Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
|Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash|
The cover of the first light novel volume.
(Hai to Gensō no Gurimugaru)
|Written by||Ao Jūmonji|
|Illustrated by||Eiri Shirai|
|Published by||Overlap Bunko|
J-Novel Club (digital) |
Seven Seas Entertainment
|Original run||25 June 2013 – present|
|Written by||Mutsumi Okubashi|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||22 April 2015 – 22 June 2016|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Ryosuke Nakamura|
|Written by||Ryosuke Nakamura|
|Music by||R.O.N ([K]NoW_NAME)|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, ABC|
|Original run||11 January 2016 – 28 March 2016|
|Episodes||12 + OVA|
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (灰と幻想のグリムガル Hai to Gensō no Gurimugaru), released by Funimation in the UK as Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions, is a Japanese light novel series written by Ao Jūmonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai. The story follows a group of people who suddenly find themselves in a fantasy world with no memories from before their arrival, and chronicles their struggles to survive and make a life for themselves.
Mutsumi Okubashi began serializing a manga adaptation in Gangan Joker in 2015. The novels were adapted into a 12-episode anime television series that ran from January to March 2016. An original video animation was released in March 2016. The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation, while J-Novel Club has acquired the rights to publish the original novels in English and Yen Press publishes the manga adaptation.
The story begins by showing a group of novice adventurers battling goblins in a forest. The party seems utterly out of their element and is forced to flee. From there we discover through flash back and dialog that the party, who likely originate from modern earth, woke with a large group of people on this world just a few weeks ago.
With no memory of how they arrived and no other options they are quickly pressed into service as Trainee Volunteer Soldiers by a mysterious individual named Chief Britney. Some take to this better than others. The party we have been following is composed of the left over individuals who didn’t.
Led by a man named Manato they have banded together, joined class guilds, and begun hunting weak monsters as a way to grow stronger and earn the money they need to survive. Initially things do not go well. Eventually however, the party learns to work as a unit and experiences enough success hunting goblins to move from the forest to a ruined city. There Manato dies saving them from ambush and leaves the responsibility for the group to the thief Haruhiro.
Thrown into despair, the party is fractured and grieves for their lost friend never having realized just how much Manato did to hold them all together. Once the party comes to terms with their loss, they take on a new Priest named Mary.
Mary is initially distant and broken from the loss of her own party, for which she blames herself, but gradually comes to regard Haruhiro and the party as friends though she remains distant. Back to full strength the party seeks to avenge Manato by striking at the heart of the goblin encampment in the ruins. After slaying the goblin king the party finds closure and decides to help Mary do the same by moving their monster hunting to the kobold infested mines where her old party fell.
The season ends with Mary's past behind her and the surviving heroes coming to terms with the life and death nature of their time on the world of Grimgar.
- Haruhiro (ハルヒロ)
- Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
- The main viewpoint character and Thief of the group. Haruhiro is the most well-rounded character of the series as he is neither arrogant in his nature nor humble. He is generally helpful and always willing to help out his party members. He is later forced to become the group's leader after Manato's death. Eventually he starts to pay more attention to his teammates' feelings, slowly improving as leader.
- Manato (マナト)
- Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)
- Manato chose to become a Priest and ultimately assumed the role of the group's initial leader. He saw the positives in people and with that he was able to effectively strategize battle plans when the group began hunting goblins for the first time. As they progressed as a team, they began mapping out abandoned towns while hunting bigger goblin parties. However, while resting the group was ambushed by more goblins than they were accustomed to. Effectively moving his party to retreat, a goblin archer was able to successfully hit Manato square in the back as they ran away successfully. He died soon after. In a conversation after his death, Haruhiro mentioned that aside from missing his leadership and strategist plans, Manato was also a defensive tank like Moguzo and a front line attacker like Ranta.
- Yume (ユメ)
- Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)
- Brave and energetic, Yume is the hunter of the group. She also has a tendency to try and protect Shihoru because of her shy and timid nature. She has a good friendship with Haruhiro and they seem to get along well.
- Shihoru (シホル)
- Voiced by: Haruka Terui (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
- The mage of the group. She is shy, only opening up to Yume and, to an extent, Manato before the latter's death. Yume is constantly trying to get her to interact more with the group.
- Ranta (ランタ)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)
- The Dark Knight of the group. He is brash, impulsive, and somewhat perverted, which leads him to constantly arguing with Haruhiro. Ranta is the troublemaker of the group constantly causing problems and making rash decisions for he has a slight hint of arrogance in his character.
- Moguzo (モグゾー Moguzō)
- Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai (Japanese); Jarrod Greene (English)
- Moguzo is the tallest and heaviest member of the group and hence chose to become a member of the Warrior guild. He wears the most ironclad armor and wields a wide blade broadsword that comes up to shoulder height. Although he is the most physically imposing, he challenges Shihoru for being the most soft spoken. On several occasions he will allow his friends to sleep in and will take their turn at cooking breakfast in the morning. He somewhat remembers doing this before and finding joy out of it. He also would carve wooden figurines of noteworthy quality in his spare time.
- Mary (メリイ Merii)
- Voiced by: Chika Anzai (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
- Joining shortly after Manato's death, Mary effectively replaces him as the Priest of the party. Initially, there is a lot of friction between Mary and the rest of the team. She was actually a lot like Manato, but after a tragic incident that led to the death of some of her friends, she became cold and aloof, but after Haruhiro tells her about their own situation, she slowly opens to her new party.
- Kuzaku (クザク)
- The Paladin of the group who joins after Moguzo dies.
- Renji (レンジ)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Jason Liebrecht (English)
- A volunteer soldier who arrived at the same time as Haruhiro and the others, but graduated from his position as a trainee much sooner.
- Ron (ロン)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Cris George (English)
- Supports Renji. He has brown hair with grey sides, and wears brown and metallic armor.
- Adachi (アダチ)
- Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)
- Supports Renji. He has dark hair and wears glasses. He wears a black robe with red trim and gold cuffs.
- Sassa (サッサ)
- Voiced by: Nozomi Furuki (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)
- Supports Renji. She has long brown hair and a short brown dress and high boots.
- Chibi (チビ)
- Supports Renji. A petite girl with short blue hair, blue and white dress, and brown boots. She does not have a voice actress listed.
- Shinohara (シノハラ)
- Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese); Christopher Wehkamp (English)
- Leader of Team Orion.
- Hayashi (ハヤシ)
- Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
- Supports Team Orion and Shinohara.
- Michiki (ミチキ)
- Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
- Leader of Team Michiki.
- Og (オグ Ogu)
- Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
- Supports Michiki.
- Mutsumi (ムツミ)
- Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)
- Supports Michiki.
- Kikkawa (キッカワ)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
- A carefree man from Tokimune's team who introduced Mary to Haruhiro's team. He has messy brown hair, and wears a green and white robe that covers his brown outfit.
- Britney (ブリトニー Buritonī)
- Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese); Mike McFarland (English)
- Britney has short red hair with a purple streak, and wears a white vest and shorts, and black boots.
- Barbara (バルバラ Barubara)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
- Haruhiro's Thief master. Barbara has short brown hair and wears glasses. She wears an outfit that has a brown band around her breasts and green shorts, and is outfitted with belts around her waist and legs to hold knives.
- Hōnen (ホーネン)
- Voiced by: Jōji Nakata (Japanese); Kent Williams (English)
- He is a balding man with long white sideburns and beard. He wears a white robe with blue trim and gold vestment, and wields a staff.
The light novels are written by Ao Jūmonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai, and are published by Overlap Bunko. The first volume was published in 2013. Online English light novel publisher J-Novel Club announced their acquisition of the series on October 28, 2016, and Seven Seas Entertainment will publish a print version as part of their collaboration with J-Novel Club.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||25 June 2013||ISBN 978-4-906866-22-9|
|2||25 November 2013||ISBN 978-4-906866-47-2|
|3||25 March 2014||ISBN 978-4-906866-69-4|
|4||25 July 2014||ISBN 978-4-906866-91-5|
|5||25 February 2015||ISBN 978-4-86554-026-0|
|6||25 October 2015||ISBN 978-4-86554-072-7|
|7||25 December 2015||ISBN 978-4-86554-086-4|
|8||25 March 2016||ISBN 978-4-86554-114-4|
|9||25 August 2016||ISBN 978-4-86554-149-6|
|10||25 March 2017||ISBN 978-4-86554-202-8|
|11||24 July 2017||ISBN 978-4-86554-234-9|
|12||25 February 2018||ISBN 978-4-86554-283-7|
|13||25 June 2018||ISBN 978-4-86554-346-9|
A manga adaptation by Mutsumi Okubashi began serialization in Square Enix's magazine Gangan Joker on 22 April 2015. North American publisher Yen Press announced their acquisition of the manga on 23 November 2016.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||22 December 2015||ISBN 9784757548404|
|2||22 March 2016||ISBN 9784757549180|
An anime television series was written and directed by Ryosuke Nakamura and produced by A-1 Pictures. Mieko Hosoi acted as character designer. Both the opening theme song, "Knew day", and the ending theme, "Harvest", were performed by (K)NoW_NAME. The series was broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX, Nippon BS Broadcasting, and the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation from 11 January 2016[a] to 28 March 2016. Funimation acquired the rights to simulcast the series with an English dub in North America. The anime is listed with 6 Blu-ray and DVD volumes containing 2 episodes each, having a total of 12 episodes. Anime Limited will release the series in the UK.
|No.||Title||Animation director||Original air date||Ref.|
|1||"Whisper, Chant, Prayer, Awaken"|
"Sasayaki, Eishō, Inori, Mezameyo" (ささやき、詠唱、祈り、目覚めよ)
|Mieko Hosoi||11 January 2016|||
|Several people, including Haruhiro, wake up and remember nothing but their own names. They learn that there is only one way for them to survive and earn money for their needs: kill goblins as Trainee Volunteer Soldiers. The other newcomers quickly form groups. Haruhiro and the others, who were not chosen, form their own group.|
|2||"Long Day of the Trainee Volunteer Soldier"|
"Minarai Giyū-hei no Nagai Ichinichi" (見習い義勇兵の長い一日)
|Tomoko Sudo||18 January 2016|||
|Haruhiro and his friends decide to become Trainee Volunteer Soldiers in earnest but struggle to survive as they are untrained and have yet to fully adopt the kill or be killed attitude of the other parties.|
|3||"Are Goblin Pouches Filled with our Dreams?"|
"Goburin-bukuro ni wa Oretachi no Yume ga Tsumatteiru ka" (ゴブリン袋には俺たちの夢がつまっているか)
|Akira Takada||25 January 2016|||
|Haruhiro and his friends continue to hunt goblins and gradually become used to their new world and learn to fight as a unit. They are finally able to buy new clothing with the money that they have earned.|
|4||"Sky Dancing with Ash"|
"Hai no Mau Sora e" (灰の舞う空へ)
|Kunihiko Sakurai||1 February 2016|||
|Becoming more confident, the group starts to hunt goblins in larger numbers, but when they encounter a group too powerful for them to defeat they retreat. As they flee, Manato takes an arrow to the back and, having exhausted his healing powers earlier, he collapses. The rest of the group rush to return Manato to town and are devastated when they find that he has died and cannot be brought back.|
|5||"Crying Doesn't Mean You're Weak. Enduring Doesn't Mean You're Strong."|
"Naku no wa Yowai Kara Janai. Taerareru no wa Tsuyoi Kara Janai" (泣くのは弱いからじゃない。 耐えられるのは強いからじゃない)
|Masahiro Shimizu||8 February 2016|||
|The group is despondent after Manato's death and funeral. The boys decide that they cannot proceed without a priest in the party and, with Haruhiro acting as spokesman, recruit Mary. She, however, proves to be a sullen, taciturn person who rubs everyone in the group the wrong way. How will they function if they cannot fully accept one another?|
"Kanojo no Baai" (彼女の場合)
|15 February 2016|||
|Haruhiro and Yume discuss Mary's coldness and convince the rest of the group to try to make Mary welcome, leading to internal disagreement. Haruhiro's attempts to get Mary to open up are rebuffed and he asks a former comrade of hers about her attitude. It is revealed that her cold demeanour is due to the loss of her friends: she, like Manato before her, healed every little scrape that her party had suffered and so, when the others really needed healing, her magic was depleted and they died.|
|7||"They Were Called Goblin Slayers"|
"Goburin Sureiyā to Yobarete" (ゴブリンスレイヤーと呼ばれて)
|22 February 2016|||
|Having learned of Mary's past (and how similar it is to what they have experienced with Manato), Haruhiro and the group decide to continue befriending Mary, although some of them are still unsure if it's possible. After a failed attempt to kill a goblin, Haruhiro tells Mary about Manato and explains that it's hard to survive without a priest. As they continue to adventure, the group learns new skills and Mary slowly starts to interact more with the group.|
|8||"In My Memories with You"|
"Kimi to no Omoide ni" (君との思い出に)
|29 February 2016|||
|As the group continues to hunt goblins, they resolve to not let any more friends die. Having improved their skills, the party decides to hunt the group of goblins who killed Manato. It is a tough battle against clever opponents, but the party succeeds and is able to earn enough money to buy their Volunteer Soldier badges, including one for the fallen Manato which they leave at his grave.|
|9||"How to Rest"|
"Kyūka no Sugoshikata" (休暇の過ごし方)
|7 March 2016|||
|Haruhiro and the group take a day off. During dinner, Haruhiro suggests that they change hunting grounds to the Siren Caves, citing increased goblin activity at their present hunting area. Mary, surprised by this, excuses herself and leaves because it is in those mines that she lost her friends to a particularly large and savage kobold named Death Spot. Despite their misgivings and Mary's obvious emotional baggage, they are determined to try it. During a training session with Barbara, Haruhiro asks her about the streaks of light that he has seen while fighting, which seem to show him how and where to strike.|
|10||"I'm Not Fit to Be a Leader"|
"Rīdā no Utsuwa Janai Keredo" (リーダーの器じゃないけれど)
|Masahiro Shimizu||14 March 2016|||
|Haruhiro and the gang reach Siren Mines and defeat a few kobolds as they work their deeper into the caves. Haruhiro has doubts about his ability to act as their leader. The next day, Ranta's recklessness during another kobold fight almost injures Haruhiro. When they reach the kobold's farm land, they see Death Spot and Ranta accidentally sets off an alarm.|
|11||"Between Life and Death"|
"Seitoshi no ma de" (生と死の間で)
|Kunihiko Sakurai||21 March 2016|||
|The sight of Death Spot has paralyzed Mary and we see a flashback of her previous encounter with the giant kobold. When she snaps out of it, she leads the party away, since they would be at a disadvantage in the open field. They stop for a rest in the ruins of a temple. As it turns out, this is where Mary previously encountered Death Spot and her friends died. The party's rest is interrupted by three undead - the reanimated corpses of Mary's friends whose bodies were not cremated. The group manage to fend off the undead long enough for Mary to purify them. Their relief is short-lived as Death Spot appears, forcing them to flee. The party is chased through the caverns and narrowly manages to escape, although Ranta is cutoff and left behind.|
|12||"See You Tomorrow..."|
"Mata, Ashita..." (また、明日――)
|Mieko Hosoi||28 March 2016|||
|Ranta manages to escape Death Spot and eventually reunites with the others. They attempt to flee to the surface but Death Spot follows them and blocks the way out. Haruhiro decides to sacrifice himself to give the others a chance to flee. As he faces Death Spot, Haruhiro accepts that he will die but is determined to fight until that moment. In that calm state he suddenly sees the lights that he told Barbara about and proceeds to fight and defeat Death Spot before losing consciousness. When he wakes up, Haruhiro finds himself safe at home and fully healed thanks to the others returning for him. The others are overjoyed that he is up and now have to decide what they will do with the 30 gold bounty that they earned for killing Death Spot.|
A 10-minute original video animation numbered "episode 2.5" was bundled with the first Blu-ray and DVD volume of the anime, which was released on 16 March 2016. Toho streamed a promotional video for the OVA on 5 February 2016.
|No.||Title||Original release date||Ref.|
|2.5||"Staking Our Youths on the Bath Wall – One More Centimeter"|
"Furo no Kabe ni Kaketa Seishun ―― one moa Senchimētoru" (風呂の壁にかけた青春――one more センチメートル)
|16 March 2016|||
- The broadcast date is listed as 10 January 2016 at 24:30, which is 11 January 2016 at 00:30 (12:30 AM).
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- episode.2 「見習い義勇兵の長い一日」. Grimgar.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 April 2016.
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- episode.4 「灰の舞う空へ」. Grimgar.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 April 2016.
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