There is a significant value when you have a protagonist and his fellow comrades struggle in a setting where in some series in the same genre would achieve the impossible- making them essentially a flawless OP character. Bell, Welf and Lily all have a special value about them. They are not invincible, they all have human limitations, and that quality provides significant value to their characters.
Bell and his team have started exploring the Middle Floor, known for its vast level difference from the upper floors. They were already struggling to begin with when Take’s children, who have been wounded and forced to retreat decided to do a Pass Parade, basically using Bell’s team as a decoy. This resulted leading another threat which was supposed to be their responsibility to eliminate or at least help clean up what was already started on Bell’s end. Having already been stuck in a fight against a horde of Al-mi’raj, having another threat was the last thing they needed. They made a desperate attempt to retreat, but the horde of monsters out numbered them. Bell does his best to serve as their last line of defense, but Lily still gets pounced on (had it not been for her enormous backpack, she would have been a goner), and Welf gets bitten in the arm by the second Hellhound. To make matters worse, they quickly find themselves completely surrounded, and the next thing they know dungeon caves in and they fall two more floors down. Now along with a broken leg due to a fallen debris, Welf can only rely on his Black Magic to help them out. Knowing he was slowing them down, he suggested them to leave him behind, but Bell absolutely refused to do so. Lily provides an alternative, but risk option where instead of trying to get out again, proceed further to the 18th Floor, where there is supposed to be a Safe Zone for Adventurers.
This is how you create a nerve-wracking atmosphere. When you have a protagonist who is invincible and you know will still manages to accomplish the impossible, you don’t always get to experience not knowing what will happen to them. Bell in ways does manage to do some of the impossible, but do take notice, the key moment when he needed to accomplish the impossible the most was when Lily’s smelly monster repel ran out, and a horde of high level monsters appears. Bell wants them to get out alive, so his Special Ability, Argonaut takes affect when he takes uses the monster’s weapon and uses it against them. However much to my relief, it came with a heavy price. Bell ultimately reached his limit since he is the only fighter who has mobility. Using magic, and stuck in an never ending fight bound to drain one at some point or another, so it is finally taking a toll on him.
But alas at the end of the day, Bell isn’t supposed to get out of the dungeon on his own. His party’s role is to get to the Safe Zone alive. Hestia has organized a quest to put together a Search and Rescue party with all the high level Adventurers she can recruit. Take’s children who had abandoned Bell and his party will be participating in the rescue effort, along with the god Hermes and his child Asfi, along with Ryu who have been specially invited (by Hermes) to join them. Gosh I cannot wait to see Adventurer Ryu in action! I wonder if she was formerly part of Hermes’ Familia since they clearly have some sort acquaintanceship.
And of course, don’t forget Hestia, she too will be tagging along and leading the party. Initially Hermes was hoping to sneak in on his own, but Hestia uses the same excuse as him for her reason. Gods are not allowed in the Dungeon, and I do have a couple ideas why. Anyhow, while we know Freya is once more, up to no again, we also need to keep our eyes on Hermes. I don’t think he has dark motives like Freya, but I get the sense he wants to recruit Bell into his Familia after Asfi gather intel on him.
Lastly, one of crucial events which had happened today was in fact the revelation of a lot of Earthquakes happening as of the late. Rather than simply an earthquake, I get the feeling something very bad is going on deep within the Dungeon and whatever is in there could potentially be looking for a way out.
And one last thing: one small detail I couldn’t help but notice. One of the Take’s children, specifically the wounded girl who was being carried on the shoulder, it was strange to see a cut to her soundlessly say something, which makes me partially wonder if she had something to do with creating the mess in the first place. I won’t hold my breath for it (as she could have been mouthing ‘sorry’), but I will be keeping an eye on her just in case.
While the episode was for most part had a grim air to it, there was a priceless moment of humor where Lily and Welf were making jokes how the Al-mi’raj remind them of Bell and would identify them with his name. It was great to see because it showed us how Welf and Lily have developed a friendship.