Haruhiro picked Cyrene Mine as the party’s new hunting area. Their new targets are Kobolds, the mine’s native creatures. Having fought numerous battles against goblins and horned their combat skills, they have no difficulty in crushing the lower tier Kobolds. The party members keep advancing deeper into the mine, with due diligence, and with strong support from Mary’s knowledge about the mine. So far, the hunting is going smoothly, but there is one thing that bothers Haruhiro. As the party leader he becomes increasingly alert at Ranta’s reckless behavior. One night, after the party comes back to the town of Ortana, Haruhiro asks Ranta for a one-on-one conversation at the courtyard.
Review (spoiler alert)
Hi, this is YUKI the writer.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar) is one of my favorite shows among all this season. Now the show reaches the tenth round, leaving only a few left before the grand finale… I’m feeling a bit blue right now.
Now I’m going to look back to what happened in the tenth episode, and break down the show’s highlights and key points.
Haruhiro and the party begin hunting in Cyrene Mine.
Back in the early days when the team members had just began practicing the goblin hunt, they had a hard time in takind down just one goblin. Compared to that, the team has grown so much. Now they have more skills at their command.
The members have no difficulty taking down those Lesser Kobolds dwelling at the first tier. Ranta demonstrates that he can singlehandedly defeat the creatures.
Because the team members grew much stronger over time, even the slightly-tougher Kobold on the second tier is not an issue. The party wins the battle with ease.
According to Mary, the third tier and beyond is a dwelling space for Elder Kobolds. These creatures are armed and fight with tactics, so, it’s not going go this easy.
The party members chose to be cautious and decide to go back to town before they set their foot into the third tier. Only Ranta looks displeased.
Haruhiro has concerns about Ranta’s behavior and how disruptive it could be for the team’s harmony. That night after they came back to the town, Haruhiro invites Ranta to have a private conversation with him.
It turned out that Haruhiro and Ranta are not seeing eye to eye; they are coming from two completely different perspectives. The conversation heats up, and the two break off with frustration in the end.
Next day, Haruhiro’s party sets out to the mine again. They fight well against the Elder Kobolds.
Then, comes the fourth tier. There lays a completely different scenery, which boasts an image of farmland.
The team members accidentally hit in a trap made of strings and bells. The approach of strangers alerts the kobold villagers.
Thanks to Mary’s quick suggestion, the party decides to slide down to the fifth tier. That moment, among the agitated mob of Kobolds, Mary spotted the creature that murdered her former team members and friends. The monster’s name is Dead Spot.
This episode’s key point is Ranta.
Manato was a type of leader who shows a path for the team to take. On the contrary, Haruhiro leads by fostering conversation for mutual decision.
Haruhiro shared his gut feeling with Yume one night. Haruhiro tried and succeeded in having Mary lower her guard. Did those event shape him a leader? Or is Haruhiro a born leader? I’m not sure.
Ranta doesn’t seek agreement from the party members, instead, he just comes up with his own idea and runs with it. Maybe Haruhiro feels it is difficult to incorporate Ranta in mutual agreement, therefore can’t let him do things in his way.
From Ranta’s perspective, he cares about the party, and he takes actions that he thinks benefit the team. He mistook Haruhiro’s suggestion for criticism, which misled him to think everybody hates him.
From Haruhiro’s perspective, as the party leader, he wants a full and complete understanding on his members, and moves with mutual agreement. When Ranta acts unexpectedly, Haruhiro gets frustrated and thinks Ranta is out of control.
Both Haruhiro and Ranta are looking at same directions, but, their approaches are different, and they are too young to have mature communications.
What would Manato do in this situation? I think he would already know what Ranta wants to do before he even says anything, and then incorporate it in the most effective and safest way.
What do you think?
I assume next episode is the confrontation between Haruhiro’s party that Dead Spot. It’s going to be a must-see episode.