Spring 2015: DanMachi

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There sure are a lot of anime with long names these days. DanMachi, aka Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is unsurprisingly one of those. It is also unsurprisingly pretty average.

For the protagonist we have Bell Cranel, a typical soon-to-be-OP guy who as it usually goes, doesn’t notice the closest girl showing affection for him. Instead he follows his grandfather’s advice and goes to dungeons in order to save some weak girl. Everything goes wrong, though, and our protagonist ends up being the one saved. Who’s the saviour? The strongest adventurer, who is also part of a big and influential familia (clan), and happens to be a beauty. Now he has his hands full getting strong quickly to get on the girl’s level and confess to her.

Already in the first episode I could see a vague harem forming. First he has his familia’s leader – goddess Hestia, who is so obviously in love with him. But Bell is as dense as harem protagonists usually are, so he doesn’t notice anything. Then we have some waitress at an inn, who acts rather suspiciously to invite Bell to her inn. Seems like a potential addition to the harem. We also have the girl who saved the main character – Ais Wallenstein, who should join the harem eventually, as Bell’s main love interest.

What’s the story about? It’s set in a fantasy world, where gods and goddesses came down to Earth to experience the difficulties of humans, and decided to stay. They formed familias – clans for adventurers, who would receive the respective god’s blessing and then go to a dungeon to kill monsters. Upon dying, a monster drops either a stone or an item. Both can be exchanged for money, with items being considerably rarer. They also improve their abilities (strength, vitality, dexterity, agility, intelligence) and can learn new skills. Basically a typical MMORPG. Except it’s not a game. Before being saved by Ais, Bell didn’t have any skills. He now has once, though, and it sounds quite OP (who would have doubted, he’s voiced by the same voice actor as Kirito after all) – to grow quickly. By the end of the first episode he already almost doubled his abilities.

The premise reminds me of Noragami and Mondaiji-tachi. In both of those the main characters join an initially weak clan, and are supposed to bring that clan to the top with their exceptional abilities. That’s also the reason why I picked this anime up. I like stories where people/groups rise from the bottom to the top. If only the story ever reached that final point… Sigh. I’m not a big fan of the character designs, but at least the fighting scenes look good. Do I want to see more? Sure. At least for a few more weeks, until I start falling behind on every anime. Then it will be a question of luck, whether I’ll choose DanMachi to be one of the series I’ll catch up to.

Score: 7/10

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Posted on April 5, 2015, in Anime, First impressions, TV and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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