Record of Grancrest War (Episode 17) – Two Heroes
Milza grows tired of waiting for backup that will likely never come. Even worse, he hopes not to put Marrine in danger. So, there’s just one thing to do. He rides out with his army to fight Theo Cornaro!
Milza leads the charge, racing out of the Castle Unicorn. He orders his men to ignore the fort and to push forward. Any time they waste will result in fewer men reaching their final destination. He’s not wrong as many fall at the fort. The rush on and encounter army after army, never staying long enough to truly fight, but merely to fight in passing. Ahead, he sees David Lasic’s army, but they suddenly veer away. He’s heading for Theo.
After some time riding and numerous obstacles, Milza finds Theo’s stronghold and charges in. He’s met by Siluca who unleashes a lightning bolt towards him. Next, Aishela leaps headfirst into the battle, but Milza blocks her and then deflects the twins, Emma and Luna. Out of nowhere, Irvin appears on his horse, but he manages to shake him and head towards Siluca.
Siluca unleashes a firebolt, but it’s not enough. Milza closes in and strikes. However, his blade does not reach Siluca as Theo is there to deflect it. Milza challenges Theo to a duel, which he accepts. Siluca is worried. How can Theo defeat Milza? He seems oddly calm and composed.
Milza and Theo clash, steel against steel. Theo is on the defensive, parrying attack after attack. Suddenly, Milza thinks he has him, but Theo’s shield holds up. It turns out he was given it for capturing the Black Witch and it’s near enough indestructible.
Milza isn’t concerned, he will still win. However, Theo seems to be doing fine. It’s Milza who is running out of energy. It would appear that Milza has spread his crest to wide and isn’t as strong as he used to be. He also doesn’t have the stamina to keep up with Theo. Eventually, Theo disarms him and offers him his crest for his life. Milza has no desire to beg for his life, so Theo kills him, reclaiming the Villar’s Crest.
What did you think?
This is where the change of pace is an absolute necessary. It’s the big fight we’ve all been waiting for and thankfully they gave it the attention it needed. We saw Milza burst through various armies without so much as stopping, but once he reached Theo it slowed down and allowed the fight to explode before us, and it was amazing.
I think this might be my favourite episode so far, although I am still and always will be Queen Edokia’s loyal subject. There were some great uses of different animation styles in this episode and it brought the fight to life. This was a very satisfying moment. It’s going to be interesting to see how they keep things moving forward now that we don’t have a villain like Mirza.
What have you learnt?
The best thing about this episode was that Theo stayed true to his fighting style. He was never going to beat Milza by attacking agressively. We’ve seen time and time again, that he plays defensive and draws the enemy into defeating themselves. His goal is to tire them out and defeat them once they get sloppy and leave an opening.
Sure, it would have been more spectacular had he done something flash, but that would have felt like cheating. I prefer that we see the characters develop and show off how they do things. It felt natural that Theo would fight this way and that made the victory believable. It enabled him to win his way and that’s the best victory for a character and the story.
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
I agree with you — I really liked Theo in this episode. The way he handled Milza’s death felt perfect.
Yeah, I’ve really enjoyed his progression through the series and how he has remained true to his ideals and strengths.