Art: Masaya Takamura
Original Story: Fujino Omori
Character Design: Suzuhito Yasuda
Translation/Adaptation: Andrew Gaippe
What They Say:
For the gods and goddesses who give their followers Blessings to dive into the Dungeon, there’s nothing they won’t do for the sake of their familia. But have you ever wondered how they spend their days while their brave adventurers are busy fighting down below? Get a rare glimpse into the rare and just a tiny bit slapstick daily lives of the deities of Orario, 4-koma style!
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As Bell, Welf, and Lilly come back after an exhausting day in the Dungeon, a panicked Hestia comes rushing to meet them with a surprising declaration – the babies are here! While his friends think Cranel has done something inappropriate with the goddess, a quick trip back to the abandoned church reveals his patron was speaking of a litter of kittens she received from Ahnya at the Benevolent Mistress. Now with many more mouths to feed the already taxed family must find new owners for these bundles of joy … no matter how adorably cute they may be. However once one problem is solved another situation soon arises for the penniless deity as new competition opens across from her place of employment – Jyaga Maru Kun now has a rival from her fellow god Takemikazuchi. But as his followers prepare for a fierce contest, how will Hestia be able to participate without some extra help?
After being inundated with so much pain and suffering from the main and spin-off titles of this series, it is a delight to be able to turn to the yonkoma format of this title for a well-deserved laugh at the cost of our favorite characters. While Omori-sensei preserves the core personalities of the heroes, it is sincerely amusing to watch him exaggerate some of their traits for the comic sensibility of the story, especially Aiz and her obsession with jyaga maru kun, which is used to great effect within many of the chapters. But then to allow mangaka Takamura to create chibi forms amplifies the hilarity ever more by making the awkward situations all the more stranger, with a normally serious Kenki surprisingly animated once our idol is exposed to her preferred food. To watch her lose all sense of restraint is unusual, but at the same time it suits her persona of being battle ready at any time, only to shed the veneer of being unapproachable and adopt a new attitude once those treats are brought out. She quickly becomes the center of attention much to Hestia’s chagrin, but of course, whenever Wallenstein does appear you know we are in for more laughs even as her friends shake their heads in frustration as Aiz innocently never understands what she has done wrong.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Four-Panel Comic: Days of Goddess never takes itself seriously, but at the same time it is this lighthearted approach through the characters which always makes this series such a pleasure to pick up after a hard day at work. To see our favorite heroes placed in normal situations allows us to acknowledge they have daily lives, and yet at the same time it is the strange departures due to their serious personalities which make the approach so comical. And while each chapter lasts for but a few pages, the stories are fully encapsulated and give us a breath of fresh air with a brief smile and slight chuckle, only makes want for more.
Content Grade: A+
Art Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: A+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Older Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: September 18, 2018