- Titles: LASDAN, Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari, Imagine, un cambrousard du dernier donjon dans la ville de départ !
- Genre: Fantasy, adventure, comedy, haremish
- Episodes: 12
- Studio: LIDENFILMS
Lloyd Belladonnamight has an impressive name but that’s all he has. In every other respect, he’s just a country bumpkin with everything to learn. Sure, he’s weak and uneducated. What can you expect, he’s lived all his life in some tiny little village out in the middle of nowhere. And he might be a bit too naive for his own good. But Lloyd does have a few things going for him. He’s a hard worker, dedicated, and excellent cook and he is willing to give it all he’s got to become a soldier. He wants to help people you see. Oh and by the way, forget everything I just said. Lloyd may think he’s weak and a bit of a loser but he’s actually ridiculously overpowered and only dumb when it comes to assessing his own skill. And he might just become a hero after all.
I’ll admit that I’m not the best representative of general anime audiences. If aggregators are to be believed, I got some odd tastes. But it seems especially true when it comes to certain genres and one is the general isekai/fantasy genre. If it’s hugely popular, I might have trouble sitting through it. A series that was at beat tolerated, I’m super into! And that’s kind of the case here. I thought Lasdan was a fluffy but generally charming little fantasy offering and I enjoyed it a lot for what it was. That does not seem to be the consensus.
The production is fine. I mean it’s not special or anything. Standard character designs that I liked but I’ll probably forget. Utilitarian animate that did its job during fight sequences. Decent backgrounds with pretty colours. Fun voice acting with no frills.
Actually, that’s what I would go for. Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? was a capable production with no frills. No one will likely watch this series for the technical merits but I doubt they destroyed anyone’s watching experience either.
Story & Characters
At its core, it’s kind of basic stuff. The series is presented as a number of little arcs. Kind of a Slice of Fantasy. But they all have elements that tie to each other and lead up to the climax of the show. All the little adventures work well but they are not the most creative or deep sot of stories.
The twist here is that the main character Lloyd is a completely and ridiculously overpowered character, hardly even encountering a challenge before the very end, but thinks he’s a useless loser just getting in everyone’s way. He also happens to be the fluffiest and most impossibly nice person ever. And I think this may have rubbed some folks the wrong way.
I mean The fact is Lloyd isn’t a very complex character. No one in the series is. But that’s no the point here. At least the feeling I got from the very first episode of Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? is that this was just a little show to help you switch your brain off and enjoy the ride.
If you go by classic standards of fiction analysis, it’s a mediocre show at best. Character arcs are rather surface level and personalities are one-note. The story progression is decent but a little unimaginative.
But it is well-paced, it uses a mix of textual and visual exposition to make it extremely easy for the audience to follow along and the characters are sweet.
I have seen a lot of similar shows with the exact same failings get a lot more appreciation from audiences and I think it comes down to how you feel about the characters or the character designs. Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? has a lot of fun to share but shallow characters. Everyone in the show tends to be pretty nice with Lloyd just going to the extreme. And I know that the nice guy is not a popular archetype these days. At least not where I live.
Other than that, Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? is a show I would qualify as mostly harmless. If you want a superficial little fantasy to kill some time with and maybe a little break from incessant fanservice or tortured lead characters with tragic pasts, it’s a decent choice.
You might like this anime if:
You just want to chill an look at some pretty colours. You enjoy repetitive humour (I do!).
My favourite character:
Marie (the teenage witch)
- Every time Selen has you worried – take a gulp
- Every time Lloyd cooks – get a snack
- Every time someone draws an ancient rune – duck
- Every time Marie makes a crack at Alka – hide
- Every time there’s a Bug – take a sip
- Every time Riho is uncomfortable – take a sip to loosen up
- Every time anyone comes to Marie looking for someone – take a sip
- if they are actually looking for her – take another
- Every time someone decides to move in with Marie without asking her – take a sip
- Every time Alka curses Marie – oh no!
- Every time Selen’s belt saves her – take a sip
- Every time Shouma shows up – take a sip
- Every time anyone gets transformed – take a sip
- Every time we hear about Lloyd’s home town – raise your glass
- Every time we see the last dungeon – take a sip
- Every time Riho is money driver – take a sip
- Every time Allan chickens out – take a sip
I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.