This is a world of the skies, where many islands drift in the sky. A boy named Gran and a talking winged lizard named Vyrn lived in Zinkenstill, an island which yields mysteries. One day, they come across a girl named Lyria. Lyria had escaped from the Erste Empire, a military government that is trying to rule over this world using powerful military prowess. In order to escape from the Empire, Gran and Lyria head out into the vast skies, holding the letter Gran's father left behind—which said, "I will be waiting at Estalucia, Island of Stars."
(Source: Aniplex of America)
Episodes 1 and 2 preaired on TV on January 21, 2017. Regular broadcasting begins on April 2, 2017.
Before I write this review I would like to talk about my experience with the source material, which for those who don't know it is a browser rpg where you collect different characters. Now the gameplay itself rubbed me the wrong way due to being one dimensional and overall not enjoyable, but I kept playing. The reason for this is because I actually quite enjoyed the story and characters. This is important to my review for two reasons: Firstly I went into this knowing what to expect and knowing what comes ahead, which might make me a tad biased in the shows favor. Secondly, I
felt as if the story got better and better as it progressed, this is important since without the prior knowledge of where the story goes I might have felt differently about it, as I can't really forget what happens.
Sound 10/10: The sound got the highest marks out of everything funnily enough, because both the music and sound design are on point. The music reminds me of the RPGs i played as a kid, like Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy. They can shift from tranquil world-building music to upbeat grand adventure music and all of it is really pleasant to listen to. Sound design is something oft overlooked, but I feel it is worth mentioning, especially when done well. The sound effects are subtle and high quality. A good example is the footsteps which are light and sensible; This is in much contrast to other shows where Edo era wooden sandals sound like someone is banging a 2x4 into a brick wall. Only complaint I can give about sound is Vyrn's annoying voice, I know it is intended but god do I hate it.
Art 7/10: I think we are a bit spoiled by modern animation studios being so damn good at what they do, but this certainly seems to be pretty unimpressive. The animation is fluent and not so bad, but the art seems pretty dated. That being said I would recommend plenty of older anime with bad art; shows which make this show look like a 11/10 in comparison.
Characters 7/10: Yet again my bias is showing as I probably would have scored lower, had I not known what is to come. The game had some amazing characters, which have not been introduced yet. The game's characters I would give an 8 so I met it in the middle, since we don't know how the animation studio will warp the source material, although so far they have been rather faithful. I will now explain each of the current characters that are actually important.
Gran: Generic RPG hero. Better than a lot of the awful protagonists I have seen over the years but not too impressive either. He has an ambition to explore the skies which is his ambition. Other shows use things like love as an excuse for fighting, so I think it is cool to see them create a MC which has ambition I can get behind.
Lyria: I actually quite like Lyria's character. She is overly kind to a fault, and she has her moments, especially later on. For reasons I don't wish to spoil, she cannot really be separated from Gran(Covered in the first episode). One thing that made me really happy about the game is that they didn't force romance into it, despite the set-up being perfect. That being said, the anime adaptation might, we can only hope not.
Katalina: Pretty typical knight with high morality and all that. Not much to say honestly. Her and her sister have some interactions later in the story, but as for the anime, not much to say as of yet.
Vyrn: Annoying ass lizard, nothing else to see here folks move along. In all seriousness, even the lizard gets some development later on, but for now we will leave it at annoying lizard.
Pommern (empire dude):
The empire is rather lame with the main baddie early on being so generically evil he may as well attach an illuminated sign to his forehead that says "I'm the bad guy." He even has a handlebar mustache for crying out loud.
Story 8/10: The story is good, as I said earlier I am rather biased so forgive me, but even with this bias, I can safely say that the story is rather enjoyable. The pacing seems to be rather fast yet manages to give you all the information needed to understand the world. My main gripe so far is how ridiculous some of the story is. Like Lyria falling thousands of feet and yet managing to be completely unscathed. Or our favorite farmer boy taking out two imperial soldiers alone with his baby sword. Despite it's problems the interactions between characters are enjoyable and the plot is rather interesting. Another thing to mention is that the world is rather interesting consisting of several secluded island all with their own quirks. It's amusing to see MC go from being in his hometown full of agriculture and farming to a modernized trading city full of brash personalities.(not covered in the anime yet, probably will be in the next episode which is #3)
So I enjoyed it, not just as someone who played the games, but also just someone who enjoys fantasy stories. I would have scored the games story and 8, but as the anime stands thus far 7 seems more fair. The characters are a bit generic, yet enjoyable and I have high hopes for the future of this show as I quite enjoyed the story of the game. I am currently on episode 2 and judging on my optimism and past experience with the games I think it will be a worthwhile watch. Also, I will edit this review as episodes come out so it is less of a presumption and more of an actual review. I just thought I would write it for those wondering if it is even worth starting, I would say yes.
To get notes clear granblue fantasy was a rpg game off iOS/Android platforms , to be clearly I did not enjoy the game , it would take a lot of time to build up , the storyline however was attractiveness.
The art style was decent and still enjoyable to watch through, it seems to just live off the fantasy genre through this generations studios for animation.Try not to mistake me but the art style is not as bad as some I could recommend.
The music in granblue fantasy is really smooth and calm , it lets you image through the sounds of adventure ahead of
you, besides some characters voices can get on your nerve for example Vyrn.
Many characters haven't been introduced yet however I feel attached to one certain main character in the anime which I've over looked , many of the characters are easy to notice by what the plot is about.
A fine girl who has escaped from the empire , and keeping her tracks hidden from exploring into the vast sky's along with accompanying her bodyguard and gran/Vyrn.Lydia is a calmful girl who has the act to be stubborn on occasions of issues.
A magestic little lizard accompanying Gran on his adventure, he's quite annoying at times but should develop later in the anime.
Gran is the main protagonist in the anime, he is a ambitious person to go explore the vast sky's along with Lydia and their followers, Gran is well known in his small village he lives in , gran is naive when it comes to helping someone and does not care about the consequences.
Lydia's knight that serves protection , there is not much info in the anime about her yet , but still has relations later on along with her sister that hasn't bee introduced.
Quite fasinating I'd recommend it still cause it will be interesting throughout the anime , it should deserve the adventure genre from what I have seen besides only just fantasy on mal. more characters will be introduced throughout the anime when it starts airing again which I cannot wait for.
The majority of it is enjoyable , so far there is only two episodes that have aired for a while , overall I'd personally give it a 7 which it deserves for now, the anime will be worth time along with the characters which will develop during the anime , still the story was good on the rpg game , but not fluently.
I writ this review for those who want knowledge on the anime , I hope you find this helpful :).
Well, what can i say about grand blue?
I readed a lot of doujin about, and i was expecting the anime with excitement, the show is a terrible delusion, and a waste of time and resources form the animators carees.
My review contain some spiolers but, you really dosent loosing anything by reading before watch the first two episodes.
The lesser point, and the most criticable part of the anime is the story. i have seen a lot (Really, a lot) of shows of medieval fantasy, like Vannadis or Chain Cronicles, by mention. and Grand Blue is the worst of all those.
The story is a big cliche,and
putting aside that, its still the worst cliché way ever.. The -Evil empire- is a lot used and it dosent even is a good cliche, is bad, the empires are not evil (by the gods) those are just empires, but the childish naive of Justice overall is a dangerous stuff if you are not treathen it well, making it colorful and full of explanations. the explanations are missing. Who owns the island where the story is devepolved? The Evil Empire of course, (because leading a fugitive hunting in extrange lands may cause a war, if you dont know it) and if the empire is all evilness, the peseants are evil too? Why the Knights cant kill a boy with a sword?
oh, im forgeting he was the protagonist, and dosent matter if the knights are full armored and TRAINED, because im the fucking protagonist and they will suck my D**ck just because of that. what kind of knights are them in all case? im sick of that and if you have enough precence of mind you will understand.
The Kinghts, even the dark knights, has a honor code (or No-honor code) that leads his actions, and that code forbids damaging the pops of the villages of their OWN EMPIRE at leats, because the villager pay taxes and this rise the economy and make the evil lords of the evil empire rich and powerful... Then.... why them threat the villagers with hurt a little girl? and as i said before, they are in the empire lands... because if they are in foregin islands, why isn´t guards in the land for defense propouses, the nation that own the lands allow to foregin Knights to search, kill or hurt their villagers? of course not.
The villan is a fucking crazy and stupid man, just like the "hero" need for prove they are doing it right, what the hell has the man in exchange of brain????
Oh, i have control over a fucking Hydra, lets kill the boy who atemph to protect the poor girl (who is casually a massive destrucction weapon itself) without caring of the fact that the girl is dangerous and thats why she was jailed... wait, a wild dragon has appeared, Hydra (inferior creature, every fucking man knows that) shoot to the dragon to make him angry... well, it didnt success at all, no problem, keep shooting, who cares what the dragon can do, if you can shoot him, you will be fine... yeah...
(Protaginist) Crazy fool man defetaed... Heroine... let him go, probably he can take an army and back and kill all of us, but... who the fuck cares... YOLO !!!!!
The caracters are all stupids, or that what we can see...
Despite the fact that i've watched only two episodes, the art was very poor and the drawing let a lot to be desire, that all with the art...
Well, the opening and the ending wasnt really bad at all, and the sound makes it enjoyable, they are what we can say by fine, it suit them.
Dreadful is the word to describe the caracter devepolment of the show, set aside that the caracters hasnt history of theirselves, the devepolment of the show was very sample and has nothing to do with human caracterization (what is that makes devepolment good, after all) the protagonist was one more form the buch, (on the bad bunch) the fem was one more from the bunch too, the luteniant (female co-pro) was predictable too, and stupid in the very end, leading a boy (who is the fucking protagonist) to the death without hesiation and without a plain, the girl saved the prota with magic power that no one knows how it works, and no one knowed she can do this until she need to bring the prota back to the life... the Villan, patetic and the sec caracters are nothing but trash, (the knights, the Peseants, the fucking flying lizard) and overall, its just another fantasy show that has nothing inside of the caracters but that... Fantasy
If you played the game, may be you are expecting the anime that much as myself, you can find it enjoyable and even nostalgic, and may be you can pardon all that trash and continue watching the show
If you like stories that have nothing but a pink and fluffy trash about justice and comradeship and figthing aganist the evilness (who try to conquer the world and kill everyone for absolutely no reason) and villans without a single piece of inteligence that are nothing more that clowns, caracters that dosent show humanhood at all and everything reduces to Who is the evil and who is the good, well, you can enjoy the show too
If you wnat to watch a history with caracters that are a bit more thinked and the good and the evil are inside of every caracter (just like the person you are, just like the person that build empires too) and you think there are a lot more that simple say "Justice" or "Comradeship" or "War" or any.other of the medieval fantasy concepts, then this isnt your show, trust me, there are a lot more shows less stupid than this