Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon episodes 1-3 review
I forget what show I promised would replace Sister Princess. In any case, it’s now this one. It has the strangest title for an anime since My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute. (Is the Order a Rabbit, as well as And you thought there is never a girl online are contenders too.) And it’s different. That’s a big compliment, that it’s different. Because so much of what I see on Toonami is the same old stuff. This show, however, stands out.
It’s also a misnomer. Because in the first three episodes, there’s only a brief scene in a dungeon, and no girls were being picked up, nor was there anything wrong about it. So don’t think this is a dating sim!
It follows a boy named Bell who is an adventurer into dungeons, though we only see one dungeon for a brief moment in the first episode of the three I watched. He is part of the “Familia” of the goddess Hestia. When you think “goddess,” Hestia is not what you expect. She’s a 14-year-old cheerful jealous energetic brat, and I love her. She hangs out with all the other goddesses, who seem to have rivalries and dark motives behind them.
Unfortunately, Hestia turns into a damsel in distress pretty quickly. If you know me, you know that I’m into powerful, strong, independent women. And while Hestia tries to be those things, she’s ultimately weak and helpless, and Bell has to save her. The second and third episodes involve Bell’s rescue of her.
But everything about these episodes was entertaining. Hestia has a huge crush on Bell, who is oblivious to it, and he has a crush on a girl named Ais. Hestia has a rivalry with Loki and a potential villain in Freya. All this sets up good for the next 10 episodes, which are all I’ve got at this point. It wasn’t/isn’t yet the harem I expected, but that could still happen. In any case, Is It Wrong is the right series for me right now. A very good start, and probably the best thing I’m watching right now.
Episodes 1-3 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2