Warning: If you have not read “Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 5” by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, do not read this review if you don’t want spoilers.
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I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 5” by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda! It’s been a while since I reviewed one of the books in this series, and I’m glad I did! Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Bell, along with his adventuring party of Welf the swordsmith and Lilly the supporter, has made it into the middle floors of the Dungeon, but the schemes of another party have stranded them there! Hestia’s going to need to send help, but will the rescuers arrive in time to save Bell and his friends from the monster that’s got them cornered? The familia myth of the boy and the goddess continues!”
We have a plethora of new characters in this book, but this thankfully doesn’t hinder the character development of any of the main characters too much. Notable new characters include Hermes and Lyu, who were my favourites out of all the new characters introduced. Returning characters such as Aiz have a smaller role than they do in past books, though I think it was mainly to temporarily make room for the newer characters this time around.
I liked Lyu because I liked how that despite her being a beautiful elf, it’s clear that she has a lot more hidden depths than at first sight, given her conversation with Bell late in the book regarding her past as well as her own feelings about elves being naturally beautiful and how it shaped their culture. If there is anything I seriously appreciate about Omori’s writing, it’s how Omori manages to fit in more worldbuilding and yet none of it goes to waste. It always affects the characters in some major way (especially shown with Lilly and Welf in past books, and especially in this book too), and it helps to flesh out the backgrounds of the characters as well as how the world of this series works in general.
Hermes, however, had a lot coming from him, as well as a serious amount of plot twists. The two most notable ones?
- Bell’s grandfather is alive! It was assumed for the past four books, as well as kind of implied that Bell’s grandfather was dead, but it turns out that the man just faked his death and has been watching Bell from afar!
- Bell’s grandfather is…none other than Zeus. Looks like Hermes was kind of sent by Zeus to keep watch over how Bell was progressing as a person. And from what it seems according to Hermes, as well as myself as the reader, Bell has definitely grown as a person.
As for returning characters and main characters, Welf got some notable character development, as he finally gets over his hatred of magic swords to help against a Goliath-type monster late in the book. Aiz didn’t get much of a time to shine like she did in Book 3, but given the plethora of characters, I feel like that is partially to blame for the returning characters getting sidelined. Hestia, however, got a lot more spotlight given that she up and led a party into the dungeon to find Bell, Welf and Lilly after they got lost in there, and to see her take a lot of action was really fun to read.
Bell himself also gets some further development, too. Remember how in Book 3, he nearly kissed Aiz while she was unconscious but he stopped himself from doing so because he knew deep down that was morally wrong? In this book, Hermes actually tries to goad Bell into peeking on all the nude, bathing girls in one scene in the book…only for Bell to immediately be like “NOPE” and try to run away instead. Though Bell is surrounded by female companions and allies (Hestia, Aiz, Lilly, Lyu, etc.), it’s clear that he’s respectful of all of them and is legitimately trying to do the right thing, which is a huge contrast to the first book where he was just out to adventure for the sake of picking up girls (to be fair, he kind of did that—just more of in the platonic sense and genuinely being friends with them than anything). I like how Bell is developing these positive relationships with the ladies. His positive relationships with male characters aren’t overlooked, either—Bell took the time in Book 4 to understand Welf’s views on his lineage as well as magic in general, and the two really got time to bond. Also, it’s very clear that Bell does look up to his grandfather, even if he does realize that some of his grandfather’s teachings were a bit faulty as of Book 3.
Overall, I’m rating this 5 out of 5 stars! I can’t wait to read the next volumes in the series and see how it goes down, because the last bit of the book definitely foreshadows something big about to happen. I eagerly await to see what this big event is, and how it’ll impact everyone, including our hero Bell!