Jun 4, 2019
LegendAqua (All reviews)
A newly incarnated Mihama Academy and a new cast...

Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation feels by all means it took took the success and badassery of Rakuen and gave it a facelift, for the better or worse...

By all means, LA was actually perfectly happy with the original cast not being in Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation, as it's a new generation of characters at the helm of what the original cast once did and seeing the Grisaia world being expanded upon after the original cast left is a good thing, cos like come on, Yuuji and the rest of the battle harem went through hell and back, let them rest and have their happy ending.

As for the new cast, well LA latched onto Rena Fukami voiced by Maaya Uchida as the "rabid dog" of the cast, a glutton for food but has a crush on her "master" Haruto Aoi, but also a close quarter monster in battle, she's your Yumiko. Next is Touka Shishigaya voiced by Ayane Sakura the long range sniper and the tsundere of the group, she's your Michiru of the group. Christina Kujirase voiced by Kaori Nazuka is the bridge bunny and information gatherer of the group and the expected calm ojou-like character who handles the girls day to day chores, she's your expected Sachi. Next is Murasaki Ikoma voiced by Atsumi Tanezaki the ninja and stealth operative and is your Makina, she was LA's second favourite of the cast. Next is the character we narrative focus in the first half with is Shiori Arisaka voiced by Mikako Izawa and your Chizuru of the group. Finally is Haruto Aoi voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga, Rena's master and the Yuuji of the group and a master swordsman in a ways but is the person taking care of the group outside of school as well, thus the Yuuji comparison.

The first half of the movie pretty much gives the basics of the character introductions LA mentioned above as well as mission in saving Shiori, wasn't that bad as we get to know the cast as well as the re-structured Mihama Academy now being the spiritual successor of what the original cast went through in Rakuen. the second half was more focused towards Rena and her backstory when she encounters her childhood friend turned criminal oddjob killer Bucks/Maki Inohara voiced by Yoshino Nanjo. This was the obviously the more interesting segment of the movie as we get to delve deep into one of the groups, mainly in this case Rena and see how she became how she is now, not to mention she and Haruto got some development together as well as a result what with being master and rabid dog analogy they give to themselves. The second half if anything shows what potential the new cast has if we're going into their backstories through their current missions and see them have a chance to develop as a result and showing off Rena's was a good move in all honesty as LA came to like Rena even more.

The animation done by Bibury Animation Studios had great character designs and good to great gunfighting, add in the violence, semi-censored at times and considering what we're dealing with in Grisaia some fan service and disservice moments and to say the animation done by Bibury was great is an understatement.

As for voice cast, well Maaya Uchida gets billing for LA mainly for favourite character by default but Ayane Sakura, Kaori Nazuka, Mikako Izawa, Atsumi Tanezaki and Yoshino Nanjo stood out, really the new cast was great in this movie, what could LA say, let alone they're chemistry with one another, especially Maaya Uchida and Yoshino Nanjo.

So to say that not having the original cast of Grisaia is a disservice to this movie and the Grisaia franchise, well not really, LA sees Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation as trying to expand the world with it's new cast and trying to implemented what worked in Rakuen into these new characters, much like Grisaia in it's early beginning of Kajustu, it ALSO had problems, so like that Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation will have it's problems, that LA will see and take note of, but Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation by all means have LA interested and would like to see more with this new cast of characters, if Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation will ever continue into an anime series.