Tossed to the curb, Chalotte has to figure out what she needs to do in order to clear her name.
What They Say
Hoping to find favor in the eyes of the Empire which has forsaken Charlotte, Doris leads a mission to claim the Demon Swords and abduct Luke. Cecily must stop them before it's too late.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The introduction of Chalotte and her gang to the series has felt kind of off in a way that I can't quite put my finger on yet. In some ways it felt unnecessary as it added four new women to the show when we already had a couple that were more than enough to focus on. While Cecily ended up befriending them all after spending time together at the Cambell House, everything has gone seemingly wrong now that the Empire has essentially called Chalotte either a liar or a criminal of some nature by saying she has nothing to do with the Imperial family. Even worse for Cecily is that she can't help her friend out now because it would not go over well for the House because of Chalotte's position within the view of the Empire. Having the family essentially aiding and abetting someone like this would not help anyone, likely Chalotte included.
To make matters worse, the Empire has dispatched a decent sized group of soldiers to the town where city where Cecily is in order to bring in Chalotte. Chalotte's options are dwindling rapidly as the peace of the city must be kept and they may have to offer her up. Her option of asylum isn't easily reached either as she would have to give information regarding the Empire to the Garrison State, something she is not inclined at all to do since she does believe in her Empire and what it stands for. This situation has put her in a really bad place and everyone is trying to figure out a way to salvage the situation so everyone can be happy, especially Chalotte and all those that support her.
Sacred Blacksmith opts for a bit of the action side on this in an effort to make some progress by having Doris set off to claim the Demon Sword and acquire Luke, since he is the person that she originally sought after in coming to this area. Cecily has to step in and try to stop things as Doris and the others do what they can to allow Chalotte to smile again, but it's a difficult situation all around as they slog through the rain and mud to fight when they're both really on the same side, just in different ways. Everything that has gone on since Chalotte revealed herself and word got back to the Empire has gone terribly wrong and part of it is having to force Chalotte into growing up a bit in order to think about what's truly best for everyone, even at the expense of some. It's a difficult situation she's found herself in and Cecily offers some surprisingly candid and difficult advice for her, advice that you really don't see being given anywhere else in other series. It's moments like this that elevate the show above being an average fantasy-style series.
Sometimes it's hard to view Cecily as being someone who knows a thing or two about the world with the way she acts, but then you get an episode like this where she takes on the role of a sagely older woman who must dole out some tough love for a friend in dire need of it. A good part of the episode feels a bit awkward with the Empire coming to stand off against the city with the potential for a lot of danger because of what's going on with the Demon Swords. Even more awkward is what Doris tries to do to rectify the situation, though it leads to a really nicely designed fight sequence and several intense moments of conversation that stands out against the majority of other shows in its honestly and the need for selfishness of the moment. I'm still not really sure what to make of this series as it progresses on but I like a lot of parts of it while being wary of others.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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