Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

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Synonyms: Grimgal of Ashes and Fantasies, Hai to Gensou no Grimgal
Japanese: 灰と幻想のグリムガル
English: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
German: Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions
French: Grimgar: Le Monde des Cendres et de Fantaisie
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:30 (JST)
Producers: TOHO animation
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: IsekaiIsekai
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.651 (scored by 375595375,595 users)
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Ranked: #13252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #268
Members: 726,311
Favorites: 6,183

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Fear, survival, instinct. Thrown into a foreign land with nothing but hazy memories and the knowledge of their name, they can feel only these three emotions resonating deep within their souls. A group of strangers is given no other choice than to accept the only paying job in this game-like world—the role of a soldier in the Reserve Army—and eliminate anything that threatens the peace in their new world, Grimgar.

When all of the stronger candidates join together, those left behind must create a party together to survive: Manato, a charismatic leader and priest; Haruhiro, a nervous thief; Yume, a cheerful hunter; Shihoru, a shy mage; Moguzo, a kind warrior; and Ranta, a rowdy dark knight. Despite its resemblance to one, this is no game—there are no redos or respawns; it is kill or be killed.

It is now up to this ragtag group of unlikely fighters to survive together in a world where life and death are separated only by a fine line.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Terui, Haruka


Ochiai, Fukushi


Noto, Mamiko


Seki, Tomokazu




Cook, Justin
Harada, Naoki
Nakamura, Ryousuke
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition
Ozaki, Takaharu
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Knew day" by (K)NoW_NAME (eps 1-4, 6-11)

Ending Theme

1: "Knew day" by (K)NoW_NAME (eps 1)
2: "Harvest" by (K)NoW_NAME (eps 2-7, 9-11)
3: "Harvest" by Shihoru (Haruka Terui) (eps 8)
4: "Cultivate" by (K)NoW_NAME (eps 12)


Oct 4, 2023
Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions may seem just like another cookie cutter isekai at first glance but underneath the surface is a unique work with realistic aspects and beautiful art.

Most Isekais use the same gimmicks, lame mc gets transported or reincarnated into fantasy or game-like world and becomes OP in the span of 20 minutes, gets all the babes for no reason, never loses even when he does lose, and has the personality of a crab. What makes grimgar different is it's focus and pacing.

Although the lead main character is Haruhiro, Grimgar spends it's time fleshing out all of the characters as a group. They don't ...
Aug 13, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Grimgar is not for everyone.

While the setup is your familiar Isekai story, similar to Sword Art Online (SAO), the plot is anything but SAO. The story follows a group of friends, working together to adapt and live in this new world. And boy, do we really follow the characters' journey, step by step. Hence, patience is first required to get used to the slower than expected pace which we are familiar from Isekai Action Fantasy animes. With that said, why do I still rate Grimgar as Good? It's because the payoff comes after you manage to sit through the slower pace of the story.

The ...
Oct 3, 2023
Painfully drawn out, uninteresting characters, uneventful plot all makes a boring show. Don't get me wrong a show can be slow paced and be brilliant but this just doesn't. The hook for this show is this is an Isekai where the characters are struggling to fight the weakest monsters. This could have been really interesting if it wasn't butchered by the execution.
The fighting is the best part of the show, the challenge of defeating a single small goblin by 6 people. They are uncoordinated, incompetent, the left overs.

Most of the show is an uneventful waste of time. Every scene is excruciatingly slow which would work ...

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