Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the "Dungeon" along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon's corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. "Um, are you OK?" In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!
This story is neither a prequel nor a sequel to DanMachi. This is not a second season. This is also not DanMachi told from Ais Wallenstein’s viewpoint.
This is more like a spinoff to DanMachi. While the previous anime (DanMachi) was centered on Bell Cranel, this anime (Danmachi Sword Oratoria) is centered on the sword princess Ais Wallenstein. Although the stories are interwoven and taking place on roughly the same timeline but I think both the anime can be watched independently.
So after watching DanMachi we all wanted to see more of the sword princess and with
the release of this anime I thought here it is. The sad truth is we still haven’t really gotten to see much of her. Whatever little have been shown of Ais is not very satisfying either. I say this loosely but the truth is that the strong silent type of male characters may sometimes work but a silent warrior princess with deadpan expressions is not really working.
I mean what’s the point in naming the series after a character and then relegating so little screen time to them. They would have been much better off naming the series after the Loki family. And if you are waiting to see more of Bell and Hestia then don’t hold your breath. Till now they only have gotten a few seconds of screen time.
Okay after venting my frustration out let me state the truth. The truth is that this series is still a decent watch and holds a lot of potential. Although I want to see more of the sword princess and Bell but even with them getting sidelined, the anime is still holding its own.
Honestly I really like Danmachi season 1 featuring Belle. Im pretty sure all of you did. But this is my personal opinion and I really dislike lefiya, just overall the way she acts the useless ways she is portrayed kinda pisses me off. When i first saw the release date for the new Danmachi I was really excited for a season 2 of one off my favorite fantasy animes, but when i realized that this was from the point of view of Ais I was kind of dissapointed. Im pretty sure alot you wanted to see a development in a season 2 where we are
able to see Bell the main hero to progress further, but even with that in mind i was fine with having a season 2. But after watching the first episode and encountering one of the "main" characters Lefiya I immediately started to realize how FUCKING ANNOYING she was. The story was alright and the fact we got to see Dan machi from Ais's view was ok, but the characters really threw me off this season.
if you liked Danmanchi you probably still won't like this. The story isn't important because it's the same thing every episode. the main character gets herself stuck in a precarious situation and gets saved by the amazing Aiz Wallenstein. the main because so indebted and obsessed with Aiz she follows her around everywhere she goes and buys her stuff regardless of how rare or expensive because the sword princess is that important. the plot armour is tolerable at least as we get into fights the viewer doesn't really care about each episode.
the art is ok. I mean it has to be if it's mostly fighting.
sound is also ok but nothing to praise.
the characters are either garbage or annoying. we have the great Aiz Wallenstein the girl with no personality yet everyone loves her. she is only good for fighting as she throws herself into fights even when told not to. we have our main character Lefiya which follows Aiz around like a lost puppy as she is weak and hopeless on the battlefield but don't worry like previous main character bell she has something special about her and has a ton of untapped potential. who cares about the rest of the characters, they're side characters they can't be much better.
overall i give this show a 3/10. crap characters, crap story but good fight scenes (that's all it has going for it). things look like they might change pace next episode but they probably won't. unless you're a completionist or someone who just a good fight skip it. and danmachi fans unless you like Aiz (i don't know why you would) you're not going to learn anything you care about.
DanMach Gaiden - Sword Oratoria is a japanese anime produced by studio J.C. Staff and is based on a Light Novel of the same title.
This is a side story of the original DanMachi, and this review will contain comparisons from the original show, meaning that I presume the reader has watched it.
The story revolves around... What does the story really revolve around? Our original thoughts about the show was that it would be about Aiz and see things from her perspective, but this is not true for the most part.
We instead follow an array of characters through an array of events, and some
of them are the exact same events and frames that were used in the original.
The show can basically be summarized into 5 points:
"The main plot" being something mysterious with wild plant monsters.
Aiz' backstory or something similar.
Lefiya getting stronger mentally.
Shared frames to original to show where the show is on the timeline.
The first 3 are obviously the main plot, while the second 2 are pretty much filler material.
Nothing stands out as exceptional, and quite a bit of it is low quality.
The animation in this show is pretty generic, ranging from character design to monsters and ambience. While it's not terrible in any way, it's definitely not good, and this is year 2017 - if the animation is bad, other parts DEFINITELY have to make up for it. Onihei is a decent example for this.
If anything, the art has declined from the original, pointing at a question: Is the budget for this show lower than for the original one?
The sound is pretty similar to the art/animation. There are no impressive OSTs, and the OP/ED are both quite bland. There is nothing wrong with character voices, the characters are just not interesting enough to really be able to call it more than decent.
I have to lower the score a bit more due to how badly composed the OSTs are, especially in and between fight scenes.
Here's a core problem of the show. The original story had most of our current "main crew" as situational SUPPORT characters who showed up in a couple episodes. The only above average characters we currently have are Aiz and Loki, but since they don't receive the screentime of a "real MC", they don't pave the path for this show either.
The design for our "main crew" is very fitting for the word support characters. Lefiya (MC?) is a completely useless character who will probably save the day in a future episode, the problem is that: Bell Cranel from S1 had the vibes and screentime of a REAL MC even if he wasn't too great. Lefiya does NOT have any of these traits, and feels more like a target for future plot armor.
I would originally have posted a worse score here, but the last part of Ep4 caught me slightly by surprise, I will have to keep looking and see if they progress it into something good.
1 good or interesting scene is not enough to instantly sway me on my score, especially since EVERY SINGLE SCENE prior to this has been low in quality.
Although the overall score definitely does not add up to the other numbers, this is the "value" of this show if compared to other scores on MAL.
The show definitely beats everything around 5-6.5, which means that giving it a ranking according to my scores for its' attributes would be unfair. It would also be unfair to give this show higher rankings for its' content than it deserves, thus I only raised the overall ranking.
Is it worth a watch? I don't know yet.
Should I watch this if I haven't watched the original? - I believe the original beats this in quality, so watch that INSTEAD.
Will update this review at 8/12 episodes.