For the manga of the same name, see Hai to Gensō no Grimgar. For the anime of the same name, see Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is a light novel series written by Ao Jūmonji with illustrations by Eiri Shirai. OVERLAP published the first novel on June 25, 2013 under their Overlap Bunko imprint, and ten volumes have been released as of March 25, 2017.

The new digital publishing company J-Novel Club acquired the English rights for the series' release in digital format and is set for weekly installments on its website and app. Not long after, a collaboration with Seven Seas Entertainment allowed for its publication of print editions.

Story Synopsis


This is the only thing the youth of Hai to Gensō no Grimgar remember before awakening in an unknown building in a medieval landscape enshrouded in darkness. They don't remember anything besides their own names. What's stranger is that sometimes they catch themselves saying words that they don't understand, even though they seem so familiar.

The group of strangers is told that in order to make a living, they would have to join the Reserve Army forces to keep the town safe from nearby monsters. The stronger looking people form a team to join the Reserve Army and depart, leaving Manato, Haruhiro, Ranta, Yume, Moguzo, and Shihoru left to fend for themselves. But how will they get by if they can't even defeat the weakest of monsters?

Born from the ashes of their old memories, the ragtag team of six start a new life in the world of Grimgar.

Light Novel Publications

Cover Japanese Title Translated Title Japan Release
Light Novel Volume 1 level.1 ささやき、詠唱、祈り、目覚めよ level. 1: Whisper, Chant, Prayer, Awaken ISBN 978-4-906866-22-9
June 25, 2013
Light Novel Volume 2 level.2 大切じゃないものなんか、ない。 level. 2: Everything is Precious, Nothing is Replaceable ISBN 978-4-906866-47-2
November 25, 2013
Light Novel Volume 3 level.3 思い通りに行かないのが 世の中だと割り切るしかなくても level. 3: Even the Best Laid Plans go Awry, but Such is This World ISBN 978-4-906866-69-4
March 25, 2014
Light Novel Volume 4 level.4 導き導かれし者たち level. 4: Guidance that Guides People ISBN 978-4-906866-91-5
July 25, 2014
Light Novel Volume 5 level.5 笑わないで聞いておくれよ level. 5: You Won't Hear Me Laughing ISBN 978-4-86554-026-0
February 25, 2015
Light Novel Volume 6 level.6 とるにたらない栄光に向かって level. 6: Towards a Inconsequential Glory ISBN 978-4-86554-072-7
October 25, 2015
Light Novel Volume 7 level.7 彼方の虹 level. 7: The Other Side of the Rainbow ISBN 978-4-86554-086-4
December 25, 2015
Light Novel Volume 8 level.8 そして僕らは明日を待つ level. 8: And So, We Will Wait for Tomorrow ISBN 978-4-86554-114-4
March 25, 2016
Grimgal V9 cover level.9 ここにいる今、遥か遠くへ level. 9: Here Right Now, Far Into the Distance ISBN 978-4-86554-149-6
August 25, 2016
Grimgar Volume 10 level.10 ラブソングは届かない level. 10: A Love Song That'll Never Reach ISBN 978-4865542028
March 25, 2017
level. 11 あの時それぞれの道で夢を見た level. 11: At That Moment I Dreamt of a Separate Path ISBN 978-4-86554-234-9
July 25, 2017

Other Publications

Special stories were included in the novels as limited edition booklets. Mini novellas were also written as part of DVD sets.

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