Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Guest Review: DanMachi (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)

Today we have a Guest Contributor review of DanMach also known as Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Thanks to our friend Waldo for contributing!

DanMachi – 
(Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
( Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka)

First, the plot hook: The main character, Bell Cranel, is an adventurer in a world that runs on magic stones. The stones are found by killing the monsters that inhabit the many levels of the dungeon found in the city of Orario. Adventurers serve a patron god that tracks their skills, abilities, and, most importantly, levels up the adventurer. Bell has been dungeoneering for a little while when he gets attacked by a minotaur that is far beyond his capacity to kill. Before he is struck down, Aiz Wallenstein slays the minotaur, saving his life and falling for her. Due to her skill and renown, Bell can’t bring himself to confess, leading him on his journey to stand as her equal.

When I first heard the name, I hoped that this would work out and not bomb spectacularly as most other similarly titled anime. Lucky for me, the story, world, and characters are very deep. There are many recurring characters that all have their own motivations and personalities as well as a world that both supports such a diverse environment and allows for many different situations without feeling overly cliché. I’d peg this world’s world building somewhere between Accel World and Log Horizon.

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