In Defense of Nude Rebellion: Grancrest Senki Ep. 16

I wanted to wait a couple of days before posting this just to give everyone some time to catch up on the latest episode of Record of Grancrest War — “Outpost”. To grossly over simplify what happens, Queen Eudokia and her mage, Laura, basically start a nudist revolt.…Well, okay, maybe that is pretty much the sum of it.


Sure, Milza and Theo play a game of “cat and mouse” in the woods, but no really cares about that at this point. Oh, also we have magic wand phones.

Wand phone

As trivial a thing that may seem, it actually might explain why the various lords seem to know about everything that’s going on almost as soon as it happens.

The big news here, though, is that Eudokia’s group in Haman is now undoubtedly the best faction in all of Atlatan.
Allegiance preferences aside, there is some serious discussion raging online in the aftermath of Outpost—the most volatile of which is the debate over the sexualized roles that some of our female characters end up playing in pivotal plot points. This is a critique that started however many episodes ago when Marrine basically pimped herself out to Milza in exchange for his military support. It came to light again in this week’s episode after Laura convinces Eudokia that she can boost the morale of her troops if they both appear naked before them…all of them.

Laura 1Lol wut

Laura’s logic is that they can strip themselves as an exemplification of how their entire country’s wealth has been stripped from them, and they have nothing left to give but themselves.

The revolution begins 2

To the naked eye, this may seem like nothing more than a blatant excuse for fanservice. Some critics of the show’s handling of female characters claim this bit as another example of a female lead being helpless and having to use her body as a tool to recruit men to help her.

Yes, this is a blatant fanservice moment, BUT IT COULD ALSO ACTUALLY WORK.

Here’s why.

At a glance, the idea of motivating your male lords and soldiers by showing off your hot bod seems rather primitive, but in the case of Eudokia, we need to consider the harem-centric nature of Haman.

From the moment we are first introduced to the queen, she’s already surrounded with half-naked men. She has multiple husbands, and takes what she wants when she wants it. She is idolized by her followers as a symbol of both sex and power, but many of her followers have only been able to admire from afar. Now, in this particular scene, their idol stands before them, not teasingly exposed like usual, but completely exposed. In the context of how Haman’s culture and Eudokia’s faction operate, it’s entirely possible that doing something like what she did would actually inspire her subjects.

The revolution begins 3

The second critique pertaining to the Starck-Haman conflict is something along the lines of “It’s not practical to fight without armor. That plan doesn’t make any sense.”

what in the world

It doesn’t really, but that hasn’t stopped certain societies from doing it in the past. Some of the Gallic/Celtic/British tribes did, in fact, fight naked, or very close to it. We know this because the ancient Romans documented some of their encounters with them on the battlefield.

Atlatan is a fictional continent, but it pretty obviously draws influence from feudalistic Europe. Ulrica and the Nords that rule Starck are clearly inspired by the various Nordic Viking clans that have existed throughout history; they attack mostly from the sea, and primarily sustain themselves through sacking other settlements. Regionally, they’re in “the north”, and close enough to be in conflict with Haman.
Ulrica 1Attacking from the sea

With this in mind, it’s not too much of a stretch to say that the writers could have ripped the naked fanaticism we see in Haman from some of the aforementioned societies that historically incorporated nude soldiers. And even if they didn’t (as Haman architecture and clothing would suggest), it wouldn’t make it any less true, necessarily.

So…yeah. Sometimes a scene can be both fanservicey AND plausible, y’know?

morale boost butt
Real talk, I’d fight for dat booty

All images used in this post are screenshots taken from the VRV/Crunchyroll simulcast stream https://vrv.co/

 

8 thoughts on “In Defense of Nude Rebellion: Grancrest Senki Ep. 16

  1. terranceacrow

    You know, I’ve been thinking that the fighting in the buff motif wouldn’t work, but your example of the Celtic warriors reminded me of how successful they could be.

    Not sure Edokia’s soldiers trained in those techniques, but they were clearly ready to fight! Your point that Edokia was “idolized by her followers as a symbol of both sex and power” is spot on.

    In this episode, I think Edokia showed that she was the narrative counter point to Marrine. The latter played her sexuality card in a completely demeaning way to sway a single soldier (and the thought of her hand maidens’ distress still ticks me off!). Edokia used her sexual power to inspire a nation to victory.

    That’s kinda cool.

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    1. “I think Edokia showed that she was the narrative counter point to Marrine.”

      You took that a step further than I initially considered. Now that you mention it, I agree. That said, I think we’re supposed to generally dislike Marrine. If that actually is/was the writers’ goal, they’ve done a pretty good job up to this point haha

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  2. Rocco B

    Good post. I did notice the reverse harem with Eudokia as well. Nice history lesson on men going to war looking very tribalistic to the romans. I guess it has to be said, there’s plot armour and there’s this. This act takes plot armour to whole another meaning XDD.

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