Adding more women to a series always improves it. Right?
What They Say
Cecily and Aria fall under attack by three women, each with a Demon Sword more powerful than the last! As the fight rages, Luke receives a visitor who is connected to the trio of assailants - Charlotte.
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Cecily and Aria don't seem to be having good luck lately and it's definitely not going well when the pair is attacked by a trio of black robed women. The two are being pursued until they reach an open square in which they try to defend themselves, though they do amusingly call out that such a fight is unfair with it being three against two. Unsurprisingly, two of the women back off to leave it to one of them, who removes her robe to reveal a pretty young and taut dark skinned woman who is all set to take Cecily. It take a bit of effort, more than it should, but Aria does convince Cecily to use her to fight them which starts of the true and earnest fight.
That the trio are using Demon Swords of their own ups the stakes a bit and leads to some decent fight sequences as various powers and abilities are used in combat with each other. The fights go on for a bit with each one getting progressively harder and there's an interesting idea with the last one in that she carries a Demon Sword that slays other Demon Swords. At the same time that this occurs, Luke and Lisa receive a visitor at their place in the form of a young girl named Chalotte who may be from the Empire going by the structure of her name. She's come to Luke in order to gain his help and that of his Demon Sword, but they have to go through a bit of a tussle first as she wields her own Demon Sword that's pretty powerful, both in sword and human form.
The point of the whole exercise is that Chalotte, being of the blood of the Emperor, has come here to bring back Aria and to take Luke back as well to be a blacksmith. Sending such a young child isn't too surprising in a way being that she's of Imperial blood and having the trio she does have with her, but there's something that gnaws at the mayor over the whole thing as he tries to nudge out her secrets, which do a nice job of actually making her a touch likable. Unfortunately, Chalotte come across as a too outgoing and too stubborn version of Lisa without any of her charm, making it hard to like her overall. She has her followers that have been with her for quite some time, but watching her in this situation as she tries to get what she needs, it's not easy to understand how others like Cecily would come over to her side on things to some extent unless she's just a bit more softer in the head than I thought she was.
Sacred Blacksmith does two things with this episode. The first is that it establishes a bit more of a connection to the Empire, loose as it may be, and how Luke may be involved with it. The second is that it added four more women to the show. I don't think it really needed any of them though as it's still got a lot more ground to cover with what they've introduced so far. This just feels like a reach, though I'm sure they'll play a part that's important at some time in the future. It was good to see a fair bit of action this time around and to see Luke getting his hands a little dusty in all of it as well, but there's a certain pointlessness to the fight and it's all the more apparent when you realize it's essentially instigated by a child with no clue about the world. As much as I like the series in general, this was a weak episode in what it offers up.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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