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Set in a World in the Sky, a fateful encounter changes the lives of Zinkentstill residents Gran and his little dragon companion Vyrn as they run into Katalina and Lyria. The two strangers are being chased by soldiers of the Erste Empire, a government that tries to rule the world by military force. Like a hero, Gran assists them in repelling the pursuers. But during a fight against the Hydra that almost took out his life, Gran formed a link with the Girl in Blue, connecting their life force. With new companions by his side, Gran embarks on a skyfaring journey to reach the island of Estalucia, as written in a letter he received from his missing father. This also gives Lyria and Katalina the fighting chance to run away from the Empire. As they travel towards their destination across several floating islands of the Skydom, they even meet more friends and adversaries along the way.


The anime adaptation of the mobile game, officially titled Granblue Fantasy The Animation by A-1 Pictures, airing in the Spring 2017 Anime season.

The first two episodes were aired in January as part of an hour-long special, with the 13-episode season kicking off on April 2, 2017. The season's 12 episodes cover the first chapters of the Girl in Blue Arc from the game's main story. The 13th episode, "Another Sky" is a separate story featuring Djeeta taking the role of Gran as the captain, with guest appearances of some of the game's fan-favorite characters. An OVA bundled with the seventh Blu-Ray and DVD was released on November 29, 2017 under the title of Granblue Fantasy The Animation: Jack O'Lantern.

It is available on Crunchyroll both subtitled and dubbed, marking it the first truly official Granblue media to be released in the West.


Trailers: 2013, Aniplex (Japanese Dub) and Aniplex 2018 (English Dub).

A second season began airing on October 4, 2019. This time, it is an Art-Shifted Sequel, with MAPPA being in charge of the new artstyle and animation.

Similar to the video game it is derived from, this anime has no relations to Grand Blue, and also not to be confused with the similarly-sounding Granbelm.

Aside from those listed at the main page, the anime contains the following tropes:

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    Season 1 (2017) 
  • Adaptational Super Power Change: Lyria's ability to summon Primal Beasts works a bit differently in this anime. In-game, her summoning causes the beast to unleash one attack and leave. In the anime, she can bring them forth for an extended duration and command them to perform actions different than their in-game Summon Call or even Charge Attack. For instance:
    • Tiamat empowers the party's attacks in the anime, despite decreasing enemy's attack in-game. Although this may be viewed as a Production Foreshadowing for when Tiamat becomes Promoted to Playable in the game, as she can indeed strengthen your party.
    • Yggdrasil does not cast Axis Mundi in the 12th episode. Instead, she creates earthen spiked platforms to allow Gran in reaching Leviathan.
  • Adaptation Deviation: The entire arc starting from Lyria's coma (courtesy of Pommern's Break Them by Talking tactic), Rosetta's Big Damn Heroes rescue of the team, up to Lyria's awakening with the help of Yggdrasil acts as the climax of the anime, which took a different turn from the actual sequence of the game's story.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The main cast excluding Rosetta, were given supplementary backstory scenes that focus on their Character Development even before they formed the crew, most of which are taken from their individual fate episodes but streamlined into the anime's adaptation of the main story:
    • Io's childhood moment of meeting Tzaka is from her Grand version's Fate Episode.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • From the first two episodes alone, scenes like Lyria's escape from the Empire and Gran's death and revival, which were bit parts of the tutorial segment, have been significantly expanded. And since details were added and moved, it is only during the second episode where Gran read the letter from his father, whereas in the game, it was read at the very beginning.
    • The sightseeing and errands portion of Episode 9 are exclusively in the anime.
    • Lich makes somewhat of a Cameo as Lyria's summon in the flashback scene of Episode 10 when she is used for an experiment.
  • The Anime of the Game: A 14-episode Spring 2017 anime officially titled Granblue Fantasy: The Animation.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 13 takes place on a beach, bringing with it lots of Fanservice as many of the female characters who were only seen briefly show up.
  • The Cameo: Several gacha characters also have their own screen time, with the 12th to 14th episodes prominently featuring them alongside the main cast. Among these characters, Mary appears in three episodes, and shares the spotlight with Karva in the 8th. There's also Lich, a primal beast that is irrelevant to the game's story gets introduced here in Lyria's flashback.
  • Canon Foreigner: The anime introduces a new character, Aaron, as a childhood friend of Gran.
  • Conspicuous CG: The non-humanoid Primal Beasts like Proto Bahamut and Leviathan are clearly 3D-modeled.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Katalina covers Lyria's eyes in the 13th episode, as the crew wreaks havoc on the Erste troops off-screen. However, the combat banter of the crew during the said scene can still be heard.
  • DVD Bonus Content: A marketing strategy of Cygames, wherein redeemable item codes for rare in-game items in Granblue Fantasy are bundled with the DVD/Blu-Ray discs of their games' anime adaptations such as Rage of Bahamut: Genesis and Uma Musume. Of course, the Granblue anime is no exception.
  • Evolving Credits: The last part of episode 13 replaces Gran with Djeeta, a woman who takes his place during said episode. Oddly enough, he still appears in the first half of the ending as well as the opening.
  • Feed It a Bomb: This is how the crew defeated the Clay Golem. As Mary's bomb bounced off and failed to hit the spot, Gran immediately slam-dunks the bomb on the golem's mouth.
  • Filler: Episode 8, derived from a plot of Mary's SR version and Episode 13, from Narmaya's summer version.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Episode 13. Any male characters get relegated to background characters with maybe 1 or 2 lines, while the episode focuses heavily on the much larger crew consisting almost entirely of women. Even poor Gran is replaced with Djeeta, a lady who essentially takes his place.
  • Indy Escape: Mary and Karva had to run away from a boulder after activating a trap switch in the 8th episode.
  • I Never Told You My Name: In Episode 3, Sturm and Drang attempt to approach Gran and Lyria to offer them a spare airship. However, Drang ends up name dropping Katalina by name and rank, the latter of which he'd definitely only know if he was associated with the Erste Empire.
  • Info Dump: The extra episode "Another Sky" begins with Lyria's recap of the twelve episodes' plotline, but with Djeeta replacing Gran as the protagonist.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: When Lyria voluntarily goes into a comatose out of the fear that her existence can cause the death of her friends, Gran had to enlist the help of Yggdrasil so that he could enter Lyria's consciousness and convince her to return.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In Episode 12, many characters who were at best briefly seen earlier, suddenly show up to assist Gran and his crew with the latest Monster of the Week. It's implied that they ran into said characters before, since Gran's group mostly acknowledges them by name. Episode 13 also mixes things up by replacing Gran with Djeeta, a lady who essentially does the same things he did, and also has a mostly all-female crew.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The last episodes spoil the Black Knight's true name and relation to Eugen, a secret that is only revealed near the climax of the game's first arc.
  • Mook Horror Show: In Episode 13, the Empire's soldiers get stomped by Djeeta's crew off screen. Instead, several character's have a horrified look on their face, and Katalina covers Lyria's eyes so as not to see the carnage the rest of Djeeta's crew is causing to the soldiers. They then run out of the cave with their tails tucked between their legs.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Most of the anime's episode titles are taken from the game, such as the first episode being titled "Girl in Blue", which is also the name of the game's first story arc. Another interesting example would be the ninth episode titled "Horizon in the Clouds", which is the same title of the ninth chapter in the game.
    • The Filler episodes of the anime reference story points of some characters' individual Fate Episodes. For example, Lyria and the rest of the crew fall from an unstable ground in the 8th episode, just like what happens to her in the Fate Episode of Mary's SR version. Episode 13 also uses the plot of Narmaya's Summer episode where the crew has to find an alternative source of ice now that Sierokarte's shaved ice stock ran out.
    • In Episode 3, Gran mimicks the in-game pose of the Fighter class after he bought a sword.
    • Aside from the default Fighter outfit, Episode 4 shows a few characters wearing the Priest outfit, while the 13th episode has Djeeta hanging several of her class outfits (Arcana Dueler, Hermit, Superstar and Warlock) in the Grandcypher. When she tries some swimsuits, one of them is actually the outfit of the Ogre Class.
    • In a Grand Blues! comic, Katalina accidentally injures Vyrn's head after petting the little dragon while wearing her steel gloves. In the anime, she takes off the glove just before petting a cat.
    • In the 12th episode, Eugen snipes the commander fish that causes the rest of the mind-control swarm to scatter. This tactic of taking out the leader is also used by Silva in her episodes in the game. She injures the monster swarm's alpha, which scatters the rest of the pack in confusion.
    • Also in the 12th episode, Leviathan is unable to move when Yggdrasil traps him by summoning an earth pillar. Later, Eugen delivers a shot that finishes the swarm of polluted fish. Both attacks that made Leviathan vulnerable are performed by Earth-elemental characters. This is a reference to the Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors mechanic of the mobile game wherein Water enemies are weak to the Earth element. Likewise, Zeta's attack on the large fish swarm was implied to be ineffective because she's a Fire-elemental character, who is weak to Water.
  • New Game+: An odd variation of this occurs in Episode 13. Gran, the main protagonist in the show, is suddenly replaced by Djeeta, a woman who essentially did everything he did, as recapped in a quick Info Dump scene after the opening credits. Interestingly enough, Djeeta is much, much stronger than he is, and has absolutely no problems taking out the Empire's flying drones, and bosses that Gran had some difficulty with in previous episodes are easily handled by her. Several characters even lampshade this when they find out she has yet again taken on another quest, but apparently doesn't need help from The Cavalry that arrives moments later.
  • Off-Model:
    • A scene shows Io with six fingers on one hand.
    • In Episode 12, a close-up of Yuel's face when she hears Feather reveals a pair of normal human ears underneath her hair. Generally, Erunes only have one pair of ears - their defining animalistic ears on top of their head and nothing else on the sides. This was fixed in the Blu-Ray release.
  • Opening Dissonance: In the opening sequence, one short scene just before the title has Gran jumping towards Bahamut with his sword in hand. While this implies that the dragon becomes a threat that the crew must face, it does not actually happen by any means during the entire season. Instead, Bahamut is benevolent, saves the party from the Hydra, and can offer its power to Gran's weapon at Lyria's command.
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: The last scene played every time an episode ends has the main crew looking up at the vast blue sky.
  • Reused Character Design: In Episode 6, the party questions two gunsmiths who share the same appearance and occupation as the unnamed parents of Silva, Cucouroux and Camieux.
  • Ship Tease: The 12th episode adds a subtle one that is not referenced by the game material. Why did Yuel suddenly get excited when she heard Feather in the distance? (leaving Yodahara behind to assist Feather instead). And when Feather and Soriz had a tight arm-wrestling contest, she appears to be cheering.
  • Tempting Apple: Drang tries to convince the party to accept their offer of a free airship (and subsequently leave Port Breeze unharmed), all while extending an apple in his hand. Vyrn, obviously shivers while resisting the temptation, his Trademark Favorite Food.
  • Truth in Television: Io repairs Lyria's shattered hairpin by joining the pieces with gold. This is based from a real-life Japanese practice called Kintsugi.

    Season 2 (2019) 
  • Adaptation Expansion: Apart from the Fillers, more scenes and dialogue are introduced to expand further on the character interactions. A few expositions are also added to serve as a quick recap of the early plot points.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: MAPPA is doing the artstyle and animation this time around, and as a result, the second season bears a significant visual change compared to the first season which was drawn and animated by A-1 Pictures.
  • Badass Fingersnap: Pommern agitates an imprisoned Tezcatlipoca by activating the dark essence with a fingersnap.
  • The Cameo: Similar to the first season, some gacha-recruitable characters and primal beasts briefly have guest appearances:
    • Aliza teams up with the protagonists and help in calming down Tezcatlipoca.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Gran's defining trait is to help others in need without asking questions. This gets to the point wherein the second season gives some Lampshade Hanging that the other Grandcypher members already got used to this.
  • Conspicuous CG:
    • While the first season used 3D models for most of the primal beasts, it gets averted this time in the case of Tezcatlipoca, which is hand-drawn.
    • When the Grandcypher evades the barrage of magic from the Erste shamans, it becomes computer-generated for a while.
    • The Black Knight's armor is obviously 3D this time around.
  • Continuity Nod: The first season has actually deviated some of its parts from the original story of the game, and this sequel goes along referencing some anime-only plot points, implying that these anime adaptations now set their own continuity in some parts, but keeping the major plot points of the game's main story intact:
    • Rosetta re-appears at the end of Episode 1, and Sierokarte discusses if she would return to the Grandcypher, considering how she left behind on Lumacie in the first season.
  • Filler: Episode 1 has a Cameo of Aliza helping the protagonists in a quest of fighting Tezcatlipoca. Although the episode then reveals their next destination as the Albion Citadel, continuing the main story arc from the game.
  • Food as Bribe: Siero requires the assistance of the crew in taking down a primal beast. In exchange, dinner in the Knickknack Shop for that night will be free of charge.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: This time around, the anime puts an emphasis that the gacha-recruitable cameo characters are separate from the main cast and the main story arc, since while Aliza expresses her desire to join the crew, she isn't able to do so yet.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors mechanics are not strictly followed here, since Tezcatlipoca gets distracted and held in place by the Fire-elemental Colossus, whereas its in-game elemental weakness should be Wind. The same applies with its attack as well, Tezcat is able to burn down a tree, but in-game, it is an Earth-elemental primal beast.
  • It Began with a Twist of Fate: Episode 1 expanded how the encounter with Lyria changed Gran's life – While becoming a skyfarer is indeed his dream, he never really had an opportunity to leave Zinkenstill. Thus, it was her who set the story in motion.
  • Mythology Gag: The "next episode" title card for this season depicts a mural of Bahamut and the skydwellers, much like how all the episodic title cards of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis and Virgin Soul also display a mural of the dragon. Quite fitting, since these three shows are done by MAPPA.
  • Only Sane Man: After Siero offered free dinner for everyone in the shack in exchange for the Grandcypher's services, the customers took advantage of this by quickly requesting more food orders... Except for Katalina who reminded them to have at least a sense of restraint.
  • Turns Red: Tezcatlipoca's eyes glow red under the corruption of the dark essence, they revert to blue once it calmed down.

Alternative Title(s): Granblue Fantasy The Animation


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