English: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Synonyms: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru noha Machigatteiru darouka, DanMachi, Is It Wrong That I Want to Meet You in a Dungeon
Published: Jan 15, 2013 to ?
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SynopsisThe huge labyrinth city, Orario, is the gateway to the huge underground maze commonly known as the "Dungeon." Its strange name causes excitement, a place to gain honor, and maybe even a romance with a pretty girl. A place where people hold their breath, hoping to gain all they wish for, a place where a solitary young man meets a little "god."
"Alright, Bell-kun, follow me! It's time for the "Familiar" initiation rite to happen!"
"Yes! I'm going to get stronger!"
The fated meeting of a boy who wants to become an adventurer, and the failed god who doesn't even have a single follower.
This boy's journey as written by the goddess, "Family's Legend" (Familiar's Myth)
Related MangaAlternative version: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka
Side story: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria
Spin-off: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka 4-koma: Kamisama no Nichijou
Adaptation: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
Since no reviews have been made as of yet for the little adventure known as Danmachi, I figured one was warranted.
In the city of Orario lies a huge, magical underground dungeon. It is a seemingly endless crypt where all kinds of fantastical monsters await, starting with weak goblins on the first floor and then gradually becoming more and more difficult for every floor you descend. The dungeon attracts countless adventurers from all across the world, as they seek to strengthen themselves by slaying these monsters, and to hopefully earn themselves a fortune from selling the loot that they drop.
In Orario there also exist gods and goddesses that have descended from heaven. They are the leaders of the adventurers' guilds, or as they are called here. It is their magic that enables people to their stats and skills that they use to fight inside the dungeon. The series uses very classical RPG-like elements in this sense, where everyone has a numerical value for strength, agility, endurance etcetera, as well as some castable magical spells. There are also weapons and armor with their own respective set of numerical parameters in the same way. Very basic stuff. The only real unusual aspect is that leveling up in this world is incredibly slow. Going from level 1 to level 2 normally takes over a year's worth of constant fighting.
The story follows a shy and energetic young man named Bell Cranel. He dreams of becoming an adventurer, not for the sake of money or fame, but for the sake of having a romantic encounter with a pretty girl during his dungeon crawling. He calls it a “male's romance” to be wishing for a harem, and this is his primary motivation to keep fighting. Unfortunately for him however, he's the very innocent type that starts blushing furiously just by touching a girl's hand, and thus his dreams prove to be quite hard to fulfill most of the time. However that doesn't mean he's weak or wimpy by any means; he's actually very energetic and passionate when it comes to fighting. He's just very childlike when it comes to romance, but personally I think that side of him just came off as rather cute more than anything else.
Bell is also the sole member of the of a goddess named Hestia, or just “Kami-sama” as Bell refers to her as. She plays the part of the lead heroine in the series, and there are two major traits that define her. First of all she's madly in love with Bell, and also the exaggeratedly jealous type. If she had the option of choice then Bell should never even be in the same room as another girl. And secondly, she's also a twintailed oppai loli. Yes, this is actually a series with a short, busty loli as the lead heroine. I can honestly say I have never ever seen this before, but I can never say no to originality.
Shockingly enough, Bell does actually get his faithful encounter when his life is saved by an unknown beautiful girl, whom he instantly falls in love with. At that very moment, unbeknownst to him, he is given a rare skill which causes him to increase his stats at an insane rate, as long as his devotion and feelings of love towards the girl who saved him remains. Hestia however finds out about this right away since she is a goddess after all, something that causes her jealousy towards the girl to spiral out of control for all future to come.
Beyond that, the premise of Danmachi is honestly very simplistic. We basically follow Bell's adventures in the dungeon and the people he interact with on the surface. There is nothing outstanding or spectacular in this series by any means but for what it is, it's well-written and enjoyable to read. The male and female leads are both very cute and likable however, and I would also like to say they make a quite unusual duo compared to what you'd normally see.
Overall this is not a revolutionary story by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a classic case of “if it ain't broke, don't fix it”. It is simple, light-hearted fun that almost anyone can read and still enjoy. And really, enjoyment is all we actually seek in the bottom of our hearts when reading these kinds of novels, so I don't think you can ask for a whole lot more than that in the end. read more
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