Record of Grancrest War (Episode 12) – A Treaty Formed
Now that Milza controls Alturk, he is determined to destroy all who would stand in his way, however, Villar’s lords are not willing to go down easily and form a treaty to unite them.
Milza attacks and slays all who oppose him, but every man’s dying breath echoes Villar’s name. It would appear that no one likes Milza and he doesn’t like that. Villar’s lords get together and form an alliance, however, there is some disagreement about who should lead them. The consensus is that David Lasic leads, but he believes it should be Theo. It is left between the two, where David will lead until Theo can do something to impress upon them all his claim.
David Lasic meets Milza on the battlefield and while both manage to wound the other, neither is hurt too badly. It is enough to force Milza to retreat and reconsider his plan.
Meanwhile, Marrine has closed in on a castle that Theo is protecting. She’s curious about him and even though she has an overwhelmingly superior army, she wants to meet with him. Theo agrees and uses it as a chance to try to convince her to get back together with Alexis. Marrine reveals that she believes that those that don’t want the chaos to end will emerge to stop any such union, and as such she must unite the Grancrest by force.
Theo kisses Siluca in front of Marrine to make a point and hopes for a miracle. It comes in the form of another Union lord attacking Nord and leaving the Alliance exposed. Marrine retreats to reinforce her homeland. It’s the perfect opportunity for Theo to return to his home and free his people.
What did you think?
Ironically, it feels like we’re actually getting down to the bones of the story. It’s almost like everything before here has been building towards this point, although it has done this in a long and roundabout kind of way. There have been a lot of enjoyable moments, and some frustrating ones, but it really shouldn’t take twelve episodes to get to the point where things feel like this.
Hopefully, now, we’ll get to see Theo return home and win the people’s trust to stage a revolution and win without invading. It’s what Theo does best and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for since the first couple of episodes. I do still feel like the chaos element of this has been completely forgotten and as such doesn’t feel very chaotic at all…
What have you learnt?
I was pleased to see my assumptions about Marrine’s plans come true. Unlike, almost every message board about this series I’ve seen, I quite like Marrine and while she’s made some crazy decisions, I can kind of see why. One of my favourite things with villains, and to some extent Marrine is a villain, although not like Milza is, is when you can understand their point of view. You might not agree with the execution of the plan, but it does on some level make sense.
Marrine has decided to save the man she loves, and to do that, she will conquer the world. If that’s not love, I don’t know what love is anymore.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Contract
- Episode 2 – Ambition
- Episode 3 – Battle Flag
- Episode 4 – Decision
- Episode 5 – Forest of Eternal Darkness
- Episode 6 – March
- Episode 7 – The White Prince
- Episode 8 – The Congress Dances
- Episode 9 – The Black Princess
- Episode 10 – Blade of Betrayal
- Episode 11 – The Fall of Castle Unicorn
- Episode 12 – A Treaty Formed
- Episode 13 – To the Homeland
- Episode 14 – The Liberator of Sistina
- Episode 15 – Return
- Episode 16 – Outpost
- Episode 17 – Two Heroes
- Episode 18 – Leader
- Episode 19 – The Awakening of a Noble
- Episode 20 – Pitched Battle of the Three Forces
- Episode 21 – Purge
- Episode 22 – The Holy Grail
- Episode 23 – Castle Walls
- Episode 24 – Grancrest
Marrine was a great character. To me, she came across as tragic.
My only real complaint about the series is that it’s an inch deep and 20 miles wide. But maybe they didn’t think they’d get funding for a couple hundred of episodes!
Yeah, I find her fascinating.
For sure, this is no doubt a massive sprawling epic in its light novel format and sadly they couldn’t get all that into the anime without hurrying through lots of elements.