In the year 526 of the Liturgical calendar, “fallen beast” is a nickname given to those who are born with the likeness of human and beast combined. These beasts are unable to get a normal job due to the prejudice of ordinary people. As a result, the fallen beasts always end up becoming mercenaries, since they are useful in combat. The fallen beast we follow in this story does not have a name. While escaping a dangerous encounter from a witch, our mercenary ends up meeting another witch named Zero. She offers to give him a human body in exchange for his escorting her to find a book that has the power to allow its user to control the world.
Grimoire of Zero, known as Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho in Japanese, began being published as a light novel in February, 2014. It’s currently ongoing and is written by Kakeru Kobashiri and illustrated by Yoshinori Shizuma. An anime adaption has been announced by studio White Fox and is scheduled to begin airing April 10, 2017.
A fantasy story targeted at a male demographic, Grimoire of Zero‘s anime will fit into the action and adventure genres. The anime will be directed by Tetsuo Hirakawa.
I really enjoyed reading this light novel. I felt it was very well-written. I was a bit turned off by the plot; mainly due to the description of witches being burned. However, it wasn’t as gruesome as I expected it to be, and as I carried on, I realized that the writing flowed very naturally. The characters had good personalities which were easy to identify. They were put into interesting situations full of action which were fun to read.
The anime’s director, Tetsuo Hirakawa, directed two anime, neither a full TV series: Hori-san to Miyamura-kun OVA, and a Kawa no Hikari special. Hori-san to Miyamura-kun is a romance anime which came out in 2012, while Kawa no Hikari is a children’s show about rats. Needless to say, he is another inexperienced director this season taking on a genre he’s never directed before. I really hope it turns out okay, because it would be such a waste if something bad were to happen to the adaption of such an enjoyable light novel.
I really wanted to write about the series composition writer for the anime, but unfortunately, there’s currently no information regarding who it is; not even on the official Japanese website for the anime.
The PV looks quite impressive, especially in regards to the artwork. I have a hunch that Tetsuo Hirakawa will pull through and help make this into a great anime. I’m looking forward to watching it!
Are you planning to watch Grimoire of Zero? Why or why not? Explain in the comments what you think of the upcoming April anime!