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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Vol. 1

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By the time Haruhiro came to, he found himself in a game-like world filled with terrifying monsters. This world is called Grimgar. Armed with no more strength or ability than your average boy, Haruhiro struggles to survive with his fellow party members as they cobble out a mean existence, receiving mediocre pay in return for risking their lives everyday. What kind of futur By the time Haruhiro came to, he found himself in a game-like world filled with terrifying monsters. This world is called Grimgar. Armed with no more strength or ability than your average boy, Haruhiro struggles to survive with his fellow party members as they cobble out a mean existence, receiving mediocre pay in return for risking their lives everyday. What kind of future does this harsh, uncaring world have in store for those who are not destined to succeed, who have no prophecy to guide them--who are not heroes...


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By the time Haruhiro came to, he found himself in a game-like world filled with terrifying monsters. This world is called Grimgar. Armed with no more strength or ability than your average boy, Haruhiro struggles to survive with his fellow party members as they cobble out a mean existence, receiving mediocre pay in return for risking their lives everyday. What kind of futur By the time Haruhiro came to, he found himself in a game-like world filled with terrifying monsters. This world is called Grimgar. Armed with no more strength or ability than your average boy, Haruhiro struggles to survive with his fellow party members as they cobble out a mean existence, receiving mediocre pay in return for risking their lives everyday. What kind of future does this harsh, uncaring world have in store for those who are not destined to succeed, who have no prophecy to guide them--who are not heroes...

30 review for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Half-baked attempt at a Sword Art Online-style story. Stock characters, panty shots, and senseless boob-grabs abound.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    A nice attempt at trying to subvert the "chosen heroes teleported to another world/MMO, destined to save humanity and gifted with amazing powers," but the delivery fell rather flat, both in terms of pacing and drawing style. It hints at more, at a character twist, but never delivered enough to truly make you worry. There's the beginnings of uplifting camaraderie, and the beginnings of the dark, twisted undertones of grim, gritty survivalist manga, and it never quite seems to hit the right tone. A nice attempt at trying to subvert the "chosen heroes teleported to another world/MMO, destined to save humanity and gifted with amazing powers," but the delivery fell rather flat, both in terms of pacing and drawing style. It hints at more, at a character twist, but never delivered enough to truly make you worry. There's the beginnings of uplifting camaraderie, and the beginnings of the dark, twisted undertones of grim, gritty survivalist manga, and it never quite seems to hit the right tone. Don't think I'll continue this. Too bad the art isn't as pretty as shown on the cover.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Once again, a case of "on paper, I love it, but reading it, not so much." The characters didn't click for me. The story line feels like other Isekai series I've read before and liked more. The art doesn't do much for me, and the character designs are okay. Actually, one stood out for me, and that was the "cross-dresser" Britney. I liked his (her?) character and design if only because his/her design and general personality stands out from the fair I'm used to. It just didn't do much for me, in stor Once again, a case of "on paper, I love it, but reading it, not so much." The characters didn't click for me. The story line feels like other Isekai series I've read before and liked more. The art doesn't do much for me, and the character designs are okay. Actually, one stood out for me, and that was the "cross-dresser" Britney. I liked his (her?) character and design if only because his/her design and general personality stands out from the fair I'm used to. It just didn't do much for me, in story or characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    If you're a fan of the fantasy video game world turned real genre, you will likely find something to enjoy in this manga. The characters do seem to have amnesia though in how they came to the world. Another odd point is that unlike most of the characters in similar manga these ones are kind of weak and some of the plot feels a little rushed but maybe it evens out in later volumes. I do like the art and the character designs are interesting, overall I enjoyed it. If you're a fan of the fantasy video game world turned real genre, you will likely find something to enjoy in this manga. The characters do seem to have amnesia though in how they came to the world. Another odd point is that unlike most of the characters in similar manga these ones are kind of weak and some of the plot feels a little rushed but maybe it evens out in later volumes. I do like the art and the character designs are interesting, overall I enjoyed it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John Beliveau

    Grimgar is a three part manga series that throws away the usual power creep and over exaggerated action of the usual rpg style fantasy manga to focus on the average character in an attempt to bring a story with realistic expectations. It shows how even the smallest victories take much more effort, time, and experience than the usual manga will display.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    did not enjoy the fanservice nor the nasty trans woman character, although I'm sure a few people would like her because she doesn't take shit from the other characters thought it was kind of weird that the characters never really expressed any feelings or unease about waking up in a strange world without any memory of their past lives did not enjoy the fanservice nor the nasty trans woman character, although I'm sure a few people would like her because she doesn't take shit from the other characters thought it was kind of weird that the characters never really expressed any feelings or unease about waking up in a strange world without any memory of their past lives

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Too bleak for my taste.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yuiko

    It was alright

  9. 5 out of 5

    Iesha (In east shade house at...)

    This was an entertaining story. I enjoyed reading the first volume.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was a little confused at first then as the volume progressed I understood the premise of the story better. The end left me hanging and wanting me to read the next volume.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Okay SO, I gave this volume three stars BUT that's not necessarily a bad thing. I feel like this volume was a wee bit slow, but at the same time, it did intrigue me and it's built the groundwork for the next volume. It's introduced us to the characters and the situation and so on. And like I said...I am intrigued. I enjoyed the fact that rather than a quick flashback we got an in depth one showing us how they all arrived there, which provided the first point of intrigue as we still don't know th Okay SO, I gave this volume three stars BUT that's not necessarily a bad thing. I feel like this volume was a wee bit slow, but at the same time, it did intrigue me and it's built the groundwork for the next volume. It's introduced us to the characters and the situation and so on. And like I said...I am intrigued. I enjoyed the fact that rather than a quick flashback we got an in depth one showing us how they all arrived there, which provided the first point of intrigue as we still don't know the why. I also liked that we got to see how the world works and what it's like and so on. Granted it's a bit slow, but I did find myself slipping in to the world as I read. Getting well acquainted with the world and the setting, I'm hoping, is going to be important. I feel like this volume is also building the anticipation a bit too! I really liked the characters, they're kind of a bunch of misfits, and I'm a sucker for characters like that! Manato kind of holds them all together, although I did have a mini heart attack at one point because I thought he might be a bit dodgy and not what he seemed but I guess we'll see. Ranto I have to say is a complete moron...bless him. That's the thing...if this where like any other manga, then I'd just think Ranto is a moron for a good chunk of time, but we get to see a different side to him in this volume. I don't really have much of an opinion on the other characters yet to be honest. Haruhiro....I will say I'm intrigued to see what journey he'll take as a character. It could go a couple of ways! I'm interested to see how all of the characters will grow and change as the story goes on to be honest, particularly the ones that didn't make much of an impression in this first volume. Sorry guys! Each of the characters is struggling to survive in this new world that they've been thrown in to, and while that's interesting in itself...there was a good portion of this where I wasn't sure where the story was going. It's very....thorough, in its world and characters and so on. Which makes the pace drag a bit. And I'm still not really sure where this is going but I'm definitely intrigued. Especially as this ended on a nice little cliffhanger that could spice things up in the next volume! Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash might not have been entirely what I was expecting, nor did it have the pace I'm used to in a manga, taking the more slow and steady approach. I feel like this is a good foundation for a series, and there's enough intrigue to make me want to pick up the second volume to get some answers, and to see where this is going to go!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I stopped when I got to a gratuitous boob grab in the first chaper.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gohan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Brooks

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tetsu

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

  21. 4 out of 5

    Withme

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Sinclair

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amritesh Singh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 4 out of 5

    kim

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert Zimmermann

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lee Shuman

  28. 5 out of 5

    ArchaeoLibraryologist

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rod

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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