Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka


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Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth-even chance encounters with beautiful women. Only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

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captain crunch
captain crunch
November 14, 2017
Status: v9
Update from v5 to v9: lowering the rating from 3.5 to 3

Rating: 3, Translation: 5

[Rating/Translation scale: 5 = almost all readers may enjoy / infrequent minor errors. 4 = large majority of readers may enjoy / frequent minor errors or infrequent major errors, no difficulty to read. 3 = 50% of readers may enjoy / frequent major errors, unable to understand some sentences or a paragraph in a chapter. 2 = niche audience may enjoy / unable to understand moderate portion of a chapter. 1 = portion of niche audience... more>> may enjoy / unable to understand most of a chapter.]

A 14-y.o. Orphan farm-boy in a fantasy world goes to the dungeon city to become an adventurer. In this world, adventurers receive game-like levels, stats, and abilities through tattoos given by patron gods who have descended from another dimension. The MC starts off with no experience, being the sole member of a new goddess's guild, with the goal of becoming a hero with a harem.

Positives: Feels like a full-fledged novel series: full scenes and full storyline. Interesting mechanics on how adventuring works. MC starts off at zero, and has to overcome challenges each time he wants to advance to the next level. There seems to be a surprise in the backstory to the MC, but the author takes a very long time to reveal occasional hints.

Major Negatives: Some readers may dislike the MC. He has a cheat ability to level up dozens of times faster than anyone else. Almost every girl falls for him (usually for no reason), while he is totally oblivious and awkward around girls. He is extremely naive or impulsive. He is always stammering with exaggerated body language. His personality does not change, he does not get any less naive or oblivious even after 9 volumes.

The story's setting is bizarre and very depressing. The story seems to target teens, but the setting is more about personal violence, rather than typical adventuring/fantasy violence. The dungeon city is lawless. People murder, assault, kidnap/r*pe each other, sometimes on orders of their gods, often with no consequence. Adventurers are like s*aves to their gods; they can only leave their guild with permission or run away. Many of the story arcs surround these types of violence, yet the MC never gets any more street smart. Although MC gains levels/income/harem, the world never improves and stays depressing/lawless.

There are s*x s*aves and implied r*pe, but for some reason the author keeps calling the victims prostit**es. I don't know if this is some kind of cultural thing, like the Japan WWII "comfort women" issue.

Minor negatives: The story's scope is small. The setting is limited to the dungeon city, and the dungeon below the city. There's no romance, just scenes of MC being embarrassed, and the girls being shy or jealous of each other. Fighting scenes have annoying yelling or animal sounds in every page, or these overused sentences that are just exclamation marks. There are long explanations that I start skimming over.

Overall: Fair fantasy story about adventurers/dungeon diving. There are some major and minor issues, but they become more and more obvious when reading past volume 5 (which is where the anime stops). Personally, I eventually got tired of the MC and the story, but I think at least half of fantasy readers would disagree with me.

Other info: The anime goes through volumes 1 through 5. There are currently 11 volumes. Yen Press has translated 9 volumes, and you may need to read those as the fan translations are legally not available. <<less
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slimeholder rated it
February 6, 2019
Status: v11
A true masterpiece of a novel. If you haven't read Danmachi yet, you are truly missing out. If by the time you finish reading this review you still haven't decided to read the novel, watch the anime and come back!

Here are some core points:

The protagonist is not OP from the get go, but he grows at an incredible pace and does his best to overcome the obstacles on his path. I can almost guarantee that even if you solely read novels with OP protagonists, you will love this one. On... more>> the other hand, even if you hate OP protagonists, you will probably still love it.

All side characters are well developed and interesting. There are no filler characters, and all of them play their roles properly.

The world itself is very simple, and yet, very captivating. This is a dungeon-crawler novel, but this does not mean that all the events take place in a dungeon. You will see plenty of world development, however it is on a much smaller scale than in other novels (In Danmachi, this is a very good thing tho.).

The story progresses at an amazing pace. I never got bored while reading this novel.

The development of the protagonist is apparent. In most novels, the protagonist pretty much remains the same person from beginning to end. This is not the case in Danmachi. You will see clear differences between Bell in vol 1 and Bell in vol 11, and the growth itself is not spontaneous but well-paced.

The action scenes are some of the best out there. And by best, I don't mean tons of explosions and flashy spells, I mean that you actually experience the battle as if you were the protagonist. You experience all the emotions behind Bell's decisions and actions, as well as all the pain he goes through.

Danmachi has a decent sense of humor (if you like silly humor that is). At times it actually made me laugh, and it is worth mentioning that it is incredibly hard to make me laugh.

Lastly, from the start, the protagonist is by no means a genius. He is kinda average, with an inclination towards being a bit too simple, due to how innocent he is. But this is also part of said character development, as he noticeably grows as the story progresses.

All in all, if you don't like fantasy and character growth, then Danmachi is probably not for you. However, I believe that there are very few people that would not enjoy danmachi. <<less
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mitreremix rated it
July 29, 2019
Status: v13
This light novel is a beast! The author cuts all the bullsh*t and tells you a fairy tail story about Bell Cranel and his friends. There is no filler words in this novel. Translation is done flawlessly! You won't find plot holes in this light novel, the story is air tight. There is an anime adaptation of this light novel that is beautifuly done, for those that aren't into books, the anime follows closely the books story, and for those that can't get enought of the light novel I recommand... more>> watching the anime! <<less
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Left4Die rated it
September 1, 2020
Status: v14
THIS NOVEL PROBABLY IS THE CURRENT BEST FANTASY LIGHT NOVEL. They said this novel sucks? They said it's not good? They said it's harem bullshit? f*ck THEM! The anime sucks, but the novel? It's a gift from the god. It's filled with mythology of greek gods and the MC is zero-to-hero type of main character. Though he is very skilled and progressing very fast. He's not like other harem or fantasy main character, maybe bit dense towards the girls, but he's the kind of fearless hero who holds his idealism... more>> like in your old superhero novel, though it's not like that. It's more like a Spartan warrior but you know, teen, slim and handsome. Kinda. And his fight with the villains, with antagonists, with the monsters it's freaking epic. Like yeah, go big spartan energy like a true gentleman. And I love how the human-gods interaction in this novel. How they are living their lives. YOU ALSO GOT SUZUHITO YASUDA FROM DURARARA!!, DEVIL SURVIVOR 1&2, ALSO YOZAKURA QUARTET AS THE ILLUSTRATOR! THAT'S FREAKING DOPE YOU b*tch! And yeah btw,

This novel is way better than most popular fantasy novel. Eighty Six (86) ? Tensura? Grimgar? DxD? Irregular Highschool? Overlord? What? Friggin' SAO? NO. This novel is in it's own class. Just read it and you'll understand. <<less
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