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OP Sequence

OP: 「月を追う真夜中」 (Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka) by Eir Aoi

「世界で唯一の魔術師」 (Sekai de yuītsu no majutsushi)
“The Only Mages in the World”

Anime originals have been getting a bad rap these past few seasons (and for many legitimate reasons), but as the saying goes keep on trying and eventually you’ll succeed because hey, not all paths lead over the cliff. Whether or not that applies to Granbelm remains to be seen, but with some impressive animation and one hell of a rapid fire plot, you can rest assured this one won’t be disappointing either way.

As the always mandatory RC Preview teases Granbelm is the latest anime original, and a mecha original to boot. Having those two labels alone doesn’t help mitigate initial doubts (Franxx says hi) and given the opener here it’s not hard seeing why. In between the all moeblob girl cast and cookie cutter archetypes we have a standard fare plot revolving around magic and obtaining control over the system governing magic’s use. Select girls capable of using magic are apparently summoned to a new world once every month (if that full moon is anything to go by) and there do battle until a victor is decided. What happens when a winner emerges? Is there more than one battle in this warzone to determine the ultimate victor? No idea yet, but backstory and ominous rainbow lights certainly hint towards a few choice possibilities.

Building on this as well are the aforementioned moeblobs and here there’s no real surprises either. Kohinata (Shimabukuro Miyuri) is your usual cute and dumb MC with apparently no skills except finding the winning card when required, while Elnesta (Tanezaki Atsumi) is about as big a Homura-Emilia fusion as you can get without going full fan fiction. Then we’ve got the current batch of anger issue antagonists who you know will be coming to blows before too long. Sure may all sound like a recipe for mediocrity, but I got to admit for these faults there’s still something to these girls, whether it be the voice acting or that very Re:Zero-esque artwork. Granbelm may not be pushing boundaries when it comes to setting or exposition, but it does have a few cards hinting towards greater things to come.

Where Granbelm does find a modicum of strength however is in its visuals. No beating around the bush here, for an anime original by a new studio this was some seriously impressive animation, especially with the lack of appreciable 3D CGI anywhere to be seen. While Granbelm’s stunded mecha designs are bound to be divisive (although that puppeteer-like control scheme gets points for originality), there’s no denying on this front the show is pulling out all the right stops. Of course it’s anyone’s guess whether this level of production can keep up for the rest of the season (and we all know which bet is more favourable in this case), but should Granbelm manage the improbable, it’s certainly going to make some interesting viewing later on down the road.

All we have to find out first how well the story to be revealed matches up to everything else Granbelm is so far throwing our way.


ED Sequence

ED: 「願い」 (Negai) by Uru


July 7, 2019 at 9:25 am
  • July 7, 2019 at 9:44 ammac65

    I really enjoyed the visuals. The 3d stuff looks too phoney
    (the only series that got it the rightest was Ars Nova),
    but these were pleasing to watch. I’m not much into mecha,
    but Darling in the Franxx turned out to be a good series.

    Too soon (4 me) to see the plot, but it’s worth watching for
    a few more to see if one emerges and where it’ll go. Hopefully,
    the visuals will not degrade and I’m not expecting any births :).

    • July 7, 2019 at 9:07 pmPancakes

      At least there shouldn’t be any babies here, not a guy in sight XD

  • July 7, 2019 at 1:04 pmKhalid

    I liked this one a lot. I don’t expect the plot to become outstanding, but to see a 2D chibi-mecha show in this day and age is heartwarming. From the preview it looks like Mangetsu has been missing from the real world for a while, I’m curious how it goes from here.

    • July 7, 2019 at 9:06 pmPancakes

      Story is going to be the interesting part because the plot screams some sort of magical mecha infused battle royale, but we’ll just have to wait and see haha.

  • July 7, 2019 at 2:17 pmLyfe

    Those mecha reminded me strongly of the SD Gundam type ones in the way they’re designed. They’re so short like. I have no idea if thats supposed to be intentional that they come across as cute or something.

    • July 7, 2019 at 2:19 pmLyfe

      Maybe short was a poor choice of words, but they’re what I would expect if someone made a Nendoroid of a mecha or something.

    • July 7, 2019 at 9:05 pmPancakes

      Probably going for the chibi look to match with the heavy moe look of the main cast IMO, no real reason to have this design when damn near everything other mecha is better proportioned lol.

    • July 9, 2019 at 7:53 pmRedjuice Fan

      Maybe because some old mecha shows have mechs like that, and trying to get some nostalgic feelings from older audience? Example of mechs like that include Ryujinmaru and the Ryus from Ryu Knight. That certainly makes me wanna give this show a try.

  • July 7, 2019 at 5:27 pmhjerry2000

    This whole thing just felt so generic to me, so been done before, and better, many times

    I could predict pretty much everything that happened, and there was no reasoning for anything and why they happened.

    The designs of the robots just looked liked toy designs, made by a marketing team, and before anyone says gundam, at least gundams were practical (for the most part).

    Yeah, sorry, not for me

  • July 7, 2019 at 11:06 pmNamaewoinai

    I suppose to be hyped on this one…but when it’s became on air, i fell like I’am been stumbled for it…but still…

    Well, Let’s see now the director of this is from this one and the writer are from this one
    Hmmm…i see the record of this two and kinda impressive, but can they make sone real impression for this! (I doubt it), also SD Type Mecha…hmmm…kinda bit cringy..but it might work

    Well they better be good on this one cuz i see a lot of mecha-genre show deteriorate so fast and some times it get me to avoiding then…But The Again, Good Luck for them!

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