Record of Grancrest War

Alt title: Grancrest Senki

Vol: 7; Ch: 48
2016 - 2019
3.855 out of 5 from 178 votes
Rank #13,736
Record of Grancrest War

Did someone call for a badass mage to stop petty nobles from squabbling and face the real threat—unbridled Chaos? In a world where the noble elite are supposed to fend off the threat of terrifying Chaos but instead engage in pointless petty squabbles, young mage Siluca Meletes dreams of bringing justice to the land. She finds an ally in Theo, a young knight with a bright future. But as Theo soon finds out, despite her righteous goal of world peace, her methods are more than a little unorthodox! A marriage between the heirs of the Fantasy Federation and the Factory Alliance should have led to the creation of the greatest symbol of peace ever imagined—the Grancrest seal. But when tragedy strikes the wedding, Siluca Meletes finds herself with no choice but to forge a new future for the world. With the aid of a knight errant with great potential, she will go against the world’s order to achieve peace through the magical power of crests.

Source: Viz

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nathandouglasdavis
7

I've been told that this manga adaptation only covers the events from the first two volumes of the light novel series, and that's definitely obvious considering that it ends without resolving all of the narrative arcs that had been introduced. It does finish off the storyline it had been working on, but it leaves the big stuff open-ended. This would be like if One Piece ended after some island-level storylines were resolved and then just said "and the adventure continued..." without ever showing us Luffy becoming the king of the pirates. It's very unsatisfying. Obviously, this story isn't quite as shounen as One Piece and I could see Theo actually losing in the end (especially considering that there have been a few strategic losses and deaths already), but I would've liked to have actually seen Theo at least attempt to accomplish feir ultimate goal--of saving his hometown in Sistina. As is, it's just...frustrating. I like the set-up for the world. It has very specific mechanics and job positions within a territory-oriented world that all gives it a sense of structure similar to a video game or a board game. I could see this making a very good game, actually. But then it also has thoughtful strategies and political considerations which could never be properly replicated within a game and make the story of this manga shine. Siluca is a great character and does a good job of raising this manga up from just being a power suite battle manga. Though there are some really cool fights within this manga as well. Some nice swordplay. Some nice magic. Some nice physicality. I think I would still be willing to recommend this manga to people who enjoy battle tactics and conquest in their fantasy battle manga, but just be prepared for it to end prematurely without a fully satisfying sense of resolution. It's still an enjoyable read though.

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