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-cum-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…
So how did the first episode of the anime fair against it’s original work? Read on to find out.
Note: Minor spoilers and NSFW content (at the bottom, with an additional warning). You have been warned!
I really liked that they kept the BGM music from the VN as its OST is one of my favorites from a VN. Of course in the Anime, the music is even more background than in the VN since it only gets played maybe once per episode instead of looping in the VN.
That being said though, I thought that the first episode of Grisaia did a pretty good job at introducing the characters despite the shortened length, and the environment of Mihama Academy. Having read the VN, the actions and words of Amane and Sachi made a lot of sense when they first introduced themselves to Yuuji.
Probably similar to how Key handled the Clannad anime adaptation. Yuuji will resolve everyone’s problems via story arcs but he won’t have any romantic interests since the story will eventually have to move onto Meikyuu (where all the characters’ problems are resolved behind the scenes and Yuuji opts for a promotion with his company). At least that’ll make the most logical sense for a smooth transition.
Anyways, I’m really looking forward to episode 2 and the rest of the season. It’s my first time actually watching an anime as it is airing, so it’s a new and exciting experience for me! For those who haven’t read the VN, I highly recommend reading it before watching the anime. It’s quite long, but you have the time while waiting between episodes!
4.5/5 – Excellent. Worth a watch for both fans of the VN and newcomers.