Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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Fear, survival, instinct. Thrown into a foreign land with nothing but hazy memories and the knowledge of their name, they can feel only these three emotions resonating deep within their souls. A group of strangers is given no other choice than to accept the only paying job in this game-like world—the role of a soldier in the Reserve Army—and eliminate anything that threatens the peace in their new world, Grimgar. When all of the stronger candidates join together, those left behind must create a party together to survive: Manato, a charismatic leader and priest; Haruhiro, a nervous thief; Yume, a cheerful hunter; Shihoru, a shy mage; Mogzo, a kind warrior; and Ranta, a rowdy dark knight. Despite its resemblance to one, this is no game—there are no redos or respawns; it is kill or be killed. It is now up to this ragtag group of unlikely fighters to survive together in a world where life and death are separated only by a fine line.

User Rating: 4.68 ( 7 votes)


English: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
Japanese: 灰と幻想のグリムガル
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:30 (JST)
Producers: TOHO animation
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: Dual Audio, BD


Ryousuke Nakamura – Director, Sound Director, Script, Series Composition
Kenichi Shimizu – Storyboard
(K)NoW_NAME – Theme Song Performance, Inserted Song Performance
Haruka Terui – Theme Song Performance
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Knew day” by (K)NoW_NAME (eps 1-4, 6-11)
ED1: “Knew day” by (K)NoW_NAME (ep 1)
ED2: “Harvest” by (K)NoW_NAME (eps 2-7, 9-11)
ED3: “Harvest” by Shihoru (Haruka Terui) (ep 8)
ED4: “Cultivate” by (K)NoW_NAME (ep 12)

Episode List

01: Whisper, Chant, Prayer, Awaken
02: Long Day of the Trainee Volunteer Soldier
03: Are Goblin Pouches Filled with Our Dreams?
04: Sky Dancing with Ash
05: Crying Doesn’t Mean You’re Weak. Enduring Doesn’t Mean You’re Strong.
06: Her Circumstances
07: They Were Called Goblin Slayers
08: In My Memories with You
09: How to Rest
10: I’m Not Fit to Be a Leader
11: Between Life and Death
12: See You Tomorrow…



A more realistic and gritty approach to the trapped in a fantasy world. Not for everyone, due to slow nature and the shortness of the show.


Screw the haters, I liked it. Beautiful in visuals and sound, with an interesting take on the setting.


Dives into themes of grief and how people all react differently to such hardships. More tangible and visceral than any self-insert fantasy.


What SAO should have been like.


A more somber and realistic take on the isekai genre. Tells a moving tale with characters I actually cared about. It feels human!


A more realistic take on the “transported to a fantasy world” trope. Worth a watch.


I couldnt get enough! I just wish there was more! 9/10


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