Sacred Blacksmith Episode #09 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Release Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cecily in a dress is a rare sight indeed, and one that doesn't particularly stand out. Outside of her sizable chest at least.

What They Say
Cecily joins Luke as he visits the grave of a friend, offering the young knight a glimpse into the turmoil of the blacksmith's past. Meanwhile, Lisa stays behind to repair a dagger belonging to a girl named Elsa.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sacred Blacksmith has had an odd feeling to it for the last couple of episodes in the way it plays out. It seems like there are things it wants to do, but it's still in that early "fantasy novel" stage where it's all about the setup of the setting, sometimes down to the details in a way that makes it a chore to get through. The recent small arc involving Chalotte gave us some bigger picture clues and we saw the structure of politics exposed a little bit as House Cambell and the town didn't want to get into difficulties with the Empire over her and the way she's now apparently quite the wanted person.

This episode plays with a couple of things in the character relationship department that makes some things a bit clearer. Aria completely messes with Cecily when she mentions to her family that there's a guy in her life as she begins describing Luke to her mother with Fio in the room. That's all Cecily's mother needs to hear to start the ball rolling in getting her gussied up a bit, a chore that Fio is all too interested in dealing with as she gets Cecily into an outfit that is very thin in the waist while showing off how top-heavy she is when she's out of the armor. She does feel awkward about the whole thing when she goes to spend time with Luke, but that doesn't last long as the two end up going out and she learns a lot about him.

The focus on Luke and his past is welcome as we see his younger days when he was out and about with his best friend, a girl named Lisa (pronounced Lee-za) who intends to be a knight and he her blacksmith so they can change and protect the world together. She's a spunky and outgoing little blonde girl who handles a sword well and is quite outgoing. The two have a fun relationship together but you know it's going to go south when you see Luke and Cecly visiting her grave and we see the flashbacks to what happened. It's a defining moment for Luke that still haunts him to this day and causes his emotions to rise significantly, something we haven't seen happen that often. It also explains a lot of why he's not exactly adversarial with Cecily but rather have had a strained relationship at times. Getting these clues to his past are very welcome since it fleshes out someone who definitely needed it.

In Summary:
While a lot of the focus is on Luke and his past along with Cecily being all girly, a subplot is brought in that has Lisa helping out a traveling warrior girl who needed a knife sharpened. It's a fairly mellow piece that leads to a tease towards the end for something bigger, but that's all it is and it's not exactly enough to make you all a flutter for next week to see if we get more. We do get a lot on Luke, though as Cecily comments, much of him is still a mystery. That he's opened up as much as he has is pretty surprising, but the time and situation had him off balance which let Cecily get closer than she might otherwise. The action looks to pick up in the net episode and maybe some more revelations, but Sacred Blacksmith has been uneven in how it progresses so I'm definitely hedging my bets.

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