After getting his sister devoured by a dragon and losing all their supplies in a failed dungeon raid, Laios and his party are determined to save his sister before she gets digested. Completely broke and having to resort to eating monsters as food, they meet a dwarf who introduces them to the world of dungeon food—delicious cuisines made from ingredients such as the flesh of giant bats, walking mushroom, or even screaming mandrakes.
Dungeon Meshi ranked first in the 2016 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the Male Readers division.
The series has been published in English as Delicious in Dungeon by Yen Press since May 23, 2017. It has also been published in Italian by J-Pop since May 2017 and in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones since February 2017.
I came into Dungeon Meshi with no expectations and no prior knowledge of what it was about or how good it might be. I was looking for a new manga to read and I tend to like stories involving dungeons in general so I clicked on it and tried it out. Overall, I'm very glad that I did.
Dungeon Meshi is not a groundbreaking, exciting manga full of action and twists. Instead it is an extremely solid story with a simple premise. At first I thought that the focus was too much on food and too little on the great fantasy world imagined by this
author. However after I got through a few chapters I came to truly enjoy both the realistic food preparation aspects of the story and the fantasy aspects as well.
Although Dungeon Meshi's story is very much rooted in the archetypal idea of a medieval fantasy world, many of the plot points are grounded completely in logic and reality. Food preparation works as it does in real life, the monster's strengths and weaknesses are sometimes magic but more often realistic details based on how they might be if monsters lived on earth as we know it.
The art is somewhat simple. I don't know too much about judging manga's art but I will say that it is certainly not bad art. It may lack the detail and flair that some manga readers are used to but the style overall is solid.
The characters pretty much adhere to the normal characters you'd expect in a medieval fantasy RPG style world which didn't bother me but may be too plain for others.
Overall I give Dungeon Meshi a 9/10 because although it is a simple manga, it is also a charming one and sometimes it is nice to read something without so much drama, fan service, and cliffhangers.
Story - 9
Art - 8
Character - 8
Enjoyment - 9
Overall - 9
It's set in an MMORPG kind of world that incorporates a lot of Tolkein-esque lore but the main attraction is the vast amount of incredibly creative cuisine that the characters manage to cook up. If you've ever read "Toriko" by Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi then this is super classy Toriko.
While the main content of the series revolves around the MC group eating the monsters they defeat, there is no doubt that there is a darker, more serious plot a lurking. However, the story pacing can seem a bit slow and a bit meandering but each chapter serves a purpose--it's a
wonderful balance of light hearted fun and important plot/character development.
What really sold me is the fact that the female characters are not subject to tasteless over sexualization (even though there are plenty of opportunities) because they are interesting characters in their own right.
If you're looking for the cheaply cranked out shounen type of series, then I suggest you not read this series. But if you're looking for a creative, wholesome story with lots of potential, definitely give Dungeon Meshi a try!
Satire of cooking manga at its finest. 10/10 comedy would read again
This manga has one of the most unique main characters I've ever read about! Your impression of Laius will be that of your completely normal friendly dude, except the author implies that he's also a psychopath, not really fully there mentally, socially inept, and a furry. How the author slides this under the door, I don't know. 10/10 writing skill
Anyways, the dishes are wholesome, the RPG-elements relaxing, and the characters decidedly deviant, but realistically so. Read if you want a light hearted comedy version of Berserk in the form of a cooking manga!
The life of an adventurer is quite rough, tough mobs, deadly traps and most importantly not starving to death and dealing with the prospect of eating your fellow adventurers. Lauis was forced into the predictament after a raid to the Red Dragon led to his sister being eaten alive and left inside the belly of the beast and they only have an entire month to save her. But since they don't have much in the way of gold, the adventurers are forced to dine on the mobs they have slain. An unappetizing option for his companions, thankfully they stumble across the dwarf Senshi, the reliable
dwarf is an hardly survivalist who wants to kill the Dragon not for the prize but for the taste of dragon and so a journey is made underground to save Lauis' sister and find new ways to kill the mobs and taste their remains.
Dungeon Meshi is a manga that takes cues from Toriko, Dragon Crown and Danmachi and combines it into a tabletop inspired adventure as the cast goes down into breach once more and feast on every mob they fight. The motley crew consists of Lauis, the aloof warrior who wants to keep track of the things they ate in the dungeon for future adventures, Mircelle the elven sorceress who is too used to eating prepackaged meals from the surface, Tirchac, the halfling thief and straight man to Lauis' quirky personality and Senshi's desire to taste a red dragon.
RIght now the manga has reached volume 2 and the I am gonna wait for volume 3's release and their forays into the dungeon culinary world.