Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? (Season One)

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.

What’s it about?

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 Aiz 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.

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Hestia and Bell brushing teeth cute

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 Aiz was great, but having read the manga, it covered everything up to the end of episode twelve and it was quite the cliffhanger. So, for me, it was all of episode thirteen where Bell takes on the floor boss on the safe level. Otherwise, I love all of it.

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Bloody Bell

What was your least favourite moment?

That’ll be the pass parade where the other group of adventurers use Bell, Welf, and Liliruca as a decoy so that they can escape from a huge group of monsters. On one hand, it’s great because it pushes the group to their limits and forces them to make drastic decisions, but shame on the group that put them in that position. I’m amazed that Hestia was so calm about it.

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 Crozzo, and of course Hestia and Aiz. I think I’m going to have to add this series to my list of deep-dive projects. There are so many characters that I would like to really spend some time analyzing. Did I mention that I loved this series?

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Hestia and Bell

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 Aiz and how she got to where she was. Even more of Hestia and the other gods would be a lot of fun. We also need to see a lot more of Bell’s grandfather, especially after the end of episode thirteen. I shall say no more.

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Bell and Ryu

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 another season?

A second season and a film have recently been announced so I am very happy about that. I’ve also just discovered that there are 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

Animercise

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)

5 Comments

  1. Nice review. I am really excited about the sequel that was announced because I’ve been wanting a second season of this since the first finished. Though I’m now so far ahead in the light novels it will be interesting watching the second season knowing where the story is going to see whether it is as fun as season one was. Either way, really excited about it.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Yeah, ever since I read the manga I’ve been desperate to watch this so took a Crunchyroll trial and will probably keep it for a while. It was extra nice that the manga I’d read got me up to episode 12, leaving 13 as new territory. Now I just need to find the spinoff series too.

    • I wasn’t a big fan of the spin-off anime and didn’t actually finish it. Mostly because I just don’t find Aiz or Loki familiar that interesting without Bell in the mix.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      That’s interesting. Yeah, Bell and Hestia really are the life of the show.

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