Is It Wrong To Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon – DanMachi OVA Review

DanMachi OVA

This one barely needs reviewing really because to be perfectly honest between what people already know of the DanMachi (Is it Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon) series and the title, it kind of tells you everything you need to know. This OVA was released on HiDive and I was happy enough to return to watching Bell and his friends given I’ve been reading the light novels and feel like I’ve been waiting forever for a second season of the anime, but even I didn’t have high expectations going in. Simply put, it was obvious from the beginning that this is strictly filler and won’t be advancing the plot in any meaningful way. I did have some minor expectations that it might fill in some of the character development I’ve come across in the light novels that wasn’t present in the original series, but sadly that is lacking as well. Still, if you are a fan of DanMachi then you’ll probably know more or less what to expect here; just keep in mind the title is not lying.

DanMachi OVA

We catch up with the characters directly after the events in the series where Bell has just slain Goliath and they are making their way out of the dungeon. After the usual Lily and Hestia antics fighting over Bell (wait, you guys know you are still in the Dungeon right and should be paying attention) they are attacked and in the process Hestia ends up finding a new tunnel which leads to a hot spring (because anime).

Now we all know DanMachi has never been afraid of fan service and so behold Hermes preparation of swimsuits for the girls to change into, including one too small for Hestia that eventually snaps while trying to dress and an ‘improvised’ version is constructed. I will point out that while lingering shots of the girls (and guys at times) and various camera angles are simply blatant pandering to fans, but the banter going on between the characters as they relax and unwind from their adventure is genuinely enjoyable. The chemistry between the group is pretty solid and if you like the show then you already like these characters and so listening to them here will be a genuinely good time.

DanMachi OVA

Of course though, they are in the dungeon and DanMachi is aware that fan service is not its only selling point. Introducing monster fish that use the hot spring to pray on adventurers for a few minutes of exciting action toward the end works well enough to let Bell do the hero thing, and I’m only going to vaguely mention the whole water suddenly melting their swimsuits off but somehow not dissolving Lily’s back pack when she drops it in the water at the end. Basically, whether you are into this show for the girls, the action, or the character interactions, this OVA actually delivers on all 3 and about the only thing it doesn’t do is deal with the overall plot (and no one ever really expects and OVA to do that).

DanMachi OVA

This is not your introduction to the series though and will make little to no sense if you aren’t familiar with the world and the characters. Even for fans of the series, this is decidedly something that can be ignored. But, if you are in the mood for twenty minutes more of Bell and Hestia, then its worth a shot.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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6 thoughts on “Is It Wrong To Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon – DanMachi OVA Review

  1. we see that destiny land academy has a principal or headmaster who is a wizard named Merlin the school has both boys and girls going to destiny land academy the students are quite strange odd weird bizarre eccentric along with the other faculty members of destiny land academy.

  2. I have a brand new anime or manga featuring a 44 year old normal guy named Adam lee he lives in Tokyo Japan he gets a job as a teacher in a boarding school located in a different world called Elysium the school is destiny land academy.

  3. Didn’t even know they’d released an OVA. I’d almost lost all hope that they were even considering making another season after all this time.

    1. I’m pretty sure there is another season coming (or maybe I’m just really hopeful – but I recall hearing some chatter that maybe later this year or early next year). Still, I was happy enough to come across the OVA after it was released on HiDive. I’m not big on hot spring episodes, but I really like the characters in this series so I’ll probably watch them do anything at this point.

  4. Random question but did the HIDIVE release include the ED? I remember thinking this episode was just okay but the ED with the hug pillows is one of my favorite bits of comedy from DanMachi.

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