Comics are getting pretty grim and gritty lately, but one is taking it very seriously. Yuuki Miyama and Saimaru Bermuda’s Grimm & Gritty says it right there on the cover, and they’re driving it home with an audio drama to celebrate their first volume.
The manga stars Touya, a high school student attacked one night by a fairy tale monster. The girl who comes to his rescue is Alicia, a famous idol, dressed for battle. The drama stars Soma Saito (Tadashi Yamaguchi, Haikyu!!), Ai Kakuma (Hikari Karibuchi, Brave Witches), and Hiromi Igarashi (Anzu Futaba, THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls). You can listen to a ten-minute sample of the drama courtesy of YouTube:
The full version can be heard by scanning a QR code printed in Volume 1 of the manga.
Additionally, a Twitter campaign is running until August 31 for a chance to win one of three autographed sketch cards. Fans can visit the campaign’s official site to follow @COMIC_WALKER and @fj_dragonage, then click the button toward the middle of the page to tweet out a link to the campaign website with the hashtag #グリムアンドグリッティ (Grimm&Gritty). Three participants will be drawn randomly at the end of the month and will each receive one of three cards:
Grimm & Gritty Volume 1 will be released August 8 from Dragon Comics Age, and is currently available for preorder on Amazon.jp.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.