In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.
But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.
He wants to pick up girls.
Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth--even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He's the one who winds up the damsel in distress!
Not my favorite volume of the series, but a GREAT series
I’ll be honest, I first saw the anime and absolutely hated it. Hestia’s bouncing boobs were in every single cut and just got to be too much, plus she was so immature and irresponsible to be likable.
However, I read on Reddit that the light novel series was a lot better and so I decided to give it a shot. This first volume of the series started really slow and the writing seemed a bit rough. Hestia was again immature and irresponsible and I didn’t like her very much, and while Bell was cute, his character didn’t really begin to show until the last chapter.
But I had also heard that book 2 in the series was good because of Lilly’s character being introduced, so I bought book 2 even though I thought book 1 was only okay.
Book 2 was definitely better than book 1, as was book 3, and book 4 was even better than that. Book 5 was so good it actually made me tear up.
The characters move and grow so much, and Hestia becomes less immature as the books progress. Bell is absolutely adorable and sympathetic and empathetic, and the other characters are also interesting and fun and sometimes even surprisingly complex. Above all, it shows again and again how the love, forgiveness, and acceptance of another person can make someone rise above hardship, guilt, and failure to become someone greater.
So if you’re on the fence about this series, I’d suggest trying at least through book 2 before making a decision. If I’d stopped after book 1, I would have missed out on a really terrific series that I thoroughly enjoy. I also bought the Sword Oratorio side series and it really made the story that much richer for me in showing more about Aiz’s character.
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