Off the “Record”

May 5th, 2022 in Anime, General Reviews by

This ended up being a more interesting show than I was willing to give it credit for. I have reched (reached! Reached! Or maybe I have reched a tad) a saturation point; both are equally plausible. It comes to shows like this and the mediæval approach to things. Is there some reason this cannot take place in the American Old West, or France in the 1920s or Russia when Napoleon was a foot? I mean afoot! Or maybe he is only a foot tall (well, they measured things differently.) Anyway, here we are at “Grancrest Senki” (also known as Record of Grancrest War” or “Gurankuresuto Senki”).

Long ago, in the past, when two nations tried to come together, they decided to arrange the wedding of their heirs to unite and complete the creation of the Great Seal. This is a symbol of order for the eternal peace. However, right at the ceremony, both dukes were eliminated, and wars were unleashed on their territories with new forces. Welcome to chaos.

Into this seething cauldron of hopelessness and despair comes Siluca Meletes (right), a 17-year-old mage from the Magical Academy, who has large amounts of talent, and wishes to stop the feuding of lords. She meets Theo Cornaro (left), who possesses a crest he received through defeating a monster. He has an idea to bring peace to the land, so the two of them team up to help reach this goal. So goes the series.

Although it started out as a light novel, the show feels more like a video game, in that you have to reach certain goals and defeat certain people to get a special prize that allows you to level up and proceed onto the next boss to defeat, so you can reach certain goals and…..

There is basically nothing wrong with these kinds of shows, except that you can see the gears and levers working and a lot of the uncertainty is stripped away. He’s a real nice guy, people will support him, they have faith in his dreams and goals, he’s not going to turn on them and throw them under a bus or a carriage or the drawbridge, etc., etc., etc.

If you are looking for an in-between series, this one will work for you. It’s lightweight and kind of disposable. That means binging is in the cards. You can see how he overcomes the issues placed before him and that he is loved at the end of the day. And to all a good night.

On a scale of 1 to 10:

Artwork           8 (Backgrounds are marvelous)
Plot                  7 (Too mechanical)
Pacing              7 (Moves along consistently)
Effectiveness   7 (Too many obvious set-ups)
Conclusion       7 (It reaches a ‘coupler point’, but hasn’t ended)
Fan Service      2 (A similar show would be “Okamisan”)

Overall            7 (Could have been more, but wasn’t less)

And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. I can do something.

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