I watched Grimgar episode 04 and ended up rather upset afterwards. Those of you who have seen it can probably guess why, but if you haven’t, go watch it before reading this post. Don’t worry. It is not a bad episode….I am just irrationally unhappy.
Episode 4 starts of innocently enough. The crew are finally having some success beating up goblins and can now take down three at a time. WOHOO! They have a little chat afterwards where Manato iterates through each of their best points and conveniently gets interrupted before he can talk about Haruhiro. Haruhiro makes a remark about asking later and then the narration implies that there will be no later. OH NO.
And surely enough, after 1 slightly careless mistake (letting their guard down), the crew ends up in trouble and Manato dies. DIES.
I don’t really mind cool characters dying. In fact I rather like the sad feeling a good heroic/tragic death gives me, but I wasn’t really happy with this episode! I wasn’t sad over his death. Rather, I was just a bit disappointed it happened. Here, let’s boil down the good and bad.
Good (What the anime hopes to achive):
- Manato’s sudden death reinforces the harsh nature of the world they live in.
- Manato’s sudden death reminds the others that they can’t be careless, so now they will be more careful in the future.
- They were all relying on Manato, so now they learn to be more self-reliant.
- They are all going to get some character development getting over or coming to terms with this death (they already sorta did this episode).
Now, those are all good things to do in a story and I understand why the story is progressing that way, but there are a bunch of reasons why I am not happy over it.
Bad (Why I am irrationally upset):
- Manato’s dialogue with Haruhiro was amazing. We won’t get that any more.
- Manato’s ship with Shihoru was coming along! It would have been so cute if they had gotten together. Now, poor Shihoru will be all alone and shipless. 😦
- Manato held the group together and now we are sort of back at square one. The poor kids have to figure out how to kill things without him. 😦
- The focus now shifts to a more dramatic “kids getting over friend’s death” away from “kids try to survive day to day”. I was rather enjoying the day to day survival approach, and I am not a super big fan of drama.
- Haruhiro will probably turn into a bit too much of a strict leader in place of Manato before relaxing back again. It is good character development, but it will be painful and possibly cringe worthy. 😦
- Manato was sexy in those tight shirts.
Anyway, while I understand why the show got rid of Manato, I still feel like it is a big shame. The day to day dialogue and gentle friendship was something I really wanted more of. I know some other cute girl will replace him and I hope she is great, but for now, I am bummed over what could have been!
-The money bit at the end was pretty good. At first, I thought it meant that Haruhiro was shoving aside his friend’s death for more practical matters, but he surprised me by insisting they pay for it because he was their friend. That was good.
-Yume is so adorable. I love her
-I laughed hearing the Priest with his Kotomine Kirei voice. Such a distinct voice! I love it and the anime’s depiction of him as a very stoic priest is totally right (apparently in the LN he cries, but obviously Kotomine would never cry).
-The art in this show is still magnificent. The end cards of the entire cast crying were so well drawn. The animation in the fight scenes was also spot on. Good Production values here.
-If you want, you can read this long comment on the importance of this death. I agree….but still….
How, do you feel about Manato’s passing? Let me know in the comments! (<- Blatant request for comments.)