Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria [Review]
“Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect.” -Manga
Contrary what we thought when this was announced, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria isn’t a spin-off but rather a different perspective to the original Danmachi. We start from the beginning and experience the story from the eyes of Air Wallenstein.
For many Aiz fans, like me, Danmachi: Sword Oratoria’s is excellent. Another perspective of a great story and it’s through the eyes of a much-loved heroine. It answers a lot of questions that were brought up in the original Danmachi, like how exactly did the Minotaur escape to the higher floors, and how does Aiz feels about Bell! As well as a lot of screen time from the entire Loki Familia. But the most important aspect is the immense character development for Aiz, as well as plot development! So much mystery surrounds the Aiz’s past and in a way, it also relates back to the dungeon. With so many questions it’s hard to not want another season!
Artwork & Animation:
Both art and animation are fantastic, especially the fighting animation! Monster designs are very cool and the realistic and gory body dismemberment before exploding into a black smoke makes the fight scenes very powerful and intense.
As stated above, we get a lot of character development from the entire Loki Familia, most of it from Aiz. Lefiya does get a good amount of screen time, which I thought was nice. Because let’s face it Aiz is a very soft spoken character, which could’ve made the series a bit boring, but with Lefiya’s fantasies and willingness to improve she makes the series a bit more interesting (comedy-wise).
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The soundtrack continues the style from Danmachi, with the medieval RPG type of feel.
More Aiz is always enjoyable!!
Overall: score 9
Danmachi: Sword Oratoria gives a different perspective to an already great story! A very successful sequel/spin-off with massive amounts of character development, and the right amount of plot development to get you wanting season 3!