After receiving the magical item that boosted her wind skills, Emma asked Noir to come to a dance with her, but since he’s just a baronet, he’s a little self-conscious of events like that. What will he do?
The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter (Episode 9) – To The Gala
Not only does Noir worry about his status affecting the dance, but it’s causing some issues getting a location to run his shop. His father has been completely and utterly useless, but that was to be expected.
Anyhow, Noir goes to the ball and meets with Emma’s parents. They ask if Emma told them what was happening, but before they could tell him Emma arrived. They sat back as the families of higher nobility danced first. Then a young lord tried to hit on Emma. When he discovered who Noir was, he challenged him to a dance-off…
Emma wanted no part of it, but they had already agreed and somehow dragged her into it. Of course, this was after the host of the dance had announced that the Phantom Thief Phantom had announced that he would steal a precious jewel, although not to worry as there are some adventurers in the corner of the room…
Noir gave himself some dancing skills and easily won the dance-off, but then the Phantom Thief Phantom arrived and stole Emma and the jewel. The adventurers went after them, but only once Noir had convinced them that he was going with them.
They caught up to one member of Phantom Thief Phanton and defeated her and her fiery summon. Then another adventurer showed up and thanked them for their work, but he was actually the other Phantom Thief Phantom in disguise. He had seen Emma in the streets and decided to make her his wife… Luckily, Noir just powered through whatever spell this guy used and punched him, saving Emma and winning the day.
What did you think?
This episode was mad. It seemed to form out of thin air without any setup or explanation. It’s no wonder no one seemed to know what was happening. I also found the scene where Noir and the random lord were fighting over Emma and dragging her into a dance-off seemed out of character for Noir and a bit of a dick move. Emma should have won the dance-off and then kicked him in the nuts!
Finally, let’s talk about Phantom Thief Phantom… I’d rather not, because it was completely pointless and did nothing but create a scenario for Noir to have a shop – a problem that didn’t exist prior to this episode. So, what was the point? I have no idea and the introduction of another girl seems to be pushing things a bit far. Noir can’t even accumulate enough LP for any obstacle with the ones he already has. His powers should be completely broken, but he’s just not trying hard enough.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Powerful Skill Set
- Episode 2 – The Guild and the Receptionist
- Episode 3 – The Troubled Classmate
- Episode 4 – The Untainted Cleric
- Episode 5 – The Future of This Harem
- Episode 6 – The Tulip Lion
- Episode 7 – The Receptionist Ranking
- Episode 8 – A Little Girl’s Wish
- Episode 9 – To The Gala
- Episode 10 – Let’s Go to the Hot Springs
- Episode 11 – Noir’s Decision
- Episode 12 – A Battle I Can’t Lose
- Series Review
- Volume 1 – Destined for Adventure!