Hai to Gensou no Grimgar First Impressions (1): This team...

I have to admit, this bow looks really cool for a beginner's bow. But that aside, I've seen a lot of good things about this series, so I was very curious going in. I have to say so far so good... it has a lot of the fear of death of SAO without excessive drama about it (yet). At least PK isn't a thing in this series, right? The episode starts out right into the action with a group of people fighting a goblin...although, I found it pretty strange. Aren't goblins in most games supposed to be one of the weakest-

Oh...never mind. So you guys have six people and can't even take down a goblin? Holy crap...that is a new level of noob.

I'm also really curious what this scene is supposed to mean...it repeats again later. I guess it's supposed to give an ethereal sense or something, but it literally makes no sense to me here.

Series subtly nudges us into the main idea. It's a nice touch to not just give us this information about their amnesia, but having the group randomly question their own words is also a bit awkward. It should be fine as long as it's restricted to the earlier episodes.

I would have worded this line to be less Shirou-like...probably something like "Death is the end for you in this world".

Every group has this guy...not that I'm complaining. Say what you will about Ranta...he's actually not a bad character in my eyes. From here, though, it's revealed that everyone went through some kind of training in a specialized guild to gain their respective classes. And yet they still couldn't take on a goblin...this training must have sucked. The thief gets away with it because most of his training was probably like "this is how the steal skill works", but the warrior has no excuse. Also, what exactly is the dark knight? Is that a magic/melee hybrid? Because that's what their team kinda needs. There's not enough magic damage on the team with just a single mage (assuming magic is as powerful as Grimgar as it is in most worlds). Also, a single healer for six people is going to be excessive...usually healers are balanced for parties of four.

facepalm Just...no. This subtitle is dumber than a dumb person.

Yeah...no one here could tell that this girl had large breasts. We were all looking at other things? How could we have missed that? This conversation really feels like it didn't need to be in here.

How do the goblins not hear her doing this? Are they using some super-secret telepathic communication that would make this world even more game-like? The episode aside, this ending song actually sounds pretty good. I don't think I've heard of the artist, though...is it a new group?

Anyway, thoughts on the episode as a whole. It was interesting and it definitely has my curiosity. The episode has raised quite a few questions about this world we're entering. The amnesia almost makes it feel like the kids might be participating in some sort of social experiment or something. I'm still curious whether just this group of people are from the modern world or whether Grimgar is entirely composed of people who have been coming in group-by-group.

I might be a minority in this opinion, but I really don't think that aspect of the show should get pushed into the background (like with Log Horizon). That being said, I can see how the next few episodes will likely be the group acclimating to their new environment. Hopefully, that means we'll get more explanation about the system of Grimgar (how the skills work, what classes can do what, etc.). Let's see where this goes...

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