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Japanese Title: Grancrest Senki
The continent is a place where chaos dominates everything. People are fearing the chaos and the destruction it brings, but there are lords who can calm the chaos with a holy seal they have, and so they protect the people and live with them. But soon the lords start to fight each other over the seals, wanting to gather power instead of protecting people. And in the midst of that is the magician Silka, who hates the lords for forgetting their duty in the world, and Theo, who went away from his town to search for a way to free it from its political pressure. When they meet, Silka tricks Theo into a master-servant contract after hearing his ideas for this world. And so they try to bring change to the continent, buried in war.
I don’t usually go for high fantasy anime, but the premise of Record of Grancrest War intrigued me. To be honest, I don’t really have any strong feelings regarding the main plot, but I am interested in the fact that the brains behind the operation is a young woman who is just fed up of the current situation. The main male hero, Theo, is a pretty typical protagonist (although his purity is quite admirable), but he and the logical Siluca may make a good team. The first episode goes at a pretty fast pace, which is fine by me as I probably would have nodded off if the whole first episode only went so far as Siluca and Theo meeting for the first time. The animation was not especially noteworthy, but the attack during the wedding was really well-done and I had a really uncomfortable feeling throughout. Whether or not I continue with the series will depend entirely on whether or not the story continues to grip me and if it can work against the tropes of stories like this.
As some of you might know, I’m a sucker for stories involving nobility and magic, so Grancrest Senki caught my interest. However, after watching the first episode… I don’t know. It was bland, the fight scenes could’ve been more dynamic, and I felt like they forced the plot to move on according to how they wanted it. Like, the Bride and Groom of the opposing kingdoms looked so lovey-dovey before they got married, but after their fathers died, the Bride just suddenly hated her fiancé? It wasn’t even his fault. Sure, they couldn’t have carried on with the wedding after that catastrophe, but they could’ve still joined forces to stop the demons. And that’s just one example. Welp. All for the sake of the plot.
It has such a huge potential, though. Theo gained his own land, so chances are he’ll make lots of new allies along the way, and I also… I just love those kinds of stories. So, I’ll keep on watching this and hope it gets better. I hope Theo gets a backbone, though.