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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9 Review – Quick Summary

In The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9, “To the Gala,” Noir Starga gave Emma Brightness a wind selection gem that had been part of the treasure he’d earned in the previous episode. Her almost dejected expression surprised him. He’d hoped she be happy with the valuable gift! Then she suggested that if someone were to take her away from him, Noir would likely not even notice. Shocked, not knowing where this was going, Noir tried to ask what was going on. She just called him an idiot and stormed off. What had Noir done now? Or was Noir innocent this time? And if Noir hadn’t done anything, who had?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9: Emma felt like she would apologize for being kidnapped!

Poor Emma! She felt like she had to apologize for being kidnapped! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Thank goodness this episode represented a return to form. That last episode had me seriously worried.

This episode gave me a couple of choices for best quote, and I’m going to go with the one that seemed to be a good representation of Emma’s personality. This happened right after my choice for Best Moment. Noir, still shaky from the gravity spell, hadn’t gotten to his feet. Emma rushed over to make sure he was okay.

After telling her he was fine, he asked the same question of her. She responded she was able to move again. Apparently, knocking Tom Bertholda and Phan Bertholda unconscious released her from the sleep spell (or whatever it was). Then she got this crestfallen expression.

“Sorry,” she said (20:46). “I guess I was kidnapped.”

It seemed like such an Emma thing to do: Apologizing for something over which she had precisely zero control!

Best in Show Moment for The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9: Emma was displeased.

Emma looks angry. I think Tom’s day is about to take a turn for the worse. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Seems Noir Has Some Reserves

First, what the heck kind of name is Phantom Thief Phantom? Did we lose something in translation? Or maybe it’s intentionally ridiculous? Because it really is ridiculous.

Now that that’s out of my system, there’s one more thing I want to get off my chest. Did you think that Leila Overclock looked like Emma and Luna Healer got together (somehow) and had a baby about 16 years ago? Wait, that wouldn’t work. Maybe Emma’s dad and Luna’s mom? Though I certainly don’t want to cast aspersions… But Leila looked like both Emma and Luna!

Now that both of those are out of my system, let me setup my favorite moment. Noir and Leila had chased Phan (I refuse to call her Phantom Thief Phantom… though it looks like I just did…) to a rooftop. Through solid teamwork and Noir’s quick thinking, they disabled Phan, only to have her brother show up and take possession of Emma. Turns out the dude has the ability to cast gravity spells. He’s also pretty good with them. The spell slammed both Noir and Leila to the rooftop. Leila barely keep her head upright.

Gravity magic looks like it could be bad news.

Uh, oh! Things look bad for the new addition to the harem… I mean our heroes! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

But Tom was about to make off with Emma, and the promise that he would make her his wife really, really annoyed Noir. So he managed to stagger to his feet.

Delivery: Yea Teamwork!

You know how when the protagonist get all beat up, and then the power of friendship or love or whatever gives them the strength to “Go Beyond” (it helps if you read those two words with a reverberation). I don’t usually like those moments. They’re not realistic.

But this is The Hidden Dungeon Only I can Enter. Realism isn’t exactly on its top 10 list of objectives. In this moment, it actually worked to the show’s benefit. Noir did the “heroically stagger to his feet” thing and advanced slowly (though not menacingly) towards Tom.

Apparently, Tom was unused to the Power of Love, because he looked surprised. He increased the gravity a couple of times, with the only effect being Noir slowed a bit but didn’t stop.

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9: Another villain monologues.

Tom’s not bright. All his monologue accomplished was motivating Noir. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Noir was in no condition to launch any kind of attack, physical or magical. However, what his efforts accomplished was to distract Tom’s attention, and that seems to have weakened the spell holding Emma unconscious.

Saying “Don’t do anything weird to my Noir!” (20:18), she used her newly enhanced wind power to set Tom as if he were a volleyball. She did it so well that Haruka Oozora from Harukana Receive would have been proud (it’s a great show; check out The Otaku Author’s review!). Noir, released from the gravity spell, performed a perfect spike. Which is to say, he punched the kidnapper right in the face.

It’s always good to see solid teamwork.

What did you think of Emma and Noir’s dance? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

  1. @Phantom Thief Phantom: Yeah, it’s the translation. They said “Kaito Phantom”.

    ****Did you think that Leila Overclock looked like Emma and Luna Healer got together (somehow) and had a baby about 16 years ago?****

    I didn’t, mostly because I think the character designs in this show are really generic. Compare the in-show character models to the slide show during ED to see what I mean. I find every character looks much more distinct during the ending than in actual show.

    1. “They said “Kaito Phantom”.”

      Actually, that’s a relief!

      “I find every character looks much more distinct during the ending than in actual show.”

      I cannot argue that point. Violet Evergarden this ain’t.

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