Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (灰と幻想のグリムガル, Hai to Gensō no Gurimugaru) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ao Jūmonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai. The story follows a group of people who suddenly find themselves in a fantasy world with no memories from before their arrival, and chronicles their struggles to survive and make a life for themselves.
Mutsumi Okubashi began serializing a manga adaptation in Gangan Joker in 2015. The novels were adapted into a 12-episode anime television series that ran from January to March 2016. An original video animation was released in March 2016. The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation, while J-Novel Club has acquired the rights to publish the original novels in English and Yen Press publishes the manga adaptation.
Haruhiro (ハルヒロ, Haruhiro)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
The main viewpoint character and Thief of the group. Haruhiro is the most well-rounded character of the series as he is neither arrogant in his nature nor humble. He is generally helpful and always willing to help out his party members. He is later forced to become the group's leader after Manato's death because of this very fact. Eventually he starts to pay more attention to his teammates feelings, slowly improving as leader.
Yume (ユメ, Yume)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)
Brave and energetic, Yume is the hunter of the group. She also has a tendency to try and protect Shihoru because of her shy and timid nature. She has a good friendship with Haruhiro and they seem to get along well.
Shihoru (シホル, Shihoru)
Voiced by: Haruka Terui (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
The mage of the group. She is shy, only opening up to Yume and, to an extent, Manato before the latter's death. Yume is constantly trying to get her to interact more with the group.
Ranta (ランタ, Ranta)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)
The Dark Knight of the group. He is brash, impulsive, and somewhat perverted, which leads him to constantly arguing with Haruhiro. Ranta is the troublemaker of the group constantly causing problems and making rash decisions for he has a slight hint of arrogance in his character.
Mary (メリイ, Merii)
Voiced by: Chika Anzai (Japanese); Jād Saxton (English)
Joining shortly after Manato's death, Mary effectively replaces him as the Priest of the party. Initially, there is a lot of friction between Mary and the rest of the team. She was actually a lot like Manato, but after a tragic incident that led to the death of some of her friends, she became cold and aloof, but after Haruhiro tells her about their own situation, she slowly opens to her new party.
Kuzaku (クザク, Kuzaku)
The Paladin of the group who joins after Moguzo dies.
Manato (マナト, Manato)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)
Manato chose to become a Priest and ultimately assumed the role of the group's initial leader. He saw the positives in people and with that he was able to effectively strategize battle plans when the group began hunting goblins for the first time. As they progressed as a team, they began mapping out abandoned towns while hunting bigger goblin parties. However, while resting the group was ambushed by more goblins than they were accustomed to. Effectively moving his party to retreat, a goblin archer was able to successfully hit Manato square in the back as they ran away successfully. He died soon after. In a conversation after his death, Haruhiro mentioned that aside from missing his leadership and strategist plans, Manato was also a defensive tank like Moguzo and a front line attacker like Ranta.
Moguzo (モグゾー, Moguzō)
Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai (Japanese); Jarrod Greene (English)
Moguzo is the tallest and heaviest member of the group and hence chose to become a member of the Warrior guild. He wears the most iron clad armor and wields a wide blade broadsword the comes up to shoulder height. Although he is the most physically imposing, ironically he challenges Shihoru for being the most soft spoken. On several occasions he will allow his friends to sleep in and will take their turn at cooking breakfast in the morning. He somewhat remembers doing this before and finding joy out of it. He also would carve wooden figurines of noteworthy quality in his spare time.
Renji (レンジ, Renji)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Jason Liebrecht (English)
A volunteer soldier who arrived at the same time as Haruhiro and the others, but graduated from his position as a trainee much sooner.
Ron (ロン, Ron)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
Sassa (サッサ, Sassa)
Voiced by: Nozomi Furuki
Adachi (アダチ, Adachi)
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
Chibi (チビ, Chibi)
Shinohara (シノハラ, Shinohara)
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese); Christopher Wehkamp (English)
Hayashi (ハヤシ, Hayashi)
Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
Kimura (キムラ, Kimura)
Michiki (ミチキ, Michiki)
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
Og (オグ, Ogu)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
Mutsumi (ムツミ, Mutsumi)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)
Kikkawa (キッカワ, Kikkawa)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
A carefree man from Tokimune's team who introduced Mary to Haruhiro's team.
Britney (ブリトニー, Buritonī)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese); Mike McFarland (English)
Barbara (バルバラ, Barubara)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
Haruhiro's Thief master.
Hōnen (ホーネン, Hōnen)
Voiced by: Jōji Nakata (Japanese); Kent Williams (English)
The light novels are written by Ao Jūmonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai, and are published by Overlap Bunko. The first volume was published in 2013. Online English light novel publisher J-Novel Club announced their acquisition of the series on October 28, 2016.
A manga adaptation by Mutsumi Okubashi began serialization in Square Enix's magazine Gangan Joker on 22 April 2015. North American publisher Yen Press announced their acquisition of the manga on 23 November 2016.
An anime television series was written and directed by Ryosuke Nakamura and produced by A-1 Pictures. Mieko Hosoi acted as character designer. Both the opening theme song, "Knew day", and the ending theme, "Harvest", were performed by (K)NoW_NAME. The series began broadcasting on AT-X, Tokyo Metropolitan Television, Nippon BS Broadcasting, and the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation on 11 January 2016. Funimation acquired the rights to simulcast the series with an English dub in North America. The anime is listed with 6 Blu-ray and DVD volumes containing 2 episodes each, having a total of 12 episodes.
A 10-minute original video animation numbered "episode 2.5" was bundled with the first Blu-ray and DVD volume of the anime, which was released on 16 March 2016. Toho streamed a promotional video for the OVA on 5 April 2016.