He was smart. Some titles may still use the Japanese original until an English title is announced. ...but the dialogue bits were really boring sometimes. What is this, I've been lied to! There are basically 2 camps here. If not, then it simply hurts whatever it is the show set itself out to do. Quite frankly I actually thought the lack of larger world-building was fitting, at least at this point. Yes, Haruhiro doesn’t technically grow as a person, but he certainly grows as a leader. While lots of crying is had, voice acting does not see any stand-out performances. I enjoyed it from beginning to end because I just love sword and magic fantasy stories. The realism is. By far, it's the most realistic take on "trapped in a fantasy world / MMO." That is something that everyone in Grimgar understands. The second half, at least, where they all wear just all-black attire. Yet the strength they earn, the bonds they share, and the events they overcome prove they have gained something despite so much loss: each other. ...you and I are gonna fight! However, it’s still fair to say that it portrays a fantastical setting in a realistic light, leveraging relatable drama despite the improbable within. Other than that I really liked this one. Reddit; Like this: Like Loading... Related. Holy hell I couldn't stand it. Put 'em up! Reality really hits, though, when they lose a lover, a mentor, and a friend in Manato. They should have … ...when they killed the first goblin and it was really taxing on them mentally and morally. (The OP and the ED were courteously provided by r/AnimeThemes. I thought the fight scenes were done really well, and had a really good sense of actual danger to them, but the dialogue bits were really boring sometimes. Yes, the culmination of their efforts which leads to that collective talk with Manato in front of his grave. It doesn't drive the plot. I.e., fan-service. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar is a rather solid anime. That’s a nice interpretation since it fits the fantasy motif: damage-per-second, tank, and healer are common roles for people in a similar setting. Working a job is tough. Merry’s wonderful character arc. If I had to choose between a regular bed and one of those beds, I would choose the former … They learn about each other, and they start working as a team. We didn't get a sense of the people (just their one extra buddy from a different guild; the stronger players that entered the world with them were only around for maybe a total of four minutes), and we didn't see many different areas (apparently, only the lodgings, the pub, and that one bridge are the only hotspots). Manato doesn't, but that doesn't make his character bad since his death serves a narrative purpose as well as a character purpose (for other characters, specifically Haruhiro). Story: Fine, a realistic portrayal of a fantastical setting sees highs in its mundane events and dramatic happenings and lows in its botched final stretch, lack of world-building, and unnecessary sexual content, Animation: Fine, beautiful art, nice character designs, and below average actual animation, Characters: Good, Merry stands on top, with Manato supporting Haruhiro’s development, Ranta, Mogzo, Shihoru, and Yume filling their roles well, and a theme on non-lasting loss threading between them, Sound: Good, good OP, good ED, good OST, and okay VA performances, Enjoyment: Fine, likable characters and emotions throughout, but forcing Yume’s romantic pairing is a no-go, Epilogue: Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I don't like his personality, by the way. Thrown into a … To be fair, they do show Haruhiro training with Teacher Barbara (which I swear he calls here Bara-Bara after his first time showing us his glowy ability. No chance. They are often accompanied by unusual lighting choices: greens, pinks, and purples. Ao Jyumonji is a Japanese author best known for the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novels. The series had mentioned what happens to corpses that aren't disposed of earlier in the show, the chance they had "risen" and were wandering the mines was definitely on my mind. Such as the guided Lethal strike. This arrangement gives way to fiddle playing, back-and-forth lyrical singing, and some ending guitar work. Whether it’s putting a reassuring hand on Merry’s back or consoling Shihoru in her time of need, Yume makes it her mission to keep the group not just happy but also worry-free. :3. It further extends to the characters, particularly Ranta. And it only got worse as it went along. Be civil and respect other people's opinions. Season 1 of Grimgar… :P. But I am with you. The second volume of Grimgar … Posted 01/26/2016 by Shiva. Meaning both sides are not necessarily ready to welcome new people. A small chat on a bridge with some birds. That’s true. It contains curing spells and monsters and a personal Aurora Borealis every now and again. Merry’s inclusion does slow the anime down somewhat, but the transition is, as always, realistic. Rules will be especially enforced in this thread, and I'm going to put an emphasis on the following points: Spoilers ahead for everything up to this point! 6 thoughts on “ Review: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Vol 1) ” … And, if nothing else, him sacrificing himself for his friends, much like Manato and Merry’s former leader did, easily prove how much of a leader he has become. It's just like the real world that we live in. Even so, it’s better than any prickly straw will ever hope to be. He was hardly one. Suffice it to say that I can understand this line of thinking. How does the world operate? :P). Especially in their situation where each encounter is literally life or death. Because, realistically, this world is not much different. Good to see you're against Yume x Ranta! 38 diamonds 4,541 views 807 downloads 5 comments 16 favorited. It comes off as sloppy – she was meant to defeat Death Spots, not dispel her old friends. Actually, why don't they all just band together and kill all the enemies? That whole altercation and idea in general was easily a highlight of the anime. That's true. J-Novel Translation - Grimgar Light Novel - Volume 14 Discussion Megathread. Some may know of this, but for those who do not, they would the 5 stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Yes, he’s the tank. Such "nakedness" lets us "see" more of their characters, how they act when "laying bare," in those brief moments. For me, in this case, I felt that Manato was used appropriately and accordingly, ending up as one of the better characters in the show overall for this reason. That is, while the group was there supporting her, only Merry could overcome her troubles – in both a physical and mental sense. They’re not complex characters whatsoever, but they’re likable nonetheless. Such lights add ambiance, a sense of familiarity and longing and happiness. Join forum discussions on the anime Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions) on MyAnimeList, the internet's largest anime database. However i believe its also not the most "anime" trait at the same time. The sex stuff is simply in the way of the tale the anime tries to tell, serving as nothing more than extra, unnecessary material. As for the ending, it, too, has problems. Arguing against the idea that the anime is completely realistic is a fool’s errand. --This text … I can't accept the anime bait-and-switching me with Yume and Haruhiro clearly being a pair in the first six episodes (episode five practically solidifies their romance), and then the show has the gall to subtly imply she will end up with the dude that constantly calls her "flat-chested.". But that’s somewhat the point. BANJO! It happened in episode eight, and one can probably guess which scene it is. We talked about this in my Heavy Object review, but it comes down to drawing that line. Title: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. “Realistic.” Purposeful word choice. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - The Leaders and the Led (Novel 4) 2017-12-12 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash - Hear Me Out, and Try Not to Laugh (Novel 5) 2018-02-20 share. In fact, I would argue that the only good "dialogue" was between Haruhiro and himself. and it is called “Grimgar : Ashes and Illusions”. He does not complain about their situation. Don't downvote because you don't agree; downvotes are only meant to be used on comments that don't contribute to the discussion. Grimgar … Sure there is a greater world and politics beyond their home but unless it directly effects them at the have little reason to care as they struggle to eek out a living. It felt so real because it's exactly how all of us would react in that same situation -- despite how much we would tell ourselves otherwise. If you haven't completely caught up with J-Novel's translations, go read it and then come back and join us. Although, unlike Ranta, Mogzo, and Yume, she actually does develop as a character. The anime communities across Reddit, Tumbler, … Manato's death is another strong example. J-Novel Translation Link | Amazon eBook Link | MAL. Allow me to explain. The goblins seem to do that, so why not the humans? He was strong. And, most importantly, the event that led to her new, distant self – the death of many of her close friends – let the group understand that she’s not so different from them. It’s a gradual process, a realistic process, which slowly melts her icy exterior. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar has these uncomfortable-looking straw beds that many of the cast members sleep in. I hope to see you in either! Trying to survive on the highway with maniac drivers on a daily basis represents one more day to live. Nope. Indeed, Haruhiro, Yume, Shihoru, Ranta, and Mogzo gain a new friend in Merry, and Merry likewise gains new friends in them. She deserves way better. The Story. The show basically doing away with Haruhiro and Yume’s intimate scene in episode five, and Ranta going back to his name-calling ways despite nearly dying only made me madder. They don’t know how they got there, and it’s not important. The character designs, while not as beautiful as the art, have their own appeals to speak of. All because Haruhiro had that ideal to look up to. Loved the leisurely pace that let me really sink into the mindsets of the characters. And a lot can be called bullshit if theres no proper explanation to how it works. He defends his selfish fighting style because, as he correctly points out, sometimes situations don’t go perfectly, so having options helps the team. October 4, 2016 October 28, 2016 Cho Review Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. But these moments are merely passable whereas the offending ones are wholly unacceptable. While I did harp on the show for improper world-building, you are totally right that the show didn't even really flesh out its own city. Haruhiro’s victory over Death Spots is particularly egregious (despite how much the show tried to stylize the encounter to cover up for the low amount of animation). #10 … :P. ...but having personalities and lives made it all seem more real which made some of the encounters a bit harder to watch. It’s at this point that they finally learn of Merry’s past. As for the other characters, I liked them. Despite me feeling that way, it doesn’t make Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash a bad series. Conflict arises between themselves, and Merry, their new party member, proves difficult to work with due to both parties’ resignations. In other words, this world is real – and affects them on a personal level. And let's not forget that the show tried to fool the viewer by not showing the arrow sticking from Manato's back for some inexplicable reason! ...where things you normally do in a fantasy game without a second thought (like killing a basic grunt) have completely different effects on the individual when done in person. But his pure luck stretches the realism when he has a broken arm, it’s him solo versus this raid boss, and his sacrifice doesn’t amount to any tangible loss. Neither does Haruhiro killing Death Spots. 1 Author: Ao Jumonji (Story), Mitsumi Okubashi (Art), Eiri Shirai (Characters) Publisher: Yen Press Language: English Format: Paperback Pages: 224 Genre: Sci-Fi, Action Publication Date: June 20, 2017. I went with Merry for MAL-consistency sake. In the end, her cries for Haruhiro, her friendliness towards the others, and simply the smile on her face demonstrate that she has fully progressed as a character, proving the high level of execution in her arc. They are just a bunch of regular people trying to survive off of dingy lodgings, scarce food, and not enough new underwear. I love Grimgar. I actually saw a different thread earlier today involving this same discussion, so I can guess who you are potentially referring to. The whole world's most prominent feature is its red moon that no one even pays attention to! I.e., another thing we can agree on. Deceptive lies ! On one level, it’s basically them wanting to avenge Manato’s killers. r/HaiToGensouNoGrimgar: The subreddit for Hai to Gensou no Grimgar fans! Grimgar Of Fantasy And Ash Season 2 Release Date: As stated earlier, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash receives mostly positive review. Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy. ...would be kicked faster than you could ask "What would Manato do?". Just Rakugo to go and then my Top 10 for the season. Grimgar #16 Hachi Dai Shuzoku #03 I’ll Never Set Foot #02 Imouto wa Kanji ga Yomeru #05 Infinite Dendrogram #14 Infinite Stratos #13 Isekai Konyoku #07 Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! Everything I've known is a lie! Shoes way too big for the plain, unassuming rogue. I get it. Merry is a beautiful-looking girl that Haruhiro grows close to the more he interacts with her. Everything else felt lacking in terms of creativity. Mostly in the wrapping-up department. The OP is a welcome addition to Grimgar. So long as Yume doesn’t end up with Ranta. :3). Oh wait, Goblins killed Manato..." cue 30 seconds of sad silence. He doesn’t have the same air of confidence as their previous leader did. I would have tolerated the pairing more if the show hadn’t already paired Haruhiro and Yume together and if Ranta had been a bit more compassionate. J-Novel 's translations, go read it and Grimgar both nail down the fact that anime! 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