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JuJu26 
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Perhaps. But SAO rather seems to have kicked off the recent wave. So makes more sense to think of SAO as the progenitor for it.


Maybe. I'd like to think .Hack made the MMO RPG theme and Fantasy genre a thing, but SAO revolutionized it. Too bad they don't have amazing stories. SAO had a decent story, but I think Log Horizon is up there when it comes to its story. SAO did have better art though.. Hmm.
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Episode 1

Meh start,only good aspect so far has to be the stunning background visuals.

Barbara,Shihoru and Yume=( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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So far will continue watching just to see the girls get pandered for fanservice.
Posted 1/10/16
Hey, a show where kids get sucked into a game. Haven't seen that before. So, at what point can we start calling this a genre?

Looks a bit boring to me. Neither the world nor the characters really seemed appealing. It's the usual stuff you'd expect out of a show like this, but not good enough to really get me hooked. Though I have to admit that our main characters getting their asses handed to them by low level goblins was pretty funny. And the backgrounds are indeed very pretty. Seen worse first episodes this week, so I guess I'll be keeping it around for a while.

Nothing spectacular, but I guess that fans of the "genre" will have their fun with it. Curious if this turns into a harem at some point.
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@Juju Either way. expect more to come. Gotten really popular. And this one probably stands out more than most.
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I really enjoyed this one. Actually likable and interesting characters who aren't amazing at their jobs, which is a major sticking point for shows like this (and anime in general). A beautiful art style. Really good stuff. And, yeah, the girls are very very cute.

Along with Dimension W, it's looking like Sundays are going to be very very good for anime.
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This... is interesting. I wouldn't be so quick to just throw it away as just another "we got stuck in a game" anime. The mellow tone is really refreshing. It's nice to see this kind of anime not take itself so seriously. This is the first time an anime like this has seemed so slice of life. Of course it will more than likely have an over arcing story but I like how laid back it seemed. Like no one was in any immediate danger. As I like the water color back grounds.

It's nice to see this theme be taken in this direction.
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StriderShinryu wrote:

I really enjoyed this one. Actually likable and interesting characters who aren't amazing at their jobs, which is a major sticking point for shows like this (and anime in general). A beautiful art style. Really good stuff. And, yeah, the girls are very very cute.

Along with Dimension W, it's looking like Sundays are going to be very very good for anime.


I am with you about Sundays- CR swing and a miss Dimension W has glimpses of greatness this show has style points for animation its about a game but that's becoming quite common people need to deal a new genre has started
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scoobydew ... a new genre has started


Calling it a new genre may be a little too broad, but I totally agree with the sentiment in general.

Yes, this sort of story has been told before. We get it. We all realize this isn't something brand spanking new. And we're okay with that. What should be looked at at this point is how well a series approaches the fairly established conventions and if it approaches them any differently. For me, so far, Grimgar is doing a very good job at actually making it's characters likable and not infallible, it looks better than most other series of this type, and it appears to be focusing more on character/story than action. Sure it's very early yet, but those are all definite positives for me.

If you toss a series just because it uses conventions that have been seen/done before then I'd actually like to know what anime (and media in general) you do watch/play/listen to/etc. because the list must be extremely small.. and growing smaller by the minute.
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Pretty slow start, but enough hints of unfolding drama to break up the lackadaisical haze that is the first episode. Wouldn't call this show anything special yet, but at least the art style is gorgeous.

I kind of hope they intersect back with the second group and it isn't just as dark-side rivals.
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Pretty slow start, but enough hints of unfolding drama to break up the lackadaisical haze that is the first episode. Wouldn't call this show anything special yet, but at least the art style is gorgeous.

I kind of hope they intersect back with the second group and it isn't just as dark-side rivals.

I agree with most of what you said, though going against most peoples' posts, I find the sketch art hit and miss in places - for example, the landscape shot at the end was rough for my eyes.

On another note, I'm bias rooting for the Mage since I used to be one back in my WoW days. Girl, you'll be the best DPS class, I just know it!

We'll see how this show goes and I'm hoping for more show than tell story delivery.
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Interested in seeing how this one will turn out. First episode we get some information about the characters, which isn't much, since they can't remember anything from before they were thrown into this world. It seems like they still have small parts of their memories, being able to use terms like "game" and "cell phone", despite not remembering what they are. Maybe if they regain their memories, they'll figure out what happened?

It was amusing seeing them have a hard time battling the goblins. When that guy started talking about it being a matter of life or death during thebattle, I couldn't help but think of this clip
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This has potential. Got some interesting little tidbits spread about. Sort of seems like people are being kidnapped and forced to be soldiers (not very volunteer for volunteer soldiers). That or this is the most hardcore version of virtual reality dungeon and dragons ever.
Don't really trust the priest dude. He is way too collected and knowledgeable about the whole thing. Maybe he was a gamer before coming to Grimgar, which is the least sinister option.

That girl calling herself fat was annoying. But then I realized, if their Grimgar bodies are different from their 'real world' bodies, maybe she is fat and is remembering that like they keep half remembering things like cell phones.
Though if she's just calling herself fat, someone needs to smack her (or get her some counselling). That's how people end up anorexic.

The watercolor backgrounds sort of clash with the characters. It's like Seraph all over again, where they have these sort of artistically abstracted backgrounds but don't bother having the characters' art style match it.
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Sloooooow First Episode, not enough of the mystery to get me interested yet

The Log Horizon Jr. Team (Minori, Toya Rudy, Isuzu and Serara) are more interesting than these guys to me and that's saying something
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Episode 1:
Artwork - I love the scenery and goblins. It has a very watercolor feel to it. It reminds me of the Ralph Baksi animated fantasy movies for the 1970s (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, etc.).

Story and characters - I'll withhold judgement. But, it is off to a very slow start.
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Ah the one new show of the season I've really been looking forward to and wasn't disappointed. Knew I'd like it from when I saw announcements about it a few months ago just based on the art style alone. Didn't delve into looking into it too much to not spoil it but first impression of it is take the art style of say Final Fantasy xiv concept art, the best I can come up with as the style looks a bit like it, and turn it into a anime. The whole trapped/jacked into a game concept is starting to get overused but this one seems to be taking the players realizing it out of the formula. They'll remember parts of it but not completely the "oh hey I logged into a game and got stuck" approach.

A slow info dump episode? Sure, but it's basically moment one after they got into the game so it's the tutorial you have to sit through.

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