Grimgar Essentials Blu-ray

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SKU: 704400020261

Retail Price: $29.98

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About Grimgar Essentials Blu-ray

Grimgar Essentials contains anime episodes 1-12 and was directed by Ryosuke Nakamura.

After waking up in a strange new world surrounded by people who can’t remember who they are or where they came from, Haruhiro finds himself drafted into the service of the Volunteer Soldiers. Together with a ragtag party he must set out to make a name for himself in a world where magic and monsters are a part of everyday life.

Special Features: OVA 2.5, Episode 04 Video Commentary, and Trailers


  • Publisher: FUNIMATION
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Themes: Adventure, Battles
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 300
  • Release Date: 2/12/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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Just as the version says: The Essentials

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Grimgar looks like another SAO or Log Horizon at first glance, but it's different. This anime presents a far more humble account of survival in an MMO-styled game. Despite the MMO mechanics, the anime explores fighting, life, and death as if it was all being done right here in our mundane lives. So no all-mighty protagonist, no perfect endings, no "happily ever after," just learning how to live in a strange land with deadly consequences.

The Essentials edition was better than I hoped. It still has all the extras that are typical of a single series release without the high price that first release animes usually fetch for these days. It also has the short OVA included. I liked watching Grimgar, but I don't need the "full" version or "limited" edition, or the high price they come with. Grimgar Essentials is just that for me: The Essentials of the anime.

Barebones release of an amazing show.

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This doesn't have any nice extras and the case really isn't impressive at all, but it's also an incredibly cheap buy for an extremely underrated anime. If you like fantasy anime, this show provides a really unique take on the genre. It also has beautiful art and a great soundtrack.

How did this happen?


This anime is amazing. How did the company go under with such a strong storyline and beautiful art design? We're not going to see another season so grab this up while you can. I also suggest to grab the Light Novels if you want to know more about the story.



At times, the water-colour influence of the art style is breath-taking and it's probably worth it just for that, especially if you're looking something different visually.

The 'drawn into a game' aspect to the plot wasn't bogged down by endless real-world references and so the immersion in the new world was strong because of that. While there are slow moments, my minor gripe was not with the pacing but the main character-driven aspects probably didn't get enough screen time to pull off a really deeply emotional reaction.

Still, I really enjoyed this sort series, despite a few well-worn tropes making their customary appearances, there were some really creative moments in the dialogue and the battles too.

A Pleasant Surprise

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Grimgar surprised me. I gave it a go because it was on my list, and I am glad I did. It's a decent gritty fantasy. Not quite as dark as Berserk or Goblin Slayer, but it does the job. I found that it is constantly compared to SAO, but, in my opinion, Gimgar is a much better show.

The Essentials Blu-Ray was a pleasant surprise as well. Came with the short OVA. I was not expecting that from this release. And I have yet to see the OVA, so its presence in this collection put a smile on my face.

If you have not yet seen this show, and you like fantasy with a little grit in it, give it a go. I highly recommend it.