OP: 「楽園の翼」 (Rakuen no Tsubasa) by 黒崎真音 (Kurosaki Maon)
「スクールキラー由美子」 (Sukūru Kirā Yumiko)
“School Killer Yumiko”
In keeping with the original visual novel, this week’s episode of Grisaia no Kajitsu is devoted mostly to character development, primarily Yumiko and secondarily Makina. The other girls get some useful screen-time as well—notably Amane being a shameless flirt and Michiru being silly—but narrowing the focus onto only three characters (including Yuuji, of course) keeps us from being overloaded with too much information too quickly. We do get a new character introduction though: one Julia ‘JB’ Bardera (Narumi Erika), who’s so blonde that even her gaudy CGI car is yellow (and it’s her car that gets theme music, not her). JB offers some more hints into Yuuji’s background, which builds his image of being shadier than Mossad during an eclipse. Although that’s pretty obvious to us, it’s not to Yuuji’s classmates—Yumiko can only suspect after her own sources fail to dig up any dirt. What Yuuji actually is will probably be less interesting than the reactions of his peers if and when they find out.
On Irisu Makina
Yuuji bonds with Makina rather quickly—it’s only episode 02 and he’s already achieved ‘Onii-chan’ status. Makina was initially presented as an introvertedly shy type, but she evidently imprints quickly. So she’s childish, but I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you that. I think Makina is used here to contrast with Yumiko—even hamster-girl Makina got used to Yuuji. Yumiko could not. That said, there’s certainly more to Makina, which we may see in the future.
With her initial development seen to, Makina moves to a comic relief role, showing no respect for the 4th wall as she does so. I do enjoy jokes like that, so I have no complaints. What I do have complaints about, though, is her apple. Will anyone ever make more than a dent into this eternally fresh apple? It’s a magic pudding. A gift that keeps on giving.
On Sakaki Yumiko
Speaking of comic relief, Yumiko also gets provide some. Well, aggravated assault, comic relief—they’re pretty much the same thing, right? You know what they say: it’s funny until somebody gets hurt—and then it’s hilarious! I was actually rooting for Yumiko to actually succeed in shanking Yuuji, even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen. It’d simply be more interesting, is all. Well, I guess Yumiko has other victories. For example, she finally gets her own panty shot! That’s everybody! Yay!
…Why, Japan, why?
In any case, Yumiko is actually surprisingly dull for a homicidal maniac. In a word, she’s insecure; she’s not a bad girl (by the way, watch them push that fruit motif), she simply has a very limited comfort zone. So I suppose being able to part ways with Yuuji and put the boxcutter away is already quite an achievement for her. Of course, a small comfort zone does not really justify being locked up in the lonesome Mihama Academy. I’m sure we’ll see more of Yumiko’s circumstances, considering her prominence in the OP.
Peeking outside the garden
Grisaia no Kajitsu has so far been rather faithful to its source, most notably in its aesthetics. It even uses the same chibi style as the original visual novel for certain comedy scenes. It’s more of a mood shift here in the anime since the VN is more visually limited, but I suppose it does mix things up a bit. Glasslip also swung into chibi-mode out of the blue now and then, and that anime ended up being a rather disjointed experience. I’ll have to see more of how Grisaia uses it to pass judgment.
While the aesthetics are sometimes eerily similar, the narrative seems to have had some changes. For examples, those scenes at the end about Yumiko, and about the other girls joining her at Mihama one by one. It’s the kind of heartwarming scene that may feel a bit early for episode 02, but it does reinforce the characters’ idiosyncrasies somewhat. I don’t remember anything exactly like it in the VN, but then again I don’t remember much of anything in general so I may need to check again. I won’t really mind either way, since adaptations should feel free to play around with its source. The best adaptations add to the experience instead of simply translating it. For example, the Grisaia anime has been able to add more detail to the Mihama grounds, and it was a lot fancier than I had given it credit for, so that’s a plus for me. A minus, however, would be distractingly voyeuristic camera. When the camera tries so hard to angle glimpses under girls’ skirts we start to think of it less as our point-of-view and more as something piloted by somebody. It draws attention to the man behind the curtain, so to speak. That breaks immersion in a bad way. It’s not a gross violation, but I do wish they’d ease it off a bit.
Otherwise, we still haven’t seen much of the adaptation strategy for Grisaia, as at episode 02 we’re still in the Common Route, and that’s mostly straightforward. The OP, though, does give some hints. Is Yumiko going to be the main girl? It wouldn’t be my choice—I don’t think Grisaia should necessarily have a main girl at this point—but it all comes down to execution in the end. We’ll probably need several more episodes until we can tell.
Full-length images: 06.
ED: 「Eden’s Song」 by はな (Hana)
RANDOM Sakaki panty shot!!!
Mio would be proud.
Dat pink pantsu though
Not exactly relevant but on the VN the underwear they use tends to vary slightly. They do however have a stock choice of underwear for most panty shot scenes.
Makina’s: Has one scene wearing pink.
Amane: As far as I’m concerned she only uses black when meeting Yuuji, later on you don’t get to see her underwear. Some official art shows her sporting white lace, though.
Michiru: I believe she uses pink panties. Can’t recall her wearing shimapan, although it fits her character so it’s a nice detail.
Sachi: wears mature looking black underwear. Also uses white with black lace and tells Yuuji what she’s wearing on a skit (even the place where she keeps her underwear.)
Yumiko: she wears white with pink ribbon.
Chizuru: Her introductory CG is an upskirt shot, she’s wearing white.
Pfff,you guys. Surely,Yumiko’s pantsu is not the main thing to praise Yumiko for there…
She has a big ass…
Guess I really need to play the full game, after all. 😀
that ass is accurate with the VN. Amane got a bigger one but Yumiko’s is fat too.
That’s an awful way of putting it though,they just got a nice figure! 😛
Makina -Most badass loli
1.Cause sleeping in the classroom is too mainstream.
2.Cause transferring to school with a car is too mainstream.
love how theres only a couch there lol
will they cover all the girls routes or what do you guys think?
Judjing by the opening and those few ending sequences in the previous episode,it seems like it.
godTatsuya-Stu,this better be split-cour assuming they want to go through all the routes or rushed would be putting it lightly. It’s not a problem if they want to adapt just one though,although for a popular VN,I’d assume they’d want to please the fans of each girls.
If it’s not split-cour and 8bit is testing the waters to see if it sell’s before committing themselves to a 2nd season,then it the better option will probably be to just end in a cliffhanger – as nasty as that sound’s,it’ll be infinitely better than trying to adapt all routes in 13 eps. I mean,yea it can work but it’ll still be butchered and Grisaia will probably end up being a decent-to-good anime at best.
i really hope they split cour it, I heard its been confirmed for 13 episodes right now, i hope they just do the 13 episodes with just the common cour, and then make a 2nd season with the individual girl routes, although that season would have to be longer than 13 episodes
they showed alot of info in the OP and the ED too so yes i hope they cover all the routes.
Best way to start off an episode is having
Senjougaharasomeone charge at someone with a box cutter. That said, loved how they put up Apple Clash as the BGM for her car antics. They cut out the earlier usage of it, so I was hoping to get it somewhere again later.
Overall, it’s generally as you say, quite a faithful adaptation with some liberties taken in terms of additional scenes (I don’t think the one-by-one appearance of each girl was actually shown iirc, but rather discussed… nor was the box cutter being put away) and shifted chronology of others. Latter’s definitely been done well so it’s a good sign, along with the fact they managed to carry a lot of the comedy over and mix it with the more serious moments of introspection from Yuuji.
But yeah, ultimate question is what they’re going to do once the common route’s done, but I guess that won’t pop up for at least half or more of the first cour (assuming they’re doing more than one). There seems to be a slight emphasis on Sakaki judging from the OP and this episode, but hmm… they’re also fitting in bits and pieces from the other girls, so I don’t know whether to read into that too much.
As I’ve said below, the emphasis on Yumiko in the anime OP is on par with the VN OP. So that doesn’t tell much. And about the emphasis in the episode: there was a lot of her in the beginning of the VN too, it’s all pretty much the same as in the VN. Granted, they’ve also added a few Yumiko’s scenes from the prologue in the Rakuen but that doesn’t mean that they’re going with her route, it’s simply a little bit of the character fluff for the anime-only viewers (and nod to the fans).
I don’t remember this much of her in the Kajitsu OP. I’m not going to do a second-by-second comparison but she certainly seemed very prominent in the anime OP, and the rules of writing generally recommend conservation of detail. Considering how the anime will have less time to work with compared to the VN I won’t be surprised if they decide to narrow down their focus a bit. None of this is conclusive, of course. But I won’t be surprised.
Well, rewatch it then.
Again, as I’ve said below, it’s most likely just the usual somethingsomethingYumikoistheMainGirlsomethingsomething. So yeah, don’t read too much into it.
Watching the original OP again (because you asked so very nicely), Yumiko does not seem to have any ‘advantage’ in appearances save for having to go naked at the beginning. Comparatively, I would say she certainly gets more focus in the anime OP. That’s not really my point though. My point is that, when writing, if you draw attention to something there really should be a reason for it within the narrative. If there isn’t, then it’s simply misdirecting, which isn’t really something you want to be doing most of the time.
That’s not really true? She have that running up the stares moment, that shot with her with the headphones (which heavily emphasized compared to the previous shots of four other girls: instead of the full-body shot it’s the close-up shot of her face, and there’s also night sky as the background that gives the scene a more “romantic” feeling), there’s a shot with (VN spoiler) Show Spoiler ▼
and she’s the only one who blinks at the end. And in all scenes with all five girls they somehow try to draw attention to her, be it by putting her on the foreground, making her stand right in the middle of the shot, or distinguishing her with something like that blink. So pretty much the same amount of focus, I’d say.
I hope that wasn’t sarcasm, because I certainly didn’t meant “well, rewatch it then” to come across as something along the lines “you’re retard and should go rewatch that OP right now so you would know what the hell you’re talking about at least a little bit”.
Yeah, I got that that was your point. Does the “YumikoistheMainGirl” (VN spoiler) Show Spoiler ▼
reason counts as a good “reason for it within the narrative” in your book?
I would argue the differences in the anime OP compared to the original, but I suppose in the end it comes down to subjectivity. It probably won’t end up as a very profitable discussion for either of us, and it’s not really important, so let us leave it at that. The thing we seem to agree on is that the anime OP, at least, puts a lot of focus on Yumiko. If Yumiko doesn’t end up as ‘main girl’ (and I don’t really have a problem with that, in and of itself) if would make the OP rather misleading. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s only episode 02. Pretty much everything at this point is ‘wait and see’.
Yep, we’ll have to wait and see.
I’m actually interested to hear your arguments regarding the differences in the anime OP compared to the VN OP. Not for the purpose of arguing with you, because, as you’ve said, it all comes down to subjectivity (and there’s not much arguing I can do in the first place – all I can really say is going to be something along the lines of “well, I think this scene is important and emphasizes Yumiko”), but simply out of the curiosity to hear a different perspective. But if you don’t wanna waste your time, then, well, don’t bother writing them.
Frankly, the anime OP is kind of all over the place, so I rather not get into it too much. I will say, though, that even shots that were carried over from the VN OP, like the running or the headphones, are more pronounced in the anime, in those cases by extension and isolation respectively. The running in the VN was just a pair of legs, and the shot with headphones transitioned cleanly into her character splash.
That face can surely kill somebody. Fortunately(or unfortunately), she was up against Yuuji so that didn’t work.
Why can’t I hold all that swag.
And that’s everyone accounted for for the panty shots. Nice choice of underwear, Yumiko.
For those(only for those who haven’t played the VN) whose confused about the ED:
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Extra story given in the 3rd Rakuen (Eden) Game showing events before Yuuji transferred over and how Yumiko and the girls bonded. Not really much of a spoiler and nice how they integrated it into the ED credits as Yumiko remembered how she met everyone. Of course while what we see in the ED heavily summarised that story, if this game finally arrives in English and those that want to find out more, do buy the games and find out. Michiru’s circumstances about her late transfer to Mihama Academy was particularly hilarious.
I have a feeling the Anime is going to do what we never got in the 1st game but which started the ball rolling for 2nd and finally 3rd games. Yuuji claiming all 5 girls rather than 1 single route all the way.
If the Anime is doing that, then I’m all for it.
Even better if there is a 2nd cour covering Meikyuu, Rakuen and Epilouge after that. Grisaia deserves the full adaptation if the Animation team are doing such a fine and dedicated job already in these 2 episodes.
Sorry for double post, but just to let the rest know about this:
I sure hope we get enough to get all the way to Rakuen, cause I’m going to rage if they just end up doing Kajitsu and Meikyuu or something.
Indeed. Especially how Meikyuu ended.
It was quite painful enough back then waiting for Frontwing to release Rakuen as it is to find out what happened after ‘that’…
I don’t get it. Isn’t Meikyuu a prequel? So whatever happened at the end should be cleared up in Kaijitsu?
Meikyuu takes place assuming a certain choice was made one year after Yuuji’s arrival at Mihama. Considering its release was also after Kajitsu, Meikyuu is actually a sequel, but I say this with the loosest connotation because it’s technically not, as Kajitsu has routes that go past the one year mark. The key is that while the end of the Kajitsu routes technically don’t happen in Meikyuu, there are important details in them.
Something along those lines. There are after stories for Kajitsu and side stories included Meikyuu too.
Thanks, that makes more sense, then.
I’m a little confused. If I remember correctly kaijutsu already had a translation published or at least found on tlwiki. I know for a fact I played kaijutsu with a english patch.
That patch was not licensed or approved by Front Wing. This one however, is/will be.
The best adaptations add to the experience instead of simply translating it.
This so much. Two episodes in and Grisaia is looking really good! My hopes that the anime will eliminate some of the pacing issues of the VN are still there, assuming this’ll be split-cour or have a 2nd season and not 13 eps where they try to adapt all the routes, of course. The real challenge of this adaptation has yet to come though.
But for now,I hope we(and at the same time,Yuuji) get to see how the girls get along with each other in the upcoming episodes.
Yup i wanna see more interactions between the girls and Yuuji. We gotta wait though since they gotta introduce each character first. Yumiko had this episode and i think Amane is next.
Everytime the cutter comes out, I hum Staple Stable
And also where the fuck is Araragi lol
So you’ve got a psycho slasher girl (along with the others) who is allowed out in the community? No guards? No locked gates?
Not gonna lie, I thought Shaft animated this series. The girl with glasses resembles Hanekawa, right down to that trademark smile… or maybe I am just seeing things o_O;;
Character art is by the same artist, but animated by a different studio.
That artist, Akio Watanabe, is also the animation director on the show, and he’s worked on, you guessed it, Monogatari series. So if you wondered why it felt SHAFT-esque in places, that’s why.
Don’t forget that another artist in fumio also contributed to the character designs!
The second episode was also pretty good. Glad that they kept the chibi art style. JB is as awesome as I remember. A bit sad though that they cut out (line from the VN) Show Spoiler ▼
But again, derpy animation in some places (several times, Yuuji’s mouth wasn’t even moving when he talked) and unnecessary pantyshots. “Why, Japan, why?” indeed. Is there some sort of pantyshot quota they need to hit each episode?
Also, the OP is pretty interesting. There’s several scenes that at least remind me about some scenes in the openings of the sequels (you obviously shouldn’t click on the links below (and open spoilers, at least those that tagged with “VN OP spoiler”) if you want to avoid spoilers, already simply because the thumbnail for the Rakuen and Prologue openings contain spoilers). The scene where (anime OP) Show Spoiler ▼
reminds me of this scene from the Rakuen OP, the scene with (anime OP) Show Spoiler ▼
completely copy-pasted from the Prologue De La Grisaia OP (which is an unlockable chapter in the Rakuen), as this moment from the Rakuen OP (spoilers only in the thumbnail). The frame with Makina with (anime OP, but also the VN OP spoiler) Show Spoiler ▼
is pretty similar to this shot in the Meikyuu OP, Sachi with (anime OP) Show Spoiler ▼
reminds me of the (VN OP spoiler) Show Spoiler ▼
from the Rakuen OP (though there is the promo art with Sachi holding it in the similar to the anime OP way, so that’s certainly a bit of a stretch on my part), (anime OP) Show Spoiler ▼
is also straight out of the Prologue OP. The scenes (“kind of” VN OP Spoiler, because it’s already been shown in the episode) Show Spoiler ▼
are also pretty much from the prologue (even the song is the same, as you can hear). Oh, and the scene (also “kind of” VN OP spoiler, for the same reason) Show Spoiler ▼
is also from the Rakuen (from the prologue, more precisely). And on this note, I also found interesting that in the scene with Yuuji and Chizuri in the car (in the previous episode) they used the track from the Meikyuu OST. Simply fanservice for the fans or hints at something bigger?
Nah, I doubt it. The amount of her in the anime OP is on par with the VN OP, really. Besides, (VN spoiler) Show Spoiler ▼
dat “footjob” scene tho. He shouldn’t have pulled away!
I don’t remember that scene from the demo. Was that original content or did I forget about it?
No idea. She was just playing footsies with him under the table.
yep i think its original. But it suits Amane’s personality so its OK.
It’s definitely the anime-original scene.
you sure it is anime-original? it’s very Amane-esque and I feel like I vaguely remember that. though common route is huge and it’s been a few months so iono.
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It’s certainly didn’t happened in that scene in the VN. And I don’t remember her doing that anywhere later on.
It’s certainly didn’t happened in that scene in the VN. And I don’t remember her doing that anywhere later on.
“Time travels at half speed around me.”
“I-Impossible! That’s got to be a lie!”
“Of course it’s a lie.”
More Yuuji troll, lol.
“Nice tsundere act, Michiru!” *thumbs up*
More awesome Yuuji quotes XD
Nightmare fuel o_o
1. So far, the anime is doing all the things that made the VN such a joy to read.
2. The mystery is solved…. it really was pink….
3. Michiru, da tsundere butt monkey of the series, never fails to play her role correctly.
4. Look forward to it!
5. The anime’s chibi is straight out of the VN. A pleasant surprise if i say so myself
6. I dont know if Log Horizon started it, but Grisaia’s OP is filled with spoilers.
It’s certainly not something that started with Log Horizon….
Sakaki seems more overprotective then psycho here. She sees Yuuji as a threat to
herthe girls, and is taking the most straightforward path to removing the threat.
Geez, Amane is really agressive. And this simply because she apparently knew his sister? What does she hope to gain? Why not openly talk to him?
Well, no need to answer, I am sure we’ll find out in due time.
For a moment there he actually went all out. If Yuuji wants to he can break those girls…
Break is the least of their worries, if Yuuji really went all the way with his true skills…
I noticed the character names in the Latin alphabet for those four when I first watched the OP,but really now,
the screencaps here just brought my attention to the one sentence descriptions…..
I wonder what speculations anime-only watchers will come up with =3
*VN readers would understand those descriptions instantly.
Its a bit odd how Michiru and Yumiko don’t have their proper character highlight + character description screen though…
In the case of Michiru:
Her legs blocks most of her description
In the case of Yumiko:
Well I guess since she has a bigger presence in the OP compared to the rest they left her character profile out…
Though if you pause at the moment all 5 girls are shown with their descriptions in their background,
its really a simple tactic of elimination to figure her description out.
(that screen only lingers for one second though, its the 3rd from last second of the OP.
They all get one at the beginning of ep 01, if you recall. But that was in Japanese. Everyone’s central conflicts are hinted at rather strongly. Nobody’s going to be caught off guard.
Hmm pretty sure they subbed it?
Yumiko : The girl’s very birth was a mistake
Sachi : The sins of disobedience
Michiru : A life not so different from death
Makina : No one will protect you
Amane : And survival is itself a punishment
The beginning of the 1st episode was the biggest hint so far imo
Eh. I vastly prefer this barrage of occasional pantyshots over the tasteless sort of humor you’d find in the visual novel, which I’m glad to find is considerably toned down here. It’s still a net positive for me.
It’s all fun and games until she actually stabs him
Yumiko already treat Yuuji as a friend so she’s gonna stop that slashing. Gonna miss it though.
Considering Yumiko was the main focus for this episode i really enjoyed this episode. Seeing Yumiko trying to kill Yuuji and failing miserably was hilarious. Pkus i liked how they included the SD for the VN into the anime so that was really cool. The seamless transition from Chibi to animation was smooth as well. Lets just hope 8-bit continues this level of quality in the animation. Even if the animation sucked they showed Yumiko’s butt so its a 10/10 anyway xD
I heard this is going to be 24 eps split-cour. Is that true?
Just rumors and hopes so far…
I dont think its right to compare this to Glasslip. True they both occasionally switch into chibi mode, but that isnt the reason Glasslip felt disjointed. It was more a failure of story telling there just leaving the audience confused. It had nothing to do with the art style
I think Glasslip had many problems, but I think its aesthetics did play a part in making it feel disjointed. Anime is a visual medium; the aesthetics are part of how you tell your story. I’m not saying that Grisaia is automatically going to suffer like Glasslip just because of intermittent art shifts—that would be far too hasty a conclusion—but I did want flag a possible issue. Of course, nothing could come out of it, and that would be for the best.
fair enough 🙂 And I do agree about that. In the adaptation of Mahouka they did a terrible job with the magics, it’s like they forgot that Anime is a visual media. I’ve seen a lot of series that will transision from normal to chibi mode and it can affect the viewing at times, but it’s usually used as a kind of “break” or a “comic relief” as it was done here.
As you said, Glasslip had many problems. I think that if ever the art style contributed to them, it was a very minor contribution. But we are all entitled to our opinions about that. The biggest problem for Glasslip is the way the story jumped without explaining things. It was a very un-PA like work.
Came for the lone pantsu shot.
it’s not a gaudy CGI car, it’s a exactly copy of the Ferrari F430
Fine. Gaudy CGI Ferrari F430.
The thing that disappointed me most in this episode was the fact that they skipped one of his stories. People, I LIVE for his stories. VN readers would know. They are philosophy. They are a way of life. All must bow to Yuuji-sama’s awesome parables.
Just went through the CG of Grisaia no Rakuen and confirmed that this episode’s ending is animated based on the Prologue of Grisaia from Grisaia no Rakuen just in case people who only played Grisaia no Kajitsu and wondered where did they pull the ending of this episode from.
I mean the ending where the girls arrive one by one.
For the second I was think that she just showing her Yandere side so fast =w= ||
But I like her pantsu shot instead =w=
Great animation and plot for this one. Very entertaining. But kinda embarrassing that almost every scene starts with panty shot…