Hello everyone and welcome back to our reviews of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria. The name is terribly long, isn’t it? From now on we shall call the series Danmachi: Sword Oratoria! Well as you might have already figured out from the name of the series, as well as from the first two episodes, this is a spin-off of the original Danmachi. The word ‘gaiden’ in Japanese literally means ‘side story’!
We get to see many cute girls being adorable and badass, so I don’t think there is any need to complain! This all being said, let’s cut the chit-chat and get down to business!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 試着と購入
The Loki Familia is one of the largest, richest, and most famous familias in this universe. They are strong, they have the Sword Princess Aiz, and they have a good relationship with their god, which is the key to their strength.
With series that are titled Gaiden, you usually get a lot of backstories and little to no progress in the route of the main story. We had 2 episodes air already, but we had almost zero appearances of Hestia and Bell. Then again, this is going to be the story of Aiz Wallenstein.
In the course of the first season, we did get to know the members of Loki familia to a certain extent, but this Gaiden series is helping us get to know their personalities, their hobbies, and interests, and their issues. This is a good way of understanding their circumstances and be a fair judge for whatever we see.
For example, Lefiya, being a character we had no connection to until this season started, strikes me as an extremely cute personage. Being a fan of Aiz, she is trying her best to cheer Aiz up, and in a way it works. When you see him fantasize about being pet by Aiz, or putting her head on Aiz’s lap, all the moe in the air starts suffocating you in a good way.
Seeing the communication between the sisters Tiona and Tione is also quite amusing. They are quite different in character, and you definitely don’t wanna piss them off or get on their wrong side.
Coming back to Loki, the god and foster of the familia… Normally you’d think it would be a serious deity, but instead, you have this perverted redhead, who for some reason speaks in Kansai dialect and literally jumps the members of her familia and starts fondling them. Then again, this is a god who has earned the respect of all of the members of her huge familia. Something tells me you don’t want to see Loki getting angry…
My favorite scene from the episode was when people wanted Aiz to wear different types of dresses. Fan service at its best. Though I must say that I personally preferred the Aiz dressed in a man’s attire and the pretty and cute dress that she herself picked up. Totally in character. You’d never think that the clothing defines a character so much. This scene has convinced me that clothing, indeed, plays a big part in the character-building.
Themes & Trivia
The theme I want to mention is not major, but something we saw happening throughout the episode: Loki literally jumping her familia. Apparently, older members have already gotten used to this and know how to dodge Loki in such situations, but Lefiya gets surprised by Loki’s actions, and as a result, she is jumped not once, not twice, but three times in the span of 25 five minutes!! You’d think she’d learn her mistake by the end of the episode, but nope! Clueless, pure, and cute; just like in the beginning.
I don’t really have many comments concerning the episode, yet I’d like to go over a couple of things. It gets a little tiring to keep seeing the same scene where Bell runs off from the tavern after being called tomato-yarou. I get it, it’s more or less an important scene which determines the future of the poor boy, and to be fair they have been showing us the same thing from different points of view. But then again, you get tired of seeing the same thing. IMO it would have been better to use the time a bit more productively and give us some new scenes.
This was my review for Episode 2 of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. If there is anything you disagree with, or if there is something that you’d want to share, do not hesitate to leave a comment below! Let us have a discussion!
I’ll see you next week!
NEXT TIME: Festivals and Courage, 祭典と勇気 (Saiten to Yuuki)
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