Commonly known as the "Dungeon", the city of Orario possesses a huge labyrinth in the underground. Its strange name attracts excitement, illusions of honor, and hopes of romance with a pretty girl. In this city of dreams and desires, new adventurer Bell Cranel has his fateful encounter with the tiny Goddess Hestia.
Thus begins the story of a boy striving to become the best adventurer and a lonely goddess searching for followers both working together to fulfill their goals.
There are times you get a reminder that no matter how many swords, boobs and magic you throw at a show it can’t save it from the boring characters among it all. Welcome to the world of Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, where strong personalities are obviously illegal and main characters are inexplicably attractive to women. A 13-episode fantasy story put to screen by J.C. Staff and based on a light novel, ‘DanMachi’ can at times be an enjoyable experience if you shut your brain off. Action is served up in droves but in an equal share comes a bland cast and a setting that doesn’t exactly shout out originality.
We follow the journey of Bell Cranel. Bell is an ‘adventurer’, one who goes forth to the dungeon to seek fame and glory while putting their life on the line to do so. There he encounters the talented and renowned ‘Sword Princess’ Aiz Wallenstein. Suddenly he’s love struck. With the help of his goddess Hestia, Bell sets out to conquer not only beasts but also his fear of approaching the girl of his dreams.
I’ll put my positive first: This is that show that doesn’t dwell on things for too long. Bell makes progression at a ridiculous rate but at least events keep coming and every episode feels fresh in some way. Different enemies provide a new challenge. Some of these enemies remind Bell of when he was weaker and it brings some painful memories. He has to overcome these grim reminders and apply the new knowledge he’s learned to beat his enemies. Some also force him to change up his technique and get creative. For all its terrible harem schlock this is at least a nicely paced adventure.
Some of the later episodes had some more interesting fights with more than just some crystals on the line. The cast also expands a little at that point, definitely to the show’s benefit. At that point it really starts to feel like we are watching something interesting come together. There’s also this sense that Bell is really fighting for something he wants and not simply hacking at things for no reason. That’s where the praise ends in this department.
Here’s the problem: Bell doesn’t truly earn anything in his line of adventuring. Everything that helps him become stronger is either served to him on a silver platter or overcome through some ridiculous newfound level of power. Through certain attributes Bell is rendered pretty much unbeatable and given an unfair boost of all other adventures. With that you say goodbye to almost all the tension this show creates within the dungeon. If something does hold Bell back it takes no time for him to find a way around it. Some methods he uses to do so are out of left field and not properly explained. When an explanation for them does arrive – very much out of the blue – it comes at a ridiculous moment. While it does excuse a lot of Bell’s powerful capabilities, it’s a double-edged sword. The plot armour simply stacks higher on him.
An early scene posits Bell as the runty adventurer who can’t achieve anything and you get the sense that this could be a tough rise through the ranks. But before you know it he’s making a name for himself in the field quicker than you know it. Why? Because of the power of love, which as we all know is far stronger than any physical material. How touching. Why couldn’t his romance simply be a driving force instead of something that literally has the capability to bolster his stats?
While the story has redeemable moments, and is actually decently written, the characters reduce this show to a mess on many occasions. Let’s start with our main man. Bell is just another run-of-the-mill anime MC. He’s just… there. There’s no background to his character to at least give us an idea of why he wants to take up adventuring in the first place. He’s an example of the ‘play it safe’ approach to characters. By stripping him of any hard-hitting character faults he gains likeability but at the same time becomes a lot less interesting.
Then there’s the pint-sized goddess Hestia who has a bust size and a temperament trying to outdo each other in volume. As annoying as her character can be at least her affection for Bell, compared to the rest of the female cast, actually makes sense. Bell is her only familia member so it’s understandable that she’s going to be a little clingy. The writers play up this fact though to the point that it starts degrading her character. Hestia goes from someone looking for validation and purpose to being a paranoid stalker. A very, very annoying paranoid stalker. Top that off with an abundance of ridiculous fanservice involving her and it’s a great way for me to stop taking a character’s problems seriously. At times we get a peek into seeing a different side of her but it remains hidden in the shadows, presumably for that inevitable second season some time down the track.
It would also have been nice if the girl Bell desires so badly, Aiz, actually had some semblance of personality that makes her a worthy target of his affection. I guess she’s a blonde, green-eyed beauty in questionably-designed armour who can swing a sword well. Sure she’s got it on the looks front but the show never once makes me feel like she’s worthwhile being the end goal of our main character – even taking into account the fact she’s helped him out before in some tough situations. In defence of Aiz she at least isn’t going completely head over heels for our white-haired friend. But in the face of that, she still feels like a soulless background object.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want a character study out of show about fighting beasts in dungeons and levelling up. You’d not be of sound mind to want that. I just want something entertaining with a cast I really want to cheer on. More personality and overall likeability could have been breathed into the group. My problems are only made worse by the fact that every piece of comedy missed the mark. Considering it makes up a large portion of the show you can imagine my frustration when some comedic intervals just dragged on and on.
If you value strong, interesting characters then this isn’t for you. If you value the creation of original ideas and environments then this isn’t for you. If watching a cardboard cut-out, danger-immune, overpowered main character whose presence makes every female he encounters flood the vicinity in juices of excitement while living with a four-foot god with a breast size that has the second half of the alphabet in its sights then this is for you.
The more people keep dishing praise on shows like these, the less encouragement we give studios to adapt exciting and challenging material or create interesting original works. I guess what sells, sells. DanMachi isn’t remotely close to the worst shows I’ve watched but it brings absolutely nothing new to the anime table. There are less memorable moments in this series then there are words in its own title.
I’ll be nice enough to say that there were brief moments where I did sit enough and give it some attention. I can see why other people can enjoy it for longer periods than myself. There’s flashy fights and some nicely animated sequences that even got a cynical man like me to sit up and say ‘Yeah. That’s alright’. The story isn’t going to blow your socks off but it never drags. The action keeps coming and the show rarely sits down for a breather. However I feel like a lot of the purpose of the world is kept locked away from us, which got on my nerves. There’s characters pulling the strings from shadows but even as the show comes to a close we learn almost nothing new.
I can stop hacking away at the show for a moment when it comes to the art department. With a J.C. Staff anime you know you’re at least going to get some well-polished art and decent animation. Fights have plenty of impact and punch thanks to a combination sound and debris. You can really feel the weight behind every sword swing, fist flying and rock scattering. The fights are clearly the show’s strong point and the technical side of things have gone a long way to achieving that.
Some may find entertainment in the fight choreography - a very fair point - but when a particular outcome always feels certain then I can’t put myself in that boat. There is virtually no interesting complications character-wise. There’s catering for every character trope imaginable. There’s fan service ready to leap out at you from every corner. For everything that DanMachi does right it seems to do two other things wrong.
Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon? I still don’t know and I don’t know if I want to hang around longer to find out the answer.read more
The easiest way to sum up Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon, or Danmachi for short, was eloquently put by Youtuber Demolition-D as “Sword Art Online: Fat-Fucking-Titties edition”. Who am I to argue with such a flawless summation? There is no question about what Danmachi is; it’s an otaku-pandering, self-insertion, video-game-inspired LN adaptation. The real question lies in whether you will love it for what it is, or hate it for what it is. In case you haven’t guessed it by now, I fall into the latter category. This shallow, ridiculous, and remarkably unoriginal work is a good example of everything wrong with anime today.
Synopsis: Bell Cranel is an adventurer; someone who explores dangerous dungeons and fights monsters for a living. He and his “goddess”, which is basically a glorified manager, Hestia, make up the smallest “familia” in all the land. This is the story of Bell winning every fight he’s ever been involved in one way or another, making every girl he comes into contact with fall in love with him despite his obvious lack of any charisma whatsoever, and gaining special abilities that nobody else can use for no discernable reason. In other words, it’s your standard LN adaptation.
Danmachi’s plot is what you get when you take SAO’s plot and crank it up a notch on the pandering scale. MORE fanservice. MORE blood. LARGER harems. MORE white-knighting from the protagonist. DOUCHIER side characters to make the protagonist look good by comparison. And, of course, LESS actual substance. It’s seriously like someone looked at the already stupid LN video game formula and said “Hmmm, how do we make this even harder to take seriously?” But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the first reason Danmachi’s plot is bad: plot armor and melodrama. Much like a battle shounen, it is painfully obvious in any video game LN adaptation that the MC is never actually in any danger. However, the show spares no expense in convincing you that he is using the cheapest tactics possible. Last second saves? Check. Asspulled power ups? Check. Deus ex machina? Check-aruney. The entirety of the plot consists of Bell and the other main characters being put it perilous situations that even the most naïve of viewers can recognize will be resolved smoothly at the last second. Over and over and over again. It’s bad writing, it’s repetitive, and it’s not entertaining.
It’s at this point in the review that I realize there were so many things wrong with the show that I don’t even know what to talk about next. This may be a bizarre order of doing things, but now let’s talk about Bell Cranel; the protagonist. Dear. God. What an annoying, insufferable, shallow, clichéd, gary-stu, self-insert, AWFUL character. When you talk about characters who might as well be literally Gandhi, you can go ahead and put this saint at the top of the list. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING would ever cause this guy to do something wrong or immoral. People can betray him, steal from him, assault him, whatever; he just takes the abuse like a proverbial Jesus Christ and instantly forgives all wrongdoings. After all, they wouldn’t want to give off the impression that he is human or anything! Real people don’t have flaws or negative emotions, right? It’s SO much more interesting to have an idealized concept of all that is good in the world without an ounce of moral ambiguity so that otakus can fap to fantasies of the hundreds of sex objects that flock to his holy cock! Oh, and you better believe that he has special abilities that nobody else in the entire world has! It’s not enough that he’s the most righteous organism on planet Earth, but he also has a super special power that enables all of his skills to be as high as they possibly can AND enables him to level up faster than anyone else who has ever lived! Now, I want you to guess the explanation they give for why this makes sense; this is their GENIUS explanation for why Bell has this one-of-a-kind ability that makes him the most special person in all the land: BECAUSE HE’S IN LOVE. …OHHHHH! WELL THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE! FUCK. I mean... just… fuck. I won’t even question it. In conclusion, Bell sucks. Moving on.
Unfortunately, the trend of shallow, awful characters continues with the rest of the cast. Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room; Hestia. Fucking. Hestia. *Sigh… Just… why? I must be the ten-billionth person to ask this, but what the hell is the obsession with her? She is no different than any other 1 dimensional, big-boobed, harem-fodder nobody in a slutty outfit that allows us to instantly identify her as a sex-object, as if we wouldn’t have figured it out anyway. The absolute best description you can give about Hestia is that she functions as comic relief, and I don’t even think she’s very funny. That brings us to Lili, the other 1-dimmensional sex object who occupies the loli, furry, and tortured fetishes all at the same time. Impressive writers. Very impressive. Fetish writers around the world will have to come up with an answer to that. Maybe if she was also a robot-childhood-friend? Anyway, I’m not even going to mention the rest of the harem since they are completely one-dimensional and indistinguishable. Let’s also go over the nameless side-characters; I feel the need to bring attention to the fact that Bell is the ONLY adventurer in the entire world who is not a tremendous asshole. The “villain” adventurers have no depth at all, of course, but they are still made out as such blatantly awful people in order to FURTHER drive home the fact that Bell is Jesus. Not only is this lazy characterization, it’s also blatantly black-and-white morality, which makes the show require even less thought. This is one of the worst character casts since, well, Sword Art Online.
Let’s also take a moment to discuss how incredibly creative the monsters in this show are. Danmachi brings us such breathtaking and original monster designs such as, a bunny. A wolf. A minotaur. Oh, and who could forget the floor boss, “literally a titan from Attack on Titan”? Truly masterful creativity from these animators. It’s clear that a lot of work went into this show.
This is the paragraph where I planned on talking about how misogynistic this show is and how distracting the constant fan service is, but do I really need to give you that whole spiel? I already briefly talked about this stuff, and I feel like it’s so obvious why these aspects of a show are flaws that I shouldn’t need to explain it. Women with the obedience and dedication of slaves and no complexity whatsoever? It’s every otaku’s dream! And that’s precisely why this show is going to make a ton of money.
I could keep going. Really, I could. I could talk all day about what an awful betrayal of the basic fundamentals of writing this show is, but I think you get the idea. The reality is, a lot of people are going to like this show. A large percentage of anime fans are not at all bothered by anything I just mentioned, because for them, a self-insertion work is all they need. That’s fine and dandy for them, but from my point of view, this show and all shows like it are cancer. Danmachi is the antithesis of the clever and intelligent shows that made me become a fan of the medium in first place; it’s a brain-dead, effortless advertisement for the LN that ends incomplete. If you liked SAO or any other similar LN video game adaptation, you’ll love Danmachi. Everyone else? STAY. AWAY. Far, FAR away. read more
Danmachi is an anime made to be simple. First of all, you won't see anything complex here. I see it as one of the budget anime, where there's nothing special about it, but it sells. It feels like sao season 3, just with more fan service. The purpose that I've found of Danmachi, is to serve as a passtime, and relaxation after you've exhausted the list of must watch anime, or if you want something "casual".
Right at the start, there is a narration, that quickly shows you a bit of how the world works. Later on, in the first episode you will of course find out more. What you will be finding out is, that that world is basically an RPG. It doesn't say anything about this being a game, but it simply works like that. People that aren't gamers probably won't understand most of the stats, leveling and item thingies. There are adventurers, that follow certain goddesess, which lost their divine power, just to have fun with mortals. The purpose is to conquer the Dungeon that is in the center of the world, and beat all the bosses. Doesn't sound like anything special, does it? Feels like you're watching someone else play an MMORPG, since everything is very easy-going.
*Minor spoilers in this paragraph
The adventurer that we are following is Bell Cranel. He is a guy that is naive, wants to be a hero, good mannered. But he's STUPID. The first scene we meet him, is when he was being chased down, just to see him soon saved from the strongest adventurer there is, that is supposedly a female. After being saved, he falls in love with her, and his motive is, I MUST GET STRONGER JUST TO REACH HER. Later on I will talk more about her. Soon after we meet his goddess, that is Hestia. I can describe her very quickly. Loli, with boobs, and throughout the entire series, you will only see her going after Bell. This serves to stop Bell from ending up with anyone. Hilarity ensues, except i didn't find it that funny, because it's the most stupid love triangle. Instead of bell going for the one that is extremely caring for him, he chases the strongest female, that turns out to be an airhead which we will see later on. And because it is all like that, the dialog is extremely stupid, leading to nothing. If they're not talking about adventure, they're talking about how the sky is beautiful or something like that. Another stupid character he meets, his supporter, living in the guild with the most ridiculous motive (more wine!). She has a very inconsistent personality. At first she wants to scam Bell, for his items. She accidentally falls down, the weapon gets out, and miraculously, that happens in front of a good character related to Bell. Cheap trick just to get the supporter some forced character development. Bell soon gets it back, without him noticing anything, 'cause it's Bell! Soon after witnessing her betray him again before his very own eyes, and she tells him that she already betrayed him once before, Bell forgives her, risks his live to save her, and the harem increases. On the question why? He answers that he didn't know (but he does! The writer told him, that he will gain a new motive; protect thine friends!) Most of the characters are plot devices that lead to a boring story.
Bell cranel has a Premium account, and he's the only one. He's the chosen one, and while the world seems very balanced, Bell with his unstable personality, manages to do great things, and beat monsters, that realistically speaking, if the world is based on stats, his weapons should just break. What's the point in stats and leveling, if it doesn't even show how powerful someone is. But he gets an ability, that makes it impossible to lose. Literally impossible, even though it is not instant. He's just beating everything through out his screams, that sound really good. He isn't a chicken Gary Stu like i describe him, he first falls, and than comes back, it isn't like he's god mode walking through everything. He also sees invisible people because he feels their eyes on him, perfect logic. Premium account, or hacker? You decide!
The fights are very good, not anti-climatic, they also have very nice music, and sounds, and are also animated extremely well. There's even a lot of blood going, and you can feel really well how the monsters get sliced up. The music is really epic, but the opening is just, no. It feels like it is for some slice of life show. It should sound more adrenaline pumping and exciting not like this. The music is at it's peak in the fights as i mentioned. And this is one of the few anime where i really enjoy the fights. Even though they're just shit Bell has to go through. However, the art and character designs are not well done for 2015, but they aren't terrible.
I didn't talk about all the characters, since most of them exist just to be there. Nothing to talk about them, since they don't do much for the plot. Even though it is all cliched, by my point of view, i usually don't like this stuff, and would rate this even lower. The only special thing about Danmachi is that it is not boring to watch; it's so easy-going with many flaws. It's like so simple, that it is fun in the same time, it gives off some kind of a nice feeling. If it is nice why is it only 4? Because the characters, are mostly annoying, and the story is just shit Bell goes through, without him receiving any character development.
I've just stated in this Review mostly how I feel about it. It is of course possible for people to enjoy this. Since it is, like I mentioned, very simple. If it isn't objectively good, it doesn't mean it won't be fun. With being simple, and the way the pacing is easy-going, together with intense battles, there is no sin if you enjoy it. It doesn't try much to be what it isn't, and I didn't give 4 since it failed, rather because i didn't like it. Since i usually burn this kind of anime down and I didn't really hate it as much as I could, most people would still find much more enjoyment in Danmachi than me. read more
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? a.k.a. DanMachi a.k.a. Dungeon Harem a.k.a. Loli Big Boobs a.k.a. The Misadventures of Breastia a.k.a. Not SAO is the latest anime to follow the video game trend that's becoming increasingly popular within the anime industry. These video game type of setups, usually MMORPGs, have gotten so common placed that they are starting to form their own sub-genre altogether, the same way 'moe/cute girls doing cute things' have become their own entity throughout the years. With a easy premise to understand, little to nothing to comprehend and a "turn your brain off" level of entertainment, DanMachi was tailor made for mainstream success. If Maslow's Pyramid was ever accommodated to show the level of quality and value a title holds, DanMachi will presumably fall somewhere in the lower segments. This isn't to say the show doesn't retain some kind of value but on the bigger scheme of things it's as significant as the crusty end slice of a loaf of bread.
Story and Characters:
Brief synopsis: Set in a world that functions and operates like a MMORPG, we follow Bell Cranel, one in many self proclaimed 'adventures' that strive to become the best of the best. These adventures are aided by Gods/Goddesses who descended from the heavens in order to live among them. With one God/Goddess being the leader, many adventures join them to form a guild (or for modern day standards they're essentially a gang). After a chance encounter with another adventurer named Aiz Wallenstein, or better known the world over as the "Sword Princess", our protagonist is motivated to catch up to her, and with the aid of his Goddess Loli Big Boo.. Hestia he sets off on his journey to do just that.
While this seems like a fairly simple premise the show doesn't seem to know how to approach it. One of the 1st problems that become apparent is that the setup and what we're actually given doesn't match up. It tries to tell a coming of age story but our protagonist is never shown going through any of the proper stages or buildup of gradual development. We're suppose to see him make mistakes and learn from them but instead all of his conflicts are overcome by a string of plot conveniences or dues ex machinas. His advancements aren't earned through hard work and determination but are simply handed to him. He's yet another "chosen one" figure that is destined to be great and as a direct result leads to encounters that feel tension-less and predictable. Why root for a protagonist if the outcome is always the same? Why portray him as a struggling newbie when he's simply going to gain an ability without any foreshadowing to it or literally just receive power ups conveniently placed in the story? (no I'm not kidding, see spoiler section below). This could of been done in a more believable manner if there was atleast some sort of proper explanation behind these events but DanMachi makes no attempts to do that.
The world of DanMachi is very inviting. With a medieval/fantasy like architectural setting, it's easy to get immersed into it's lore. Since the game aspects are literally a part of real life to the inhabitants of DanMachi's universe, the adventurers have to kill monsters in order to generate income and possibly to keep regular civilians safe (which is more of a speculation since the show never addresses it). When they defeat the monsters gems are left behind from their carcass (similar to other MMORPGs). While the world mechanics and how things function was never properly explained, due to world building being place on the back burner, it was still easy to buy into. Does the prospect of killing monsters and taking gems out their hides for a line of profession make sense? well no not really.. but was it fun? Yea, it sure was. For the most part they were Easter eggs and as such this anime is more along the lines of gamer fanservice for those familiar with the terminologies and game mechanics than something that should be analyzed. It's not really an anime that seemed concerned about explaining the macroeconomics of the world and that's fine since no one is expecting that level of foresight from a LN adaptation.
The pacing of DanMachi is a double edge sword. On one hand events and plot points are never dragged out, everything occurs at a brisk pace which allows the story to always feel like it's moving forward. This makes the show one easy to binge watch and it can easily be marathoned in one sitting. But because of this quick pace a lot of events and characters that are introduced are skimmed over and feel insignificant as a result. The setting is never truly explored and pivotal moments aren't given any time to sink in. It feels like watching a storyboard summary that moves from point A to B than a show that takes time to explore anything that led to the given destination.
Now if you're expecting a story that goes somewhere or one that actually wraps up plot lines leave that notion at the front door. As of the time of this review there have been no official announcement of a season 2 in the works but given the show's popularity there is still a high chance that there might be one. But until such an announcement is made it's simply a 'read the manga' kind of ending that leaves everything open ended and unresolved. Throughout the show there are hints at a bigger scheme going on in the background but like the unresolved story-line that too remains up in the air. The show doesn't really provide any answers to it's questions.
The characters of DanMachi are of your garden variety, with many having indistinguishable personalities from other shows. Our protagonist Bell Cranel is your typical dense bishounen beta-male who always strive to do the right thing. He is your boy scout through and through and offers nothing in terms of proper characterization or a strong personality. And like most protagonists similar to him he has the ability to attract every female character in the series for no real reason whatsoever.
Just how Yuno Gasai is more popular than the show she is a part of so is the case with this DanMachi's mascot Hestia. Infamous for her boob ribbon, Breastia have become the subject of many fan arts, sending manchildren the world over clambering for their body pillow. She has a bubbly personality and is infatuated with our protagonist to gross extremes, which makes her very clingy. But the only "depth" you can find with her as a character is located between her godly 'proportions'. She's a character that will only be remembered for her appearance than anything else.
Aiz Wallenstein, the girl of Bell's affection, does not compute emotion. She is stoic to the point of feeling absent to the world around her. While they try to give her a personality later on it feels unnatural at times and often out of place. She's a Mary Sue character that's made to embody an ideal image of the perfect adventurer.
Liliruca Arde, also known as Lili, is another loli besides Breastia that's drawn to Bell. While that wasn't always the case and the arc with her involvement showed her ulterior motive, it doesn't take long before she becomes apart of Bell's ever growing harem. She's used more so for the writers to victimize her than any characteristics that stand on their own.
The last character worth mentioning is Welf Crozzo, but due to his introduction being 3/4 into the show we're not given much time to get to really know him, instead we're info-dumped his backstory and is only useful for a given skill.
There are also other side characters that are introduced, but for the most part they are either 1 dimensional villains for Bell to defeat or more women that are love-truck with Bell for no real reason. Most of the cast, including the main ones, are mostly defined by a 1 note personality or by a specific skill set than for who they are as actual people.
Art/Animation & Sound:
The art and animation for DanMachi had an influx in quality from one episode to another. There are moments where the show boasts well choreographed action scenes and attention to detail only to be followed up by jarring CGI monsters and choppy animation. This lack of consistency can be contributed to J.C.Staff's workload, as they were also adapting Shokugeki no Soma during the same time period. The art for the most part was appealing with nice color saturation used for both the character designs and set pieces. They also used more subdued color choices when dealing with dungeon levels or during key events. It's a minor detail but one that really helped to build the show's atmosphere.
As far as the soundtrack is concerned there isn't really much to say. The opening is your standard j-pop track that a few might find catchy but otherwise is one in the same with many that sound just like it. The ost for the most part is a composed mixture of your light hearted background music with the same primary instruments used throughout and the upbeat Celtic music usually found with medieval shows. With the occasional tute of a horn, the ever present flute and accompanying piano ballads its made to simply accompany the scenes presented but never establish an identity of it's own.
The show blows through events so fast that almost every other episode our protagonist is given another powerup. 1st we find out he have unlimited potential, in other words he's a borderline Gary Stu. And then he's simply handed a powerful weapon by the 3rd episode that he never earned.. And by the 5th episode he gets a book that teaches him fire magic out of plot convenience..And if that wasn't enough he gets an ability to KO any opponent as a last ditch final attack only a few episodes after that. It seems like every other episode he's given another powerup.... like holy shit where's the chill button? Where's the buildup to these events? What's the point of trying to tell a coming of age story if he's simply handed everything on a silver platter? And to put icing on the cake we find out he's a Demigod. Way to go Danmachi, way to one up yourself.
Characters like Welf Crozzo were introduced and given a backstory with little time for us to even know about him or care for his involvement. He's simply introduced and then tossed into the group by the time the next episode is out. It feels like his only purpose is to be a plot device in order to be Bell's blacksmith. But even worse than that is the characters constantly shown lurking in the shadows. They were simply there and hinted at a bigger scheme regarding Bell's faith but we were never given any reason behind their motive or how they were even related to the overarching story. There was also many other characters that were simply introduced but were never given any proper screentime despite the show alluding to them holding a greater significance in the story. And the ending was a troll battle that did nothing but make Bell look like Jesus-kun. Literally nothing was answered or resolved.
****END OF SPOILERS****
Going into DanMachi all I expected to get out of it was easy to consume entertainment and that's precisely what I got. Because of the show's simplistic story and surface deep depiction I never felt frustrated watching it since the show never gave me a reason to care to begin with. It was a show that I felt impartial towards and didn't care either way about the final result. If it was to continue or not it wouldn't bother me either way.
With DanMachi what you see is what you get. It's a show that isn't trying to be more than what it is and is honest about that. And while that is a commendable attribute it simply isn't enough to be anything more than just that. It's easygoing entertainment but offers nothing else when it is all said and done. DanMachi is the intermission title you watch before watching your next "must watch" series. read more