High School DxD – 02
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.
ED: 「STUDY x STUDY」 by StylipS
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