Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Based off of a light novel of the same name written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: DanMachi launches its second season with a bang, featuring solid animation and a dungeon battle in its opening scenes. However, once we get past the dungeon bit and a small altercation at a bar after, we shift focus to more ‘slice of life’ events, specifically a big party hosted by Apollo and all the bickering that usually occurs when all the various Gods and their disciples gather in one location.
Tom: DanMachi II makes sure long time fans, left waiting for over four years for a 2nd season, get to see their favorite characters each get a little screen time, without making it feel forced or pulling away from time needed to set the stage for Bell’s next great struggle. All the major characters are back, and lively as ever, getting plenty of comedy and slice-of-life shenanigans to remind audiences what fun these characters can be. This first episode also doesn’t bother to do much recapping at all, saving any catch-up required for the Episode 0 (Available on Crunchyroll) that launched last week. (A glimpse at the larger cast to make sure everyone’s favorites get a shot. Doesn’t do too much recapping.)
Linny: There’s a solid vein of tension and mystery sprinkled throughout the episode with even the otherwise lighthearted party scene featuring Bell noticing a seemingly shady interaction between minor villains. The entire episode constantly builds up to and drops hints about a big reveal at the end of the first episode, setting the stage for DanMachi II’s first arc. It’s a nice return to the series, first impressing you with a nicely animated fight, then entertaining you with some playful and amusing encounters among the various gods and finally introducing a shocking development that should have DanManchi fans gasping for more. As things stand now, DanMachi’s second season seems brimming with promise.
Tom: DanMachi II looks to be about as perfect a continuation as fans could hope for. The animation looks to be top tier, with a fast pace that keeps the episode moving and never feels dull. As someone who’s continued to appreciate the series well after its first airing in 2015 it’s great to see it back in anime form, especially after Sword Oratoria felt so middling.