Bell has found Hestia, but is in a big trouble now that a monster is chasing him down in the streets of Orario! Will be ever be able to catch a break in his quest to pick up girls?
After searching across the city, Bell has finally found Hestia at Orario’s arena and is ready to go on their date. However, the goddess Freya has released a Silverback to rampage throughout the city looking for them, forcing Bell to use all of his adventuring ability to protect Hestia.
Building upon the world established in the first volume, Dungeon Vol. 2 is a wonderfully action-packed volume that had me satisfied the entire way through. Bell’s battle against the Silverback in the streets of Orario was thrilling because of how well it conveyed Bell’s earnestness and determination to grow stronger, and I easily found myself rooting for him as a result. The battle had a frantic pace despite taking up more than half the volume, keeping me completely engaged thanks to how well the author mangaka Kunieda’s art conveyed this. While we don’t get to see any of Freya’s motivations beyond her fascination with Bell, this battle was an excellent focus of this volume and I enjoyed it greatly.
Kunieda’s art continues to be a great part of this series, with his crisp and clean rendering of the characters making them stand out throughout this volume. His work on expressions continues to be great, enhancing the comedic value of the series by perfectly portraying their exaggerated reactions to various situations. However, the art is just as strong during battle scenes with the battle against the Silverback being a great example of the amount of motion that is conveyed by it. As I said before, the battle had a thrillingly frantic pace and this was in large part to the dynamicism imbued into the artwork, with panels perfectly capturing each scene with clarity. It was never unclear what was going on in each panel, and this is especially noteworthy considering how long the battle went on for. If you’re looking for a thrilling and extended action scene, this volume should leave you thoroughly satisfied.
While we don’t really get any sense of the bigger overall story here, this volume functions extremely well as a second-half to the story presented in the first volume. In addition, I really liked how Hestia and Bell’s relationship was continually built up over the course of the battle versus the Silverback and in this volume as a whole. It was quite heartwarming to see Bell and Hestia’s mutual dedication and attention to one another, and while it isn’t quite your typical romance I still found it enjoyable to see them grow together.
The only real knock I could find against this volume is that it was not nearly as funny as the first volume thanks to the amount of action presented. While there were still plenty of heartwarming and chuckle-worthy moments, nothing struck me quite as much as the humour in the first volume and I hope that as the action dies down this will return a little more to the series.
In terms of extras, this volume has a colour page in the front as well as a bonus three-page short story from series creator Fujino Omori, which is a nice addition especially if you are looking for a sample of what the original light novel series is like.
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Vol. 2 is a great continuation of the first volume’s story, delivering heavily upon the action in a thrilling way. Bell continues to be an enjoyable protagonist thanks to his plucky perseverance, and I enjoyed the frantic pace of this volume as he fought off the Silverback. In addition, it was great to see his and Hestia’s relationship continuing to grow even during this battle, and it will be exciting to see where the story goes from here. While it doesn’t provide as much comedy as the first volume, this release will be sure to satisfy fans of the series in a big way because of the sheer amount of action contained in this enjoyable second volume.
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Vol. 2 was published by Yen Press on August 18th, 2015. 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. Volume 3 will be published in English on November 17th, 2015.
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