For as much as I have griped in the past about fantasy worlds that are designed to operate like literal video-games, I’ve enjoyed the DanMachi franchise a whole lot more than I expected to. Much of that has to do with how well-constructed the series’ universe is – a lot of thought has been put into how the Gods’ blessings for their Children work, the relationships between the different Gods’ Familias, the culture surrounding heroes and their missions in the Dungeon, etc. My biggest complaint about MMO-esque anime is that all too often the game mechanics in the world act as narrative shortcuts and gimmicks meant to bolster lackluster writing – as if turning a story into a Let’s Play is the solution to bad characters and a bad script. Thankfully, DanMachi has always had very likeable characters and an intuitive grasp on basic storytelling fundamentals, and DanMachi II looks as if it hasn’t lost a step.
It helps that this first episode is a good primer for folks who’ve never seen the show, or those who are like me and had forgotten much of what happened in season 1. There’s a helpful Episode 0 Recap that does a good job of bringing folks up to speed, and Episode 1 itself reintroduces everyone we need to know, as well as new players. Bell and Hestia are invited to Apollo’s highly anticipated banquet for the Gods, but Bell and his friends have recently gotten on the bad side of some of Apollo’s wards, so tensions are running high. Before the conflict comes to a head, though, we run into Hermes (he’s got a lot of swagger), Freya (she makes all the other Goddesses jealous), Ais (Loki’s Child, and Hestia’s main romantic rival for Bell’s affections), and Loki (The Best One). There’s plenty of comedy and awkwardly cute romantic interactions, which will doubtless please fans and newcomers alike who like their anime fantasy to have plenty of fluff to go along with the inevitable actions.
I’ve always loved anime that play with different pantheons and mythological figures, and though a lot of DanMachi’s interpretations of various gods can certainly feel very liberal at times, the overall vibe of the show if very consistent, and consistently entertaining at that. With Apollo’s wrath already stirring up trouble for Bell, there’s bound to be some good spectacle on the way in the God’s War Game, and the show isn’t wasting any time igniting the fires of the shipping war between fans that want Bell to end up with Ais over Hestia, and vice-versa. If you loved the other seasons of DanMachi and its spinoffs, this is likely a done deal for you already, but this new fans should feel encouraged to jump aboard the hype train and see what all of the fuss is about. You can also free Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II anime watch online and free download.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II was pretty much what LA expected of a sequel from Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka. World building and character development be it new or old and even if the plot structure of this season are essentially 2 and a half arcs mainly focused on selfish gods and goddesses with similar plot beats with them but the best strengths between both of these arcs are the solid character developments from new and old characters and growing the world building more because of it.
Well to start off with the Apollo Familia and Apollo himself, sure the entire war between Hestia and Apollo started off what is quite literally a waifu war only intensified into all out war, dragging Liliruca with her current familia Soma (which was slightly delved at in the first season) and Apollo wanting Bell as he's already become a name in Orario. Apollo's arc dragged in Liliruca in which she got ALOT of screentime in this arc and we more or less get character development and resolution from Soma, this being said as the Soma familia technically kicked her out but due to a Soma advisor having more control over the familia itself and the god Soma caring more about making more alcohol, the Soma advisor goes crazy with power and siding with Apollo to gain that power from him and get their way as a result. Liliruca either way from this Familia War gains ALOT of character development and ties loose plotlines from the first season. From this however, Yamato Mikoto viced by Chinatsu Akasaki that had a bit of screentime in the first season got a bit more focus as she wanted her debt repaid thus helps Hestia familia from this and at the end of the Apollo and Hestia Familia War, makes a great decision that only makes her better in te next arc...
The Ishtar arc, which focuses on Sanjuno Haruhime voiced by Haruka Chigusa and Bell stumbling upon her, the thing is Haruhieme is a prostutite in the Red Light District helmed by the Ishtar Familia, striving off black market and the more sleazy end of businesses, Haruhime either way helps Bell getting out of the Red Light Distrct but Ishtar has other plans for Bell and latter on once the Hestia Familia and Bell finds out...they need to save her. Haruhime as a character is interesting as she like Bell loves hero stories but since she was tricked into becoming a prostitute she just let it happen, BUT she doesn't want any help from heroes as since she's a prostitute, she's the symbol of destruction for a hero thus doesn't want the help, so Bell being the "always wanting t protect everyone" not only wants to save Haruhime from Ishtar's plans but to shatter Haruhime's beliefs of a prostitute and hero dynamic. So how does Mikoto come into all this, well her familia the Takemakeuchi Familia were childhood friends with Haruhime when she was a princess so Mikoto wanting to find her as well as like Bell get her out of there, she in turn gains ALOT of screentime even in this arc and heck Mikoto came a LONG way from the nuisance minor character with little to no screentime to the point she became LA's favourite character in this second season (Ryu Lion is still LA's favorite character of the series overall). With all this being said, why does Ishtar want Haruhime let alone her plan?, well one that's spoilers so LA won't talk much about that, but Ishtar's plan, well has to do with Bell AND Freya, YEAH she's invovled and much like Apollo is vain and selfish using her familia as tools than...you know adventurers and human and Apollo may have been just plain crazy narcissistic, but Ishtar was a plain awfully detestable goddesses, even to the point of her reasoning of her plans and her fate was more than enough (let alone Bell wasn't really involved in that...*cough* Freya *cough*).
But do you see something with Apollo and Ishtar compared to Hestia's familia?. Well for one thing Apollo and Ishtar's familia are powerful and rich as hell, compared to Hestia onnly hvaing Bell at the start and poor, but going further, Apollo and Ishtar doesn't really care about their members and again using them as tools more than anything else, hell because both Apollo and Ishatr one way or another eyes Bell, makes their members jealous of Bell instead. Wherein Hestia LOVES Bell and deeply cares for him in the worst cases and when Hestia's familia grows even though Hestia is a bit iffy with any advances with other girls with Bell, but aside from that, Hestia cares for her members of the familia, Apollo and Ishtar drunk on power and vain...do not care about their members and like the new best face or even more power than anything else....Ares ehhhh he's a comedic footnote if anything...
The animation done once again by JC Staff are on form again with slicker, more polished and great battle scenes in the anime and with how intense it gets with Familia Wars and the such the strategy and choregraphy used in the anime was out in out fluid and great for the most part. The aesthetic of this season was the same as the first season but with a crisper tone to it as well. Not much to really say besides that JC Staff updated the animation to be more polished and consistent animation all round this season.
The voice cast was great and thanks to the expanded cast added in some great voice actors from Haruka Chigusa as Haruhime, Akeno Watanabe as Aisha, Takako Honda who voiced Ishtar and Ryouta Osaka as Apollo. from the main cast, Yoshitsugu Matsukoa did great as Bell, Maaya Uchida as Liliruca and the big underdog Mikoto Yamato voiced by Chinatsu Akasaki did great as well. due to the majority of the anime focused on the other more poweful gods, Hestia's screentime was lessen dramatically this season thus Inori Minase but nonetheless she did her usual comedic scthick this season for the most part. ALl in all the voice cast was great all round.
The only flaws LA saw was that once Haruhime's and Ishtar's arc finished, Haruhime became like the rest of the harem vying for Bell's attention and her backstory though full developed..had nowhere else to go which was a shame as she was a great and fully developed and realized character and she became wasted potential (but that's not to knock the events of Ishtar's arc it's just something LA noticed), the other would be that yes because Bell is the expected hero of this story, he essentially wins the entire time but not without hard work and training but he wins all the time, yes there is that but at least this season, he wasn't the only one set on stage as other characters had their time to shine, from Liliruca from Apollo's arc to Mikoto from both Apollo and Ishtar's arc and let's not forget Haruhime.
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka II was a HUGE step up from the first season and the bland-retelling side story of Sword Oratoria, sure the dungeoneering was slimmed down in favour of world building of Orario and character development from the old and new characters of the cast BUT...yeah isn't that actually a good thing due to this second season focusing on Orario and it's familia's and thus giving us much more in-depth world building with the various familia's and them having their eye on Bell and in turn drags major and minor characters into all this and drastically changes ALOT be it plot-wise or character-wise. LA VERY much enjoyed this second season for this, let alone giving LA some great characters like Mikoto Yamato, Haruhime and heck even Liliruca gets heavily redeemed in this second season. With the Apollo and Ishtar familia's craziness dust settling...what DOES Freya want with Bell, either way this second season was great and is an absolute must for those fans who liked the first season, was a palette cleanser from the disappointment of Sword Oratoria and then some for the Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka world..and since it was announced there will be a third season, LA wouldn't mind them trying to blend both the dungeoneering aspect of the firsts season and the Familia Wars of this season together making this world building fleshed out even more and let's not forget the major plot twist with Bell and what this has to do with Freya.
Hestia may be Bestia but she's getting competition...from Haruhime and Freya...