Posted by amun on 2 October 2019 with categories: Anime Reviews, DanMachi

“Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon” burst onto the anime scene as something of a B-tier cult classic.  2015 saw Season 1 massively outperform expectations  – ignoring the occasionally shoddy animation – to bring excitement and mostly fan service (and the cosplayer favorite: the Hestia ribbon).  Now, four years later, the much anticipated sequel has concluded.  How did DanMachi2 do?

To answer that question, a word on my grading criteria.  For me, each show has 50 points to earn and 50 points to lose. Points are earned by going above and beyond the norm – showing me something I hadn’t seen or making me feel something unexpected.  Something that makes me applaud.

Points are lost when I feel a component of the show was below average or less than acceptable in terms of animation, storyline, etc.  Something that takes away from the show as a whole.

Let’s take a look!

The Good

The positives!


A few Exemplary Episodes


+8% Episodes 1,2, 5, and 12 really stood out to me as above average.  I thought the slice of life moments really were where the characters could shine through best.  The comedy worked in these, especially episode 5, and really made me feel the joy of season 1.  (Each episode was +2%)
Hestia +2% I am really shocked.  DanMachi made Hestia an actual character this season – did not see that coming.  Among the other flawed deities, Hestia’s overbearing, borderline obsessive behavior, actually took on a bit of an endearing nostalgia.  I really think her development was one of the few bright spots (especially looking at the later episodes) in an otherwise bleak landscape of characters.
World +5% DanMachi reaps massive benefits from having an excellent world.  Simple in it’s execution and political landscape, this fantasy world still boosts enough gimmicks and mechanics to keep the viewer interested.  Season 1 really helped build this up, but Season 2 did introduce different parts of the city, so kudos for that.

Good: +15%

The Neutral

What parts of DanMachi were neither good enough to win points, but not bad enough to be penalized?

Haruhime + 0 Haruhime is the primary character in the Ishtar arc (I know you could say Ishtar, but she really doesn’t do that much…except Hermes, amirite).  Haruhime to me did her job, nothing more nothing less (ironic since she couldn’t actually do her professional work properly). As a character, she filled her niche.  I guess her impact is lessened with later revelations and then she kind of fades into the background. It’s a pity, because I think DanMachi really could have made a bolder statement with her, but backed off halfway.  
Side characters +0 Lili, Welf, Mikoto were….okay.  I think their flaws (mostly Lili) were cancelled out by their good points (mostly Mikoto, who was a great character, just poorly animated when fighting).  The side stories were extremely short (like half an episode for anyone but Lili) but were resolved reasonably well. I thought Lili’s freedom arc was a bit rushed, but it worked out okay.  So pretty average execution of the side characters. Ais, painfully, wasn’t used well but did make up for it in the finale (somewhat).
Bell Cranel +0 I debated putting Bell in negatives.  I felt, as a whole, his character regressed a little this season.  Instead of being the fearless hero, uncertainty set in. I guess the finale turned the tide for me, as he was able to gain clarity on a fairly important point (just in time too, as he’s the single most pursued mortal currently among deities).  Still, Bell is always a likable character, and I found myself still rooting for him at season’s end, so I’ll give this a neutral grade for now.

Neutral: +0

The Bad

What did DanMachi do poorly to lose points?

Animation -10% The fight scene animation was poorly done.  Sloppy effects, rushed choreography, unfulfilling fights.  The ONLY exception is the fight with Aisha, and that doesn’t balance out the abysmal fight…in every other case.  The fight with Phryne, which should have been the most important, was rushed and gimmicked to death. Season 1 had occasional rough moments, but not to this extent.  Really a poor showing overall.
Enemies -5% The 3 major enemies were underwhelming.  Apollo was a flash in the pan, Ishtar was better done (read: better drawn), but even she was very straightforward and not terribly interesting.  Then Ares comes out of nowhere and is useless. Again, only Aisha was well done, but she didn’t get enough screentime to offset the rest. And Phyrne….was horrible (but I guess that was the point).  
Pacing and Direction -10% This is a more nebulous complaint, but I felt the direction and pacing was … just incorrect.  Adapting 3 arcs into 1 season seemed overly rushed. Just do even the Apollo arc (or Ishtar) and it would have been fine.  Draw out the fight scenes for more than a quarter of an episode like every other shonen anime ever. This just seemed a low effort adaptation, which was quite disappointing.  

Bad: -25%

Final Thoughts

DanMachi2 fell short of expectations.  However, a few good episodes and continued momentum of pretty good characters/world saved this from being a complete disaster of a show.  I think, in hindsight, season 1 overperformed; season 2 unfortunately corrected that. I don’t know if the staff was occupied with the Arrow of Orion or what was going on, but I definitely didn’t feel the passion in this project that season 1 (or even Sword Oratoria) contained.  I think there’s just enough glimmer of hope for the already announced season 3, but I’m no longer going into it with baited breath. DanMachi needs to remind me why I fell in love with the world and characters; Season 2 sputtered and fell short of that.


Total: 40/100 (Below Average)


Leave a Reply

Star Crossed Anime Blog

8 User(s) Online Join Server

Featured Posts

Fire Force 12 – Eve of Hostilities in Asakusa

Welcome back to Beni town!  After a two week break, Fire Force has awkwardly picked back up with its penultimate episode (for the first cour).  Missed Shinra and the gang?  Unfortunately, there’s some Catgirl this week, but aside from that, we have another solid effort all around.  Let’s get into it!

Vinland Saga – 14 [The Light of Dawn]

This is a big week for Vinland. One of the best episodes, not just of the season, but the year for me. So many things just came together to really nail it. As this week Askeladd makes us question who we are rooting for, and really throws the brutality of war in our face. Let’s […]

Mononoke – 10 [Goblin Cat, Part 1] – Throwback Thursday

Hello all, apologies for the delay, and welcome to the final arc of Mononoke! This is perhaps the most unique one yet. As we skip forward to a modern era, set the entire thing in a single location, and have ourselves a murder mystery. So, lets dive in! Right off the bat, as always, I […]

Vinland Saga – 12/13 [The Land on the Far Bank/Child of a Hero]

Hello again everyone and welcome to a double feature for Vinland Saga. Apologies for the missed week, but even I am not totally immune to sickness. So this week we cover episodes 12 and 13. Where we learn quite a bit about Askeladd, Canute finds his voice and winter starts to turn. In we go! […]

Dr.STONE – 14 [Master of Flame]

And so begins the 2nd cour of Dr.STONE, complete with a whole new OP and everything. However for us, we are just picking up right where we left off. With Kinro’s fight, Senku’s science and an old friend returned. Let’s dive in! In general I think this week was better than the last. Yes, the […]

Mononoke – 9 [Japanese Chimera, Part 2] – Throwback Thursday

And so ends another arc of Mononoke, in a way I never would have expected. As this week we solve a murder mystery, once again question our perceptions of the world, and get another new “favorite arc”. Apologies for the wait, sickness waits for no man, but let’s dive in. Starting off, as always, the […]

Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note – 13 [FINAL]

I can’t help but feel disappointed when the epilogue of  Lord El-M skips the entirety of the epic use of Rhongomyniad, and Hecatic Wheel smashing into each other. It doesn’t make for an exciting climax when the antagonist just simply teleports away before those two noble phantasm meet each other in a violent explosion. I […]

DanMachi2 – 12 [ Goddess/Child (Song of Love) ] FINAL

DanMachi2 is the kid in class who everyone knows is smarter than their grades reflect.  If only they would get it together and take things seriously.  In the finale of this mess of a second season, DanMachi finally rouses itself and delivers an episode worth watching.

Dr.STONE – 13 [Masked Warrior]

This is a difficult week for Dr.STONE, with what it has to follow up. Everything from production to the story just couldn’t seem to meet the same highs. As we start the Grand Bout, progress the cure-all and Kinro learns a thing or two about science. Let’s dive in! Starting off, I hate to do […]

Latest Reviews

Mix: Meisei Story Review – 75/100

Mix is, by my count, the eighth Mitsuru Adachi work to be adapted to animation. I’ve only seen one of the other seven, so it may not be my place to say this, but Mix probably ranks around the middle of those eight. Its main cast is complex, but the non-baseball players among them slip […]

DanMachi2 Anime Review – 40/100

“Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon” burst onto the anime scene as something of a B-tier cult classic.  2015 saw Season 1 massively outperform expectations  – ignoring the occasionally shoddy animation – to bring excitement and mostly fan service (and the cosplayer favorite: the Hestia ribbon).  Now, four years later, the […]

Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Review – 80/100

It’s hard to find a more ubiquitous genre in anime than Shounen. Maybe romance/moe-blobs, but it’s a close race. With series like One Piece and until recently Naruto, being a constant presence each season/year. Often this makes it difficult for newer series to break into the anime market in a meaningful way. With the recent […]

Youjo Senki Movie Review – 85/100

Outside of a very few exceptions, I have come to despise the isekai genre with its predominantly self-inserted overpowered male protagonists, massive harems, fan-service bait and overused fantasy settings. Youjo Senki is none of those things and it has gained a very special place in my heart where it features the combined arms of a […]

Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel – II Lost Butterfly Anime Review – 91/100

Long time no see and strap in cause this is going to be a long one. I will preface this review with the assumption that you have seen the first movie of this trilogy and this movie as well as the assumption that whomever is reading this knows what a command spell is. So basically […]

Serial Experiments Lain Anime Review – 78/100 – Throwback Thursday

Serial Experiments Lain is weird. It is a series unlike any other, wholly unique in anime, both modern and historical. Every aspect of it, from presentation to narrative, is best described as an experience. It is because of this that I believe Lain is a must watch, if only to experience a piece of anime […]

Penguin Highway (2018) Movie Review – 89/100

You’re walking along in your neighborhood, going about your daily routine. It’s a fine morning. The sun is shining brightly. But suddenly, you see something strange. You squint your eyes; even rub them, to make sure it isn’t a mirage before exclaiming with excitement, “Oh, look. It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane! No no. […]

One Punch Man Season 2 Anime Review – 34/100

Often at the start of one of these reviews, I will wax philosophical about a series. Attempting to slowly draw you, the reader, in to whatever topic or anime I am discussing in that review. This time, none of that. This time, I have to come out and say from the beginning, that One Punch […]

Dororo Anime Review – 55/100

In the modern anime sphere, getting a complete story, start to finish, is a rare thing. As is getting an adaptation for an older work. Dororo however has, through the grace of Twin Engine, managed to get both of these. Based on the 1967 manga of the same name by legendary Mangaka Osamu Tezuka, Dororo […]