If there’s one thing to say for Grancrest at this stage it’s that it will prove to be one interesting fantasy. While we are still lacking in serious world building or firm descriptions of the main premise (beyond those faint wafts of seal unification and demon exorcism), the show continues to offer up some amusing characters while slowly revealing intriguing little details. It’s gradual development apparently focused on long-term payoff, but it remains to be seen just how good the final results will be.
This week of course saw Siluca and Theo expand
Siluca’s Theo’s territory by firmly defeating another Lord Lassic intent on adding them to his own collection. Nothing really impressive—it’s mostly a building up the power base by eliminating a monster of the week situation—but Grancrest again spices matters up in a couple of ways. For starters we have Siluca’s friend Aishela (Ueda Reina) who definitely in no way is an artist…unless we are talking about matters of physical performance. Say what you will about Theo, but show knows how to forge some hilarious female characters and uniquely dress them to boot. Valkyrie armor and a war hammer? Oh yes I’ll be having that. All of that. And that doesn’t even touch on her special fighting style or that obvious demonic tattoo power-up begging for an explanation. Theo may be bland and generic hero material, but I’ll be damned if these girls don’t make up for it big time.
To be fair to our green haired idealist, however, he’s not all that bad. There are hints Theo is not a complete pushover, and while his overall backstory is about as imaginative as a rock, he doesn’t take Siluca’s foxy “assistance” at face value. The kid right now is simply inexperienced, he follows Siluca’s lead because he does not know any better and she produces results. Good results. It’s likely in the future once Theo is strong enough and properly weathered that he will begin actually leading while Siluca falls back into a support role. While typical hero development, I quite like how Grancrest doesn’t simply hand Theo easy victories; his defeat of Lassic for example was entirely due to Siluca and friends, and he only overpowered Lassic’s mage after Siluca had completely worn the guy out—Theo’s poor sword skill isn’t repeatedly emphasized just because. Theo in one form or another will have to work for his goals, and if the show continues featuring and developing his fighting prowess as shown here, we are likely in for some fun once the later fights roll around. No matter how much I may long to see more Aishela beat foot soldiers senseless, seeing what Theo is actually capable of is starting to prove interesting.
While Grancrest is still not without its concerns, the good for me is still outweighing the bad, especially when it’s looking like the show might be a two cour affair. We may be lacking in story details right now, but if Grancrest is actually destined for a long run, there’s plenty of time yet to forge something amazing. No guarantee of course, but I’m willing to take the bet. After all boys and girls we have yet to get to the inevitable Siluca-Aishela-Cait Sith bath scene. Don’t deny—you know you want it.
As an idea of Grancrest’s detail, the fight between Lassic’s and Theo’s holdings is an excellent representation of early medieval warfare. During the feudalization of France and Germany from ~900-1100, landed nobles (especially in France) often fought one another with “armies” of only a few men. These battles were heavily dependent on individual talent, with mercenaries employed as a means of bolstering weak numbers. The objective as seen this episode was never to kill the opponent, but simply get them to submit and/or surrender the thing (title, land, woman) being fought over. As Lassic humorously indicates, it was not uncommon for enemy nobles to quickly become allies (or even friends) once their differences had been settled.
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