Created By: Fujino Ómori
Directed By: Yoshiki Yamakawa, Hideki Tachibana
Studio: J.C. Staff
Classification: 15 (BBFC)
Audio: Japanese, English
Format: BluRay, DVD
Licensed By: Animatsu (Season 1), MVM Entertainment (Season 2)
Release Date: Available Now
In a World where Gods & Goddesses once descended upon the Earth in order to walk amongst their subjects and seek some entertainment, Dungeons were created for their followers to explore and defeat the evil monsters within its labyrinth like levels. Each God created their own clan known as a Familia. Some were more successful than others. The Goddess Hestia was amongst the lower class, whose familia only consisted of just one other member. A 14 year old young adventurer by the name of Bell Cranel. Having been bestowed with Hestia’s blessing, Bell begins his long journey to becoming a well skilled adventurer and making the Hestia Familia infamous.
Despite the long winded and somewhat off-putting title, this show was actually quite entertaining. We follow the young Bell Cranel, who has journeyed towards the city of Orario to become an adventurer just like his late grandfather had hoped for him. Having failed to join any of the established Familia within the city, he is eventually found and welcomed into Hestia’s following. Unlike many of the other Deities we come across in the show, Hestia also helps support their lifestyle by working any job she finds whilst Bell is training in the dungeons. After an encounter with a renowned adventurer, Bell develops a new skill that allows him to level up a lot faster than what would normally be possible. To which Hestia refuses to tell him about, due to come conflicting emotions regarding the origins of this ability. Throughout both seasons, we watch as Bell comes against many challenges and dangerous battles, including a minotaur attack that would have surely killed him. He later gains allies and begins to build an adventuring party, as well as gaining some new friends along the way from other familia and occupations. We learn more about the Gods and the fractions between them. Some stretching back so far in time, before the Gods even set foot upon the Earth. There is far more to this show, than simply ‘picking up girls.
Bell Cranel is our main character in the show, he begins as a solo adventurer with little to no skill. He certainly stands out in the crowd when it comes to his appearance, as he has white hair and red eyes. Almost inhuman in some regards, but certainly is a 14 year old boy at heart. Following an encounter with the powerful swordswoman Ais Wallenstein, Bell develops a crush on the beautiful woman and vows to train as hard as he can in order to get to her level of skill. Thankfully the romance is one sided for now, as the story instead revolves around his journey to level up and improve the living conditions of his Familia. Hestia is perhaps one of the more head-strong Goddesses in this show, short in stature but will take any opportunity to prove her worth in a fight. Her attire is….questionable, as it holds absolutely zero practicality. I mean, what is the point of having a string/ribbon tied across your upper arms and restricting your movements? I just don’t get it!
There are a number of other characters that appear in the show that certainly add to the fun. From those within the other Familia, who are friends and foes alike, to Eina Tulle who is Bell’s contact at the Guild, and even the waitresses Syr and Ryú that work in a local pub. All of which have certainly added some excitement to the show. With Season One more focussed on Bell developing his skills and doing his best to survive the upper levels of a dungeon. Season Two has even more action, as a war between both Hestia and Apollo’s familias begins. With the Champion familia choosing what fate the losing faction will suffer, as well as claiming their entire wealth. Not only that, Bell gets involved in trying to uncover and save a Renart he encounters in the ‘Red Light District’.
You read that right folks, Bell takes a stroll through Otario’s version of the ‘red light district’. The home to many a courtesan and escort, if Hestia found out she would be furious! Where Season One developed not only Bell’s skills, but also established the World and many of the recurring characters. Season Two went straight for the action, with not only a rescue attempt of a captive fox-tailed prostitute, but also a war between Gods that resulted in a deadly game of ‘Storming the castle’. This franchise is full of action, and it doesn’t end just there with Season Two!
‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?’ first began as a light novel series back in 2013 by Fujino Ómori. It has since been picked up and translated by Yen Press, and is still on-going with 16 volumes out at present. Several months later, the manga adaptation was released from the same author. Which was also picked up by Yen Press and now stands at 11 volumes and once again, is still on-going. With just two short years after the series hit print, an anime adaptation was released. All of which was animated by J.C. Staff, the studio responsible for Food Wars, A Certain Magical Index and One Punch Man Season 2. The anime has since had 3 seasons and a number of OVA’s. However it was Animatsu Entertainment that released Season One over here in the West, with MVM Entertainment picking up and releasing Season Two.
Season Three only just aired last year, so we should hear at some point this year who will be releasing that title. Fingers crossed for another MVM Entertainment release. If all that isn’t enough for you, there is also a film called, ‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion’ that was released by Manga UK. As well as the spin off series, ‘Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On The Side: Sword Oratoria‘ was released by MVM Entertainment a number of years back.
This is a show well worth checking out if you enjoy your adventuring, dungeon battle animes. All the fantasy adventure, just minus the isekai. And there is plenty to enjoy from this franchise, and I highly doubt it ends with Season 3!