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“Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash” Author Ao Jyumonji to Attend Anime Expo 2018


So, can we call the Convention of Fantasy and Ash?

Yesterday, J-Novel Club announced that Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash author Ao Jyumonji will attend Anime Expo 2018 as a guest. In addition, the publisher will also appear at the event, their first-ever since they opened their doors in 2016.

Ao Jyumonji is a Hokkaido native, who originally attended college with hopes of becoming a singer. He started to play the guitar and sing on the streets, though he could never quite master the guitar. Instead, he started writing novels.

The author made his debut in 2004, with A Brave Heart of Red Rose I. -Farewell, the Witch Queen-. The Brave Heart of Red Rose would go on to run through 2014, spanning 27 volumes.

Jyumonji’s next major title hit in 2008, with ANGEL+DIVE 1.STARFAKE. In 2009, the author’s Purirun. -Preface of the Special Principle Theory of Happiness- shipped to retailers.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash began in June 2013, under Overlap’s “Overlap Bunko” imprint. Nine volumes of the series have been released to date, with the latest book hitting Japanese retailers on August 25. Mutsumi Okubashi is working on a manga adaptation of the title, which currently runs in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash received an anime adaptation, which aired during the Winter 2016 broadcast season. Ryosuke Nakamura (Psychic School Wars, Aiura) helmed the project, wrote the scripts, and took charge of series composition. Mieko Hosoi (Psychic School Wars) provided character designs on the show.

J-Novel Club describes the title as:

Why are we doing this…?

When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where “here” even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was ‘just like a game.’ In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a trainee volunteer soldier.

Not knowing what awaits him… This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.

Source: Twitter (jnovelclub)

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