In Record of Grancrest War Episode 19, “The Awakening of a Noble,” Alexis Douse advances his army against the traitor Lord Dawson, who immediately begs his new Lord, Marrine Kreische, for reinforcements. Can you guess her answer? Later, Sea King Erik, the leader of the Norse, infuriated that the “moppet” Alexis would dare challenge him, sails into battle. Will his berserker Crest prevail? Or will Alexis’ unorthodox naval tactics turn the tide?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
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- I’ve been wondering how Alexis’ Crest would work. He’s a gentle man, and he loves the arts, so I was expecting something that would incorporate those themes. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed! Part conductor’s baton and part paintbrush that results in the movements of armies instead of the application of paint, Alexis’ Crest helped him conduct the battle like a conductor would direct an orchestra (3:32). Apparently, he used paint and canvas as tools to plan the battle before he took the field. I also give him a lot of credit for using flag semaphore, drums, and trumpets to communicate to his troops as they fought. I have no idea if such tactics would work. But I thought they looked dramatic and left me with the impression that Alexis knew what he was doing. His troops, too! Plus, can I just say what an idiot Dawson was for leaving his castle? I’ve always known he was not an intelligent man; but I didn’t think he’d be reckless with his own life. I hope we won’t have to see his face again.
- The Nord fleet has two primary advantages: it’s ships are very, very fast and they’re packed with warriors who are driven near the point of insanity by their Lord’s crest. Their goal was to hit hard and fast, board the enemy ships, and defeat the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Alexis’ strategy took that into account, and by evening, the Nord Lord realized what his foe had done: turned their battle into a siege (12:23). The state of the battle — his fleet’s near defeat — enraged Erik. I think he felt a personal shame, because the day before, at the Nord banquet, he had taunted Alexis as a “moppet.” On one hand, I have to lament another disastrously bad battlefield decision. Against the advice of his mage and top advisors, the Nord Lord decided to end it all in a suicidal charge. On the other hand, his decision marks the first time I had to acknowledge that such an objectively stupid decision made sense in terms of the character. He was known as leading a feared, unbeatable sea power, but he’d been crushed by a man of leisure who loved the arts. That had to sting. Maybe not fatally, but at least I understood his perspective.
- This sounds strange even to me as I say it, but I liked how Alexis remained adverse to physical conflict even as he demonstrated his superior skill as a strategian and leader of his forces. When the Nord Lord boarded Alexis’ iron-sided flagship, he began to relentlessly target Alexis. Alexis seemed horror-stricken at both the carnage and his personal danger (15:02). Why would I like such a thing? Doesn’t that suggest cowardice — something that shouldn’t be lauded? Two reasons. First, I don’t think it’s cowardice at all. A coward would have stayed home! Instead, I think it shows that though he’s firm in his resolve to win this war, he’s still Alexis, the man who values art and beauty. His new-found resolve didn’t change his character, and I think that’s a positive. Second, it set the stage for my new favorite character to act! There’s a woman who we’ve seen often standing with Alexis. I thought she was the head of his household, but no, she’s his assassin (maybe a demon-seal holder like Irvin and Aishela?). I haven’t been able to find her name (Noelia? See Thoughts, below), but she reminds me lot of combat-capable version of Henrietta from Log Horizon. She was fast, furious, and she seemed to really enjoy her job! I like seeing people enjoy their work.
Is Alexis’ assassin’s name Noelia? I couldn’t find the name in any of the usual places (like MyAnimeList, Anime Planet, AniDB, the Wiki, Anime News Network, or the official web site). So, seeing a spot in the ED where I thought there might be voice actor credits, I captured the screen and uploaded it to Google Drive. Then I opened the image as a Google Doc, which gave me OCR of the letters. Finally, I copy and pasted the results into Google Translate. Here’s what I pasted into Translate:
丰中入下 アレクシス・ドゥーセ 井口祐一 ホスティオ・フィグルス 遠藤大智 ノエリア
That came out to roughly:
丰 中 入 入 下 Alexis Duse Seiichi Iguchi Hostess · フ ィ グ ル ス Doshi Endo Noelia
Or something like that. Benigmatica’s review of this episode (see Other Anime Sites, below) named her as Noelia, so I’m going to go with that.
Man, I wish I could read Japanese!
What did you think of Erik the Sea King’s last stand? I’ve watched it twice now — the first time on an iPad and the second time on a larger screen. On the smaller iPad screen, it was exciting to watch. Apparently the Nord Lord’s Crest can not only grant berserker rage to this followers, but it can enlarge him — complete, it seems, with an ocean-like amount of watery blood! And though the was exciting to watch, this brings up two things that bothered me. First, the amount of blood was just excessive. It was too watery, too, though maybe I could explain that by saying he’s the Sea King, after all, so it’s part sea water that flows in his veins?* It also bothered me that he took an enormous ballista harpoon right through the spine — and he could still walk! Inhuman strength and endurance, I can understand. But without a spine, how’d he transfer force… Oh, never mind…
On a larger screen, though, it was worse. Erik often went off model. Alexis’ troops often stood and waited for Erik’s battle-axe to kill them, or they’d surround the Nord (good tactic!) and then just stand there (way less good tactic). These issues took away from what was a dramatic sequence. Or, rather, could have been a dramatic sequence.
Truth be told, I still enjoyed how Alexis stayed in character. I still (thoroughly!) enjoyed Noelia defending her Lord. But the issues with that last fight were really tough to overlook.
Were you able to ignore the problems to enjoy the episode? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
* No, I don’t believe it either. But I’m trying to keep an open mind! No, scratch that: I’m trying to be positive! Maybe an open mind would be better…
Other Posts of Interest
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit Discussion of Grancrest Senki Episode 19
- The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica: Record of Grancrest War Episode #19
- I Drink and Watch Anime: A Record of Grancrest War Ep 19 – Doucet The Terrible
- 100 Word Anime: Record of Grancrest War Episode 19: Alexis the Artist
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 1: Contract
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 2: Ambition
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 3: Battle Flag
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 4: Decision
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 5: Forest of Eternal Darkness
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 6: March
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 7: The White Prince
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 8: The Congress Dances
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 9: The Black Princess
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 10: Blade of Betrayal
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 11: The Fall of Castle Unicorn
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 11.5: Reminiscence
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 12: A Treaty Formed
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 13: To the Homeland
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 14: The Liberator of Sistina
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 15: Return
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 16: Outpost
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 17: Two Heroes
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 18: Leader
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 20: Pitched Battle of the Three Forces
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 21: Purge
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 22: The Holy Grail
- Record of Grancrest War Episode 23: Castle Walls