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Chrono Crusade The Complete Series Episode Two: ‘Contractor’ [Anime Review/ Recap]

Disclaimer: Due to personal preference I have decided to watch the rest of the episodes in Japanese with English subtitles. As such I will be crediting the Japanese voice actors with the characters they played. 

The episode screen caps were taken from my own copy of the DVD for the purpose of this recap/review.

If you wish to read the first episode’s recap/review you can do so here.

The Beginning of a Friendship: How Rosette Met Chrono

In a flashback scene Rosette and Joshua Christopher (Tomoko Kawakami, Junko Minakawa) are shown to be standing in front of a sealed room in a curious manner.

Offering Chrono food

Upon entering they come across Chrono (Akira Ishida) who reveals himself to be a devil.

When Chrono collapses slightly due to weakness, Rosette cheerfully introduces herself and her younger brother Joshua, while offering him food. Chrono is surprised by this kind gesture because normally people should be afraid of devils, but it’s clear that Joshua nor Rosette are afraid of him.

Joshua gets placed into a trance

Things take a dark turn when a raven appears and uses its power on Joshua causing him to go into a trance and leaving Rosette, who passionately pleads for him not to go.

One name is uttered by Chrono: Aion.

So Rosette How do You Really Feel About Chrono?

At a church mass, the sisters whisper to Rosette asking how she feels about Chrono. Initially, Rosette is confused by the question but soon figures out they meant romantically. She loudly laughs it off which causes a disruption and Sister Kate ( Yoshiko Sakakibara) isn’t pleased by her outburst.

Afterward, Rosette meets with Chrono and together they go see Elder. (Tomomichi Nishimura)

Elder’s Latest Invention: The Spirit Bullet

Elder introduces Chrono and Rosette to his latest creation the Spirit Bullet. As the name implies this specific bullet contains the mystical power of a devil.

Spirit bullets

Chrono understandably feels uneasy hearing this and insists it not be used. Rosette tries assuring him that Elder wouldn’t create something dangerous.

As Rosette is on her way to deliver the bullets to Sister Kate, she mischievously decides to fire a test round when the opportunity arises. Seconds later after making that decision Chrono hurriedly calls for Rosette stating they have a new mission.

On this mission Rosette and Chrono face off against a powerful devil and Chrono guides Rosette by telling her to aim for its weak point: The horn. She fires a shot but feels all it did was make it angrier.

Devil turns to dust

She fires a few more rounds, and when it’s down for the count she decides to load and fire the Spirit Bullet to finish it off. Panicked, Chrono pleads with her not to use it and just as she is about to the devil charges at her knocking the gun out of her hands and disintegrates.

Someone Sinister Lurks in The Shadows

Chrono and Rosette are unknowingly being watched by a sinister figure, while frantically searching for her gun.

The sinister man. Creepy isn’t he?

This individual is later shown to have Rosette’s gun, clearly cooking up a plan as he walks away.

Searching For The Spirit Bullet

Later that day Rosette maturely and calmly gives her report to Sister Kate, while Father Remington listens. He senses something’s off about Rosette’s demeanor and the details of her report but says nothing. Sister Kate praises Rosette, as this is the first time she had not been yelled at during a mission debriefing.

When Rosette exits Sister Kate’s office she admits to herself about lying and asks for God’s forgiveness.

At his office Elder is creating a sensor with the devil’s horn to track down the Spirit Bullet easily.

Supporting Rosette

Father Remington (Sho Hayami) overhears what really happened and is understanding. He swears secrecy to Rosette promising not to tell Sister Kate the truth, and offers to help.

It doesn’t take long for the sensor to pick up a signal of the Spirit Bullet, and the sinister individual who we saw earlier, is an intruder. He holds Rosette’s gun up to his head and shoots himself, allowing the devil to be revived. As a result the devil is much stronger due the absorption of the bullet’s power.

Rosette is Chrono’s Contractor

A fierce battle ensues and Rosette is knocked unconscious.

Rosette embraces Chrono to help him calm down

This sends Chrono into a rage and starts to unleash his true power as a devil, we see Rosette’s necklace beginning to react and can deduce that necklace is the seal- effectively making Rosette Chrono’s contractor.

Just as the seal is about to break, Rosette awakens and helps Chrono return to his senses. Sister Kate questions about how Rosette can trust a devil.

Rosette continues to embrace Chrono, which was one of my favorite moments of the episode. It shows they share a strong bond, and to Rosette, it doesn’t matter if Chrono is a devil.

Joshua Christopher Has a Dangerous Secret

At a beach, we see Joshua Christopher who is now older, handsome and soft-spoken enjoying the sunset. A Viscount named Borgo demands to take down Aion and Joshua excuses his maid Fiore (Natsuko Kuwatani) to make him coffee.

There’s something about Joshua Christopher…

During that time Joshua kills Borgo with his power creating a bloody scene. Fiore returns with the coffee and licks the cut Joshua sustained.

Oh dear.

Final Thoughts

‘Contractor’ gives us insight into Rosette’s history with Chrono and how their friendship started. We get to see these characters develop at a pace that is easy to follow. Doing these recaps has helped me experience the series with fresh eyes. Now I have a renewed love for Chrono Crusade.

In terms of what I didn’t like or found strange; I noticed the subtitles for the opening and ending themes was not in English but instead in its Romaji form. This is not a big deal. I just found it to be out of place while the first episode had the songs subtitled in English. I’m not sure if this was intentional but I guess we’ll see if other episodes are like this.

I’ll show you what I mean down below:

Episode one: Lyrics are English subtitled. It says: “Let’s fly in the Prettiest Sky”

 

Episode 2: Opening theme had its Romaji form for the lyrics.
Story Progression - 82%
Japanese Voice Acting - 81%
Character Development - 80%

81%

Story progression is steady and easy to follow!

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