Bell Cranel is, first and foremost, an adventurer. Throughout the course of Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, also known as DanMachi, we have seen Bell grow from a boy who could only dream about being stronger to a young man who is working hard to achieve those dreams every day! The road may not always be easy, but Bell has made friends along his journey to help him. Without the support of Hestia, Welf, Lili and the countless others believing in him, Bell would not have made it as far as he has. He is reaching new heights of recognition every day in Orario and, though he still chases after Ais, he has become much more mature about it, treating her as a person rather than a prize to be won. But though Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? focuses entirely on Bell’s story (with a little of Ais thrown in for Sword Oratoria), we are also fascinated by the expansive world built around these characters!
The main story plot is simple enough, but for those who want to dig a little deeper into Orario, we thought we would explore a bit more of how the world is set up. We’ll talk about the setup of the gods and their familias as well as the role that adventurers like Bell and Ais play in the world. We’ll also take a quick look at some of the other characters and their roles in the wider world, like Eina or Syr!
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka mostly incorporates the Greek gods and goddesses of legend into its world. A few other deities from various religions are thrown in as well, such as Takemikazuchi from Japanese myth, Loki of Norse mythology, Miach from Celtic myth, and Soma of Hindu religion. In Orario and beyond, the gods and goddesses reside above the world, with Zeus sitting at the head of the pantheon. However, some of the deities existing above humanity decided they would rather descend to the Earth to live among the children of the world they so loved. Though they are not allowed to use their powers on Earth without permission from above, many of the god and goddesses chose this more involved life over being worshipped from afar.
How Familias Work
Familias in Orario are established by the gods and goddesses who sit at the head of a group of children whom they will support and lend their power to. These familias can have different purposes depending on the gods’ wills, though most of them have many dedicated adventurers at their disposal. Some familias can be quite large, like the Apollo, Freya, or Loki familias, while others only support a few loyal children, like the Miach or Hestia familias. The number of children that the deity takes under their wing depends on a variety of factors, such as their overall goals, how many people that god/goddess can support and, of course, if they even want to adopt that person into their familia.
The Dungeon and Monsters
Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? stays true to its title, with an intense focus on the dungeon it is named after! The Guild manages the adventurers and most of the quests that go into the dungeon, as well as overseeing the monetary reward from most monster drops. They have some advisors like Eina available to keep track of all adventurers, helping them to decide how far they should go into the dungeon based on their experience, level, and accompanying party members. Easier monsters to fight are closer to the surface of the dungeon, while those of a more difficult level appear the farther down you go. There are some intense boss monsters at peak level changes, and adventurers can occasionally find levels of rest as they go deeper down, often with towns for trading available.
What about Non-Adventurers?
Though Orario focuses intently on the adventurers keeping the town safe and providing most of its income, the economy does rely on other aspects to keep it moving! Of course, the Guild oversees most of the city’s protection from monsters and manages familias. There is a good deal of trading from various merchants, especially when it comes to adventurers’ needs. For example, the Hephaestus and Miach familias take advantage of this need by selling weapons and medicine respectively. As for relaxation, taverns and war spectacles take up much of the free time of people in the city! The Ganesha familia provides entertainment for its citizens, while taverns like the Hostess of Fertility keep the people fed and happy.
DanMachi showed that Orario is a vast world from the instant it appeared on our screens. And this isn’t even including the world outside of Orario, which we got to see a mere glimpse of in the Arrow of the Orion movie! There is so much to see in DanMachi, and while we would love to talk about it all, there’s not enough time to uncover all the mysteries and myths of this anime’s setting.
We hope you enjoyed our brief look at some of the moving parts behind DanMachi! Let us know what you think of the series in the comments below! Until next time!