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.

High School DxD BorN Anime Review

High School DxD Born

  1. SYNOPSIS

High School DxD is back in the brand new sequel with the word “BorN” attached to the end of the title. Haha. Issei, Rias and the rest of the gang join this party which not only host devils, angels and fallen angels but the mythologies like the Norse too.

A new threat has emerged from this party and they are called the Chaos Brigade and Loki, from the Norse mythology and son of Odin is spearheading the vengeance and war against everyone who is relevant to the plot.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • Harem[2]
  • Romance
  • School

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

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

  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)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I think what I really liked about this series was the growth in certain characters, especially Akeno and Koneko. I think they really needed to grow as they were carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders, especially in family matters. Akeno resented her dad and didn’t want to use her Fallen Angel powers and Koneko didn’t want to use her Nekomata powers.

All of these problems were all family related. However, Issei helped them get over their problems and now Akeno is on amicable terms with her Dad and can unleash her Fallen Angel powers without restraint. Koneko now displays her cat ears and can use her Nekomata powers and has completely softened up with Issei, to the top where she sits on his lap and sleeps in the same bed as him. I think Koneko had more of a growth than Akeno did. In the previous season I did see a starting progress with Akeno being “accepted” for whom she is but the route is completed here. But, with Koneko, it seemed that she started and finished the progress all in this season.

I’m not sure if I would say that Issei and Rias grew as people but I am certain that their worries and doubt will make them move forward in the right direction. I view growth as how people get over their worries and self-doubt. In my case, I’m no longer self-conscious over the fact that I’m autistic, and since then, I’ve been living a life with no worries. In this case, Issei is over his “weakness” of worrying how girls perceive him and Rias is over the worry of Issei calling her by her real name… because he did. Even though that step was little in comparison to Issei’s, to her, it will feel like a big achievement. So, I deduce that they have in fact undergone humongous progress. =D

Issei also got over worrying about Raynare so that’s a major bonus for him.

I think my favourite moments in the show included the fights and when the ladies show their affection towards Issei. I got really pumped up every time Issei powered-up his Balance Breaker to beat the likes of Diodora and Shalba and tamed Loki with Thor’s hammer. He survived that dog’s attack thanks for Ravel’s Phoenix Tears. Her role in the anime was short but very significant. I hope to see more of her in the following season. My favourite fights included the one where they all fought Diodora and his Evil Pieces and where Issei fights Rias as he’s fighting to save her rather then beat her. That was a nice metaphor in my opinion.

The fights weren’t always serious, like the one before the fight against Diodora. Issei used his new Booblingual technique which allowed him to communicate with boobs… I never thought I would hear myself say that. Haha! I wonder if Issei can develop an advanced technique involving Boob Translation? I would most certainly like to see him go one step further.

I’m glad that all the girls managed to get their own time with Issei. Rias’ progress with him was the most significant in my eyes as it was a huge weight off her shoulders. I think it’s only a matter of time when she becomes Issei’s life partner. She shared a kiss with Issei as did Asia and Akeno. Issei’s date with Akeno was definitely one of my favourite moments in the show and I like how Koneko has become relaxed with Issei to the point of sitting and kneeling on his lap like a kitten. Xenovia had her moments with him every now and then.

Rias, Akeno, Asia and Koneko have all had character growths and progress with Issei in this season so I think Xenovia, Irina and possibly Rossweisse will get their chance in the next season. We haven’t really learned that much about Rossweisse except that she’s cool and has a cute ribbon at the side of her head. =)

I think the little things that I didn’t enjoy so much were the more intense parts of this show and the new characters being introduced. Things like the characters going berserk in battle, Asia being kidnapped, Issei going on a berserk and Rias being brainwashed and sent to the Dimensional Gap. Whilst I got pumped up at those moments I was also nervous. I couldn’t really keep up with all the new characters being introduced one after the other. I found that I couldn’t really remember who they were, expect Rossweisse. I remember Rossweisse straightaway because she is beautiful and nice. Haha.

I think Rossweisse is the best new character of this show. She is gracious and beautiful. I have no idea why she can’t land herself a man at the present time but the same can be said to all of the girls in this show. Then again, a lot of them are being reserved for Issei’s eventual harem so I like to think that’s why Rossweisse hasn’t found a man yet, because she is probably meant to be part of Issei’s harem.

I’m speaking with the assumption that Issei will get all the ladies by the end of the story but I’m more than certain that it will be a harem ending. We shall see. Oh, I really like Ross’ battle skills. I think Ross becoming Rias’ rook will be a blessing. Odin’s loss is Rias’ gain. =) I decided to call Rossweisse Ross now as typing her full name is giving my sore fingers. Haha.

High School DxD being High School DxD finished in a unique way… Issei appearing on a TV show singing with children the “Boob Dragon Song.” Haha. You have no idea how much I cracked up at that part. To me, that was a great way to end the show. It was light-hearted and fun. That and Issei woke up with all five girls in his bed. Being a devil is not all doom and gloom, just ask Issei. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

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

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Rias Eyecatch

I speculated for a while why the word “born” was part of the title. Was somebody going to be re-born? Was it a metaphor? Or, was it just a title with no hidden meaning? So far I choose to believe that it’s probably the latter as I can’t really relate the title to anything that has happened in this show.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

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

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High School DxD BorN Episode Twelve Thoughts

Rias Eyecatch

That fight was pretty intense. I kept on getting pumped up about Issei. In the end I’m glad that he managed to pull through and snap Rias back to reality. It was touching when he said that he loved her and it was especially touching when he shared a kiss with Rias. I was wondering there and then if they were an official couple in the series.

Alas, as soon as they left the Dimensional Gap they forgot everything that had happened. How convenient… I’m glad that Issei managed to beat the fake Issei in one blow. I wonder what happened to Loki? Did he get arrested once and for all? I’m glad that they managed to get out of that Dimensional Gap, and the Great Red, of all characters, led them to the right path.

Great Red looks pretty awesome but I do think that I would prefer him in 2D rather than 3D. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with his look in the anime but I do think he would look more natural if he had a 2D look rather than 3D.

I’m really happy for Rossweisse. I don’t think there’s any better place for her to be than in the same household as Issei. I actually thought that you have to be on the verge of dying to become an evil piece. However, Rossweisse became Rias’ rook of her own accord. People like Rias and Issei will appreciate her for who she is, much more than Odin. Odin doesn’t deserve to have her by his side. It makes sense that she joins the school as a teacher as she does seem pretty savvy when it comes to general knowledge.

I couldn’t stop laughing when Issei started to sing The Boob Dragon Song with the children. That is one unique way to make your TV debut. Haha! It’s more amusing that Sirzech, Azazel and Serafall were all part of the act. Well, Azazel wrote the lyrics, Sirzech did the music and Serafall did the choreography. I just knew Issei was going to make his TV debut like this but it’s still amusing nonetheless.

You know… I was just wondering what happened to Issei’s Mum and Dad. Were they just lounging around the home? Nope. Of course not. Rias sent them all around the world so they can “enjoy” themselves on their “holiday.” Haha. I still think it’s nice though as in that situation, everyone wins. It was nice to see that the parents think of Asia like their very own daughter, even if they were not blood related. That’s the way it should be. =D

I think Issei is on the right path to becoming the Harem King. It looks like that he has overcome the weakness in his heart. Now I think he can face all the ladies in his life with no worries or doubt. That and all the girls clearly have the hots for him. At some point he will have to make room for Irina and Rossweisse in his bed. Haha.

Speaking of Harems, I think there’s going to be a pecking order in this series now regarding Issei’s harem with his beautiful ladies. I think… Rias will be number one, Asia is number two, Akeno is number three, Koneko is number four and Xenovia is number five. I think Rias is going to be number one because I think she and Issei will be a couple and I think Akeno is going to be number three because I recall her saying that she doesn’t mind being Issei’s “number three.”

Back on topic-

Rias’ doubt has also disappeared now that Issei called her by her name. It’s just a shame that neither of them will remember their “moment” until a later date. I think it will be only a matter of time before they become a couple.

Lastly, I’m pleased that Issei and Asia have completed the three-legged race. I’m glad they won the race… well, I’m not sure if they actually won but I’m assuming that they did.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this series. It had everything. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy as much was probably the more dramatic parts but everything else was really, really good. =)

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Eleven Thoughts

High School DxD Born

I still don’t really understand why or how Rias is being mind-controlled or is in a confused state, I just know that she is. However, she does look pretty cool in her own Balance Breaker armour. I think that shows how deep her feelings for Issei are, by wearing his own armour. I think there’s a metaphor there somewhere that her red hair is connected with Issei’s Sacred Gear. I’m not altogether sure what it is though.

Issei was looking at the prospect of fighting Rias all wrong. He’s not fighting to beat her he’s fighting to save her. Granted, his emotions and mind are in a confused state so he probably won’t think rationally. I’m glad he didn’t hesitate to save Rias. However, I do think it would have been cooler if he said something like, “If it means that I’m the enemy of the underworld and of the devils, then it’s a price to pay to save Rias and see her smile return.”

Alas, Issei will probably never think of a quote like that as Issei was just being Issei. Haha.
Is it really possible for a devil to become a Fallen Angel? Maybe Fallen Devils exist? They probably don’t as it doesn’t sound right. Haha. I wonder what Ajuka did to Issei. Did he give him a power-up? It’s probably something like that Fafnir object that protected Asia.

It’s nice to see Kuroka again. She clearly cares about Koneko even if she has become a criminal. I was really expecting a fight to break out but in this case there wasn’t enough time for Issei to duel with Vali and Kuroka.

I hope Issei and Rias make it back in time to the real world, that is, when they stop fighting.^^/

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Ten Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Asia’s Sacred Gear was pretty awesome to watch. Her abilities have certainly got stronger. I think her Sacred Gear is now in the form of that ring which randomly appeared on her finger. If it is, then I think it’s more than appropriate. =) The only thing that topped Asia’s healing ability was her sudden direct kiss to Issei. That was nice to see.

Poor Rias, it’s a shame to see her in that state. I thought it was a bit strange how Issei hugged Rias like that but then the scene switched to Issei and Asia doing their training. It all started to make sense.

Anyway, it looks like Loki made an Issei clone and that Issei clone had some sort of brain wash ability of some effect. So, maybe he kissed Rias or something like that and took her to the Dimensional Gap. I wondered if Loki was perhaps trying to kidnap Rias or use her for his own game but it seems like her just wanted her dead. That was why Loki created the Issei clone, in order to get her to the Dimensional Gap.

It’s starting to make sense to me why Issei was having those nightmares about Raynare. Perhaps he knew that the girls were getting close to him. Whilst Issei is enjoying the attention he probably has some self-doubt whether the girls like him or if they were just fooling around. The nightmares of Raynare or visions of Raynare have manifested since Loki places a curse on him, which increased his self-doubt and made him scared about how girls feel about him.

I think Rias’ insecurity and fear is about Issei. I’m not sure if she’s necessarily jealous of the other girls like Akeno and Asia but it seems like she wants to advance her relationship with Issei even further. Maybe she feels that she’s not keeping up with the other girls. She wants to be useful to Issei, just like how Asia was when she brought him back from a coma. Little did Rias realise though that she was the one who calmed Issei down and returned him to a normal state. A day will come when Issei’s relationship will go one further with Rias I’m sure, and I know the day will come when Issei calls her by her name, not by her title. =)

I’m now wondering about that black stuff that Orphis took out of Issei from the last episode. I thought that was the result of having nightmares of Raynare but now that I think about it I actually wonder if that was actually Loki’s curse. If that’s the case then my hat goes off to Orphis for helping Issei out.

I do feel sorry for Rossweisse. It’s no wonder she’s insecure of herself. She did play a big part in this episode, especially when Issei had an epiphany about his biggest fear. That came about when he was talking with Ross. I really wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up living in Issei’s house, there’s plenty of room in it I’m sure as the rest of the residents are sleeping in Issei’s bed. XD

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.

High School DxD Born Episode Five Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Aww, I really wanted to see Rias go all out and knock Loki senseless. Oh well, she managed to calm down, as did everyone else. I was glad to see Issei back on his feet and Ravel’s present actually came in handy. I thought that was really clever. And hey, Issei managed to land a hit on Loki, albeit he got away.

I’m not really sure what happened to Issei and Rias as Loki disappeared. It’s like he casted something mysterious on them. It’s like something that they wouldn’t consciously remember, but absorbed. Hopefully I’m just imagining things and Loki didn’t cast a mind trick on them before he left.

It was rather cute when Koneko leaned on Issei’s lap like a little kitten.

The next scene was just as lovely too. Akeno went on a date with Issei. She really looks nice with her hair down. I enjoyed Akeno being flirty and innocent on her date with Issei but I also got a little emotional when Akeno spoke about her past. It seems like she blamed her Dad for not saving her Mum. It also made sense why she often wears Shrine Maiden clothes as her battle gear as it’s like a tribute to her mum. Still, it seems like she’s able to let her past go and can move forward. Heck, she even made a bento for her Dad. I never thought I would ever see that. Akeno kissing Issei was also endearing.

It was quite humorous when Rias and co stalked Issei and Akeno on their date. Their disguises were equally as funny. I’m not sure how Issei and Akeno were able to lose tail of Rias. If Rias really tried then I’m sure she’d find them in no time.

I reckon it will only be a matter of time before Rossweisse shows an interest in Issei. If the ending sing is anything to go by she’ll probably study the relationship of all the girls with Issei and use those “tips” to get a boyfriend. But during all that she will slowly but surely develop feelings for Issei. So far Issei and Rossweisse are just acquaintances but given time I think they will really hit it off.

Rias’ cousin looks really tough and cool and I think he will give Issei a really good fight. Does he have his own peerage I wonder? I can’t remember if this was revealed or not.

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Four Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Wow. This was such an exciting episode.

At the beginning when Rias said that the “seal” was breaking, I was like “eh? Did I miss something? Did I skip an episode by accident?” Turns out, it was just a little preview.

To me, this episode was all about Koneko and Akeno. They both accepted their own powers and strive to push forward, even if their powers have become a bad stigma from their past. I think they both looked great in their powered up forms. Akeno suits having black wings and Koneko suits the cat ears and cat tail look. I have to point out Irina as well. She looks literally angelic with those angel type wings. I never knew that she was reincarnated angel. Come to think of it… I actually don’t remember Irina dying in the previous series. Did I miss something? I think I really did miss something. What was I doing when that happened?

Anyway. It was a really good battle to watch. A few of them took on the big dogs whilst Rias, Sona and their Queens took on that big snake.

I thought it was cool that Soji got some good air time, up until now I forget he existed. Haha. I’m harsh but I can’t help the way I think. =D I sort of assumed that he wasn’t really that strong. However, it was good that he managed to bind Loki, even if it was for a short while.

When that Hammer came down I actually was waiting for Thor, the Marvel version, to come down with it. I figured that either Issei or Rossweisse would be capable to wield the hammer as a weapon. I was a bit shocked when that dog came out of nowhere and literally rendered Issei unconscious. Of course, this made all the girls; Akeno, Koneko, Xenovia and Irina go ballistic. Ironically, I think they did a lot more damage to the legendary monster than they did previously. No doubt that’s adrenaline.

It’s true in this case for Rias who looks like she’s undergoing a humongous power-up. I can’t wait for the next episode. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Rossweisse

I never planned to share my thoughts about anime episode as regularly as I am. I just sort of started it with DanMachi and I grew into it. I’m actually really enjoying doing this. =) The whole point of me creating this blog site is to share my thoughts and how I cope with autism. However, I haven’t really got any news to share and I feel that I would be repeating myself if I keep talking about my past experiences. It’s refreshing to just keep sharing my thoughts on certain anime, and it has become an enjoyable hobby. =)

I did go to an impromptu barbecue recently and I handled that quite well. I did almost panic when I was asked on the spot but I ended up saying yes. I learned throughout my years when coping with autism that the anticipation of an event or an outing is much more nerve-racking than the actual experience. Sometimes I can cope, sometimes I can’t. It’s all about how I feel in the moment. In that moment, I felt ok to go. And I did. =)
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 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)

Two Thumbs-Up

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.