Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar). This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

10. Ixion Saga: Dimensional Transfer
9. Blast of Tempest (Zetsuen no Tempest)
8. Haibane Renmei
7. Hyouka
6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
5. Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau)
4. Made in Abyss
3. Sword Art Online
2. Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World
1. Log Horizon

10. Ixion Saga: Dimensional Transfer

Ixion Saga DTSynopsis – Kon is a normal teenage boy who is spends his time playing a MMRPG where he is going nowhere, that is, until a girl in the game asks him for his help in the “real world” and he agrees. Then he does go somewhere – where, he isn’t sure, but it is a fantasy setting much like the game, though nothing looks familiar. He saves a princess and her followers upon his arrival from the sky, when he lands squarely upon the leader of the group threatening them. He ends up joining the princess’s group as he searches for a way back to his own world.

Similarity – Both happens in a fantasy world
-Take a different approach on the subject of being trapped in another world
-Sufficient character development for the “party” in question

9. Blast of Tempest (Zetsuen no Tempest)

Zetsuen no TempestSynopsis – Yoshino Takigawa, an ordinary teenager, is secretly dating his best friend Mahiro’s younger sister. But when his girlfriend Aika mysteriously dies, Mahiro disappears, vowing to find the one responsible and make them pay for murdering his beloved sister. Yoshino continues his life as usual and has not heard from Mahiro in a month—until he is confronted by a strange girl who holds him at gunpoint, and his best friend arrives in the nick of time to save him. Yoshino learns that Mahiro has enlisted the help of a witch named Hakaze Kusaribe to find Aika’s killer and of the existence of an entity known as the “Tree of Exodus.” However, Hakaze is banished to a deserted island, and it is now up to Yoshino and Mahiro to help her save the world, while inching ever closer to the truth behind Aika’s death.

Similarity – They’re both similar in terms of how brilliant they tackled a character’s death and its aftermath. How the characters who are still alive cope with their loss and how they try so hard to move forward with that pain still etched in their hearts. Also, both anime have friendship, magic, adventure and fantasy elements too.

8. Haibane Renmei

Haibane RenmeiSynopsis – Born from a cocoon in the village of Old Home, a young Haibane—a being with a halo and small gray wings—awakens to a world she does not understand without memories of her past. Named Rakka for the dream of falling she had while inside the cocoon, she soon becomes accustomed to life in the strange town. However, there are strict rules for the Haibane, such as being forbidden to leave the village or go near the walls surrounding it. These, along with mysterious disappearances of their kind on their “Day of Flight,” begin to unsettle Rakka and the others since they know almost nothing about their own kind.

Similarity – Characters wake up in a strange world with only dreams of their previous selves. Slow-paced slice of life as they live and work together. No clear goals. Artistic. If you like the low-key feel and mysterious setting of Grimgar, you will very likely appreciate the more widely known Haibane Renmei. Note, however, that there is no fighting at all in Habane Renmei

7. Hyouka

HyoukaSynopsis – Based on the award-winning Koten-bu light novel series, and directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto of Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, Hyouka shows that normal life can be full of small mysteries, be it family history, a student film, or even the withered flowers that make up a ghost story. Energy-conservative high school student Houtarou Oreki ends up with more than he bargained for when he signs up for the Classics Club at his sister’s behest—especially when he realizes how deep-rooted the club’s history really is. Begrudgingly, Oreki is dragged into an investigation concerning the 45-year-old mystery that surrounds the club room.

 

Similarity – Despite the difference in genre and setting, these two shows involve a group of friend spending time together, and genuinely building friendships. They both have a similar light feel.

6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou kaSynopsis – As an adventurer living in Orario, Bell Cranel becomes the only member of Hestia Familia. Although he was very weak compared to veteran dungeon crawlers, he gained a special skill that enables him to become stronger quickly as long as his feelings towards Aiz, the Sword Princess whom he looks up to, does not change. With the help of his Goddess, Hestia and other people who cares for him, he vows to be strong enough to stand side-by-side with Aiz and protect everyone important to him. One thing is for sure, though: a myriad of blunders, triumphs and friendships awaits the dauntlessly optimistic protagonist of this herculean tale.

Similarity – Similar premise and world, however, the tone is completely different. Danmachi is lighthearted and comedic sometimes, while Grimgar emphasizes reality and how teenagers would actually react in dangerous situations. On another note, the fighting of Danmachi is very solo-focused with plenty of determination. Grimgar has more team-building aspects into it.

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5. Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau)

Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau)Synopsis – In a world covered by an endless sea of sand, there sails an island known as the Mud Whale. In its interior lies an ancient town, where the majority of its inhabitants are said to be “Marked,” a double-edged trait that grants them supernatural abilities at the cost of an untimely death. Chakuro is the village archivist; young and curious, he spends his time documenting the discovery of newfound islands. But each one is like the rest—abandoned save for the remnants of those who lived there long ago. For the first time in six months, another island crosses the horizon, so Chakuro and his friends join the scouting group. During the expedition, they find vestiges of an archaic civilization. And inside one of its crumbling remains, Chakuro discovers a girl who will change his destiny and the world inside the Mud Whale as he knows it.

Similarity – Both series have an element of beauty and a hint of sadness within the story. The animation in both series are very similar in a breathtaking sense. The soundtrack is amazing so far as well. Both have children protagonist that set out to explore their worlds and although they seem innocent, there seems to be an underlying plot that is in the works. Storywise Grimgar is very much rooted in JRPG traditions whereas Whale Children has a more unique mythology and setting.

4. Made in Abyss

Made in AbyssSynopsis – An enormous pit and cave system called the “Abyss” is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as “Cave Raiders.” A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

Similarity – The futuristic atmosphere –aspects- within both shows and the dark feeling surrounding the worlds of them that makes this anime display some resemblances. The sensation of solitude in both of these shows, or the deepness, and the meaningfulness behind not just each episode but each part of the script. Both shows are interesting, mature and complex.

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3. Sword Art Online

Sword Art OnlineSynopsis – Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.

Similarity – A group of people are thrown into a fantasy world from which they cannot escape and must fight to find a way to survive. Though comedic at times, the plot is relatively serious and focuses on battles, life and death, and the bonds between characters. Both are also by A-1 Pictures, so their art styles are somewhat similar.

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2. Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World

Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another WorldSynopsis – When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the bewildered teenager; however, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia, happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.

Similarity – Story wise, both shows feature protagonist(s) who are pulled into a brand new world without consent or ability to escape. Both main protagonists start out very weak, and have to accept very lowly roles first. As each series progresses, both male protagonists get braver, stronger, and more experienced. However, both carry scars, either emotional or physical, that appear as literal obstacles to them in the story. The art, the writing, the stories, and the characters are all very well done.

1. Log Horizon

log horizonSynopsis – Elder Tales is an online fantasy RPG that has become popular worldwide. But when its twelfth expansion package, “Cultivate the Noosphere,” is installed, thirty thousand players in Japan are trapped inside. Among them is grad student Shiroe, who isn’t very good at interacting with others. But to survive in a world full of monsters, he forms a guild called “Log Horizon” with an eclectic group of other players. Shiroe must learn to live in this new world, leading others and negotiating with the NPC “natives” in order to bring stability to the virtual city of Akihabara. He is joined by his unfortunate friend Naotsugu, having logged in for the first time in years only to find himself trapped, and Akatsuki, a petite but fierce assassin who labels Shiroe as her master.

Similarity – Game mechanics are important as the setting of the animes. They place importance on life or death in HP, and remain as a character’s lifeline throughout the whole anime as a game mechanic. The game’s nature is fantasy. Swords and magic skills are decided. Both anime do a good job of focusing on the characters and how they adapt to their situation.

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Credits – MAL, ANN

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