Cecily is set for her guard duty on a very special item, only to learn it's not quite like she thought.
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Aria reveals her true form to Cecily, Luke, and Lisa. Later, the girls spend some time exploring the city, but their fun is cut short when a horde of possessed prisoners rampages violently through the streets.
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Swords and sorcery fantasy can be a lot of fun since it's open to all sorts of possibilities and Sacred Blacksmith decides to introduce another nice little element right at the start here. Cecily's guard duty assignment has her set to protect an item of importance and she's all psyched for it, but becomes confused when a young woman named Aria arrives and it turns out that she's the item. Thinking she was going to be protecting a special sword, Aria is actually a sword that can transform into a person. Thankfully, Aria has a very good personality and seems like a fun person to hang out with while also being strikingly beautiful in a way that doesn't put you off of her. Even better is that they don't fanservice up her transformation sequence when she changes.
As the Demon Sword Aria, she's quite powerful as she uses the wind as her main ability, giving it quite the slicing skill. There's a nice little travel aspect to this episode as Cecily, Aria and Lisa head off to where Aria is to be delivered and it's like a girls day out, complete with lots of good food. There's a tinge of darkness to it as well as Aria does talk a little bit about her past and what it means to be a Demon Sword, but it says a lot that she's as well adjusted as she is in human form. Her being used as a very cruel sword before is something that haunts her to be sure and she has a melancholy nature about it as she describes things that had happened, though she didn't intend to bring down the other girls.
Of course, such a girls excursion won't go that well for very long as you know some element of danger must enter into it. As they move along, the town finds itself under attack by what appears to be a sizeable group of prisoners who are possessed that are causing mayhem throughout the streets. Cecily can't just stand idly by, though the Grand Master tells her to keep to herself, and she's bound by her beliefs to get involved in helping out those that can't fight back. The prisoners are pretty creepy with how they're possessed as there's snake-like creatures coming forth from their mouths and killing those things are the only way to free said prisoner. Sacred Blacksmith doesn't back away from a bit of blood and violence when it comes to doing what needs to be done, nor does Cecily get all girly and scared but rather does what needs to be done.
The third episode of Sacred Blacksmith moves the show along nicely as it has some quiet dialogue time for the girls and it sets Aria into the mythology of the series nicely with what she really is. While Cecily isn't all gung ho berserk mode warrior girl or anything, she approaches it well and with humanity. She has to face the realities of being a warrior and those first time are never easy, male or female. All of this is wrapped up in some very good animation and character designs that really look great. I love the feel of this show with its pacing and atmosphere as well as its overall animation and design. Well done serious fantasy shows are few and far between, making Sacred Blacksmith all the more fun as it slowly introduces the larger storyline.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.