Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? -On the Side-

A spin-off of Season 1 of DanMachi

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Medium Ecchi

Age-Appropriateness: 15+ (Violence, profanity, Many Suggestive Themes)

Platforms: Amazon Prime

Episodes: 12

TheAwersome Rating: 7.5 / 10 (If you liked the original, you’ll like this)

Premise: Follow the Sword Princess Aiz Wallenstein and the novice mage Lefiya Viridis of the Loki Familia as they explore deeper and deeper levels of the Dungeon. Aiz has hit a roadblock in her progression and grows increasingly frustrated at her lack of growth. Meanwhile, Lefiya is doing all she can to be noticed by Aiz and gain her trust and approval. The events surrounding Bell Cranel, the rapidly growing novice adventurer of the Hestia Familia seem to point toward a sinister plot that only the Loki Familia is willing to investigate.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This series takes place concurrent to the events of the original series’ first season and does a good job of tying the shared scenes together without feeling like a fanfic. It’s nice to see a side of Orario that we don’t really get in the original series, which is a functioning Familia. We get to explore the hierarchy dynamics between the gods, high-ranking leaders, etc., as well as get a good amount of more interesting combat -as any RPG player knows, the complexity of combat has an exponential correlation to your level, so it’s fun to see that get reflected here.

The characters aren’t quite as endearing as Bell, and the fanservice is dummy thic(c)k, especially in the first half, which was pretty annoying to me. There are a lot of jokes that get done to death by repetition, but that’s about all the negatives.

TLDR: More interesting and classic RPG fantasy vibe than the original series, but more fan-service and not quite as much charm/heart.

Be sure to watch this after Season 1 of the main DanMachi series, and before the movie, Arrow of Orion.

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