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Manga Review: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 3

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to my blog. This is also the second post for today, which means that I’m doing pretty good overall when it comes to catching up on all of my backlist manga reviews. Manga Monday is accomplishing what I hoped it would, though it will still take months and months before I’m even close to worrying about running out of content.

In some ways I’m still feeling rather productive but in other ways I feel like I am not really accomplishing much. It’s a weird feeling to try and deal with. I can look at how many pages I’m reading, how many books I’m completing, and how many posts I’ve been writing up, and those cold hard factual numbers tell me that I’m doing quite well, but there’s this stupid nagging internal voice that keeps getting me to believe that I’m not doing much at all and that if I keep being this lazy then I’m never going to accomplish anything.

Anyway, this second Manga review for the day is for one of my more recent acquisitions and reads. I’ve only read through volume 4 of this series (and volume 4 I read after I had scheduled all of my March and April Manga Monday posts) so this will be the last review of this series for a little while. I’ll circle back around to it in a few months. And yes, I am planned out two months in advance for my Monday posts, so that’s pretty cool.

Let’s just jump into the review.

Pick Up Vol 3

Book Details

Art by: Kuneida

Original Story by: Fujino Omori

Character Design by: Suzuhito Yasuda

Format: paperback

Pages: 176

Publisher: Yen Press

Publication Date: November 17, 2015

ISBN: 0316352071 (ISBN13: 9780316352079)

Summary

During the frenzied festival, Bell and Hestia find themselves in a tight spot thanks to the scheming of a shadowy someone working behind the scenes. When the hijinks turn dangerous, will Bell manage to summon the strength to protect those he cares about? And who’s doing all this scheming, anyway?!

My Thoughts

Rating: 4.5 stars

Honestly I think this is the volume that definitely solidifies that this is a harem manga to me, and not because of any sort of sexual advances or anything like that. When it comes to that this series is actually pretty tame.

So Bell ends up hiring a support character/hireling, who is there to follow him around as he explores the dungeon and help him carry gear and such. She is interesting and a bit weird, but this volume definitely keeps going with that feeling that she has ulterior motives…and Bell being the sometimes naive and caring and considerate gentleman that he tries to be, seems either to be clueless or he’s overlooking it on purpose.

But then there’s this festival, and some dangers are unleashed that puts a whole bunch of people in danger, and Bell definitely tries to rise to the occasion and save people. With his recent power boosts he does pretty well considering where he started at the beginning of the first volume.

And of course, as the audience, we get a little bit of a glimpse behind the curtain to see who is doing this scheming. Obviously, again, because this is a harem manga, the culprit is a female character who is placing challenges in front of Bell so she can ogle at him and marvel at his growth and skills.

I still really do enjoy this series overall, but I can’t help but groan and roll my eyes at some of these women and their outlandish and instantaneous obsession with Bell. Like some of these women only see him from afar or only speak to him for a minute. It’s too sudden for me to even remotely believe that any part of their feelings could be real. I can understand a couple of the female characters who interact with Bell on a regular basis, because they know more about him, but the rest really force you to drastically suspend your disbelief so you can keep reading.

I honestly don’t know what will happen with this series. It’s not one that I hear a lot of people around me talking about, so in some ways that is great. I get to pretty much avoid spoilers. But it also means that I don’t have a vague idea of whether or not I will be likely to enjoy certain arcs or character introductions or whatever. Like, with “My Hero Academia,” because I’m completely caught up on the manga volumes, I can tell people who only watch the anime that season 5 will be pretty awesome, and there are a couple pretty great character growth developments. I don’t have to get any more specific than that but there is a general expectation that what is coming up will be good. I don’t have that sort of reassurance with this one. I’m just picking up the next volume and then the next volume and hoping that I keep enjoying myself.

Where to Get a Copy

You can grab your own copy of this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore through IndieBound.

You can also check with your local library.

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