Today, I bring you another Why You Shouldn’t Be Watching with a heavy heart, because I very much wanted to like Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria. It had all the makings of a great companion series to the original, but sadly lost its footing in the wake of strange creative choices that differ from the manga in big ways.
You can find out why what those are and why the anime adaptation is so bad after the break.
What I’ve Seen: Episodes 1 and 2
Unlike its predecessor and parallel story, Sword Oratoria focuses on the most useless, pathetic character in the form of Lefiya Viridis, an elf girl with no personality or skill to be an adventurer, a character who has the audacity to breathe the same air as Aiz. The worst part is, this is supposed to be Aiz’ story, and while we do get some moments with Aiz in the first few episodes, there is much more focus on Lefiya being useless and having to be saved while she tries to cheer Aiz up from the fog of interpersonal relationships.
Now I’ll go right out and say it: I dropped this show two episodes in, hard. This is not a good show, and while I admit I haven’t watched any of the episodes that have come after, I’ve got a pretty good idea about the show from the comments and asides I’ve been reading at a glance. From what I know, it continues to focus on Lefiya instead of showcasing the actually interesting inner thoughts of Aiz, which is what the manga does instead.
This adaptation is garbage because of that, a fact that steams me more than a little because while I’m okay with parallel stories, and in fact even welcome them, the fact that we aren’t even getting insight into the character this anime is supposedly about is just a travesty. I don’t know what the creators were thinking when they shifted the focus from the supremely skilled Aiz to the moeblob useless sack of elf that exists as the main character here.
But enough of the main reason I hate this anime. Let’s get onto the other reasons it’s bad: namely, the fan service is still as cringey as ever. The fan service in the original series was also bad, but it was easier to ignore because it’s the typical tropes of a harem lead finding girls to peek on or grab the boobs of. It’s still not good, and I’d prefer if it didn’t exist in the series in the manner it showcases, but Sword Oratoria still does it, and for no particular reason.
The entire latter half of episode 2 focuses on Aiz and the Amazons with their pet Lefiya going through a shopping trip where they try on clothes. While I enjoy seeing characters being put into different outfits that fit their forms and colors, the fact that they stick Aiz in Hestia’s outfit is just ridiculous fan service pandering bullshit. Not to mention that almost all of Aiz’ outfits are completely out of character for her and only exist because the other characters want to see their precious princess in slutty outfits.
But hey, I can look past most of that. Fan service is a part of this show and won’t ever get better, and I can ignore it for the most part, like when Loki gropes Lefiya twice in the same manner, a joke that fell completely flat on its face. Loki being a creeper continues from the previous series, and I do like Aiz approach to cutting that shit out, but threatening the god with a knife if she even tries to grope Aiz. More power to you Aiz, you know what’s wrong and what isn’t, and your actions could save an otherwise lazy adaptation.
On the topic of the good things about the show, Aiz is cool and her action scenes, especially in the first episode, are fun to watch happen. Learning more about her and seeing even the surface emotions that flicker across her very unemotional exterior are small hints and teases of what the show could be but doesn’t quite reach.
Seeing her do what she does when she’s not in the main series is also fascinating because it gives more insight into her character in general even if she still remains emotionless in most moments. The fact that she knows she has a problem with emotions and interpersonal connections is also a nice side to see, since it stops her from being the perfect mary sue that many, even in universe, see her as, which makes her more relatable as a result.
The Amazons Tione and Tiona are also great characters, just like they were in the main series. They’re both extremely hot in their own ways, and their attitudes toward battle, and life, differ enough that the twins are their own separate characters, a storytelling choice that many anime stumble trying to fulfill. I’m sure many of us like the Amazon twins for other reasons, like Minotaurs, but suffice to say that they remain excellent additions to the cast.
The animation is what you’d expect from the previous series, but I can’t help feel there are moments when it’s worse. There wasn’t any memorable music in the two episodes I did watch, either, and I didn’t especially care about either the OP or ED like I did with the original series.
In the end, this is a failed adaptation of a great side-story manga, so I recommend just reading the manga instead of wasting your time with this anime. There’s a particular manga page detailing her thoughts that takes place in the second episode of the anime that is sorely missing from the adaptation, and that fact continues to be the case from what I’ve heard and seen. But if you still intend to watch it, I’m sure you’ll find some good things in it, because the fights are always fun to watch in shows like these.
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