== Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (DanMachi) ==
The title to be somewhat misleading. Not that much harem here.
Do-goodie main protagonist.
Decent action scenes.
Large sense of scale.
Videogame-like elements in a fantasy world.
Some blue ribbon for some reason or another idk.
A harem anime. Actually not that many female romance characters? Bell’s just really awk.
Something too original or innovative from the usual fantasy genre.
Systematic problem-solving. Everything is solved by deux ex machina.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteriru Darou ka, or Danmachi, is probably what I would call SAO with better side characters,. The action is just as good and the main character, while just as generic, is personally more likeable (I really like these innocent do-gooders), especially considering the fact that Kirito and Bell are voiced by the same voice actor.
That being said, the side characters are far more interesting than simply “waifus.” You’ve got tragic, prejudiced backstories, a man who rejects his past for his own personal beliefs, and a loli goddess whom I’m not convinced is actually a loli but then again the definition of a loli is pretty much subjective and arbitrary.
The best thing the series gets right is the feeling of family. The main group really does feel like they will do anything for each other. You end up rooting for them because you want them to succeed. If a show can make you care about characters, then it’s succeeded in making them good characters.
That being said, the way Danmachi presents solutions to its conflicts is pretty dumb. Bell is literally a walking deus ex machina. It’s not interesting, but it’s also not the worst thing in the world for a simple anime like this.
Simple is a good way to describe Danmachi.
|+ Fantasy genre
+ Good action scenes
+ Simple and fun premise
+ I really like all of the characters, even if they’re not the most interesting.
+ Elf chick is super cool.
|– I kinda hate the blonde knight chick though. She’s really boring.
– Hestia is also kinda annoying.
– Freya is so evil for some stupid reason. Basically has a Bell fetish. It’s creepy.
Overall: 6.5/10 (Fun, but I’m not eagerly waiting the next season with bated breath)