Who is feeding on whom?
Story/Art: Ryoko Kui
Translation: Taylor Engel
Lettering: Abigail Blackman
What They Say
It’s eat or be eaten…literally!
Laios nears the bottom of the dungeon and his inevitable confrontation with Sissel, the lunatic lord of its labyrinthine halls. In a succubus-induced slumber, Laios comes face-to-face with the winged lion, the source of Sissel’s power. Laios knows only that the lion is held captive by Sissel in the dungeon’s depths, but it could be the Canaries know a great deal more…With their centuries of experience, the elves’ knowledge could shed some light on the truth of the dungeon and its master—or prove to be Laios’s undoing…!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This volume of Delicious in Dungeon delves deeply not so much into new dungeon layers, but what makes some of our characters tick.
First up we get a cute flashback to how Laios met Marcille. Her driving need to protect her student lead her to their hometown. What followed was a reluctant winning-over of the elf. It’s a very sweet moment which is only tempered by the fact Laios realizes he only remembers this now because his life is flashing before his eyes.
Next up we learn why the feral Izutsumi behaves the way she does. She was literally a feral cat girl, traded from sideshow to sideshow until her owners purchased her and treated her better. The only thing more upsetting than kittens in cages is kids in cages. It’s not surprising she behaves as she does. We’ve been thinking of her as more human than she actually is. Hopefully, someday she realizes that she isn’t a monster, nor is she human. It’s that split personality that saves her and her companions. Cats may act like they can get by on their own, but they still crave attention.
While our party has been adventuring, Kabru has been waiting for help to arrive with Mithrun. Surprisingly, the elf doesn’t seem to care that Kabru survived. Instead, Kabru is instructed to take care of Mithrun. It turns out the elf captain is completely hopeless at taking care of himself. The reason for that is detailed out in a broken narrative that plays around with the unreliable narrator trope. Suddenly the truth about what dungeons are and why the Canaries are so dead set in eradicating them makes a sick sort of sense.
I find it upsetting that the Winged Lion’s intentions might not be so noble. It casts a pale on the entire quest to free the dungeon from Sissel. Granted, Mithrun may not be the most reliable narrator, and the way the Lion talked to Laios made it seem like perhaps its words were genuine. Why show Laios the downside to ruling a dungeon otherwise? Plus, the Lion points out that Laios was gullible enough to fall into the traps of a succubus. If it were that easy then Laios would have been demon food ages ago. Is it a coincidence that Mithrun’s demon was a goat, the typical demon figure? Probably not. The winged lion is usually the symbol of St. Mark in our world, a decidedly undemonic figure. Clearly we the audience are supposed to doubt.
With this deeply troubling possibility of treachery in mind, it puts Laios and his party’s fate in a perilous position. They’ve almost reached the bottom of the dungeon, but the main goal to save Falin and free the trapped spirits still feel far out of reach. Now the canaries are gunning for him and things are bound to become even more complicated.
What are your deepest desires? The party has dodged a number of monsters who use the desires of man to lure them into becoming lunch. Each time our party has managed to become ensnared and yet manages to escape. This time is no different with our resident feral catgirl providing the save. Yet the real danger might not be from monsters, but demons. As we learn more about Mithrun and the duties the Canaries carry out, and why, the whole fate of this expedition to save Laios’s sister goes from dangerous to possibly catastrophic.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B +
Text/Translation Grade: B +
Age Rating: Older Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: January 19, 2021
MSRP: $15.00 US / $19.50 CAN