MANGA.TOKYO Editor Yuki’s Hai to Gensou no Grimgar(Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash) Insert Song Selections
(SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers. If you have not watched the anime yet, it is highly recommended that you watch it before reading.)
Many Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash viewers, myself included, were impressed by the insert songs in the anime.
The music fit in perfectly with the mood and themes of the anime, without being too over the top.
Many of you probably know this already, but all the music in Grimgar was produced by (K)NoW_NAME.
According to the website, (K)NoW_NAME were the “creative unit” in charge of music. That means that they were in charge of all the dramatic music, the opening and ending theme songs, and the various insert songs throughout the series.
Apparently, they will also play an event called Grimgar, Live and Act in June of 2016 in Tokyo.
The insert songs from Grimgar are available on TOHO’s YouTube channel, so I’ve gone ahead and chosen five tracks to present to you today!
Episode 9 Insert Song: “Sun Will Rise”
Toward the end of the story, the day after defeating the goblins that killed Manato, the crew decides to take a day off. This song appears in this episode as the characters each recall the past.
I’m not a music expert, but I think the acoustic guitar and the beautiful, crystal-clear vocals really fit in well with the watercolor artwork in the anime.
I can’t help but wonder if this song wasn’t written specifically for this ninth episode.
Opening theme “Knew Day”
Up next, of course, is the opening theme!
I always get goosebumps when the opening song comes in after the prologue to the episode.
When Manato disappeared and Mary came in, the video for the opening changed. I didn’t know if I should feel happy or sad. That left a particularly big impression on me.
In addition to the song, the video itself is fantastic.
Ending theme “Harvest”
Next up, the ending theme.
The beginning to this song is awesome!
Did you not want to break into tears hearing this song after Manato died?
This tune echoes the sentiments of the anime beautifully.
Episode 12 Insert Song “Cultivate”
The insert song for the last episode is “Cultivate.”
As the series draws to a close, you start to think about how great it is and how you don’t want it to end.
Even though that mood encapsulates the 12th episode, this forward-looking song manages to create a heartwarming and optimistic atmosphere.
You can listen to the song and watch a scene with Mary and Haruhito via the YouTube link, so go check it out!
Episode 4 Insert Song “Rainy Tone”
This is my favorite of all: Rainy Tone!
It plays during the most painful scene of all.
The song starts as Haruhiro speaks. Yume holds on to Shihoru’s arm as she weeps. Ranta and Moguzo are dumbfounded, and Haruhiro is destroyed.
Each is portrayed in a single watercolor slide, and this exaggerates the sad scene.
The ending credits play immediately after this tune, and I remember breaking down into tears at that point.
Even now, I still think that this was a fantastic anime.
I really want them to make a second season. If everyone buys the DVDs and Blu-Rays, we can push for a second season to be made!
So? What did you think of my five selected insert songs? Of course, there are other fantastic tracks too. They are all available on CD, so those of you who are interested, check out the official site!
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