[2024] 多読/extensive reading challenge

Just finished volume 9 of DanMachi. It was a reasonably good read, the author’s writing is still improving. Most of the usual problems with fan service are still here also why do you feel the need to describe the sway of everyone’s breasts? Well, to be “fair” that only happens once per female character in this book :expressionless:
Another thing that was a bit annoying (or, let’s say, less fun) is that one of the cool feature of the book is that you get to see characters progress in a neat numerical fashion, but no progress happened this time since character mostly just stayed home… Are they also in quarantine? :anguished:
I liked the premise of this book, though, the fact that some monsters are sentient. But I really can’t understand why ベル stopped being able to properly fight monsters in general after that. Even if they have a conscience just like you, you fought actual humans and demihumans until as recently as the previous volume, and you attacked people before in a way that would have killed them had they not miraculously dodged the attack (volume 6). So, doesn’t look like you had problems then. It takes another character to spell it out for him, “if someone tries to kills you, you just try to kill them back”. (Obviously an oversimplification in general, but you don’t really have the opportunity to tell people “can’t we just talk about this” in the dungeon)

But, yeah, still fun overall. This book is also the start of a new arc according to the afterwords (well, not surprising considering it introduces a lot of stuff), so more on that next time I guess.

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