Hello! This is Yuki the writer!
Has it ever happened to you that after you’ve finished watching your favorite anime you feel kind of sad, because you wish you could have enjoyed the show longer? Anyone?
To me Grimgar is that type of anime. Have you found a precious show like that in this season?
The Grimgar story is coming to a turning point with this episode 6. All right, let’s start the review!
Synopsis: Episode 6: Her Circumstances
Haruhiro and the friends try to get rid of the invisible barrier between them and the new healer, Mary, who has recently joined the party. Despite their effort, communication between Mary and the rest of the bunch always falls short.
Haruhiro keeps trying to find every little chance to talk to her, as he needs her to step up and exchange opinions about battle formation and all the business things, at the very least. Unfortunately, she stays rigid and shows no signs of improvement.
After the battle is over, Haruhiro and his friends head over to Shelly’s pub. Mary shows up alone, and, she ignores the rest of the party and sits at the counter alone. Haruhiro notices one guy approaching her; surprisingly, he seems to engage in a normal conversation with her.
Script: Ryousuke Nakamura
Storyboard: Kenichi Kawamura
Direction: Tomio Yamauchi
Animation Director: Yuuki Kinoshita,Tatsuya Oka
Review (spoiler alert)
I fall and return
In the previous episode, Haruhiro and Yume hugged each other tightly, wrapped up in emotions. Shihoru saw the two from far and thought they are in the relationship. She realizes her misunderstanding and frantically apologizes to Haruhiro and Yume for jumping the gun. In this scene, Yume struggles with words, Ranta freaks out. Haruhiro wraps up his head with both hands, exhausted.
During meal time, Haruhiro and the party discuss what they can do to get on good terms with Mary. Boys and girls get frank and there is absolutely no barrier among them. Moguzo and Ranta make a good slap joke.
The next day, the members try to make a casual conversation with Mary, but she acts cold and awkward, as if she refuses to get on good terms with just anyone.
That night, Haruhiro and the team go to the pub. Here, I notice that girls are invited too this time. They see Mary entering the pub and sitting at the counter alone, then they also see a man who talks to her. This guy belongs to a renowned clan “Orion” the name is Shinohara.
Back at the inn, Haruhiro is alone in his room. He reflects upon the weight of his responsibility as the team leader. He lets go of his frustration and starts to whine. Suddenly, Manato’s image appears and assures Haruhito that he can do it.
The following day, Haruhiro fails again to have a friendly conversation with Mary. The party decides to pay Shinohara a visit, the guy who was talking to her the other day. They learned about Mary’s dark past from another guy, Hayashi, who claims to be a former team member of Mary.
Mary used to laugh a lot, and she used to be bright and cheerful. Hayashi and his party members completely relied on her. The downside is that her hard work went unnoticed as everyone took it for granted. Gradually, the party members grew arrogant and over confident. They challenged a powerful monster and lost the battle. Hayashi and Mary survived, but the three others were killed.
After that event, Mary never smiled again.
Moguzo’s cooking looked yummy.
Until the previous episode, Haruhiro’s party was split into a boys and a girls team, but now, it seems like they have become one.
Haruhiro’s monologue scene really stands out. His phrase, “I don’t wanna do it.” It felt like these words just came out of his mouth, accidentaly, before he even knew it. That felt real, because it’s his gut feeling.
In the same scene, Manato made an appearance. I bet that image was a reflection of Manato living in Haruhiro’s memory. Aww. I almost cried at the mere sight of him.
Finally we learned the reason why Mary keeps her guard up. Come to think of it, she apologized to Moguzo when her oversight led to his forehead’s wound. She greeted the party members. She probably had to try hard to keep a certain emotional distance from her new party members.
Haruhiro chose to investigate Mary’s past. Some people might say this is an unethical approach. Haruhiro must have had deeply and sincerely contemplate his radical conclusion. Now that they have the information as to why Mary wants to keep a certain distance from them, what is their next step…?
I’m already looking forward to the next episode.
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