Manga Review: Delicious in Dungeon

The above trailer is for the book. There is no anime at this time.

Details: Currently ongoing I think. Also known as Danjon Meshi or ダンジョン飯.

Score: 7.3/10

Delicious in Dungeon is a comic that combines a variety of genres. It takes place in a fantasy world, but focuses on cooking. More often than not, it’s a comedy. If I had to pick a single genre to define the feel of this story, I’d choose the slice of life genre.

Delicious in Dungeon takes place in a fantasy world of magic, monsters and adventurers. In this world, there exist dungeons filled with monsters and treasure. Adventurers explore these dungeons in hopes of getting rich. The story focuses on the character of on a particular group of adventurers who have resolved themselves to eating the monster in the dungeon in order to survive.

The first thing you should know about this comic is that it is a comedy. Most of the time it is very funny, though there are some dramatic moments. A lot of the humor is around them taking mythological creatures and monsters and finding ways of preparing them to eat.

In this way, this is a lot like other food oriented stories like Shokugeki no Soma, Yakitate Japan or Isekai Shokudou. They spend a lot of time going through these fictional recipes and food preparations using fictional ingredients (like cockatrice meat) and on how the characters react to eating those things. The joke usually goes that the characters are grossed out from eating a monster, then find that it tastes surprisingly good when prepared a certain way. It’s an interesting premise that combines the fantasy genre with the food genre of anime/manga.

But that’s only part of the story. The other large part of the story involves exploring the dungeon. The protagonist are set on going in deeper into the dungeon and encounter all sorts of monsters and traps that they have to fight. There’s a good amount of action, but the art style keeps things light and funny, even when things are serious. There’s also a great deal of world building and that adds a lot to the story.

The art is generally silly, which helps add to the comedy going on. It also takes away from the more dramatic moments, but I think that is deliberate in order to keep the story light.

Overall, this was a fun book where the author clearly took a lot of time into thinking about. The author combined a number of elements from various genres of anime/manga and created a new fantasy story with its own food based twist.

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