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.

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 Six Thoughts

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

So, it seems like everyone in the Soma Familiar are addicts and they can’t get enough of that wine. It does make me think of people who get high on drugs but here they’re getting high on wine. That’s why they’re materialistic, as is Lili, to some extent. The difference here is that Lili wants to get enough money so she can leave the Soma Familiar once and for all. I knew there was a genuine reason why Lili was being deceitful and I didn’t have it in me to dislike her. Neither, it seemed, did Bell.

I did get the impression that Lili did not bear any bad feelings towards Bell she was really desperate to leave her Familiar. When her familiar abandoned her I was eagerly waiting for Bell to come and rescue her, and he did just in time. I was pleased about that. His new Firebolt magic has really come in handy, and he used it just in time to save her.

Of course, she was feeling incredibly guilty and judged Bell for treating her nicely. I get the impression that Bell didn’t really have a reason for saving Lili, except that he wanted to. But when he was questioned he just gave her answers just for the sake of it. Sometimes people do thing for no apparent reason, and Bell just saved her just because he wanted to. It was rather emotional seeing Lili pour her heart out like that. I wonder if Hestia will allow her into her own Familiar and allow her to be Bell’s Supporter. In my opinion, she will accept her into her Familiar, albeit reluctantly as she will probably see Lili as competition. Haha.

It’s great seeing Aiz. Loki teased her about her “man running off.” I don’t imagine Aiz being the vocal type so I imagine Loki could foresaw Bell rolling away when she was “upgrading” Aiz’s level status. I’m really certain that Aiz does harbour some sort of affection for Bell and did seem insensitive over the prospect that he’s avoiding her. It was great when she helped Bell out with those Orcs and it appeared that she found Bell’s arm protector and knife on the floor.

It looks like the next episode is going to be about Aiz. I really don’t think she’ll meet Bell again anytime soon, I think they’ll meet right at the end of this series. I predict that we’ll probably get a small background and learn more about Aiz and how she earned the nickname, “Sword Princess.”

Then again… Aiz still needs to give Bell back his Hestia Knife and the arm guard he got from Eina. Perhaps Aiz will give it to him in person. However, I personally think that she’ll give it to Riveria or someone like Syr to give it to Bell instead. Who knows what will happen but I do know that I’m enjoying this anime a lot and it’s a shame that the episodes have to end so quickly.

Eina and Aiz

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

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

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

My guess on Hestia working part-time for Hephaistos was right. This way she could pay her back quicker. She really suits the maid outfit.

Eina looks rather dashing but still dignified in her casual outfit. I can’t help but think that she looks completely different without her glasses. Subtle changes like that can be quite amazing. =) She was a little playful too. I didn’t think she had in her to be flirtatious. Perhaps being around Bell has brought this side out of her. I didn’t know she was 19, Bell made it sound like she was older than she appears.  It was nice of Eina to invite Bell to the Blacksmith department.  I really like the look of his armour, and that special present that Eina gave him looks especially important.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Lili. In the last episode she was treated badly by that dude, but she was actually smiling. Did she enjoy getting ill treatment? The same sort of thing did happen in this episode. But then, it seems like everything was a plot on her part. She deliberately did a bad job for the man until a better offer came along, and that better offer was Bell. She wanted to become his supporter so she could try and nab his knife and pawn it off. She couldn’t pawn it off as that knife can only be used by Bell.

Bell did not show any signs of suspicion or distrust towards Lili, and he didn’t hesitate to share the profit that the two of them earned. Lili was naturally surprised. I have a theory that she probably knew of Bell for some time and thought that she could take advantage of his good nature. In a way, she has. But Bell is genuinely sharing the profit with her without knowing her real intentions. That’s the kind of good guy he is.

I do wonder if the Soma Familiar as at the back of Bell’s mind. Eina brought to his attention that those from the Soma Familiar tend to be “desperate” for something. It does make me wonder why they are so money grabbing and quick to pawn off goods. Are they financially unstable? Is Soma, the God or Goddess, money grabbing? Is he materialistic? It’s all guessing games at the minute but I do have a feeling that Lili is not going to keep the money that Bell shared with her to herself. It’s either going to be taken away from her forcefully by this Soma God/Goddess or something else.

I think already Lili is warming up to Bell. He seems to attract girls without even trying. The stern looking Ryu has even stepped up and stopped the dude from fighting Bell. It was rather cool how she was able to detect that Lili was carrying the Hestia Knife without losing her cool. It was even cooler when she knocked Lili off balance with a single coin throw. Haha. I think it’s more than appropriate to say that I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley. She demonstrated what she’s capable of!

Did Syr show a face a jealously when Bell shock Ryu’s hands? Speaking of Syr, I think she needs more air time. One can never get enough of her. Hestia is my favourite female from the show, but Syr provides a strong competition for first place. As does Aiz.

Back on subject-

How many ladies is Bell going to attract? Freya seems to be on the move again. I thought she was going to cool off for a while so she wouldn’t arouse suspicion. I guess she’s either too strong to not worry or couldn’t care less. It was rather cute but very, very humorous when Hestia called Bell a cheater after she saw him holding hands with Lili.

I would have liked to have seen more of Aiz in action. It looks as though she’s going to take down a boss level creature with her fellow familiar buddy, Riveria.

THANKS FOR READING

Bell and Aiz Artwork Endcard

I’m slightly gutted as I got the Volume Two Light Novel on pre-order on amazon and it was due to be released last week. However, it’s been back-ordered and is due to be released on 16th May. I’m not sure I should wait as I owe it to myself to read it asap. That and I just wanted to get ahead of the anime. Haha.

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

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

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

This was a great episode. =D This episode focuses on chapters 4 and 5 of the Light Novel.

Freya has finally made her appearance. Well, technically I guess it can be argued that she actually made her debut in episode one but you only see her eyes. She is a beauty but so far she is probably the prettiest anime lady that comes at the top of my dislike list. Haha. XD

I’m slightly gutted that the anime didn’t expand on the full conversation between Freya and Loki from the LN.[1] I really enjoyed their interaction as Aiz is just casually standing behind Loki. It can’t always be helped as sometimes it’s not possible to adapt every little thing that has happened from the original story. Eina’s scenes were omitted as well and I feel that her appearance was quite significant in the original story. However, in the scheme of things, they’re not the most important parts of the story so I can see why Eina’s part was cut from that scene.^^/

However, the scenes that were adapted were the ones that I wanted to see the most. I especially liked the part when Aiz is casually looking down at the crowd and then spotted Bell. They didn’t seem to show what Aiz was thinking, but that’s probably a good thing. It leaves me room to speculate what’s going through her mind, even though I have an idea of what she’s thinking. =D

Loki is funny to watch and is much more eccentric then I originally perceived her. I thought her reactions were funny, particularly when she was left to pay the bill at that dine place. Her squabble with Hestia was just as funny and I can’t decide who came out on top. I would say that it’s a draw as Loki beats Hestia in height and Hestia beats Loki in the bust department. Haha. I thought she was going to be evil with a name like Loki, but I was wrong. It’s just her eyes that look evil. Haha.

Syr is such a lovely girl and was impeccably cute when she was acting innocent in front of Bell. Bell wanted to refuse her lunchbox offer but he just couldn’t say no to her. She also told that Mia lass to forgive Bell. I don’t think Syr made a lunchbox for herself though. I think she actually made it for Bell and Bell alone. I’m glad things ended amicably in the end between Bell and the workers at the Mistress of Abundance. Mia even gave Bell some wisdom advice. I thought that was cool as she was acting like a Mum or Aunt. Something tells me that Bell is going to become a regular customer at that bar. 😉

I was most looking forward to the part where Hestia and Bell join in the festiveness of the MonsterPhillia. I originally pictured the scene being set at night as I assumed that it was going to be like a Japanese type festival. However, I think it was better that it was set in midday. Bell feeding Hestia a crepe was pretty cute, and he certainly went red in the face. Haha. Hestia looked jealous as soon as she learned that Bell is looking for a girl. Her jealous pouts are really cute to watch. It was especially funny when she was slapping his back after she was levelling him up. It was a nice moment when Bell promised her that he was never going to leave her.

It was very sweet of Hestia to go out of her own way and prostrating for days on ends for Bell’s sake. I think that prostrating pose is actually called “Dogeza.” That basically means you kneel down to appeal strongly for a favour or to strongly apologise for something.  If that is the correct term then it makes sense why Hestia was doing that. It seems that Hestia looks up to Hephaistos, and it isn’t because she’s small. Haha.

The ending was a tearjerker. Bell locked her up behind some random bars so they could protect her from that huge ape. If you look at it another way, it can also be a symbolism. That is the symbolism of not being able to do anything as she is trapped.  It’s really cool that Bell is going to take a stand and fight that big ape. It wouldn’t surprise me if that Silverback was stronger than the Minotaur that Bell encountered previously. As Hestia is his family and she’s a damsel in distress he was able to move despite feeling fear.

DanMachi is really good so far and I’m pleased with how it’s been animated. Roll on next week. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Hestisa, Bell and Aiz

I’m going to be spending the rest of the evening doing some writing for my story, watch some Football and have a Wii night at my brother’s. It’s going to be a good day on this lovely summer Saturday. =)
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] LN is the abbreviation of Light Novel.

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

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

I really enjoyed the first episode. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited for a new anime. My memory tells me that this episode covers 3-4 chapters from the Light Novel volume one. The first bit when Aiz saves Bell from that Minotaur is actually the prologue from the LN.[1]

Aiz is exactly how I pictured in my head. She’s super strong when she’s in battle mode but has a sweet innocent side when she’s not. I tend to have a thing for girls when they struggle to express themselves, and it looks like Aiz fits that category nicely. Naturally, Bell fell for her. I get the impression that Aiz is most vulnerable, if she ever lets her guard down, when it comes to eating. Food is the weakness for most people in the world.

I do like how Bell is perceived in the anime. He acts like a young boy who is full of enthusiasm and curiosity. He’s more innocent then I perceived him and I’m glad the anime made him this way. I felt sorry for him at times, especially when that cat dude was making fun of him. I don’t think there was any shame of being scared of that Minotaur. He can use that experience as a platform to get stronger. =) I must confess though, it was pretty funny when he ran through the street covered in a Minotaur’s blood. XD Eina’s lovely. She acts like an older sister, I think.

I’m glad the elf girl with green hair scolded the cat hair. I think her name is Riveria. She even punished him by suspending him in the air. I don’t remember that happening in the LN, so I better re-read the first volume. I really like her voice, it’s like she’s got a bit of a animalistic rasp whenever she speaks.

Hestia is much cuter and bubblier then I pictured from the Light Novels. I really like her voice; I think its spot on. She sounds like a more mature yet flirtier version of Mirai from Locodol. They are voiced by the same person, Inori Minase. Her facial expressions and reactions are really cute too, especially when she’s in teasing mode and jealous mode. Even if she does act hyper at times I do think she has a mature side, and we saw it when she carried Bell back to the bed. I liked her reaction to Bell when he “accepted” Hestia’s invitation to sleep in the same bed. Haha… Did anyone else notice how Hestia’s hand was on Bell’s bum? That was a convenient fall to my estimation. Haha.

I like Syr a lot more than I thought I would. In the Light Novels I sort of pictured her as demure as Yukimura from Haganai. However, in the anime she is bubblier than I thought she would be. I like her even more, and I thought it was sweet that she gave Bell her lunch so he wouldn’t starve. Slap a ring around her. Haha. Wait… what about Hestia and Aiz? I would say, slap a ring around them as well! Haha.

That’s the great thing of this show now. I can read the first book again and I would be able to appreciate it a lot more. I made my predictions what I thought the War Shadows were going to look like… I was dead wrong. Haha!

I like this show already. I’ve watched the same episode twice. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw this for the first time. Bell’s goal seems to be picking up girls in a dungeon and being their knight in shining armour. However, so far, he is the damsel in distress and Aiz is his knight in shining armour. I hardly think that matters though. It doesn’t matter what roles someone plays in the relationship, as long as it’s healthy and loving. =) I wonder if he will be able to interact with Aiz again?

Bell’s ability “Realis Phrase” is also unique and I think this gives him a nice balance in terms of ability of strength. This gives him the opportunity to grow stronger and he has improved his stats already upon his encounter with Aiz, much to Hestia’s dismay. Haha.

The opening song is pretty good. I try not to watch them in case I get spoiled. I liked the way Bell and Hestia brushed their teeth and swayed in unison. That brought a smile to my face.

I’m looking forward to the next episode, and I sincerely hope at some point that the anime will air the epilogue from the LN. The epilogue is touching and nearly brought a tear to my eye. =)

THANKS FOR READING

DanMachi

I’m now going to spend the rest of the day watching Football. The first game is Arsenal vs Liverpool. I’m looking forward to that game, it will be epic. =D

However, for now, I’m going to watch Food Wars. I’ve heard a lot of good things about that manga but instead of reading the manga, I decided to give the anime a watch first. =)
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] LN is the abbreviation for Light Novel.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon Light Novel Volume One Review

Dungeon Girls Front Cover Light Novel Vol 1

This is the first time that I read a Light Novel without any indication as to what the story might be about. I just read the summary and ordered it via amazon. I decided to share my thoughts and how I visualised each scene. =)

PS, I apologise for the long title. As far as I’m aware there’s no abbreviation to this title so I felt that it was necessary to keep the title long for now. =)

  1. SYNOPSIS

Bell Cranel is among the adventurers that fight in the “Dungeon” which is an underground labyrinth that is part of a city called Orario. However, unlike most adventurers, Bell’s main goal is not fame or fortune, but to meet a bundle of pretty girls, thanks to the influence of his Grandfather. Will he be able to meet pretty girls or will he get eaten alive in the “Dungeon”….?

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Game
  • Harem[1]
  • Romance
  • Seinen[2]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

Prologue

It’s quite short so I can’t really comment much on this. I understood that some lad has been saved by this super strong girl from a Minotaur. She’s called Aiz Wallenstein with golden eyes and hair. Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon, the boy asks… my personal opinion is… no, in the slightest.

Chapter One

By what I’ve gathered there’s this adventurer called Bell Cranel and his goal is to, well…go into dungeons to pick up cute girls. He was inspired to do this by his wonderful “Gramps.” It’s a bonus by going into dungeons as well as powering up.

Along the way he goes into these guilds to do commissions and often meets his good friend, Eina. I think she’s an elf who works as a receptionist?

He gets these power ups from his Goddess called Hestia. Gods like Hestia are from this place called “Tenkai” whilst normal humans like Bell are called “Genkai.” It seems like the Gods want to live alongside normal people as they become bored being “Gods”. They travelled down to Earth or Genkai and gathered “children” for their own Familiars.
I was a bit confused at first. At first I thought they were brother and sister but it turns out that Bell is part of Hestia’s familiar. Hestia has the power to “level” Bell “up”. Strangely, he has this unique ability of in which Hestia is keeping Bell in the dark of. I’m not really sure as to why this might be.

Chapter Two

There is a typical cliché moment right at the beginning when Bell wakes up. “Huh? What’s this on top of me?” He pulls the covers up and surprise, surprise a pretty girl was on top of him. It should get old but to me it’s always charming when it happens to different characters in different stories. I liked how Bell responded to try and move in the gentlest way so he didn’t wake Hestia up. For some reason I can see the anime milking this scene and making him jump like scared rabbit, no pun intended. I hope they keep this scene of where he gets out of his “predicament” in a calm manner as it’s a bit unusual for guys, in this type of story, to act this way. I wonder if Hestia often sleeps on top of him?

I got a little confused as to why Hestia became uptight and pouty towards Bell. I immediately put it down to her having a bad day all until she said “go have fun someplace else.” It made me think. I think when Hestia reads Bell’s levels on his back she can sort of see what he did during the day and week.

Not so long before Bell interacted on friendly terms with this Syr girl… this made me think that Hestia saw this and got jealous. It all started to make sense to me. There’s no denying that she likes him, but on what level? Family love? Or is it much more than that? This makes me wonder as well if she is jealous of this Aiz girl. The one who saved Bell.

A sad moment happened right at the end involving the Loki Familiar…I really like Aiz and in my opinion she’s in with the wrong Familiar. I knew she was a good person to begin with as she saved Bell. I hoped she wasn’t arrogant and this chapter confirmed that she isn’t… I do wonder if something could happen between her and Bell? She recognised him a little bit from his eyes and hair when he ran off. If she knew him quite well then that must mean he’s been in her mind. I anticipate that they’ll meet again by the end of this book.

I thought Bell was going to confront this arrogant man from the Loki Familiar. To me, I think he did the right thing to take himself out of the situation rather than start a fight. But, if it was me, I would have controlled my emotions better and pay attention to the pretty maid next to me but hey that’s just me. =D

Chapter Three

I enjoyed the fight between Bell and those… wall shadows. I couldn’t really picture the wall shadows very well. In my head I pictured them as pray mantis. Anyone know Schyfer from Pokemon? Schyfer is like a pray mantis. I sort of pictured the wall shadows like him but a dark version of him. I also replaced Schyfer’s head with the letter “V”. Haha.

I’ll be interested to see what they look like in the anime as I get the feeling that my imagination is totally off the mark. Haha.

Bell is getting a bit of a power up. Perhaps this is something to do with what Hestia saw on his back in Chapter One. Rapid Growth. Since he is dodging and defending a lot I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to get stronger.

Chapter Four

I’m really growing on Hestia. The picture I have of her in my head is becoming clearer and clearer. I find her to be really cute. Her clothes are cute too. By the way she acts, dresses and represents herself I do get the impression that she is the youngest out of all the gods. It’s incredibly sweet how she actually went to this God’s party for Bell’s benefit rather than have a good time. I decided that after Chapter Four, Hestia is my favourite character in the story.^^/

I can’t really make up my mind if she’s mature or childish. I’m under the impression that she’s a little bit of both. She is carefree and playful during the day but she’s mature when she needs to be, I.E., when Bell is in trouble. So, I deduce that Hestia acts in certain ways depending on the situation and who she is spending her time with.

By the way, Hestia’s name can also mean altar and fireplace. If I recall the dialogue correctly she and Bell live in the underground of the church near the altar part. I wonder if there’s a deliberate connection there. All the gods seem to have different names. Hestia is named after a Greek goddess whereas both Loki and Freya both not introduced yet at this point, stem from Norse mythology.

Chapter Five

The mistress, I noticed, is called Mamma Mia…I wonder if that’s a plain coincidence or if that’s a deliberate tribute to Abba’s song “Mamma Mia”? It’s a fun name regardless. =)

I’m really getting into this story. It’s getting really exciting. =D

Admittedly I thought all the Gods were going to be female, given the nature of this type of story. My assumptions were crushed upon the introduction of Miach. He appears to be in a similar situation to Hestia as he works as well. Good for him.

Hestia was sweet to spend all that time kneeling for 2 days running just so Hephaistos could build a weapon for Bell. That was certainly a cool moment. I think there’s a fancy word that she used for it but for now let’s call it a prostrating position. =) It was especially sweet how she decided to enjoy the festival now that she was in the same atmosphere as Bell. It was full of cliché moments, especially when Hestia tried to feed Bell. Instead, Bell fed Hestia. Goddess or not I think being fed by a beautiful girl is always a plus point in my book. 😉

I think it’s pretty much confirmed by now that Hestia is pretty smitten with Bell. Who comes up with the name “Love Dagger” with no romantic intentions? She got jealous and suspicious of Aiz, Syr and Eina the receptionist, mostly for no reason as she read into it. I was suspicious but now my thoughts are confirmed. =)

I liked Bell’s explanation on the map of Orario… He lives in the North East part of Orario. However… when he described Orario in like a pie chart way I immediately pictured the city as a pizza with mushroom toppings divided into eight pieces…it’s incredibly silly, I know, but that just goes to show how crazy- ahem- imaginative my mind is. Haha. Now I’m picturing Bell living in the North East Pizza with thick crusts.

I didn’t expect for Freya to have eyes for Bell, or at least not so soon. I think if Freya would go after Bell, it would happen in the future books rather than in the first volume. I knew she was a mischievous type of character. She has a very fearsome yet appropriate ability. An ability which can charm anyone or any beast.

It will be interesting to see how Bell and Hestia get out of this pickle. Or pizza…

Chapter Six

So…Bell and Hestia proceed to run from this big ape. Like a true hero he protected Hestia with all his might. Naturally, for most young newbies, he gets scared of the beast. But, I feel that he’s able to fight because he’s thinking about protecting Hestia rather than protecting himself.

It was quite a teary chapter, for me. He left her so she wouldn’t get hurt. To Bell, the familiar is more than a group of adventurers and a God, Hestia is part of his family.

It was clever of Hestia to upgrade Bell’s level just in time. Likewise, the “Hestia Knife” also upgraded along with its user. It was clever how Hephaistos did this, but it did require Hestia’s hair. Credit to Hephaistos for doing a stand up job, even if Bell wasn’t a part of her familiar. I get the impression that Bell is going to get mega strong since slaying that silverback. When Hestia checks his level next time I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s borderline level two.

I can’t work out Aiz’s feelings for Bell as she is the silent and cool type. I also get the impression that she’s very awkward with socialising, choosing to let her action and kickass fighting abilities speak for her.

It’s clear that he is in her mind and she reacts whenever he’s around or is talked about. However, her relationship and feelings for Bell are not so clear. Perhaps she’s known him longer then he’s known her but we don’t know that yet? Was it really just a coincidence that she saved him from that Minotaur? I’m slightly gutted that they didn’t get their reunion as I thought they would. I’m certain that they will cross paths again as she owns him an “apology” and he owns her a “confession”. Hoho.

The ending was so lovely and heart-warming when they embraced. Hestia proclaims her love for him which I thought was very sweet. Whether Bell took it in a romantic way or a platonic way doesn’t matter as he knows that Hestia likes him. And being liked by someone you like, in all levels, is certainly a nice thing. =) Unless, of course, you have Freya stalking you… if I was Bell I’d either get out of the country or request a restraining order. 😉

Epilogue

That was a really nice epilogue. In some ways, I wonder if this should have been a prequel, since this little tale is about how Bell and Hestia first met.

Strangely, I did picture their encounter in this exact way but this was a much better encounter then the one I had pictured in my head.

Bell couldn’t get into a Familiar and Hestia couldn’t find any adventurers but they eventually found each other. It was a really nice metaphor set-up in this part. A new story begins in a room full of stories and books. I think this was clearly a love at first site in Hestia’s case.

  1. CONCLUSION

Conclusion… I really, really like this. In fact, I actually stayed up until the early hours of the morning because I was eager to see how this book ended.

It was probably a little slow at the beginning as this is the first time that I actually read a Light Novel of a franchise before reading the Manga or watching the Anime. The style and language was a little tough for me to grasp and visualise, and if I read the manga first then I probably would have grasped the concept of this story quicker. I think I got used to the writing style by Chapter 3 as I was able to visualise the scenes in my head.

I really got into it by the end of Chapter 4 and beginning of Chapter 5. I got the impression straightaway that Hestia had a deep affection for Bell. Sometimes I couldn’t really picture the scenes properly in my head. They were plenty of cliché moments which are part of the anime charm like festivals, and the girl pulling the guy along in excitement.

At this point I can’t really remember most of the terms used in this book. I think the gods like Hestia use these Hieroglyphs when they level up their children like Hestia does with Bell. However, instead of trying to remember the terms I just sort of look at the bigger picture and enjoy the story. I’ll probably be able to remember all these references and names of places when I read more of the Light Novels or when I probably re-read this book.

I really like Bell and Hestia’s relationship, and it’s even confirmed to me that she has feelings for him. Bell likes all the girls but at this point I think he sees most of them as friends. I wonder how this story will turn out. Will Bell possibly go down Issei Hyoudou’s route and have a harem or will he chose go with one girl in the end?

I would do my research on these references but I’m very determined not to be spoiled. I was often spoiled by what happened in future events of different anime, like High School DxD, Haganai, Is This a Zombie? andStrike the Blood. As this is the first time that I have read a Light Novel with no prior knowledge I’m resisting the urge to do any research, in case I am spoiled. =)

Two Thumb’s-Up. ^^/ (My Rating System)

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THANKS FOR READING

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

This book has put some things into perspectives, especially the writing style. I was slow reading it a first but I got more enthusiastic as I read more of it. I’m certainly looking forward to reading Volume Two when it’s released. =)
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

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

[2] The target audience of this manga is towards an older gentleman with the age range from 18 to 30.