Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side – Preview
Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side:
Original Air Dates: April 14th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: Sword Princess Ais Wallenstein and the Loki Familia take to the dungeons below Orario once more. This time, there may be more lurking in the shadows than mere monsters. (Official Anime Strike Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Sword Oratoria is the Pseudo sequel/spin off for the much beloved DanMachi (Is it Wrong to try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?). Despite periodic use of CGI for crowded monster scenes, used to depict larger throngs of the dungeons’ most deadly menaces, the animation and art of DanMachi is back, looking just as polished and attractive as ever.
Linny: Storywise, it starts off with a big combat scene but then it gets a little slow as our group chats amongst themselves, falling into stereotypes immediately merely through their chitchat. We have Lefiya, the newbie who worships the brave but quiet ace, Ais. Then there’s a pair of bickering twins, the strict older and experienced mage, the smooth and charming team leader, the team clown, etc. It all feels a bit run of the mill as they trade lines and barbs, engaging in interactions that play out in a rather mundane manner.
Tom: Indeed the first few minutes are slow as the show tries to reintroduce and dole out characterization through the teams interactions and discussion. It doesn’t really work. But that all changes as the show doesn’t wait too long to kick back into high gear, introducing us to a wealth of action that makes up the majority of the episode and does a far better job of hammering home the teams’ personalities and dynamics.
Linny: The show does indeed pick up once the action returns as we get to know the characters through their reactions and responses to the threat rather than just standing around trading mundane lines. The action itself is engaging too as the show does a great job of making the injuries look painful and the threat feel real (minus the low quality CGI moments).
Tom: Sword Oratoria isn’t quite as interested in letting our characters hang about in the day to day it seems. Unlike DanMachi, Sword Oratoria is already introducing a grander story, with shadowy villains stepping up their game, as they’re the ones behind the sudden rush of monsters Ais and the rest are forced to contend with from the series’ get go. It’ll be interesting to see if this is merely a tease for the mid season and then series finale, or if the villains are going to play a larger role throughout Oratoria’s twelve episode run.
Linny: Despite a slow-ish start, Sword Oratoria feels like a decent set up episode. For those curious about its spin off label, there IS a scene in it that ties in/is from the first episode of its parent show, DanMachi but this episode plays it off as just a random, goofy scene that’s over in a flash. This could potentially mean that newcomers should be able to dive into Sword Oratoria without DanMachi as a compulsory watch, but future episodes could still prove me wrong as the series summary on certain sites includes this line, “In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!”.
Tom: As characterization goes, Ais is still as emotionless and robotic as before, only showing the faintest levels of depth when we review her first ever interaction with Bell. The rest of her crew is wild and crazy as we’d seen before, and so far this episode offers little else besides a solid reintroduction to these characters who use to be mere side additions to Bell’s supporting cast.
Linny: DanMachi fans will instantly recognize and recall Ais as the stoic but brave and skilled warrior though some may struggle to remember her support members. And while Ais seems as stoic as ever, it’s likely that she will be given more depth as the show continues.
Tom: Overall DanMachi’s spin off, Sword Oratoria seems to offer a large amount of what made the original so appealing. Sure Bell and GOAT Hestia aren’t around, but the action, the tone, and the setting are all brought back and retain the same level of entertainment that I think most fans will be more than happy with whats brought to the table. Newcomers could potentially start here as well, if they didn’t feel like following Bell’s adventure as much as Ais and her team’s.
Linny: If you loved DanMachi, the tone of Sword Oratoria feels a lot more serious and grand than its parent show. While it still definitely has a bit of the humour, Sword Oratoria has a much bigger cast making the show feel like an ensemble with a dark conspiracy plot line already teased in its premiere episode. For now, it’s unclear as to how much of the show will actually involve dungeon crawling like DanMachi. If you’ve always been a fan of Ais from DanMachi, or like the sound of an action packed dungeon crawler mixed with dark conspiracies, Sword Oratoria definitely seems to have the potential to deliver an engaging tale.
Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side is available for streaming via Amazon’s Anime Strike Channel.