Hello! YUKI here, I wish I could travel to the other world!
The world of the anime “Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash” is gorgeous.
This time, can the team finally beat the goblin?
The second episode was all about the importance of life, in my opinion. How did you take it?
Synopsys oft the second episode: A long day of a volunteer soldier in training
At night, Haruhiro abruptly wakes up in the volunteer soldier quarters, noting that Manato’s bed is empty. He went outside wondering about Manato’s whereabouts. There, he runs into Manato, who has just returned from a bar, where he was collecting information. After a couple of short conversations, the two feel like they got to know each other better than before. The next day, Haruhiro’s party sets their target on a loner goblin, determined that they won’t repeat the failure from the last time.
Scriptwriter: Ryosuke Nakamura
Storyboard: Kenichi Shimizu
Director: Ryosuke Nakamura, Tomoyaka Shibayama
Animation Director: Tomoko Sudo??? 須藤智子
I didn’t expect to be moved by Goblins
Haruhiro and the team set their target on a loner goblin that is filling a drinking bottle with water. They fail to pull off the first surprise attack, because Ranta runs across in front of the party yelling and cutting grasses. The alarmed goblin attempts to run off, but, Yume’s arrow hits the goblin. Haruhiro seizes the moment to attack.
The goblin-hunting scene presents realistic and artful graphic visuals, without being overwhelmingly raw. Yet still, the battle between human and goblin leaves a bad after taste. A realistic shock of killing an organic living thing soaked in with the viewers, including me.
Ranta felt it; the palpable sense of cutting into flesh and bones. A raw, desperate cry of the Goblin, refusing to die. Killing is a necessity of survival. The scene made me realize that they are in a world where you must kill or you get killed. I hope those who play monster-killing videogames and anime have a chance to watch this episode.
After the battle
Thanks to the beautiful background music, I was able to enjoy Haruhiko and the team’s after-hunting relax time in town.
A number of scenes depict different ways of enjoying private off-duty time; some enjoy eating a huge cut of meat, other enjoy cleaning and conditioning weapons, or, one may just simply enjoy the city view, shopping, and so on. It looks as if the members become a part of Grimgal’s daily peaceful town life. These scenes, alongside the homeless adventurer’s scene, a beautiful sunset scene, communicates a tough aspect of living in Grimgal and the beauty of Grimgal.
Ranta’s humane aspect
In the beginning, Ranta declares that he’s going to eat up all the meat dishes from the street vendor. However, once he’s got a change to slaughter the team’s dinner, realistic fear finally kicks in. He even sheds tears after killing off a goblin. He looks little depressed as he tries his best to clean off the meat plate at the street vendor. He slowly regains his swagger by interacting with the team members. Watching his emotional up and down, I felt good when he became normal again. The humane aspect of him made me think that he might be the most sensitive person of all.
The second episode delivers truly great content. If you haven’t seen it yet I would highly recommend to check it out. I personally want to check the original version of the story.