Well, as far as the isekai genre goes, this one is actually pretty okay. Despite the abysmal MAL score, any fan of the genre should probably give it a shot.
I'll shorten Maou ni Natta node, Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume to Honobono suru to Dungeon Isekai for the sake of this review.
Dungeon Isekai started off like a typical isekai does. Guy wakes up, somehow comes to accept his bearings and starts a new life in another world.
What I did like about Dungeon Isekai was that, while it had a unique aspect (guy wakes up as a Demon Lord), it doesn't try to force it onto
you. Often times, isekais constantly remind you that "the MC is just a powerless dude so what he's doing is amazing" or "the MC has these OP skills that make him super cool."
Compared to these, the premise of Dungeon Isekai is pretty normal. The dude wakes up, thanks the dungeon core for giving him another shot at life, and pretty much just wanders around and picks up a few monster waifus here and there.
It's nothing serious, the plot is evenly paced, and it's got enough slice-of-life elements to be enjoyable while still maintaining the otherworldly feel.
I hope action's not really the focus of this manga, because I'm enjoying the leisurely part of it much more.
To be honest, this is where most half-assed stories fall apart, and Dungeon Isekai is no exception.
There's the main character, who's kind of a geek and somewhat relatable. He's played quite a bit of Minecraft and Dark Souls, does whatever he wants instead of bitching about morals all the time, and treats his monster waifus more like a family than a harem. He's fun to watch, although he is a fairly simple character.
The dragon girl is a classic himedere. She acts haughty often, but isn't unbearable or annoying, and has her childish moments. The romance isn't forced, so to speak, but she doesn't seem like she'll get any development soon.
The vampire loli is a vampire loli. Typical little sister trope. One-dimensional and cute. That's it.
There's also a dog and a slime. One is supposedly a god and the other is just a low-level slime. They're both treated like pets, and they serve to bring out the loli's cuteness, nothing more.
We haven't seen too much of the two maids yet, and we probably won't.
The hero seems to be a fairly generic "ditsy girl," hopefully she gets some development later.
The villains are set up pretty badly and the fights are pretty generic "good guy vs bad guy" beatdowns. It's not like we see them being "bad," either - it's just that they are proclaimed to be evil and that's pretty much the extent of their character.
It's nothing special, looks pretty okay, gets a little choppy at times but is consistent overall. It does well at bringing out the characters' emotions, but don't expect too much from the action scenes.
It's not like I didn't enjoy Dungeon Isekai, I just think there are better manga out there. But considering how many isekais I've dropped in the past month alone, it's not that bad.
Hope this helps.
A/N: I've heard that the LN gets much worse after this point, but I am no longer following this series. Please feel free to contact me if you want me to change some points in my review.
If you are a fan of the typical 2019 isekai story of an OP protagonist with a RPG menu building a harem, then this is a great read to scratch that itch. It's got everything from generic bad guys with the typical 1-D bad guy personality - to dragons taking human form as a girl. So far the protagonist remains top dog saving girls left and right. If you are into this type of story, then I would recommend giving this manga a read.
I do see potential for this manga to go more in-depth when it comes to what
it means to be a hero and the various shades of grey. But, I don't think this is where it's going, and there is nothing wrong with that.
If you took a break from anime/manga for a while and just came back. This manga is also a good one to gauge the current trends.