Bell and Mikoto try to escape from Ishtar’s home, but Bell, troubled by Aisha’s words, can’t give up on Haruhime so easily. Can Bell really take on the entire Ishtar Familia alone?
What did you watch?
All right, it’s episode 9 of Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II and there was no way Bell was going to walk away and let Ishtar kill Haruhime. For one, he’d be a pretty crap hero if that was the case. Luckily, Mikoto is by his side and also unlikely to give up on her friend. Let’s see where this episode goes and as usual, there will be spoilers.
Bell and Mikoto had just escaped from the Amazons and were laying low in an alley, searching for a way to escape, however, Bell was stuck in his head as he went over Aisha’s words. Could he really start another Familia war and how would Hestia react? He went over and over the situation, but a good hero never gives up, not on anybody. Bell told Mikoto that he was going back to save Haruhime and it seemed like the words she’d been hoping to hear. They came up with a plan and charged towards Ishtar’s home.
Bell ran around creating a diversion as Mikoto tried to locate Haruhime. The moment of the sacrifice was upon them and time was running out. Bell blasted his way through the halls and corridors until he came across Phryne and then Aisha. It wasn’t looking good, but then Ishtar arrived and promptly made it worse. She sent the Amazons away to complete the ritual, leaving Bell for her to deal with. Ishtar slipped off her clothes and attempted to charm Bell, but to her surprise, it didn’t work. Bell slipped away and desperately searched for Mikoto and Haruhime.
What did you think?
As usual, I really enjoyed this episode, although I will admit again that not that much happened. There was a lot of running around and Bell firing off Firebolts, but a lot of it felt kind of pointless. I enjoyed the parts with Mikoto in her ninja role and also the rest of their Familia at the gates trying to get in and protect Bell’s virtue… well, that’s what Hestia was worried about. I do feel like they’re dragging this arc out now, which isn’t going to leave us with much time for anything else.
What was your favourite moment?
It had to be the moment Bell realised that he couldn’t abandon Haruhime. I’m not sure what was going on with his hand. Was that a part of his Argonaut skill or his acquisition of the new skill that made him immune to divine charms? I’m hoping it was his grandfather interfering from the heavens, but who knows. Either way, it gave him the strength to do what was right and be damned with the consequences.
What was your least favourite moment?
Seeing Haruhime finally breakdown to Mikoto about why she didn’t want to be saved was heartbreaking. She’d been through so much and didn’t want her misfortune to bring down anyone else. I’d been wondering why she seemed so calm about the situation, but it became clear that she’d been bottling it up for some time, hiding all of her emotions until that night with Bell, when she was able to talk about the things she liked from her past.
Who was your favourite character?
I wanted to say Aisha again, because why not, but she really didn’t do too much in this episode, although I feel like she’ll become fairly pivotal in the next one. So, in her absence, I’m going to give it to Bell for stepping up and doing what needed to be done. When his back is up against the wall, you get to see the real Bell, acting without hesitation. This is the Bell I remembered from the first season and the Bell I need to see more of.
Who was your least favourite character?
Ishtar has shown just want a monster she really is. Her blatant disregard for her Familia and the way she controls and manipulates them is terrible. I also find it a little distressing that of all the Amazons, only Aisha appears to have an issue with them sacrificing Haruhime and she’s been beaten and charmed into submission. On top of that, the whole reasoning behind wanting to start a war with Freya is because people think Freya is more beautiful…
Would you like some more?
Of course, it goes without saying that I would like some more. I would like to say that this season hasn’t been as cohesive as the first one. This feels a little more like a series of events following along with the only connection being that the various gods want Bell. I know that Freya was responsible for that in the first season, but it drove Bell further in the dungeon and made him stronger. Bell has gotten stronger in this season, but it’s not really been much of a focus and as a result, hasn’t been as exciting. I’m still really enjoying this series, but season one was definitely better.
Other reviews in the series
- Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
- II Episode 0 – Past & Future
- II Episode 1 – Party | Banquet of the Gods
- II Episode 2 – Apollo | Sun God
- II Episode 3 – Conversion | Gathering
- II Episode 4 – War Game | War Game
- II Episode 5 – Home | The Hearthfire Mansion
- II Episode 6 – Ishtar Familia | City of Lust
- II Episode 7 – Renard | Fox Person
- II Episode 8 – Ephemeral Dreams | Killing Stone
- II Episode 9 – Berbera | War Prostitutes
- II Episode 10 – Argonaut | Longing to Be a Hero