Posted by amun on 23 September 2019 with categories: Currently Watching:, DanMachi

DanMachi is sliding down a muddy hill.  That’s both a summary of what happened this episode and the state of this season’s quality in general.

The ending of Ishtar from last episode (episode 10) was what I consider the bare minimum for an acceptable episode.

Episode 11 was a downgrade.  We had new, useless characters and a plot setup that could be seen 100 billion miles away (to borrow Dr. Stone’s phrasing).  I’m not even going to mention the undoing of everything that made Haruhime’s plot-line interesting (which, to be fair, I was a little curious about when she passed out on Bell) – that completely negates a point I made a couple posts ago.

The only redeeming aspect of this episode is working through some issues with deity-human relationships (which you could argue has been the overall theme of the season).  I do think it’s a bit ironic that Bell, who is pretty obviously at least a little demi-human, is conflicted here.  Glad that Hephaestus and Takemikazuchi gave some sound advice.  Also, the subtle nod to Ais’s parents got just thrown out there.  Sails up for the Bell-Ais ship?

And at least Ais gets some screen time again.  Pity the quality of the fight was abysmal – granted, there have been other poor fight showings in the past (season 1), but they were buoyed by much better plotlines.

Since this is the penultimate episode, I really want the finale just to be Bell, Hestia, and Ais camping out and eating some fish with some jealousy jokes.  Maybe have Ais be third wheeling – that sounds pretty funny.  But….I guarantee it’ll be worse than that.

This season has been pretty much a disaster.  It’s looking like 3 arcs in 12 episodes, poor animation (especially fights), botching of a main character (Haruhime)….just overall a poor showing.  Maybe the finale can salvage it, but it breaks my heart we waited years for this.

 

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