Honestly both the dialogue and plot of the second half were super hackneyed. At this point I really don’t know what to make of this show.
As far as bad guys go, I guess supernatural immortal vampires can be a good choice but they were so obvious they might as well have been twirling their mustaches the whole time. We did get to see Theo use his crest again which was nice because I thought the writers may have forgotten about those.
The entire payoff of this weird side quest was that we now have twin loli maids to add to our cast. Let me tell you it was most definitely not worth it. We’ve really only seen them for a few minutes but they are already getting on my nerves. So this is going well…
Plot: Siluca will take lessons with the castle mages.
Character: Lassic will make an appearance (did I just doom the poor guy to an offscreen death…)
At this point, I wouldn’t put anything past this show. I’m thinking our predictions don’t work out because the plot doesn’t follow and standard rules that would make it a good plot… Maybe I’m being too harsh, you should probably see what Astral, Leap and TPAB have to say about it.