In a world that long ago featured the existence of magic, but has long since lost that ability. The story begins when the very normal high school student Mangetsu Kohinata meets Shingetsu Ernesta Fukami, who has migrated back to Japan from Germany, on a night with a full moon.
Original series, especially in anime are a dime a dozen, picking up on the trends of what anime has done well and not, and taking that into consideration, people of different creative mindsets come together to form these shows which have meta references across the board. And in the case of Granbelm, that standard holds tried-and-true.
If you watched last year's mech originals like Trigger's SSSS.Gridman or J.C.Staff's rendition of Satoshi Mizukani's Planet With, the formula of Granbelm is not hard to see, the only elephant in the room is the characters themselves as they serve the basis of the story (and the synopsis pretty much
really doesn't tell you a lot from the get-go, trust me).
If there's anything to go by, and if you're one of the few who decide to stick to this show, I'd pretty much ask you to focus on character development as this is the central drive of the show, not all of the characters are surfaced yet so you can consider that as the loophole of the show, wherever it may decide to go.
But I will give it this: with Re:Zero's director and original character designer on-board, the designs are great and reminiscent of the characters from Re:Zero themselves, at least in the eyes of Granbelm's full-on girl cast.
Art and animation is great as always from Nexus, who did Comic Girls, and this shows here, while the sound direction echos most mech shows with its abundant clingy-clashing effects and whatnot.
If you decide to give this series a second chance, probably do it around the 2nd half as motifs and motives become clearer. For the small fanbase, please stick around, with no expectations of course.
The dark magical girl genre has been around ever since Madoka, so close to a decade. One could think everything has already been done before, but no, every once in a while a new one comes around that still has something new to show.
Granbelm is one of these series. It came up with an impressive combination, it is some sort of a dark magical girl mech battle royale show, something like a Holy Grail War but instead of masters and servants, with magical girls and mechs.
The dark magical girl part speaks for itself, if you like the genre you probably will enjoy Granbelm too. By
the genre's nature, several characters are pushed to the extremes, looking like they are borderline insane, but they do have their reasons, all of them have, except the main girl, who is kind of a wild card. She seemingly has no reason to participate in this "Holy Grail War", she also has strange powers noone can explain, I would say she is the main mystery of the show.
Now about the mechs. I am not a big mech fan, but I like them here. They have an unusual, interesting design that I haven't quite seen yet. The mech battles are very interesting and great looking. It is not just the usual "robots are bashing each other" stuff. They all have different powers, use different tactics and sometimes they can do some random unexpected stuff.
So far I am really enjoying the show, from episode 1 to 5 it keeps on improving from episode to episode. It is also not too predictable, so I am looking forward to see where it will be taking us.
This is a mostly overlooked anime but for me this anime is a real masterpiece. this anime is an original production which is a really good thing but also a tricky thing to do since there is no source material to copy from meaning the creators have to come up with an interesting idea with great execution.
The creators of Granbelm have done all of these things perfectly and i have to say the outcome is great. An anime that has great story, art and characters all complete with vibrant colors that really make this anime come to life but most importantly the anime makes you
want to watch more because it is that enjoyable and isn't that what the purpose of an anime really is.