FEATURE: Magic, Mecha, and Metaphysics: Remembering GRANBELM


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This week, we glance again at a story of cute magical women, cute mecha, and overwhelming meta-physical gloom as we take a look at GRANBELM.






GRANBELM is an unique Summer season 2019 TV anime with course by Masaharu Watanabe and animation manufacturing by Nexus. Crunchyroll describes the story of the sequence as follows:


It had been practically 1,000 years since all of the magic on the earth disappeared, and most of the people had forgotten it ever existed. Kohinata Mangetsu is a cheerful highschool pupil who has a reasonably constructive outlook on life, however she has nothing to name her own– As a result of she wasn't good at teachers or sports activities, she dreamed of getting one thing she was good at. On an evening the place the total moon was shining brightly, she occurs to satisfy one other woman with the character for "moon" in her title named Shingetsu Ernesta Fukami. That was additionally when she encountered the mechanical dolls known as "ARMANOX."


The titular GRANBELM is an elimination-style event, wherein rival magical women pilot mechs in an effort to amass the title of "Princeps Mage" and to show themselves worthy of inheriting the ability of Magiaconatus, an entity composed of all the magical power that has been banished from the on a regular basis world. The winner of the event might be granted any want, however the contest isn't practically so simple as it seems …



Paranoid Dimension.


Whereas the peculiar motion takes place in a contemporary world equivalent to our personal, when the ladies of GRANBELM duel, they’re transported to a parallel dimension the place magic holds sway, permitting them to defy physics and assert management over actuality by pure pressure of will.


This ends in not solely spectacular, high-concept motion sequences, but in addition an more and more suspenseful story-line because the dramatic irony ratchets up and each the characters and the viewers notice that magic is an infinitely mutable factor, and that the “guidelines” of its operation and the true motivations of its wielders are conveyed in cryptic and unreliable methods.


Shingetsu Ernesta Fukami prepares for magical girl mecha battle in a scene from the 2019 GRANBELM TV anime.


Metaphysical Mayhem.


The magical woman/mecha fights in GRANBELM operate on each the literal and the metaphorical stage. The present presents not solely a conflict of arms but in addition a conflict of philosophies. The “downside of evil” rears its ugly head when it turns into clear that Magiaconatus isn't only a passive prize to be received, however truly a silent, inscrutable, and presumably malign intelligence able to altering recollections and rewriting actuality to swimsuit its whims.


Mix that with a predominant character whose aim is to eradicate magic from the world as a result of its temptations are too highly effective for human beings to withstand, and it turns into clear that GRANBELM belongs to the identical proud custom as Japanese RPGs with reference to punching God within the face.


The VIOLA KATZE Armanox mecha stabs the ACONITE GRIS Armanox mecha in the shoulder with a magical gun-blade in a scene from the 2019 GRANBELM TV anime.




At its coronary heart, GRANBELM is an emotionally taxing present that offers with meaty topics just like the attract of nihilism, the anxiousness of existential dread, and the horrors of non-being. It's a tough trip, however if you happen to're prepared to endure the trials and tribulations of the present, you'll be rewarded with a narrative about discovering one's true identification within the face of a hostile and detached universe and with a conclusion that gives hope regardless of great adversity.


Suisho Hakamada taunts Kuon Tsuchimikado as the two are locked in a perilous mage's duel in a scene from the 2019 GRANBELM TV anime.


Crystal Chronicles.


Crunchyroll presently streams GRANBELM in some 203 territories world-wide, and the sequence is obtainable within the unique Japanese with subtitles in English, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Italian, German, and Russian. On the time of this writing, there isn’t any house video launch of GRANBELM in the US, so what you stream is what you get.


With its cute character and mecha designs and somber tone, GRANBELM is most much like the “darkish magical woman” subgenre popularized by Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It's positively a heavier type of leisure, however if you happen to're within the temper for a present that can put your feelings by the wringer, and whether it is accessible in your area, then please think about giving GRANBELM a strive.


Mangetsu Kohinata hatches a scheme in a scene from the 2019 GRANBELM TV anime.


Particular thanks exit to Merxamers (@TheMerxamers), A Toasty Sub (@A_Tasty_Sub), Doktor S. Razoh (@DrRazoh), and E(nchilada)-Woman (@NickyEnchilada) for suggesting the topic of this week's entry for “Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog.” Thanks for becoming a member of us this week. Please make sure to tune in subsequent time after we shine the highlight on one other title from years previous within the hopes of introducing followers to their new favourite present.


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