Oh man, it’s been a long time since I had a hatewatch (well, two seasons actually but that’s a long time for the Interwebs). I was hoping that Winter’s LN trio, whatever they were called, would be one of those. Alas, they were too dreadful to be hatewatched; rumours persist that the North Koreans are using them as torture devices for particularly tough POWs. And so, I was left with Seraph of the End in Spring and I was left with despair and anguish.
With all these new anime coming and going, this show has been constantly on my mind ever since then. Despite only ranking #2 in its seasonal roundup, it’s definitely the one to have a really lasting impression on me with its writing, execution, its everything. Probably, it’s proof that I can be rather short-term with my seasonal roundups, but that’s not the topic of discussion at hand. The thing is, I haven’t paid this anime the honor it deserves, and to that purpose I will now review it to explain why it’s so fucking awesome.
In a sickening, twisted way, Le Fruit de la Grisaia was my favorite anime of 2014. I know, I know, that statement will cause you to vomit blood. But while Le Fruit de la Grisaia is morally wrong and incredibly awfully written and generally painful, it was a lot of fun, to the extent a godawful thing can be fun. I didn’t want to look at it, yet I couldn’t bear to not watch it. It was like The Room, but with grenades and snipers.
Le Fruit de la Grisaia just escalated and escalated in… quality (?), for lack of a better term. Its commitment to cut the viewer with its edge was downright adorable more often than not, and ultimately, it was a lot of things, very few of them positive, but boring was not was of the things it was.
Did Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia deliver the same… uh… “quality” as Fruit? Oh yes. Oh hell yes it did.