Hello! It is YUKI the writer! The fifth episode of the Grimgar(Hai to Gensou no Grimgar) was broadcasted.
Do you think Haruhiro and the team have recovered from the shocking fourth episode?
Let’s waste no time to look back on the fifth episode.
Episode 5: Crying Doesn’t Mean You’re Weak. Enduring Doesn’t Mean You’re Strong
Haruhiro and the team members are completely depressed by the abrupt parting with their friend. The five survivors just don’t know how to deal with grief. Haruhiro doesn’t know what to do, and realizes how important the lost friend had been for the rest of the party.
Frustrated, Haruhiro, Ranta, and Moguzo get together at the bar. Manato had used to come to this bar, to collect useful information, at the time he was still alive. There, they run into a guy who had awakened in this world at the same time as Haruhiro did. His name is Kikkawa. As if he is completely unaware of the obviously mourning look of the three guys, Kikkawa makes one arrogant suggestion.
Script: Ryosuke Nakamura
Storyboard: Takaharu Ozaki
Direction: Takaharu Ozaki
Animation Director: Shosuke Shimizu
— TVアニメ『灰と幻想のグリムガル』 (@grimgar_anime) February 7, 2016
Review (spoiler alert)
Haruhiro and the rest can’t easily overcome their friend’s death.
Ranta bursts out in a strong language as he explodes with negative emotions. Yume slaps him on his cheek and starts crying out loud.
Watching how the relationships of the members quickly disrupted, Haruhiro is forced to realize the gaping hole that Manato has created as he departed this world.
Ranta is spotted alone in a bar, over-drinking. He is appearantly having a hard time in overcoming the death of Manato. He exchanges heated discussions with Haruhiro. They were hitting hard on their feelings in that scene, do you agree?
Usually gentle Moguzo steps in and shouts really loud unexpectedly, as he arbitrates Ranta and Haruhiro.
At this precise moment, Kikkawa, the other guy who awakened in Grimgal together, comes over to Haruhiro’s table.
Although Kikkawa has no intention to spoil anything, his impeccably cheerful attitude and bright tone of voice must have been really irritating for Haruhiro. Did you feel that too?
Kikkawa shares his notion. “The priest role is critical to a party; typically the priest is an easy target to attack, so, warriors put their lives on line to protect a priest. “
With this Kikkawa’s comment, Haruhiro finally realizes how immensely he and the rest were relying on Manato alone.
Kikkawa introduces a priest to Haruhiro. Haruhiro and the other dudes bring this female priest to the party, without asking any consensus from the other two girls of the team.
When the new priest Mary is introduced to the party, the girl members – Yume and Shihoru – show puzzled looks. Plus, Mary the new priest seems unsociable and aloft, as you can tell how Ranta was led by the nose.
Partially because of Mary’s personalities, partially because she is new to the group, collaboration is nonexistent. The party lost a battle against goblins this time, and, Mary denotes that this group is a mess. It seems that her harsh evaluation reminds Haruhiro how heavily he and the team relied on Manato, maybe more than they were supposed to.
That night, the boy members get drunk again at the same bar to let go off the steam. Haruhiro looks back at the past, thinking about how much the team members depended on Manato without knowing so.
Renji shows up at the bar. Renji has come to the world of Glimgar at the same time as Haruhiro and Kikkawa did. Renji offers a large sum of money, saying that he has heard of Manato’s death. Haruhiro rejects to receive it.
“This is not right.” Haruhiro decides to offer an apology to Yume, about rushing the decision of adding Mary to the members. Yume hears Haruhiro’s confession, and starts raging about the whole situation. She goes on that it is not just one person’s fault; it was about the team. All six were in it, they were the team.
Hearing what Yume said, Haruhiro realizes that their team consist of not just one capable guy and the rest, but, all six individuals contributed to make it a good team.
And then, realizing that his talented friend is gone for good, Haruhiro bursts into tears like a dam unleashes stocked water.
This is an episode to showcase an irritation and distortion of each party member’s feelings.
Manato’s death and his friends reaction; The entire episode is dedicated to illustrate the impact.
Especially, Yume and Haruhiro’s conversation scene is particularly impressive.
You can feel that Yume pays close attention to her surroundings, especially to her friends’ feelings.
As she herself puts it, she is not good at putting her feelings on the words. But, she goes at it anyway. I think that’s exactly what triggers Haruhiro’s emotions to explode.
Death of Manato, leadership responsibility, plus, frustration due to rushed decisions – Haruhiro lets all that negativities go off, finally, thanks to Yume.
Of course crying out loud once is not enough for Haruhiro to recover from his friends’ death. Plus, I have a hunch that Shihoru is going to suffer for a long time.
And the appearance of Kikkawa was great this time, huh. He is like, smarmy, oh big time 🙂
That dude appears to be flakey and slimy and all that, but, you know what, without him, Haruhiro wouldn’t have thought twice about the team’s combat performance, plus, he got a benefit of connecting with Mary to invite her to the team. In other words, Kikkawa helps Haruhiro to quickly fulfill bare minimum requirements for the team to survive, after losing Manato.
Haruhiro’s new team has finally gotten together…
Do you think that they will get along with Mary the new member in the next episode?