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Stark700



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:03 am Reply with quote
Zero and Mercenary has one of those character chemistry that I can't help but find charming to watch.

The show so far has been enjoyable for me. I didn't expect it that much but they nailed the premise on point and the quality of it is pretty tolerable. There's not many characters yet but with what it has so far, I've been enjoying it a lot.
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Nordhmmer



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:39 am Reply with quote
The light humor of-"Till I took a arrow to my knee" and the willful ignoring of Zero being The Zero are keeping me watching.

The animation is shaky for me,especially in regards with how "Mercenary" is drawn, it really does not do the character justice.


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FilthyCasual



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:10 pm Reply with quote
Is the rating widget for this borked for anyone else?
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Parsifal24



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:30 pm Reply with quote
Asof right now it is kind of stuck in a "holding pattern" but the skeleton of a good story is there and episode two at least helped flesh out the world a little.
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belvadeer



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:14 pm Reply with quote
With this show and Tiger Mask W, I'm watching two tigers this season. I love it. :D
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:32 pm Reply with quote
With the upcoming 3rd episode potentially showing more furries. I think that community will grow on Grimoire of Zero. And I'm not saying that in a negative sense since I find anthropomorphic character designs to be charming since I grew up on the animated Redwall series. Plus it really blends well with the berserk, guin saga and spice and wolf vibe. Plus the shows comedy has potential too from the 1st episode with Mercenary just running like his bum will be grass when he meets Zero. And even the 2nd episode where albus acted out a characters chest, instead of giving zero the foreground to do the stereotypical tsun flat chest feel. She's in the corner background doing that while Mercenary is in the foreground talking to albus. Interested in meeting said character, but it opens to comedic misunderstanding if he wants to see her because of the amazing stories albus talks to him about. Or its just because she has a nice chest.

I hope the story evolves to where Mercenary decides to stay as a beast-fallen just like Daxtar staying as an Ocelot. Though I think the light novels won't reach that far. But it would be consistent to what Mercenary's mom and Zero said about him being fine as he is, revolving around the "don't change for others since you're great as yourself" cliche. Which is still a nice moral.
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ChibiKangaroo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:07 pm Reply with quote
bs3311 wrote:
With the upcoming 3rd episode potentially showing more furries. I think that community will grow on Grimoire of Zero. And I'm not saying that in a negative sense since I find anthropomorphic character designs to be charming since I grew up on the animated Redwall series.


It's really funny that both this series and SukaSuka came out this season and I sent in an answerman question specifically regarding this issue. We'll see if I get any answer, but I didn't even know these two shows were coming out when I sent it in. I was mainly referencing Kemono Friends.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:07 am Reply with quote
I've quite enjoyed this so far, especially the chemistry of the 3 main characters. My only problem with it was the ending of the second episode, where they're being hunted with enemies all around them, but they exchange their stories like they're in the town square and when they leave, Albus shouts a farewell to the old lady. Just one of my pet peeves that is common in media and has me grinding my teeth every time.

@ FilthyCasual: widget seemed to be working for me. But maybe it was fixed after you asked.
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belvadeer



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:36 pm Reply with quote
Well the third episode certainly had "it" in spades. XD

*spoiler[Zero telling the guards that she and Albus were Merc's sex slaves to get into town; massive awkwardness ensues].

*spoiler[Merc hurling Zero like a bowling ball when she didn't use the dressing room to get changed and stripped buck naked in front of everyone].

*spoiler[The shopkeeper wanting to keep Zero's old clothes so he can smell them and get turned on].

*spoiler[A bear beastfallen drooling like a lecherous perv at one of the slave girls].

*spoiler[Zero almost giving us some wolf beastfallen manservice before she shaved the guy to nearly no fur at all to teach him a lesson].

*spoiler[Some barechested white tiger manservice from Merc at the end (damn it Zero, move so I can see all of it].

I'm not complaining about the last one, mind you. ; )
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:10 am Reply with quote
As much as I like the set-up for this series, I agree with James' criticisms on episode 3. Some parts were fun, but the series is being too lackadaisical. It takes a special level of writing and character interplay to pull off this kind of pace, and this series doesn't have it.

IOW, it's trying to be Spice and Wolf and falling short.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:15 am Reply with quote
While it is not being full up to the level of Spice and Wolf, nowhere near as sophisticated, I think it is still being reasonably fun. At least I was feeling the fun in the recent episode with character interaction, even if there was not a lot of plot. But it is not like the series is falling down to the levels of something like Cerberus either.
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ChibiKangaroo



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:05 am Reply with quote
This was definitely the weakest of the first 3 episodes for me. That being said, I wasn't totally put off by it. I laughed at some points during the first half of the episode that was clearly devoted to comedy. The whole thing about claiming our two young witches were Merc's sex slaves was mildly funny, but only because the show had not yet attempted to make either of them into a love interest for him so it was a sudden outrageous statement that was ridiculous enough to be somewhat funny.

However, the other parts of this episode where they were playing dress up, and where Zero goes nude and is oogled by the shopkeep (who then keeps her old clothes so he can smell them) seemed to take that joke too far to the point that it seemed out of place with the rest of the show. Had it not been for that scene, then the later part where Zero sleeps atop of him probably wouldn't have meant all that much, but now that we've had the big tease (i.e. him seeing her completely naked in an obvious fanservice context) these types of things will probably seem like little teases, especially if boy witch keeps pointing it out.

If Merc and Zero appeared closer in age, I probably wouldn't have an issue with considering the possibility of them having a more romantic relationship, but the way that their characters have been presented, I don't think it would fit in my mind. They seem to work much better as friends.

The second half of the episode was ok for me, but I also agree that it would have been nice to see more of these beastfallen and learn more about them. The two that we met were one dimensional and only served the purpose of making Merc look heroic, which has already more or less been shown to some extent.
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Inopethflames



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:57 am Reply with quote
I like this show a lot so far but it feels like if it's only 12 episodes that it won't cover any material, even if it's 25 episodes. Maybe it won't turn out that way but right now it feels like the beginning of a long story that will never be finished in anime form.
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FilthyCasual



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:53 pm Reply with quote
I liked the humor of the episode. Initially I assumed that the wolf was a fake beastfallen and Zero was just stripping away his disguise, but her half-humanizing him seems more valid now. At any rate, wolf being even more of an outcast than normal is a hell of a punishment.

On my prior issue, I still can't view or interact with any rating widgets.
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One-Eye



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:44 pm Reply with quote
Ep 3
For me the only thing this show has had going for it has been the chemistry between the two leads. I'm not sure its quite enough. The show hasn't made me particularly invested in any of the issues going on in this world or the characters. Why? Well besides the clunky world building I haven't felt much in the way of drama or excitement. The show hasn't been visually interesting to me either. Then there's the dumb awkward fan service. Oh, look socially clueless girl strips butt naked in front of everybody, and perverted shopkeeper wants to sniff her clothes (Sigh).

Its not an awful show and it does have its moments (the removal of senor wolf's fur was funny), but its verging on blandness for me. I may give this one more episode to get interesting in some way...maybe.
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