In Record of Grancrest War Episode 1, “Contract,” two kingdoms attempt to unite through a wedding, but a supernatural surge in chaos destroys the heads of the two kingdoms (literally!) — and their plan for peace. Some time after the disaster, the mage Siluca Meletes and her aid are waylaid by brigands. She’s about to dispatch them when Theo Cornaro, a Lord-wannabe with more ambition than skill, tries to “save” her. Will Theo survive the attempt? And if he does, will he survive Siluca’s scorn?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 2, “Ambition,” Theo Cornaro tries to come to grips with the responsibilities of a Lord, and he’s still not sure how far to trust Siluca Meletes. After all, it’s not every day a talented and beautiful mage offers to hand you your dreams. Meanwhile, sensing potential weakness, the neighboring Lord David Lassic and his mage, Moreno Dortous, launch an attack. Can Theo defend his new territory? Can he trust Siluca to help him? And is that cat really wearing a cape?
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?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 4, “Decision,” Siluca Meletes seriously overplays her hand while trying to enlist of aid of her step father, Aubeste Meletes, and the woman in charge of the Alliance, Marrine Kreische. Though the consequences are dire for Siluca’s group, Aishela pays the highest price. Theo Cornaro and his people fight well, but not only are the odds stacked against them, the negotiations do not seem to proceed in good faith. How can Theo and Siluca come out of this with their hopes intact? Or will they even survive?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 5, “Forest of Eternal Darkness,” Lord Dmitrie the Vampire King no longer wishes to fight the Chaos. That’s a decision that Clara, the Queen of Werewolves, can’t accept, but the problem is, she doesn’t have a Black Witch on her side, and the Black Witch Yana wants blood. Clara’s blood. After hearing of this conflict, who does Villar Constance send to find out what’s really going on? If you guessed Theo Cornaro and his entire entourage (which is to say, just Siluca Meletes), you’re right! What can Theo and Siluca do in the face of such ancient powers? And how’d Theo end up with twin werewolf maids?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 6, “March,” it’s Margaret Odius’s birthday, and Villar Constance remembered! So why is she so sad? Lord Milza continues to scorn Theo Cornaro’s philosophy of life, and they come to blows. Will Theo survive the fight? And will Siluca Meletes’s heart survive watching it? Finally, Milza decides to attack a castle by himself. How well do you think he fares? Does he really support Lord Villar’s ascendancy, or does he have plans of his own?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 7, “The White Prince,” it’s Theo Cornaro’s turn to attack a castle by himself. Will he do as well as Milza in episode 6 — with a similar body count? Or will he find a different path? Later, at a celebratory banquet, Theo meets Lord Pederico Rossini, the corrupt ruler of Sistina, his hometown. Will Theo let him live? And how will Rossini react to the name “Cornaro?” Finally, an unexpected visit turns deadly as Theo and his household have to fend off an attack. Can even the combined strength of Theo, Siluca Meletes, Irvin, and twin combat werewolf maids push back so many attackers?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 8, “The Congress Dances,” a flash-back shows the lengths to which Alexis Douse, the Prince of the Sun, went to win the heart of Marrine Kreische — so why does she rebuff him now? Villar Constance makes his move in the congress, and Theo Cornaro provides impeccable support. But a short-sighted Lord and his followers vehemently oppose Villar, with Alexis’ unwittingly help. Can Villar and his faction seize the opportunity to strike the Alliance? Or will the chance elude them?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 9, “The Black Princess,” Villar Constance tries to show patience and restraint when it comes to a campaign against the Alliance, but some of the Lords under him, as well as Mirza Kooches, decide to take matters into their own hands. To take Siluca Meletes’ mind off the matter, Theo Cornaro asks her to join him on a tour of his domain. What will happen when rain traps them — alone — in the wilderness? And why has Marrine Kreische asked for a meeting with Mirza to talk about an alliance — and what will he charge her?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 10, “Blade of Betrayal,” Marrine Kreische and her forces invade the Union, putting pressure on Villar Constance, his troops, and his mages. Meanwhile, Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes rally as many of the surly townsfolk as they can in an attempt to hold off one another group of Marrine’s forces. Will Villar realize in time that Mirza Kooches is a betrayer and is even now leading a fleet to assail him? And who’s the solitary figure in a boat racing to arrive before Mirza’s fleet?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 11, “The Fall of Castle Unicorn,” the arrival of the Nordic fleet timed to coincide with Marrine Kreische’s advance puts Villar Constance and his mages at a severe disadvantage. With Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes too distant to arrive in time, and with the foolish lords bickering back in the capital, it looks like team Villar is on their own. Can his tremendous swordsmanship turn the tide, even with help from Margaret Odius? Or will Marrine take her cousin’s Crest?
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 11.5, “Reminiscence“, we got a recap for the first 11 episodes, so there was no new material. Well, no obvious new material! This episode actually did a great job using maps to show us some of the countries in context of the conflict. It helped some of the battles make a lot more sense. Plus, it was nice to take a breather from the onrush of plot!
In Record of Grancrest War Episode 12, “A Treaty Formed,” Mirza Kooches cannot understand why the subjects of the now deceased Villar Constance won’t just stand down and accept the change of leadership. David Lassic literally puts his neck on the line in an attempt to help the tyrant understand. Marrine Kreische takes an interest in Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletesand insists on meeting with them before trying to wipe them off the face of the Earth. The meeting gives Theo an idea for an innovative new kind of attack!