Nardio Manga Review
IS Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 WORTH YOUR TIME?
WHAT DID WE THINK WITHOUT SPOILING IT?
This is a very interesting manga for fans of role-playing games or just dungeon crawling adventure fantasy. I enjoyed it.
First off read the official description from Amazon:
When young adventurer Laios and his company are attacked and soundly thrashed by a dragon deep in a dungeon, the party loses all its money and provisions…and a member! They’re eager to go back and save her, but there is just one problem: If they set out with no food or coin to speak of, they’re sure to starve on the way! But Laios comes up with a brilliant idea: “Let’s eat the monsters!” Slimes, basilisks, and even dragons…none are safe from the appetites of these dungeon-crawling gourmands!
I bought this manga because of a few reasons. First and foremost, Yen Press was promoting this baby hard. I was surprised how many tweets and posts I was seeing. It had to be good considering all of the extra press. Secondly, the cover art. Thirdly, its really interesting premise. Once again, some genius writer calls out an obvious problem no one discusses in fantasy stories. How do people feed themselves in deep dark dungeon? How can they carry all the food and supplies they could possibly need?
And so I bought it.
Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 is a fun adventuring tale that takes its time examining the mundane and having fun with it. How do Adventures pack enough food for a journey and still have enough energy to adventure? How do they cope with losing or being on a fail team? Is there anything edible in the deep dark corners and depths of dungeons? Should you eat it if there is?
Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 was an interesting mix of world building, cooking and slowing showing the reader it’s ok to open your mind and stomachs and try new things. It gets a little formulaic, but by the end of the volume, I found myself invested. The characters are great, there are no cliches or tropes to have to endure, and best of all the story is original. I’ve never read anything like this and I’m kinda hooked.
The art is great. It’s a fun mix of light-hearted adventure stuff with a few dark tidbits in between, drawn in a way, as to not be too dark. There are lots of fun details to take in all around the book. The art never dipped in quality and for an interesting change of pace, the women’s outfits weren’t needlessly revealing.
All in all Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 was an entertaining read that had me smiling as I was reading it and thinking about it long after I finished. I enjoyed it enough that I went out and bought the follow-up. Expect a glowing review for Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 2 next week.
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- Amazon: Kindle for $6.99
- Amazon: Paperback $10.70
- Barnes & Noble: Nook $6.99
- Story & Art by: Ryoko Kui
- Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Cooking/Adventure
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