Sacred Blacksmith Episode #07 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Release Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Maids. Why is it always maids?

What They Say
In exchange for room and board at the Campbell house, Charlotte and her crew must work as maids - and Cecily manages to end up on the servant staff, too!

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the meeting between Chalotte and her girls with Cecily, everyone is spending a bit of downtime at the Cambell house in order for Cecily to recover from her injury a bit. The house is pretty good and there are plenty of servants there, but the one that gets the most attention is the one that's in charge of domestic duties within the house, Fio. Fio's the head maid who makes all the important decisions about how the house is run and the arrival of some riffraff has her insisting with an icy stare that Chalotte and her girls must work if they're going to be there since she only serves the Cambell's themselves.

Well, except for Cecily as well it seems since even as she's injured, Chalotte manages to convince Fio to have Cecily work while there as well so it's into a maid uniform for her. Chalotte's time goes pretty well in this function even though she didn't want to do it as the other girls taught her a number of skills over the years. Cecily isn't suited to it all that well though and often causes more problems than helps, she is a klutz after all, but it all leads to something really good in that they all get to take a bath together in the large and elaborate (noble?) public baths. That leads to the usual silliness that women never engage in such as scoping out each others breast sizes and restraining those who don't want to participate so they can be properly discerned.

A good bit of time is spent on some inter-character dialogue where they talk about their pasts a bit and how they've come to where they are in indirect ways. Chalotte is starting to smile more and the others know it, and even Doris is talking about how nice life is like this at the moment. Cecily's gotten a bit closer with all of them and she has her time explaining why she's helping them, something that they haven't quite figured out until this point. The group has bonded nicely while being forced into maid-hood together and there's even a really welcome part involving Aria and Cecily talking about what happened in the previous battle. All of this leads towards the final minute or so of the episode where the final reveal is made about Chalotte, leaving us hanging for another episode.

In Summary:
Sacred Blacksmith is strolling along in the story it wants to tell with a few nods here and there, but largely it's just enjoying the atmosphere and company that it keeps. There are some moments here and there where it gets a bit more active, such as the fight in the last episode, but episode like this largely revolve around housework, baths and dinner. I think what bothers me the most about the show right now is the disparity in which FUNimation is presenting it. Chalotte in the subtitles, Charlotte in the summaries. Cambell and Campbell as well. It makes me wonder which is the right one and how the discs will be, not that there's a huge issue around it. But with it occurring for several episodes now at least, it's a curious issue.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sacred Blacksmith