Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime Review

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

  1. SYNOPSIS

When Bell was little his Grandpa would often tell him tales about heroes and how they always saved the girl from a monster. Bell kept the tales about Argonaut told by his Grandpa close to his heart. When he was old enough he became an adventurer, not only to become strong but to pick up girls in the dungeon. However, he came across a Minotaur which resulted into being saved by a beautiful girl with golden hair and golden eyes called Aiz Wallenstein. His current goal now is to catch up to his saviour and be as strong as the person that he admires.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Game
  • Harem[1]
  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
    • Episode Eleven (LINK)
    • Episode Twelve (LINK)
    • Episode Thirteen (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I look for certain things in an anime. When I look for slice of life stories with no drama I find stories like Non Non Biyori and Locodol. When I look for humorous comedy I find D-Frag and Sabagebu: Survival Game Club. When I look for good fantasy stories that involve beautiful ladies and chess pieces I find High School DxD. When I look for battles or games that don’t involve physical fighting I find No Game No Life and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma.

Now, another requirement has been crossed off my list. I have looked for an anime that is based on a roleplaying game like Final Fantasy online but it’s more of a story than an online game. I find that aspect in the form of this anime, Dungeon Girls.[2]

It covers many aspects of online gaming when it comes to conquering certain levels of the dungeon. The adventurers come from all kinds of races from human, to elves, to animal people and so on. They can also buy armour, collect dropped items from the monsters and have weapons and armours made for them by blacksmiths. The biggest shout out to the game aspect is the levelling up. Instead of being part of link groups the adventurers are part of Familias but they can still form their own parties with other adventurers.

I pretty much like everything about this show really, especially the characters and the fights. Bell had a great growth as a character and it wasn’t all down to his Realis Phrase ability. There were times where I wanted him to get a grip but I then remind myself that he’s only fifteen years old. He’s still a young man so it’s natural that he won’t be the bravest dude in the dungeon as he’s still learning about life and the nastiness in the dungeons. However, his growth grew at a tremendous rate as he delved into the dungeon. It was literally thanks for Aiz. Because of Aiz saving him it made him strive to become stronger. He literally went from strength to strength and grew at a quick rate thanks to his ability, Realis Phrase.

His ability made it awkward for Hestia so she hid that fact from him, both to protect him for himself and from other Goddesses who might be watching in secret. She is always severely jealous of the fact that Aiz is the reason why he’s getting stronger, not her. She’s still happy for him by all means but she probably is resentful of the fact that Aiz is the cause of his growth.

I feel that Aiz isn’t the sole reason for his growth. Everyone played their parts really well. Aiz not only gave him a reason to get stronger but she also physically trained him and his combat skills improved as a result. Hestia gave him a reason to protect someone precious and one of his important people is Hestia. Not only does he see Hestia as a Goddess but he sees her as family.

Everyone at the Mistress of Abundance, Syr, Mia and Ryu all played their part by encouraging Bell and being good friends. Eina helped by introducing him to a good shop of armours which led Bell to finding an armour outfit crafted by Welf Crozzo. Lili helped by becoming his supporter, without her, he wouldn’t be able to collect so many stones. Without Welf, whom he eventually meets, he wouldn’t go down to the lower floors to fight the stronger monsters. Welf also crafted him the Ushiwakamaru weapon which was moulded from a Minotaur’s horn.

Freya played her part strongly, albeit, indirectly… if it wasn’t for her, Bell would never have learned the Firebolt move, and if it wasn’t for her, he would never have faced and beat that Minotaur. She was also the reason he overcame his fear of Minotaurs. As a result he also gained the Argonaut special manoeuvre. Freya is a wicked Goddess, yet, she probably is among the characters of this show who contributed the most to Bell’s growth. I really do like that aspect of the story. A villain who is helping a hero get stronger I think is really unique. Is it really for her own gain? Or, does she genuinely want to see him get stronger? It’s no secret that she desires him but it seems as though she’s willing to be patient, until she can get what she wants. I think Bell can feel her gaze from a distance, but he doesn’t necessarily know that she’s the source. Does he know that she exists? It will be interesting to see what happens if or when Bell meets Freya.

Freya is doing good deeds for Bell, but not necessarily for the right reason…

Apart from the nasty men who picked on Bell I do actually like all the characters from this show. I really like Hestia as she’s both cute and very, very funny. I especially enjoy the moments when she gets jealous of the other girls who come into contact with Bell. However, she’s serious when she needs to be. I also find it touching whenever she embraces Bell through comfort and relief. I think she’s the perfect Goddess for Bell. I also really enjoyed when she activated her Arcanum divine power to stop the fighting in episode 12. That was a really cool moment.

I think developing relationship with girls on all levels is the underlining theme of this show as the title is about picking up girls. Haha. Bell’s Grandpa told Bell that he can be a hero and protect girls and I think that really stuck with Bell when he grew up. I think at this moment Bell really does have a pick from all the girls in this anime.

All the ladies are really nice in their own way. Hestia is great. Syr is just really cute and innocent and has a lovely personality. Eina is very considerate but is probably a little awkward at times. The Amazon Twins, Tione and Tiona are really cool and they have really cool Amazonian looks about them. Demeter is a beauty and it’s a shame that she didn’t appear more often. Aiz is strong but very, very innocent in nature. Riveria is really cool and I like her green hair as it gives her that nature look. Ryu is awesome both in appearance and in combat. Mikoto is cute but I can’t help but wonder why she looks sad all the time. Lili was not very nice at first but she eventually came around to be a good supporter for Bell. I even somewhat like Freya… she’s beautiful and all but I do think she has a little bit of a crazy side about her and I think I’m actually intrigued by that crazy side. Haha.

If there’s one thing that I probably didn’t enjoy so much it was the way that Bell screamed every time Aiz or another girl touched him affectionately. Never mind potions or an antidote I think what Bell really needs is a throat lozenge. With the amount of screaming that he does he’s bound to get a sore throat one of these days. In all seriousness, I think it will do him good if he didn’t overreact as much as he already made Aiz sad when he ran away from her. Then again, he is fifteen so will it be expected for a boy to run away?

I think the more girls flirt with him, the more he will get accustom to it and take it in his stride. If a girl wants to show her affection towards you, you should let them.^^/

The fights were pretty awesome too. My favourite ones included the time when Bell beat that monkey to protect Hestia, to beat that Minotaur to show his growth and when he beat that Monster Rex along with Ryu, Welf, Asufi and Mikoto. They were all really intense and in my opinion they showed Bell’s growth as a person and as an adventurer.

I would have like to see Naza more and I definitely would have liked to hear her speak. She sounded like a really interesting person and I enjoyed visualising her voice when reading the Light Novel books. Sadly, the anime didn’t show her as much as I would have liked.

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Bell, Hestia, Lili and Welf Endcard

In all honesty, I could talk about this forever but I feel that it would be wise if I to make it as concise as I could.

What I would really like to see is a special episode or an OVA about the time when Bell and Hestia first met. I read the epilogue in the first LN[3] book and I really, really enjoyed it. I really hope that that small chapter gets animated someday. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

[2] The correct abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is DanMachi. However, I prefer to call it Dungeon Girls. =D

[3] Light Novel.

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode Nine

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

It’s really nice that Bell has finally met Welf Crozzo. When it turned out that Bell’s armour was made by a blacksmith called Welf Crozzo I pictured him to be an ancient blacksmith who is quite advanced in years. It turns out that that red haired fella is the actually the Welf Crozzo. It did cross my mind that he could be Welf but I rubbished it as I thought he was going to be elderly. I was wrong. Haha.

I immediately took to Welf. I think he’s rather cool. Even if there were a few things he didn’t reveal straightaway I didn’t sense any particular dark secrets from him. It’s just that he’s had a bad stigma involving his family name. His philosophy and views on making weapons are really cool too. A weapon is not just a tool it’s a part of who you are. It’s a very cool philosophy indeed. =)

I think it was kind of Mama Mia to allow Ryu and Syr to accompany Bell and Lili to celebrate him moving up to level two. I know she’s a firm but fair lady but she is seriously someone you don’t want to be on the wrong side of. Ryu is able to hold her own against those nasty men but they literally ran in fear when Mia slammed that desk hard. In a way I wanted them to be disrespectful to Bell and Ryu as ultimately they will run with tails between their legs when Mia gets involved. Haha.

It was fun watching Hestia tease Bell. It was also funny how she managed to get him the nickname of “Little Rookie.” I can see why Hestia chose to go with a sensible nickname as it will be a nickname that will stick with Bell. In a way, I think Little Rookie fits Bell very well. It seems like another God called Takemikazuchi has someone in his familiar who has levelled up too. I wonder who this Yamato Mikoto is. I would want to research her but I don’t want to be spoiled so I will resist the urge to research. Haha.

Bell’s Argonaut skill looks pretty wicked. I get the feeling that that skill alone goes hand in hand with Realis Phrase. Realis Phrase makes Bell level up quicker and Argonaut is about gauging the level of the monster and this makes it easier for Bell to beat that monster.

It was fun to see how Welf melds his weapon. When he poured that liquid thing over the Minotaur thorn I actually thought it looked like a delicious melty chocolate. Haha. The weapon he created looks pretty cool. I’m not sure about the name though. Ushiwakamaru is a bit of a mouthful and I’ve already bit my tongue twice just trying to pronounce it. Haha.

I would have liked to see more of the Loki Familiar in action. I reckon more would have been said in the LN, especially from Aiz’s point of view. Everyone is obviously pumped up and hugely motivated at how quickly Bell reached level 2. I wonder when they will finish their expedition.

THANKS FOR READING

Bell, Hestia, Lili and Welf Endcard

Sometimes I don’t like watching this show straightaway as once I’ve watched it, it’s all done and over with. It is a shame.

The first volume of the manga version got 6th place in the New York Times this week. This makes me rather pleased. In my eyes Dungeon Girls (which I’ve often call this show to condense the title) deserves to be really succesful. =)  I would buy the manga but it’s on my birthday list as I think it would make a rather nice present. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode Eight Thoughts

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime This was definitely exciting to watch. It looks like Bell got a little jealous of Aiz or more like had his confidence knocked when it was announced that Aiz defeated a floor boss. In the books they’re referred to as a “Monster Rex.” And I think this desire to catch up to Aiz made him very determined to beat her in combat and he held his own for a while and managed to pull off a counter-attack. Eina is right, Bell shouldn’t compare himself to Aiz, but naturally, he is. Syr was cute when she hugged Bell’s arm and wanted a favour. That favour… is washing the dishes at the Benelovent Mistress. Haha. I wonder what she was thinking when she was listening to Bell and Ryu’s conversation. Surely she couldn’t possibly be jealous of Ryu. It turns out that Ryu was an adventurer before she became a waitress. That explains why she was able to intimidate that nasty man that chased after Lili and knocked Lily down with a simple coin throw. I did get the sense that she was an adventurer. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mia Grand was a former adventurer too. Ryu’s words definitely helped Bell and made him connect some dots, so to speak. I made a prediction that the Minotaur was going to strike during Loki Familia’s Expedition, and I was right, but I was partly wrong that Aiz wasn’t going to come. As soon as she heard that Bell was in trouble she literally took off. That was sweet of her, putting him ahead of the Loki Familiar’s expedition. They had members from the Hephaistos Familiar tagging along as well. This tells me that Loki and Hephaistos are on good friendly and/or business terms. My heart was really in my mouth when Bell was fighting with that Minotaur with all his might. I think seeing Aiz gave him the boost that he needed. Whilst Aiz was set in saving him she also understood why he wanted to fight alone and I actually think she believed in him. No one else from the Loki Familiar did as they don’t really know Bell as well as Aiz did. It seems like she helped a lot more than practice in combat. I was really pleased in the end when Bell beat that Minotaur, and he looked quite cool when he used that Minotaur’s sword. I was especially pleased that he won because Bete was being quite the jerk and it’s nice for him to get put in his place. Hopefully now Bell will be able to let go of his fear of Minotaurs. It’s partly good but partly bad. It’s partly good for the obvious reasons, but partly bad because… well, Freya. It was her plan all the long. I don’t know exactly what was said in the books but I do get the impression that she wanted Bell to conquer his fear, I.E., beat the Minotaur. If you look at it that way, she won. She appeared to be overjoyed with his growth and skills too. Initially when Bell suggested to Lili that he felt like he was being watched I thought it was because the raging Minotaur was on his way. Now that I think about it I actually think he felt Freya’s “stare.” I think he can sense when Freya looks at him from afar but doesn’t necessarily know that it’s her. It’s more like an intuition on his part. And Bell is S-Rank in all areas of Level One. Congratulations Bell. It looks like he will be out of commission for a good while though. I wonder if all elf people can read Hieroglyphs? I think Eina was able to read Bell’s status a little but it seems like Riveria was able to read the whole lot. I wonder what will happen now. What else is Freya going to do. I think it’s only a matter of time before she is exposed. Hestia kissing Bell on the forehead was both touching and cute. It was a nice and gentle way to end the episode. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Bell and Aiz Endcard 2 In my episode 7 thoughts blog I said that the Levels go from A-I with A being the strongest and I being the weakest. This is incorrect as the highest level is actually the letter S. This makes sense as the letter S is commonly the highest rank in anime and manga in terms of fighting ranks and battle skills/points. Thanks for reading. =) Sayonara.^^/ Ryan.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode Seven Thoughts

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

Ah, that Freya. It seems that she sent one of her men, possible a familiar member, Ottarl, to the battlefield to fight a Minotaur. It seems like Ottarl was deliberately trying to frustrate a Minotaur to the point of rage where that Minotaur would get strong through the pit of rage. What is Freya plotting? This is evidently connected with Bell as she will do everything she can to have him. But, why get her hands on a Minotaur?

I have a theory… perhaps Freya knows that Bell had that incident with a Minotaur and he’s holding onto that bad memory. So, Freya deliberately got Ottarl to pick up a raged up Minotaur and will force that same one to fight Bell. That way, if Bell fights that Minotaur and beats it then perhaps he’ll be able to let go of his traumatic situation from weeks ago. Either that or she wants him to get killed so she can go to heaven and make a claim to him. I doubt she will try to kill Hestia again.

This episode was definitely going to be about Aiz but I never anticipated that Aiz would train Bell in combat, let alone interact with him. In a way I’m glad we haven’t found out about Aiz’s past yet as I rather see her interact and develop a nice relationship with Bell.

Naturally, Bell tried to run away after seeing the person he admired. I know exactly what he’s going through when it comes to crushes. You don’t know where to look when someone you like or admire looks at you right in the face. I don’t think I would run away though… well, not now. Haha.

I did notice one thing though, something which I nearly overlooked. Bell bumped into Aiz’s bum, accidentally, when she cut him off from running away. Initially I thought it was just right place, right time for Bell. However, I suddenly remembered that Aiz doesn’t allow her Goddess, Loki, to touch her anywhere, especially her bum. Yet, she didn’t bat an eyelash when Bell touched her, albeit, accidentally. This tells me that she’s comfortable with Bell.

Aiz training Bell was a nice moment. It does seem like she is a bit of an airhead, something which I suspected deep down. I get the impression that she wanted to avoid combat training with him but was left with no choice after… well, having no more choices to choose from. Haha. It was pretty funny when she kept on knocking him out. And every time he gets knocked down he would wake up on her lap… that was funny but it might do him good if he stopped screaming for once. He’s going to give himself a sore throat. XD

What was that sudden afternoon nap all about? It was like the battle of wills, I think, of Bell’s conscience. The Grandpa represented his Devil side and Hestia represented his God side. However, I’m glad he didn’t kiss Aiz in the end as that would have left a bad taste in my mouth. If he did have to touch her no matter what than I would give Aiz a taste of her own medicine and have her head resting on my lap. Of course, Bell wouldn’t think of that.

I do beg the question… was Aiz genuinely asleep? Initially, when she said “wait” I thought she was just sleep talking. However, perhaps she was fully aware what was happening and wasn’t prepared to receive Bell’s kiss? She did remind me a little bit of Snow White when she was lying down with her hands on her ribcage.

I did fear for Bell when Aiz went to the booth where Hestia works. It was only natural that Hestia would get upset and jealous. Bell really did let his guard down. On a side note, I always thought that Bell would treat Aiz to something to dinner first, rather than the other way around. Hestia was adorable as ever when she’s jealous. Not only is she competing against Lili but now Aiz. She does have a point though… Bell is spotted with a different girl in every scene. Haha.

I’m going to venture a big guess here and say that that Minotaur will most likely attack when Aiz goes on that expedition with the rest of her familiar. That way Bell has to fight that Minotaur without her help. Plus, he’s learned a great deal from Aiz and looks much stronger and more skilled in physical combat.

THANKS FOR READING

Hestia's Evil Grin

So far the anime have not really explained how the levels work. I think it’s probably sensible as I personally found it a little complicated when I read the book the first time. I think it goes like this… Bell is a Level One adventurer.

Adventurers are ranked in five areas; Strength, Defence, Utility, Agility and Magic.

You get Battle Points, so to speak, in the form of letters and numbers. I is the lowest, A is the highest. If you are on a Level 1 I-999 in Agility and your God/Goddess just levelled you up then your Agility will probably be something like Level 1 H-12. It depends what you did in the dungeon. Bell tends to get high scores in the Agility department as he manages to dodge monster attacks. He levels up quickly in all departments due to his Realis Phrase ability.

It will be interesting to see what happens when he reaches the level A-999 in Agility. When he reaches Level Two in Agility he would probably start from I again as you would work your way up through each Level. But, does this mean that Bell will become a Level Two in all areas automatically? Or, will he just be a Level Two in Agility and Level One in the rest of his attributes. I haven’t read the rest of the Light Novel Volume Two yet so I’m not sure if these questions have already been answered.

Whatever the case, I’m enjoying the anime very, very much. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.