Hello everyone! Here we meet again! And nonetheless with the eighth episode of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria! Maaaaan, that is a one hell of a long name that I can’t even remember without having to look it up every single time, phew. But anyways, we are already past half the season, and slowly but surely and steadily are closing up to the ending of the gaiden arc. I have to admit that I was a huge fan of Hestia, and that I’ve always shipped Bell with his kami-sama (god/goddess), but after having spent so much time with Aiz, I kind of grew to like the blonde airhead, the Sword Princess. I grew to like her to a degree that I might not even mind if Bell ends up with her (though let’s be honest, this is a harem anime so at the end of the day he’s probably not going to end up with anyone).
I have seen many people complaining that the gaiden is not interesting, and I might have agreed with you if this was around five years ago. After committing to otaku culture for over ten years now, and having watched more than 500 shows, you grew to not expect anything half well done from the new shows. So as I have already mentioned in some of my previous reviews I had always avoided Danmachi, until the day I was told to write the reviews for the second season that is. Well, obviously if you’re writing reviews for the second season you have to at least get to know the characters, so I grabbed the show and some pop-corn and watched it in one sitting. Danmachi always stroke me like your generic harem/ecchi show, and I have had plenty of those in my times. For the past two-three years I have been looking for anime that has an actual plot (I’m not talking about female body here), and makes you think. While Danmachi might not be the anime with the deepest plot it is certainly more than just ecchi. Believe me, you rarely find anime that balances everything this good in the modern industry. And while Sword Oratori might not be as exciting and breathtaking as the first season, I find it quite entertaining.
But look here, I went on blabbering about my preferences again! Let’s leave that for now and get down to business!
Japanese Original Episode Title:穢れと少女
The plot was quite thick. I don’t even know where to start and where to finish. But I guess we should start talking about Aiz. We finally found out a bit about the word Aria. Aiz herself said that she isn’t an Aria, but her mother was. This confirms the theory that the blonde woman in her memories was her mother, rather than elder sister (I guess that was quite obvious though). Now what is an Aria? According to a certain book Aria is as follows:
The Spirit, Aria. The race most beloved by the gods. Masters of magic and miracles.
Not the most informative piece in my opinion, but still something. I guess this explains why Aiz is good with her magic. In one of my previous reviews I think I had mentioned that Aria might be a race. This book confirms it. I assume a very rare race, one that has gone through a lot of tough stuff, and is either in hiding or almost non-existent anymore. I do hope that we will get to find out a bit more about Aria, or rather about Aiz with the past couple of episodes that are left.
The other part of the episode that is worth mentioning would be the Banshee. An elf, that is considered to be cursed. While she is a survivor of a horrible event, she is keeps bringing death to everyone around her, to everyone who make a party with her. I guess the Loki Familia lot will bring an end to this “curse” though. They are pretty persuasive, and hard to kill. Seeing Lefiya trying to make the Banshee work with them and having such a sweet speech was very touching IMO.
Lastly I want to highlight something. Half of the episode our heroes were fighting the bad guys. It’s interesting to see that a dead man was brought back to life by a goddess, and more importantly given a magic stone to live as a hybrid of a human and a monster. And he keeps mentioning a mysterious SHE. While Loki was thinking that Uranus was behind all of the recent happenings, it seems that there is somebody in the back who is pulling all of the strings. I can’t believe that it’s somebody whom we haven’t seen before. I’d say that it might be Freya, but I don’t think she’d go this far just to have her fun.
Plus, there is the fact that the red-head, Revis, said something along the lines, “Does she honestly look like a goddess to you?” Makes you wonder doesn’t it. I also highly doubt that Revis is a part of a Familia, and I can’t see her cooperating with Freya no matter how much I think about it. Either way, concluding from Revis’ words SHE might not even be a proper goddess.
Themes & Trivia
At the end of the day, together with almost all of the other episodes of Danmachi, the main theme is teamwork. With teamwork you can win against anyone, any formidable opponent will fall down before you as long as you team up and trust you nakama. This episode was a story of how Lefiya managed to make the Banshee work with her, trust in her, and even help her. At the beginning of the Gaiden Lefiya was not exactly the strongest character, just an adorable one, but with the season progressing we could see her character developing as well. She has even become stronger, and not in some magical way (pun intended). Her hard work and motivation paid off and gave fruit.
Catchy Epilogue Title
Well everyone, with nearing the end of the season, we get more and more tense fights. Which is amazing. Seeing Aiz fight is always amazing. But anyway, Aiz was told to go to the 59th floor, and I honestly wonder what there might be. Probably answers to some of our questions. I am trying really hard to figure out if the expedition that the Loki Familia is getting ready for was a part of the first season, but can’t remember at the top of my mind. So if any of you remembers, or has a clue what might there be at the 59th floor make sure to leave a comment here on Manga.Tokyo!
I hope you enjoyed this review of Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria (so loooooo~ng) and see you soon!
NEXT TIME: Training and Jealousy, 訓練と嫉妬, Kunren to Shitto