With the revelations made about Lisa and Luke's own past, it's time to figure out how to move on.
What They Say
During a gathering of the rulers of the land, Cecily is powerless to confront Siegfried. But before the meeting ends, the young knight has exposed new truths about Luke and Lisa - and stoked Siegfried's rage.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The last couple of episodes have had a good mix of action and back story brought into the series, yet as has been said before, it all comes across as if we're reading the first hundred or two hundred pages of a massive multi-volume fantasy series. There's a lot to like with that feeling since it speaks of epic things, and we get that with how the characters talk and what they're starting to understand about the world at large. But it's also sad because at just twelve episodes, you know we're just getting that taste, but it certainly encourages hunting up the source material a whole lot more since it's likely a lot more defined and detailed.
Sacred Blacksmith takes on more of a revelatory feel with this episode as events have brought together several of the noble types again as they bring Luke in to find out about the sword that he's making for them. With it being incomplete, he's unable to give them what they need yet but they're not above stoking him a bit in order to remind him his position in things. The little throwaway from them about the only reason they let Lisa stay with him because of what he does for them makes it a lot easier to understand why he's fairly withdrawn and quiet as well as focused on making sure he follows through on his pledge to make the sword. But these nobles and rulers aren't above toying with him over it, insulting him in plain ways at that about it which only makes Cecily angry. That only serves to make Luke angry with her since he's doing his best to play it as cool as possible.
As aggressive as Cecily is in trying to do what she feels is right by Luke, she's still having a hard time believing he really did that. Her time with Lisa is awkward as Lisa tries to make her understand that it did happen and how she's very empathetic to how Luke feels about her and why he's so intent on protecting her. Though it's a bit much with the tears, it's a strong emotional outpouring from Lisa that helps to really humanize her a lot, letting us see that she very much understands her position and what Luke has done and why he is like he is with her. It's through this kind of outpouring that gets Cecily to really understand what happened in the past, something that even Luke has overlooked, and that has Cecily making the right kind of verbal jabs back with the nobles and a bit of brazenness that sets off Siegfried. Which is not something a normal person would want to do.
The penultimate episode of the season spends more of its time working on the back story, but it's a welcome piece that alters some of what Luke believes and challenges him to truly look at the situation from a new way. As emotional as Lisa gets, watching Luke's reaction to it is far more interesting since he has such a vested interest in the reality that he's built, which has been at the root of his motivation and how he carries himself. It forces him to face some ugly truths he's blinded himself to, though Cecily does it all with a bit too much of a holier than thou attitude that's a bit grating to say the least. It's a curious episode to prepare for the end of the season, but it makes me wonder all the more where they might take the show.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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