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Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 7: 02/25/21
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 7 by Ryoko Kui takes a break from Laios's search for his sister to focus on Senshi, the party's chef.
At the start of the series Senshi's appearance and vast knowledge of what can be eaten and how to prepare it so it tastes good is welcomed without question. Now, though, as the party has learned more about the history and workings of the dungeon, they've begun to question how he came to know what to eat. Reluctantly Senshi explains.
Much of this volume is told in flashback while in the present a meal is prepared. Senshi explains how he was the last survivor of a group of miners who accidentally found themselves in the dungeon and were subsequently trapped. Senshi's cooking skills have grown out of necessity as food ran out.
The flashback also highlights the brutality of the dungeon especially in a time before resurrection spells. Senshi has been surviving on his own and living with some very dark memories.
Senshi's tale of survival also determines the placement of volume 7 on the road narrative spectrum (as an outlier series). Senshi as the sole survivor is an orphan traveler (FF). His journey has been through uhoria (CC), holding onto the past and looking forward to the future, wondering if he could ever go home or if he even wants to any longer. His route is through the maze (CC): the changeable, dangerous, trap riddled dungeon. Thus volume seven can be read as an orphan's journey through uhoria via the maze (FFCCCC).