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Based off a light novel of the same name written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasure in the underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead!
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With the Killing Stone destroyed Bell must now confront the ones who block his way in freeing Haruhime, Aisha and the monstrous Phryne, however as he stares down these intimidating women the golden-haired Renard once again protests of his interference. Once again this poor girl states she is not worth saving due to being a prostitute and the bane of all heroes, but as tears begin running down her cheeks the adventurer standing before her declares the one truth which matters – he is not a hero who leaves anyone behind and will liberate Haruhime from this life which makes her suffer. As the veil of self imposed deception clears from her eyes the captain of the Berbera steps forward and begins to mock their dream, plainly proclaiming she will not allow anyone to take what is theirs with a vicious grin tracing across her grotesque face. But as the two foes face off one of the girls notices something much more pressing occurring below in the confines of the Pleasure Quarter: their home is on fire and faint screams could be heard high above the chaos. It was then when Aisha voiced what they all feared, their goddess had stepped too far and disaster now dominated the doorstep … Freya had begun a war against Ishtar.
However even as Aisha told the girls to get as far away as they could, she stated there was something she needed to finish and watched as Phryne bellowed for Haruhime to start her level boost spell. Confusion was clearly etched on the Renard’s face and as she began the chant all the toad faced woman could do was chuckle as to the pain she would inflict on the helpless Little Rookie once Uchide no Kozuchi was complete – but it never came as a golden aura surrounded not her but Bell himself. A shimmering field warmly enveloped Cranel and he could not believe this was the power his friend kept hidden all this time, but it did not matter as the captain roared in frustration and callously struck down the helpless girl. Seeing the one he was trying to save now collapsed filled Bell with untold anger and he rapidly accelerated to strike a first blow against his cowardly foe, but even with the spell helping he was no match against this monster. As Phryne easily disarmed and threw him aside the white rabbit picked up a discarded sword and once again rushed forward with two great weapons clashing, but this time determination proved to be the turning point as the tip of his blade carved into the woman’s plump cheek. Stopping for a moment this monster stroked an empty hand against her skin and watched as blood pooled in the palm causing sadistic anger to explode, unable to restrain herself anymore not that someone had scarred her beautiful face. Madness has now blinded the leader of the Berbera and even with the aid of Uchide no Kozuchi will Bell be able to defeat this formidable woman … or will the Little Rookie meet his end here?
This episode is supposed to encase many essential conflicts within the light novel and yet even within the excitement faithful readers cannot but feel they have been cheated to see so much material cut to streamline the show. While the ferocity of Freya Familia’s attack is understandably censored due to gore and many other components changed to better fit a new scenario, the studio still manages to keep essential plot points intact but there are moments when you cannot but wish they retained some material – namely Phryne’s and Ishtar’s punishment. With all of the grief these two caused for Bell, Haruhime, Mikoto and others you want to see karmic justice attained to the utmost and yet due to sanitation from the studio their punishments are downplayed into minor moments instead of the grand displays Omori-sensei depicts in the light novel. This would have been all the more fitting and made the conclusion much more satisfying instead of what we have as feeling unfulfilled to what we read in the original … a poor cleansing of what could have been a monumentally epic ending.
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