(Day 23, only a week left!) I know that I’ve unofficially extolled the virtues of Dungeon Meshi ( or as it’s romanticized, Delicious in Dungeon, lit: dungeon meals) but I want to officially include it in my month as it’s one of my favorite manga right now! I think anyone who’s followed me for a while understands that I have a penchant for cooking manga. There are actually at least a dozen cooking manga I keep up with, and still more that I’ve finished. This particular cooking manga with it’s interesting spin on the genre is my favorite of the bunch.
A group of adventurers try and plunder a sprawling dungeon for fun and profit, as any fantasy setting would have. Until regrettably one day our knight/hero’s poor sister (the healer/mage) gets eaten by a dragon. Wracked with despair and the small hope that, due to the odd benefits of the dungeon they transverse, it’s very hard to actually die for real within it’s walls. He goes looking for the dragon that effectually is killing her very slowly.
His party runs into a predicament though, the dragons haunt only the most difficult floors of the dungeon, it’s intensely hard to travel to these floors as provisions only last so far so you either have to bring a lot and risk getting blasted on being too slow and ungainly or travel light and be good enough to race on down there. His party is only middle experience at best. But they get a good idea. The dungeon has it’s own ecosystem of stock monsters, your mimics, your mermaids, your slimes, your various other mobs. What if instead of bringing food you just sampled some of these monsters as you go? Enter the premise of this manga! Find your sister, learn about complex dungeon ecology, and eat everything you come across in many different ways! Hilarious, touching, and incredibly interesting. I hope this manga gets localized soon so I can buy it.