Blu-ray Review: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth – The Complete Collection

When Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth originally broadcast in Japan it generated a surge of interest across the globe thanks to Hestia, the big busty god and lead female protagonist of the series, that even saw her blue ribbon become an iconic piece of anime merchandise. Now, several years on from its original broadcast, Animatsu Entertainment are bringing us the series in a Deluxe Edition release. So was Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth worthy of the hype or was it just a mediocre show masked in excitement? Well let’s take a look.

Synopsis:

Based off of a light novel of the same name written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Familia Myth is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead!

Our View:

Taking place in a fictional universe Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Introduces viewers to a world where gods have sealed away their powers in an attempt to lead ordinary lives amongst the humans but in doing so creates a world where each former god is the ‘god’ of their own famila (or guild if you’d prefer). As you’d imagine many familia exist within this fictional world of Orario, with each familia having their own way of doing things, but non so much as the familia that gets our attention within Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth a series that is often referred to as simply DanMachi.

It is here where we are introduced to Hestia, the main busty little goddess of our little tale, and her sole supporter Bell Cranel,, a low-level adventurer who dreams of becoming stronger and finding the girl of his dreams within a dungeon. It’s an unlikely duo that wields an explosive amount of entertainment with a fair amount of fan service thrown in for good measure; but however you slice it Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth deserves your undivided attention even though it has very little to offer in an actual progressive storyline… well not yet at least.

Originally I expected Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth to be a story which saw Bell look for a girlfriend within the dungeons of this world to which he would meet Hestia and try to seduce her; however it turns out I could not have been more wrong. Instead Bell and Hestia are two well established friends with Hestia acting as the god of the familia with Bell simply wanting to become stronger in order to attract the opposite sex.

Interestingly however Hestia already has a ‘crush’ on Bell and although Hestia often opens her heart to him he is too dense to notice. It is a comical routine that plagues the entire series and in the end leads you to think “when will they just get together already?” . It’s not exactly made clear if romance between a God and a Human is forbidden but nothing overly concerning happens between these two characters – except for their obvious (but not to Bell) relationship played out on screen with Hestia often becoming annoyed at Bell for looking at over women.

So with this in mind what does Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth have to offer? For the most part it is a story which sees Bell Cranel, becoming stronger as an adventurer by entering the dungeon and using his new found latent skill. It is a skill which connects to his emotional state (so-to-speak) and as such his desire to impress the famous warrior known as Ais soon sees Bell become a forced to be reckoned with within the Dungeon; to which other people – including Hestia herself – begin to take notice. Because of this sudden increase in power Bell finds himself being targeted by a mysterious female character – another former god it seems – with her testing Bell’s power in the depths of the dungeons, or so it seems at least.

Although we don’t exactly see a conclusion to this story it does bring about a variety of different fights against both humans and monsters with some being more entertaining than others. Bell’s mysterious new abilities also attract the attention of unwanted allies and as Bell gets stronger his party of friends – and in turn famila – begin to get larger; which is right on queue for the final fight that puts everything to the test.

So… why did I suggest that Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth has no real progression? Well although a lot of ground is covered, such as Bell being accepted within the group of adventurers after becoming stronger and make new familia-related team-mates, the overall objective does not seem clear. Instead of a progressive story that sees an end point, such as Bell defeating someone or obtaining the girl of his dreams, we just see Bell and Hestia overcome difficult daily challenges.

This is not to say that Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth is boring, far from it, as it provides a nice mixture of playful banter that you’d expect from a harem with the elements of a serious-toned dungeon crawler anime such as Sword Art Online or Log Horizon.  It just works and its good fun to watch but unfortunately it doesn’t provide a good overall story. I just wanted the end result of the season to offer some sort of conclusive ending; but alas a second season (albeit via MVM Entertainment) is coming to the UK so maybe that will help satisfy my hungry that is left over from this season.

Extras:

As with most Animatsu Entertainment releases that use Sentai Filmwork disc masters this Blu-ray of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth features the usual selection of textless opening and closing songs as well as trailers for other Sentai Filmwork releases.

Everything is as expected with nothing of any worth to report about – although the clean opening and ending animations are nice to view outside of the regular episodes.

In regards to the Sentai Filmwork related trailers then we have trailers for Amagi Brilliant Park, Chaika the Coffin Princess, Cross Ange and Trinity Seven; some of which have been released by Animatsu Entertainment in the past.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50 x1, BD 25 x1
Region: A & B
Running Time:  3:28:06 (Disc 2), 1:38:46 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 2.0 (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow & White for Translations)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth is a fun-loving quirky show that can be serious when it needs to be. The title of the series may suggest a romantic-comedy-styled-harem that would see the lead character trying to seduce females; But in actuality it’s nothing more than a story which sees the lone adventurer Bell Cranel, become stronger by using his mysterious skill and defend his familia god, Hestia, from danger when need be. On his quest to become stronger Bell forms bonds with other characters, such as Liliruca, a support for adventurers, and a blacksmith known as Welf Crozzo, in order to form a strong alliance within the dungeons while out of the dungeons he finds new friends in the farm of the local hostess bar as well as an opposing guild team.

Like I mentioned previously a story does exist within Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth but it does not seem as progressive as you might think. Progression is had in the form of Bell becoming stronger, forming a friendship with new characters both in and out of the dungeon as well as developing a stronger bond with Hestia; but in terms of where these elements add to the overall objective of the story is unclear. For example a mysterious woman (most likely a god) is teased through the series as causing mayhem to Bell and Hestia; but yet she never makes herself known and just hides within the shadows. Basically if you are after a series that is fun to watch with some intense fights and fan-service (such as jiggling jugs) then Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?  is right up your street; but if you are looking for a definitive progressive storyline with objectives and goals then you may want to look elsewhere.

Although I have my reservations about the events of the actual series  Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth is a fun show that I enjoyed to watch. I could simply switch off and watch the mayhem unfold and I would always remain engaged until the end of each episode – which doesn’t always happen with a Sentai Filmworks related release. Speaking of Sentai Filmworks  Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth features both an English and Japanese audio track and although the Japanese audio tracks provides a more ‘enjoyable’ experience the English Dub was actually really good and I often found myself liking the voice actors cast for the characters on screen; especially Bell and Hestai. Naturally the Japanese audio track provides the better experience, and at times seems compliant in same audio volumes, and as a result the English subtitles are just as you’d expect from any other Sentai Filmwork release – such as dialogue being presented in White text and translations in White text. Simple, Easy and effective.

Overall this Blu-ray release of  Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth is as you would expect any Sentai Filmworks release to be; which is of course a selection of episodes in High Definition with minimalistic bonus features. But alas this is their release formula and Animatsu tend to follow suit by using their masters. Athough the story has its quirks its one enjoyable ride from start to finish – with an explosive ending that could rival some of the most intense battle scenes in recent years – so if you enjoy a good mixture of comedy, violence and episodic story then Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth has got everything you need; as after all Hestia is Bestia in this particular show.

Score: review-stars-4

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth – The Complete Collection is now available as a Blu-ray and DVD Deluxe Edition within the UK.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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