A review of Grisaia no Kajitsu

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05-30-2015, 02:50 PM
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Synopsis:
Mihama Academy is a prison-like school built to preserve "fruit" that has fallen too far from its tree. It is home to five female students who each have their own reasons for enrolling in the academy and live their life idly within the walls of Mihama. One day, Kazami Yuuji—the institute's first male student—arrives and throws the orderly rhythm of Mihama off balance. Is Yuuji what the girls need to grab hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome? Or, is his past even heavier than any of the others? (from MAL)


Plot (obviously a spoiler):

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At private Mihama Academy, five girls who seem normal attend the school due to "certain reasons." A sixth student "with reasons" named YÅ«ji Kazami transfers in. YÅ«ji has an ego with such darkness that he does not fade in comparison to the five girls, who are so different from the norm. As they each meet each other, they deepen their understanding of one another. Through the small bits of progress they make, each of their hearts will be affected. When YÅ«ji arrives, a story of girls who are trapped by their pasts begins. (From AnimeNewsNetwork)


Genre: Drama, Harem, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen


Characters:
Yūji Kazami (風見 雄二 Kazami Yūji?)

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Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (anime)
The protagonist of Grisaia. Ace number 9029, YÅ«ji is a hit man working for a Japanese government agency, executing black ops missions. Tired of his aimless life, he wanted to live a normal school life. Cool, philosophical, and minimalist, YÅ«ji is a realist with above average intelligence. Being very cautious, he always plans and scouts before action. Other than his occasional unorthodox military methods, he is just a fit young man. He disguises himself as an "exchange student from Canada".
 
Yumiko Sakaki (榊 由美子 Sakaki Yumiko?)

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Voiced by: Ryōko Tanaka (PC, PSP & anime), credited as Hikaru Isshiki in the PC version
Second-year student of Mihama Academy, the daughter of "East Beach Railway Express Group" tycoon. After Mihama Academy had been established, she was the first student to enroll. Her defining feature is her waist-length black hair. Because of her bluntness and a hard-to-please personality, she often comes into conflict with other characters. Always trying to be alone, she hardly tries to get along with others. She always carries a box cutter with her and uses it to threaten others, particularly YÅ«ji, when she gets angry. She reads so many books that sheâ€s nicknamed a bookworm, and she especially loves mystery novels. Although Yumiko is such a lady, she changes completely in lunchtime; junk foods, like a cup of fried soba noodles, are her favorite dishes. 
 
Amane Suou (周防 å¤éŸ³ Suō Amane?)

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Voiced by: Sora Yukimi (PC), Hiroko Taguchi (PSP & anime)
Third-year student of Mihama Academy, the Onee-san type who always takes care of others. She is known as Makina's "mom". For some circumstances, she skipped one school year at her previous school, so she is actually 2 years older than Yūji. She is tall and has a good body which she tries using to seduce Yūji. Her family manages a long-established restaurant in Ginza, so she is good at cooking. Because of her mother coming from Kyoto, when getting excited, or while panicking, she picks up Kansai dialect in her speech. She is deeply interested in cars and has acquired an automatic two-wheeled vehicle license. Amane also has a dirt bike which was remodeled to a cruiser called "Bobatarō" (ボバ太郎) and was put in the garage of the Academy.
 
Michiru Matsushima (松嶋 みちる Matsushima Michiru?)

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Voiced by: Urara Hani (PC), Kaori Mizuhashi (PSP & anime)
Second-year student of Mihama Academy, a fake tsundere with bleached blond twin tails and dissociative identity disorder. She has a deep interest in tsundere characters and tries to act like one. Her silly and energetic personality makes her the moodmaker of the class. Her grades are bad. She always carries with her a shark-shaped pouch which contains lemonade sweets. Despite having difficulty with sour foods, she still tries to drink 100% pure vitamin C in order to "improve her intelligence", as Michiru has said. She has encountered a lot of bad luck since her birth, but always manages to get through in one way or another. Michiru also appears in the all-ages spin-off game titled Idol Mahō Shōjo Chiru Chiru Michiru as main character.
Makina Irisu (入巣 蒔菜 Irisu Makina?)

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Voiced by: Tomoe Tamiyasu (PC, PSP & anime)
First-year student of Mihama Academy, an innocent and carefree girl. For some unexplainable reasons, itâ€s hard to understand her personality. In general, she can be explained in one word, "Fool", but sometimes her speech and behavior make people shed cold sweat. For those reasons, most of people who talk with her for five minutes will say "This girl is awful". She adores YÅ«ji as a brother and Amane as a sister. She calls YÅ«ji "Onii-chan". Although she has her own room in the dormitory, she always stays in Amaneâ€s room. She always wears knee-socks with two different colors. Because of her parents' work, she stayed in foreign countries until she was six so she can speak English. Her family is rumored to be a large financial clique which controls the underworld of Japan, but rarely people know the unhappiness which she suffered for being born in such a troublesome family. Makina used to be the successor of Irisu family but her inheritance was transferred to her younger sister, Irisu Sarina, after she suffered a mental shock in an accident. Despite all of that, she still has 70 million yen as her own property.
 
Sachi Komine (小嶺 幸 Komine Sachi?)

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Voiced by: Mikasa Okamura (PC), Ai Shimizu (PSP & anime)
First-year student of Mihama Academy, the maid of Mihama Academy. Except when going to school, taking a bath or swimming, she always wears her maid uniform. She said that everyone told her to wear maid uniform as much as possible. Polite and has a strong sense of responsibility, Sachi never fails to accomplish any request from others. In her action dictionary, there are only 3 words "receive", "confirm" and "execute". Because of that, she often takes a joke too seriously and causes a lot of trouble. Her favorite animal is the shark. The shark-shaped pouch which Michiru carries around is made by her.
 


Art/Animation:
The animating (produced by 8-Bit; directed by Tensho) is beautiful. It honestly feels like the VN in a way that I can't describe. The editing and animating is crisp and the voice acting is superb. I don't usually re-watch shows or animes but I have a feeling in a few months when all of the second season comes out, I'll re-watch all the episodes together. 


Overall:
I am not going to lie, I'm going to be biased here and give this show an 8.5/10. It might seem a bit higher than my other reviews but I love the show. I haven't finished the VN (I plan to soon) but the anime adaptation does the Visual Novel great justice. 


Personal thoughts:
This is honestly one of my favorite shows this season. I'd recommend watching the first season since the second season is currently airing episodes. I am so flippin pumped for this show. The MC is a badass and I can really connect with the characters. Michiru is best qt3.14 ever.


Links:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclop...p?id=16140
http://kissanime.com/Anime/Grisaia-no-Kajitsu
http://myanimelist.net/anime/17729/Grisaia_no_Kajitsu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fruit_of_Grisaia
http://grisaia.wikia.com/wiki/Grisaia_no_Kajitsu_Wiki

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05-30-2015, 10:01 PM
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Honestly, when I first started watching, I assumed it would be a massive load of wish fulfillment and a harem of qt girls.

What I didn't expect that with the wish fulfillment and harem is a sexy ass story and BACKGROUND HISTORY on all of the qt girls. Nice anime, never played the VN, but after finishing this one, Grisaia no Meikyuu, and catching up on Grisaia no Rakuen, I really wished that I started off with the VN just so I could watch this and relive how amazing it would have been.

I was especially near the end, when

Reveals Plot

the sensei in the forest started pounding the fuck out of that schoolgirl, mmMMMMMMMMM hey, I can't deny a good hentai-yet-not-hentai scene. And DAMN that whole bus situation waas so fucked up, but they literally could have gotten out because the road was just a.. day's walk I think?

Now I wanna rewatch it while I wait for the next episode of Rakuen.

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05-31-2015, 02:08 AM
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(05-30-2015, 10:01 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: Honestly, when I first started watching, I assumed it would be a massive load of wish fulfillment and a harem of qt girls.

What I didn't expect that with the wish fulfillment and harem is a sexy ass story and BACKGROUND HISTORY on all of the qt girls. Nice anime, never played the VN, but after finishing this one, Grisaia no Meikyuu, and catching up on Grisaia no Rakuen, I really wished that I started off with the VN just so I could watch this and relive how amazing it would have been.

I was especially near the end, when

Reveals Plot

the sensei in the forest started pounding the fuck out of that schoolgirl, mmMMMMMMMMM hey, I can't deny a good hentai-yet-not-hentai scene. And DAMN that whole bus situation waas so fucked up, but they literally could have gotten out because the road was just a.. day's walk I think?

Now I wanna rewatch it while I wait for the next episode of Rakuen.

Yep. She then chowed down on some cabbages. That teacher tho... Anyways, it's a great anime. I'm quite excited for the new season. His back story is really rich.

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05-31-2015, 10:06 AM
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(05-31-2015, 02:08 AM)losi Wrote:
(05-30-2015, 10:01 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: Honestly, when I first started watching, I assumed it would be a massive load of wish fulfillment and a harem of qt girls.

What I didn't expect that with the wish fulfillment and harem is a sexy ass story and BACKGROUND HISTORY on all of the qt girls. Nice anime, never played the VN, but after finishing this one, Grisaia no Meikyuu, and catching up on Grisaia no Rakuen, I really wished that I started off with the VN just so I could watch this and relive how amazing it would have been.

I was especially near the end, when

Reveals Plot

the sensei in the forest started pounding the fuck out of that schoolgirl, mmMMMMMMMMM hey, I can't deny a good hentai-yet-not-hentai scene. And DAMN that whole bus situation waas so fucked up, but they literally could have gotten out because the road was just a.. day's walk I think?

Now I wanna rewatch it while I wait for the next episode of Rakuen.

Yep. She then chowed down on some cabbages. That teacher tho... Anyways, it's a great anime. I'm quite excited for the new season. His back story is really rich.

Just in case it might even be a little bitty spoiler

I know. I honestly expected him to be OP as fuck, but he has a weakness, which surprised me since he was always all badass. And now we know the reason why he saved all those students at the university.

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06-05-2015, 11:39 AM
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Great review Losi, Grisaia no Kajitsu is next on my list of things to watch.