The Joys of Amazon Prime (Side Story)

I have discovered them, yes I have. So, all in all, I’m pretty much working on getting my act back together, having made it to work a whopping two days last month. Burning vacation like nobody’s business, but at least I had it. Anyway, I’ve been distracting myself with computer gaming, reading, and anime. Having Amazon Prime and being able to grab cheap books on a whim – even Japanese LN’s has been awesome. Two day shipping? Who cares? So I thought

, maybe I should check out their video – after all, Netflix had some anime. Lo and behold, after a lot of “page-downing” I ran across Sword Ortorio: Is it Alright to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Side Story Um, Japan, we need to work on brevity here….

So Side Story is about 1/3 the same events we saw in the original series, with a heavier concentration on the Loki Familia and Aiz (or Ais as they translated it.) There’s a scene you may remember in it, where Bell’s been tricked into buying an expensive meal at Mama Mia’s, and the Loki Familia is eating there too. Bete, the werewolf, starts ridiculing “tomato boy”, not realizing Bell Cranel is in earshot. The scene is important to Side Story (where it’s repeated from the Loki POV) because it shows all the focus characters that are in it. Loki, Ais, the semi-twins Tione and Tiona, the boss, the dwarf (both of whose names escapes me) and two elves, one older.

It’s the younger elf that is the other MC. Lefiya, the “Thousand Elf” who can use any spell cast by someone else, as long as she understands it. However, she’s only Lvl 3, and has a huge disadvantage – she freezes in battle. Another third of the story is that she has a YUGE yuri crush on Ais. To make a simple story even simpler, with the support of her teammates, she comes through, and becomes a valuable member. Yay, that. The final third of the story is what’s going on in the deep dungeon, below level 50. That’s another “safe zone” like 17, only it gets invaded by some weird plant-like creatures in the first episode, which Loki Familia ends up defeating. With their weapons mostly destroyed by the creatures’ acid, they call off their efforts and return to the surface, only to be ambushed by minotaurs on level 17. The minos soon realize they haven’t bitten off more than they can chew – their teeth aren’t hard enough to bite this prey. They stampede for the upper levels, one making it to level 5…and the rest is history.

The rest of the story goes like that, with the events of the first series intertwined with the second. While Bell is progressing by leaps and bounds, there is something going on in the deeper levels of the dungeon, below 50. The Loki familia, having four level 6’s (Ais is a 5 but levels up late in the series) is at the forefront of dungeon exploration, having gone deeper than anyone since Zeus (which is hinted to be pre-historical). These days, Uranus is in charge of the dungeon, or rather, regulating it to keep the monsters from reaching the surface. That means he’s in charge of the Guild.

I won’t go further into spoilers

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, but the series was fun, though disappointing a bit in the end. The Lefiya part of the story was particularly by the numbers, and the big mystery was disappointing in the end. Though it left the door open for further story, there is a connection with Ais and her backstory that just didn’t make sense. I have to hope it is part of a deeply-laid plan by the author, but I don’t think so. The world-building just doesn’t have any amount of logic, rhyme, or reason to it. Therianthropes, humans, dwarves, and elves are all mixed together. Apparently hobbits (not-so-hairy and called “Prum”) exist here; the guild boss isn’t a blond-haired kid, but one of them. We know nothing of other lands outside the city; other nations or why a major section of the city is in ruins.

Still, if the story continues on, either the Bell or Loki sides, I’ll continue watching. It’s a fun show, and Bell’s believably dense about the women around him. Especially the goddess…

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