My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer

Alt title: Boukensha ni Naritai to Miyako ni Deteitta Musume ga S-Rank ni Natteta

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2023
3.541 out of 5 from 1,803 votes
Rank #5,300

The life of an adventurer isn’t always a glamorous one. Belgrieve finds this out the hard way when a deadly encounter robs him of his leg and the ability to pursue his dreams not long after setting off for fame and fortune. But fate isn’t finished with this retired adventurer! While gathering herbs in the wilderness, he discovers an abandoned baby girl and names her Angeline after deciding to raise her as his own. Angeline grows up to become a top-tier adventurer in her own right, yet after venturing out into the world and making a name for herself, fame, fortune, and power hold no allure for the accomplished S-rank adventurer: her heartfelt wish is for nothing more than to see her father again.

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"My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer" is where you watch the adopted daughter and her adopted father go on about their lives, who periodically contemplate about spending more time with each other as a family when they're preoccupied with their own problems that they face. Plotline is very simple and only really tickles your fantasy brain a little, but it does not try to be any more than that, they are just kinda there and slowly forgotten. This story have some humor here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary. It's one of those animes I would watch as if I'm a passerby, someone who just come and go to see how certain characters are doing from time to time, so I wouldn't really recommend this show if you're expecting a more intense, action-driven plot. Some people will probably find Angeline, the adopted daughter, to have a "dad complex" and find that rather iffy - but to me, I just see her as someone who really look up to Belgrieve as a father figure. What she does around him seem very childish and 'weird', but I feel like it's justifiable of a reaction for someone who cares about her father's wellbeing a lot. No need to worry about this getting into the inc*st route or something along the lines of it. There's nothing sexual about it and it shouldn't be seen that way, because in the later episodes, you would see that Angeline just want her adopted father to be well-off with someone that would be good for him and she's very alert about people who doesn't seem to respect personal boundaries around those she cares about.


This is a really nice wholesome anime. It's not anything incredible to write home about but it is really good for its genre, which would be seinen slice of life of an ex-adventurer. There's something really refreshing about seeing adults and not prepubescent teenagers or college grads full of angst as the focus of stories. The story is not overly complex, you have your slice of life dad story, the fighting adventurer daughter and then your run of the mill shadowy organization plotting in the background. The animation I found lacking especially in the first few episodes, there are times when you can tell the budget on this one wasn't all too great, but it wasn't unwatchable either, just irksome. But I'm not one to really care about that as true viewers of culture watch anime for the plot. The sound was reasonable, there was an interesting spot where they gave us a shire sounding tune to really drive home the village feeling, so that was a nice touch in my opinion. The opening also sounded quite nice, definitely good in my books. And finally the characters, more specifically Belgrieve the MC. He made all the difference and the reason I decided to write this review. He is an adult, a real adult which we rarely get to see in anime nowadays. He does not contain any great gags or tropes as what we've grown accustomed from fathers in anime, if being critical we could say he is bland, but that is only in comparison to the overblown MCs we are commonly used to. He is something of a prototype of a regular person which resonated very well with me. Now, some might argue that he is strong and therefore not ordinary, but even if he were weaker, there wouldn't be much change to his characteristics, if anything humbleness in strength is virtue not weakness. His morals, principles and priorities are very relatable and down to earth which makes for a very balanced and complete character. Anyway as a soon to be father myself I couldn't help but be very inspired by this character and that rates very highly. His daughter is all deredere which one can only hope happens when they have a daughter, but his stoicism and not making this some kind of weird incest thing meshes really well. The other characters are also quite lovely, appearing, giving a bit of their backstory but not taking focus from the main story. The thing that I am most delighted with is the lack of ecchi or other forms of inappropriate relationships being formed. I might be let down in the future, but the fact you can have a daughter or young woman and not sexualize her in anime is almost unseen nowadays, no wonder the perception of the anime culture is getting worse. And once again, I cannot stress how much I enjoyed seeing a show about something other than overpowered boys who hate the world or happy go lucky guys with no responsibilities. Anyways, definitely one of the gems that almost flew under the radar for me, and so doing my due diligence to bring it some attention.

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