Bell Cranel lives with his Goddess, Hestia as part of the smallest and most insignificant Familia in Orario. He dreams of becoming a great adventurer and Hestia will do everything she can to make that happen.
What did you watch?
I have been planning on watching this series since the end of last year. After reading Karandi‘s review of the light novel, I ran out and grabbed the first nine volumes of the manga. It didn’t take me long to get through them, but I managed to hold back on watching so that I could include Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon in my A to Z Anime Challenge.
Bell Cranel wants to be an adventurer. He tried to find a Familia that would take him in and allow him to grow, but because of his size, everyone turned him away. That was until Hestia offered to give him her blessing. She now has a Familia of two, including herself, but Bell is fine with that. He loves Hestia and will fight to get stronger and prove he’s worthy of her.
On one adventure, he is cornered by a Minotaur that had escaped to a level of the dungeon it shouldn’t have been on. All Bell could do was cower in fear as it closed in. At the last second, he is saved by Ais Wallenstein, a famous sword maiden. He instantly falls in love with her and sets out to become strong enough to gain her attention.
What did you think?
I had already fallen in love with this series when I read the manga, so the anime was a formality. It is incredible. Bell is an honest and hard-working character who sees the benefit of his work. He’s lucky enough to acquire a skill that helps him advance quicker, but he’s still got to put the work in. His drive to impress the women in his life really is the fire that keeps him going. Also, this was one of those series where I would never skip the OP and mostly because of this moment. Try not to smile.
What was your favourite moment?
There were so many great moments like the time Bell defeated the Minotaur or when he levelled up, even the training with
What was your least favourite moment?
That’ll be the
Who was your favourite character?
There are so many interesting characters that I could list out most of them here. Bell is obviously my favourite character, but I’d also give a shout out to Ryu Lion and Welf
Who was your least favourite character?
Any of Liliruca’s Familia members. Those guys are arseholes and deserved everything they got. I’m not even going to talk about them too much, because I’m going to get mad.
Who needs more screen time?
Ryu Lion has a lot of history that could really be looked into, but I’d equally want to see more of
Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen?
I’d say there are some similarities to Goblin Slayer! or Grimgar, maybe even a little bit of Sword Art Online. Bell operates as a lone adventurer for a while similar to Kirito. Anyhow, if you enjoy fantasy anime with monsters and dungeons then this is definitely for you. If you don’t, maybe give this one a chance, it is a lot of fun.
Would you like some more?
A second season and a film have recently been announced so I am very happy about that. I’ve also just discovered that there is a couple of spinoff manga series and one has been made into an anime. Guess I’ll be off now as I need to track those down. Watch this series, you won’t be disappointed.
Other reviews in the series
- A to Z Anime Challenge
- Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
- Blood-C / Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Cat Planet Cuties
- Dragonar Academy
- El Cazador de la Bruja
- Freezing / Freezing Vibration
- Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
- Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon
- Jormungand / Jormungand: Perfect Order
- Knight’s & Magic
- Lord Marksman and Vanadis
- My First Girlfriend is a Gal
- No Game No Life
- Outbreak Company
- Punch Line
- Qualidea Code
This series had thirteen episodes so it’s like getting a bonus set in at the end. I’ve just got to keep this going if I’m going to level-up!
- Episode Count: 13 (366)
- Push-ups – 130 (2,850)
- Sit-ups – 130 (2,870)
- Squats – 130 (2,860)