Food Wars! The Second Plate – Episode One Thoughts and Reaction

Alice Nakiri

A great start to a wonderful franchise. Instead of giving you a feel what this show will be like, it went straight to the action. It was as if it was literally continuing where it left off from the previous season. Giving a small introduction and re-cap of Season One was more than enough, now we can focus on the next round of the Autumn Selections.

 

This episode was solely focused on Alice vs Soma. I was excited yet gutted at the same time as this meant that only Alice or Soma could advance.

 

Even though Alice lost she still looked strong in defeat. In some what I feel that maybe she tried too hard to be outstanding. She thought way too much to the point where she lost sight of the original purpose- creating nibbles for a Bento Box.

 

In terms of cooking and creating recipes and dishes she probably has Soma beat, but in this case Alice relied too much on her skills rather than think about the “essence” of a Bento. In that regard Soma was always going to come out winning, plus he has experience of preparing Bento lunches in the past.

 

I thought this opening episode was really funny and very entertaining. The highlight for me was the casual banter between Soma and Alice. We do see Alice’s vulnerable side when she ate Soma’s dish and that was rather sad to see. Silver lining, it seemed that his Bento gave her a lift that she really needed as from the looks of it, she needed a hug.

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Anime Summer 2016

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So far this year there hasn’t been an anime that made me go “wow, that is amazing!” The only exception is KonoSuba and that wasn’t originally on my plan to watch list. I picked it up half way through and it became an instant favourite of mine.

Last year there were plenty for me to look forward to like Non Non Biyori Repeat, Monster Musume, High School DxD BorN, Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, I could literally go on. Recently I watched the One-Punch Man anime which aired last year and that too became an instant favourite of mine.

I don’t necessarily think that this year’s anime have been bad, it’s just that I found most of them something to watch rather than watching them with excitement.

There has been one anime that I have been eagerly waiting for this year and that is the second season of Food Wars! ‘Food Wars! The Second Plate.’ I’m really excited about that and I’m deliberately avoiding the trailers so I don’t get spoiled. I want to be surprised.

The other anime that has caught my eye from this season is ‘Hybrid x Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia’ or ‘Masou Gakuen H x H.’

I’ve seen one trailer so far and I do think I will really enjoy it. I didn’t watch anymore trailers because I want to be surprised like with the Food Wars! second season. I know nothing about this story but my instincts are telling me that it will have a lot of similar themes to High School DxD.

Either way, I’m happy that I have something else to look forward to. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan^^/

My Manga Rankings

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5: EXCELLENT

  • DRAGONS RIOTING
  • GRIM REAPER AND FOUR GIRLFRIENDS
  • HIGH SCHOOL DXD
  • IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?
  • KONOSUBA: GOD’S BLESSING ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD!
  • MONSTER MUSUME
  • NON NON BIYORI
  • ONE-PUNCH MAN
  • SEE ME AFTER CLASS!

4: VERY GOOD

  • 12 BEAST
  • BLOOM INTO YOU
  • D-FRAG!
  • FOOD WARS: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA
  • KASE-SAN SERIES
  • LORD MARKSMAN AND VANADIS
  • MAGIKA SWORDSMAN AND SUMMONER
  • MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID
  • PLEASE TELL ME! GALKO-CHAN
  • SEKIREI
  • SHOMIN SAMPLE: I WAS ABDUCTED BY AN ELITE ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL AS A SAMPLE COMMONER
  • TRINITY SEVEN
  • WITCH CRAFT WORKS

3: GOOD

  • HOW TO BUILD A DUNGEON: BOOK OF THE DEMON KING
  • KAMPFER
  • KISS AND WHITE LILY FOR MY DEAREST GIRL
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF SECRET
  • SENRAN KAGURA
  • THE TESTAMENT OF NEW SISTER DEVIL
  • TODAY’S CERBERUS

2: OK

  • THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER!
  • DEMON KING ENA-SAMA GOES TO A MANGA SCHOOL
  • IS THIS A ZOMBIE?
  • NO GAME NO LIFE
  • OH MY GODDESS!
  • SOUL EATER NOT!
  • THERE’S A DEMON LORD ON THE FLOOR
  • TRIAGE X

1: READABLE

  • FREEZING
  • HAGANAI: I DON’T HAVE MANY FRIENDS
  • NTR: NETSUZOU TRAP
  • NURSE HITOMI’S MONSTER INFIRMARY
  • OMAMORI HIMARI

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Review

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime

  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode One Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Two Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Three Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Four Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Five Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Six Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seven Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eight Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nine Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Ten Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eleven Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twelve Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Thirteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fourteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts! (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Sixteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seventeen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eighteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nineteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-One Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Two Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Three Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Four Thoughts (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

I really do like the trend of alternative battle shows where people battle each other but without fighting physically, like No Game No Life. In No Game No Life Sora and Shiro battle other rivals by playing games. I really, really like that concept of a battle and I’ve been on the lookout for a similar type of setting for some time and I found it in the form of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma.

 

I would say that Food Wars is pretty much as it sounds but I would describe it as a battle of chefs. So, think of this like Hell’s Kitchen or the Great British Bake Off but the competition is on a much bigger scale. The main guy, Sora, applies to enter into Japan’s most prestigious cooking school where the pass rate is 10%… or was it 1%? Either way the school has high standards.

 

I didn’t really know what to expect from Food Wars but I do know that I’ve really enjoyed this anime. Some of the battle scenes were intense and I found plenty of moments really funny.

 

I have to admit and say that I crack up every single time Soma smirks or grins. It might annoy Erina but it certainly makes me chuckle. I actually thought that I wasn’t going to like Soma. I thought he was going to be cocky and weird. However, I find him to be very daring, fearless, but above all, really funny. Erina, a high class lady chef, puts him down many, many times but he either doesn’t get her sarcasm or he just doesn’t care. Haha. I think it’s good that he’s not intimidated by all the high class students and I’m really pleased that he managed to blend in and make a few friends, especially those from the Polar Star.

 

I thought he was going to be a bad chef as well judging by his loss record against his Dad. However, it turns out that Soma is pretty good and it just meant that whilst Soma is good, he is completely outmatched by the much experienced Jouchirou. It’s pretty funny how they go out of their own way to create bad food and they find victims to eat it. Haha.

 

I think one of the quirkiest and funniest things of this show, apart from the wit and Soma’s facial expressions, is the female cast. By this I mean that when they eat delicious food they ‘visualise’ how they feel and either dress up in flattering clothes or they are stark naked. The girls showing their skin are easy on the eye but I also find it really, really funny. It’s ridiculous but hilarious. Haha.

 

The character growth should also be noted. Soma’s growth as a character is good and he becomes more mature and open-minded through cooking battles and during the field trip. I would say the biggest growth goes to Megumi, not necessarily through cooking abilities but her confidence and self-belief grows.

 

I enjoyed many battles in this show but my favourite battles involved Soma vs Ikumi, Soma and Megumi vs Shinomiya and whenever Soma battled his Dad.

 

I’m not sure if Food Wars was how I expected it to be but I do know that I most certainly enjoyed watching it. The major bonus of this series is that the food on this show looks absolutely delicious and they are designed in high detail. Every time I see Soma and co cook or bake or prepare a dish I immediately get hungry.

 

One of my life goals now is to cook a dish that’s been shown in the Food Wars anime. =D. Will I be able to do it? That remains to be seen.

 

  1. REVIEW

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

THANKS FOR READING

Soma, Megumi, Ikumi and Kanichi Eyecatch

I’m lagging behind uploading my reviews for each episode but I felt that I could upload my review now as what I have summarised is relevant enough to share. It really is a good anime and I’ll be keeping my eye out for a Blu-Ray or a DVD collection in the future. =)

 

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode 16 Thoughts

Food Wars Episode 16 Eyecatch

I really enjoyed the battle between Soma and his Dad and I liked the judging panel. I thought it was amusing how Megumi was elected to be the third judge when she was in her half-awake state.

 

It’s funny because in episode one I hugely underestimated Soma’s cooking abilities. As he lost to his Dad for the 489th time and he made unorthodox dishes I automatically assumed that he was going to be a bad cook. However, since entering the academy he’s been on a big role and is especially impressive when it comes to adapting quickly to situations. In this battle, it doesn’t really show that Soma is a bad cook it just shows how incredible Jouichirou is as a chef.

 

That apple dish that Soma dished up looked really nice. I think Satoshi and Fumio in her younger days would make a nice couple. It was fun to watch them dance together in their visualisations. It was funny when Megumi was visualising herself as Snow White being picked up by a prince with an apple head!

 

However, it seems that Jouchirou deliberately dropped by to give Soma motivation, I.E., beating him as it seems that losing just makes Soma more determined. Soma always knew that he was going to lose but he’s never been a bad loser, so far he has been dignified in defeat.

 

It was good that Satoshi gave him constructive feedback. Satoshi is part of the elite ten so his opinions, when it comes to cuisine, are worth taking on board.

 

So, Ryouko and Yuki wanted Jouchirou’s advice and tips to improve their skills as chefs. I think really, deep down, they just wanted to smooch up to him because they fancy him. Haha. Well, they fell in love with his cooking more like!

 

It was interesting how Erina sensed Jouchirou was nearby and ordered the car to stop at once so she could see his idol. It will be interesting to see her reaction once she discovers that Jouchirou is Soma’s Dad.

 

It seems that I enjoy Food Wars more as the weekly episodes go by. I’m looking forward to the next one. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Food Wars Episode 16 Endcard

I’m looking forward to WWE Night of Champions as Sting is challenging Seth Rollins for the WWE World title. It would be amazing if Sting became world champion but I really can’t see WWE allowing that to happen unfortunately. It would be quite a send-off for Sting if this was the case as I got the impression from Sting’s speech on Raw that he intends to retire soon. Then again, perhaps I read his speech wrong?

 

In an ideal world for me Sting would win the championship from Seth Rollins. It wouldn’t be just for the heavyweight championship either. I think he should have put the United States title on the line too. That way Sting would not only win the WWE title but he would win the former WCW secondary title of the United States. I think that would have been an amazing touch but alas John Cena is challenging Rollins for the US title.

 

After beating Seth Rollins at Night of Champions Sting would face the Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. Survivor Series would be the most appropriate match for Undertaker to challenge Sting as both Undertaker and Sting made their WWE debut at Survivor Series. It could be the best way for Undertaker and Sting to retire if it’s appropriate. If not, then perhaps at Wrestlemania?

 

To get back on track-

 

I’m somewhat behind with Food Wars and other anime as of late as I’ve been busy with other projects such as renovating my garden and the summer house. However, I have found some time to myself and I’m taking this opportunity to play catch up as well as playing Atelier Shallie’s second play through.

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts

Ikumi and Aldini Eyecatch

It was good to see Soma’s dad again and he kindly prepared the dishes for all the residents of the Polar Star Dormitory. It’s interesting to note that he used to be called Saiba. This is just a guess on my part but maybe his wife’s surname was Yukihira and he used that name once he married her. I heard that in Japan the guy takes on the lady’s family name when married. I really didn’t expect for him to be an alumnus of Totsuki Academy. I wonder why he didn’t graduate.

I did enjoy seeing Megumi, Ryouko and Yuki reacting to Jouichirou’s dish. They all looked really dashing in those Arabian clothes. I wonder if it’s possible to fall in love with someone through cooking. If it is possible then Jouichirou will have a group of female fans straightaway. I grinned when Soma misread the glances from the girls. If he can improve his cooking then he will get a flock of groupies in no time. Haha.

Erina’s reactions to Soma’s antics I think were hilarious. I never expected for her to be a fan of Jouichirou though. I immediately thought it was cool but weird. Surely Erina would have made a connection that Jouichirou is Soma’s dad. But, seeing as he went with the name Saiba it sort of makes sense why Erina wouldn’t make that connection.

I wonder how she will react once she learns of the father and son connection. Will she still treat Soma coldly or will she show him a little more respect?

I’m looking forward towards the impromptu Shokugeki battle between Jouichirou and Soma. However, I still think that the Dad will come out on top.

THANKS FOR READING

Food Wars End Card

I was very late in posting this because I’ve only just watched this. Haha. I decided that I will keep posting my thoughts on Food Wars on a weekly basis. I like the new opening and ending songs, I think they’re rather catchy.

I’m impressed with this anime season so far. I enjoy watching the new Non Non Biyori series and I’m enjoying Monster Musume a lot more than I thought I would. I re-watched episode 2 three times. =) I wasn’t planning on watching SHIMONETA but I’m definitely enjoying that as I keep on cracking up laughing whenever I watch it. =)

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

Anime I’m Watching This Season

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I have plenty of anime that I’m watching this season. What are you watching? Is there any you would recommend?

There were certain anime that I enjoyed in the previous season like Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? High School DxD BorN and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. There were more that I watched but those three are the ones in particular that I especially liked. However, I found that once I started to review them I was subconsciously analysing my thoughts and feelings as, in my head, I was going to annotate my thoughts.

I wasn’t planning to speak about every episode, it just sort of happened. In a way, that probably did take away some of the enjoyment of watching anime, especially Dungeon Girls. I find that I’m actually enjoying Dungeon Girls ten times more since it stopped airing. Why? Because I can sit back and enjoy it and not concern myself of blogging about each episode.

That’s where this anime summer season comes in. So far, I’m really excited and impressed. I genuinely believe that this is going to be my favourite anime season of all time.

Summer Season List 2015

Street Fighter Food Wars Parody

Bikini Warriors: It’s Not a Bikini If It’s Armour

Bikini Warriors anime

Initial Thoughts: When it came up with that sequence of majestic music and the girls displaying their fighting style I thought that was going to be the opening theme. As soon as it finished I was like “Is that it? Seriously?” Haha.

This is going to be a fun and light-hearted anime. The girls are wearing special armour in the form of bikinis. Haha. I didn’t realise that this was only a five minute episode.

I don’t really know what’s going to happen but I’m more than happy to spend five minutes of my time watching this weekly. =)

Non Non Biyori Repeat

Non Non Biyori Repeat anime

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was very confused at first. Why was Renge re-joining the school? Did she move up a year? What happened to Hotaru? Why was Hikage still in the country? I was left very puzzled for the first ten minutes until Hikage got on the train to Tokyo. This is a flashback showing what happened when Renge enrolled into the school. Then it showed Hotaru right at the end moving in. I could then relax and enjoy everything.

It was funny but very unfortunate when Hikage left her mobile phone behind! Haha.

Everything from the characters, the scenery, the music, it’s all as I expected it to be. Relaxing and tranquil. I really like that march that the four girls do in the opening song. I think so far I prefer the opening and ending songs from the first season but I think it’s the case of letting the new songs grow on me. I have no doubt that they will. =)

MONSTER MUSUME EVERYDAY LIFE WITH MONSTER GIRLS

Monster Musume anime

Initial Thoughts: As a Monster Musume fan I was very concerned on how this was going to be adapted. But those concerns completely left me the moment I started to watch this.

It’s much, much better than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t burst out laughing as I normally do with the books but I think that’s because I knew what was coming. However, I still let out light chuckles. I’m really pleased that they kept the charm and have the eyes of the main guy all plain white as that’s how they are portrayed in the manga.

I find this anime really cute and in some ways touching. It’s more than just comedy but there is little to no drama in it and quite frankly that’s my kind of story. I kept almost welling up as I felt touched at Miia’s happiness.

It’s a shame that I had to watch this as soon as it was released, as now I have to wait for next week. I can tell that I’m really going to enjoy watching this show. I can’t wait. =D

Rokka –Braves of the Six Flowers-

Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers anime

Initial Thoughts: I’ve never heard of this show before but I really did enjoy the first episode. The girl with the bunny ears is really cute. I sort of guessed straightaway that she was going to be an outdoors type of Princess. Haha. It’s going to be worth watching this just to watch her bunny ears bounce. =)

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

Shimoneta Anime

Initial Thoughts: This is incredibly daft, eccentric but very funny. The style of humour and quick pace does remind me of D-Frag. I never thought I would see the day where a perverted girl would walk around wearing a pair of knickers on her head. Haha. It’s a clash of impure thoughts verses pure thoughts. Who will come out triumphant? I can tell already that this show isn’t going to take itself seriously and I’m certainly going to enjoy watching this.

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Miia

Normally I would probably review the first episodes of Non Non Biyori Repeat and Monster Musume straightaway, but I have decided that I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m just going to sit back and bask in each episode as they come. I won’t rule out anime reviews but I will just see how I feel. I will probably continue reviewing Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma weekly. It’s partly because I’ve made a commitment but mostly because I want to. In any case I’ll just see how it goes. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Fourteen Episode Thoughts

Food Wars Street Fighter Parody Endcard

This was really exciting to watch. I actually think it’s my personal favourite episode of Food Wars yet. Did Soma adjust the recipe? Or, did he decide to put on a show? I’m pleased that he managed to attract a young sweet girl who got pushed out from tasting Erina’s dish. Live cooking looks like fun. I sort of did live cooking when I was in the kitchen at college, but, it was nothing of Soma’s calibre. Haha.

It was amusing when Soma was ignoring Erina to focus on his own dish. It was more to the point that he was analysing the situation. It was incredible how he quickly adapted to the situation and went incredibly fast to cook that soufflé dish thing. The battle music compliments that scene very well. It was intense and exciting to watch, especially as Soma was trying to beat the clock in 30 minutes. I do think it was a bit of a small victory on Soma’s part when he managed to take away some of Erina’s customers. It was especially amusing when he gave that thumbs up towards Erina. I don’t like it when people give a smug face but I find myself laughing every time Soma gives a smug face. Haha.

Luckily Soma managed to complete 200 servings just in time. Had he done all that in the beginning, I wonder if he could have managed more. Erina completed over 400 servings and Alice managed 380 servings. Had Alice had more ingredients than I reckon she could have matched Erina’s number.

I thought I wasn’t going to like the new girl, Alice Nakiri, until I got to know her a little better. It seems like she’s a wannabe villain but every time she tries to act cool it somehow backfires. She wanted her right hand man to explain her history with Erina but that backfired so she ended up explaining it. It was really funny to watch. I especially liked it when it showed a young Erina calling a cake disgusting, the same cake that a young Alice made for her.

Alice’s dish did look pretty amazing. I liked it when she turned that egg into like a drink. The egg sits on an egg cup made out of chocolate and you use the straw to drink the chocolateness from side. It’s like an adapted version of an Easter Egg and Egg and Soldiers.

I am pleased that Soma didn’t feel sorry for himself. If anything, he took it in his stride. He actually admitted that he was ignorant. Yet again Alice has failed to intimidate a person. Haha. It’s definitely good experience for Soma though.

The ending was misleading, but in a good way. Luckily, Soma and co are treated to dishes that are prepared and made by the alumnus of Totsuki. Good for them. All of the Polar Star Gang managed to pass too, including Zenji, remarkably. I wonder if Hinako made a special dish just for Megumi?

I wonder what the Autumn Elections are.

This has definitely been my favourite episode yet and I feel that it’s more than appropriate to make a shout out to the Eyecatch and Endcards as they are parodies of Street Fighter. Ingenious, in my opinion. I really do like Erina parodying Blanka. Haha. I think Ryouko would have suited cosplaying as Crimson Viper.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Thirteen Thoughts

Satoshi and Fumio Endcard

Oh my. I hope Soma manages to pull through. Understandably I do think Soma is at a disadvantage here. He’s work at a diner for all his life and wouldn’t really know how a hotel would present their dishes. It’s not the question of him being able to cook. It’s the question of whether his dish is appropriate. So far, he has managed to serve less than 10 dishes. That new girl implied that Soma was going to fail as she knew what he was going to cook. I think Erina knew that that dish was inappropriate as well and it was on the tip of her tongue to tell him but opted not to.

Erina is pretty awesome and is quite amazing but it does seem that she was able to serve 200 dishes a little bit too quickly. That dish with the bacon and egg and muffin looks absolutely amazing. It made me hungry just looking at it. I wonder how she will react to Soma’s lack of servings. Takumi and Megumi appeared to be alarmed by this but I wonder how Erina will react? I get the feeling that she won’t be as sarcastic with Soma as she usually is. She already advised him to not serve that dish that he prepared for her in episode 2. I wouldn’t be surprised if she gave him more advice in the next episode.

It doesn’t matter how many insults and sarcastic remarks are aimed at Soma, they will never break him. Erina tried to be sarcastic and he took it as if she was suggesting a tasting contest. Haha. I do wonder who that new girl is. She tried to be intimidating but it back fired. XD She appears to be Erina’s rival. Are they related I wonder.

It looks like that Takumi and Ikumi are both going to be fine. It was amusing how they both confronted Soma. It was especially amusing when Isami revealed the recipes that the Aldini Restaurant use for their cuisine. The two of them clearly care for Soma and it’s always nice to see Soma getting more allies then enemies. He’s not a bad person he’s just ignorant in the high class society.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime Review

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

  1. SYNOPSIS

When Bell was little his Grandpa would often tell him tales about heroes and how they always saved the girl from a monster. Bell kept the tales about Argonaut told by his Grandpa close to his heart. When he was old enough he became an adventurer, not only to become strong but to pick up girls in the dungeon. However, he came across a Minotaur which resulted into being saved by a beautiful girl with golden hair and golden eyes called Aiz Wallenstein. His current goal now is to catch up to his saviour and be as strong as the person that he admires.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Game
  • Harem[1]
  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
    • Episode Eleven (LINK)
    • Episode Twelve (LINK)
    • Episode Thirteen (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I look for certain things in an anime. When I look for slice of life stories with no drama I find stories like Non Non Biyori and Locodol. When I look for humorous comedy I find D-Frag and Sabagebu: Survival Game Club. When I look for good fantasy stories that involve beautiful ladies and chess pieces I find High School DxD. When I look for battles or games that don’t involve physical fighting I find No Game No Life and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma.

Now, another requirement has been crossed off my list. I have looked for an anime that is based on a roleplaying game like Final Fantasy online but it’s more of a story than an online game. I find that aspect in the form of this anime, Dungeon Girls.[2]

It covers many aspects of online gaming when it comes to conquering certain levels of the dungeon. The adventurers come from all kinds of races from human, to elves, to animal people and so on. They can also buy armour, collect dropped items from the monsters and have weapons and armours made for them by blacksmiths. The biggest shout out to the game aspect is the levelling up. Instead of being part of link groups the adventurers are part of Familias but they can still form their own parties with other adventurers.

I pretty much like everything about this show really, especially the characters and the fights. Bell had a great growth as a character and it wasn’t all down to his Realis Phrase ability. There were times where I wanted him to get a grip but I then remind myself that he’s only fifteen years old. He’s still a young man so it’s natural that he won’t be the bravest dude in the dungeon as he’s still learning about life and the nastiness in the dungeons. However, his growth grew at a tremendous rate as he delved into the dungeon. It was literally thanks for Aiz. Because of Aiz saving him it made him strive to become stronger. He literally went from strength to strength and grew at a quick rate thanks to his ability, Realis Phrase.

His ability made it awkward for Hestia so she hid that fact from him, both to protect him for himself and from other Goddesses who might be watching in secret. She is always severely jealous of the fact that Aiz is the reason why he’s getting stronger, not her. She’s still happy for him by all means but she probably is resentful of the fact that Aiz is the cause of his growth.

I feel that Aiz isn’t the sole reason for his growth. Everyone played their parts really well. Aiz not only gave him a reason to get stronger but she also physically trained him and his combat skills improved as a result. Hestia gave him a reason to protect someone precious and one of his important people is Hestia. Not only does he see Hestia as a Goddess but he sees her as family.

Everyone at the Mistress of Abundance, Syr, Mia and Ryu all played their part by encouraging Bell and being good friends. Eina helped by introducing him to a good shop of armours which led Bell to finding an armour outfit crafted by Welf Crozzo. Lili helped by becoming his supporter, without her, he wouldn’t be able to collect so many stones. Without Welf, whom he eventually meets, he wouldn’t go down to the lower floors to fight the stronger monsters. Welf also crafted him the Ushiwakamaru weapon which was moulded from a Minotaur’s horn.

Freya played her part strongly, albeit, indirectly… if it wasn’t for her, Bell would never have learned the Firebolt move, and if it wasn’t for her, he would never have faced and beat that Minotaur. She was also the reason he overcame his fear of Minotaurs. As a result he also gained the Argonaut special manoeuvre. Freya is a wicked Goddess, yet, she probably is among the characters of this show who contributed the most to Bell’s growth. I really do like that aspect of the story. A villain who is helping a hero get stronger I think is really unique. Is it really for her own gain? Or, does she genuinely want to see him get stronger? It’s no secret that she desires him but it seems as though she’s willing to be patient, until she can get what she wants. I think Bell can feel her gaze from a distance, but he doesn’t necessarily know that she’s the source. Does he know that she exists? It will be interesting to see what happens if or when Bell meets Freya.

Freya is doing good deeds for Bell, but not necessarily for the right reason…

Apart from the nasty men who picked on Bell I do actually like all the characters from this show. I really like Hestia as she’s both cute and very, very funny. I especially enjoy the moments when she gets jealous of the other girls who come into contact with Bell. However, she’s serious when she needs to be. I also find it touching whenever she embraces Bell through comfort and relief. I think she’s the perfect Goddess for Bell. I also really enjoyed when she activated her Arcanum divine power to stop the fighting in episode 12. That was a really cool moment.

I think developing relationship with girls on all levels is the underlining theme of this show as the title is about picking up girls. Haha. Bell’s Grandpa told Bell that he can be a hero and protect girls and I think that really stuck with Bell when he grew up. I think at this moment Bell really does have a pick from all the girls in this anime.

All the ladies are really nice in their own way. Hestia is great. Syr is just really cute and innocent and has a lovely personality. Eina is very considerate but is probably a little awkward at times. The Amazon Twins, Tione and Tiona are really cool and they have really cool Amazonian looks about them. Demeter is a beauty and it’s a shame that she didn’t appear more often. Aiz is strong but very, very innocent in nature. Riveria is really cool and I like her green hair as it gives her that nature look. Ryu is awesome both in appearance and in combat. Mikoto is cute but I can’t help but wonder why she looks sad all the time. Lili was not very nice at first but she eventually came around to be a good supporter for Bell. I even somewhat like Freya… she’s beautiful and all but I do think she has a little bit of a crazy side about her and I think I’m actually intrigued by that crazy side. Haha.

If there’s one thing that I probably didn’t enjoy so much it was the way that Bell screamed every time Aiz or another girl touched him affectionately. Never mind potions or an antidote I think what Bell really needs is a throat lozenge. With the amount of screaming that he does he’s bound to get a sore throat one of these days. In all seriousness, I think it will do him good if he didn’t overreact as much as he already made Aiz sad when he ran away from her. Then again, he is fifteen so will it be expected for a boy to run away?

I think the more girls flirt with him, the more he will get accustom to it and take it in his stride. If a girl wants to show her affection towards you, you should let them.^^/

The fights were pretty awesome too. My favourite ones included the time when Bell beat that monkey to protect Hestia, to beat that Minotaur to show his growth and when he beat that Monster Rex along with Ryu, Welf, Asufi and Mikoto. They were all really intense and in my opinion they showed Bell’s growth as a person and as an adventurer.

I would have like to see Naza more and I definitely would have liked to hear her speak. She sounded like a really interesting person and I enjoyed visualising her voice when reading the Light Novel books. Sadly, the anime didn’t show her as much as I would have liked.

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Bell, Hestia, Lili and Welf Endcard

In all honesty, I could talk about this forever but I feel that it would be wise if I to make it as concise as I could.

What I would really like to see is a special episode or an OVA about the time when Bell and Hestia first met. I read the epilogue in the first LN[3] book and I really, really enjoyed it. I really hope that that small chapter gets animated someday. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

[2] The correct abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is DanMachi. However, I prefer to call it Dungeon Girls. =D

[3] Light Novel.