Yes so, I’m going to do a little bit of comparison between Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions and the first season of Sword Art Online. You might ask, why do I compare these two in the first place? Well it’s because I can’t help but feel Grimgar is SAO done right. There are reasons for this and to me, the reason is because SAO has three promises that it gives us during the first three episodes which are the danger of its world, the potential deaths of party members and the skill progression. In all these regards, I think Grimgar managed to execute them better without any early promises.
Warning: Not so minor spoilers ahead