Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we are checking out a newer ecchi comedy series called Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?
CREATED BY: Yoshiki Yamakawa
NO. OF EPISODES: 13 Episodes
GENRE: Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Romance
YEAR: April 4, 2015 – June 27, 2015
The story takes place in the fictional country of Orario whose main feature place is the “Dungeon” which contains an assortment of monsters from goblins to dragons. Adventurers visit the dungeon to defeat monsters and take their crystal shards, which are used to craft magic items, among other treasures; however, they can also be exchanged for the world’s currency. The people of Orario join groups called Familia, who serve a range of functions from dungeon crawling to crafting items. Each Familia is named after and serves a resident deity. In a fashion similar to role playing games, the adventurers are grouped into levels, increasing their levels and abilities according to their achievements.
The story follows the exploits of Bell Cranel, a 14-year-old solo adventurer under the goddess Hestia. As the only member of the Hestia Familia, he works hard every day in the dungeon to make ends meet while seeking to improve himself. He looks up to Aiz Wallenstein, a famous and powerful swordswoman who once saved his life, and with whom he fell in love. He is unaware that several other girls, deities and mortals alike, also develop affections towards him; most notably Hestia herself, as he also gains allies and improves himself with each new challenge he faces.
While this anime is actually called Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, we will be using the common nickname for this series, DanMachi, for the majority of the review. For the most part,
DanMachi is a new anime that doesn’t bring much to a tired genre. On the flip side, what DanMachi
does right is done incredibly well. The story itself has a somewhat vague approach and doesn’t set the
rules of the world all right at once. DanMachi’s main focus though is on relationships between its
characters. Since this mostly consists of a harem, it really wasn’t for me nor tickle my fancy.
Unfortunately…I despise ecchi-based anime with a passion. I would normally not even think about checking out DanMachi, but thanks to the YouTube abridged series “How to Be an Adventurer” convinced me to give it a shot. For the series so far, I was disappointed in the magnitude of harem-ness
in DanMachi, too much harem convolutes the story and makes it uninteresting. By the end of
DanMachi, I stopped caring about the story and relationship all together,
- Vague approach to world rules.
- Solid Japanese voice acting.
- Character relationships.
- Too much ecchi.
- Doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
SCORE: 5.5 / 10
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