“Grind” Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Review and Recommendations

“When I try touching the dry air after a rain, like a sprouting flower, fragments of memories overflow”

Thrown into a fantasy like world where there are classes, party’s and monsters to fight, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar takes a different spin on the entire genre that has existed so far. The anime is not your run of the mill typical, kill monsters with over powered moves fantasy/game anime. It’s slow, it’s darker and shows the slice of life aspect that comes with living life not as a hero but a novice. There is no respawn or reset.

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The best factor the anime has going for it is it’s realistic vibe. The characters within the story are basically new to everything in the world, and a slow pace of learning and developing is created throughout the whole season. It’s frustrating, it’s exciting and learning from mistakes (no matter how fatal they can be) was one of the most important lessons they could learn, and it helped with their development over the season. With all the events that occur throughout the season, drama occurs between the characters and within our main protagonist Haruhiro. The realistic development of his character over the season, is probably one of the best, from questioning what he has to do, and comparing that to what he should do. It’s probably good to highlight how balanced the anime really was, from everyday actions in learning about the world, to action sequences in fighting monsters just to earn enough loot to get money to live the next day, it’s a grind at it’s heart, but that what makes it so good and realistic.

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The animations and music also play a huge role in setting the scenes. With water color like backgrounds to vivid landscape shots, the animation’s seem soft, but offer a lot of impact. This in being combined with soft melodic tones through the music at times created a really good combination that felt satisfying to watch.

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Yume Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The combination of OP and ED was probably one of the strongest this whole anime season. With strong vocalists to perform each song, it created a great start and end towards each episode. The use of soft water color animations for both OP & ED, further highlighted the quality of it’s production and matched well with the pace of the songs.

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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Was it Good?

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar offers a whole new spin to the genre of fantasy and games. With everything that occurs in the series can be seen as a more realistic take on the combination of genres. It’s a slower, darker anime, and offers a good niche alternative to everything else out there. It’s also good at what it’s suppose to do, that is, developing it’s characters (along with the reinforcement of strong animations and music) where it’s probably one of the best this season.

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Recommendations: Hai to Gensou no Grimgar provides a different view towards the genre of fantasy and games. Containing both action sequences and slice of life moments, the show does really well in balancing the two, though it is difficult to recommend based on its darker, slower pace, however I recommend the following:

  • Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
  • Log Horizon
  • Sword Art Online

2 thoughts on ““Grind” Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Review and Recommendations

  1. Nice summary there. I couldn’t grasp the core of this show in my posts as well as you just did.

    I think there aren’t better people to make such a monument to the daily grind of life than Japanese and what the party of Hai to Gensou no Grimgar does is a pretty good analogue to the daily chores of the everyday man.

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