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「元カノ,倒します!」 (Moto Kano, Taoshi Masu!)
“Going to Beat My Ex-Girlfriend!”

I’m not going to lie, I’ll miss Reinare. I like a villain who really enjoys being evil, and with expressions like this, you can tell that the Angel Formerly Known as Yuuma-chan was having a great time toying with Issei. But this episode wasn’t about a Nabatame Hitomi-voiced super bitch prancing around in skimpy clothing and impaling Issei with light spears (again) – it was a chance for Issei to prove his mettle, and for Rias-senpai to show exactly why she’s the boss. They were successful on both counts.

As far as Issei goes, he was a stone-cold badass for most of this episode. While I questioned how smart it was to show his back to the person who has killed him once and just done the same to his love interes–erh, I mean, friend, the rest of the episode was Issei crying manly tears, attacking the Big Bad by himself and yanking poisonous light spears out of his legs without passing out and voiding his bowels like most of us would have. Well done, sir. That said, Issei still acted like a bit of an idiot. Perhaps there’s a limit to how often he can promote himself, but if not then he could have promoted himself to Knight and dodged those light spears, promoted himself to Rook and blocked them, or promoted himself to Queen and just zapped Reinare into next thursday. And if there is a limit, the writers should have mentioned this! And yeah, I realize that wasn’t the point of the scene – the point was to have Issei win by pure gumption and reveal to us what his Sacred Gear really does – but it’s these kinds of things that put a cap on how badass Issei can be.

And then there’s Rias-senpai, who has absolutely no limits on how badass she can be. Since Slayers was mentioned in irc earlier, I’m going to draw a slightly old-school parallel – Rias-senpai reminded me of Lina Inverse when she was nuking baddies, and anyone who does that is alright in my book. But more than that, it’s how she used the situation to help one of her people, Issei, grow. A manipulative manager she may be, but it really worked, allowing Issei to grow and mature instead of Rias-senpai just blowing Reinare away, as she clearly could have – and eventually did. And going so far as to let Issei show whether he would be an idiot and try to save Yuuma-chan? Even better. If Issei loses any points for being an idiot, Rias-senpai takes those and earns several thousand more for being smart, powerful and cunning to boot. And having an amazing rack.

So, a good episode overall, right? Well, yes, it was very entertaining. There was plenty of action, the bad guys all got justifiably melted, and Asia joined the team. We all knew things would end up roughly as they did, but it was still enjoyable getting here, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

…or is there? In thinking about this episode, I realized the greatest sin that High School DxD, and series like it, have committed: it’s not trying to be great. It’s a safe adaptation, taking decent source material, slathering on passable animation, dialing up the fanservice (which is sure to move some Blu-rays) and then calling it a day. TNK was never trying to wow us with the little touches that are making other shows airing this season – Ano Natsu de Matteru, Nisemonogatari, Rinne no Lagrange – so amazing. Instead, they were satisfied with merely being good. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy this show when I sit down to watch it, but will I remember it two seasons from now? Two years? And would I watch it so quickly if I weren’t blogging about it? I don’t know. One thing is for sure, though…by the end of this series, I’m going to be reeeeally good at making full-size images. Enjoy!

Full-size images: 07, 08, 10, 12, 16, 26, 29, 32, 35.

 

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February 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm
41 comments »
  • February 3, 2012 at 8:23 pmStiltsversiontwo

    Hey master, teach me more! AHAHAHAHAHA

  • February 3, 2012 at 8:36 pmRydin

    Here’s hoping they do the next arc justice, since it ends awesomely in the novels.

  • February 3, 2012 at 8:40 pmMR.KLAC

    ep.5 well oh boy i guess yep indeed ding dong the ex is blown-up to feather!!!

    indeed payback did came true yet issei finally beat the ex even he got both legs got speared still powerful to checkmate the ex.

    yea the ex trying pull a begging there an old saying fool me once shame on me fool me twice shame on you yep indeed issei won’t get fooled again so he let rias blow-up the ex to feathers.

    indeed yep sweep the broom on the feathers for the na na na na na na hey hey hey goodbye.

    also nun live again but now one of the devil aka the bishop.

    oh issei so powerful he worth all pawns combine yep it all hurray yet also cake to have.

    but wait we got bigger fish to fry coming up indeed someone is watching them.

  • February 3, 2012 at 8:58 pmPtolemaios00

    I think the Crimson Dragon’s ability from the manga was doubling his power every 2 seconds with no limit. The explanation in the anime was much less technical.
    Also, I think Issei is unable to promote to Queen rank because he wouldn’t be able to withstand it.
    Fanservice anime with a little bit better plot than others in the genre so far.

    • February 3, 2012 at 9:02 pmjrj

      IIRC, it is doubling power every 10 seconds in the LN… I could be wrong, but if it is 2 seconds, it would have been way too OP… still, Iseei is still the most powerful pawn ever! :)

    • February 3, 2012 at 9:31 pmSpinarakk

      According to the latest scanlated chapter of the manga, it’s doubling his power every 10 seconds. I doubt it can go on infinitely, otherwise he’d be too OP, then again, what fight lasts THAT long.

      And I think he can’t be promoted to Queen because he’s only worth 8 pawns, whereas Queen is worth 9 pawns. That’s just what I think from reading chapter 10.

      • February 3, 2012 at 10:23 pmEr

        Some clarifications on the limits of his power. Put in a spoiler just in case.

        Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 3, 2012 at 9:00 pmjrj

    I guess this is a little bit of a spoiler, but as to Issie’s promotion ability Show Spoiler ▼

    it is pretty awesome to see the episode being animated after reading the LN… the next arc will be even better in the battle front… and I am fully on board on Rias Senpai’s ship!! though I wish they could animate later volumes too…

    ps. does anyone know if there is any translation for the LN past volume 6?

  • February 3, 2012 at 9:08 pmEr

    About promoting himself to Rook in his battle with Yuuma, it may have been lost in the split episodes but once he turns on promotion in an enemy territory he retains that promotion as long as he’s there. He also can’t turn into a Queen just yet since his base stats are too low for that particular class change.

    On top of that, Yuuma boasts that her light is pretty powerful compared to others. Promoting to Rook won’t be enough since even Koneko would get seared with it. Holy element is understandably super effective against devils.

    • February 3, 2012 at 9:16 pmStilts

      Huh, okay. This probably should have been explained a little better, but fair enough. I guess I better get used to constantly being tripped up because I haven’t the LNs, heh

  • February 3, 2012 at 9:25 pmMrTerrorist

  • February 3, 2012 at 9:28 pmAex

    Didn’t Rias say that Issei couldn’t handle promoting himself to Queen? Besides, like others have said he can’t just swap out promotions as he wants, he has to take something and make it work. That aside, he made it work all over the place! Love those man-tears! Definitely the best episode overall! Asia has entered the party/harem in all her innocent, sexy glory! :D

    I don’t think this is actually a spoiler but I’ll tag it anyways on Issei’s potential power since they kinda just glossed over it: Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 3, 2012 at 9:40 pmfragb85

    You know what they say: B**** had it coming. Apparently she never read the memo to not mock someone about their dead love interests. Never ends well. I also liked how Issei wasn’t fooled by her ex-girlfriend act. A “wise” protagonist is rare, so I’m actually surprised that there is one in an ecchi anime.

    In the end I’m just sticking in my watch list because I enjoy it for what it is. Honestly the heavy fanservice is needed here. That plot is very derivative, but enjoyable. There are plenty of other shows like this, so it needs that extra push to get an audience.

  • February 3, 2012 at 10:32 pmBenigmatica

    I just heard Koyasu joining this, huh?

    You know, the new boss on the second half…

  • February 3, 2012 at 10:46 pmYs10

    Just remember Asia might be one of his love interests but Ise doesn’t want to be a harem king for nothing.

    • February 4, 2012 at 5:42 amZnail

      But right now so is Asia the only one to have fallen for him. Rias and Akeno only considers him cute and fun to play with.

  • February 4, 2012 at 12:31 amYanDaMan

    I’ll miss Reynare too. I actually liked her character design and crazy personality. Was hoping she’d turn a new leaf and join the hero’s party, so much for that dream :<

  • February 4, 2012 at 2:00 amFreezeFaith

    i think it’s more interesting if he can get the other parts of the dragon gears. So he can prove himself more.. :)

  • February 4, 2012 at 2:31 amOmega

    Here’s a spin off of the manga that i would like to recommend to everyone: http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=70057

    Only read it after you have read c10 of the original manga.

    Note: be prepare to be death by moe :p

  • February 4, 2012 at 2:54 amgoldoa

    Reinaire was 99.9% of my reasons for even paying attention to this show. Oh well…

  • February 4, 2012 at 3:58 amKamiyaCheap

    Asia-chan sudden remind me of Yukiho(who the share the same Seiyuu) at the end there!!! http://randomc.net/image/High%20School%20DxD/High%20School%20DxD%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2038.jpg

  • February 4, 2012 at 6:31 amCybersteel

    Damn Issei is awesome! Not my favorite but I still really like him. Asia’s my fav. I was half expecting him to let Yuma go. I blame the voice actor for voicing Ouma Shu for giving me that impression.

  • February 4, 2012 at 7:59 amWhookie

    Just watched the subs. The explanation on the Boosted Gear was either changed for the anime or a mistranslation (more likely the latter). It doesn’t increase the person’s powers immeasurably for 10 secs, it doubles the power every 10 secs up to immeasurable levels instead.

    It’s why Yuuma mistook it for a normal Twice Critical that doubles a person’s power once. It’s also why we kept hearing BOOST throughout the fight.

    • February 4, 2012 at 7:06 pmThe Moondoggie

      They messed up. Well it’s not like the first time: these are amateur private translations afterall.

  • February 4, 2012 at 9:52 amoutcast

    The ears are so ugly.

  • February 4, 2012 at 4:29 pmsuff

    Sigh. After watching this episode, my feeling is that this show can be fantastic *without* all the fan service. In fact, I am PRETTY SURE that this show would be better without the fan service… which always shows up at the most inappropriate places. Come on! Why would you want to show Asia with bare breasts while she lay dying?

    • February 4, 2012 at 4:58 pmYs10

      It’s just keeping true to the original work, even the author has said he wants to make the story one that middle school and high school boys will be embarrassed to buy.

      • February 4, 2012 at 8:08 pmsuff

        Does the LN also have a picture of Asia bare-breasts and lie dying on the bench in the church?

    • February 4, 2012 at 8:30 pmfragb85

      The fanservice is fine. It amuses me how people split hairs over a bit of nudity. And no it doesn’t make it a better or worse show than it already is.

  • February 4, 2012 at 5:13 pmSnicket

    Well that was entertaining. Was expecting it to turn out like this, but didn’t think it would have been done this well. Was kinda expecting Issei to snap and go bazerk on Reinare, easily wiping her out. But forcing the rest of the demon clan to subdue him and bring him back to base. Glade to see that overused trop wasn’t used.

    Not sure, how this next arch will go, but if the series keeps going at this pace. It won’t disappoint. Let just hope they don’t do bunch of filler material and then do a cram/rush end when this gets to episode 12.

    @Whookie,

    the subber messed up. You’re not to only one that picked up on that.

  • February 4, 2012 at 7:10 pmThe Moondoggie

    Man, I was expecting more ecchi. Tough luck, I got more shounen action awesomeness instead, which is a fair trade.

  • February 4, 2012 at 8:23 pmsuff

    By the way, what exactly is the manifestation of Asia’s Sacred Gear? Is it one ring or two rings? When Reinare died she had two rings with her… were they both Asia’s? Or is the other ring a different Sacred Gear?

  • February 4, 2012 at 11:49 pmdarkkodiak

    Great episode. I glad that Issei didn’t fall for the trickery. I mean, underneath all that perverted layers is a really kind heart guy and Reinaire got what she deserved for trying to take advantage of that. Am I the only one that was disappointed that there was no ending sequence? This is one of the few shows where I actually look forward to the ending sequence for the lols.

  • February 5, 2012 at 4:10 amMR.KLAC

    & wonder why issei did not do “kill trigger” on his ex is cause of past he used to had & one mistake all together.

    really just like i don’t want it anymore so yea let risa rid of the past.

  • February 5, 2012 at 6:42 amewok40k

    1.Rias is SO overpowered… yes to the levels of Lina Inverse, down to the “oh, crap!” faces of enemies who reralize her true power…
    2.But then Issei gets “Infinity plus one” sacred gear of god-slaying power level. Guess they really will be matching pair :P
    3.I was amused how the fallen angel went for last ditch defence of pretended innocence AFTER spending good part of episode gloating over how boring was the date and abusing verbally both Issei and Asia – EPIC FAIL

    • February 5, 2012 at 3:35 pmClinton

      Appearnently Rias by later in the series is only middle tier when looked at in the big picture.

  • February 5, 2012 at 2:33 pmmike

    Is double his power every 10 sec, which to be honest I still don’t get how he can defeat her with 4 boost ( according to novel), I mean his power lvl is 1 double then 2 double 4 double 8 double 16 still I would say that still a bit weak. He didn’t get overpower till volume 4 at the end when he fight his nemesis, I was laughing my ass off the way he boost during volume 4 of novel and why he boost. Sad this show probably end at volume 2 and you wouldn’t get to see the more exciting part of the novel, volume 1 and 2 is more of a epilogue not the main focus of the show.

    • February 7, 2012 at 4:45 amAltweiss

      uh i think his base power should be at least 8 as he is worth 8 pawn not 1 as you just said.

    • February 11, 2012 at 11:11 pmDamrod

      Like Altweiss already mentioned, you probably miscalculated.
      Standard is 8, boost 16, boost 32, boost 64, boost 128 which make him probably strong enough.