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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria, Vol. 4 (light novel) Paperback – October 31, 2017
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The story for this first arc is that the members of *Loki Familia*, along with those of Dionysus' and Hermes' *familias*, have ended up in dangerous contact with some unknown forces that have caused problems for them and the city of Orario, base of the world's only Dungeon. As they have investigated, they have in turn been acted against by these little-known forces, and all they know is that answers may be found on the 59th floor.
Intersecting with this is the story told in the third volume of the parent series. Indeed, the unbelievable fight of Bell Cranell against the Minotaur, and victory over it, reverberates through the book. This is because of not just Bell's passion, but that he should not have won that fight at his level, especially given the enhanced abilities of this particular minotaur.
As I said, this reverberates through the whole volume, and it happens in two ways. First the training and such that occurs in the third book up through the fight (shown from the perspective of Aiz and Lefiya at various points instead of Bell's) takes up almost half the volume. Then the awe and inspiration his battle gave those who witnessed it (discussed in the fourth volume of the main series) is shown. It even impacts and helps sway things for the good guys in the final battle, to an extent.
Those who saw the anime simply *must* read this volume if they want to get a better idea of the awesomeness of the actions the characters did and how it was, unfortunately, left out. While neither series' anime was adapted perfectly, at least those adapting the main series left the awesome fights in place. Those handling the spin-off's adaptation really nerfed the characters and left out so much of the cool stuff they did. I found myself seriously cheering at points and have newfound affection for some of the characters now. Gareth the Dwarf is so freaking cool. The author of the actual book also gives a Lefiya that is much, *MUCH* cooler, and less annoying, than how the anime portrayed her.
Not everything was perfect though. The author kinda falls into the trap of having cheesy lines that would work in a *Super Sentai* show but not so much for the light-hearted, but still more serious, less ham-and-cheesy tone of the series that he himself has set so far. But that's a minor quibble.
One thing I liked was how we get to see the thoughts of some of these characters. Not just the main ones, though mostly them, but also some of the minor ones. For that matter, we get a more in-depth look at Loki herself as well. In the parent series and anime adaptation, Loki and especially some of her followers don't give the best impression with their seeming pettiness at times. Here we see that they are mostly good and courageous folks and any pettiness was either a bad day or a rare bad apple in the group. I even wonder if we'll see some (when it gets to those points in the narrative) some fallout from the decision of some members for a few points in the main series story.
One thing that seems to be more and more clear is that the stories and histories of Bell and Aiz are inextricably linked. Even if those two, other members of their *familias*, and most of the deities other than a few don't know this, the hints are there. I look forward to seeing how this all culminates as the two series continue to intersect at points in the future, and more secrets are hopefully revealed.
The color illustrations are quite good, and the black and white ones are, just as with the main series, hit and miss. Still though, they add to the story and help illustrate some key points.
All in all, this was a fun read and I look forward to the fifth volume in the coming months. Highly Recommended.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.