Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? Ep. 2: Great sacrifices

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Well, she’s not wrong.

— Usually, the shounen hero works his way up accompanied by blood, sweat and tears. But we haven’t got time for that. We haven’t got time for the prototypical shounen hero, so Bellri has to cheat. As we’ve already learned last week, he has this rare ability to grow quickly or gain attributes quick. Something like that. ‘Cause we love RPGs, and we’ve got to squeeze RPGs into everything we do.

— Why RPGs? They’re easy to understand, I guess. Everything important is represented by a number. Even the hero’s sheer determination can be represented by the player’s playtime if you want to be cheeky about it. So what does it do specifically for Bellri? Well, he’s growing stronger everyday and shit, but like I’ve said, we haven’t got time for that. Despite being a visual medium, we can’t actually show you his true strength. Instead, Hestia will climb on the kid’s back, act all shocked and shit, and just tell us that his attributes are high. You believe her, right?

— The shounen hero is at least inspiring, because he works hard and everything. It’s hard to really care too much for Bellri though, because he’s cheating. He’s not even deliberate cheating, but the story is doing it for him. He’s becoming stronger and stronger everyday, but we’ve hardly seen him do anything noteworthy. At the end of last week’s episode, it looked like he poopsocked for XP on some low level trash mobs, and voila, he’s stronger than ever. It’s hard to really root for a character like this.

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— And likewise, he’s somehow managing to cheat his way through his social life. What has he even done for Syr? Nothing. He’s only just met him. Nevertheless, she’s already in love with him. Nevertheless, she just knew he’d drop by her workplace, so she’s made him a ready meal. Who the hell makes someone else lunch after just their second encounter? But we haven’t got time for an inspiring shounen hero, so we’ll just have this crybaby harem lead who somehow gets all the girl’s attention anyway.

— It goes from bad to worse when the goddess of fucking beauty now also has her eyes on Bellri. Thanks, rare ability! All the hot babes in this city are after me, and it’s all because of you! I don’t even have to lift a finger.

— Eyes-chan has next to no presence in the episode, but in the one scene that she’s in, she still manages to take one quick glance at a crowded street and spot Bellri instantly. So oh ho ho, she’s got her eyes for him, too! Bellri, you dog!

— Bellri’s biggest cheat of all is that he gets to be the main character of the show when he doesn’t have to work hard whatsoever. He gets to take a few licks here or there (like the end of last week’s episode), so emerging all bloodied from the conflict, he might even look heroic for just a quick second.

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Just a quick second, though. But no doubt about it, the guy doesn’t really do anything. He purportedly works hard, but we don’t even get to see that. He just gets to say stupid shit like, “I don’t want to lose any more family.” But it’s okay for Hestia to lose him, right?

— Nah, the person who actually does the main character’s work is Hestia, and it’s no surprised that so many anime fans have quickly taken to her. Who knew a fucking string would be so effective in charming the imagination of hornballs everywhere. But not only that, the narrative actually shows her dedication to Bellri. She goes to such lengths to support the kid even though he’s got Eyes on Eyes. She even puts herself in centuries of debt just to get the kid a knife hand-crafted by Hephaestus herself.

— Yeah, it’s a her. Most of the gods we’ve seen are hot babes. For some reason, Ganesha is not a hot babe. I guess you don’t want to personify an elephant with many arms as a hot babe. But anyway…

— Make no bones about it, the real story here is Hestia’s quest to win Bellri’s heart. She’s the one that the audience can pity. Her quest is quite pathetic, since there’s nothing particularly charming about the object of her affections, but we can at least relate and empathize with someone who actually works hard and puts her heart out there on the line.

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— Bellri hasn’t had to do anything, and yet, everything is handed to him. He’s not a hero. Hestia is. So why do we have to pretend that Bellri is the main lead of the story? Well, no matter what year it is, we still embrace that old adage: “Behind every great man is a great woman.” So long as she stays back there, I guess. It’s the sacrifice she has to make.

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32 thoughts on “Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? Ep. 2: Great sacrifices

    1. Ckarasu

      You sure about that? I mean, the whole point of Bell’s quest is to win the heart of a woman adventurer who is leagues better than him. She’s actually an accomplished adventurer. So, I have no idea where you got that idea from.

      Not calling this series good or anything. You’re just reaching for a complaint in this instance.

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      1. lealea477

        as he put it himself: you save a “weak female” adventurer from a hideous monster, she’s grateful, and the of you get to know each other.

        XD she is just a weak woman to him (no matter what her level is).

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      2. lealea477

        He’s not collecting females because they are better than no no no, he is collecting them because that’s there only good purpose in life.
        ^-o save the weak female and you can have her as your prize.

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        1. Ckarasu

          And the series showed how ignorant that viewpoint was. The viewpoints of the character are not the same as the viewpoints of the series. A character can be sexist, and the series doesn’t have to be. Bell was shown how weak he is. He was wrong. And thus, your point is moot.

        2. lealea477

          He can be weak and he can still see females as under him.
          It’s an important part of the plot and in the end he will prove he is better then all the females because he is the main charterer.
          T-o we will have to wait and see how things develop.

  1. Hisin

    You gonna watch Seraph of the End? I really liked the first episode, 2nd was more disappointing though since it reverted to the default anime school setting. I still think it has potential though since I’ve been told the characters only stay in that school setting for a short time.

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    1. Anonymous

      I’ve heard it ends up folowing all the shonen fighting anime cliches after a while by people that read the manga, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

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  2. Akumaten (@a9ma10)

    It’s SAO all over again with a side of Naruto. The author creates his own game, just to cheat at it.
    I have no idea how that string works.

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    1. spectreandy

      What? Are you really expecting the writer to put in effort to make the story engaging by introducing time, danger and personal self-discovery?
      I mean, yeah, I think we all SHOULD expect that.

      But nah. We’ve got fetish-chicks to ogle at and (pseudo)-haremshit happening. Too busy with anything else.

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  3. Anonymous

    I tried to give this series a chance, but i can’t finish this episode. Screw It I’m dropping this garbage.

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  4. eternia

    Hestia picked the poor kid and make him her family. She gave him blessing and made him adventurer. She waited the house for him and cook for him. She loves him. But the kid went and fell in love with some eyes-chan. Unknown to this, Hestia went into a huge debt just to give him better equipment. Poor Hestia. This is a tragic story! A tragic story!

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  5. spectreandy

    So uh, Bellri = Kirito for undeservingly gaining anything because he’s the harem lead and Hestia = Asuna for being HYPER-REALISTIC FETISH WIFE DOLL for harem lead because he’s the harem lead. Also, haremettes = haremettes because we need this show to have harem elements otherwise this shit won’t sell.

    I’m gonna lie, I think I’ve seen this song and dance before.

    At least Hestia is proactive unlike Asuna who drifts into frames pathetically and is totally fine with being pretty much cheated on right in front of her. Well, we’ll see how long that’ll go on.

    Personally, I don’t see anything visually that interesting about Hestia. That anime-brand inconvenient piece of cloth that ties around her arms and perk her already-gravity-defying tits up? It’s fine but it’s nothing to write home about like what a lot of artists are doing.

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    1. Ckarasu

      Not nearly that bad. The huge problem with Kirito was that he was generic, and he was already given just about everything. Bell is at the bottom of the barrel, at least, so he has to work his way up to being powerful. He has a flaw, his powerlessness, which is what Kirito didn’t have. Bell may not be great, but he’s leagues better than Kirito in that at least he isn’t a Marty Stu.

      And Bell being given stuff actually makes sense. Hestia wants to help her familia, so it would make sense that she does all of this. Not saying that it makes the story way better or anything. It’s just that there is, at the very least, some logic to this.

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      1. spectreandy

        I agree that Bellri isn’t fuckin’ OFFENSIVELY shit like Kirito and his magical universe bending power is. But then again, you got to admit that the character gimmick he’s bestowed with is so ridiculous and simply lazy that, it’s at least a low grade Gary-Stuism. I’m just waiting for some more ass-pulls that this skill will grant.

        The problem here is that Hestia is doing ALL of the giving. I don’t care how much she apparently animu-luvs this guy, there’s no proportional return (there rarely is in these types of shows). Now I wouldn’t say it’s painfully obvious but isn’t this set up of “familia” is just an excuse for Hestia’s role as the typical waifu? Which I guess means in anime-terms is to lose all sense of self and completely focus on serving her danna-sama.
        But hey, if the writer wants to do something like house-play, that’d be at least bearable to watch. Only, maybe throwing in chicks left and right for harem-typical shits and giggles is retarded.

        Even by episode two this show is just forgettable to me.

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        1. Ckarasu

          Not arguing for the series being good or anything, but it’s not fair to judge Bell just yet. He apparently does start to put in work. Not only that, but he hasn’t gotten OP even in the Light Novels, apparently.

          I would prefer if this was a slice of life, rather than a more shounen-y type series. It’s better set up for something like that, and it would be more fair to every character.

        2. otsumi

          >I agree that Bellri isn’t fuckin’ OFFENSIVELY shit like Kirito and his magical universe bending power is.

          Oh wow, there are people who actually get offended by Kirito. That’s pretty sad.

        3. spectreandy

          Here’s a tip: go look up “hyperbole on the Internet”.

          That doesn’t mean he’s noticeably one of the weakest excuses of a character, much less a MC, in the past five years.

        4. otsumi

          >That doesn’t mean he’s noticeably one of the weakest excuses of a character, much less a MC, in the past five years.

          Hey, at least he isn’t Akatsuki, Shiro, or Tatsuya.

      2. otsumi

        >Not nearly that bad. The huge problem with Kirito was that he was generic, and he was already given just about everything. Bell is at the bottom of the barrel, at least, so he has to work his way up to being powerful. He has a flaw, his powerlessness, which is what Kirito didn’t have. Bell may not be great, but he’s leagues better than Kirito in that at least he isn’t a Marty Stu.

        Nope. Both of them are just as bad.

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        1. Ckarasu

          No, they’re really not. At the very least, Belle isn’t a god mode sue who outclasses everyone else.

        2. Ckarasu

          Being extremely powerful tends to be bad writing. It means that nothing poses a notable threat, and thus there’s no real conflict going on. It can work out, but in the context of Kirito, it’s definitely a negative. Perhaps you should have considered this.

        3. Anonymous

          Meh, Kirito’s main problem is that he’s boring as fuck. His importance in the narrative isn’t supported by his personality or the writing itself.

  6. il-Palazzo

    You don’t have to believe Hestia about Bell’s stats though. Danmachi’s official site (http://danmachi.com/) show Bell’s stats as of last aired episode on its first page.

    Doesn’t really mean jack since we only see his stat and not anyone else’s, but still a neat gimmick.

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  7. Narrator 1

    >Now I wouldn’t say it’s painfully obvious but isn’t this set up of “familia” is just an excuse for Hestia’s role as the typical waifu?

    Actually, that’s the weirdest part. On paper, it’s supposed to be the opposite. The familia setup states that she’s basically his guildmaster. He’s supposed to be serving her, and indeed, that’s how it’s set up for every other familia as shown thus far. Which makes it all the weirder that she’s coddling and cooing over her one guild member to the point of all but wishing that no other people join her familia.

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