Fans of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash have been waiting for the season 2 since 2016. While this may be a long time to some, followers of the anime are patiently anticipating news for the next installment. If you have not heard of this show before, here are some things you need to know.
The show is an adaptation of a light novel of the same name written by Ao Jumonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai. Published by OVERLAP in 2013. The manga tells the story of Haruhiro and his group of ragtag individuals in their adventures in the fantasy land of Grimgar.
Like the original material, this show follows the protagonist Haruhiro in his struggles to adapt to Grimgar. Upon being marooned into the unfamiliar territory. Haruhiro woke up without any knowledge of where he was and why he was there. In fact, he did not even have any memories of who he was except for his name.
Waking up in Grimgar, Haruhiro became aware that the people around him are equally unfamiliar with their origins and the place. Our protagonist forms a party with other individuals he met along the way. Training and improving his skill level, and exploring the world around him. It is not long before the group realized that the harsh world they woke up to needs them to kill in order to survive.
This anime plays out like a role-playing game, especially as Haruhiro teams up with a group of individuals with their own specialties. From the charismatic priest Manato to the hunter Yume, the party is definitely equipped for an RPG adventure.
Notable Characters of Grimgar Of Fantasy and Ash Season 1
Made up of individuals who have their own skills to contribute to the group, fans have taken a liking to each character. From the protagonist to the rest of the main characters, the anime became a more dynamic and entertaining one with the help of each individual. Here’s a brief background of each main cast.
Haruhiro – The protagonist of the show, Haruhiro becomes the leader of the crew. He might not be the strongest fighter but he is a great tactician.
Manato – A charismatic Priest, Manato is the former leader of the group. His skills include cure and smash.
Ranta – The group’s Dread Knight is known for being overconfident and rude, but underneath this façade is a sensitive boy.
Moguzo – Moguzo is the group’s warrior. While he is kind and calm, he can be dangerous during battle.
Yume – As the hunter, Yume is agile and precise with a bow and arrow.
Shihoru – Being the Mage of the party, Shihoru has a wide range of magical skills.
Will there be a Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Season 2?
Now, it has been more than 3 years since the first season was released. It has produced 12 episodes and an original video animation (OVA). However, there is no clear news as to whether fans can expect a season 2.
It is typical in the anime industry that news about further installments come even after years of waiting. So, if you are tired of waiting or are worried that the show is canceled, you will be glad to know that fans are optimistic about the possibility of a second season. They anticipate that the second season will be released by 2020 or 2021.
What do fans expect from season 2?
While the wait can take around a year or two, fans definitely have various theories as to what will happen in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Season 2. The most viable one is that the second season will be based on the remaining volumes of the manga. As the first installment did not disclose the origins of the characters, the second one is expected to tell their stories. Fans also anticipate that the second series will tackle the growth of each character, Haruhiro becoming a strong leader for the party.
Shows to Watch While Waiting
Now that you have an idea of when and what to expect in the second season, you might want to while away the remaining time before it arrives. While watching the first installment is a great choice, you might want to spend your time exploring other shows similar to Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Check out these anime that will definitely tickle your fancy.
Sword Art Online
A close contender to RPG-inspired anime, Sword Art Online is one of the most popular and recognized shows in this category. Set in 2022, the story follows Kirito, a gamer eagerly waited for the release of the titular game, Sword Art Online. Using hyperreal and immersive virtual reality technology, the game becomes more and more real as the 10,000 players discover the terrifying truth about the game.
This show was aired back in 2012 by the animation studio A-1 Pictures. During its run, it has 25 episodes which adapted the first 4 novels of the light novel Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara. With such similarities to Grimgar, you definitely have to check this series out (if you haven’t already).
Another similar anime is Log Horizon. In this show, online fantasy RPG Elder Tale is popular across the globe. However, the release of its latest expansion pack called Novasphere Pioneers changed the game for thousands of players. The reason? They were trapped inside the game without the ability to log out. Socially awkward Shiroe is one of the gamers who are now stuck in the game and must form alliances to survive.
Just like Haruhiro and his motley crew, Shiroe gathers a group of players with varied backgrounds and skills. This show ran from 2012 to 2013 with 25 episodes. Just like many animated series, Log Horizon is based on a manga of the same name.
No Game No Life
In the same theme as the first two, No Game No Life offers a story that involves RPGs. It follows the story of siblings Sora and Shiro, both online gamers. However, these two are not ordinary gamers as they are the people behind the legendary duo called “Blank.”
With their reputation as illustrious gamers, the two perceive the real world as a simple game but all this changed when they were thrust into Disboard, a game world where they encounter the God of Games, Tet. Now, they must defeat Tet and become the new gods of Disboard.
Lastly, you might want to check out Btoom! a series that is closely similar to Grimgar. Unemployed gamer and Japan’s Btoom! top player wakes up on an island with only a bag of bombs and a green crystal embedded in his hand. Without any memory of how this happened, he realized that he is in the game world of Btoom! and must now fight as he is met by animosity from other players.
The wait may be long but there is no need to fret as years of waiting is typical in the anime industry. After all, producing these anime shows can be taxing especially with the illustrations, animation, and voice acting required to complete the show. So, keep calm and rewatch the show, or better yet, watch these similar shows and discover what they have to offer.