Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Final Episode (12): Quest complete!

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Starting things off with a bloody helmet that I’m guessing is intended to make us think a character is dead…but they wouldn’t kill a character between episodes, right?

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Final surprise for the final episode is…a mascot character! There’s something off about this demon’s voice…or is it just me? That aside, Ranta’s looking pretty safe and sound for now.

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WHAAAAAAAAA?????

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Oops…someone forgot a word.

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Poor guy…

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Whoa whoa whoa! You showed me this helmet bloodied in the lower floor at the beginning of the episode! How did it magically appear on Ranta’s head?

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Aaaaand it’s gone in the very next shot…another oops for the animation team!

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This is the most destructive magic I’ve seen all series.

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This is the moment where everyone ships these two, right?

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Wait…is it over? All the danger is gone? Well, I guess it’s halfway through the episode, which is typically when this series cools down.

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There’s no way it would be that easy!

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Trading Ranta for Haruhiro? Sounds like a perfect trade! Haruhiro has plot armor, so they’ve saved everyone!

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Power of friendship activate!

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Okay, even someone as inept as I am can tell that this scene was pretty poorly animated…either way, Haruhiro just got some crazy solo raid boss experience, right?

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Sure, I’ll pretend like I don’t care how the team managed to find Haruhiro and get him out after they had already fled the scene. I’m sure it wasn’t important…

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Ahh the joy of video game mechanics…a random assortment of silver and bronze coins just happens to add up to exactly thirty gold.

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Australia!!

Not much more to say on this one. Sure, they never answered the question of why everyone was brought to this world…but based on the fact that I completely forgot about that, I’m guessing that wasn’t the point. It wasn’t anything special, but I guess the show wasn’t among the bad shows of the season.

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Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 11: And next on the list is…

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Everything seems so peaceful…surely nothing major could happen this week, right?

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Dream within a dream! But seriously…back to reality.

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METAL GEAR!

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So not only are the kobolds sentient enough to have a religion, but they’re also smart enough to recognize and respect other cultures’ religions? Wow…these kobolds might be more advanced than humans.

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Zombies! Oh yeah…I remember someone mentioning this when Manato died. But didn’t they just say this place was a shrine? I think your holy ground is defected…

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Undead apparently retain the mental capacity to cast spells…for some reason.

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It wouldn’t be an RPG without a Magic Missiles reference, right? On a side note, how are the kobolds not hearing this combat?

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The power of friendship hugs!

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Even though the fire is clearly on his back, Haruhiro apparently feels the need to pound the front of his shoulder, which understandably does nothing to put out the fire.

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My Japanese is really bad, but I’m pretty sure Haruhiro said “Moguzo” here, not “Ranta”.

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The power of friendship is even strong enough to make the zombie regain some of its memories!

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All of that work and no loot? What a rip-off! I quit this game!

 

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Guess they totally forgot that they’re in the middle of enemy territory. Premature celebrations! Hooray!

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NO ONE IS SAFE!

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I can’t tell whether they’re being optimistic or just blatantly telling us that Ranta is going to survive. They wouldn’t kill Ranta off-screen, right?

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Typical bad guy aim…

Anyway, looks like the final episode for this series will be saving Ranta. It’s also looking like they might actually have to fight Death Spots to do it. It would certainly wrap everything up neatly. I don’t know what to think about Ranta showing up in the preview for next week’s episode…it’s almost like they’re baiting me into thinking he’ll survive. WHAT’S REAL??

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 10: New dungeons! New enemies!

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Teamwork!

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I feel like a lot of time in this show is wasted with introducing new skills…mostly skills that don’t really impact the story much more than not-so-subtly saying “they got stronger”. That being said, I’m not going to get upset at Yume for learning a melee skill since they’re in a cave. Ranged skills probably aren’t as helpful in the restrained fighting conditions.

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Random Enemy B is his rival? Good old Ranta. By the way, whatever happened to that stuff about Ranta needing to get the kill on the enemy for his class? Does that no longer matter? It feels a lot like it’s been forgotten.

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Kobolds did nothing wrong!

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Nah…it’s just waiting for you to make a move. Obviously…

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…Well, I can’t really argue with this. Also, he’s being really loud in front of the sleeping kobolds…

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Hang tight, final boss…it’s not quite time for you yet. Are you here to force Ranta to work with the team with overwhelming power?

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Team bonding!

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I find it really hard to fully disagree with Ranta here…honestly, I think he brings up some decent points. Haruhiro is still learning as a leader, after all.

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Yume practicing with throwing knives? I’m fine with this…master the ranged weapons. Also, I think someone got a little lazy with drawing the knife on the bullseye.

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All of the magic used in this series is supportive buffs/debuffs…does magic just have no power in this world? That’s a bit rare for an RPG world.

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Well, that trap was pretty conveniently placed. Yume loses points for not noticing it (that’s usually the archer’s job). Haruhiro also loses half those points.

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Go deeper? Sure, that seems smart…I think I remember this tactic from Danmachi.

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He’s here!

I guess next week’s episode is aimed at dealing with Mary’s personal trauma? Slight cliffhanger for this week’s episode, but I don’t really foresee them having trouble getting away from Death Spots.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 9: Day off

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You know what a show that moves slowly and has a lot of dead air needs? An episode where the main characters take a break! So much excitement! Woohoo!

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So, I guess Shihoru’s new bird-feeding obsession is an homage to that scene with her and Manato from earlier. But more importantly, this sentence is all kinds of wrong. As awkward as it sounds, “looking forward to continuing to work with you” is more correct here.

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Uhh…did that aardvark thing just “meow”? Is that really the sound they make or were they too lazy to get a better sound?

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While I understand that this is supposed to be nostalgic or something, it does bring up an obvious question. How exactly does Mary pay for these lodgings? Even if they’re specifically for women, the place must be nicer than the standard lodging that the main group is using, right? Did she just save up a bunch of money from her past adventures?

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I can’t tell if the show is trying to ship these two together or just using Haruhiro to pull Mary into the team activities.

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Wow…was my prediction last week correct? Now that they’ve avenged Manato, it’s time to avenge Mary’s former teammates?

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Uhh…this is actually terrible reasoning. It’s the kind of thing I would say in this situation and YOU DON’T WANT TO LISTEN TO ME IN THIS SITUATION. That being said, it’s possible that this is an adaptation that Haruhiro has developed from the incident with Manato. Manato died when the team let their guard down, so he might be trying to prevent the same thing from happening.

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Why is Haruhiro even talking about “breaking the routine”? If they can’t go to Damuro, then every place they choose will break the routine. He’s doing a very poor job of hiding the fact that he wants to go to Cyrene Mine just to help Mary face her past. His argument is invalid!

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Whoa, really? Mary is surprisingly rational in this situation.

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Haven’t seen her in a while…

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HE MUST CHOOSE!

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No Game No Life King?

I guess next week, we tackle the Cyrene Mine…sooooo more action?

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 8: Epic battle time!

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Let’s start things off with some early morning team-building exercises!

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Nicknames? One of us! One of us!

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These are the real main characters of this series…

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Did this guy just move a rook from the back rank to the opponent’s back rank? I don’t care if these guys are goblins…I see no path on the board for him to legally make that move. I see pawns blocking most files and the h-file is blocked by a knight.

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This knife is apparently really important.

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There’s something off-putting about this entire fight sequence. It feels like the entire thing was recorded in slo-mo. Still, finally nice to have some decent action in this slow-moving series.

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Given how much everyone loves Yume, I’m guessing this scene was a real stab in the shoulder…

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Switch? Are we SAO now? The animation effect on Mary’s staff even looked like a sword skill…

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It’s not just the slow-mo. There’s something else off about these fight scenes. It feels like everyone is just showing up and disappearing in the next scene. For example, in the first shot, Shihoru hits the big guy in the back with the spell. In the very next scene, Moguzo suddenly shows up in front of the guy and there’s a door in front of him? How does this make sense?

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Oh no! The parallel situation! It’s happening again! By the way, am I nuts or have only the female characters been getting these stab wounds in this episode?

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Oh, I see. The dagger is only meant to identify Manato’s killer so Haruhiro can finally have his sweet revenge.

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I still have no idea what to feel about scenes like this one. This entire part of the episode felt pretty boring, honestly.

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Power of friendship heals all!

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Wait…what was Haruhiro about to say? Did his confession just get interrupted? Nah, there’s no way that would make sense, right?

So, now that the group has finally gotten revenge on the goblin that killed Manato, is it time to handle the monster that killed Mary’s party? That guy didn’t seem too strong! Unfortunately, the preview seems to indicate that next week’s episode is going to be pretty uneventful. The second half of this episode was cooling down from the battle in the first half…do we really need another episode to cool down?

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 7: Joining the team

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In case you don’t remember Mary’s story from last week, here’s a reminder!

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I understand the message that’s trying to be conveyed with this line and I don’t really blame the series for using it, but I’m seriously getting tired of the “I left a part of myself behind” line.

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How funny would this scene have been if everyone had shifted their gaze at Ranta when this line was said? But this show is serious…sigh…

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It actually disgusts me how much this series shoves down our throats the message of “YOU MUST HATE RANTA”. I get it already…this guy is scum. You don’t want people to like him. Yeesh…

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I think Ranta is forgetting that everyone in the group had an actual group to talk to when Manato died. Even Ranta was able to vent his frustrations on Moguzo and Haruhiro in the tavern, and yet he refuses to give Mary the same courtesy. But like I said before…we’re just supposed to hate this guy.

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Oh I see…Ranta’s basically saying “why are you guys trying so hard to be nice to Mary, who refuses your friendship, and refuse to do the same for me”. A childish thing to say, but he has a point. The group forgives Mary so easily, but don’t stop to think that Ranta’s personality might come from a similar tragedy (although how could he remember it?).

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I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL!

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Oh, this is actually very perceptive of Haruhiro. After hearing Mary’s story, everyone would naturally be guarded around her because they want to respect her feelings, but it unintentionally gives the impression that they’re avoiding her…and so, Mary believes they’re preparing to kick her.

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One of us! One of us!

 

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Soon!

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Common grammatical mistake. “Everyday” is an adjective, so it has to describe something. For example, a correct way to use it would be to say something like “these everyday tasks”. In this situation where you want to say that something happens daily, you actually want “every day” as two words.

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Wow…these guys are really studying up on these goblins. I wonder how many other kinds of monsters there are in this world.

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Episode 7 and Yume is finally an archer. But I guess this world is stat-focused after all. They were keeping it under wraps by not mentioning “level ups”, but it’s clear that skills are the way to get infinitely stronger, so they somewhat mimic levels.

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Yup, this conversation is totally normal.

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“Main character reaches for the sun/moon” cliche.

I’m really not sure what to make of next week’s episode. I guess more integration for Mary. Are they also going to go after the goblins that took Haruhiro’s knife? They seem like they could end up being a “final boss” for this series.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 6: Mary’s almost there…

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Oh hey…a female character apologizing for misunderstanding a main character’s relationship with another female character. That’s pretty rare…

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Huh…I guess Yume really has no common sense. Please tell me she’s doing this on purpose.

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It’s scenes like this that make me think Ranta’s character might have some hope.

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People think that this might be a snarky way to answer the question “what did you have for breakfast?”, but there are plenty of people who don’t eat breakfast. At least Mary is giving some information, right?

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Yeah, I guess the bold “CRITICAL HIT” indication would be a bit too unrealistic…

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Team bonding!

 

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Ahh, I always love it when support characters act like this…

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I like this scene. Shihoru is exactly the right person to propose the mindset of a shy girl to give Mary the benefit of the doubt.

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Part of me hopes that Haruhiro’s internal struggles with the leader role end up reaching a point where he realizes that Manato also didn’t ask to be leader. It’s not like Manato was the best leader either, right?

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As someone who has some experience playing D&D, I can say that this is one of the things I always hated about the warrior class.

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Nice shot from Mary, but what the heck is going on with Haruhiro’s eyes?

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“It’s not like I…” what? Tell us more, Mary! I guess she’s turning…

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And so, Mary’s back story is finally revealed! It’s very similar to Manato’s story except that she’s still alive to feel the weight of guilt. Also, this story is basically validation for everyone who’s ever played a healer class. “Yeah, I don’t do damage, but my role makes me equivalent to like three of you guys!” Yeesh…

So, I’m guessing next week’s episode will resolve Mary’s story? I’m sure they won’t dwell on this too long. The preview gives next week’s episode title as “They Were Called Goblin Slayers”, implying that the team names itself after finally reaching a state of “completion”.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 5: Moving on

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I don’t know if this is actually a cliche, but I’m getting a bit tired of the “a person’s life is so cheap” line.

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Sigh…I was thinking that Ranta might be doing something useful when he said he was leaving…instead, he’s just here wallowing in a bar like the rest of his comrades. Come on, man! I was going to give you points!

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I really wanted Ranta to be the guy in the group that said the things that needed to be said, but it looks like the series is going out of its way to make everyone hate him.

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Well, this is convenient…I’m guessing this guy is here from the other party to help them out in their time of need.

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Enemies in this world have played more video games than the actual protagonists…

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Wait, really? Where have these trainees been? Why hasn’t the party recruited anyone else up until now? You’re telling me that Manato was in this tavern all the time and Kikkawa never once mentioned that to him?

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Haha the look on her face!

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This…is actually correct.

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Wait, what? You’re telling me Yume and Shihoru are actually upset about Mary being added to the team? What else were they supposed to do? I can’t imagine why anyone would be upset at the team having a healer.

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Once again, this is correct, but Mary loses some points here because she should have had a first aid kit on her to stop the immediate bleeding. That’s triage 101.

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WHY IS THIS STATEMENT TRUE??? THAT GUY WAS WEARING A ROBE!!!

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Someone forgot to proofread this translation.

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Just when Haruhiro is debating how to establish a new goal for his team and become a better leader, Arch- Renji arrives to show him how a true leader should act! So convenient!

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WHAT? Your lives are literally at stake here. You have no business being so prideful.

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This scene’s actually not bad. Yume makes Haruhiro realize how much he’s been trying to take on himself and forces him to stop trying to bury everything.

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Don’t worry, guys! Shihoru is here to make this scene funny! Because otherwise, you would have thought that Haruhiro and Yume were going to end up together. And that’s just crazy talk!

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Wait…Yume is actually that slow? Holy crap…

Next week, Mary officially joins the team! It looks like we’ll find out why exactly she joined despite the fact that Haruhiro insisted it was so hard to get a Priest to join. I hope it’s not something generic like “her personality made everyone hate her”. Because so far, everything she has said has been right.

 

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 4: That happened more quickly than I expected…

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Randomly starting off the episode with bird taming. Also, what won’t hurt? Her hands won’t hurt? I think you mean “they won’t hurt you”.

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Look at her shadow here. Her right hand is literally touching the ground right now. There’s no way in the world Manato will be able to do…

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…this. If he were really there in time, we would have seen his shadow too in the previous scene. This is not how physics works.

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Also, there’s no way Manato actually kept Shihoru from being injured here. There’s no way his right arm is cushioned enough to relieve the entire momentum of Shihoru’s fall…she would have at least hurt her back or butt here.

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Animators taking a day off on the characters, huh? Also, sure…let’s start this episode off with some romance. It’s been hinted at between these for a while now, but we should display it in the open!

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Taking some time at the start of the episode to introduce the party’s new skills? I’m totally fine with this. Show me what you got!

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So Shihoru is officially the team’s only decent ranged character? Yeah, this is some solid team strategy.

I’m totally fine with Backstab for Haruhiro…he definitely needed a skill like that.

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No it’s not…please tell me this is a translation error. I don’t think anyone has thought that “atrocious” is an elegant word…ever.

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Shadow first? Surely, this doesn’t suggest anything. Also, I guess you can get away with being a debuff mage when your entire team is melee fighters…feels like a waste of potentially destructive arcane magic, though.

Also, WHY IS MANATO THE VANGUARD?

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Ranta actually says the same thing I was thinking throughout Yume’s rant.

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Wait…they explicitly foreshadowed Manato’s death? Wow…I guess they really were pulling out all of those death flags on purpose.

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Oh, I see…this is one of those “pretend I’m fine until the danger passes” deaths…well, that feels like such an anticlimactic way for Manato to die.

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WHAT? THERE WAS NO ARROW IN HIS BACK! LOOK:

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That entire running scene was put there just to make us guess at how Manato was injured (I re-watched that scene three times looking for the arrow)…and then they just retcon the arrow in his back to mess with us.

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First off, this is why the healer should never be the vanguard.

But in all honesty, there’s not much more to be said about the rest of episode because it just shows the team grieving. For those of you that may be worried about this episode being a launching pad for murdering more members of the team, I’d say put your worries at ease. Manato’s death was something that has been coming for a long time and it’s something that kinda had to happen. He coddled the team too much and kept them in a dangerous state of mind. It felt like everyone was seeing this situation as a game that they played together, but Manato’s death shocks them into realizing that this is their reality. Now, each character will have to step up and fill in the gaps that Manato left behind, so I think it’s really unlikely that anyone else will be killed. It’s a good development, but it lacked all emotion. Manato felt more like a device than a character…you could tell from the start that he was just going to be thrown away.

Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode will introduce a new character to the group to fill in the healer role. Hopefully, this one actually does her job…yeesh.

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Episode 3: Finally some success?

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Oh hey…it’s the “big guy is actually into cooking” cliche. I guess he also made the airplane in the last episode, so it’s probably more like the “big guy is actually into creative activities” cliche.

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I’m eventually going to get tired of this guy, but I can’t get mad at him right now because at least he’s doing something.

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This smug reaction face…

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I totally thought this frog was going to be important or something. I guess the important takeaway here is that Ranta’s peeping is actually something that happened, not a gag that gets ignored like most series (you know which ones I’m talking about). That being said…the frog is probably the most interesting thing happening in this scene.

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Isn’t it kinda sad when the narrator is lying to the audience? Who is he talking to that would judge him so harshly for not being able to earn any money in the rain? Reddit?

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All of the sound stopped here…for some reason. I guess it was to focus in on this scent thing? But why? It has nothing to do with the very next piece of dialogue, which is Haruhiro wondering what the girls are doing about underwear.

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Finally looks like stuff is happening!

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Wait…isn’t Ranta wearing a chestplate too? And you’re a healer, Manato? In what universe does it make sense to take those three? A hunter like Yume, who specializes in survival, would probably be more sneaky than Ranta. I’d be willing to accept the excuse of “well, she’s a ranged class, so we need her to stay back”, but in that case, put her in a vantage spot. Also, we’ve established that Shihoru has no aiming skills, so maybe take her instead? Stop putting the healer at the front of the battle, Manato.

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As a thief, does Haruhiro not get a bonus for hitting an unaware target? Why does it make sense to send Ranta first and not the thief? Plus, Ranta wants to get the last strike, not the first one…

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Moral of the story: money buys happiness, kids.

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With the music in the background, this entire scene feels like a Rocky training montage. I have to admit that it was a pretty decent song, though.

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Whoa whoa…easy, kids. Aren’t you supposed to be saving up?

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Finally some insight on the mechanics of this world? Apparently, you just pay money to learn skills…good to know. Either it’s the more fantasy route and paying money just magically gives you the skill knowledge or it’s the more realistic route where I guess you’d have to pay a trainer or something.

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This conversation is interesting because it sets up a scenario where Manato starts showing hints that he may prefer the world of Grimgar over his original world. I wonder if that will be a point of antagonism in the future.

Maybe I’m being nuts, but did anyone else feel like the soundtrack in this series, while full of good songs, isn’t really fitting with the scenes in which they are played? I can’t quite place it, but something about the music just feels off most of the time when I’m watching.

A slightly more uneventful episode this week, but I still have a positive opinion of the show. As for next week’s episode, things don’t look so good for Manato, right? What’s up with the staff sitting on the ground in the preview? Also, why does it look like Yume is stopping Ranta from doing something? Perhaps, he’s going out to find Manato, who has gotten himself in some trouble? It’s probably too early for Manato to trigger his death flag…right?