Illustrated by Kunieda & Suzuhito Yasuda
Here's a cute and whimsical title for adventure-fiction lovers (once they get over the ridiculous and long title!). This story follows Bell, an up-and-coming adventurer in the service of his goddess, Hestia. Bell adventures in the dungeon below Orario, a city inhabited by gods from all sorts of pantheons who have descended into the mortal realm because their lives in paradise grew too boring. Unlike other gods with multiple adventurers, Hestia's Familia is just Bell. Bell falls in love with Ais Wallenstein, an adventurer in the powerful Familia of Loki, and he aspires to be strong enough to earn her affections. In order to do this, Bell has to "level up" by beating monsters in the dungeon.
This book is full of silliness, but it is an endearing tale. Readers might get annoyed with Bell's obliviousness to all other girls who aren't Ais, but his spirit and passion makes him lovable despite his myopia. There is quite a lot of conversation surrounding Hestia's well-endowed figure, but they are mostly jabs at Hestia's expense. Aside from that, the humor and subject-matter steer clear of any other adult themes.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability: Grades 9-12
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
ISBN: 9780316302173 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Dungeon, Action Adventure, Mythology, Yen Press
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