The Grudge is an online serial web-based series created by Cullen Bunn. It is set in a small town in the UK and is done in the first person perspective of Robert Huxley, who starts his story as a "regular Joe" who hates going to work. When he is given the task of a lifetime, which will take him to the Duchy of Cornwall, he is reluctant, but accepts the task regardless.
Event occurs just before his arrival in Cornwall, and he is assigned a sortie, that is to be the final phase of his career in the Royal Navy. During the transport, his ship is attacked by a mysterious group of men and he is forced to shoot a young man named James. However, upon waking from the event, he finds himself in a strange town where he discovers a diary written by James' wife, Jane.
Events unfold as Huxley tries to piece together the events of his life, and how he survived the death of James. As he digests the diary, he starts to realize that James' wife actually died while he was away. This forces him to make some disturbing decisions, some of which end up being more threatening than others.
The movie doesn't really have anything new to offer the viewer. The animation style is pretty traditional, and the story line is the kind of thing you expect from a Grudge movie. While the art style is simple, it's not terrible, and it doesn't hold any sort of puzzle for the viewer to figure out, either. But for fans of Grudge, The Grudge movie will be worth checking out.
The series itself is made available through Crunchyroll, which means it's only available on their website. For the most part, the series runs the full length of the series, which is actually quite short. The episodes range from under four minutes to over five minutes, so even if you're not a fan of the series, it's easy to catch up with the rest of the episodes. Because of this, the story is always fresh and exciting, and the endings are always unexpected and exciting.
The movie isn't bad, per se, but I found myself wanting to see more of the series. There were some strong moments, but the story just sort of ended. There's enough potential to watch the series again, but I would like to see what happens next.
Overall, I have to say that The Grudge series is not as well known as the rest of the "Big 4" in the SERIE. Serio is known for his comics, and Myriad Story, but The Grudge is just one of his stories, which isn't as big of a seller as other SERIES titles. I don't know why this series didn't do better, but I guess it could be because of the format of the SERIES. Most SERIES shows run long, and so most of the "grittier" material is skipped.
Serio Grigio is always releasing new SERIES in the SERIO Marvel Comics. If you're a SERIO Marvel fan, I'd suggest picking up a copy of The Grudge, since it's a well written, action packed story.