Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Anime's 1st Volume Contains OVA Episode
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The first Blu-ray Disc and DVD volume of the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash television anime series will include an original video animation titled "Episode 2.5." The episode will be 10 minutes long. The home video release will also include an original story written by original light novel series author Ao Jūmonji, a world guidebook, a priority sales application ticket for a cast event, and special cover art by character designer Mieko Hosoi (seen right).
The first home video release will ship on March 16. The Blu-ray version will cost 6,800 yen (about US$57), while the DVD version will cost 5,800 yen (about US$49).
In addition, the anime's official website is listing the home video release of the anime with 12 episodes.
TOHO Animation began streaming a commercial for the home video release on Sunday.
TOHO animation also began streaming two anime music videos on Monday for the show, featuring the second episode insert songs "seeds" and "Brave Storm" by (K)NoW_NAME, a new project founded by Toho Animation Records. The project produced the opening ("Knew Day") and ending ("Harvest") theme songs, as well as songs within the anime.
TOHO Animation streamed a previous music video featuring the first episode insert song "Head Wind" last week.
TOHO Animation is also streaming a commercial for the ending theme song single, which ships on February 17.
The series premiered on January 10. Funimation Entertainment is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and describes the show:
From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he's in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they'll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.
The cast includes:
Hiroyuki Yoshino (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis's Favaro Leone) as Ranta
Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club's Haruka Nanase) as Manato
Fukushi Ochiai (Ace of Diamond: Second Season's Kōji Tamaki) as Moguzo
Mikako Komatsu (K's Neko) as Yume
Haruka Terui (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero's Yūna Yūki) as Shihoru
Daisuke Namikawa (Fate/Zero's Waver) as Kikkawa
Hiroki Yasumoto (Yowamushi Pedal's Shingo Kinjō) as Britney
Mamiko Noto (The Garden of Sinners' Fujino Asagami) as Barbara
The series is based on Ao Jūmonji's Hai to Gensō no Grimgar (or Grimgar le Monde des cendres et de fantaisie) light novel series. Ryosuke Nakamura (Aiura director and scriptwriter, Mōryō no Hako director) is directing and writing the scripts at A-1 Pictures. Tomotaka Shibayama is serving as assistant director with Kazuyuki Asaga and Ken Baba as key animators, and Mieko Hosoi (Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Psychic School Wars) is designing the characters. Hidetoshi Kaneko is directing the art, and Takahiro Mogi is the color key artist. Shinichi Igarashi is the director of photography, and Aya Hida is editing.
Author Ao Jūmonji and illustrator Eiri Shirai launched the light novel series in 2013, and Overlap Bunko published the sixth novel last October. Mutsumi Okubashi launched a manga adaptation in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine last April.