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Building Our Anime Dungeons & Dragons Party

Who would be in your anime Dungeons & Dragons party?

With the Dungeons & Dragons movie in theaters, we’re back to thinking about our ideal party builds. When you’re putting together a party, you want a team that covers a little bit of everything. You also don’t want one person who’s going to carry the whole party and leave you and the rest with nothing to do. (Sorry, Saitama.)

So who from the world of anime would we put in our adventuring party? Here are a few of the core people we’d take along. What about you?


Melee: Utena Tenjou

Utena Tenjou

For a killer Dungeons & Dragons party, One-Punch Man himself seems like he’d be a logical choice. But a big part of the fun of D&D is combat. It’s actually not all that much fun having one person mop things up while the rest of the party stands back. We want someone who has our backs, but who still lets us have a piece of the action. To that end, we’re calling on Utena Tenjou for melee.

While a tank of some sort wouldn’t go amiss in this party, we love Utena for her dexterity and speed. Hitting hard is good, but being able to stab a rose off someone’s chest takes talent. And when you’re up against bigger, slower baddies, these fighters are the party champs.


Support: Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee

Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee

Honestly, any of the idols from the Macross universe belongs in Dungeons & Dragons. They’re all textbook bards, after all! But these love rivals bring an extra level of power when they work together. Sheryl’s hot-blooded tunes and Ranka’s healing melodies almost feel like a well-balance bard duo: one dealing out inspiration, the other focusing on healing.

Of course, like any good bard, these two can deal some serious damage. Look back at their medleys at the end of the series and films, and imagine these two backing up your party. See what we mean?


Caster: Lina Inverse

Lina Inverse

Come on, let us have this one.

The heroine of Slayers may be a powerhouse who spams Fireball at the slightest provocation, but we know plenty of Dungeons & Dragons players like that. (We are some of them.) Plus, we believe her chaotic alignment balances out her power level. Sure, she could Drag(on) Slave you to within an inch of your life, but she’s got other things on her mind, too.

The only real problem with bringing her along would be the inevitable friendly fire. but why do you think we brought along two Support players?

Speaking of magic and fighting, these girls are having a big anniversary!

Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. Beyond the world of anime, she's a writer for Doctor Who expanded universe series including Iris Wildthyme and the City of the Saved, as well as an editor for the critically-acclaimed Black Archive series.