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Why are we doing this...? When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where "here" even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was "just like a game." In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situatio Why are we doing this...? When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where "here" even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was "just like a game." In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a trainee volunteer soldier. Not knowing what awaits him... This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.


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Why are we doing this...? When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where "here" even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was "just like a game." In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situatio Why are we doing this...? When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where "here" even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was "just like a game." In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a trainee volunteer soldier. Not knowing what awaits him... This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.

30 review for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash: Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I love how much more "realistic" this series is than the rest of the "dropped into a game" type of story that is becoming more common lately. It does a great job showing how tough it would be as a level 1 character with no particular talents or skills in a world where you have to buy food, lodging, and even underwear. I love how much more "realistic" this series is than the rest of the "dropped into a game" type of story that is becoming more common lately. It does a great job showing how tough it would be as a level 1 character with no particular talents or skills in a world where you have to buy food, lodging, and even underwear.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

    I really enjoy this book. Everything in it felt really dark and gloomy. After seeing the anime I had great expectations on the series since I know that no season 2 is on the making but I wanted to know what happened to all those people... In this book it depicts probably the first 6/7 episodes. The first 150 pages - the group forms (There are some differences here from the anime) the group train, first goblin kill, the death of a friend (Manato). The second part of the book deal with the loss of I really enjoy this book. Everything in it felt really dark and gloomy. After seeing the anime I had great expectations on the series since I know that no season 2 is on the making but I wanted to know what happened to all those people... In this book it depicts probably the first 6/7 episodes. The first 150 pages - the group forms (There are some differences here from the anime) the group train, first goblin kill, the death of a friend (Manato). The second part of the book deal with the loss of Manato and how everyone coop with it and the coming of a new priest Merry. Haruhiro is the main character and almost everything we see or know its true his eyes. Ranta is the same in the anime and book (snarky / brash / arrogant and troublemaker), Moguso (is a bit different - in the anime they all band together but in the book Moguso join another group that stole all his money), Shihoru (is almost the same but in the anime there is no indication that she is in love with Manato - but in the book Haruhiro hints at it) but Yume it's all different. In the anime she is very brave and energetic (same as book) but in the book she talks like... "Yume thinks that is wrong." - "Maybe Yume don't want to learn that" - "Yume don't have tiny tits" and so on... in the anime she is quite normal lol Strange... Then we got Merry/Mary which is a new healer totally different of Manato. But very equal in the anime and light novel. Basicaly the story follows a band of people that awake to be in another world (isekai) but have no recollection of their previous world/life. They know same words of things that don't have there (Cell Phone, australia, tsundere, game and other words). what's odd is that they never try to figure that out and basically accept with resignation their lives. They are to in a group of trainees where everyone will follow a path (fighter, rogue, ranger, magician, priest and Dark Knight among others) and band together to stop some evil guy that might come out. Most of the book it deals with this struggle of first battles - what I really enjoy is that in the beginning even a single goblin is difficult and not easy peasy like per example "In Another World with My Smartphone". It's really grim(gar) with the loss Manato but there are moments of comedy (not like Konosuba bear in mind) - well basically everything Ranta does). Really enjoy the novel and going to buy the next ones...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tarl

    I actually got turned onto this light novel series from the anime. It was an interesting take on the whole 'thrown into another universe' theme, and I wanted to see what the book had vs the anime. First off, there's a lot more to the novel. The anime did a good job hitting some of the beats from the book, but with the book you get a lot more out of the characters. You understand them and their confusion when first being thrown into this new world. Even side characters are handled better, coming a I actually got turned onto this light novel series from the anime. It was an interesting take on the whole 'thrown into another universe' theme, and I wanted to see what the book had vs the anime. First off, there's a lot more to the novel. The anime did a good job hitting some of the beats from the book, but with the book you get a lot more out of the characters. You understand them and their confusion when first being thrown into this new world. Even side characters are handled better, coming across as richer, more interesting people. But this is normally the case with books that have had film adaptations. I have to say, I enjoyed this book. Compared to other light novels out there, it was a bit slower, taking its time with the plot and letting the reader know the characters better. It captured how interparty relationships would work, and how, much like real life, non-communication between teammates can kill pretty much any teamwork. Where other light novels concentrate on things like boobs, action, or how powerful their protagonist is, this one is far more down to earth. It presents a realistic view of what fantasy life as an adventurer would be like. Now, with all that said, this book has a lot of exposition and does a lot of telling rather than showing. And when I say a lot, I mean it's most of the novel. Normally this would have me chomping at the bit and annoyed, but for some reason, it worked with this novel. I still caught myself noticing it more than once, but where in other stories it's one or two tells in a novel of showing, because telling is the norm in this book, it just doesn't stand out like a sore tooth. You actually get used to it as a reader. Does it suffer because of that? I believe it does, which is why this is only 4 stars rather than 5. But as I said, it seems to work with the author's writing style, and showed me that yes, a good novel can be done with telling rather than showing. It would be a fantastic novel if they showed rather than told, but as it is, it's still a good book. So in the end, if you want an interesting fantasy novel with a pretty interesting take on just how traumatic it is to kill one goblin, this would be a book I would recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole ✧

    Having seen the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash anime and liked it, I was excited to finally read the first light novel volume. I think it ended up being just as good as the anime! The story progresses well and the cast is likable when they're supposed to be and questionable when they're not, which makes them realistically flawed. The plot at first seems typical-- teenagers get sent to another world and can't get back home-- but the added twist makes it special. One of the quotes from Manato later in Having seen the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash anime and liked it, I was excited to finally read the first light novel volume. I think it ended up being just as good as the anime! The story progresses well and the cast is likable when they're supposed to be and questionable when they're not, which makes them realistically flawed. The plot at first seems typical-- teenagers get sent to another world and can't get back home-- but the added twist makes it special. One of the quotes from Manato later in the book makes you question what kind of world this really is, something you don't usually find in similar light novels. Unfortunately, the downside of watching the anime first was that I was not shocked at anything in the story. This is not to say that it wasn't exciting; a first-time reader would definitely be surprised at what happens. Grimgar is very well-written and the story is interesting throughout. I plan on reading the rest of the series; in fact, it's on the top of my to-read list at the moment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is my disclaimer that I haven’t seen the anime and while I do plan to, I want to read at least the first two volumes for comparison’s sake. When certain authors write isekais, the characters don’t go through any strife. They seem to naturally fit in and some of them actually take some dominance over the “lesser” and the “NPCs” and everything is treated like a game. Another thing too is that it’s usually only one person who travels to a different world. In this light novel, it’s multiple people This is my disclaimer that I haven’t seen the anime and while I do plan to, I want to read at least the first two volumes for comparison’s sake. When certain authors write isekais, the characters don’t go through any strife. They seem to naturally fit in and some of them actually take some dominance over the “lesser” and the “NPCs” and everything is treated like a game. Another thing too is that it’s usually only one person who travels to a different world. In this light novel, it’s multiple people who come from the same world. The only thing they remember is their name and whatever modern clothing they have. For plot convenience, they all seem to be Japanese but also seem to speak the same language. But that’s neither there nor here. The thing about it is that this group of people happen to band together and start training to become volunteer soldiers - all for the sake of survival and to eat. And what’s interesting to me is that it’s not easy for them. They struggle, bleed, starve, and then there’s the comrade they’ve developed over the course of time. Not only that, you can see how grueling their training is in their respectful fields. I also like that the main character that’s focused on isn’t a typical hero with the typical heroic job. He’s a thief. And then, there’s death. When Manato dies, you can absolutely feel the emptiness they feel for him when he does pass and the desperation of trying to save him. I like that while they do grieve, they don’t linger. They have to move on and are forced to hire another priest who experienced loss of her own. And another thing I liked, especially is that Merry the priest isn’t automatically open to both Haruhiro and the rest of the group, considering what happened to her in the past (or what’s assumed that happened), and instead, the characters are still forced to have to work together through their pain. However, and this is big, this story isn’t all grim and dark and “realistic”. Thankfully, there is quite a bit of levity and some of the parts that I truly love about an isekai fantasy - the exploration of this world from the point of view of a complete non-native. It does feel as though the world becomes a bit more video game-esque than I would’ve liked but I just liked it. The fact that the female members of the group are treated with as much trust and dependability as their male counterparts is also really nice. Granted, Haruhiro is pretty much the de facto leader even though he’s a thief but I can accept it. One thing I didn’t like is that there are times where the guys peek at the girls during their bath. It’s such an annoying trope and I really don’t understand why these scenes are absolutely needed. Maybe it’s because of the author’s “intended” audience but doesn’t it get old? Doesn’t it get old to have those scenes over and over? There’s more than enough media out there that have scenes like this and, surely, there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to have those certain scenes together. Ranta is really annoying and really grating with his misogyny. Literally, because of him, I almost dropped this story multiple times because he’s just so grating to me. I don’t see the appeal of him - it is possible to create an abrasive character who puts everyone off without including misogyny, homophobia, and other isms to have people be put off by them. I know I lauded that I enjoyed the fact that I liked the main characters getting their elbows dirty and it is good to see characters see their hard work pay off. But the -isms of characters make it too real. And I’m supposed to be rooting for guys like Ranta? I’m worried there might be a plot point where Ranta will eventually betray the group and I’m supposed to care about that. I want to care about him but give me some room on that, please. Regardless, the fact that I finished this first novel shows that, in the end, I still enjoyed this. I really want to keep reading this series further to see how this team managed to get through everything. Also, I want to learn more about the mystery of their pasts, why they were all sent there, and where they go after they die.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ridho Febriansa

    Grimgar may looks like another isekai (reincarnated or transferred into another world), but believe me, IT'S SO AMAZING. I'll try my best to not spoil a thing, and let you enjoy the story. Let's talk about its writing format. It has around 20-ish chapter, so that each chapter has enough amount of pages, but its solid, yes. What I love the most from Grimgar compared to any other isekai LN is, it feels so realistic. I feel like I am a part of the party, I can feel each ticks of the clock. There is popu Grimgar may looks like another isekai (reincarnated or transferred into another world), but believe me, IT'S SO AMAZING. I'll try my best to not spoil a thing, and let you enjoy the story. Let's talk about its writing format. It has around 20-ish chapter, so that each chapter has enough amount of pages, but its solid, yes. What I love the most from Grimgar compared to any other isekai LN is, it feels so realistic. I feel like I am a part of the party, I can feel each ticks of the clock. There is popular quote of other isekai story, "it looks like a game, so I'll try to do things I knew here to gain most beneficial output" that kind of things. But in Grimgar, there is no such a thing. I can't longer tell which one is a guy that reincarnated from another world, and which one is a guy that born there. There is no such like a power given by god or smart AI or something. The author, has playing RPG since in his school life, and also played some western MMORPG too. His knowledge of RPG and MMORPG are combined properly so the Grimgar can be born. It's beautiful. I recommend people who loves isekai story to give a try to read the 1st volume.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sasan

    Finally!!! I read the first volume to what I personally consider the best Isekai show ever. ─────────────────── This, from what I’ve seen, compared and remembered of the Isekai shows I actually watched remained the one I would easily say is the best one. Now that I have finally read its first novel, I can for sure say that if you want an actual story of struggle, extremely weak starting protagonists and a world that feels real then look no further than Haruhiro & Co. Now, the novel starts out pr Finally!!! I read the first volume to what I personally consider the best Isekai show ever. ─────────────────── This, from what I’ve seen, compared and remembered of the Isekai shows I actually watched remained the one I would easily say is the best one. Now that I have finally read its first novel, I can for sure say that if you want an actual story of struggle, extremely weak starting protagonists and a world that feels real then look no further than Haruhiro & Co. Now, the novel starts out pretty slow with them exploring this new world and trying to fit into its rules. The thing I like the most about how the premise of the series starts, is that our protagonists don’t even realize that they are in a world that’s not their own. Their memories are not 100% intact and their only lead as this being different is the fact that they remember or say things that don’t make sense when you look around, but they do it anyway. Mystery aspect? Check, now I have to wait for the reveals. I mentioned struggle earlier and I stand by that, since Haruhiro and those with him struggle for real from day one and unlike a certain wrongfully represented as a “weak struggling protagonist” in Isekai, these guys are literally at that pathetic state you are put into in any rpg style game at the beginning. We learn the basics of the world when it comes to money, banks, guilds and similar basic stuff. The book doesn’t go into huge details when it comes to any of them, just enough to deliver the message or the scene which I personally believe is enough for now and especially assuming that none of the mentioned elements actually end up being very relevant later on. If we’re going deeper later on, then I expect (and hope for) a lot more than this. Character wise, there are too many of them. I do get that a party needs to have multiple characters and that’s fine, but I didn’t expect that I will be meeting so many others as well. I did watch the anime first so the main main ones did stick around in my mind and made it easier to breeze through this novel, but I do kind of wish that they were presented later on in smaller groups, or better yet, made memorable enough that I won’t feel for a second that I don’t know for sure who this one was. To counter that in a way however, Jyumonji-sensei gives some of his characters quirky personalities, so those were pretty easy to remember because of that so win-ish situation. I did get to meet one character who didn’t make it into the anime so I’m really glad about that and I can’t wait to see more. Speaking of quirks, he does have Yume, Ranta and Shihoru displaying these as well in their speech patterns. The girls were okay, Shihoru grated on my nerves a bit, but Ranta is in a freakin league of his own. Damn bastard, I can’t believe that this guy is in the main party and he will be there most of the time, it’s just exhausting for me. On that note, stellar performance Yoshino Hiroyuki, well done. About the actual happenings of the novel, many things do in fact happen. However, it’s more of them coming into terms of their current roles and the realness of Grimgar than an actual progression of the plot. Which I personally thought was pretty cool, especially with the way Jyumonji-Sensei took it. Having his characters be extremely week that even one goblin would be issue is a fantastic way to start, not because I like to watch people suffer, but it’s a new world and having them be great enough or presented with all the tools to immediately make the best of a bad situation is not logical. It’s fantasy, I know but doesn’t deny that your world continues needing logic if you want to keep me and people like me interested. Loss and having to find replacements were also interesting things to be put into the very first volume of the series, but I believe that it sets this series apart from the other Isekai series where danger is highlighted many times, yet you never actually see an application of it before our already OP protagonist end up being too cool for any struggles. I liked the emphasis on party dynamics and how you need to be to make it work in some ways and this really could be an amazing series if this stays true till the later volumes. My complaints are minuscule when it comes to the novel, I hated some things concerning the used “nicknames” if you well, as I don’t believe that they are necessary. And I also disliked the lack of illustrations, unlike other novels which are broken up into 6 big chapters, this one had 23 chapters so I expected many many illustrations and I’m kind of bummed out that we didn’t have that in the same quantity I greedily wanted, but like I said, minuscule. It’s a good one, slow for sure, but it knows when to accelerate when needed. Final rating: 4/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Pros: Incredibly great story line. Character development at its best. Very deep and a little dark. Fantasy RPG based world (goblins, mages, warriors, etc.) Artwork is nice. Very funny Good length book and EVENLY paced. (never a dull moment) Emphasis on character downfalls, economics of living, and philosophy than glory, action, and bling. Cons: Can be a little derogatory sexually against woman (can be a turn off for female readers) Translation can be a little funky (but not too distracting). Everyone see Pros: Incredibly great story line. Character development at its best. Very deep and a little dark. Fantasy RPG based world (goblins, mages, warriors, etc.) Artwork is nice. Very funny Good length book and EVENLY paced. (never a dull moment) Emphasis on character downfalls, economics of living, and philosophy than glory, action, and bling. Cons: Can be a little derogatory sexually against woman (can be a turn off for female readers) Translation can be a little funky (but not too distracting). Everyone seems to be too beautiful apparently A typo. Review: A group of young people awake and enter a fantasy world with no memory of their pasts whatsoever. They then become soldiers of various types such as warriors, priests, and thieves in order to survive. After watching the anime, I just had to read the light novel and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the anime. What makes this a great light novel is the detail and chemistry between each characters and the situations they are put in. You know those last few kids who would get picked last in dodge ball? That's who are protagonists are. People you would have never thought would become a group of friends learn to work together in order to survive kind of story. It's also a rags to riches kind of story where even the smallest necessity such as underwear or a simple leather bag is costly to these group of soldiers trying to work for a living. We also get a rich amount of thought dialogue from our main character as he critically thinks about each and every character, every situation, and even his own strengths and weaknesses. The artwork is nice and there is a lot of comedy. But the story can also be quite touching and sad at many times as well. What I didn't really enjoy was the derogatory dialogue attitude towards females provided by both characters and narration. This could possible be a cultural thing in Japan, but it was a little tasteless for my taste. An example would be one of the male protagonists (I'm looking at you Ranta!) would keep making fun of one of the female protagonists about her small sized breasts while always complimenting the other female protagonist about her larger ones. This happens a bit too much and can get awkward. I mean seriously, who in their right mind does that? But thinking who this character is, it really is no surprise and can be a little awkward to read. Translation is a little weird. Sometimes some dialogues just doesn't make sense or worded very strangely. I think Yume (one of the female main protagonists) is the best example of terrible dialogue. Her structure in sentences as well as her weird personality just makes it a little harder to understand when she talks especially since she talks third person about herself. I guess this is again a Japanese cultural thing of what is looked as cute when speaking in third person. There's also what I believe a typo but I can't find it anymore. Apparently almost all the girls in this story is sooooo beautiful or cute. It gets a little annoying when you have to read a small bit of detail of why each one of these characters are just so amazingly pretty (long straight SILVER hair!, nice body figure, BIG BOOBS, shows LOTS of SKIN, etc. etc. etc.). Luckily that's all there is for most of these characters and the author is able to kick in their personality and you realize they are just another human being. Conclusion: It's only about $8 on Amazon. Buy it if you are into fantasy RPG like stories. Despite the cons on the blatant attitudes towards women which can be a turn off for female readers and the funky translation, this story is quite deep and delves between the relationships between each character and their unique personalities. I also love the bits of details on economics of living as well as it shows the difficulties of starting from square 0 from living in the slums, to hoping to earn enough just to eat. I already purchased the second light novel and will be reading that shortly.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Russell Gray

    I watched and enjoyed the anime adaptation for this story when it aired a few years ago. I got in the mood for it again and decided to check out the book rather than rewatch the show. For those who are unfamiliar with the story: This is an isekai plot where the characters are transported from our modern world to a fantasy one...and in this specific case, without their memories. There are 12 young adults who are led to a volunteer soldier training hall and told they basically had no choice but to I watched and enjoyed the anime adaptation for this story when it aired a few years ago. I got in the mood for it again and decided to check out the book rather than rewatch the show. For those who are unfamiliar with the story: This is an isekai plot where the characters are transported from our modern world to a fantasy one...and in this specific case, without their memories. There are 12 young adults who are led to a volunteer soldier training hall and told they basically had no choice but to enlist and then go out slaying monsters to collect loot in exchange for money. It's a pretty standard setup, but what separates Grimgar is the execution. Usually, these stories follow a main character who is very overpowered as they generally wreck everything and accumulate riches and admirers along the way. Grimgar takes a much more realistic approach and revels in the dread that day to day life of instability causes the main character group. The fights are also a source of constant terror as they realize how ill-equipped they are both literally and emotionally for life and death struggles. For that difference in execution alone, I would recommend this story to fans of Gamelit, portal fantasy, and general fantasy. I think fans of LitRPG will find plenty to like here as well even though there are no stat screens or character sheets. This is also one of the few times where I would say that the adaptation is actually a bit better than the source material. Unless you are very familiar with the cultural behaviors and mannerisms, it is helpful to see the character visually. I felt like I was only able to picture certain scenes because I remembered them from the anime and would have probably just shrugged it off as weird without that reference.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I admit I kept putting this off because of the Manato thing - imagine my surprise when it turned out that the anime dealt with it much more fully than the original novel! Not that it isn't well handled, but it's not the prolonged examination of grief that its adaptation turned it into. What it did do, however, was make it clear that in order for Haruhiro to grow as a character, Manato had to die - had he not, Haruhiro would have remained dependent and eventually stagnated. Since I've always thou I admit I kept putting this off because of the Manato thing - imagine my surprise when it turned out that the anime dealt with it much more fully than the original novel! Not that it isn't well handled, but it's not the prolonged examination of grief that its adaptation turned it into. What it did do, however, was make it clear that in order for Haruhiro to grow as a character, Manato had to die - had he not, Haruhiro would have remained dependent and eventually stagnated. Since I've always thought that was a major issue in the Record of Lodoss Wars series in terms of Parn and King Kashew (or however you spell it), I can't really fault Jumonji...and I also was kind of happy not to be reminded of the depths of grief. Full review of this and volume 2 eventually appearing on ANN.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennelle

    This light novel starts very slow, to the point where I put it down and read another book before picking it back up. I think that's because light novels are a different beast from normal novels; this particular series is currently at 14 volumes and is still ongoing. So they gave a lot of detail to the beginning of the story; the things that happen in that slow first have set up the motivation for the whole series. This is a very different isekai than I am used to seeing. Normally they are immedi This light novel starts very slow, to the point where I put it down and read another book before picking it back up. I think that's because light novels are a different beast from normal novels; this particular series is currently at 14 volumes and is still ongoing. So they gave a lot of detail to the beginning of the story; the things that happen in that slow first have set up the motivation for the whole series. This is a very different isekai than I am used to seeing. Normally they are immediately drawn into an epic adventure, are granted extreme power, or a some kind of destined hero...and I think that's were this is heading, but it's not where we start. We follow a group of 6 as they arrive in this new world and are told the only way they will survive is to become "volunteer" soldiers...normal enough setup for and isekai. But we then follow the slow, often arduous path once they chose their work class and start leveling up. They aren't very good at it, so in the 1st half it drags, watching them barely scrape by. Still, after the halfway point, the characters draw you in and you can see the potential of the story is going to lead. And while it is slow, the first half isn't bad, and it is interesting to see a more realistic (ie not quick/easy) take on the isekai genre, and I look forward to reading more of this series. Note: is you do not know the term isekai, it basically means "transported to another world"

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sean O'Hara

    Wow, this really is Murder Hobos: The Series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kino

    This review is for the whole series (1-14 books currently) Currently one of the better Isekai light novels if it can even be called that. It follows fantasy tropes more than it does modern Isekai tropes and it's refreshing. The author is really good and shit get dark from time to time and depressing for a good part. It's not bad though, it's not perfect but it's really good. Just in terms of writing for these kinds of books I'd say that this is the best one I've read. (if you are interested in th This review is for the whole series (1-14 books currently) Currently one of the better Isekai light novels if it can even be called that. It follows fantasy tropes more than it does modern Isekai tropes and it's refreshing. The author is really good and shit get dark from time to time and depressing for a good part. It's not bad though, it's not perfect but it's really good. Just in terms of writing for these kinds of books I'd say that this is the best one I've read. (if you are interested in this sub-genre then I highly recommend book 6 to current of Rising of the Shield Hero and all current books of Viridian Gate Online) That being said, the latest chapters seem to be the Author over indulging. You see besides Grimgar (the world they went to) there are other worlds and it's been a series of exploring those worlds for around maybe 6 volumes now. Let me put it this way, after reading 14 volumes which can probably be converted to around 4 books of an average adult novel, I still have no idea about the greater political state of the different factions on the original world Grimgar, the world in the title! The first time they found themselves in another world, it was alright, but then instead of going back to the main story they conveniently get transferred to another world again. Apart from this there are other imperfections that you begin to notice because of the small but many plot contrivances. So yeah, it's definitely not perfect and it's not fluffy unlike most of the stories you can find in this sub-genre. Still, it's worth getting into. I still think that it's currently the best "Isekai" out there overall. Shield Hero takes a hit on writing because the first 5 books are either immensely shitty (it's a web novel that was published as is, without editing the format to fit a novel. either that or the translators just didn't give a crap) but you can watch the anime that covers all of that. Viridian Gate Online is also well written just like Grimgar but is definitely less depressing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Carr

    It's hard to judge because I love the anime to death. With so many "trapped in a game / fantasy world" stories popping up in the anime world now, I think this one definitely stands apart. And a light novel is definitely a nice perspective and way to enjoy it, though I'm not sure how it would be without having seen the anime first. All I know is there isn't a second season of anime and the light novels go much farther so.... once I get there I'll know lol. Anyway, the story starts out with these y It's hard to judge because I love the anime to death. With so many "trapped in a game / fantasy world" stories popping up in the anime world now, I think this one definitely stands apart. And a light novel is definitely a nice perspective and way to enjoy it, though I'm not sure how it would be without having seen the anime first. All I know is there isn't a second season of anime and the light novels go much farther so.... once I get there I'll know lol. Anyway, the story starts out with these young adults, maybe teens, waking up having no memory of where they come from. They barely remember their names. They guess at what they must have been like "before" but they can't recall what "before" even was, just a vague sense that the world they're in is "wrong" somehow. At one point, they comment that the world feels like a game with its classes and clans and fighting goblins and undead - but while they may respond "yeah it is" they quickly wonder "but what's a game?" VERY interesting twist on the somewhat trope that's built now. Plus with the fact that the main characters aren't very good at what they're supposed to do in this volunteer soldier job they've stumbled into because they have no real choice. To put it simply, they suck. The struggle and they struggle and they struggle some more. Life isn't easy but they have to keep trying because they have no other way to bring in money to survive in this world and with each step forward they slowly fall into forgetting that things feel "wrong" in this world at all. The translation of the light novel feels a bit stiff, or maybe that's the way the writing is in general, it's hard to tell. I don't envy those who translate, but it does leaving me wanting more flow. It's not the worst I've come across by any means, and I love what I've got. I'd give it five stars if the translation came out better, that's all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    This book is an odd one. I would say for the first half of the book i really struggled to get through it and immerse myself in the world the author was trying to paint. I think it was mainly the dialogue and how the characters seemed to say 'ya know?' or repeating phrases like that almost every other line of dialogue they spoke. It really took me out of the book at times and i found myself unable to take the characters seriously, probably didnt help that the character's personalities seemed to b This book is an odd one. I would say for the first half of the book i really struggled to get through it and immerse myself in the world the author was trying to paint. I think it was mainly the dialogue and how the characters seemed to say 'ya know?' or repeating phrases like that almost every other line of dialogue they spoke. It really took me out of the book at times and i found myself unable to take the characters seriously, probably didnt help that the character's personalities seemed to be stereotypical to the point of bordering on annoying. But i stuck with the book, reading a bit of it each and every day. It wasnt until the half way point of the book, after something pivotal happens to our main cast of characters, that the book begins to shift and become more comfortable in the story its trying to tell. The dialogue seemed to gradually become less grating and more natural, the characters and their personalities, though still stereotypical, began to actually develop in some way, the main character especially. There are legitimate moments of heart and introspection that i really appreciated as it made the characters a lot more easy to like. Whereas at first i really struggled to maintain interest in the book and even considered dropping the book entirely, i feel it really did get a bit better by the end. It definitely has its rough patches, but it also has the potential to become something wonderful as well as the series goes on. As a result i will be checking out the next book in the series. Overall, the second half of the book saved it for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrias Scheuchzeri

    You would guess there are already enough RPG stories focused in the "person in a strange world", you are wrong. What is special about Grimgar compared to others (.hack//SIGN, Sword Art Online, Log Horizon to name a few,) is that you don't new to actually know about RPG's to understand and enjoy them. Grimgar treats you as a total noob, meaning that you are new to what is about to happen and the author will guide you in this new world and everything you need to know to survive, as in guilds, skill You would guess there are already enough RPG stories focused in the "person in a strange world", you are wrong. What is special about Grimgar compared to others (.hack//SIGN, Sword Art Online, Log Horizon to name a few,) is that you don't new to actually know about RPG's to understand and enjoy them. Grimgar treats you as a total noob, meaning that you are new to what is about to happen and the author will guide you in this new world and everything you need to know to survive, as in guilds, skills, looting and 'parties' or clans. It a nice change of pace compared to those other stories aforementioned that want to make you feel nostalgia and surprise the gamers with how accurate and well portrayed RPG's are in them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Torpor

    One word: mature. LitRPG tends to mirror their game counterparts, they're power fantasies. Not so with Grimgar. The most striking part is the exploration of grief. Small tragedies and large abound. Characters struggle with PTSD, displaced anger, emotional isolation, fear, anxiety, depression... Even though it's framed as a game, it's not an easy one. The first half is dedicated to the realization that their enemy too wants to live. It's such a contrast to the mindness mooks in other stories. They One word: mature. LitRPG tends to mirror their game counterparts, they're power fantasies. Not so with Grimgar. The most striking part is the exploration of grief. Small tragedies and large abound. Characters struggle with PTSD, displaced anger, emotional isolation, fear, anxiety, depression... Even though it's framed as a game, it's not an easy one. The first half is dedicated to the realization that their enemy too wants to live. It's such a contrast to the mindness mooks in other stories. They see goblins forming friendships and demonstrating personality -- but they still have to kill them. Brutal stuff. Reminds me a lot of Battle Royale; realistic characters in an unrealistic environment.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Irfan Amrullah

    This book is better than the anime, the relationship between comrades and the confusion of haruhiro being the leader while at same time describing the team condition is very clear. In the anime all the relationship between character are told implicitly. Personally I love if its told explicitly like this. As the much story goes, book 1 only tells how they meet each other and how the chemistry between them as a team. I hope the mystery of the world itself will be un revealed in the upcoming books. This book is better than the anime, the relationship between comrades and the confusion of haruhiro being the leader while at same time describing the team condition is very clear. In the anime all the relationship between character are told implicitly. Personally I love if its told explicitly like this. As the much story goes, book 1 only tells how they meet each other and how the chemistry between them as a team. I hope the mystery of the world itself will be un revealed in the upcoming books. Reading this book, you will get a clear understanding about the relationship between them as a team. This book delivers a good story, yet I think it still could be better.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Valentina

    The narration starts a bit slow and the characters aren't instantly lovable. It took me quite well into the second half of the book to start feeling attached to them and care about them. The pace is slow and somewhat gruesome but the reading experience is rewarding once the story picks up the pace. It's different from other light novels of the same genre I read before, in that here the heroes are common people, they don't have extraordinary powers from the get-go and the overall atmosphere is so The narration starts a bit slow and the characters aren't instantly lovable. It took me quite well into the second half of the book to start feeling attached to them and care about them. The pace is slow and somewhat gruesome but the reading experience is rewarding once the story picks up the pace. It's different from other light novels of the same genre I read before, in that here the heroes are common people, they don't have extraordinary powers from the get-go and the overall atmosphere is somber. But it has its own captivating charm. I look forward to read more from the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Derek Field

    A strong start, with room to grow. When a group of modern young men and women emerge from a dark tower, they are unsure what life in a new world has in store. Any fan of traditional fantasy RPGs can appreciate this book. While the writing is clearly more suited for a younger audience, I still found plenty of enjoyment. I also watched the anime before reading, which did help me visualize all the proceedings. A fun read that was interesting from start to finish.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Montilla

    A great read. I honestly lost hope beacause of all this generic light nivel titles that have been a trend lately but this one suprised me. I hadnt enjoyed a light nivel like this since I read Baccano!! so it should be no suprise that i reccomend it, especially for those that are looking for something fresh and interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Nelson

    Most of the conversations felt stupid and unnatural, and the story was mostly cliché, but after a while the story-telling got better, although a bit darker, as our heroes get to know more about Grimgar and other adventurers. Clearly not the best light novel in my collection, but I will continue to see where this is going.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia Modderno

    This book 😫😫😫 I have watched the anime and just reading the first book alone I have learnt so much more than the anime gave on !! This is such a good book with a great story and concept ! 100% would recommend

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The anime prompted me to pick this up. I fell in love with the world building and wanted to continue the story. The concept and the story are great but I think the translation could have been better. It feels awkwardly written.

  25. 5 out of 5

    C R

    What a fun and interesting story. And the characters they're so amazing! Not that you absolutely love all of them, but they're each so different and individual and interesting. This is definitely a must read. What a fun and interesting story. And the characters they're so amazing! Not that you absolutely love all of them, but they're each so different and individual and interesting. This is definitely a must read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Steinke

    I enjoyed Isekai style stories for a while, but this one is something special. Got hooked with the beautiful and touching anime and thought I'd snag the book. Just fantastic. Especially the characters and the way each if them deal with stress and trauma. Just beautiful. I enjoyed Isekai style stories for a while, but this one is something special. Got hooked with the beautiful and touching anime and thought I'd snag the book. Just fantastic. Especially the characters and the way each if them deal with stress and trauma. Just beautiful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alec Rebert

    It was very entertaining; I enjoyed the banter between Haruhiro and Ranta... looking forward to see where this series goes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tomcat

    Good story. Good story with great RPG elements, the author nicely introduce RPG elements in a subtle way. The story is also engaging and is nice to see the characters evolve.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deckard Ra

    Reads like an RPG. Would love to find out what happens next. Still worth reading even if you have watched the anime series. There are minor differences between light novel and anime.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pedro

    It's not that well written, but damnit I can't stop reading the series. It's not that well written, but damnit I can't stop reading the series.

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