Backlog: Week 20

I’ve been thinking and have come to the conclusion that these posts aren’t all that useful. Especially when I don’t have the time to watch and finish more than one or two series a week. And they have been shorts or OVAs lately. With one series, I might as well write a full review, which will be much more interesting and in-depth. And 20 is a nice round number to end at. So this week’s backlog post will be a final one. Instead I’ll try to write full reviews and more importantly, my favorite research post. It might be a bit more work, but also a bit more fun for both you and me. Feel free to comment on my decision here or over on Twitter.

Anyway, this week I meant to finish the first season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? And I finished it… today.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Also known as DanMachi. First of all, I’d like to say that this is not what it seems from the title. It looks like an adaptation of a generic harem light novel. Now I haven’t read the light novel, but the anime is not a generic harem.

DanMachi is a zero-to-hero story. Bell Cranel, a wannabe hero, spends his days fighting at the easiest dungeons to bring money home to his Goddess. After killing a monster he gets a stone, which he can exchange for money. He’s the only follower of Goddess Hestia, the only member of her Familia. Gradually he gains strength and a number of friends. Now here’s where it gets tricky – female friends, mostly. From there many anime would take the harem road, but Bell-kun is so innocent and clueless, that while there are some face-to-chest encounters, he never stoops to ecchi things. So points for that.

This is a story of hard work, but also luck, friendship, but also competition,…

Tiona Hiryute, Bell Cranel, Tione Hiryute, Aiz Wallenstein

It’s all set in a medieval town with the entrance to the dungeon at its center, where gods, humans and other races (like elves, dwarfs or humanoids with animal features) mingle. It seems inspired by medieval Italy. There are inns and pubs, grocery stores and armory stores, but it all revolves around adventurers like Bell-kun.

Overall, I gave it 7/10 and you know I’m not a generous rater. It had a nice story, which progressed just fast enough not to bore me. The animation is nice. There are enough surprises for it not to be predictable. I minded the fanservice half-episode, but what came (the finale) after made up for it.

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