Mihama Academy – on the surface, a closed learning environment established to nurture students who find themselves at odds with the world around them; in actuality, a prison built to preserve fruit that has fallen too far from its tree. Whatever the circumstances behind its establishment, Mihama Academy is at present home to five female students, all with their own reasons for “enrollment”. For better or worse, each girl has established a routine obliging of her current situation; life moves at an idle, yet accommodating pace within the walls of Mihama. Yet with the arrival of the institute’s first male student, the nearly preposterously opaque Kazami Yuuji, the students at Mihama begin to fall out of step with their predetermined rhythms. Will Yuuji prove to be the element the girls around him needed to take hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome? And in the first place, just who is he? While the true nature of the “job” he is wont to alight to at the most haphazard of moments remains shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain: his encroachment upon the quiet orchard known as Mihama Academy will prove itself momentous in one way or another. And of course, one cannot discount the possibility that perhaps Yuuji himself carries the weightiest past of any of the students…
The Fruit of Grisaia Episode Synopsis
Episode 1: Ordinary Academy Life
A young man, Yūji Kazami, is being detained by the police. On being released, the principal of Mihama Academy, Chizuru Tachibana, picks him up and drives him to the school where he is shown to his room in the dormitory. On entering the dorm he is introduced to a fellow student, Sachi Komine, who is wearing a maid uniform. The following morning he meets two more students, Amane Suou and Makina Irisu, in the lobby and later meets another student, Michiru Matsushima, in their classroom where she is practicing her “tsundere speech”. Once the class begins he finds out that there is one more student in their class who is absent. Makina informs him that the absent student, Yumiko Sakaki, only comes in the evenings. When he comes to the classroom later that day to introduce himself, she tries to slash him with a box cutter. On returning to the dorm he finds Amane changing clothes in his room. During their discussion he tells her that he had an older sister named Kuriko whose name she seems to recognize. Later, Yūji receives a phone call from J.B. who tells him that he has a job to do. The images during the end credits give hints of why all of the girls except for Yumiko are enrolled in the school.
Episode 2: School Killer Yumiko
Yumiko Sakaki makes continued attempts to cut Yūji but to her frustration he avoids them all. Later that day he encounters Makina, who is quite shy, but after he helps her catch a crayfish she warms up to him and decides to call him Onii-chan. He then visits the principal’s office for advice in resolving Sakaki’s continued hostility towards him. He finds out that all of the other students have ‘special circumstances’ for enrolling in the school. Yūji’s guardian and work boss, JB comes to pay him a visit at school which stirs his classmates’ curiosity, especially Amane who wants to know whether Yūji has a girlfriend or not. Later that evening in the dorm, he is ambushed by Yumiko once again and responds by knocking the knife from her hand. He then tells her that he is not her enemy and intends to be her friend. From that day onwards, Yumiko attitude towards him softens. The end credit montage shows how each of the other students arrived at the Academy and how they became friends.
Episode 3: Sweet Diet
Returning to the dorm after his morning jog, Yūji sees Amane picking the lock to his room and immediately suspects that she may be an assassin. He listens and watches from the doorway as, to his considerable surprise, all she wanted to do is surprise him with a wake-up kiss. She then proceeds to jump onto his bed and masturbate after smelling his worn clothes. Yūji then makes his presence known to Amane’s considerable embarrassment. While rushing to class later that morning he makes up a song for Makina in which he teases Amane for her earlier actions. At lunch, Amane expresses her concern that Makina is starting to imitate Yūji’s mannerisms. That afternoon Yūji overhears an erotic voice and discovers that it is Michiru, who is playing with a kitten. The following day, he inadvertently agrees to have Sachi make him a shark pouch (like Michiru’s) only with glitter. Some quick thinking on Michiru’s part allows him to foist the pouch on Makina. That afternoon during gym, Amane hurts her ankle and Yūji carries her to the infirmary. After he treats her injury, Amane requests that Yūji be her boyfriend. When he refuses, she changes her request to be regarded as his older sister which he agrees to. The next day, Amane and Makina share their lunch with Yūji and he realizes that he has been avoiding people since his “master”‘s death.
Episode 4: Where to Aim the Silver Bullet
During his morning jog, Yūji sees Michiru sitting on the grass with a cat on her lap staring at the sea and strikes up a conversion with her. The following evening the residents of the dorm discuss Michiru’s odd. Later that night Sachi, Yumiko and Yūji witness Michiru as she stumbles out of the dorm having gotten hair dye in her eyes and dripping it all over the floor. The next day Amane asks Yūji and Yumiko if friendship between men and women is possible. When Michiru appears, she is also asked the same question and runs off after answering. Yūji goes after her and confronts her, stating that she is different from the Michiru he first came to know. The new personality converses Yūji then kisses him and reverts back to the original personality. The next morning Michiru asks Yūji to demonstrate what her other self had done to him the previous day and freaks out when he almost kisses her. She runs off to calm herself down and chases her cat away. Yūji finds her on the bluff looking for the cat which she has named Meowmel. They walk home together when Yūji notices something and tells her to go on without him. Ignoring his words, Michiru comes up and finds that Meowmel has been run over and is dying. Yūji hails a cab but they are too late and Meowmel dies in Michiri’s lap.
Episode 5: Vox in Box
Michiru is devastated by Meowmel’s death and has taken a number of pills. Yūji takes her to the infirmary where she recovers. Sachi gives him a locked box, which he opens to find an exchange diary that Michiru kept with her other self. When he confronts her with it, he learns that Michiru developed the other personality after receiving a heart transplant. Yūji forces Michiru’s original personality out, who says she wants to die. Yūji agrees to help her die, and he later starts burying her alive in a coffin. Earlier in Michiru’s life, she was depressed about always being told she was a failure and intended to kill herself. She meets another suicidal girl, and the two becomes close friends. However, the girl later kills herself, which caused Michiru’s weak heart to give way and led to her heart transplant. Michiru discovers that the heart she received was from her friend, who she can now communicate with. Back in the coffin, Michiru does not want to die anymore, and she pushes out of the coffin, where she is helped by Yūji to the surface. Yūji had waited three days for her to come out, and he carries her back to the dorm. Yūji later takes the alternate Michiru to see her parents, and although she appears less often, she still resides in Michiru.
Episode 6: Raison D’être
In junior high school, Sakaki slashes the hand of a girl gossiping how she was the daughter of a mistress and was brought into her father’s household only after her younger brother and family heir died. Sakaki’s father wants her to assume her place as the heir to the Tohin Railway Group, and Yūji is ordered to act as Sasaki’s bodyguard and then allow Sasaki to be abducted so as to scare her into returning home. However, Yūji decides to disobey orders and protects Sasaki. As they wait out a rain storm under a bridge, Sasaki reveals her past to Yūji. Angered by Yūji’s defiance of his orders, Sasaki’s father plans to have Sasaki study in America and orders the shut down of the school. Sakaki refuses to leave, prompting her father to come to the school to appeal to her in person. To his surprise, she opens fire on him with a gun and precipitates a standoff. When his men charge the building after her ammunition runs out she pulls the pin on a grenade and seemingly kills herself. However, Yūji had helped Sakaki fake her death. Sasaki is given a new identity including a falsified family registry and starts a new life as another student at the school.
Episode 7: Letter of Happiness
Sachi passes out in the bath after taking something Makina said too literally. The next day, Michiru facetiously asks Sachi to make the upcoming test go away. Sachi locks herself in her room and starts preparing to blow up the school. The night before the test, her classmates show up just after she starts the timers. Sachi tries to get them to leave to no avail, but as Sachi throws herself on the explosives, they fail to detonate. Yūji shows up and has everyone except Sachi head back to the dorm. He tells her he tampered with the timers, and calls her Sacchan, revealing that he has remembered her. As a child, Sachi was lonely due to her parents too busy running their business. Sachi had met Yūji at the playground and the two of them played together until he moved away. On Sachi’s tenth birthday, her parents get in a traffic accident after Sachi ran away due to the previous months of neglect. Her father is killed and her mother has been in a coma ever since. Sachi reveals that she believes that her parents were in the accident because she was selfish and that she has to be a good girl who does what she is told to make up for it. Yūji refutes her by saying that the selfish whims she subjected him to when they played together helped him forget his own troubles at the time. To repay that debt, he covers up the disposal of her bombs with a fireworks display and that weekend, he takes her to visit her parents’ shop where they find a birthday display and letter. The day ends with Sachi visiting her mother in the hospital and then asking Yūji for a hug.
Episode 8: The Seed of the World Tree I
Makina sends Yūji an email stating that he has now graduated from Onii-chan status to Papa status. When a confused Yūji confronts her, Makina presents Yūji with a cheque for 70 million yen, the entirety of her inheritance, so that he will act as her father. Reluctantly, he agrees and proceeds to keep a close eye on her, to the envy of the other girls, especially Amane, who states that if Yūji is her father, then she could just as easily be her mother. During a break from school, Yūji takes Makina to his home in the mountains where he used to live with his master. Later, by chance, Makina encounters her younger sister and Irisu heir, Sarina, in town, but passes by without saying anything to her. To her horror, her sister’s car explodes moments later. The shaken Makina is tended by her classmates and when she wakes up Yūji informs her that her sister was taken to hospital and is expected to survive. That evening, Yūji is called in to work where JB presents him with a dossier for his next job – and the target is Makina!
Episode 9: The Seed of the World Tree II
Yūji takes the job JB gave him but only so that he can protect her. To do so, he and Makina leave the Academy so as to present a moving target and Sachi give Makina an apple sapling as a parting gift. The efforts of the organization to get hold of Makina are fruitless as Yūji is able to dispose of every agent sent after them. As they flee, Yūji becomes aware of Makina’s recurrent nightmares involving her father. It is revealed that a few years earlier Makina’s father found evidence of the Irisu Group’s corruption and was killed in front of Makina on his wife’s orders. Makina spent a number of years in a hospital recovering from the trauma. It is further revealed that she has a near photographic memory and had read some of the incriminating documents before her father’s death. It turns out that Makina’s mother ordered the hit on Makina because she phoned her mother and threatened to reveal the corruption unless her younger sister was kept safe.
When their latest hideout is compromised, Yūji manages to get them away but Makina forgets her sapling. Despite Yūji’s admonition to forget about it, Makina returns to the hotel to search for it and is shot. Yūji shows up in time to take her to a hospital but is intercepted by JB. In the hospital, Makina’s mother shows up and, to JB’s horror and disgust, asks if Makina’s internal organs are unharmed because Sarina is in need of an organ transplant. Later, a disguised Yūji shows up at the Irisu Group’s HQ and shoots Makina’s mother. With the contractor for the hit out of the picture, and with hard evidence of the Irisu Group’s corruption in the hands of the organization, Yūji and a recovering Makina return to the Academy.
Episode 10: Angelic Howl I
JB drops Yūji off at the Academy after a job but before he can exit the car she kisses him on the cheek, much to his discomfort. To complicate matters, he finds that Sachi has witnessed the kiss but promises not to say anything. Yūji returns to his room to find Amane waiting for him. Following their usual banter and a shower, Yūji sits down to dinner when Amane receives a picture of JB kissing him (Sachi took ‘saying’ literally), which arouses her jealousy. Yūji asks Amane why she is so persistent in pursuing him to which she responds it was love at first sight. He is not satisfied with her answer and presses her. She breaks down and to Yūji’s shock mentions his sister’s name. She reveals that she and Yūji’s sister, Kazuki, were both freshmen on the same basketball team in middle school. As they talk further Yūji finally agrees to allow her to act as his girlfriend provided that he does not have to act as her boyfriend. Amane then retrieves a journal from her room and gives it to Yūji to read. The journal documents the tragic events that befell the basketball team as Amane, the sole survivor, remembers them.
Episode 11: Angelic Howl II
The survivors of the crash continue to make do as Kazuki continues to care for the wounded. As the days pass, they bury their dead and continue to gather what little food they can find. Their teacher, having scouted around, takes half of the food and leaves, promising that he will return with help. Despair sets in when he does not return after a couple of days. Malnourished, some of the girls start acting strangely. Finally, the pet dog of one of the girls perishes and is butchered to provide the survivors with sustenance.
Episode 12: Angelic Howl III
Two weeks pass and no rescue is in sight and the injured and malnourished girls start dying one by one. When their teacher returns without help, all remaining hope is lost. When sensei claims to have hunted down a deer, Kazuki is suspicious and decides to set out with Amane in tow. She shows Amane that the ‘venison’ that the others ate was in fact something else and that the remaining survivors have gone mad and are active participants or do not care. When the others close in on the fleeing pair, Kazuki stays behind as a decoy to let Amane escape. At first hailed as a miracle survivor, Amane soon faces questions as to why she was the only one who survived. Suffering from nightmares, the relentless public pressure convinces her must be punished for living when everyone else died and that Yūji is the person with the greatest right to punish her – she even asks him to kill her. Yūji instead asks her to live for his sake as her punishment in the hope that since he has accepted her, even knowing her past, she will come to forgive herself.
Episode 13: 10 Centimeter Field of Fire
Yūji accompanies Amane to the site of the accident so that she can finally put the incident to rest. On the way, Yūji is stopped by a man who claims to be Amane’s greatest fan. After she pays her respects to her dead friends, Amane leads Yūji to a location on the map that Kazuki gave her where they find a note hinting that Kazuki is still alive. Meanwhile, the man who accosted Yūji has entered the Academy and taken the other girls hostage and demands Amane’s presence. When they return home, Amane prepares to give herself up and Yūji, having been able to listen to the goings-on in the school via cell phone, comes up with a plan to end the standoff. The hostage taker is revealed to be the father of Chiaki Sakashita who has not been able to deal with the death of his daughter and wants to kill Amane for surviving. Having decided that shooting Amane would be too easy a death, Sakashita removes her to the washroom to have his way with her. Yūji is able to snipe Sakashita through a 10 cm wide field of view from over 900 m away, ending the hostage situation and reuniting him with the girls. Following a time skip of one year, an unidentified boat enters Japanese waters. One of two passengers fires a rocket at the Coast Guard cutter and helicopter. The other opens a music box.