The game takes place in a world created by a beings known as "Story Tellers." At birth, all inhabitants of this world are bestowed with a "book of fate" where all their lives are written in advance. However, rogue Story Tellers known as Chaos Tellers are writing bad events into people's books without them knowing. It is up to the holders of blank books of fate to seek out the Chaos Tellers and restore the world.
Grimms Notes originally hit iOS and Android in Japan back in January of 2016, and has since gone on to be downloaded over 15 million times. The RPG features characters like Alice, Little Red Riding Hood, and others from classic fairy tales, all of whom have to face the threat of "Chaos Tellers" that are writing bad events in the stories and twisting fate in the process.
In a typical fashion rehashed RPG, you'd have the characters anointed for their roles in the overall game system and mechanics, and are set out to exterminate the forces of evil, just as you'd expect. But to green light such game-turned-anime adaptation, of which this formula has been ongoing for the past 2 decades (thanks to the Fate Nasuverse which thankfully has separate paths of play that all started from there), it's no wonder that it's now understandable that the staffs from these respective games have always wanted to pitch these famous games turned into anime, and I don't blame these people. WHAT I WILL
blame for, is how anime adaptations of games will typically shit-show the game's introduction, its nonchalant storytelling, and the divisive characters and actions, and that's no different for Grimms Notes here, a show we clearly didn't want, but the staff behind this production (along with the game company responsible) were clearly trying to make this adaptation into a cash-cow.
So TL;DR: I don't really care for characters here, nor the setting (which I'll give it credit for trying to be different) which takes place as: "Fairy tales gone wrong by baddies, we must try to save them before history is rewritten." these kind of BS storylines. It works well as a mobile game, but dammit NOT in a TV adaptation. The OST also sucks, even from an average Joe standpoint.
And I've gotta say, this is the worst Brain's Base show, the bottom of the barrel, and for the studio to be chosen to do this production (since the studio's bread-and-butter has always been manga and novel adaptations), the production staff must be ecstatic that whatever their goal was, they certainly have succeeded, but in return, what they got was a show that literally went off the radar, and nowhere to be seen.
So, I plead you, this is another shovelware of the season (counting the MAL-rated 5.XX ratings together), and should be skipped at all costs, that is unless you're the .1% that likes this show somehow.
I'll start this off by saying that I'm only still watching this so I can lower my "Completed" mean score. Jokes aside, anime based off of games are almost always trash. Even when you give a studio highly-acclaimed games, like the 93/100 on Metacritic Persona 5, or the 10/10 on Steam Danganronpa, anime studios always seem to screw them up. Clearly, anyone who recognizes this trend should be wary of the influx of crappy, low-rated mobile game-based anime that are pumped out all the time for the simple purpose of promoting the game or maybe even obtaining some sort of profit.
One might say that anime
and mobile games are polar opposites. With some exceptions, mobile games tend to have boring story modes that are only there for the sake of gameplay and not the plot. Furthermore, characters in mobile games are limited to occasionally popping up as text boxes, and really nothing else. Now take a second to think about what makes bad anime bad. Yep, that's right! Most bad shows have boring, unenthusiastic stories and characters.
The worst insult of all is that this pile of trash was created by Brain's Base, one of my favorite studios. Yep, Brain's Base. The same studio that made Baccano, Durarara, the first season of SNAFU, the first four seasons of Natsume, the second season of Spice & Wolf, and even less popular but still highly rated shows like Penguindrum. How could Brain's Base have come from consistently making shows that pull scores of above 8 on MAL to creating this pathetic waste of space is beyond me.
Grimms Notes is not an exceptionally bad mobile game adaptation, but it IS an exceptionally bad anime. Crappy stories that are haphazardly thrown together in order to give some sort of structure to a game's gameplay should not be adapted into anime. Grimms Notes is a complete waste of time, with no redeemable or entertaining features.