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Record of Grancrest War: Volume 2 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
Feb 10, 2019 - 6:03

Viz Media
Writer(s): Makoto Yotsuba, Satsuki Yamashita, Stan
Artist(s): Makoto Yotsuba
Letterer(s): James Gaubatz
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0189-6
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K., 160pp, B&W, paperback
Rating: M (Mature)




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Record of Grancrest War Graphic Novel Volume 2 cover image

Rated “M” for “Mature”

Record of Grancrest War is set in a world where the noble elite are supposed to fend off the threat of the terrifying and mysterious force known as “Chaos.”  Instead, these nobles engage in pointless, petty squabbles.  A young mage named Siluca Meletes dreams of bringing justice to the land.  She joins Irvin, a talented fighter and an “Artist,” and Theo, a knight errant with potential, to change the world order via the magical power of “crests.”

Record of Grancrest War, Vol. 2 (Chapters 7 to 12) finds Theo a young lord with a land of his own.  However, the nearby lord of Savis, Lassic David, wants to conquer Theo's young kingdom, so he launches an attack with his powerful mage, Moreno Dortous, at his side.  But Theo, Siluca, and Irvin have an ally of their own, Aishela, a warrior and an Artist.  The results of this battle with shock.

THE LOWDOWN:  The Record of Grancrest War manga is an adaptation of the Record of Grancrest War light novel series created by author Ryo Mizuno (who may be best known for the fantasy novel series, Record of Lodoss War).  Writer-artist Makoto Yotsuba adapted the Record of Grancrest War novels into a manga that began serialization in 2016, which VIZ Media is now publishing in an English-language, graphic novel edition.

Record of Grancrest War Graphic Novel Volume 2 focuses on building alliances, whereas the first volume introduced a lot of terminology.  The English adaptation written by Steven Brown a.k.a. Stan! makes the series easy to enjoy, which is a good thing as the narrative is still in an introductory phase.  There are surprises as far as the allegiances are concerned, but this series is still new.  I am also still feeling my way around, but this series has promise, enough for me to recommend it to readers.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Record of Lodoss War may want to join the battle in Record of Grancrest War.

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7.5 out of 10




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