With the help of his new supporter Lilliluka, novice adventurer Bell Cranell is making progress deeper into the Dungeon. With new equipment and new allies, he thinks things are finally starting to go his way...but he's dead wrong! Bell's in a panic, Lilliluka's being cryptic, and Hestia's drunk! The trouble never seems to end in this third volume of the hit comedy-fantasy series!
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Note: The publisher has unfortunately given the same exact titles to both the light novels and the numerically corresponding manga volumes, when they already had the same author and illustrator! Now, since the stories in both are basically identical (except that Volume 3 of the manga only covers from the second part of Chapter 1 through the first part of Chapter 3 of the second novel, leaving the rest to Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 4 (manga)), chances are that if you love one you will also love the other, with the novels giving you more details and the manga giving you more visuals. However, in order to purchase the version you actually want, you must be sitting on the correct product page.
After first reading the manga and then watching the anime, I had to read the original DanMachi light novel. When I ordered this, I was expecting the manga. I didn't realize that publishers were (finally!) licensing light novels now, so I was thrilled when I opened the book and saw full pages of text.
It had been a while since I last read anything more substantial than manga. The last novel I read was so heavy that I couldn't read anything for a long time. But light novels are just that: light! There's not a lot of character development or internal conflict in DanMachi, which is actually a good thing when you don't want to focus too heavily on those particular elements. I blazed through this volume as well as volumes 2 and 3 in no time, and I can't wait for volume 4 to arrive in a couple months.
If you don't know the story of "Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka" (which is perhaps better translated as "It's not wrong to hope for a...
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Nope. Not at all. This is a really cute story (this is the light novel, NOT the manga). It's certainly not at the level of storytelling that, say, The Lord of the Rings is at, but it's still an entertaining read, which is why I read stories like this - to be entertained. I don't try to figure out what the author is up to or what twists the plot may take; I find the read more enjoyable if I just let the story unfold.
Our protagonist, Bel Cranel, is an inexperienced dungeon explorer. He lives with his patron Goddess, Hestia (who has a serious love for Bel). While exploring the upper levels of the local dungeon, Bel's life is saved by Aiz Walenstein, a Loki follower. Aiz inspires Bel, and becomes his motivation to get stronger. Hestia, of course, is the jealous type and she not happy with Bel's focus on Aiz. The story unfolds from there with some minor twists, enemies, new friends, misadventures and a steep learning curve for...
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