Book Review: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Vol. 1

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter

Illustrator: Tomoyuki Hino
Original Creator: Meguru Seto
Character Design: Takehana Note
Series: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter, volume 1
Publisher: Seven Seas (November 17, 2020)
Paperback, 180 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga (fantasy)


Noir Stardia, lesser son of an even lesser noble, just lost his job. Without a penny to his name, he decides to enroll in the Hero Academy and improve his career prospects. But he’ll need to get a lot stronger to pass the entrance exam. So Noir seeks out a hidden dungeon—a legendary labyrinth filled with strange beasts and rare items—where he can train until he’s powerful enough to change his fate! 


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is a fairly typical sort of ecchi harem fantasy manga. I love the sort of video game feel to this, with characters and monsters having special skills and levels, and they work to level up and get stronger. Noir’s innate ability allows him to ask anything and the Great Sage gives him an answer – but it causes crippling headaches. Luckily, kissing prevents the headaches! Yeah, that’s the type of manga this is. Then Noir inherits very powerful special ability, but they cost “LP” (a type of energy) to use, and he can refill his LP by engaging in activities that make him excited. As he’s a teenage boy, bet you can’t guess what types of activities those are…

The art style is really awesome (especially if you like lots of cleavage and panty shots), and the world building is fun. Pick this up if you want a fun, steamy harem anime with a fantasy MMORPG video game feel.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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