The adventurers continue on their quest to save Falin, Laios's sister, and eat all manner of dungeon monsters. Senshi shows them how he uses golems to grow vegetables, talks about the dungeon ecosystem, and more. He also
gets them captured by orcs so that he can bake bread using their stolen starter. Later, the group eats treasure insects and a mimic and learns that the food in living pictures is not a good source of nutrition. The volume ends with Senshi learning that the kelpie he thought was a friend was actually waiting to kill him. He fixes a meal with its meat and lets Marcille wash his beard with kelpie fat soap.
Uhh. This is still bizarre. The dungeon ecosystem stuff was kind of nice, and the mimic looked delicious (like crab, maybe?), but the bit with the kelpie just made me sad. It reminded me of the pig the main character in Silver Spoon was raising - after reading spoilers for later episodes, I quit that series and have never been able to bring myself to continue on. (Yes, I eat meat, and yes, I know this is hypocritical of me.)
The living painting stuff was strange, and I'm still wondering who that crazy elf was. I doubt the series will ever get back to that, though, since that would interfere with cooking and eating things.
I laughed at the revelation that Chilchuck is actually
, and at the other characters' reactions this.
All in all, this is strangely fascinating, and I'll probably continue on, but I think I'm going to avoid trying to plow through too many volumes at once, since I suspect binge-reading would ruin this series for me. This might be a good series to get via interlibrary loan requests, rather than in big chunks during my vacations.
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)