Record of Grancrest War Episode 22: So Now Theo’s The Enemy of the Church, Only Not Really?

I could have just left all the question marks in the title from episode 21 as this episode of Record of Grancrest War kind of fails to shed any kind of illumination over the confusion that is the plot.

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Much as we only found out the Mage Academy was the true enemy a handful of episodes ago, now the church emerges as a serious threat to Theo’s Emperor-ship. Only, other than a mention by Priscilla in an episode a fairly lengthy time ago, I don’t recall the church actually being a significant plot point. Like, ever. And we have never actually seen the Pope or any of these Priests or followers before so have no reason to care about them three episodes from the end of the season. Not to mention, Priscilla herself has been a non-entity other than a magical get-out-of-death-free card for a couple of the characters after battles. Now suddenly the fact that she’s actually the Holy Grail apparently matters to the greater plot, only I’m lost as to why I should care.

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The whole thing would of course be easier to swallow if the episode didn’t take her death so seriously. It really wants this to be a touching emotional moment full of drama and angst but really I’m just wondering where Alexis and Marrine are during most of this episode. They were kind of big deals like three seconds ago and now they’ve literally disappeared off the map as Lassic, Theo and the crew kind of go through the motions of running an army that isn’t actually fighting anyone just at the moment because now Theo’s having emotional problems with the prospect of people dying in war (I know, the irony when we go back and do a body count after each encounter so far in this story).

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Well, now Theo has pretty much all the crests, the Holy Grail, the armies, the church followers, and more or less everyone except the mages on his side (and even then he has some mages on his side). I can’t help but think that this final battle is going to be absurd because I’m thinking quite literally the only way to create a threat at this point is to more or less open the gates of hell and that would just be silly (let’s wait and see if that’s their option).

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8 thoughts on “Record of Grancrest War Episode 22: So Now Theo’s The Enemy of the Church, Only Not Really?

  1. I didn’t take too much issue with the Papal State becoming an episodic antagonist since they’d brought up a couple times after Priscilla’s introduction. I assumed they’d fight since she mentioned that the Pope has been calling himself the true guardian of the Holy Grail or whatever. I thought the death scene stuff was fine (but probably because I did like her as a character).

    The one thing that really kind of eats at me right now, though, is that the Pope isn’t dead. I might be mis-remembering here, but didn’t Aishela inform us that those who work as part of Pandora are all magically branded, and will be killed if they fail their objectives? How is it that this guy is still alive right now? Aishela nearly died within minutes of her failed assassination attempt.

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