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“Choco. Wait, could it be that Choco...?” Haruhiro and his comrades have become famous due to achievements no one expected from them. With his comrades more confident, Haruhiro is still agonizing over what to do when more experienced volunteer soldiers come to him. Among them is a girl whose name is still in Haruhiro's memories. At that same time, the town of Alterna moves “Choco. Wait, could it be that Choco...?” Haruhiro and his comrades have become famous due to achievements no one expected from them. With his comrades more confident, Haruhiro is still agonizing over what to do when more experienced volunteer soldiers come to him. Among them is a girl whose name is still in Haruhiro's memories. At that same time, the town of Alterna moves to retake the Deadhead Watching Keep held by orcs. Looking to earn some of the reward money, Haruhiro's party ends up joining their first raid alongside Renji and Choco.


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“Choco. Wait, could it be that Choco...?” Haruhiro and his comrades have become famous due to achievements no one expected from them. With his comrades more confident, Haruhiro is still agonizing over what to do when more experienced volunteer soldiers come to him. Among them is a girl whose name is still in Haruhiro's memories. At that same time, the town of Alterna moves “Choco. Wait, could it be that Choco...?” Haruhiro and his comrades have become famous due to achievements no one expected from them. With his comrades more confident, Haruhiro is still agonizing over what to do when more experienced volunteer soldiers come to him. Among them is a girl whose name is still in Haruhiro's memories. At that same time, the town of Alterna moves to retake the Deadhead Watching Keep held by orcs. Looking to earn some of the reward money, Haruhiro's party ends up joining their first raid alongside Renji and Choco.

30 review for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash: Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tarl

    This book had me waffling between 4 and 5 stars for a few reasons, but in the end, those reasons won out and hence the higher rating. I have been reading a fair number of light novels, especially in the isekai genre, and Grimgar has to be one of the better series I have read. Where other authors thrust their characters into another world with Mary Sue powers, this one is different. The characters started off as nobodies, with no memories of where they came from and no skills that helped them rise This book had me waffling between 4 and 5 stars for a few reasons, but in the end, those reasons won out and hence the higher rating. I have been reading a fair number of light novels, especially in the isekai genre, and Grimgar has to be one of the better series I have read. Where other authors thrust their characters into another world with Mary Sue powers, this one is different. The characters started off as nobodies, with no memories of where they came from and no skills that helped them rise to the top. Everything they achieved they achieved on their own merit. And that's the key as to why I love this series so much. Sure, there are certain elements that give them an unfair advantage, such as the backstab line (you who have read the series will understand), but there are so many other adventuring parties out there that are heads and tails above this party that it doesn't feel like cheating or overpowered. This is very apparent in the previous two novels, but in this one, this one they touch more on the fact that these people may have known each other in a previous life, and despite not having any memories of that life, they can still feel some sort of bond. This leads to one of the best examples at just how powerful light novels can be. There is a certain horror to be realized that you could be in another world, working alongside your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/etc and not realize it, other than a certain familiarity that may come about. It's terrifying if you sit down and think about it. It also leads to one of the more shocking moments of the novel, which I won't go into details here, but enough to be said that I have nothing but admiration for the author and their skill to make me feel such a powerful emotion over something that was essentially so short and not really detailed. (if only Avengers Infinity War could have done the same with Vision and Scarlet Witch's romance, it wouldn't have felt so forced) This was one of the elements that forced this book into the higher rating. Another was the continued realism of how the world is treated. The party is now fighting orcs, and orcs are terrifying. I mean, this series has already shown just how terrifying trying to kill a goblin could be, and now they are facing off against larger, more powerful beings. This isn't a normal fantasy game, rpg, or novel where orcs are easy creatures to defeat. But rather, they are stronger, larger beings who are equally armed and armoured to the characters. They are a challenge, and there is a very real risk of dying against them. (something most fantasy novels don't touch on) Lastly, the mass combat in this book is handled very well. And by that I mean you only see the part the heroes are taking part in, and you only rarely get to see another character's point of view. This works well, as it keeps the confusion of the battlefield realistic and makes the reader wonder what's going on in the other battles, are they surviving or failing? And when something doesn't work out, the author doesn't need to spell it out to the reader, the character's feelings and reactions do this more effectively than long exposition about how so-and-so failed at whatever task they were supposed to do. In the end, I really liked this book. I'm still not a fan of Ranta, but that just shows how good of a writer the author is, as he finally gets to shine in this one. I also like how we still don't know why these characters are in this world, or how they got there. I loved how we got to see the normal military's view of the adventurers (the outsiders) and the distrust and dislike that people of this world who are warriors feel towards these adventurers who's only job it seems is to do odd quests and such. So if you like a lighter read with a more realistic fantasy element, I would recommend this series. I am looking forward to the next in the series and the one after that. Though I have bought the ebook versions of these novels I am most likely going to get the soft covers as well for my collection. Well with the read in my opinion, even if Ranta is a jerk...

  2. 4 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terrence

    I worked my way through this one. I did know about the happenings in the volume before reading, so nothing too shocking or revelatory for me. I do think the pace of the volume was a bit weirder than previous volumes, the early half being Haru contemplating for pages on what to do, the latter third or so focused on the action he chooses, just a bit too passive. There are a lot more characters involved in this section. Renji's group, some female warrior team (something Angels?), and then higher up I worked my way through this one. I did know about the happenings in the volume before reading, so nothing too shocking or revelatory for me. I do think the pace of the volume was a bit weirder than previous volumes, the early half being Haru contemplating for pages on what to do, the latter third or so focused on the action he chooses, just a bit too passive. There are a lot more characters involved in this section. Renji's group, some female warrior team (something Angels?), and then higher up teams (Green something or other?). Just a lot to keep track of, which I clearly wasn't able to not remembering all the names. Even Haru is bad at remembering who is whom, so I don't feel too bad. 😅 Overall, I felt like the story just didn't hit home for me. The first volume focused a lot on our group being introduced, how to deal with loss, and accepting Merry. Volume 2 focused on Haru taking leadership role and Ranta. These were clearer concepts. This one throws some ideas out (Haru as a hero / leader, Haru's past, Moguzo and Ranta's aspirations), but I didn't feel like any of the concepts felt like they came together and made a point. The title is something like "Things Won't Always Go Your Way" so maybe that was the point? That if you think there's going to be this Aesop fable like point coming together at the end of the chapter, you'll be disappointed? I don't know.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Found the book after the anime The author pours so much into harus thoughts and fights. I can almost feel when swords or daggers hit. I feel the tension of battle as I read. Thank you Ao Jyumonji. From your afterword, i hope one day you work on a game to bring your expectation to life

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Holy hell, is this series brutal. Also, if who I think is dead is, in fact, dead, I will be, in the words of Lady Catherine de Burgh, quite put out. Real review eventually appearing on ANN.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sukma Wardana

    The journey of Haruhiro and co exploring Grimgar world continue again. One word to describe the 3rd volume of Grimgar is Awesome. The main story from 3rd volume of Grimgar is about mission issuing from Crimson Moon alliance, which is to take down Deadhead Watching Keep as part of Two-Headed Snake orders. On this volume, the mystery of Grimgar revealed a little, because of new character introduce, Cocho, which somehow Haruhiro might know her before they came to Grimgar. This is quite interesting, The journey of Haruhiro and co exploring Grimgar world continue again. One word to describe the 3rd volume of Grimgar is Awesome. The main story from 3rd volume of Grimgar is about mission issuing from Crimson Moon alliance, which is to take down Deadhead Watching Keep as part of Two-Headed Snake orders. On this volume, the mystery of Grimgar revealed a little, because of new character introduce, Cocho, which somehow Haruhiro might know her before they came to Grimgar. This is quite interesting, because until 3rd volume you won’t have extra information about how or what the Haruhiro and co before came to Grimgar. Even one of chapter is dedicated on Haruhiro previous life, but the next chapter telling that past is instantly forgotten by Haruhiro. Now, as the reader you have better understanding of Grimgar worlds and it’s characters, I’m just curious what the reason Grimgar force to erased memory from their previous worlds? I hope this mystery will answered soon. Another awesome things from 3rd volume of Grimgar is you will see that Haruhiro is not just a weak-willed wussy characters. Well, I believ some of you already tired with self mocking on Haruhiro inner monologue, right? However, in this volume Haruhiro is growth rapidly and you can see that he become Commander or Leader Strategist Scouts Assassins (maybe) Scouts Like or not, Haruhiro is good at scouting. He know before he can formulate a plan or execute it, he need more information. Whether gathering information on Tavern or Battlefield he is able to do that and it’s portrayed very well on this volume. Strategist Maybe Haruhiro is not the smartest or magnificent strategist, however on this volume you will see how he able to formulate battle plan with calculating the enemy he facing and the comrades battle abilities to make use of. Leader Haruhiro might be the current party leader, but he is also have the qualities of becoming leader or even a commander. You will see he not hesitate anymore to command not limited only to his party but every volunteer soldiers to achieve his goals. So far, I’m really surprised about Haruhiro growth, and it story of this volume. My only disappointment is Ao Jyumonji is being Ao Jyumonji, that ending to end this volume is very cruel, make me can’t wait to read the next volume of Grimgar.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barcarru Doggo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (I don't really spoil anything terribly but I feel like. you'd enjoy this more if you went into it blind so read at your own discretion) I read this after taking a bit of a break of the series to catch up on some other stuff and boy I feel like this is my fav so far. The author has such an incredible talent at making this series being incredibly hard to out down. I admire that he has no qualms about playing with the fate of the characters, delivering plotwists most japanese authors (Including anim (I don't really spoil anything terribly but I feel like. you'd enjoy this more if you went into it blind so read at your own discretion) I read this after taking a bit of a break of the series to catch up on some other stuff and boy I feel like this is my fav so far. The author has such an incredible talent at making this series being incredibly hard to out down. I admire that he has no qualms about playing with the fate of the characters, delivering plotwists most japanese authors (Including anime/manga) are too afraid to make. No character has any kind of plot armor in this series and I am so afraid.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Carr

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh no, it ended on a cliffhanger. I'm not okay. I like how we get a little taste of Haruhiro remembering a scene of life from "before" - when he lived in "our" world, or something like it at least. The characters have these moments and flashes of remembering who they were before Grimgar but then they often forget. It was nice seeing that moment of him with Choco in the world before - even if the story crushes my heart because Choco /dies/. Now of course I need the next one because i'm worried abo Oh no, it ended on a cliffhanger. I'm not okay. I like how we get a little taste of Haruhiro remembering a scene of life from "before" - when he lived in "our" world, or something like it at least. The characters have these moments and flashes of remembering who they were before Grimgar but then they often forget. It was nice seeing that moment of him with Choco in the world before - even if the story crushes my heart because Choco /dies/. Now of course I need the next one because i'm worried about Moguzo. Please, don't let them lose another team member. Not Moguzo. Please.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Andrews

    All Action, Every Line This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and when it ended, I was screaming for the next book. The characters we’ve grown to love or love to hate are on full display in all their relatable, flawed human glory, and the danger in which they find themselves this time out is extreme. Will they win? Will they die? It’s a pulse-pounding journey to the last page, and it’s one you will relish to the last word.

  10. 4 out of 5

    HourTheRomanticist

    Probably the hardest hitting of all the volumes so far, even... One of the hardest hitting LNs I've read. Certainly a unique series, and I say that in the best possible way. Nothing I have seen compares so far, now maybe I'll read something or find out that there are more like this but for now my experience with this series is pure. The ending was absolutely brilliant, and the beginning of the next volume was even more so, actually they got me so good! Probably the hardest hitting of all the volumes so far, even... One of the hardest hitting LNs I've read. Certainly a unique series, and I say that in the best possible way. Nothing I have seen compares so far, now maybe I'll read something or find out that there are more like this but for now my experience with this series is pure. The ending was absolutely brilliant, and the beginning of the next volume was even more so, actually they got me so good!

  11. 4 out of 5

    attha surya dharma

    Interesting "Other world" Story This volume is continuation of the Anime with the same title. I was started reading the novel because of that. In this volume Haruhiro and his party continue their adventure. The new adventure that keep me reading non stop. The story is not cliche as many of "Other world" story. It has emotion in every part when Haruhiro tried his best to lead his party. Really love this story. Interesting "Other world" Story This volume is continuation of the Anime with the same title. I was started reading the novel because of that. In this volume Haruhiro and his party continue their adventure. The new adventure that keep me reading non stop. The story is not cliche as many of "Other world" story. It has emotion in every part when Haruhiro tried his best to lead his party. Really love this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Modderno

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book took me a while to get into, I don’t know why but it did. Once I got about 70 pages in though I could not put it down. This was the first book that continued from the anime and omg I need to keep reading now. The writing annoyed me from time to time and the ending was a little sudden. (Moguzo 😭😭) but all in all I thought it was a great book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marcelo Bastos

    I picked up after the anime and I'm happy I did, it's a nice LN and history is quite decent so I will buy vol4 for sure and the last part really ended in a fashionable way, I would say. I still want to know more of their real world cause it's all still a mistery the author is actually doing a good job making that such a big mistery I just hope it turns out to be a good plot. I picked up after the anime and I'm happy I did, it's a nice LN and history is quite decent so I will buy vol4 for sure and the last part really ended in a fashionable way, I would say. I still want to know more of their real world cause it's all still a mistery the author is actually doing a good job making that such a big mistery I just hope it turns out to be a good plot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Derek Field

    Haruhiro and company continue their adventures with a focused mission. I liked that format rather than the "Go hunt stuff, sell, repeat" nature of the first two volumes. This volume did help flesh out the wider world of Grimgar a bit, so I hope that continues into Volume 4 and beyond. Haruhiro and company continue their adventures with a focused mission. I liked that format rather than the "Go hunt stuff, sell, repeat" nature of the first two volumes. This volume did help flesh out the wider world of Grimgar a bit, so I hope that continues into Volume 4 and beyond.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Irfan Amrullah

    Reading this volume will make you know more about haruhiro past before coming to grimgar. It also will make your feeling huasiwjsjadhsjsjwjw after reading it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Nelson

    It looks like the author finally got a grip of his narrative, and the story gets more intense from there. I jumped straight into the next book...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel d'Matos

    Oh. This last scene hit me hard. Nobody is safe.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Andre DeGrace

    I just could not drop the book specially towards the last 2 chapters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    What an amazing ride! Very exciting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yan

    I like that anyone can die at any moment. I get sad when it happens, but I let my guard down, so it’s on me. So far I’m very happy and satisfied with each volume that I read so far.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sasan

    Easily the weakest volume so far which is giving me serious worries for the future of the series moving forward. ─────────────────── To put it gently, the novel is mostly action and a battle and while I wouldn't consider that to be a bad thing, it sort of does for Grimgar. We know close to nothing about the world and/or how they got there, and having to waste a full volume on a battle is honestly, not boding well for the future when it's already the third one without any answers. The being said, Easily the weakest volume so far which is giving me serious worries for the future of the series moving forward. ─────────────────── To put it gently, the novel is mostly action and a battle and while I wouldn't consider that to be a bad thing, it sort of does for Grimgar. We know close to nothing about the world and/or how they got there, and having to waste a full volume on a battle is honestly, not boding well for the future when it's already the third one without any answers. The being said, I will give credit where it's due when it comes battle oriented scenes and entities in Grimgar. Jyumonji-sensei is very good at luring me in with the action when he gets the pace going, this time along it's on such a huge scale that I was pretty interested to learn more about the other parties and how they might work together in the raid they were planning. Knowing more about other characters is never a bad thing, although the newest addition to the world was as useless as the world implies in both reason to be in the story and battle prowess, I literally have zero ideas why he even bothered adding her at all. I'm having a hard time writing something proper here for the sole reason that other than the battle, nothing actually happens that's worth commenting on, without spoilers anyway. I'll say I was more disappointed than not because I expected some answers to anything without getting anything, I also heard that 10+ volumes later it's not really any different so to me, the future of my enjoyment in this series is pretty bleak. I'm not in a hurry to pick up any more volumes at the moment, but I will still continue it at some point.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 minutes later: Another light novel translated from Japanese. The story overall is a unique twist of the 'players trapped in a video game' and a refreshing one in that the main characters just.. are not very good at their jobs. Or even remotely good. Normally I get very frustrated with characters that are not competent in their roles or in the story, and there are some frustrating moments but overall its a nice change from the utterly overpowered characters in say, SAO or Overlord. The characters 5 minutes later: Another light novel translated from Japanese. The story overall is a unique twist of the 'players trapped in a video game' and a refreshing one in that the main characters just.. are not very good at their jobs. Or even remotely good. Normally I get very frustrated with characters that are not competent in their roles or in the story, and there are some frustrating moments but overall its a nice change from the utterly overpowered characters in say, SAO or Overlord. The characters grow slowly, and they experience all kinds of delicious trauma. Seriously. Dont get too attached to the protagonists.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Matos

    The thing with Grimgar is that it doens't follow your traditional "heroes win and save the day" approach. You never know who's actually going to survive. So far, this is the darkest of the first 3 volumes. One way Grimgar outshines other fantasy novels is the battle descriptions. They really suck you in. Fantastic volume 3! The thing with Grimgar is that it doens't follow your traditional "heroes win and save the day" approach. You never know who's actually going to survive. So far, this is the darkest of the first 3 volumes. One way Grimgar outshines other fantasy novels is the battle descriptions. They really suck you in. Fantastic volume 3!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tomcat

    Translation needs checking. Is a good story and the end of this book is brilliant. But again, the author repeats stuff over and over. Some dialogues are pointless and doesn't add too much to the story. The editor needs to check carefully the translation, too many errors. Translation needs checking. Is a good story and the end of this book is brilliant. But again, the author repeats stuff over and over. Some dialogues are pointless and doesn't add too much to the story. The editor needs to check carefully the translation, too many errors.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dan Pugh

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  27. 4 out of 5

    My Ta Diem

  28. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Bullen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Minh Lê

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cahyo Sumito

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