Welcome to the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash review for the anime only. This would be a short review with no spoilers especially with themes of death this show explores heavily. The anime is the adaptation of the light novel series written by Ao Jūmonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai.
It follows a group of teenagers who found themselves mysteriously brought into a fantasy world without any recollection before their arrival. They do remember some stuff from their world as they take on a risky livelihood which involves hunting goblins and monsters.
(Note: I omitted a character due to spoilers)
The protagonist or you could call him the viewpoint character. His role is the thief.
He's the leader of Haruhiro's group who often comes up with the strategy while maintaining the group and his role is the priest.
Ranta is a brash guy who often jumps into trouble during quests or with his teammates due to his pervertedness with the gals.
Moguzo is the tank in the team and a very quiet giant.
Shihoru is a shy mage who is more comfortable with Yume. Like Manato, she plays support during quests.
Yume is the energetic archer who is quite close with Shihoru. She usually reprimands Ranta for his pervertedness.
The show's strengths are its strong atmosphere and ambience through its beautiful animation, scenes, and music with happy and sad scenes. Being slow, it builds the characters for the audience to connect with. Since these are teenagers who are like fish out of water, they have a lot to learn and pick up skills. It has a natural progression.
It has a mature take on the "MMORPG" esque elements as you can feel the agony as the team made their first kill and it feels horrifying. They deliver the shock value pretty well which could have better if it was in the first episode.
Depending on well you think the suspense is built, the death scenes can be memorable and impactful. However, one death scene is ruined because of an episode preview that left too much of a hint.
Because of the extreme slow pacing, the first episode literally does not do much besides set up the world. During the beginning half of the series, it can be sleepy for those who want action.
Depending on your tolerance of fan service, I will explain the type of fan service. It's mainly heavy male gaze. No gainax (breast bounces) or panty shots.
Despite the music being great, having an insert song most of the episodes can ruin the quality in making overused music in a way it loses its impact.
This issue I notice with folks in the discussion thread. While the story doesn't involve an actual game, it plays like one. For folks who are tired for the MMORPG element heavily used in anime shows these days, it can feel contrived. Because there is no clue for the teenagers being there, it can be confusing for folks to wonder if this is actual a game or not.
If you are not tired of the shows like Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, give it a try. It's a slow series that requires a lot of patience. It's best to watch this show with another fantasy "RPG esque" show like KonoSuba, Senyuu, and more with a funny take on the trope.
Episode one is a clear indication of them being inside a video game world, when they mention the word video game. Is them basically winking yes they are inside a video game just in case you did not knew wink. Granted I did not read the light novel, but I am not interested. Well whatever I already explain my dislike on how generic it is. Although one huge positive is that you do feel more weight of the character action which is always nice for a show all about drama.
As for my review style, I usually take people's experiences with the anime from the discussion threads to help build the review, to make it more open. You probably saw your issues in the bad section. That's why I highlighted it as a confusion. Granted, it was never explained in the anime. I'm not sure what the light novels explain how the childrn were there and if this is a truly video game. I just further compared it to the other shows to suggest this theme is highly used for anime shows these days, it's a generic theme.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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