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Based off of a light novel of the same name written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead!
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Every episode we get some pretty extreme intensity in this show, and with the penultimate episode being a bit mellower, it was a given that the finale would be the most dramatic explosion of high-stakes combat in the series. Even at its most brutal it’s seemed unlikely for characters to be at risk of actual fatality, but if there was ever a time to wonder if everyone was getting out in one piece, it’s now. Probably the most notable theme of the series has been Bell’s development, which is a good leading theme to have, and this episode provides the ultimate challenge for his growth both in terms of his own power and his ability to work as a team with the wealth of loyal comrades he’s found himself fighting alongside. The anticlimax of Bell’s rescue party arriving to see him unharmed was amusing enough at the time, but its real purpose was to have the whole gang in one place for a final showdown that would put them all to the test in a major way. How the idyllic setting they all found themselves in turned into the site of the greatest battle of all did seem a bit sudden (and one of my biggest drawbacks from this series is erratic pacing), such that the events might’ve seemed without basis, but a few subtle references to the nature of the dungeons, especially as they relate to the gods, largely explains why Hestia’s move last time triggered this.
There’s a lot of entertainment value to be had in all this action, as should be expected of the finale, but likely the biggest talking point after finishing the episode is the reveal of Bell’s lineage. It’s the kind of thing that begs for a second season with more explanation, which is of course by design for series that would like an awful lot to sell the Blu-rays and – to an even greater degree – the light novels from which it’s adapted. For now we’re left speculating on various elements of what these means based on the different versions of ancient mythology and what we know of the gods in this series so far. We learn only who Bell’s grandfather is, so the first question many will likely have is who his father is. And suddenly the title of Argonaut makes a lot more sense. It’s another bombshell that doesn’t seem to have a great deal of buildup, but in retrospect there are some minor comments that can be connected to it as well. For better or worse, it’s a pretty solid way to legitimately make your main character ridiculously overpowered and of interest to others.
That’s all we get for now, and the series ends in a way that encapsulates it better than anything else in the episode: Bell is surrounded by his harem, several of its members fighting with each other over him. We get reminded that another prospective antagonist existed, but didn’t get the opportunity to truly enter the story. Maybe next time, but for now Bell has earned his peaceful respite, more or less. He didn’t always make the wisest decisions and sometimes the plot enabled that a bit too much, but again, it’s all about his development, and it did a better job at that than a lot of similar series. Although it’s injected a remarkable amount of serious content, at its heart it’s a lighthearted show that knows how to be silly when it’s appropriate to do so.
Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon? These thirteen episodes consisted a lot more of picking up girls outside of a dungeon or even being picked up by girls in a dungeon, so the world may never know. Perhaps we’ll have another season down the road, because there’s certainly a wealth of material waiting to be touched upon. For now we get an appropriate dungeon boss to round off the first season and a big revelation regarding Bell’s family that teases what we may never see in animation form. It was a fun show that knew when to be entertaining fluff and knew how to change gears and offer genuine intensity and emotion. It was never anything special (beyond a surprise internet phenomenon), but it never purported itself to be, and at the very least it had some pretty slick animation.
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