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DanMachi 04 February 2017

2015 fantasy, adaptation of a light novel series, 12 episodes: AniDB. In a world where gods dwell among humans, Bell Cranel is a novice adventurer. Full title: Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka: Familia Myth, or Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?.

This is another show where the rules of the world are the rules of a dungeon-bash RPG, with explicit levels and proficiency slots and so on; nobody is curious as to why it works that way, it's just how the world is. (Unlike several other anime series with this concept, there's no suggestion that this is a virtual environment or people have been somehow punted into it from the "real world".) You go down the dungeon, you kill things, you bring back the "shards" they explode into, you sell them, you get more powerful.

Apart from the fights, the underlying structure is fairly classic harem: pretty much every woman, including one goddess, falls in love with Bell (who is Really Nice and has no idea what's going on, though he's pining after the one woman who isn't draping herself all over him), some of them squabble over him, and there's no resolution. There are rather too many characters, and I'm guessing several novels were compressed into this short series – especially since there seem to be political goings-on among the gods which never quite interact with the main story.

Have low expectations, basically. It's all right as a basic nobody-to-hero story, but it doesn't really go anywhere, and lots of other series cover that sort of story and do have something else to offer.

Technically, the character designs are dull, but backgrounds are decent (especially in town), and the incidental music is very effective. There's nothing really wrong here, but everything that this show does right I've seen done better elsewhere.

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