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Record of Grancrest War Season 1 (2018)
グランクレスト戦記 (Gurankuresuto Senki)


On the continent Atlatan threatened by demons from another dimension called Chaos, the nobility fought back using Crests, which gave them superhuman powers. However, rather than join forces to end Chaos, the nobles instead fought each other to gain more Crest powers and lands. The story focuses on Siluca Meletes, a young mage who scorns the feuding lords for abandoning their people and Theo Cornaro, wandering knight and Crest holder who is trying to liberate his hometown from its tyrant lord. Joining forces, Siluca, Theo and their allies fight together to end the wars between the nobility and end Chaos.
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Record of Grancrest War (Japanese: グランクレスト戦記 Hepburn: Gurankuresuto Senki) is a Japanese light novel series and tabletop role-playing game written by Ryo Mizuno and illustrated by Miyū. The anime series is being directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama at A-1 Pictures and written by WriteWorks, with series creator Ryō Mizuno and Shunsaku Yanō handled the series composition, Hiroshi Yakō designed the characters, Yoshikazu Iwanami handled the sound direction and Yugo Kanno composed the music. It aired from January 6, 2018, to June 23, 2018, on Tokyo MX and other networks. The series ran for 24 episodes.

Alternative title

– Record of Grancrest War
– Gurankuresuto Senki
– グランクレスト戦記
– 그랑크레스트 전기

TL;DR Review

Unfortunately for me, I watched the entire season of Record of Grancrest War. I kept hoping the series will turn around and become good since it was created by Ryo Mizuno, who also created Record of Lodoss War. I wish I could take those 10 hours back. I should have abandoned this anime much earlier, all the signs were there.

The animation is incredibly generic and as flat as the characters’ depth. Combat animation is a jumble of zoomed in with effects of essentially two people swinging their weapon left and right.

The only saving grace to this anime is the music. The first ending song “Pledge” by Asca is quite good and catchy. For the rest, I can’t say I remember them much.

The characters are unimaginative and act according to how the plot wants them to act. I can’t describe any of the main cast personality, because they are all so bland. Theo Cornaro, our main character shows no heroic characteristic, but somehow everyone just follows him cause the plot said so. Siluca Meletes, our other protagonist decide to swear herself to Theo when they just met at random, because of reason?

The story, the combat, the magic, everything is so by the number and boring. I can’t tell what magic was used other than they threw the different color beam at each other.

I do not recommend Record of Grancrest War to anyone. Go watch Record of Lodoss War instead. This anime contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young teens.

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Opening Theme

– “Starry” by Mashiro Ayano (eps 2-12)
– “Rin” (凛 Cold) by Asca (eps 13-14)

Closing Theme

– “Starry” by Mashiro Ayano (ep 1)
– “Pledge” by Asca (eps 2-12)
– “Shōdō” (衝動 Impulse) by Ayano (eps 13-14)



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