The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime Begin With 60-Minute Special

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April anime adapting visual novels previewed in TV spot

A TV spot for The Eden of Grisaia and The Labyrinth of Grisaia TV anime series began airing in Japan this week. The video features The Eden of Grisaia anime's opening theme song, "Setsuna no Kajitsu" (Fruit of a Moment) by Maon Kurosaki.

Text: Understand? I'm the god who picks you up. I am God. Got it?
Text: Hey, Yuji. The meaning of life is something you first understand when you die.
Text: Asako, I already saved five people.
Text: That's why, it's all right now, right?
Text: It's OK for me to die now, right...?

Although the February issue of Mag Garden's Comic Garden magazine had listed on January 5 that The Eden of Grisaia (and The Labyrinth of Grisaia) would premiere at the end of March on the Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, BS11, and AT-X channels, Maon Kurosaki wrote on her official Twitter last month that the new anime will premiere in April. The first episode of the anime will be a 60-minute special.

The television anime of the first game, The Fruit of Grisaia (Grisaia no Kajitsu/Le Fruit de la Grisaia), premiered in October. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

The Labyrinth of Grisaia is a collection of sequels for all of the game's heroines, and also includes a prequel story for the hero and dozens of short stories. The Eden of Grisaia continues The Labyrinth of Grisaia's main route and concludes the trilogy. The game also includes a prologue following the five heroines as they arrive at Mihama Academy.

Video game and visual novel translation company Sekai Project licensed The Fruit of Grisaia for the West. It also held a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to bring the remaining two games to the West. The campaign met its initial goal less than a day after it launched in December.

Sekai Project describes the story of The Fruit of Grisaia:

Mihama Academy - on the surface, a closed learning environment established to nurture students who find themselves at odds with the world around them; in actuality, an orchard-turned-prison built to preserve fruit that has fallen too far from its tree.

Whatever the circumstances behind its establishment, Mihama Academy is at present home to five female students, all with their own reasons for "enrollment." For better or worse, each girl has established a routine obliging of her current situation; life moves at an idle, yet accommodating pace within the walls of Mihama.

Yet with the arrival of the institute's first male student, the nearly preposterously opaque Kazami Yuuji, the students at Mihama begin to fall out of step with their predetermined rhythms. Will Yuuji prove to be the element the girls around him needed to take hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome?

And in the first place, just who is Kazami Yuuji? While the true nature of the "job" he is wont to alight to at the most haphazard of moments remains shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain - his encroachment upon the quiet orchard known as Mihama Academy will prove itself momentous in one way or another. And of course, one cannot discount the possibility that perhaps Yuuji himself carries the weightiest past of any of the students...

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