Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Vol. 6 - Manga Review

It’s Bell versus the Minotaur, and one thing is for sure – Bell won’t be letting himself be the damsel in distress this time!

The Lowdown

Bell has been training hard Aiz Wallenstein, the girl who he desperately wants to stand aside, and he is getting more confident that he and his supporter, Lilly, will be able to venture futher into the dungeon. However, on the ninth-floor of the dungeon Bell runs into his nemesis, the Minotaur, who was previously responsible for humiliating him in front of Aiz. Although Bell wants to run away, he decides that he won’t let himself be saved by anyone ever again and decides to fight desperately to defeat the Minotaur once and for all!

How Was It?

Bell’s longing to reach Aiz Wallenstein has been particularly well conveyed in the last two volumes which saw him first being saved by her before beginning his training with her in the previous volume. This was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed seeing Bell and Aiz in some funny situations while also growing their relationship in tandem with Bell’s personal development. This volume wraps this up early on as well see the two complete Bell’s training, and it was cute to see that Aiz had just as much fun as Bell did along with Bell’s motivation to keep getting stronger laid out quite clearly. What makes all of this set-up work so well is because of the way that it helps to underscore Bell’s motivations as he takes on the Minotaur in the dungeon in an explosive and entertaining action scene, and I liked that this connected this volume with the previous ones in a meaningful way.

The action kicks off in a big way once Bell encounters the Minotaur in the dungeon, leading into an extensive fight scene that follows forms the core of this volume. This battle is quite impressive in putting Bell in a particularly fraught situation that forces him to desperately fight back, and we see the entire range of emotions here from him in a way that shows his resolve in a strong way. The reactions of all of his acquaintances are layered nicely into this sequences, and this added to the dramatic stakes quite well because we see the quite clearly the impact that Bell’s performance has on Aiz and the others. This was strongly evocative of this series’ beginning in a way that made the series so far feel especially cohesive from an emotional standpoint.

Perhaps the best part of this battle was the way that we see Bell take a major step forward as it wears on in terms of building his own inner strength. We see very clearly how he summons his determination in fighting Minotaur thanks to his experiences thus far in the series, and this was an excellent way to demonstrate his progress in an exciting and affective manner as his core desire to be a hero is brought to the forefront. The battle is also well-paced in terms of covering all of the requisite dramatic points in building up to an explosive conclusion, and I was on the edge of my seat reading this. As a result, this battle succeeded in imbuing the action with strong emotional stakes, and I thought that this made for a satisfying read.  

Kunieda’s art helps to make this exciting sequence come to life, and I was impressed with the clarity that the action in this volume had. The paneling is consistently effective in showing Bell’s motion, and this was particularly effective in showing his new and more complex moves that he gained during his training with Aiz. As a result, the battle shows his progression in strength throughout, and I liked that we get a really clear sense how much he has improved so far. This is complemented by some excellent facial expressions that emphasize his sheer effort, and this gave the fight a very dramatic feel especially when combined with some wonderful full-page spreads to emphasize key points. All-in-all, this was a very well done fight which capped off the last couple volumes quite effectively.

Final Thoughts

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Vol. 6 is a strong cap-off to Bell’s development thus far in the series that provides some exciting action which fans of this series will definitely enjoy. I found myself invested in Bell’s development over the course of this volume as he fought the Minotaur, and this battle was also well-portrayed from an artistic standpoint. Although the characters in this series have never stood out to me because of their depth, I really liked the way that this volume dug deep into Bell’s own personal struggle in a way that linked into the previous volumes, and this made for a satisfying read that is easy to recommend. 


Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Vol. 6 was translated by Alethea and Athena Nibley and published by Yen Press on November 22nd, 2016. Authored by Kunieda and based off the original light novel by Fujino Omori and character designs by Suzuhito Yasuda, this manga adaption began in 2007 and is still ongoing in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine. 

Verdict:

A-

Date of Publication: November 22nd, 2016

Author: Kunieda + Fujino Omori

Translator: Athena and Alethea Nibley

Publisher: Yen Press




Matt

Matt is a broke law student by day, broke law student by night, and one of the co-founders of Taykobon in his dwindling spare time. Although his favourite series tend to be shonen adventure series, he also has a soft spot for slice-of-life shojo romances. He enjoys following the manga industry, and is a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays in other nonexistent spare time. 

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