Thank you, Crunchyroll Awards, for bringing this manga to my attention.
Delicious In Dungeon is a fantasy-comedy in which a party of adventures lead by Laios must learn how to live off the monsters they kill as they venture deeper into the dungeon.
After their first attempt to defeat the Red Dragon fails miserably sending them back to square one and down three party members, two quitting and Falin, Laios’s sister, being eaten, Laios and his two loyal friends Marcille and Chilchuck return to the dungeon in hopes of saving Falin before she gets digested.
Laios decides to eat the monsters that live in the dungeon, but soon finds out he isn’t the first to come up with this idea. At the start of their adventure, they meet a dwarf warrior named Senshi who not only knows these dungeons like the back of his hand but the best way to cook up the creatures that live there.
The best way I can describe this manga is if you blended Dragon Quest with Restaurant to Another World. As you might have guessed from the title and the premise, it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. This might just be me, but the art style is reminiscent of old-school JRPGs which adds to its charm.
The main selling point for me was the characters, more specifically their team dynamic and how they play off one another. Laios is my favourite with Marcille being a close second.
It is a rather charming manga with likeable characters and fun ideas. At the time of writing, there are only five volumes out and as far as I could tell the series is still ongoing. So if you are looking for a fun fantasy manga to sink your teeth into, Delicious In Dungeon will hit the spot.