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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon: Volume One - Light Novel Review

Danmachi is an action/adventure/romance/comedy series that take a whole new spin off of the RPG-styled anime, as to the characters it is not a videogame, but their every day life. Each element that you see in a RPG-series such as dungeons, statuses, monsters, drop items, magic, and skills are all a part of this series. Throughout the novel, they do an excellent job of explaining the purpose of each respective element in the story.

The novel’s point of view constantly shifts between a first-person view by the protagonist, Bell Cranel, first-person views of the other characters, and even a third-person view to give the most detail about the world to the viewer. This helps enhance the overall storytelling of the series as it gives the reader an idea of the mentality of various characters throughout the story and gives the reader a more personal connect to each character. This aspect is surprisingly rare in light novel series as most of them purely focus on a third-person point of view which does vary in usefulness from time to time.

The series has its share of rich laugh out loud comedy and epic moments that could leave anyone in true suspense as this wild ride of a novel has only just begun.

Rating: 4.5/5

  • Solid review, I never considered watching the anime, but I just might be tempted to take a look at the light novel! – CheesyJ 8 years ago
  • I'm truly glad to hear it! It's a fantastic read. As of right now there are 4 volumes that have been released stateside with the 5th volume coming out sometime in March! – Kevin Mohammed 8 years ago
  • An interesting review. Can I ask, how does it compare to game based series like the .Hack franchise? – mattdoylemedia 8 years ago
  • While series like .Hack have the VRMMORPG kind of style, the world in which DanMachi takes place is basically their already existent reality. While it does have various terms that can relate to that kind of theme such as "Level", "Skill", "Stats", and "Drop Items", they explain how these terms and items would be used in the construction of what they consider to be an ordinary society. – Kevin Mohammed 8 years ago

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