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OP Sequence

OP: 「Trip -innocent of D-」 by Larval Stage Planning
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「人間、やめました!」 (Ningen, Yamemashita!)
“I Stopped Being Human!”

I must admit that I came away from this episode liking several characters less. There was still plenty of Issei being ridiculous, Rias-senpai being sexy and Issei’s friends being hilariously jealous, but there were undercurrents to their actions that I found off-putting.

First, let’s take Rias-senpai. With the whole chess motif they were throwing around last week, I was assuming that Rias-senpai was supposed to be smart. So why did she send Issei out alone? And then scold him for putting them in a bad position, through no fault of his own, I might add. She knows that devils get attacked a lot. She has to. She is one. Also, she said as much herself not even half an hour prior! And yes, it’s true that she could have been trying to get Issei to awaken his powers, but I’m doubtful of that since it sounds like she has some past trauma where “cute slaves” are concerned. Her decision seems very silly to me, and for a character that’s supposed to be better than that, that’s disappointing.

And then there’s that whole slave thing. While I’m all for Issei building a harem – seriously, his shamelessness is a lesson to us all – my amusement soured when he started talking about doing ecchi things to a slave who could not oppose his will. Uhmm, Issei? Not cool, man. Call me old-fashioned, but I like my perverts to have hearts of gold, not be amoral bastards. So Issei, if you’re going to build a harem – and I hope you do – please go the consensual route. You need to earn a woman’s love, and forcibly binding her to your will is not the way to do that. That’s just a good way to get stabbed, buddy. Well, stabbed again.

Other than that, the plot progressed a bit when Rias-senpai and the others brought Issei into the Occult Studies Club and told him stuff that was pretty obvious from last episode . There was also a new fallen angel who referred to an “exalted one”, so there’s obviously more to them than a bunch of rogue agents. But probably my favorite thing was Issei riding his bike (because he couldn’t teleport) to meet a bespectacled nerd with a lolicon fetish, arguing with him about who the strongest Dragonbal–I mean, Drago-soball character is, and then being inspired by this to activate his s-CRY-ed arm and strip the clothes off of an angel. Man, even writing that sentence was fun! Oh, and also the ED. That was amazing. Yay for gratuitous stripper polls!

So, was this entertaining? Not as much as I would have liked. Fortunately, I have a feeling that my enjoyment will return, because if the OP is any indication, it won’t be strange slave girls that are in Issei’s harem, but his sexy senpais – and whoever this new girl is. That’s the way to do it, Issei! Don’t take the easy way out. You want a challenge, so go for the most beautiful, sexy and out-of-your-league girls you can find! And if you want a challenge, there’s no better place to start with than a nun.

Full-length images: 35, 36.


ED Sequence

ED: 「STUDY x STUDY」 by StylipS
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January 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm
  • January 13, 2012 at 8:50 pmEspada

    that ending O_O

    • January 13, 2012 at 8:54 pmCroos

      best ED of 2012.

    • January 13, 2012 at 10:20 pmFalmung

      I agree. I was completely shocked with how awesome it was. That animation! Those body movements were awesome.

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:27 amfragb85

      Its awesome purely because of its absolute lack of subtlety. Its practically screaming: “Yes its THAT kind of show”.

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:48 amryuuzaki

      the MOVES! the MOVES! hundred times better than those pop idol anime dancing like robots >:)

    • January 14, 2012 at 11:12 pmId

      animation wise that got tobe the best ed around….

    • January 17, 2012 at 8:23 amThe_Magus_Killer

      Oh those horny devils. Haha. The ending convinced my other friends who don’t watch anime to start. XD

      • January 17, 2012 at 9:08 amCroos

        lol. XD

      • January 17, 2012 at 10:20 amThe_Magus_Killer

        I wonder why they named the ED “Study x Study” though. I can’t even concentrate on my calculus notes and reference books with this playing on my laptop screen! XD

  • January 13, 2012 at 8:55 pmaegis

    wow, that ed @_@

  • January 13, 2012 at 8:58 pmSeishun Otoko

    Best ED of 2012!!!
    High School DxD is turning out to be a really good comedy. Issei’s perverted fantasies rival that of Sakurai Tomoki’s and I consider him one of the best perverted protagonist out there ;D

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:03 pmCroos

      No one can still rival Sakurai Tomoki’s pervertness. Even gods and angel can’t defeat it even using there powers.
      (Damn i have to crawl to my pc just to declare it. Stupid fatigue)

      • January 13, 2012 at 10:31 pmStilts

        Is true. Issei has the feeling, but Tomoki has that + the inventiveness to make good on his perversions. I dunno, I just can’t see Issei coming up with the Tomoko Gambit. That? Pure. Genius.

      • January 13, 2012 at 11:03 pmAnimesetsuna

        Can i say Issei is a naughty boy? ^^

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:01 pmhaseo0408

    Wow that was one unexpected ed.

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:01 pmKoroshiyaKi

    So… Stilts… We were talking and we’ve come to a decision… You need to go to the IRC Chat room more often. There’s no pressure or anything, it’s not like we want to verbally abuse you or anything like that… We are just saying if you don’t… I’ll leave it up to your imagination… Hope to see you soon.

    • January 13, 2012 at 10:20 pmStilts

      …I’m too scared now. Eeeee!!

      • January 13, 2012 at 10:57 pmKoroshiyaKi

        Do not run, we are your friends!

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:29 pmMrRei

      Enzo doesn’t come there every often too.. In case you guys feel lonely or frustrated, go to IRC and vent it all on Croos.

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:50 amKoroshiyaKi

      Also if anyone was curious, there is now a fanclub for RC on MAL so please join if you have an account and if you don’t then maybe it’s time to make one XD


  • January 13, 2012 at 9:02 pmBass.EXE

    This show is starting to remind me of Maken-Ki… (which I still laugh at since it was an uber fan-service show but practically everything was censored, a problem that clearly does not plaque this show)

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:05 pmAsakura

    I dipped my head in a bucket for about a minute, just to make sure I was seeing the ending correctly.

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:09 pmjrj

    hmm… this episode is still fun to watch, though the enjoyment was a notch down from last episode…

    ED is awesome with the strip pole dance :) and interesting how the new nun has a joker while Rias-senpai has King… and that guy (yes, that guy) had Ace… what a messed up ranking there?!

    I am more looking forward to all the actions suggested in the OP… should be interesting :) and yes, harem king all the way with the most unobtainable girls too!!!

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:33 pmKurisu Vi Britannia


    jk ;)

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:37 pmMR.KLAC

    OH YES i’m so stick watching this.

    yea indeed really trying to be harem devil person ok also & sacred gear why it remind of bit of s-cry-ed’s kazuma arm?

    aslo big lamo who having your mom see you wearing nothing with female also wearing nothing in same bed ok yea at these devils have memory change powers.

    give got wonder any bets only matter till this http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HornyDevils

    overall 2eps in yes must keep watching & wait for english dub cause i approve it.

  • January 13, 2012 at 9:52 pmleo

    you see they messed up the subs….is not SLAVE in the manga and in the noovel is SERVANT and is not precious slave is cute servant rias is a good girl just that the subs makes her look like a S girl but she is the most dere-dere for isse

    • January 13, 2012 at 10:27 pmStilts

      I thought of that (I heard Lunar call Nagasumi “geboku” enough to pick up the word), but it doesn’t really change the situation. Unless the subs were really off, Issei still mentions his servant as not being able to oppose his will, and that’s not bueno in my book. After all, you can call a slave whatever you want, but if they cannot oppose their master’s will, they’re still a slave.

      • January 14, 2012 at 12:57 amZnail

        I don’t remember him saying that, so I wonder if that is also a mistranslation? It’s not a case of forced servitude anyway, so the girls would be volunteers for the position. Ise is if anything too gallant, rather then the other way around.

    • January 16, 2012 at 11:29 amPlayer

      I just skimmed through parts of this episode, but the characterization felt off. The otaku scene was a lot more funny in the novel. The “harem king” ought to be understood as Rias utilizing Ise’s stupidity to help motivate him for his own good. Awesome ED, but I don’t want to subconsciously apply the anime’s characterization to the novels, so for now I’m done with this.

  • January 13, 2012 at 10:33 pmbriex

    Judging from the screencap, I bet this post will get another 15k++ view. Not even Nisemonogatari first ep get this much.

  • January 13, 2012 at 10:51 pmDukeTheGold

    I am actually somewhat of a fan of the light novel, in which the “fanservice” department is used comparatively sparingly. It was a decent read with a decent plot, strengthened by its strong female leads and decent narration from the dumbass protagonist. It was a good source material for animation.

    I knew it was coming, but I can not help but the shake my head at the absurdity of the level of fanservice that completely detracted and overshadowed any noteworthy values that the story and the characters presented in the light novel.

    In other word, this is just low grade H-material using a half cooked story as an excuse to generate more fanservice, backed by only the strength of its art. It’s crap.

  • January 13, 2012 at 11:09 pmdarkkodiak

    You know what, I don’t think you being old fashion when it comes to hormonal driven perverted characters is a bad thing. I mean, perverts got to have some standards, like Golden Boy standards lol(man, was that an aweseome show). I for one hope that in future episodes we get more story as it is currently being crush by the fanservice (not that OP fanservice is bad). It is like moe, a man can’t live on moe alone, just in this case, a man can’t live on fanservice alone XD.

  • January 13, 2012 at 11:25 pmJep0ng

    Too much Boobies.

  • January 13, 2012 at 11:39 pmKusano

    Yea, they are really changing some stuff from the novel, but WHO DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING!?

  • January 14, 2012 at 12:21 amMentar

    Stilts: I understand perfectly where you’re coming from (the LN is kinda inconsistent here, too), but you can rest assured: Rias is about the kindest “master” you could possibly think of, and Issei is going to win the “bro award” to his colleagues regularly. They’re not really bastards inside, just the opposite ^_^

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:29 amStilts

      Good to hear! I look forward to getting back to the good times : )

  • January 14, 2012 at 12:41 amZero

    Woah that ending was something.
    When i saw this http://randomc.net/image/High%20School%20DxD/High%20School%20DxD%20-%20ED%20-%20Large%2005.jpg

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:00 amFlobb3k

    The ED pretty reminded me with this poledance scene on Panty & Stocking.

    • January 14, 2012 at 3:44 amBeedle

      Except this one is better~

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:09 amCybersteel

    It sucks when your first date fail completely. Atleast being able to summon an otherworldly power with motivation from an Anime/manga/fictional character is cool.

    Just one question, is there any HanaKana in this show?

    • January 14, 2012 at 1:18 amZnail

      Well, he actually did better in the novel as he managed to summon the sacred gear by mimicing the dragon ball attack when Rias asked him to. I guess they want to split up the explaining and leave the sacred gear details for the next episode.

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:15 amZnail

    Stilts, several of the things you seems to dislike are anime original or mistranslations for the subs. Ise wasn’t in any danger of being attacked and it’s quite strange that the anime orginal fallen angel did so even after seeing the seal. I guess they wanted a fight in this episode and to introduce the fallen angel that I assume will take over Yuuma-chans role as main villain of the first arc.

    Chess is relevant to the story but not because Rias is supposed to be brilliant or anything.

    I think they overplayed Ise a bit in this episode. In the novel so was he only reflecting over Koneko’s status in the school not drooling over her himself. He comes off as a lot more silly then in the novel.

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:33 amStilts

      Hmm, makes sense. I suppose they dialed up the fanservice too much and let it infect the plot, heh. As for the fight, I suspect they wanted it there because they thought that every episode needs to have some sexy and some action to keep people entertained…which is, of course, silly. I’ll take an episode without action just so long as there are other stuff to entertain and they don’t fubar the plot :P

      Still, if the plot was strong enough to support LNs then I’m sure there’ll be some good plot for them to harvest shortly.

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:18 amWookie

    Regarding Ise getting attacked by another fallen angel, that wasn’t in the original LN. And when Show Spoiler ▼

    Also, I get the feeling from her speech that what she was angry at the most was that Ise actually tried to fight more than running away (It’s an accident you met them so we won’t blame you but don’t get too cocky and try to fight them by yourself). Running away may have a low chance but fighting a fallen angel when you don’t have enough magic power to use the basic teleport spell is crazy. Thank god for instant power-ups.

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:32 amOni

    i want to see it a skill truly worthy of the title harem king Show Spoiler ▼

    • January 14, 2012 at 4:18 pmK

      Oh Yeah, that part of awesome. But I wonder if the anime will get that far in just 12 or 13 episodes

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:55 amBooca

    This is my guilty pleasure for the season, it might not have the makings of a top tier anime but neither did infinite stratos which also became one of my favs last year.

    And god damn at the ED! I never watch ED’s but I certainly give them credit for the animation work ^_^;

    I’m pleasantly surprised the amount I’m watching this season though, some really nice anime for the start of the year.

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:56 amBio D

    Even the opening has soft nibbly bits!
    Just make porn like you obviously want to; this is getting rediculous!

  • January 14, 2012 at 2:03 amNaYa

    I think that’s the most nudity I’ve seen in a non-hentai anime series. O_O
    LOL I think the main website name says it all for this series: haremking.tv

    • January 14, 2012 at 2:39 amBooca

      I shall point you towards queens blade and your mind shall be forever blown by what a anime can get away with in regards to nudity in this modern day.

    • January 14, 2012 at 3:26 ambanzemanga

      lol. Rather than nudity, it is more like emphasizing certain lines that are usually not visible or noticeable. Like the nipples under towels or lines of what is behind the panties.

  • January 14, 2012 at 3:18 amSnicket

    Don’t forget freezing, but most of us probably already did.

    The pervy protagonist, just needs to tone it down a bit and then everyone won’t want to smack him.

    Also, where would i get one of those alarm clocks?

  • January 14, 2012 at 4:07 amReika

    @all and op
    Subdesu are crappy subs, wait for Hanyuu, they are translated much better and mor eclose to the ln.

  • January 14, 2012 at 4:22 amoutcast

    Stilts your morals are killing me. Nothing wrong with a little bit of rape now and then.

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:35 amStilts

      I need an adult, I need an adult!

  • January 14, 2012 at 4:36 amcutemi2

    remembering Freezing, oh well, i hope they continue blogging this, is it better than Freezing slash Yotsuga no Sora

  • January 14, 2012 at 4:48 amboingman

    Hm, anyone else who noticed the drop in animation quality in some scenes of this episode?
    That pole dancing ED though, mmmmhhh. :)
    Decent episode. And since the first 2 1/2 light novel vol. have been translated, I’ll also check those out.

  • January 14, 2012 at 5:17 amewok40k

    Defeat by modesty! Seriously stripping angel naked is THE way to defeat them (unless they ar emale, that is…)

  • January 14, 2012 at 7:06 amAStrike

    I loved that ending

  • January 14, 2012 at 9:28 amUmadBro?

    i would have enjoyed this anime better if issei wasnt that much of a pervert compared to male leads of series i watched. hope his character changes further into the episode

  • January 14, 2012 at 9:34 amragez

    anyone notice that they did not censor issei penis?

    • January 14, 2012 at 8:59 pmSkins Thunderbomb

      I didn’t see it O_o…. maybe I missed it.

      • January 15, 2012 at 6:39 amragez

        try 0:26

      • January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pmSkins Thunderbomb

        Wow O_O I’m surprised they didn’t censor that either!

  • January 14, 2012 at 1:06 pmbijyu

    I agree with you on Rias. She was warned the night before “don’t let your sheep wander alone”. And he was stabbed then. 12 hours later she warns him that devils are “being attacked on all sides”. And she knows they want him dead even before they knew he was a devil. So why on earth would they send him out on his own and then punish him for her own mistake?

    As for Issei’s harem. I disagree, but then I don’t view his thought line as “I am going to rape these women”. But hey I have watched some really perverted stuff so maybe im desensitized.

  • January 14, 2012 at 8:58 pmSkins Thunderbomb

    The one thing that bothers me with anime’s like this is the CONSTANT NIPPLE ERECTIONS. Anyone who knows anything about female anatomy knows that, like penis’s, nipples are not constantly erect. :/

    I know its just anime, but it bothers me so.

  • January 15, 2012 at 6:52 amCybersteel

    Hey guys here’s a nice GIF I made enjoy! DxD

  • January 15, 2012 at 2:12 pmandy

    Guess they had to change part of the anime from the novel.

    From the way it look from the opening I guess they only goner show us the story up to volume 2, which kind of sucks cause you will find out Issei is not that big of a pervert after volume 2, he really is more of a wuss, all talk and no action when the time comes.

    My fav is still Akeno Himejima that outside nadeciso but secretly S type are just so hot.

  • January 15, 2012 at 2:16 pmAnxx

    I guess is safe to say the animator has spend quit some time in a stripe club enjoying himself *Cough *Cough, arr I mean research. :)

  • January 15, 2012 at 7:17 pmNamzor

    Hmmm, apparently Gremori or Gamori, is the 56th Spirit of Goetia and the Demon of Perverted Love. So I guess that totally applies to our main protagonist. Nice to see that some of this is based on “Historical” fiction. :D

    Anyways, awesome ED.

    • January 16, 2012 at 8:25 amewok40k

      where did you dig out that one? if it is true it certainly fitws BOTH Rias senpai and our male antihero…

      • January 16, 2012 at 10:25 amNamzor

        Googled Gremory and got a text excerpt from the Ars Goetia which is the first section of the Lesser Key of Solomon. Some 17th century grimoire that describes the evocation of 72 various demons. Its amazing whats on the internet.

      • January 16, 2012 at 8:00 pmewok40k

        OMG, the wonders of internet… people used to search dusty libraries and crypts in search of forbidden knowledge, and here you can just google daemonology :P
        I wonder if there is Mailer Daemon mentioned anywhere in the tomes? :P