The following contains spoilers for Episode 14 of Is It Wrong To Take Girls From A Dungeon? Season 4, “Daphne Lauros (Friend)” is now streaming on HIDIVE.
After a shaky chapter of bends and turns, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Season 4 is back with episode 2, episode 3. Previously, things had taken a serious turn for Hestia Familia, whose already bleak destinies were filled with despair. While the current episode focuses more on the party’s ongoing battle with Amphisbaena, Bell and Ryu are given ample screenplay to portray their dire situation as their descent into the Deep Floors hasn’t ended yet.
While the Familia was far from safe, things began to improve as Cassandra’s premonition weakened her control of fate, giving way to a bit of hope. Still, as brutality continues to reign in the Babel Familia, it’s too early to draw any conclusions.
Monster in the Depths
At the end of last week’s episode, which focused on the endless struggle between Amphisbaena and the party, the tide of war seemed to turn against Familia, and the same narrative is flowing into the current episode. The relentless attacks of the two-headed beast severely weakened the party, oscillating between the blue napalm and the red shroud, nullifying all efforts to suppress it. Enraged at the sight of their fallen allies, Aisha and Ouka dived head-on to strike the dragon, but the dragon’s crystallized skin and blue flame deterred all their attempts.
In a final attempt to defeat the monster, Ouka instructs Welf to build an ice platform, helping him bridge the gap between himself and Amphisbaena. Simultaneously, Mikoto, drawn to the depths of the lake by the sea monsters, is shown casting her most powerful magic almost in sync with Ouka’s distraction. As his spell immobilized Amphisbaena, suddenly emerging from the blue flames that had engulfed her before, Haruhime cast the support spell that empowered Aisha and Ouka with unprecedented power. With a single hit, the two fighters hit each of them on the head and essentially defeated the relentless beast.
Towards the Life-giving Sun
When Amphisbaena was completely defeated, the ceiling slowly collapsed onto the entire floor, and the floor began to tremble. The party now had two choices – either climb safely to the 24th floor or go deeper into the dungeon to save Bell and Ryu. Aisha and Daphne chose the first one, stating that safety is the top priority for now. Liliruca and Welf wanted to save Bell and Ryu first, but Aisha and Daphne’s dominant voices turned the argument in their favor.
While the others were arguing, Cassandra pondered and guessed what the contents of her premonition actually symbolized. The party finally decided to climb to a safe place, and when they started to go out, Cassandra suddenly realized what his prophecy meant and said that they must follow the direction of the life-giving sun, east, to avoid death. towards the tunnel leading to the deep floors.
Initially, Daphne completely ignored her defense, calling Cassandra’s views completely pointless and illogical. However, his insistence was not deterred, prompting the party to head towards the tunnel to save Bell and Ryu. The scene depicts Cassandra’s growth and character development, leaving her reluctant personality behind and going head-to-head with Daphne, even forcing her to accept her hunch. He eludes Daphne’s predictions and lets his own voice be heard – eventually convincing the entire group to go to the 26th floor to save Bell.
While Bell and Ryu’s plight were cast aside for most of the episode, they were certainly not forgotten as the episode begins with a flashback from Ryu’s memories dating back 5 years when he joined the Astraea Familia. A few much-needed clarifications are expected in the next few episodes, as little has been revealed about Ryu’s past so far. However, the flashback soon ends as he wakes up, noticing an eerie sound coming from the shadows.
Another wave of Skull Sheep attacks the duo, and while Bell sleeps, Ryu is forced to single-handedly take down three monsters in a badly injured state. Going through the pain, Ryu takes his dagger and barely kills two of the monsters, but the third manages to leap over him and nearly kills him. Suddenly, a dagger appears from behind, barely freeing Ryu from death’s clutches – thrown by none other than Bell. He urges Ryu to take a nap as his own 5 minutes are up, but even as he slowly succumbs to sleep, the thought of saving Bell clouded his mind, portraying his undying will to ensure his survival at all costs. While not much has changed for the two of them since the previous episodes, things started to improve, especially as the rest of the party descended into the deep floors.