When they all woke up, they were in a dark room. Awaken… the sound of a voice saying this word is all that they remember. They are here now, in the world of Grimgar. The fairly large group of people find themselves in a sort of medieval time. They are gathered up and told that the way to make money is to join the Reserve Army Forces and kill monsters. They have to kill monsters in order to make money. Their items make good trade in the market.
Groups are soon formed, and of course, there are always the rejects. These rejects came together, for alone their survival would be impossible. In order to become a successful party, they must choose a guild and become precise at their craft. The party consists of: Haruhiro the thief, Yume the hunter, Shihoru the mage, Ranta the dark knight, Moguzo the warrior, and Manato the priest.
They soon find that hunting monsters, even something as simple as a lonely goblin, is difficult. They try and try again, but aren’t successful. It takes them a while to learn how to work together, and what it means to take the life of another living thing. Eventually, they do, and it is no happy matter. Manato soon becomes recognized as the leader of the group. He plans out strategies, barks out orders, and finds out all the information he can about the easiest hunting grounds.
The once reject party soon become friends, growing closer after their daily adventures. Haruhiro, the main perspective of the story, always idolized Manato. He would always find him going out of his way to get more information, or make things easier for the rest of the group. In reality, Manato was doing the work of at least three people. He was the group’s leader, or strategist, their healer, and also would fight.
They got good at hunting goblins. They started building more and more confidence. They even started taking on two or three at a time, moving towards even four. Confidence is key in a battle, but it can also blind you for that critical second. Unfortunately, happy times in the world of Grimgar do not last long when every day is a fight for your life.
They were ambushed by a group of goblins while they had their guard down. Haruhiro manages to jump in front of the first arrow, no undoubtedly saving Manato’s life. He is hit once again when he is on the ground. Thanks to Manato’s map making skills, and his healing magic, it appears that the group gets away from the ambush. It’s not until they reach the forest, safety, that they Haruhiro realizes something is wrong with Manato. He had been shot in the back.
Manato falls to the ground, out of magic from healing his friends, he is unable to heal himself. There is nothing they can do. This is the world of Grimgar.
I would definitely recommend you watch this anime! It is still in its first season and is still being released (I am current on the series and it is up to episode 9). The story, the drama, the struggle, all of it is addicting to watch as you can’t foresee what happens next. This is a different take on what the world of an RPG would be like. There are happy times, but there are mostly sad, even scary times. The world of Grimgar is a gruesome place.