When Bell defeated the floor boss on the eighteenth floor, he couldn’t have imagined the attention he would get, especially from the other gods. It’s definitely not what he wanted!
What did you watch?
In 2018, I breezed through the first nine volumes of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girl in a Dungeon manga and absolutely loved it. Then, I somehow managed to make myself wait until I reached the letter I in my A to Z Anime Challenge in 2019 before watching season one of the anime. Guess what? I loved it. So, imagine my delight when I discovered that season two was coming out shortly after I finished it. I was so excited that I even reviewed the episode 0 recap of season one. Anyhow, this is the review of season two and there will be spoilers.
Bell was getting ready to head back into the dungeon and start earning some more money and experience points, but as he emerged from Hestia Familia’s rundown old building, a mass of adventurers stood above them demanding that Bell comes with them and joins Apollo’s Familia. Well, of course, Bell said no and ran off with Hestia. The pursuit was relentless and in the end, Hestia went to Apollo and agreed to have a Familia War to determine the outcome. Aware the Bell would have to fight the war alone, Welf, Lili, and Mikoto all joined Hestia’s Familia. They were allowed one none Familia adventurer and Hermes managed to convince Ryu Lion to join them. The Familia War was on!
Later on, Bell tried to help Mikoto rescue her old friend, Haruhime from Ishtar Familia, but Ishtar had plans for Bell and Haruhime. Fortunately, Freya also had plans and she didn’t appreciate Ishtar getting in the way. As usual, Hermes sat back and watched as his plans came together. Then, when Hestia got upset and ran off, she was accidentally captured by Ares. Ais and Bell ran to her rescue and ended up hiding in a small town with an interesting history.
What did you think?
I really enjoyed this season, however, I was quite disjointed. Just from writing down the summary of what happened, I realised that it felt less like a season and more like three mini seasons. There were some undeniable great moments and some average moments. It didn’t quite have the impact of season one and lacked a clear path. I still love these characters and the world in which this all takes place. It would have been nice to see more of the dungeon, but at least a third season is already in the works and that looks to be more dungeon focused.
What was your favourite moment?
It was the Familia War. When it was announced people were so excited they were appearing out of everywhere to celebrate. That should have been a clue as to how awesome it was going to be. So, the format for the War was a siege and Hestia’s Familia were to attack an Apollo stronghold. They had three days in which to do it or Apollo would win. Everyone settled in and prepared, not expecting an attack as soon as the War began. Well, should always expect the unexpected.
Ryu Lion led the charge attacking with two magical swords forged by Welf. She drew out the forces having broken the castle wall. While they reeled from the surprise attack, Mikoto slipped inside and began to prepare a spell. Lili who had infiltrated ahead of things (not sure if that is technically cheating or not) caused confusion and split Apollo’s forces. Half faced Ryu and Mikoto pinned the others with a gravity spell. Welf and Bell waltzed in through the front gate and then stormed the tower. Once inside, Bell charged up his firebolt and blew the top off, leaving just Hyakinthos. They battled it out and just when Hyakinthos thought he had won, Bell caught him with a huge counter-attack just as Ais had taught him. Boom! It was epic!
What was your least favourite moment?
There were a few minor things that bugged me and I got into those in the episode review, but I think the thing that probably annoyed me the most was the lack of a central story for the season. All through season one, it focused on Bell getting stronger and developing his skills. There were side stories, but they all tied into the overarching theme. This season was much more divided in that you had the Apollo arc, the Ishtar arc, and then the final two episodes which managed some nice character development, but really wasn’t the show-stopping finish I was hoping for.
Who was your favourite character?
This one came as a bit of a surprise as I was expecting it to be one of the main cast of characters, but the character I ended up liking the most this season was Aisha. She was the amazon warrior from Ishtar Familia that had taken it upon herself to protect Haruhime, even destroying one Killing Stone which resulted in her being beaten by Phyrne and bewitched by Ishtar. When they acquired another Killing Stone, Aisha brought Bell into the scenario in the only way she could without betraying her Goddess. She kidnapped him and then taunted him into fighting for Haruhime. Aisha was powerful but also very clever and devious. I loved the way she maintained the appearance of the villain as she convinced Bell to act. Plus, she’s a strong female character with a sword… a massive sword!
Who was your least favourite character?
Oh, that’s easy. It’s Phyrne. She was terrifying and grotesque. I can’t help but wonder how much more effective her character would have been had she not looked like a giant toad. Her appearance can only have been designed to make you uncomfortable and it made you not want to see her do what she was planning to do to Bell. It would have been more interesting if she had looked like Ishtar or Aisha as it would have completely changed to the situation. It’s not important for ugly characters to appear ugly too. That was maybe too obvious.
Would you like some more?
Oh, I can’t wait for season three. There’s also a movie that came out a little while back that I need to track down and the spinoff series Sword of Orario that hasn’t had the best reception, but I’ll need to see it anyhow. The characters and the world are just too interesting to walk away from this series. I’d even like more. More spinoffs, more movies, just more from Orario. It would be great if they all went back into the dungeon and focused on beating it. I’d like to know what’s at the bottom and what happens when they complete it.
What have you learnt?
The thing that really made me fall in love with this series was the world-building. I loved the characters, but I found the world to be fascinating. There are so many interesting elements and wonderful scenarios. It’s also kind of familiar, touching on fantasy elements and gamer elements. I think that’s my big takeaway from this series. It’s not enough to just have great characters, you need to give them somewhere to live that feels real. As long as there are some details that you recognise, you can accept the more crazy things like the dungeon and monsters. It doesn’t even have to be something big, lots of small details that will feel familiar should be more than enough. With that, you can make even the most fantastic things feel real.
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
- Season Two
- Episode 0 – Past & Future
- Episode 1 – Party | Banquet of the Gods
- Episode 2 – Apollo | Sun God
- Episode 3 – Conversion | Gathering
- Episode 4 – War Game | War Game
- Episode 5 – Home | The Hearthfire Mansion
- Episode 6 – Ishtar Familia | City of Lust
- Episode 7 – Renard | Fox Person
- Episode 8 – Ephemeral Dreams | Killing Stone
- Episode 9 – Berbera | War Prostitutes
- Episode 10 – Argonaut | Longing to Be a Hero
- Episode 11 – Rakia | Army’s Advance
- Episode 12 – Song of Love | Goddess and Child
- Season Three
- Episode 1 – Wiene Dragon’s Daughter
- Episode 2 – Monster | One Wing
- Episode 3 – Xenos | Outliers
- Episode 4 – Aspiration | Distant Dream
- Episode 5 – Ikelos Familia | King of Atrocity
- Episode 6 – Knossos | Man-Made Labyrinth
- Episode 7 – Dix Perdix | The Dreams of Beasts
- Episode 8 – Bell Cranel | The Fool
- Episode 9 – Stigma | Downfall
- Episode 10 – Invisible | Forced Breakthrough
- Episode 11 – Ultra Soul | Decisive Battle
- Episode 12 – Argonaut | Hero’s Return
- Bonus Posts