Fear, survival, instinct. Thrown into a foreign land with nothing but hazy memories and the knowledge of their name, they can feel only these three emotions resonating deep within their souls. A group of strangers is given no other choice than to accept the only paying job in this game-like world—the role of a soldier in the Reserve Army—and eliminate anything that threatens the peace in their new world, Grimgar.
When all of the stronger candidates join together, those left behind must create a party together to survive: Manato, a charismatic leader and priest; Haruhiro, a nervous thief; Yume, a cheerful hunter; Shihoru, a shy mage; Mogzo, a kind warrior; and Ranta, a rowdy dark knight. Despite its resemblance to one, this is no game—there are no redos or respawns; it is kill or be killed.
It is now up to this ragtag group of unlikely fighters to survive together in a world where life and death are separated only by a fine line. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Dr Animaniac Unscripted
This was undoubtedly one of my favorites of the season and probably the sleeper hit of it as well. I loved every minute of it and absolutely hope there will be more. It had a surprising bit of feels and even more surprising ships, but still clearly ships all the same.
With an enchanting soundtrack and beautiful, watercolored backgrounds, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is an endearing adventure series that is a thematic colossus. So many of the lessons jam packed into this anime parallel our world as a whole while, at the same time, raising many thought-provoking questions. In a way, Grimgar itself may be a symbol for purgatory. This theory is just one of many that can be brought up in an effort to describe what the show means to a specific person. But just the fact that viewers can devise their own take on things and pull their own meanings out of everything makes Grimgar something special. With a brief course of only 12 episodes that stays interesting and important throughout the entire duration, I would go on to recommend this to anyone. Grimgar is a sleeping giant.
I love this anime, I’m sure there’s probably someone out there who disliked it and I think that person’s crazy, but kidding aside I could not find a single fault with this anime and can’t recommend it enough.
If you can get by the pacing, this is an excellent anime with gorgeous animation and fantastic watercoloured backgrounds. The slow pacing leaves me wanting for more at the end of every episode, leaving me waiting for a week before I can have it.
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A very compelling and unique adventure. Grimgar is certainly much slower-paced than your average fantasy series, but the show feels more fully realized and emotionally fulfilling for it. It’s definitely worth a look.
Grimgar offers a more down-to-earth look at the ‘trapped in fantasy land’ genre, as well as a level of insight into a friend’s death that very few anime of its ilk can claim. It takes a while for each character’s personality to fully distinguish itself, but by the time the series was over I felt that every character was fairly well established, and the show ends on a strong note. It’s not without its faults, but I do hope that this show gets another season, as the world of Grimgar is one I could easily return to.
Honestly its not some super fast paced hack and slash liek most of the the other anime in this genre and if it continues like this i think it will be great
What makes Hai to Grimgar succeed is that it earns everything that happens in it. Conquest against indomitable beasts are built on the backs of countless small victories starting from getting a change of underwear. When characters come together, it is only after seeing them hurt. Even the watercolor rendered backgrounds (aside from being breathtaking) justifies itself by how it emphasizes the divide between the cast and their surroundings. All fantasy worlds considered, Grimgar may lack the je ne sais quais to really distinguish it. However, the sense of closeness one feels to the cast makes the experience more tangible, more visceral, than any self insert fantasy.
A slow start gives way to an intriguing series that seems to have much to offer.
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This is a series that had a lot of initial potential and sounded pretty good on paper but A-1 went the wrong way of doing it. Especially if the characters were handled properly, Grimgar could of been the highpoint of the RPG genre, covering stuff like how detrimental loss can be in some cases. Sadly, the script looks like something from an otaku’s basement, the pacing and execution are incredibly poor and the characters are very bland, uninteresting and have no defining personality.
On the whole, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is visually pretty, great character development, but with slow plot movement. It isn’t the most amazing story but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time. With a lot of potential for a second season (considering the cliffhanger we were left with), I imagine that another season might force this show to move a bit faster. Though it’s fine by me if it doesn’t so long as it maintains its’ charm and character development. If it does that, I will be a happy camper.
This series continuation of themes explored in Sword Art Online and Log Horizon.
Taking a mix of the two…pretend like there wasn’t the big reveal at the beginning of SOA as to why they were trapped in the game and pretend like there wasn’t the awkward shrug off every character in Log Horizon, that was like ‘oh fiddle-sticks I got stuck in a video game,’ and you have Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Not entirely sure how they got into this creative world, but here they are.