Well guys, we finally did it! This dual review and final thoughts post on our Anime REvisited Special; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter, will close out the segment of this pick. We’ll give you guys our final thoughts on the series at the end of this review, but for now, let’s get to it!
With Noir’s family’s shop finally built he stocked up on the rare items he intended to sell and thanks to his family and friends handing out flyers, the business was a hit success! There was no way it could’ve been possible without the help of Olivia Servant; Noir’s master. It was then at that moment that he wanted to see her smile for the first time, so he headed back to the dungeon to figure out just how. But he needed some help from the Great Sage so Noir used his skill, and before receiving another migraine the sage told him that his answer lies on the 15th floor. Noir tried to go on his own but, yeah…he needed some help. Enter Emma Brightness who came down to the dungeon with him, as both she and Noir entered into a room that had tiny goblins in it.
After besting the rather rude and ungrateful goblins Noir and Emma went to the 15th floor to find…Olivia Servant?! Well it wasn’t really her, it just so happened that the death chains that the real Olivia mentioned back in the first episode, made a copy of her; from her personality down to her mannerisms. At Lv. 420, it’s safe to say that this “Olivia” is the final boss!
After Emma cut her from the golden chains, the fake Olivia attacked Noir with a flame dragon spell as he dodged out the way. Noir knew there was no way he was gonna beat the fake Olivia like this, so he grabbed Emma and got the hell back to the 2nd floor. After telling the real Olivia what happened she wanted Noir to forget about rescuing her even though she appreciated his determination. Noir’s answer to that was shown in his actions; as he was now more determined than ever to rescue Olivia from her fake copy. Later on in the evening noir discovered some books on who Olivia was and also learned the ‘Sacrifice’ skill in order to help him defeat the fake Olivia.
The final episode picks up right where the other one left off; with Noir coming face to face with the fake Olivia and squaring off against her. At the moment the fake seemed to overpower Noir in every way; from his skills even down to his close-combat techniques. Thankfully Emma and the other three girls arrived to back him up as the fake Olivia continued her assault. During the fight the real Olivia flashed back to what happened 200 years before the start of the series; where a persistent adventurer wanted her to train him even though she declined a thousand times. After his death she regretted not truly teaching him, which eventually lead her being captured by the death chains later on in a fierce battle – and meeting Noir who looked just like the adventurer from 200 years ago.
With Emma and the others sidelined with effects from the fake Olivia, Noir used his ‘Sacrifice’ skill and took the fight to her. With one final blow Noir defeated the fake Olivia; who swore she would curse him, but his response was that he has a friend who can lift curses. With the fake one dead, the real Olivia was free, and was found by Noir who embraced her and saw her smiling face. The shop was doing great, Olivia was free, Noir made many new friends who just happened to be girls (making her over-affectionate sister jealous), and for the moment this is where our story ends.
This anime title is pretty much underrated in our opinion. Is it the best title we’ve ever seen so far? Well, it’s not the worst. Could it have been more? Absolutely! Should anime fans give it a shot? Why not, we did! The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter mixed elements from RPG video games and had a decent balance of everything; fanservice, touching moments, funny moments, you name it!
This title is like a breath of fresh air compared to all of the mainstream titles out there; and there’s a LOT of them out there. I’d say if you’re looking for something different that’s out of the realm of over-saturated genres; predicable anime tropes, and plots that don’t add up (cuz’ again, there’s a LOT of them out there), I would go with this title and take it for a test drive!
That will end this Anime REvisited Special segment, as we return to our original version of this segment with the second season of Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Bride on August 9th! Until next post my dudes n’ dudettes, stay nerdy! 😉