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Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darouka II – 03

“War Game (War Game)”

「戦争遊戯」 (Sensou Yuugi (Woo Geemu))

In the space of a single episode, the issues of the mysterious Soma faction and the incarceration of Lily are resolved in one fell swoop. While it may have been quite fast, I felt like JC Staff managed to touch upon most if not all of the important stuff. And what made this episode so great was that Lily gained heaps of incredible. character development.

We can see that Lily had an extremely difficult time within the Soma familia. She was horrifically abused and exploited, yet she was trapped in the circumstance because of her addiction to Soma’s liquor. She finally found it in herself to escape her plight, but when Zanis threatens her newfound companions in Hestia and Bell, she doesn’t want harm to befall them and surrenders herself back to the Soma familia. Blackmail so to speak. But what I find the most admirable was her unconquerable soul. When coerced into consuming Soma’s liquor, despite feeling the irresistible effects, her undying will to do what she could to save Bell and the Hestia familia, overcoming her earthly desires. She was able to beseech Soma despite the state she was in and convince him to call off the yard fight and allow her to convert to Hestia’s familia. And Hestia deserves credit too. I just love Hestia’s Hestia’s, her belief in Bell and her pluckiness when faced with difficulties. She went out of her way to hatch a plot to save Lily which actually succeeded, and I thought her grandstanding with Apollo at the conference of god was pretty amusing. Sadly, it’s very unfortunate she ended up with the least ideal war game. But insurmountable odds exist to be broken and that’s precisely what’s been making Bell’s journey exciting so far. At least I know he’ll never back down, because he is utterly devoted to Hestia and ardent in his pursuit of Ais. His training seems to be going really well so far, and I’m excited to see the fruits of his progress once the war game actually rolls around.

It seems like we’re blitzing through the source material at quite a blistering pace. This is JC Staff we’re talking about, so I’m not surprised. I suppose it hasn’t become a hatchet job like Index yet? So I’m happy to give them some benefit of the doubt, though it’s a pretty fragile trust given they haven’t exactly had the best track record. I’m still fuming over Sword Oratoria. But so far, I’ve really liked the spirit of the source material they’ve conveyed through this specific adaptation. Bell is still going from strength to strength, I absolutely adore Hestia, and Lily’s gone through an incredible character development arc in the space of a single episode. The future looks brighter with Welf and Mikoto potentially coming in on a loan from Hephaistos and Takemizuchi on the hero transfer market, though I’ll cautiously reserve judgement until the War Games arc actually delivers. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week for (hopefully) the start of the War Games!

July 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm
  • July 28, 2019 at 2:52 pmPurpleBomber

    Does swapping blessing reset you back to level 1? I feel like that got mentioned in season 1 but I can’t remember…

    • July 28, 2019 at 5:49 pmAndmeuths

      No, it does not. All Excillia, stats, skills, and magic come along with you.

  • July 28, 2019 at 6:57 pmWanderer

    Your image links in the text are all broken: they just lead back to the main page for this post.

  • July 28, 2019 at 9:12 pmzztop

    I’ve heard the aim’s to cover Vols 6-7 for this season.
    Which will be less rushed than the 5 volumes covered in S1.

    • July 29, 2019 at 4:19 amAex

      Vol. 7 is about as big as Vol.1-4, though, so it’s going to need a solid 6-7 episodes all by itself to do the novels any kind of justice.

    • July 29, 2019 at 4:56 amLyfe

      I think they made the first season not knowing if the show would be a hit or not, so they covered as much LN as they could and hoped the sales boost would make it worth the effort. At least now they can take their time as they have guaranteed anime sales to help them break even on the cost of production.

  • July 28, 2019 at 10:04 pmSMinstrel

    No, I don’t think Lily’s addicted to Soma’s liquor (her parents did though). I think that’s the first time she taste it, and she overcome the trial by sheer will.

    • July 29, 2019 at 4:15 amAex

      I’m 99% sure the anime skipped this and it’s not just coming up, but I’ll put it in spoilers anyway:

      Show Spoiler ▼

    • July 30, 2019 at 8:00 amKimberly

      Just more of a “tidbit info”. Unlike drugs, Soma wine does not have any withdrawal symptoms. But drinking it will definitely put you on a high, as if your soul was taken away.

  • July 28, 2019 at 11:51 pmMockman

    I can’t help but think that despite Hermes’ involvement, the war type was rigged.

  • July 29, 2019 at 6:33 amdxanato

    The end of episode has made me wonder just how powerful is Freya.

    • July 29, 2019 at 10:50 amGreed

      I like to know to. Mama Mia used to work for Freya and a villain wanted to stay in jail because he angered Mama Mia’s elf employee

    • July 30, 2019 at 7:08 amSMinstrel

      Well, the most powerful (LV 7) adventurer is in her Familia so…

  • July 29, 2019 at 10:48 amGreed

    So sexy, I do want to see if Bell could mate with a goddess to make a demi-god.

    I did wanted to see a screenshot of Hestia’s “Huh” while table slamming when Hermes pulled out “seige.”

    but I can’t blame ZAIDEN since he ran out of the screenshot allowance.

  • July 31, 2019 at 1:18 pmSlarkero

    Definitely the weakest episode so far, they rushed and skipped so much content.

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