Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (DanMachi)

Plot: The whimsical gods of this game-like world have sealed their abilities and come down to interact with the people. Each deity has a group of followers called a "familia" and gives his/her blessing to the familia's members.

Bell Cranel is an adventurer -- the only member of the Hestia familia. When he goes into the dungeon and encounters a minotaur, a monster out of his league, the beautiful Aiz Wallenstein of the Loki familia saves his life. Of course, Bell is grateful; but when he is mocked for having to be saved, he feels utterly powerless and seeks the strength to protect himself and his friends. His desire gives birth to a special ability, and he quickly levels up -- earning the unwanted attentions of a certain goddess... (B+)

Characters: The main ones are, for the most part, likeable, but some are developed better than others. (B+)

Art & Animation: A

Voice Acting: A

Music: A

Objectionable Content: Suggestive themes/fan-service, blood, profanity

Other: This is based off of a light novel dubbed "DanMachi" by its fans.

On first viewing, I almost decided against watching this series because of the fan-service and level of blood in the monster fights. But by the second and third episode, character development saves the day. You want to root for under-dog Bell and his motley crew. They live in an interesting world. If "Dungeon" had spent less time on fan-service and more time addressing its big questions, which are instead relegated to the rushed final episode, it would have been a much better show.

Overall Score: A-

Recommendation: 2.5/5

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