Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III Episode 6

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III Episode 6

Battle for Livira

DanMachi III episode 6 had some good moments and some bad. The good moments generally came when we learned little bits about the world that added context to previous episodes and developments. The bad moments came whenever there was an exposition dump.

Aside from these moments, there’s one thing I don’t quite understand about this episode. When fighting against the Xenos in Livira, why didn’t Bell mention the fact that the Xenos aren’t to be harmed to his comrades?

I understand why he didn’t mention anything to the members of the Ganesha Familia. The existence of the Xenos is supposed to be a secret, and Ouranos doesn’t want word getting out that the guild is actually helping them. But what about Ryuu and Aisha?

Lyd from the anime series DanMachi III
Lyd

From my perspective, Ryuu and Aisha — or at least Ryuu since she was the one Bell came into contact with — should have been told the truth or part of the truth. Why? Because they’re not members of the Ganesha Familia and they’re strong enough to cause serious injuries or death to the Xenos.

The Ganesha Familia has its orders to capture the Xenos alive. Ryuu and Aisha don’t have such orders. As far as they’re concerned, the fight against the Xenos is a battle for Livira and for their lives. There’s really no reason to assume that they’ll hold back.

Additionally, Bell can trust Ryuu and Aisha. They may not be members of the Hestia Familia, but they’re still his friends and comrades with whom he has traveled through the dungeon. They’ve fought alongside him and know that there’s something special about him even if they don’t know what it is.

It only seems natural that Bell would let these two in on the secret so that they could help him achieve his goal.

Knossos

While I don’t believe that Daedalus was mentioned in DanMachi II, I’m fairly confident that his name came up in DanMachi as the creator of Babel. So, with that in mind, it’s been a while since his name was brought up in this series. But, we’ve finally gotten a bit more information on him.

Not only was Daedalus the creator of Bable (which I believe is just the Tower that stands above the main entrance to the dungeon), he was also a member of Ouranos’ Familia. From what I understand, Ouranos was the first of the gods to have a Familia 1,000 years ago, so for Daedalus to have been an original member is a big deal.

But what’s really interesting about Daedalus is his goal and how he set out to achieve it. After witnessing the sheer scale and majesty of the dungeon, he went crazy attempting to create something that could compare to it.

Bell and Fels entering Knossos from the anime series DanMachi III
Bell and Fels entering Knossos

Perhaps you missed the implication, but Daedalus wasn’t simply creating alternate entrances into the dungeon. He was building a second dungeon of his own directly next to, and in some cases connected to, the original dungeon. And what’s more, after 1,000 years of work by his descendants, it’s about half as deep as the original dungeon.

That’s an immense undertaking, even if you consider the 1,000 year time span. It’s not like Daedalus and his descendants were using heavy machinery to dig their labyrinth (known as Knossos).

And that brings us to the other important thing about Daedalus. He was so obsessed with creating this labyrinth of his own to rival the dungeon that he dragged all of his descendants into it as well. The descendants of Daedalus are cursed to continue his work.

Curses

Speaking of curses, this is one aspect of the episode that I enjoyed because it hinted at the possible truth behind the Xenos. But first, what are curses in the context of this series? As Fels tells us, unlike magic, curses apply negative status effects that cannot be avoided.

However, curses can be nullified with special items and the curse will wear off if the one who casts it is defeated. “Defeated” in this sense probably doesn’t mean killed. And, it’s mentioned that there are some drawbacks to casting curses, but we don’t yet know what they are.

So, what do curses have to do with the Xenos? Well, when Dix casts a curse on the Xenos within Knossos, we see that they all go berserk and begin fighting their own allies. Their eyes also begin glowing, which represents that they’re currently affected by the curse.

Dix casting a curse from the anime series DanMachi III
Dix casting a curse

Now, where else have we seen beings with glowing eyes going berserk? Oh, right, the non-Xenos monsters found throughout the dungeon. With this in mind, and the previous information from Wiene about remembering a nightmare before she gained sentience, isn’t it possible all of the monsters are just Xenos under a mass curse?

It’s clear that Dix isn’t the one who put the curse on all of these monsters. But, I can think of two other possible explanations. Either this is a curse associated with the dungeon’s close proximity to Knossos, or it’s a curse emanating from the dungeon itself.

Regardless of which case it happens to be, there are some similar implications. First, this would mean that all of the monsters are just cursed Xenos. And second, it would mean that the Xenos who regained their minds came into contact with some item that broke their curse in the dungeon.

Conclusion

What do you think of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III episode 6? Do you think Bell should have told Ryuu and Aisha what was really going on? And what do you think about the possible connection between curses and the Xenos/monsters? Let me know in the comments.

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