Other name: ダンジョン飯; Delicious in Dungeon; Dungeon Food; Dungeon Meal
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Cooking, Fantasy, Seinen, Supernatural
Author: KUI Ryouko
After getting his sister devoured by a dragon and losing all their supplies in a failed dungeon raid, Lyos and his party are determined to save his sister before she gets digested. Completely broke and having to resort to eating monsters as food, they meet a dwarf who will introduce them to the world of dungeon meshi - Delicious cuisines made from ingredients such as the flesh of giant bats, walking mushroom, or even screaming mandrakes.
Dungeon Meshi is a real fun and interesting Dungeon Manga to read. I like it especially because it has no levels or stats or attributes like most Dungeon mangas thus giving it more of a fantasy than a video game feeling. The best of Dungeon Meshi is its world. It is incredible how "fucked up" its economy is but how well it works and how much sense it makes. For example, in DM "Mimics" exists, huge Hermit crabs and the like living in treasure chests to lure in careless adventures to kill and eat them. However those Mimics have another copycat enemy, Treasure bugs, which lay their eggs into Mimic treasure chests. The larves eat the Mimics alive, mature and when an adventurer comes along he will find a treasure chest which what seems a huge pile of gold coins which however are all bugs, ready to kill their by their gold blinded victims.
It's just awesome!
So far DM has 13 chapters out and Everyday Heroes took over translation. It seems to be pretty popular in japan given its sells a tons over there. Also there is already a lot of fanart and the like out there as well. I wouldn't wonder if it gets an anime sometime soon.^^
While its main cast is with 4 people pretty small they work great together and are fun to watch going into their adventure and eating monsters (or trying their best to get the first bit into their mouth xD).
Laius the knight/frontline fighter, a monster Otaku and obssessed to try to EAT THEM ALL AT LEAST ONCE! XDDD
Marsilla, the elf mage, clumsy, whiny and picky regarding her food, but a kind and brave soul who tries hard to be a good and important mage for her team.
Chilchack the hobbit rogue, responsible for locked doors, treasure chests and traps. A mature guy and something like the straight guy but also the one who already gave up on trying to stop Laius and Senshi from eating everything they encounter.
Senshi, the most amazing Dwarf in manga history! A cook, a warriors, a seeker, a golem gardener, an explorer, a trader, a butcher, etc and etc, name a monster and Senshi will find a way to make food out of it and it will be delicious!!!
Besides its interesting world and its lovely cast it also got a story behind this whole dungeon business: The dungeon was once a kingdom which was cursed to become a dungeon and sunk deep into the earth, its castle and capital void of humans and full of all kinds of ghosts, monsters and anything else you can imagine which tries to kills people which enter their domain.
An evil wizard lives at the deepest floor and he is responsible for this dungeon. Slay him and you will become King of this kingdom as promised by the dead king who with his last words made this promise before a group of peasants which found the entrance to this dungeon near their village before he turned to dust.
The village obviously became a town due the many treasures and rare stuff found down there. Lots of adventurers needs potions, weapons and armor and most importantly FOOD to enter the dungeon and its many many floors, each time trying to make a fortune and escape death.
So besides our 4 heroes trying to save Laius sister from becoming dragon poop, there is also this possibility of them fighting the final endboss to become the rulers over a whole undergone kingdom. And so far it is pretty exciting how many kinds of monsters you can eat and how many ways Marsilla has to express her disgust at having to eat monsters. XD
Hope some of you have read this manga here already too and like to discuss some bits of it here.
WOW James, it's almost like a review.
Will read, good thing there's only 13 chapters.
I like how even the dungeon expert Senshi can make mistakes with monsters like with the Kelpie as well as him accepting that magic has its good uses too. Same for Marsilla who went out on her own to use parts of the killed Anne to make soap off for Senshi. Lolz about Senshi's anti-magic beard, him sinking into the lake and then his POOF beard. XDDD
I love the Monster tidbits! <3
Golem history stuff and Orc beauty discussing. Laius was so close to get his head broken while screaming how much he and humans in general loves sexy long elf ears. XDDD
And OMG are those treasure bugs EXPENSIVE! A couple of those and you would be rich, rich!!!
Awww, that poor stick figure Laius. Stuck in the magic picture forever. :c
Hepatitis E in a dungeon manga, whhhaaaat!?!?! XDDD
Ah, also Dungeon Meshi won an award; the 2015 Natalie Comic Award for best manga published last year: http://origin-comic-award2015.natalie.mu/2015/
Seems it not only sells well but is also well liked by editors.