Good story, Not enough for a whole film
A Disappointing Continuation
If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
This is a dark and sometimes deeply uncomfortable drama
I have watched many Japanese animation, some are unforgettable such as Ghibili productions or animation series such as Erased. But not all have to be unforgettable or outstanding, some are light and easy such as Ranma. This animation while is not fantastic it is nice and enjoyable maybe a little slanted toward mid teens. Never the less any Japanese animation is far better than the pasteurized, homogenized, franchised cookie cutter Hollywood productions. In response to a reviewer who said " It is cringe worthy when in the first scene of the series it is portraying the females as useless and clumsy damsels in distress
.." Maybe you have watched too many Hollywood shows where 50 KG females with stick figures easily over power men 3 times their size but in real world females do rely on their male kinsmen and friends to defend them, where physical strength is needed, and this is one of the good things about most Japanese animations where women are women and men are still men, this does not mean women are not strong. On the contrary women are shown to be truly strong, i.e. not physically but strong in will and character. You should see Kikyo in Inuyasha or Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Again one can not satisfy everyone, especially when views of reality has been so warped by popular culture and interest groups. Enjoy
The occasional RPG setting within an anime isn't some new, revolutionary trend. Popularized by Sword Art Online, they seem to be popping up a lot more frequently than before and that isn't something I'm particularly fond of. This is mostly due to the lack of originality that comes with these works. To a novice, this idea may seem spectacular on it's own, but at this point, the same thing has been done over and over again and not once did I consider one of them to be good. With that being said, I believe that this is quite close to the epitome of what an anime should not be - from the embarrassingly awful execution to the completely obnoxious and meaningless characters. It honestly baffles me that some people see this title as average, yet alone good.It is cringe worthy when in the first scene of the series it is portraying the females as useless and clumsy damsels in distress, unable to do anything on their own apart from scream and cry until their beta-male white knight companions come to the rescue. This makes for some of the worst scenes I have ever seen, like talking about Shihoru's breasts for a good 3-5 minutes.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 high point 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.
I really enjoyed this show, but it does have its faults, and I don't think I can actually recommend this to any of my friends.The artwork and animation is really nice most of the time. (there are points that it seemed a little numbed down and "cheap")The story line was pretty simple, and not explained very well. They are all put in this situation at the start of the show, everyone is confused as to why and it is never questioned again ******There is a LOT of down time (with the characters reflecting on EVERYTHING and feeling sad or confused about stuff, also there is a tone of inner monologue that seems to drag on a lot.) and too much singing and music. A lot of moments I felt bored watching and actually would start surfing the internet.Some of the dialog is a little childish at times as well.Aside from some of the small plot holes and dragging on of the show it does have some good moments. I would recommend if you have time to kill or need something on in the background.
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.The art in the series is a 9 out of 10. The characters are clearly in their own character journey and while at their modest start-up stage in the first 12 episodes, they are entertaining and full of quirks particular to each character.I am excited for the continuation of the series.