Every man (and woman) needs someone like Lisa in their lives to do everything so you can enjoy the spoils of the day.
What They Say
Luke won't tell Cecily much about his relationship with Lisa, but Cecily isn't afraid to share her thoughts on the matter. The result: Lisa goes shopping with the girls - and Luke's paying!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Things slow down a bit in Sacred Blacksmith for this episode as we get a bit more background on some important things, such as the differences between the Prayer Contracts and the Devil's Contracts. Luke recounts some of its impact in the previous war with how it caused so much human flesh to be given over to the demons and the kind of destruction and creatures that were brought out because of it. The most important thing that Luke imparts to her though, as Cecily needs to be schooled in the ways of the world, is that should you come into contact with anyone who has taken on a Devi's Contract, you should kill them right away.
Where a good part of the focus lies in this episode is on Lisa as we see her being a proper servant for the first half of it where she's on top of everything that needs doing, including doing the laundry twice a day. Cecily's conversations with her leads her to learning that Lisa only has three sets of clothes that she mixes and matches to have a variety, but that just makes Cecily even angrier over the situation. It does cause her to think about those who serve the House of Cambell though and she tries to find out if the people there are unhappy or have had it rough under their service. With the way Luke is, she starts to also wonder if there's something more to the relationship between the two in a way that's improper, which just annoys Luke even more.
This allows Cecily and Aria to take Lisa out on the town a bit for some shopping to get some new outfits after Cecily browbeats Luke into it. Lisa certainly has fun with the mini fashion show and the girls all get along in a way that's been enjoyable as we've seen in the first couple of episodes. While Cecily feels good about what she's accomplished for Lisa, she hasn't taken into account how Lisa really feels about the whole thing. For her, just being able to help Luke is something that means a lot to her and there's some discomfort in the whole situation because of that. Considering Luke's personality, that's not surprising as he's pretty blasé about the outfit Lisa ends up getting after Cecily and Aria manage to get just those two together for a bit. Though Luke keeps saying there's nothing between him and Lisa, Cecily keeps trying to prove it one way or another to herself.
This is an odd episode in the series if only because the relationship between Luke and Lisa is so unclear. While it's obvious she wants his approval, she doesn't go out and seek it because she's just happy to be in his presence and to help him out as she can. Luke isn't esay to read when it comes to it, though he does offer a glimmer of how he really feels towards the end, but even that is incredibly understated when you really look at it. While there are some nice touches here in dealing with the relationship that the two have and how Cecily tries to insert herself into it, there's little of any substance here outside of the brief discussion about contracts and their impact on the last war. Certainly useful information, but it almost feels like a throwaway here considering where the bulk of the episode is spent. It's certainly pretty and it's fun to spend time with these characters, but there isn't a lot of story to this one unfortunately.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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