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Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka II – 12 (END)

「女神と眷族 (アイノウタ)」 (Megami to kenzoku (Ai nouta))
“Goddess and Child (Song of Love)”

In terms of the tone and pacing, with regards to where I thought the finale would end up, I didn’t expect to receive such an emotional gut punch. I thought the story would head towards a harrowing tale of how our trio of Bell, Hestia and Ais survived their fall, seeking to escape while Ares closed in on them. Instead, they wake up in a peaceful village, allowing us to gain precious insights into the life and regrets of an old man. Karm’s story of love and loss genuinely made me tear up. You can tell he’s a really good man. He deeply cared for Brigid, cherished his love towards her, and carried the weight of her death for many decades. To see him in so much suffering, begging for forgiveness on his deathbed with what little energy he had left hurt my heart. These were the anguished cries of a broken man. The fear of losing someone you love with all your heart is a possibility that perennially eats away at the soul. To actually see that fear realised is one of the worst things that could happen. And even then, he chose to adopt a young girl and raised her lovingly as his own. He did not allow for his tragic experiences to destroy him, or turn him into a jaded and miserable person. He continued to do what he thought was right, making him a fundamentally human and strong person from my perspective. It’s extraordinary when a character shows up for a brief time, yet leaves behind such a profound emotional impact, that viewers would care and cry for them. This kind of characterisation and story-telling was extremely reminiscent of 3-gatsu no Lion to me, and that’s some of the highest praise I can impart upon Danmachi II. Yes, there were no epic fights to contend with the Minotaur one. But for me, by virtue of Karm’s contribution to the story, S2′s finale means a lot more.

And what impressed me was how it tied into and resolved an underlying story arc. Bell had to meet someone like Karm so that he could face his fears head on, namely the one preventing him from directly engaging with Hestia’s feelings towards him. Fears that she would be heartbroken for an eternity of godhood, after his death. His conversation with Karm enabled him to accept the transience of all things. Eventually, all things must pass on. Even the gods and goddesses. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make the most out of a limited period of time and cherish the feelings behind it. This was the final push Bell needed to accept Hestia’s feelings towards him, and he promises to protect her in Karm’s memory.

As someone who has been rooting for Hestia this entire time, this somewhat unexpected outcome made me crow with utter delight. Sorry Wallen-whatsit fans and any person who had been backing another girl. There’s only one true goddess for Bell, Liaise Freese or not. In my defence, Hestia demonstrated exactly why she is Bestia, by showing exemplary compassion towards Karm, allowing him to envisage his beloved Brigid one last time before he shuffled off the mortal coil. I want to be loved warmly and unconditionally like that. To me, it’s infinitely better than the indifference Ais exhibits. But I digress, because it’s time to move onto my concluding thoughts about S2 as a whole.

Overall Impressions

It must be said, overall, S2 failed to live up to the reputation that S1 established. The pacing was rushed, the animation value somehow went down despite the fact we’re a couple of years into the future, and important content was cut out. There was nothing close to the level of the minotaur fight – which deservedly goes down in this decade as one of the best anime fights. And you would hope that a continuation would at least build upon, if not hold a candle to its predecessor. That said, I’m still happy we got more Danmachi. It’s significantly better than nothing. The heroic tale of Bell and his meteoric rise in Oratoria as the ‘Little Rookie’ is a thoroughly compelling one. Training extremely hard, he goes from strength to strength. And whenever Bell gets knocked down, he rises up stronger than before and relentlessly pushes himself to overcome the challenges coming his way. The supporting cast are great. What’s not to love about Wilf, Mikoto, Lili or Haruhime? And of course, Hestia.

And other elements within the world of Oratoria are extremely delightful too. Adventure and camaraderie can be found around every corner, and when you add in the whimsical fancies of gods and goddesses, it’s hard to predict what exciting thing you’re going to get. To continue down the rabbithole, an S3 has already been announced. There are further plot points to chase – the demise of the Zeus and Hera familia, the Black Dragon and its relation to Ais, as well as this mysterious girl who appeared right at the end. So when the time comes, I hope you will join me on a new journey once again, if I’m still around to cover it. It would be my pleasure to continue seeing through the journey of the Argonaut, and how he rises up to become the greatest hero of his time. Anyways, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my posts to the end. I wish you all well, and I would be fascinated to know your thoughts down below!

September 29, 2019 at 8:09 pm
21 comments »
  • September 29, 2019 at 8:40 pmzztop

    This season covered Vol 6-8 of the LNs.

    One thing to note with with Eps 11-12 is that it covers the tail end of Vol 8′s content. Vol 8 was largely a vignette piece showcasing the lives of Orario’s side characters (Mikoto, Lili, Eina, etc.) amidst Ares’ invasion.
    Welf’s vignette got cut out, which is a pity since it explains why Ares was invading Orario in the 1st place. (IIRC the anime hasn’t really showcased much of Welf’s backstory overall.)

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    • September 30, 2019 at 4:34 amZaiden

      What the heck?!? It’s absolutely criminal none of those vignettes were adapted. Then again, seeing the hatchet job JC Staff did with Index and a couple of other shows, can’t say I’m too surprised. They seem to particularly specialise in cutting out important content while rushing along at a blistering pace.

  • September 29, 2019 at 8:46 pmLoliHat

    It must be said, overall, S2 failed to live up to the reputation that S1 established.

    Only in that the books covered by S2 were an order of magnitude than the books covered by S1.

    S2 of Danmachi ends at the ending of Vol. 8 (bit disappointed they didn’t include Welf’s character development).

    To continue down the rabbithole, an S3 has already been announced.

    All ready confirmed by the last scene in S2:

    https://randomc.net/image/Dungeon%20ni%20Deai%20o%20Motomeru%20no%20wa%20Machigatte%20Iru%20Darouka/Danmachi%20II%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2039.jpg

    S3 will cover Volumes 9-11.

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    • September 30, 2019 at 4:28 amLyfe

      You were spot on with your thoughts on the other post about Season 3. I’m pretty terrible at predicting how much an anime will cover in terms of material lol.

      I wouldn’t be at all shocked if by this time next year we get a Season 4 announcement as this series has been pretty successful and by virtue of Hestias character design they’ve done a LOT with the merch stuff like figures and other you know, things.

      • September 30, 2019 at 4:29 amZaiden

        If by ‘things’, you refer to the exquisite boob ribbon, and now that leaf bikini in the OVA promo images, yer damn right.

      • September 30, 2019 at 12:24 pmLoliHat

        A Season 4 would cover Volumes 12-14, which also form an arc. Volume 15 (the most recently released in Japan), seems to be more of a vignette/breather volume.

        Of course, there is also Sword Oratoria. Around Volume 6, it starts merging with the main story, and you see a lot of stuff you saw in the main series from a different perspective and a lot of added contexts, including two of the arcs in Danmachi S2, and especially in the S3 arc.

    • October 1, 2019 at 6:34 amGreed

      What does Hermès mean by “Last Hero”? As in Bell really is going to be the last hero made?

      • October 2, 2019 at 3:33 amZaiden

        Probably the final hero to defeat the Black Dragon – after which there’s no ‘hero’ afterwards per se because the heroics that needed to be done will be done.

  • September 29, 2019 at 11:53 pmChris hall

    Wife Asfi flying feet 22:12-22:18 in the episode

  • September 30, 2019 at 2:19 amruicarlov

    Hestia is Bestia, indeed. With all the chaos that has been going on this season and the constant jealous-Hestia mode, there wasn’t much time dedicated to show Bell and Hestia’s bond like in the beginning of S1. This “breather” episode was a good reminder why Hestia rose so much in popularity back then (besides the boob-ribon, of course).

    • September 30, 2019 at 4:30 amZaiden

      Bring on the haters. I’m here to consume any potential salt. Hestia is Bestia for life.

  • September 30, 2019 at 4:30 amLyfe

    Don’t forget to cover the OVA thats coming in January!

    • September 30, 2019 at 4:32 amZaiden

      I’ve never covered an OVA before on this blog, because I always forget when they air. Hopefully, I’ll remember this time around, because that leaf bikini in the promo images has completely captured my attention.

  • September 30, 2019 at 11:37 amNoted

    Can someone tell me what more or less was cut out?
    I know things were cut from the anime pace but never bothered to chack what(they also cut a lot in Se1 and added via games and other stuff)

  • September 30, 2019 at 1:56 pmhjerry2000

    Oh look yet another cute girl for Bell to add to his harem

  • September 30, 2019 at 5:56 pmRenaSayers

    From my point of view the only thing that ended was this old man’s life. Otherwise this episode did not feel like a proper closing for the story. In substitute for an actual ending you get Bell learning more about the relationship between goddess and child. Next to that is the begining of Bell’s mortality, seeing how his life is finite compared to someone he deeply respects.

    https://randomc.net/image/Dungeon%20ni%20Deai%20o%20Motomeru%20no%20wa%20Machigatte%20Iru%20Darouka/Danmachi%20II%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2027.jpg

    • October 1, 2019 at 6:26 amGreed

      A part of me wanted to know if a god and human can make babies together

      • October 2, 2019 at 8:02 amAex

        They can’t. Gods and fairies are infertile.

  • October 1, 2019 at 6:24 amGreed

    https://randomc.net/image/Dungeon%20ni%20Deai%20o%20Motomeru%20no%20wa%20Machigatte%20Iru%20Darouka/Danmachi%20II%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2039.jpg
    Who is she? Anyway, I love how Waifu either fall from the sky or grow from the ground.

    https://randomc.net/image/Dungeon%20ni%20Deai%20o%20Motomeru%20no%20wa%20Machigatte%20Iru%20Darouka/Danmachi%20II%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2014.jpg
    Why did are sword princess made this look?

    And what happened to Ares? Jail? Don’t know what to make of that last scene. Anyway, season 2 gave me a nightmare with that Toad; it turn very pleasant to see her pulverized. Looking forward to season 3 to see pretty girls.

    • October 1, 2019 at 7:19 amZaiden

      Ais seemed angry at the black dragon. I think they might have killed her parents or something.

    • October 2, 2019 at 2:28 pmLoliHat

      Who is she? Anyway, I love how Waifu either fall from the sky or grow from the ground.

      She is what all of Season 3 will be about, which covers a single arc from Volumes 9 through 11 of the LN series, which was better than all the earlier material behind.

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