After having descended upon this world, the gods have created guilds where adventurers can test their mettle. These guilds, known as "familia," grant adventurers the chance to explore, gather, hunt, or simply enjoy themselves.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria begins in Orario, the lively city of adventures. The Sword Princess, Ais Wallenstein, and the novice mage, Lefiya Viridis, are members of the Loki Familia, who are experts at monster hunting. With the rest of their group, they journey to the tower of Babel in hopes of exploring the dungeon underneath. Home to powerful monsters, the dungeon will fulfill Ais's desire to master her sword skills, while bringing Lefiya closer to her dream of succeeding Riveria Ljos Alf, vice-captain of the Loki Familia, as the most powerful mage in the land.
The good: You don't need to watch the first season to follow the story.
The bad: The anime started with a score of 8.74 and ended with a 7.10. If you watched the first season, you would feel a bit disappointed. Unlike the first season, this anime doesn't entertain because the story is weird and the pacing is average. For me, this anime is just an alternative story from the main series.
Danmachi Sword Oratoria centers the story in Aiz Wallenstein, the sword princess. Sadly, even if Aiz is the main character, there isn't too much information about her past just some sporadic scenes
and the plot centers on her desire of getting stronger. During her adventure into the dungeons, she fought with a person that could know more about her past, and she decides to go into the lower dungeon levels to find the truth. The plot has pacing problems and lacks more information to keep us entertained.
While this anime follows the main idea of the Danmachi series, I feel that something is missing. Perhaps some characters aren't well developed and annoying to the point that we could get bored of them. The introduction of some characters is forced or useless, and there isn't enough time to develop their personalities fluently. Maybe the novel is different.
The art is standard. Honestly, I was expecting to be better than the first season, but I can say, it is the same.
About the songs, the OP is nice, and the ED is passable. The sound mix is good and focuses on the fights details.
Finally, nothing is concluded, and nothing about Aiz is told, so in other words, the story failed to deliver any reasonable conclusion, it ends abruptly. It was just a promotion for the novel, buy it to find the truth.
Maybe you will enjoy it more if you haven't watched the first season. If you are a fan of the first season, do not expect too much from this or you will get upset, it is just a spin-off.
Sword Oratoria... the spinoff, not second season, of the beloved DanMachi series. This time around, we're going to see the same story from Ais WallenWhatsit's point of view, at least, that's what I thought was going to happen...
Story: In the first, or at least first few episodes, it should be clear that this is in fact the same story of DanMachi. However, instead of focusing on The Misadventures of Bell Cranel, we get to see a different side of things. This spinoff focuses mainly on the cast of the Loki Familia. Yes, the Loki Familia, not just Ais, which is very important to know.
Originality: 0/1. I mean, come on now. It's like the author suddenly had second thoughts about the original story and how basic it was, so he created this spinoff to add a deeper meaning to everything, just centered around Ais' character.
Potential: 2/2 Although reusing the same story, I'd say this had a lot of potential. It's kind of an interesting thing to see the same events occur from another character's perspective; especially the one (Ais) who has the biggest influence over our DanMachi protagonist.
Execution: 3/7 :
-One of the biggest problems I think this show had was pacing. The first few episodes were a complete drag, and I felt like I was forcing my way through them. The only highlights of the first couple episodes were the moments when Ais came into contact with Bell. Having a slow introduction can really put a damper on the overall feeling of a series, especially one that only spans twelve episodes. I honestly didn't even somewhat enjoy an episode until we got to episode four. 3/12 is a fourth of the series. Not a very good start.
-I'd say this show really missed it's chance to focus on Ais as the main character. Hopping from her to Lefiya as a protagonist really put a damper on the story. Ais is a big part of the story, but the amount of screen time she missed out on was a sin.
-Another problem I had with this series that is a recurring issue from the original was the excessive amounts of fanservice shoved in my face. If Hestia wasn't your cup of tea, then Lefiya might make you drop the series all together. Her "fantasies" that I'm sure were supposed to be comedic were way over-the-top and completely unnecessary.
- The final episode made zero sense if you have any recollection of the original series and the order events played out. I'm not going to spoil anything, but there was an event that should have happened but didn't which was somewhat aggravating.
+ Even amidst all of these negatives, there were some positives. The moments that Ais came into to contact with Bell were just precious, as we got to see a different side to Ais than even Bell got to see. This was exactly what I was hoping for from the series, and I was just a bit sad there wasn't more of it.
+ The moments the series actually chose to intertwine Ais and the overall story were done pretty well. The motivation for Ais to become stronger is revealed. Best of all, we get to actually see the Sword Princess struggle with some of her battles.
Story overall score: 5/10. Although it wasn't very original, I'd say it had a lot of potential. It just chose to execute it in a way that wasn't exceedingly interesting.
Animation: 2/5. A pretty obvious step down from the original series. The fight scenes seemed far less intense. Their movements were sometimes rough. I mean, seriously. If the best animated scene from the series was taken directly from the original series, we have a problem.
Art: 3/5 A serious downgrade, once again, from it's predecessor. The setting and scenery were fine. Nothing spectacular. In the scenes with less action the characters were occasionally drawn very sloppily, and it was pretty noticeable Nothing great overall, which is a shame because the first season had fairly decent art and animation.
Art score overall: 5/10 Obvious short cuts were taken, but some scenes were pleasing to look at.
Opening: 1/3. It's a pretty skip-able opening. Nothing spectacular, certainly nothing I'd want to listen to on it's own. It wasn't an opening that got me excited to watch the episode at all, although I guess it was an okay opening for a fantasy genre show.
Ending: 0/2. This ending was just bad. Not only was it entirely skip-able, but it didn't even make me want to watch the next episode or convey the tone or mood of the show accurately at all.
OST: 2/3. The original soundtrack wasn't anything particularly special. It had common fantasy instrumentals (you know the ones). There was one track that caught my attention, surprisingly, although it still wasn't anything I'd listen to out of context. The rest of the soundtrack did a decent job of conveying setting and the mood and/or tone of the occurring events. Not a lot of complaints here.
Voice: 1/2 The voice actors of the main characters were pretty meh. Lefiya's voice was rather annoying and didn't really portray emotions well at all. Ais' actor was alright, but I feel like she didn't really conform to the character well enough. Side character voices were decent all around. I'm a fan of Bete's VA, and Finn's wasn't too shabby, either.
Sound score overall: 4/10. Nothing spectacular at all, not that I really expected much. The OST was by far the best part for me.
Character: Oh my, here we go. Buckle in, boys and girls, we're going on a bumpy ride.
Design: 2/2. Not really any complaints here. Their designs are typical fantasy setting, and they're easy to tell apart.
Enjoyable: 1/3. I did not really care for most of the members of the Loki Familia. I did enjoy watching Ais, Finn, and Bete, but that's unfortunately it. Lefiya might be one of the most annoying characters I have ever come across. I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes whenever she came on screen. No, that's not an exaggeration. She was that bad. At least the moments with Bell and Ais were fun to rewatch, as were the moments when Ais was fighting. Otherwise, the remaining characters were mostly boring. Although, I have to give it up to that perverted Goddess, Loki. I did enjoy the scenes where she actual showed that she was a pretty cunning woman.
Shall we break down why?
-Lefiya: Oh, hello there Bell 2.0. Lefiya is literally the "Can I copy your homework?" meme. I mean, not that another Bell would be particularly terrible, but she was just so much worse. Honestly, combine Bell and Hestia and add in zero character development and an exceedingly annoying personality and voice. There. That's Lefiya. Perhaps the worst choice of a main character they possibly could have picked. I can't even remember if she was in the first season or not. Not to mention the most annoying aspect of her: It's stated that she's already has the power of a Level 3 Adventurer, but she's /too scared to do anything/ on the battlefield.
-Ais: The only reason this got a measly point. I was so glad Ais got at least a tiny bit of character development. Like I've stated previously, the amount of screen time she got was a sin considering I thought this entire season was going to be following her story. But we got her motivation to become stronger, we saw some fights where she did struggle and wasn't some OP God being, and best of all we get to see that she seems almost somewhat envious of Bell (who is developing so quickly). We see the reason as to why she agreed to train him in the first place, and that he's actually motivating her at the same time. Still no drastic changes in character, but it was a start.
-The rest of the cast: Not really any development here. Tiona and Tione were pretty static the entire way through. Although Bete, Finn, and Riveria were enjoyable to watch, they didn't change much, either. I will mention Filvis,though. As a new character introduced in this series, I found her pretty interesting and she did get some development. Still, not much.
Overall character score: 4/10. Even though they have decent designs, over half of the characters were not even enjoyable to watch, and this series was seriously lacking in the character development department
Enjoyment: 5.5/10. Despite there being countless flaws to this spinoff, I did kind of enjoy it. If I hadn't watched the original series I definitely would not have enjoyed it as much as I did.
Overall: 5/10. Although this series can be watched on it's own, if you haven't seen DanMachi, you'll probably enjoy this even less than I did. If you didn't like the original season, definitely steer clear. However, if you're an avid fan of DanMachi and are eagerly awaiting a true second season, I'd say you should watch it. It gives a different perspective and a deeper story to the events that occurred in the first season. I haven't read the Manga, so I'm not sure if the storyline here will be necessary to know if we ever do get a true second season, but if you're a fan of Ais WallenWhatsit, you'd probably enjoy this show at least as much as I did. Keep in mind that the latter six episodes are much better than the first six. Or, more enjoyable, at least.
Is a spinoff of Danmachi with an alternative view focusing on Aiz, one of (for LA at least) the least interesting harem members to be given a spinoff series a good idea?.
<LA breathes in>...Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria is an interesting yet odd spinoff from the many many MANY sequels and spinoffs anime to come out of Spring 2017. LA wasn't exactly clamoring for a spinoff based on Aiz as LA is one of those fans of Danmachi wanting just more from Bell and Hestia than to Aiz though this spinoff looking at an alternative view of
how events occurred in the original is a nice touch in a ways.
<LA breathes in>...Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria's characterization is focused towards Aiz as well as Lefiya Viridis voiced by Juri Kimura a fangirl of Aiz, though Lefiya is more as a similar Bell but with a similar motive of wanting to protect others by leveling up in this case trying to catch up to Aiz as well as worshiping her. Aiz on the other hand has character development in terms of her backstory and how this links to the major villain of this spinoff. This at least is interesting and gives us depth to one of the least interesting harem member of Danmachi. Aside from that, other characters are typical supporting characters with some personality to them as well as fleshing out the Loki Familia as a Guild from Bete Loga voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto the hair-tempered berserker, Tiona Hiryute voiced by Rie Murakawa and Tione Hiryute voiced by Minami Takahashi, Riveria Ljos Alf voiced by Ayako Kawasumi and Loki voiced by Yurika Kubo the perverted leader of the Familia, which by the end of it, the majority of the supporting characters got fleshed out better than Lefiya did, especially showing us that Bete isn't the asshole jerk character or showing the Hiryute twins and especially Riveria a glass cannon badass mage and LA's favourite character in Sword Oratoria.
Now because this spinoff is having plot beats following the original, this spinoff does have some new material, that one being an interesting plotline that involves Aiz and the major villain, her plans and is probably the only interesting plotline to all the new things Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria does as it integrates both the Gods and behind the scene dealings to connecting to Aiz's past and her dilemma about being a powerful swordswomen and what her connection to this plotline has on her. The rest of the plot elements especially the slice of life are kinda a bore to constant running gag annoyance with fanservice moments any chance it gets and is just a guise for the build up and hinting to the plans of the major villain is focusing on, something even it's original somehow did quite well (albeit the original's major villain never springs into action or goes anywhere as it's a more focused look at Bell's progression to be a better adventurer, where in this spinoff, the major villain is a HUGE focus and takes a somewhat more serious take compared to the original).
Probably one of the biggest gripes Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria does is on Lefiya as a character, at first she's the fangirl wanting to be like Aiz and is a shy one at that, but by the end of the anime, she becomes a vindictive psycho lesbian wanting Aiz all to herself (slight exaggeration but the anime frames Lefiya like this and it crosses the line out of comedic effect) and sees Bell as competition. Either way, Lefiya's portrayal at first was pretty good and especially when revealed she like Bell is a pretty powerful magic user under that timid nature, but due to her static nature and never evolving or developing outside of these traits, she becomes a character LA would not root for or care one iota about. The only other character annoyance comes from Loki who does the entire yuri groping thing to Aiz or any big-breasted woman -sigh-. The only other lacking aspect Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria doesn't have compared to the original is the aforementioned slice of life moments that feels more like build up than progressing with the plot, to it's defense due to this plot simultaneously coinciding with it's original, it's kinda hard to add good flow to the plot when it needs to abide by it's original series but then LA can counter it by saying it turns into chess piece story telling with "some" substance to it and by LA sees by this later down the anime aside from a few new character development from Filvis Challia voiced by Hisako Kanemoto and Lulune Louie voiced by Hikaru Akao and a bit of world-building through Loki, it's chess piece storytelling using the original series as it's crux and the major villain egging Aiz on to be stronger or go here or there doesn't help.
In terms of animation by JC Staff, the animation overall is ok enough though there are some dips in quality at times and although the anime is rehashing moments from it's original, LA is glad they just didn't copy and pasted it just like that and given us differing perspective of certain events. The battles once again are a standout but again also takes dips in quality at times to. The character designs are polished to a certain level of detail and has the detail to be similar to it's original, typical of a spinoff in a ways, LA isn't complaining. Overall, the animation is ok enough for LA to neither rage or a praiseworthy mention about.
In terms of voice acting, the voice acting is typical fare only with the hugely expanded voice cast. Saori Oonishi as the stoic emotionless Aiz is meh in LA's opinion but she "tries". Juri Kimura, well LA is gonna compare her to Satomi Arai as Kuroko and say that she's not as bad, but she can get annoying when in obsessive fangirl mode and here's the thing, LA actually enjoyed Satomi Arai as Kuroko even at her worst of times, Juri Kimura as Lefiya has her annoying moments but LA is more or less projecting with this criticism. But once again, like the animation it's ok enough for LA to neither rage (a bit) or praise about. LA's favourite voice actors would go to Rie Murakawa and Minami Takahashi as the Hiryute twins AS well as Ayako Kawasumi as Riveria.
So Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria has a few problems with it's plot beats, some character annoyances and annoying fanserviced slice of life moments but does that mean even with it's saving graces of an interesting yet serious plotline and alternative look at similar events from the original means it's a good spinoff???...for that LA says that this spinoff is an interesting case of trying to be like it's original while at the same time whistling to a different tune, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria is that it's not great but it's not bad either as it expands the world building of Danmachi, however if comparing to it's original, it feels a bit of a step back from it's original series, not from it's differing atmosphere and characters as even atmosphere had times where it fitted into the serious nature of the major plotline of the major villain of this spinoff and certain outside of Lefiya like Filvis, Bete and Riveria got their limelight moments but because it's trying to emulate it's original while doing something completely different instead and it does work to an extent but it's blunt execution of chess piece storytelling deterred LA from liking this spinoff as much as LA wanted to.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria, your not a bad or horrible of a spinoff but your definitely one of the more unremarkable spinoffs LA has seen.
TL;DR Section at the end of the review. This review may or may not contain minor spoilers.
I'd like to preface this review with saying I general don't review sequels or side stories, because you'll find me usually saying it was as enjoyable, slightly less enjoyable, or slightly more enjoyable than the first or original story. This show has forced me to turn it into an exception.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria (which is a goddamn mouthful), better known as DanMachi: Sword Oratoria, is a spin-off side-story that shows the main story but from a different perspective. Who's perspective?
The Loki Familia's, but more importantly from Ais' perspective.
The entire idea of the show started out well, being able to see things from how Ais saw them, but it very quickly degraded into watching Lefiya be the worst tsunyuri girl ever, every episode. For one reason or another, they thought Lefiya's "I have great potential but currently am fucking useless" mixed with "I love and look up to the girl that's my senior/hero" was going to end up with a good character. They could not have done worse with her. The constant naivete coming from Lefiya, the constant whining, the constant not being able to do anything remotely useful (until the very end), and the constant frustration that she gave me as a viewer was just horrendous. She alone destroyed the fun that this show could've given me.
On the topic of characters other than Lefiya who is probably one of the worst this year alone, every other character has the emotion or depth of a fucking brick, which is painfully tough and flat as an airway run strip. Ais continually acts like a robot whilst showing very little emotion, the twins are just there to be supporting characters and don't ever break that trend, Bete is an angry dick, and the three seniors are all very stiff. Loki probably portrays the most emotion, going from trying to cop a feel on anybody, to somewhat serious on certain matters. The best part of this show was seeing Bell and Hestia, which is just painfully ironic in this scenario.
The story revolves around Ais and the Loki Familia and how Ais goes from being mistaken as her mother to some darker things that may bring the world to ruin. Or something like that. The story in all actuality was less important than they made the character interactions out to be, and those as previously mentioned was like watching paint dry for 12 weeks. Other than some new characters that you can only see through Ais's perspective, Sword Oratoria was made out to be far darker than the original story from Bell. This didn't play out well because the original story did well as a lighthearted fantasy/adventure show. The story was like watching an extremely convoluted game of Clue with DanMachi characters, and then some fighting instead of guessing who the killer is.
One of the redeeming features of Sword Oratoria was that the art and animation were at least somewhat pleasing to look at in some situations. Some fight scenes were nicely done, some nice screenshots to be taken, but it never went up and beyond the "average" level that it had maintained through 12 episodes. The soundtrack was so laughably forgettable that I can't even really make a remark on it anymore in terms of whether it was good or not.
TL;DR: DanMachi: Sword Oratoria is a waste of 12 episodes that could've been put towards making a second season instead. All you'll get from this is how much you realize Bell and Hestia were the best part of DanMachi, and how the characters in this are painful to watch. I would not recommend this unless you really don't mind how awful the character and story are.