Type: I think it depends on the situation.
Synopsis: If the girl can’t walk because she like, sprained her ankle or something, then yes, pick her up. She shouldn’t be putting pressure on it. But if she’s just minding her own business, then don’t. Don’t pick up any person without their approval. People tend to react badly if you try to pick them up suddenly. They’ll squirm, or go limp, or start hitting you.
Pros: [Whisper] Oh. I’ve just been informed that to “pick up” also means to interact with someone in a romantic or sexual sense. In that case, the title is still misleading because Bell, the main protagonist, doesn’t really “pick up” the girls he encounters in dungeons. If anything, they pick him up. He is adorable after all. I mean, in all seriousness, this is the case in the story. Hestia finds Bell in the streets. The swordswoman Ais rescues Bell on three separate occasions. Lilly meets in by a fountain, Syr and Fyr meet him at a bar, and Eina at the Guild Hall. I think the title refers more to the fact that most of the action takes place in Dungeons, and that Bell is surrounded by pretty girls. But what about the plot? Well, the story mainly take place in Dungeons, and mostly involves Bell being surrounded by pretty girls. In this world, the Gods each have a group of followers, “familia,” who do fantasy-type jobs. Most are adventurers, but you also have blacksmiths, alchemists, merchants, etc. The main story revolves around Bell Cranel, a rookie adventurer and only member of the Hestia familia (the goddess of the hearth). Bell’s goal is to become a hero, and to become as strong as his crush, the sword princess Ais, who rescues him in Episode 01. As the anime goes on, we see Bell go through several trials and challenges, which ultimately culminate in him getting to Lv.2, gaining two skills, and forming a party.
I think that this show has two main strengths that set it apart from other fantasy anime with rpg rules. First, the show has strong protagonists. Bell and Hestia are a good pair and carry a lot of the weight for the show. Bell’s babyface design coupled with him story of a rising rookie adventurer works very well in the show’s world. He has the right mix of cute and earnest, which also help you understand why so many of the female characters like him. He has strong little brother vibes coming off him. Hestia, meanwhile, is kinda a great interpretation of the “goddess of the hearth.” I know that a lot of her design is fan service based, hence the famous boob ribbon, but she does come off as warm and nurturing. Part of it is her writing, as her lovey-doovey attitude towards Bell matches well with her general knowledge of the world. Part of it is also her attire, as her dress looks for sexy, yet strangely comfy? Kinda like a sweater dress. Second, the fact that Bell gets his ass-kicked a lot really helps. On paper, Bell has a lot of the stereotypical protagonist traits: he has a lot of potential, he gains experience fast, he has a god-tier weapon that only works for him, he gets a power boost if low on health, he gets trained by the best, and he forms an unofficial harem. But despite all this, Bell still struggles. The first thing we see him to is lose to a monster and get rescued. Which is something that keeps happening a lot in the show. This makes him actual victories all the more sweeter. So yeah, I like Bell, I like Hestia, and because of them, I like this show.
Cons: Outside of Bell and Hestia, a lot of the side characters are kinda meh. It’s not really their fault. With a show whose main premise is that the Western and Eastern Gods each have their own faction, you end up wit character bloat. I mean, Ais is cool, and I like the one sided nature of Bell’s crush on her. That felt realistic. Eina being a concerned older sister type to Bell was believable. The bar maids are alright, even if Fyr’s backstory was a little out of nowhere. Lilly’s story arc was predictable (the girls that doesn’t trust anyone learns to trust someone), but still enjoyable. Oh, and Mama was pretty awesome. And…that’s about all the characters I can remember. Bell make another friend, a blacksmith, but his story isn’t addressed this season. There’s this wolf guy that hangs around with Ais who was kinda a jerk. Some Japanese people left Bell and friends to die. And a bunch of other people that I’m sure did stuff. I mean, you could argue all these characters make the world feel more lived in, but I just makes the story fell more crowded. Aside from that, the show does start a little abruptly, with Bell and Hestia already living together. So it might take an episode or two to get your bearings on the lore. The season also feels short, with 12 episodes. You can really speed through this thing feeling like you only got a taste of story at large.
Watch it?: It’s a lot better than I thought if would be (4/5)
She got him an OP weapon, works part-time to support his career, and has to deal with his numerous liaisons with women who he claims are “just friends.”
Best Episode: “The Blade of a God (Hestia Knife)” (The Little Rookie is born!)