Dungeon Delving Anime for D&D Fans?

  • Published on Aug 13, 2017
  • Anime name: "Made in Abyss"
    Dungeons and Dragons fans, especially dungeon masters, should watch "Made in Abyss" to inspire their dungeon building.
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Comments • 74

  • trevorhenderson
    trevorhenderson Month ago

    I am in love with the characters. I wrote a screenplay series based on the cartoon. U can read them here.....

  • fgreger
    fgreger 2 months ago +1

    Made in Abyss has by far my favorite fantasy monster: the Corpse-Weeper.
    They are scary as fuck because they are equal parts realism and psychological horror.

  • Valentin Ayala Lopez
    Valentin Ayala Lopez 3 months ago +1

    This video and the anime itself led me to create a similar campaign however I used the reverse for the curse. If one were to move down too fast they would slowly die off, so as to keep the campaign running at a pace that allows me to adjust future encounters properly. It will be one long as hell campaign, no less.

  • Christopher Strauss
    Christopher Strauss 5 months ago +1

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who agrees with this anime. I bought the first book even though it was in Chinese (no English manga in Taiwan) for their art style and similarities to D&D and have watched the subtitled series. It's definitely worth the time as it is enjoyable sight on the eyes.

  • E L Catli
    E L Catli 8 months ago +2

    I just ran a game, the theme is like konosuba lol

  • ItzJesJustAnimates !!!
    ItzJesJustAnimates !!! 11 months ago +1

    Question which do u think is more dnd based
    Goblin slayer
    The time I got reincarnated as a slime

  • Kent Hambrock
    Kent Hambrock Year ago +1

    Watched this before you made the video. My wife loved it so much she insisted we finish it over the weekend. She now wants to try her hand at making tabletop role play campaigns just so she can explore this world more.

  • Lowid Dy
    Lowid Dy Year ago +1

    feels in the abyss :(
    anime watching this season is how not to summon a demon lord & i might go long run with overlord s1 and s2 then catch up for s3
    waiting for goblin slayer also another dark series along with overlord btw

  • Jin Pennly - JnJn28
    Jin Pennly - JnJn28 Year ago +1

    im sry but i cannot like this since the like count is at 420 -_-

  • chosen undead
    chosen undead Year ago

    Don,t like his voice

  • phoenixking62
    phoenixking62 Year ago

    While the series itself isn't amazing, I think Danmachi offers a great setting to take inspiration from. The books go a lot further into the setting than the anime, but even just the anime I think offers some interesting ideas and concepts to put in campaigns.

  • Ryan Wilson
    Ryan Wilson Year ago +1

    Holy shit this was a good show

  • Snaze 9
    Snaze 9 2 years ago +2

    Im can't wait for Attack On Titan season 3.

  • Jacob Sario
    Jacob Sario 2 years ago +1

    Makes me miss watching Log Horizon

  • Gyrocoptor
    Gyrocoptor 2 years ago +7

    It's not an anime, but Dungeon Meshi is a great source of inspiration as well. The characters would not be out of place in a traditional D&D setting (it is inspired by Wizardry, which is inspired by B/X D&D after all) and the dungeon itself has a narrative that intertwines with the stories and goals of the characters. I highly recommend people check the manga out if they're interested in worldbuilding, as the author puts several unique spins on classic D&D tropes and monsters that could easily be lifted wholesale or modified to suit your game's needs.

    • Don't Stop Thinking
      Don't Stop Thinking  2 years ago

      It is definitely a great one. I am sure they will animate it in the next 2 years. That my predictions, at least comparing it to other great works that got animated.

  • Luke
    Luke 2 years ago +1

    will you be doing videos on the druid or monk classes? i love to see that.

  • Chris Drakin
    Chris Drakin 2 years ago +3

    For manga readers read Goblin Slayer, it is literally a D&D story also there is a light novel version (english)

  • Ozen the Immovable
    Ozen the Immovable 2 years ago +8

    Currently working on a Made In Abyss DnD.

    • Ozen the Immovable
      Ozen the Immovable 2 years ago

      Lol the robot pc has like 30 str probably. low int tho.

    • Brett William
      Brett William 2 years ago +1

      Ya you would have to do something to balance it out I just dont see it working in a d and d setting unless you do some heavy tweeking

    • Ozen the Immovable
      Ozen the Immovable 2 years ago

      Yea of course monsters. Theres alot of creative ones. I think MiA DnD would be more quality encounters over quantity. As for cutting the curse, Its not a bad idea though thats one of MiAs strong suits.
      As for th Reg problem, how about making of the PCs a robot like Reg?

    • Brett William
      Brett William 2 years ago

      I think the world setting is already perfect for DandD 5e! the problem would be figuring out a way for them to travel without reg! I think making it easier to traverse through the layers and cutting the elevation system where they get sick would be the easiest way to do so! That way they can bring relics back to the surface to sell and get more missions in the town.
      Fighting against Ozen and Bondrewd would be sweet but i think inputting a ton of monsters would work well too.

    • Ozen the Immovable
      Ozen the Immovable 2 years ago

      No I haven't friend. I'm lazy. Sorry. Its been difficult creating an engine. Thank you for reminding me. Ill continue to work on it. Ill let you know if I make progress. That and im a newbie at DMing so thats also a problem. You think of anything yourself? Im staring off with layers as being decent chunks of the game. Id try to balance monsters and environment as hazards. Bosses would be white whistles like Ozen and Bondrewd. Bondrewd being a FINAL boss and Ozen is early game. Having to research the world is super fun and its nice that the world is very well written and large. An engine is really the main struggle right now. Balancing survival and combat with skills and levels. Would their be classes? Probably roles most likely but ya know. Would they get a Reg equivalent to ease the struggle as it does for Riko?
      Just wanted to share and ask for ideas. If you do, fill free to comment here or email me at immovable6@gmail.com

  • Zerds James
    Zerds James 2 years ago +1

    First off, anime can be very cringy and tends to appeal to a specific audience but Made in Abyss completely breaks that mold. It is absolutely breath taking and I recommend checking it out even if you don't typically like anime.
    As for the topic, I'm DMing my first ever campaign but I can't imagine not having a driving narrative. In fact, all of my players hate combat and think it's boring. I spend about half my prep time building lore and little things for the players to discover. Finding an enchanted dagger is nice but realizing it is the enchanted dagger of the legendary thief a bard told you a story about 6 months ago is even better in my opinion. I'm all in favor of more narrative driven dungeons. I'm personally of the opinion that there are few things in life better than a good story.

  • Cuda FX
    Cuda FX 2 years ago +1

    your haunch of foreboding is spot on. if the anime gets even close to what i heard about the manga, the descent into uncle lovecraft's fun time murder hole, will get incresingly disturbing.

  • God hole
    God hole 2 years ago +1

    If you want a dungeon which is part of the narrative, you can read "Tower of God"! :')
    The art isn't great at the beginning but get better later. Anyway, the main point of Tower of God is the story and the lore.

  • Ben Bridges
    Ben Bridges 2 years ago +2

    Is it available on crunchy-role?

  • Jared Prymont
    Jared Prymont 2 years ago +2

    I love richly detailed environments that tell a story and then tries to kill you. Good luck if you're ever in my game! :)

  • Zoraine
    Zoraine 2 years ago +1

    Love your channel and looking forward to the wizard video! Do you have any idea what class will come afterwards?

    • Liam
      Liam 2 years ago +1

      Please do the cleric they are my favourite class.

    • Don't Stop Thinking
      Don't Stop Thinking  2 years ago

      Thanks, Zoraine! It will either be the rogue or the cleric.

  • KrazyKat :3
    KrazyKat :3 2 years ago +1

    I know someone who might like this. They are getting into anime thanks to me but I only recommend things he might like and I think he will like this.

  • Briansgate
    Briansgate 2 years ago +1

    Please, in the wizard guide, tell me why she's always so sad!! I have to know!

  • KingCreepa
    KingCreepa 2 years ago +3

    Dungeons should have a narrative if it makes sense. Example being a vampire in his castle. Sure he has traps for adventures in the main halls and the back doors, but his living quarters areas that used to house staff with family paintings that are now torn to shreds. This all helps set tone and then tell a story. If a temple was built by a lich to simply house his phylactery it is going to be riddled with traps, but not much story just to make sure the lich does in give away what lies deep within.

  • Ed Ploger
    Ed Ploger 2 years ago +1

    I'm really enjoying this anime and look forward to it every week. So, you called it his chin chin :P where are you from and is that a "normal" term for it there?

  • Alex Gregory
    Alex Gregory 2 years ago

    with how popular narrative driven games are recently I would have to say that narrative dnd games are probably going to work better nowadays

  • Zak Swearengin
    Zak Swearengin 2 years ago +1

    This was a great suggestion! I have only done home brew campaigns as a DM. I would love for you to do a video going into more depth about creating more home brew stuff. Thank you for everything! Can't wait for the next class guide!

  • Aethon056
    Aethon056 2 years ago +4

    Speaking of "more or less narrative," I think that really depends on what the players are looking for. I just started my first campaign as the DM, and while I was initially looking to focus on the story, all of the players are looking for epic combat instead, so that's what they are getting. So, adding more narrative is not a "waste of time" if that's what everyone enjoys, but I would personally support more story over combat every time.
    Anyway, awesome video, CJ. I'm gonna be looking into this anime.

  • Gen0
    Gen0 2 years ago +2

    A D&D inspired anime i highly recommend is "Record of Lodoss War". Great watch

  • Wind Wanker
    Wind Wanker 2 years ago +1

    I'm glad to hear a TheFatRat song in your video, he's my favorite artist

  • Lance_Cail999
    Lance_Cail999 2 years ago +1

    Thanks for the anime suggestion. I've caught up and it is REALLY good.

  • Fleem Q Swipes
    Fleem Q Swipes 2 years ago +2

    Lots of dungeons have narratives. Sunless Citadel, for example. The reason you may not see much story in a dungeon could be because the DM may not think to weave stories into the dungeon he's making, might not be too good at presenting the story (practice makes adequate) or the players are just not picking up on any of the story nuggets. If the latter is the case, it could be that the where you put your story doesn't mesh with the players' style. For example, players who don't like to interact with NPCs will miss a story that plays out in dialogue unless you monologue it at them, which they may not like.

  • MrGombaonfire
    MrGombaonfire 2 years ago +18

    speaking of anime and d&d what do you think of the series grimgar of fantasy and ash

    • Eugene Kwan
      Eugene Kwan 2 years ago +14

      The focus point of the series doesn't go towards the tactics, or the grit that Berserk may show. Rather, it's more focused on visuals and social interaction, the real struggles of adventuring and how everything in the show is alive. The most impressive thing about the show in my opinion is that they humanize everything including the monsters.

    • Don't Stop Thinking
      Don't Stop Thinking  2 years ago +6

      I have only watched clips of what my friends showed me. I don't think it offers anything new or better than what has been done before it. In terms of grittiness, Berserk does it better and in terms of tactics log horizon does it better. Unless I am missing anything, I really can't see the appeal of it.

  • Gabriel Mafra Lima
    Gabriel Mafra Lima 2 years ago +2

    You definitely hit the point. Dungeons and Dragons are far more interesting with a good history, a good narrative may save the most clichê adventure, a bad narrative will definitely ruin the best campain. Hope I can be as good DM as you are.
    Ps. Sorry for any mistakes, not a native speaker.

  • Daniel Ramsey
    Daniel Ramsey 2 years ago +8

    I would like to recommend several other fantasy anime to help spur some anime lovers who are after fantasy anime.
    Record of Lodoss War
    Lord Marksman and Vanadis
    Rune Soldier: Luey
    No game, no life
    The Seven Deadly Sins
    and Drifters (awesome series)

    • Ctt Maurice
      Ctt Maurice Year ago

      gerard s I was gonna say that too beat me too it lol

    • gerard s
      gerard s Year ago +2

      dont forget Overlord, while its more based on mmos than DnD you can kinda see some inspiration from it at certain points not mention Ainz is a great example of how to play lawful or neutral evil

    • digichu007
      digichu007 2 years ago +2

      Daniel Ramsey I think Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, and Konosuba are actually based on their author's D&D campaigns. The Goblin Slayer manga even has the 5e D&D character sheet as the guild sign up sheet in the first chapter.

    • Daniel Ramsey
      Daniel Ramsey 2 years ago

      Oh I do Agree, hopefully a second season does come out.

    • Liam
      Liam 2 years ago +2

      Drifters is so much fun my personal favourite from the list.

  • Jackson Barnes
    Jackson Barnes 2 years ago +9

    Kinda looks like studio ghibli

  • Boon Siew Lim
    Boon Siew Lim 2 years ago +1

    hey there, so I'm have been watching some of your videos on dnd when I first heard about it and now trying to write a settings to play dnd in a steampunk East and SouthEast parts of Asia. can you do a video about either creating your own world or based it on other preexisting books but change it a litter.

    • Boon Siew Lim
      Boon Siew Lim 2 years ago +1

      I don't mine waiting since I want to create a Mage Avatar

    • Don't Stop Thinking
      Don't Stop Thinking  2 years ago +2

      Eventually. I have promised to do the class guide series, so I will have to do that first.

  • Hikikomicklori
    Hikikomicklori 2 years ago +7

    Dungeon's & Dragons and an anime fan? You sir, are my HERO!

    • Hoshou Neko
      Hoshou Neko Year ago

      I bet he likes sci-fi too. Its kinda comes with the geek package.

  • Miss Vivian
    Miss Vivian 2 years ago +2

    Wow you made a good point about most dungeons. Because most of them are just obstacles for the adventurers to overcome to make it to the next story point. I fully agree with you for that there need to be more dungeons aren't just obstacles and are more part of the narrative.
    P. S. I love your content and think a series explaining pathfinder would be very useful.

    • Liam
      Liam 2 years ago

      Pthfinder is an alternative to D&D. It is basically just a heavily homebrewed version of 3rd edition. The main upside to path finder is that it has an incredible depth to class and character customization and abilities, but the main draw back is there are one billion rules and they are all extremely complicated.

    • Miss Vivian
      Miss Vivian 2 years ago +1

      Don't Stop Thinking No problem, after all it's clear you put in a lot of effort with the animations and throughly explaining your points. Keep up the great work!😀

    • Don't Stop Thinking
      Don't Stop Thinking  2 years ago +1

      Thanks, Ivan!