All aboard the Lili ship
In contrast to my analysis on Ore Monogatari!!, I’ll be writing DanMachi more about the actual events that transpire, thus making it appear much more candid, because I can manage a 260% increase in jokes. Also important to note is that there will be a 1,000% reduction in the appearance of a certain Kami-sama’s ribbon. I can feel your anger already, and it makes me smile, so happy in fact that I feel like buying myself a present. Maybe a string. That’s blue. I wonder what I’ll be able to use it for. It’s a string; there’s a rainbow of possibilities.
In the spirit of those statements, I’ll just come right out, and say it. It took way too long for Hestia to give Bell that knife. After doing the math, Hestia was with Bell while holding the knife for six minutes and twenty-one seconds. That doesn’t include time in-between the scenes they were together (for reference, the complete time from meeting to giving is seventeen minutes and twenty-four seconds), which made it appear even longer than that. At first it was alright, because they’re on a date; you expect she’ll give the knife to him at the end. But, when a massive gorilla monster appears, and you still don’t hand over a weapon you were originally going to give until four minutes and fifty seconds after it starts chasing you, it’s too much. Is a bear coming to maul your face off? Don’t worry, I’ll give you the tranquilizer gun in a few minutes.
My, what big teeth you have.
This issue in particular accentuates the main (and only really) problem with DanMachi; there’s a decent story being told, but it’s inhibited by moments construed mainly for plot convenience. In basic terms, the writing is just poor sometimes. On one hand, thanks to it we did get to see some great fighting of monster and man, but on the other, I’m still left wondering why Bell destroyed more armor than he needs to. If you’re going to stab the monster in the chest, why did you bother cutting his headpiece, and since you broke the headpiece first, why are you bothering with the chest? Bell literally dive-bombed him and didn’t bother to go for the area he previously exposed. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt this time and attribute it to the naivety of a warrior adventurer, and hopefully as he gains experience and confidence, he’ll be able to fight without relying on a pep talk and stat increases even though that’s what the system revolves around right now.
Even with a few mishaps, there’s good ground being tread. There was more Kami-sama time, Eina got away from the desk (I’d question if they had contacts whenever this takes place, but seeing her without glasses was a nice change so whatever), and the introduction to Lili’s plight (SHE’S SO SMALL GAHHH okay, I’m okay, just had to get that out). It’s been all but outright stated that members of the Soma Familia need money for something and because other adventurers are more…stingy with the loot they obtain, Lili tries to raise it by stealing from the adventurers who swindle her and reselling it to sketchy lawn gnomes who own businesses. If I had to take a guess, I figure from all the evidence that there will be some kind of development where Lili may want to leave her Familia, but because of the financial troubles her current Familia is in, she’ll (or possibly any member) have some ridiculous amount to pay before she’s (they’re) allowed to. It’s a rather standard reason to keep people around, but what’s more compelling is that we don’t know how the Soma Familia became so desperate to begin with. Bell seems to be doing alright for two people just starting out, so what’s the problem with an established Familia? It remains to be seen.
I lied, there’s the ribbon.
Now that Bell’s been built up a bit, we’re starting to get into the more interesting aspects of the story, namely the addition of his team members and Freya’s mysterious intentions. Since the situation regarding leaving and joining other Familias hasn’t been made clear (or the third member entirely), it’ll be interesting to see if Bell’s entourage ends up joining the Familia, or if it’ll remain with just Hestia and him until the end. Freya was slightly suspicious to begin with, but we’re slowly beginning to see her true colors which apparently are red and black. There was also a distinct lack of Hestia in the most recent episode which means if we don’t get a heaping next episode, someone is going to feel cheated, and it’s not going to be me.