Grimgar is on a role lately. After Manato’s passing, things have been working really hard at being dramatic, without becoming melodramatic, and to my pleasure it seems to be working really well. After starting off with the aftermath to last week’s little moment between Haruhiro and Yume, specifically Ranta (man, I’m starting to hate him so much) blowing a gasket over it, we’re brought back into the development of Mary and the party as a whole now that Manato is gone.
It’s a pleasantly slow episode that provides a wealth of character development for both Mary and Haruhiro. On Haruhiro’s end, most of the development comes through his slow growth into being a worthy leader of the party. Shown through a brief vision of Manato, as well as his changed outlook during the latter portion of the episode, it will definitely be interesting to see how he develops. It’ll be even more interesting due to his explicit reluctance to take on the role. Characters like him are far more fascinating in this sort of setting.
Mary, on the other hand, is given episodes worth of development in a short period of time. It almost seems like, due to her relatively late entry to the party, they’re trying to make up for her limited presence compared to the other characters. And honestly, it works quite well.
Rather than relying purely on dialogue to bring things across, they spend just as much time making Mary’s actions speak for her. In a visual format, this is an often underused, but brilliant method of allowing a character to develop. Although, all we’re currently receiving from her is an idea of who she is, and not really moving past that stage yet. The most dialogue that is centred on her stems from the party’s conversation with Hayashi, a warrior who had formerly fought alongside Mary during their time as trainees. Even here, it works quite well, and does a lot to expand upon her as a character.
Other than those two, we also get a little bit more Moguzo focus, but only enough to expand upon what his role in the party is; an act which doubles as more development for Haruhiro’s blossoming role as leader. It works for setting up some of the next episode’s events (as hinted in the next episode preview) as well as just give the big guy a chance for a little bit of the limelight.
Overall, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is definitely maintaining a high quality performance. Everything about this episode worked really well, although Ranta continues to drag on proceedings immensely (he is by far the worst thing about this show) and the slow pace is not always working as well. With Mary slowly opening up to the rest of the party, it’ll be interesting to see where things progress from here. If they’re going to survive, and possibly even leave the trainee stage of their careers, they’re all going to need to work together better than ever before.
Episode 6 Rating: 9/10
Grimgar streams new episodes Sundays exclusively on Funimation.
Dub Review Episode 1:
Wow! I wasn’t expecting as much quality from this dub as Funimation has presented. It’s rare for an English dub cast to be as perfect as it is here. The only other series that have had such perfect dubs, at least for first episodes, are Funimation’s own work on Fullmetal Alchemist, Steins;Gate, Mushi-shi and the dub for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Honestly, if you enjoy dubbed anime at all, combined with the high quality of Grimgar itself, this is one to definitely check out. Ricco Fajardo in particular is nailing it as Haruhiro. Much like his work as Daryun in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, he’s managing to catch the same vocal tone that Yoshimasa Hosoya uses for both Daryun and Haruhiro giving me plenty of hope that he’ll nail Haruhiro’s most emotional scenes in episodes four and five.