Grisaia – Phantom Trigger Anime Review

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Even since I watched the first Grisaia anime years ago, I knew I was in for a ride.

However, its sequels had been quite an underwhelming mess so I pretty much give up.

Last year, Grisaia – Phantom Trigger was released.

At first, I wasn’t really interested as the old cast won’t be reprising their roles. But I eventually gave in to my curiosity and see the anime.

It was still underwhelming but it also left me wanting more.

Following the Heath Oslo incident, the existence of the US-Japanese anti-terror organization CIRS has become a matter of public knowledge. CIRS has been rebuilt from the ground up, and its most covert functions spun off to a new agency: SORD (Social Ops, Research & Development).

The goal of SORD is to train a new generation of operatives to defend the country against future threats. To that end, the organization has established a series of schools up and down the country. Mihama Academy, more-or-less left to rot after its abrupt closure, has been given new purpose as one such ‘specialist training school’.

This new incarnation of Mihama Academy is home to a diverse group of students, who every day work to polish their unusual skills – sometimes on the job. Mihama now entrusts the misfit girls who attend it with guns and live ammunition.

Paying their own safety no heed, these students are again and again plunged into dangerous extrajudicial missions – all for the good of the realm.

“We’ve been provided with a place in the world. That alone isn’t enough – there wouldn’t be any meaning in living, if that was all we had… It’s not enough just to be made use of by others. I live by my own strength, and I fight to survive. That’s the only way those of us who actually make it through can find forgiveness…”

No matter how much life grinds them down, what future awaits these girls, who’ve themselves chosen the path of the gun? (MAL)

Grisaia – Phantom Trigger stars a new set of characters that were also trained in some ways as assassins.

It’s clear from the get-go that each of them is jaded or went through tough times when they were young but unfortunately, it wasn’t elaborated much in the anime.

The 2 part OVA was pretty much an introduction to the anime, sharing bits and pieces about the characters while letting us know the world they live in.

It’s pretty much the same as the original Grisaia series but it lacked a Male protagonist. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in with girl power, I just find it weird not seeing one.


The story was mainly okay. Nothing special, other than us, getting to know the new characters. Though in the 2nd OVA, there was a “plot”, but it was mostly an introduction to their new member, who also happens to be an old acquaintance to the main girl.

This made me a bit frustrated as I kind of wanted to see more of this anime. Each character seemed interesting enough for me to continue watching and yet, we only got a 2-part OVA.

Sigh, it’s clear that this OVA’s are promotional materials for its game.

Such a shame.

The highlight of the OVA was definitely its amazing art and animation. Just like the prequel animes, Grisaia – Phantom trigger delivers on point character designs, amazing cinematography, and fluid animation. The fight scenes were really well made that it made me want to see more of it. 


Overall, this OVA is nothing really special unless you guys had plans on playing the game. However, I have no plans on doing that so this was a bummer.

Still, I enjoyed watching this OVA series even though I ended up being frustrated in the end.

It would be nice if there would be a sequel to this or something.

I just want more.

This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.

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