“Bell Cranel – The Fool”
What They Say:
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!
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As Dix hesitantly wanders through a dimly lit corridor of Knossos, he curses the monsters and a certain young boy who had thwarted his pains of capturing the Xenos, his numerous wounds causing a dull throbbing pain which dulled his senses, however it was too late. Ignoring all around him and too consumed with plotting revenge, the petty man continues to swear under his breath, using the close wall to prop himself up as he urged himself forward, until the quakes of something plodding behind him angrily stirred his attention, causing Perdix to vehemently turn around before being reduced to a bloody mess upon the dungeon floor. Meanwhile above ground, a transformed Wiene is now cornered with Finn’s spear painfully embedded within her shoulder, and as the citizens of Daedalus Street look on from their homes, Loki Familia staring at the scene from a nearby roof, other gods and goddess reveling in the chaos this child is causing and his own Hestia Familia watching from the shadows, the adventurer Little Rookie stands defiantly before the rampaging vouivre, presenting his body in front to defend the creature. With Bete’s anger getting the best of him and demanding they rush forward to end this charade, it is Bell who makes the first move, hastily launching a Firebolt at a far tower and clearing stating that the monster behind him is his catch, and no one else will touch it before he claims his prize.
Shocked by his baseless declaration, no one cannot move as Wiene tears the javelin from her wound and screams while fleeing the scene, with a panicked Bell close behind to protect his dear friend. But as Aiz calmly explains the unwritten rule of non-interference within the Dungeon of trying to steal someone else’s prey, this only infuriates an enraged Bete and permits Finn to declare he does not care for such selfishness, stating it is their mission to defeat the escaping monster. However before anyone can react, the remaining Xenos erupt from below ground and roar their disapproval at the treatment of their kin, causing the werewolf and Amazonian twins to meet this cry for battle. But as the Sword Princess prepares to join her friends, Braver stops her with a cautionary statement that his thumb is throbbing, warning of something to come, then telling his members to take the creatures alive. With the trio easily pacifying any opposition, Welf does not hesitate in his desperate want to help Cranel in saving the young dragon girl, but it Lili who warns all that any assistance they give will only add to the hatred Hestia Familia will face, with now it only appearing as if the Little Rookie who is acting on his own. Begrudgingly accepting this wisdom, an inhuman howl erupts from below causing all of low level to pass out from the effects of Roar, with everyone looking on in horror as a gigantic ebony minotaur slowly makes it way into the sunlight, with the assembled humans are shocked as to its presence while a defeated Lido stares in admiration as to his unstoppable ally which he addresses as Asterios.
It is a shame as to how this episode ignores instances when adventurers try warn off Bell in his chase after Wiene from the light novel, showing his desperation to being one sided to protect her, while others only want to save the people. But the true shame of the story comes when no one shows any mercy to these intelligent monsters, even as we watch in guilty satisfaction while Asterios gives Dix a fitting end for his cruel life. With the man who caused this chaos now gone, all of the fault falls upon the Little Rookie while he is comforted by the Xenos in their sincere thanks for his help, even as Hestia Familia begins to realize the worst is yet to come.
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