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The fans are still waiting.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash or ‘Hai to Hai to Gensou no Grimgar’ as it is known to its Japanese fans, is a popular Japanese anime that roped in fans with an excellent first series.
Unfortunately, despite gaining a loyal fanbase in both its native Japan and around the world, Grimgar season two is yet to materialize.
What has gone wrong?
Grimgar Season 1: The Story so far
Grimgar Of Fantasy And Ash was first aired back in 2016. It is based on a manga series written by author AoJūmonji. It was illustrated by Eiri Shirai.
The original manga series first appeared in Gangan Joker in 2015.
It was almost immediately picked up by an anime studio and turned into a television series that aired from January until March 2016.
The plot of Grimgar follows several people who end up in an unfamiliar world with no memory of how they got there.
The world, called Grimgar, is inhabited by strange mystical creatures that include goblins. The group soon find themselves battling the goblins in an effort to survive.
After they join the Trainee Volunteer Soldiers, the group finds themselves led by a man called Manato. In order to learn the art of killing monsters to gain power and money, the group begins to hunt weak goblins and other monsters.
The tragic death of Manato, who dies whilst trying to help the group evade an ambush, throws the group into disarray. They must overcome their grief whilst finding a new leader to take control.
Along the way, they meet a Priest called Merry. She is also trying to overcome the loss of her own group to the monsters. She soon bonds with the group and helps them get back to full strength to avenge the death of Manato.
To thank Merry, the group then agree to hunt down the goblins that killed her group in order to give her closure too.
The first series ends with the defeat of both groups of monsters.
Grimgar Season 2: What Happened?
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash season 1 was adapted and directed by Ryosuke Nakamura.
Despite its success, both in Japan and in North America, Asia, and Europe, the buzz failed to result in a second series.
To date, A-1 Pictures, the famous Japanese anime studio that produced the series, has failed to release any information regarding a second series of Grimgar.
Rumors have been abound on the internet ever since the first series ended back in 2016.
Opinions seem very divided.
One camp is very pessimistic regarding whether or not we will actually ever see a season 2 of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash at all!
They argue that the series, though amassing a sizable fan base, was not popular enough to justify the expense of a second series.
There is no doubt that the collapse of the studio involved in the landscape graphics didn’t help either.
Some also suggest that there is not enough source material from the original novels left to make the second series as rich and interesting as the first. Naturally, no studio would like to make a sub-par second series just for the sake of it.
However, for anyone who has actually read the original novel series in full, this last point seems a bit off the mark.
For the fans that believe there will be a second series, there is still a lot to hope about.
The last decade has seen a huge shift in the way that Japanese anime studios do business.
There are not enough stars in the sky to count how many popular Japanese anime series’ are waiting for a new series.
Fans of these series’ find themselves regularly taking to the internet to find any new information that might indicate that their long and frustrating wait is at last, about to come to an end.
So while it might not help, fans waiting for Grimgar Season 2 are certainly not alone.
However, most popular anime showshave seen a movie version being released in the last few years.
Many of these movie versions actually cover the material that would otherwise have been used to make the next TV series. While this might rob fans of a new series, it has, at least, helped to take the edge off their hunger for new material to watch.
For the studios, a movie release, especially in Japan, has generated lots of revenue, something which should give them the kick to finally make a new series.
Unfortunately, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash has not even had a movie announced.
There has not been even so much as a whisper from A-1 Pictures regarding a movie version. So, as with the second series, fans have no idea whether we will actually see a Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash movie either.
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Season 2 Release Date
The truth is that no one outside the studio has any idea whether there will be a second series of Grimgar at all.
There has been no substantiated information released by the studio or the series creators since season 1 ended back in 2016.
If you want to vent your frustrations and try to gather support for a new series, we recommend hitting the forums and getting the word out there.
When we know more, we will let you know.
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