Have you ever played an MMO or dungeon crawler style game? If you have, then you know the satisfaction of clearing an area and reaping the benefits of loot drops. What if life were more like these games? Would you be an adventurer? That world does exist in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and today we’re going to take a look and see if it’s all that you’d think it could be.
Released by Sentai Filmworks, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is an anime series that spans 13 episodes and an OVA that is based on a manga series from Japan. This set features all 13 episodes of the show but sadly lacks the OVA (here’s to hoping that we get that on Blu-ray as well).
The show is a harem style anime (forgive me if I use this term slightly incorrect, I am fairly new to anime) in that our main character, Bell Crane, finds himself surrounded by beautiful and strong women who are madly in love with him, but he cannot see that. I personally find this trope hilarious and thoroughly enjoy watching these types of shows and their awkwardness, but some people find it off-putting and as such, I think it should be noted up front.
But this show is much more than just anime babes fawning over an unlikely hero. In this world, adventurers go diving into the local dungeon to kill monsters and collect loot to sell. The further they go into the dungeon, the better the loot, and the more experience they gain, which helps them level up. Sounds a lot like an MMO right? Well if you’re a fan of games like World of Warcraft, then this show is likely right up your alley.
Each adventurer belongs to a familia (think Guilds from WoW) that is led by a god or goddess. These deities have sacrificed their holy powers to live on earth and each have their families that they care and provide for. Bell belongs to the Hestia familia. Hestia is a younger, smaller goddess, and Bell is the only member in her Family. As such, she is staunchly overprotective of her love.
Unfortunately for Hestia, Bell is madly in love with a warrior woman from another familia. However, this desire has sparked in him a new skill that helps him level up and become quite powerful much quicker than anyone expects, which is a good thing, because he finds himself in a series of seemingly inescapable situations as he attempts to woo his warrior desire.
Along the way, Bell meets and befriends a group of people who help him on his journeys. Some of them are adventurers of their own, whom he parties up with to tackle the depths of the dungeon, while others aren’t necessarily who they seem to be, and may be plotting something big for him…something we don’t quite understand.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is a really funny and charming show. It’s a shame that it is over so quickly. As an MMO player, I really enjoyed watching the games I play turned into a world and subsequently turned into comical situations where this young lad usually embarrasses himself trying to get out of. My only gripe with the show is that there is nowhere near enough of it. After 13 episodes there are several unresolved plot points and many things you want to see Bell and his friends tackle, but I suppose that is potentially resolved in the OVA or manga. Either way, you will likely find yourself blitzing through these episodes and wanting more.
This show has a great animated style with lots of bright, vibrant colors that looks great on the screen. However, there is an airy, glowy haze that appears in most of the scenes that detracts a little from the clarity. This is definitely a design call, I just don’t quite understand why it was made. However, I didn’t notice this as much until I went back for a second time. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the show regardless.
The audio tracks included are English or Japanese DTS Master Audio 2.0 with subtitles, and there are no complaints about either of them. The music is up beat and catchy, in that playful anime style, the fight scenes have satisfying effects, and the dubbing is surprisingly serviceable. There were a few moments of cringe with the Americanized English audio, but that’s part of the fun, in my books.
- Clean Opening
- Clean Closing
- Trailers for other Sentai releases
Unfortunately, Sentai Filmworks hasn’t included much in the way of special features, which is a shame.
As for packaging, this release comes in a standard two-disc amaray case with a single sided sleeve. The discs have good looking art on them in full color, which is quite nice, and they go well with the sleeve. So some attention was definitely payed here.
If you don’t like anime, then this show won’t likely sway you…unless you are a big dungeon crawler fan, in which case I think you should absolutely give it a try. It’s quirky and fun, and pays some loving respects to MMOs and loot games in the process.
You can purchase it here on Amazon.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process