• Genre : Fantasy, Adventure, action, political, crime drama
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures

No joking, no exaggeration, as the first seconds of the episode came onscreen, I honestly said out loud: What? Where? How???

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half blonde – good enough…

You know all those characters that sort of dropped out of the narrative to make room for new or more important players. Like the pink hair cleric lady that was seemingly being set up as a romantic rival for Siluca but flickered out of existence within an episode? Great news, they’re all back. Of course that does mean that we need to abandon all the characters we actually managed to get some development on, but it’s all good…we’ve left on a different continent, somehow.

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Last episodes saw the somewhat devastated remnants of Artuk’s supporters come together to form a new treaty just as the Union was bearing down on them to wipe them out. Although they managed to gain some momentum through a surprise first strike, Marrine’s troupes are still superior and she has proven to be an opponent not to be taken lightly. Of course this is the perfect time for a rising military leader, and negotiator, to take a random group of servants and hightail it to some island on a dingy. I’m not joking, it seems they rowed there? Why didn’t they take a real boat, or troops? It’s a secret.

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alright – let’s overthrow the local ruling party

Now, this would be a pretty questionable move in the middle of a politically inclined fantasy adventure series but thankfully, it’s a crime drama now? From the Italian names to having the power of the region controlled by ‘families’ rather than lords, to invoking Omerta and protection rackets. Even the settings and music were shifted to resemble an old school mafia movie. Imagine of someone had decided to take Record of Lodoss War (or whatever vaguely LoTR type anime you want) and decided to drop 91 days in the middle of it.

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You know, I just reread that, and on paper it sounds kind of cool. In fact I’m sure there’s a way to make a great show out of that premise but this isn’t the show. I mean Grancrest, pick a thing, really just any ONE thing and stick with it….

Even though we saw the return of characters that had been shelved and almost forgotten, (why bring twin teenage maids… I know they’re werewolves and good in battle but they ARE maids not soldiers and children…if you wanted them in combat why not do so earlier?) fret not, they still threw in a healthy dose of new ones to make absolutely sure no characters had time to gain any depth.

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I have the perfect people for a bloody battleground involving civilians…

Yup, we get another affirmation that Irvin is some type of super strong ‘shadow’, nope we don’t learn anything new. We did get a sliver of backstory for Theo but it only amounted to – tragic past (who would have thunk it?).

Is it just me, or do any of you guys remember Theo mentioning something about his homeland being destroyed by chaos in the early episodes? No, there is no way I’m  going back to check. In any case, I know for a fact that the chaos thing was a big deal for a while there – turns out it’s not much of a concern on Theo’s island after all.

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fine, maybe it’s my mistake

As another frantic battlefield scene took center stage, I found it difficult to muster any enthusiasm for wither side. Obviously the Rossinis are EVIL. Just plain old twirling mustaches and tying ladies to railroad tracks villains and the villagers (yes villagers) are good, but having seen all these people for the first time roughly one minute before the start of the battle, I can’t say I was particularly vested in either side winning.

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don’t know who this is? no worries, he’s dead.

Also how did Theo and Siluca figure out they were being betrayed? OK, Theo may have picked up on something since he at least knew these people but how did he communicate it to Siluca. Can they really use telepathy now? Cause with this show, it’s not an unrealistic option.

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and this is…oh I give up

Aside from that, they seemed to tease yet another potential love triangle between Siluca, Theo and Rebecca, a childhood friend(?) ex lover(?) sister(?) of Theo’s, but luckily we avoided all that mess by slaughtering her before the end of the episode. Good Job show!

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bye Felicia Rebecca

It would seem that MiLza ‘n friends have been tossed aside to make way for the Big Bad Rossinis but with this show, there’s just as much chance that some new chaos side effect will reanimate Villar and we’ll have to deal with braineating Artuk zombies in a walking dead type episode next week.

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next week, Theo struggles to get business to his new restaurant!

At this rate, I’m going to need another recap by episode 15. The way this narrative is going, every answer just raises 5 more questions. But really, if anything, please just answer this:

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What’s With The Hair?

Here’s a fun game, take these pics and make a story out of them!




10 thoughts

  1. I think those of us still watching have just accepted that this show is not good at this point in time. Mostly I just want to see if Theo’s crest can get super big by the end because I’m sure that matters for some reason. Siluca will explain it at some point.

  2. I can help a little with the recap.

    Theo brought everyone he has. He’s got neither terrority nor men and the Allience (or was it the “Union”? I can’t remember which is which) doesn’t trust him. He’s going home for personal reasons but also because Siluca think if they go alone and take the island with just the few of them, it’ll increase Theo’s influence. That’s why they rowed there: they have no sailors, and the Alliance won’t spare any.

    Chaos [i]is[/i] a big deal on the island; it’s just that we saw a single scene with a few spider thingies, because the focus is political, and the Rossinis are protecting inhabited areas (purposely letting Chaos run wild, so any possible resistance will have to deal with Chaos first). They also seem to be friendly with dark magic users such as the witch (and thus they have to bring the werewolf twins – metareason – so they can have their revenge for their killed mom).

    My guess is that Theo will defeat the Rossinis one by one, except for one of the sons, who will stay in charge, and either join the Allience, or – as I think – stay neutral, but be a better Lord. It’s possible that Theo takes over, too – but if the show’s got a chance to complicate matters it probably will.

  3. Yikes! I feel like every time you write about Grancrest I get more and more confused! It really needs to pick a genre and character and stick with it/them and get to the point!! Lol!

    1. It’s gaslighting me…By the end I will no longer have a concept of continuity. Life should get interesting then!

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