Record of Grancrest War Episode 20: Grancrest, The Soap Opera

The three factions meet with a bang and then for some reason have a sit down and chat and decide something that could have been decided about 15 episodes ago. Oh well. I guess now we’ll face the ‘true’ enemy.

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There’s something utterly ridiculous about how seriously the characters in this anime take their own plot. Given how illogical it is, they spend a good three minutes having Marrine give excuse after excuse as to why she can’t just marry Alexis and actually be happy. Seriously. He loves you. He makes pretty roses for you out of non-plant materials. Just marry the guy already. If your goal was to keep him out of the war that has already failed spectacularly.

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The upshot of all of this is that they are going to turn their crests over to Theo leaving everything on his shoulders. Because nothing says saviour of the world like nobody from the sticks who has a cute mage companion by his side. I’m feeling this is the final death flag for either Theo or Siluca (or both) and we’ve past the point of no return. Particularly with Siluca stating that afterward they can turn the crests back over to Alexis and settle down together. It just gives us a clear feeling that there isn’t going to be an after for these two. But everyone else is probably going to get a happily ever after, unless the Mages’ bloodbath gets too extreme.

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Anyway, no real change in terms of quality. The usual hilarious moments of animation failure occur during the battle and the characters are all following some core honour code that hasn’t been adequately explained to make their actions logical. Meanwhile, we can cut down any of the no-name extras without batting an eye and that’s apparently fine.

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10 thoughts on “Record of Grancrest War Episode 20: Grancrest, The Soap Opera

  1. There is a terrible plot armour going for lord Theo. The war goes badly for him, he knew it would go badly for him. Yet at the 11th hour, in comes pretty boy Alexis. And as you rightly said, they then have a sit down talk. Which could have been dealt with 15 odd epi ago. I got the feeling that the “true” enemy was just thrown for the sake of it. At no point through out the entire series, has their been any subtle hints the mage academy were the ones pulling the strings.

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  2. “There’s something utterly ridiculous about how seriously the characters in this anime take their own plot…Just marry the guy already. If your goal was to keep him out of the war that has already failed spectacularly.”

    I feel like this in an overtly logical approach. Too logical, actually. I don’t think they’re trying to make this point necessarily, but I think a lot of human decision-making is rooted more heavily in emotion than reason. And as far as none of the actual troops caring one way or the way or other, I don’t think that’s really any different from Feudelistic Europe, which is pretty obviously what they’re using as a basis here. That’s what is supposed to make Theo so different; people actually want to serve him.

    “Because nothing says saviour of the world like nobody from the sticks who has a cute mage companion by his side.”

    Yeahhhhh but he’s pretty much the only reason Marrine and Alexis are together now, so I guess I he gets bonus points.

    “The usual hilarious moments of animation failure occur during the battle….Meanwhile, we can cut down any of the no-name extras without batting an eye and that’s apparently fine.”

    I’ll second these statements.

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    1. I’d agree that a lot of human decision making is emotion driven, and yet Marrine’s choice doesn’t even follow that because she’s directly defying her own emotions making herself and literally everyone else miserable through her choices.

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