Record of Grancrest War Episode 3: A Failure of Diplomacy and a Victory of Arms

Quick Summary

In Record of Grancrest War Episode 3, “Battle Flag,” Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes fight to stop a Salamander from destroying a local town. Even with with the help of Aishela and their new “friend” the priestess Priscilla, can they stop the rampaging Chaos demon from before it incinerates the city? After failed negotiations with King of Savis, Theo’s troops have to repel an invasion. Will the other Lords come to Theo’s aid? Or will Theo’s — and Siluca’s — ambitions die on the battle field?

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3 Favorite Moments
Thoughts
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3 Favorite Moments

Siluca suggests Theo adopt the family name Cornaro to tie into his island’s history. Her trustworthy score rises! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
  1. I’ve been wondering how far we can trust Siluca. I mean, someone with her magical power just offering to help someone as weak as Theo realize his dreams? If I were Theo, I’d be suspicious! Her plans seem to be aligned with his goals, but the cynical side of me just doesn’t want to trust her. Her recommendation for the family name Theo should select now that he’s a baron (4:10) put me a little more at ease. She recommended Cornaro, the last name of a hero who had nearly united Theo’s island home of Systina. A traitorous noble had betrayed the original Cornaro and usurped what should have been his position — and mercilessly taxed and mistreated the people. Looks like Siluca put a lot of thought into this. Judging by his reaction, Theo was pleased, too. I’m still not completely convinced I can trust her, but I’m much less certain that I can’t! If that makes any sense…

    The Salamander battle was a blast to watch. Good teamwork, formidable opponent — and gorgeous animation. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
  2. There was a lot going on as Theo, Siluca, and Aishela fought the Salamander (7:41). First, we learned that Theo has absolutely no idea how to fight a Chaos demon. So much so that Aishela wondered out loud if he were an idiot! He just charged in and started swinging his sword — which was exactly the wrong way to fight a fire being. It was a lot of fun to see how well Aishela and Siluca work together (and yes, I’m starting to develop an unhealthy fascination with Aishela!), and it was equally enjoyable to see that Siluca’s as powerful fighting against a Chaos demon as she is with her political machinations. It was a nice touch, too, that even though she detests the priestess Priscilla, Siluca still shielded her when the Salamander went super critical. But my favorite part of the scene? When Theo jumped in and protected Siluca from the blast. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t object to Siluca being the more powerful of the two. But if Theo had persisted in being so weak, it would not have boded well for their relationship. I’ve always preferred romance between equals. I have no idea if that’s the direction they’re going, of course. But I liked this development.

    Flags and emblems can be powerful symbols. Theo uses his flag to unite his warriors and to symbolize what’s important to him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
  3. As a symbol of solidarity and purpose, flags are powerful symbols. Theo had just shown the town that he was willing not only to engage the Salamander. He was also there to help them recover from its attack. So with that image of him and his dedication fresh in their minds, the survivors offered to him him face off against King of Savis. They stood and watched as Theo used his Crest to manifest his flag above them (15:34). The effect of his Crest’s power weaving the flag in mid air was really cool. The best part was when it descended, passing over his people, to leave his crest shining as an emblem on their chests. His following, still few in the night before the big battle, seemed energized. By the way, am I the only one who thought Theo’s emblem looked a little like the Fairy Tail symbol?

Thoughts

A larger kingdom means a bigger tax base. Which equals a better equipped military! Good thing Theo was a well-liked leader. Else this battle would not have ended well. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Did you notice how well-financed the King of Savis’ troops were? That’s the benefit of a larger tax base! I liked how small the previous battles were. Now, as the stakes grow along with the size of their enemies, the engagements are correspondingly larger. As I noted in last week’s review, I like little details like that.

And did you also notice that Siluca’s still wearing her skimpy mage outfit? For as much as she complained about it in the first episode, I expected she would have traded it in for something more practical. She’s a powerful mage. Shouldn’t she should dress like one?

If I have a worry about this series, it’s that they’ll erode her character through little things like a skimpy outfit. Right now, she’s strong, intelligent, and independent. In fact, this episode caught my attention by making it a dramatic point that she was maybe a little too independent. Remember how she surprised Theo with her plan for him to take the Cornaro name? That turned out well, because her plan captured his imagination and he approved of the plan — after he heard it! But it should have triggered warning bells in her mind: she was starting to get too far ahead of her Lord. Then Sir Sartorus asked if she felt she were overstepping her bounds. Maybe even ignoring Theo’s wishes!

Siluca surprised Theo with her idea for him to take the Cornaro name. It turned out well, because he liked the idea. But what it he didn’t like it? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Siluca seemed genuinely upset by the realization, and at first, that seemed to me to contradict how intelligent she is. It’s kind of obvious to everyone that she’s calling the shots, isn’t it? Then I remembered that she’s still relatively young. She hasn’t had much experience at this level of politics, and what experience she’s had has been remarkably positive. She hasn’t learned the harder lessons of optics or other forms of perception management. If she takes this lesson to heart, it’ll help her be more effective as an advisor. I see signs this is happening, like when she pledged to consult Theo more often. Even better, when he tried to shrug off her vote of confidence by saying he wasn’t sure he’d be much help, she enthusiastically said she’d help him up his game.

Potential romance? Short skirt with belly showing on the battlefield? I’m a little concerned that Siluca might be diminished by these things… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Of course, being who I am, now I’m worried about something else: What if this trend weakens her character? I’m watching this show in part because I liked her strength, intelligence, and independence. If this trend diminishes her role, I’m not going to like that. Improve Theo’s abilities, sure! Make him a stronger participant in planning, of course! I don’t like one-sided relationships. But at the cost of Siluca’s strengths? Nah. That’s not how I want to this to go at all.

Am I worrying for nothing? What were your favorite moments from this episode? Let me know in the comments!

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