Ryoko Kui’s gourmet fantasy comedy Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi) has proved a massive breakout hit for Enterbrain’s Harta magazine in recent years, winning big at the ‘Kono Manga ga Sugoi!’ awards in 2016 and even being picked up for publication in English by Yen Press. With all that success in mind, wouldn’t you say that it’s high time for a Delicious in Dungeon anime? And might the legendary Studio TRIGGER even be interested in picking up such a project? This latest Delicious in Dungeon commercial certainly seems to suggest so.
Enterbrain released this latest Delicious in Dungeon commercial via their YouTube channel on September 5 to celebrate the release of the series’ eighth collected volume – and what a celebration it is, as they managed to get Studio TRIGGER to put it together for them.
Even without prior knowledge, this commercial just screams Studio TRIGGER. Their color design stuck out to me straight away, being similar to their other shows such as SSSS.GRIDMAN, but the quality of the animation made it even more obvious – no other studio animates action quite like TRIGGER, and even the character animation (most clearly seen in the cautious way that Marcille tucks into a bit of monster meat) is a cut above the rest.
In this sense, Studio TRIGGER have brought what many – including myself – love about their work directly over to this Delicious in Dungeon commercial. Given this, why don’t they give a proper anime adaptation a go?
They’re clearly suited to Ryoko Kui’s art style and story, having been able to adapt it in subtle enough ways to make it work for animation. They also seem to have a bit of time on their hands – although they do have one upcoming project in the form of BNA: Brand New Animal, their schedule is looking quite bare after the release of Promare this summer.
This is also no doubt one reason why they’ve been doing so much commissioned animation work recently, such as the recent opening movies for Lab Zero’s Indivisible and WayForward’s Shantae 5. Why not add a Delicious in Dungeon anime to that schedule, then?
Of course, the decision lies with Enterbrain and the editorial team over at Harta, so we’ll just have to wait and see. But the potential is definitely there, as proven by this latest Delicious in Dungeon commercial.