NO. FUCKING HELL YOU END THERE! AW MAN, Lily goes, “Well that’s that,” AND THEN BOOM SHIT HITS THE FAN.
Those earthquakes weren’t for nothing, it was a foreboding of what was to come, something terribly big and dangerous in the dungeon – and the worst part? No one saw it coming. Aiz was assigned to the first squad to return to the surface in order to take down Goliath for the second squad, so there’s no Sword Princess to swoop in to save them. It certainly doesn’t help that they are far from being properly equipped, Welf lost his gift from his Goddess down into the forest so he is weaponless, Bell is beaten up pretty bad from the underhanded duel he was dragged into and is still recovering from his earlier run.
While it was an epic moment to see Hestia laying down the law by releasing her Divine Powers, a part of me wonders if it played a part of triggering the deadly monster’s release. We already knew it was bound to come out, but was the timing of the major earthquake merely a coincidence? There was a moment just after Hestia released her powers when Asfi looked up as if she had sensed something. We saw today how Hestia knew she was in deep trouble when the goons left her alone to join the brawl and those evil rabbits showed up looking like they were eying a potential target (thank goodness for Lily showing up!). It has been discussed of what the potential consequences are if a dungeon monster were to get a hold of even a drop of a God/Goddess’ blood. We know there are presently two Gods in the dungeon, they are Hermes and Hestia, so if there’s going to be a target, those two are likely to be aimed for the main course while the rest of the adventurers will merely serve as appetizers.
Bell ran into some trouble with the goons whom he had encountered at the Benevolent Mistress, who were ridiculously jealous of the fact he was able to even make it down to the 18th Floor in one piece so quickly. They kidnapped Hestia to serve as a hostage while they forced him into a duel where if Bell wins, Hestia will be freed and if he loses, they will take all of his equipment. I have to say they had me worried because for a second it looked like they were about to attack him as a mob, but instead it was only Meldo (the jelly one) who fought against Bell. Of course even though it was one on one, it was far from a fair fight. Moldo used the Hades Head (supplied by Hermes who encouraged this underhanded fight to begin with) making him invisible to his opponent. So in a sense Bell was fighting against a ghost who he couldn’t see. But the good thing about the fight however was the fact Bell adapted. He was getting beaten to pulp, but eventually he was able to ‘feel’ his eyes on him AKA his killing intent (and it’s no exaggeration). It was a great moment to see Bell deflect the attack and counter by kicking his opponent in the face.
Another thing aspect about this particular scene was that Bell wasn’t completely alone in this brutal fight. The spear dude (forget his name) from the Take Famila saw Bell acting distressed and called for back up along with Lili and Welf to go and help him out. I was glad to see them do so because they do have a lot to make up for after using them as a decoy.
Although they did not follow up with Welf’s conflict like I had expected to, they did address Ryu and share us a bit of her back-story. Her past reveals to us how there are Familias who cannot simply co-exist and will go ahead and kill off the opposing Familia, just as what had happened to hers. She was the only one who have survived after the enemy had lured them into a trap in the dungeon. Consumed by despair and rage, she went off to seek revenge and single handily wiped out the Familia that killed her own. After fulfilling her revenge she had collapsed in a dark alleyway where Syr found her and brought her to the pub where Mama Mia welcomed her with open arms. But because she had wiped out the Familia, the Guild has blacklisted her, and it makes sense of why she goes out of her way to avoid making contact with the other Familia members during this mission. Ryu’s visit to her Familia’s grave served as a stark reminder how there is deep conflict in this world.
After Ryu had shared her story, she identified herself as a shameless violent elf, but Bell was quick to scold her for saying that, telling her to stop insulting herself. I really liked this moment because the fact Ryu described herself in such way, it made me sad and I am glad that Bell told her, he too can get mad- and he would probably react in a similar fashion.
Last but not least, the visit to the village was not particularly anything significant other than the fact it was no date as everyone went altogether. The village is run-down and way overpriced, so that’s why the Loki Familia don’t bother staying at the inns they offer, and just camp outside of town. Lily bought the overpriced bag since she needed a replacement for their journey back to the surface and Hestia ended up purchasing overpriced perfume she could have very well gotten at the surface- oh well, who cares, Gods aren’t permitted in the dungeon so let her have a souvenir!
I have to say I am bummed out that DanMachi is not a 24 episodes series, but I do hope there will be a second season because boy, this show is delivering and I want more! Next week will be the final episode (WHY SO SOON!!!?!?!?!? ; ___ ;): The Story of a Familia. I wonder which one it will be about and with the drama and action about to ensue, I am excited to see how this story will connect to the present conflict!