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「喧嘩,売ります!」 (Kenkauri Rimasu!)
“I pick a fight!”

I was pretty busy this past week, what with the job, the partying and all the beautiful women that were chasing after me (note: two of those things are a lie), so when it came time to watch this episode I had completely forgotten about the whole fiancé / Rias-senpai’s virginity teaser from last week. I was reminded really quickly though. But should a devil really be wearing white? I’m not sure about that, but it’s undeniable that Rias-senpai looks amazing in a wedding dress. Dream-Issei was smart to just go along with it. I would have too. Wooee!

So it’s back to srs bsns this week with the introduction of Raizer Phoenix (Takehito Koyasu), Rias-senpai’s fiancé and a first-class douchebag. Once again DxD is reminding us how terribly subtle it’s not. Raizer is just so easy to hate, with his cocky attitude, crude womanizing and fifteen-strong harem of full of beautiful girls. The bastard. Of course, this will make his downfall very satisfying to watch. Still, I feel another opportunity was lost, to introduce a more interesting antagonist. Ah well, I’ve come to expect this from DxD, so not much disappointment to be had. He’s a bastard and he deserves to get whooped, we’ve got it. Moving on.

What was done better were the hooks that were placed throughout the episode. They kept having interesting things start to happen, and then zoomed off somewhere else (another scene, a commercial break, the end of the episode, etc) and made us wait for it. That said, the problem was that they already ruined the reveal in last episode’s preview! Take the magic circle that appears while Rias-senpai was alone in the clubroom. Had they not already revealed the son-in-law thing, I wouldn’t have known what that was about, and would have been intrigued. As is, I just went “Oh, it’s something about Rias-senpai’s bastard fiancé,” and then went on to enjoy naked Asia (yummy). If, on the other hand, they hadn’t dropped that little tidbit in the previous preview, I (as a non-light novel reader) would have been wondering what was going on there. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for teasers that keep the watcher coming back for more, but using the whole “Rias-senpai wants Issei to deflower her” was more than enough to get butts in the seat this week, and we still would have been left wondering why she suddenly wanted to jump Issei’s bones. It’s like the whole problem of OP sequences giving away plot points (though this seems to be somewhat less prevalent now-a-days, thank the gods)…spoilers are no fun, but it’s especially bad if the studio themselves are the ones to do it! This episode’s pacing was good, but that one thing robbed it of its effectiveness. Minus 10 points for TNK. Now go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done. Bad anime studio!

In other news, the parallels with Zero no Tsukaima grew again this week when it was revealed that Boosted Gear (Fumihiko Tachiki) can do more than just call attacks Nanoha-style. The second he called dream-Issei “aibou”, it was like meeting Derflinger all over again. Personally, I’m excited about this. I have a feeling Boosted Gear will be more important to the plot than the afore-mentioned magical sword, but even if it’s not I won’t mind. I’ve always thought the idea of characters that are small enough to carry around and are always with you was a really neat one, whether they’re a sentient weapon, an animal familiar, or just a disturbingly talkative voice in your head (okay, maybe not that last one). It’s like having a, well, a partner that is always there for you…kind of can’t not be there, in this case, which might very well be a form of hell for Boosted Gear (stuck with Issei forever? eeee…), but is real neat for our heroic pervert. Now he’ll never be lonely! Although certain, ahem, “alone time” activities could get real awkward if he’s a leftie. Poor Boosted Gear.

Overall, this episode did it’s job of setting up the coming Ratings Game showdown. With Rias-senpai’s crew at a 3-to-1 disadvantage versus douchebag’s fiery harem, things certainly aren’t looking good. Still, that will just make their eventual victory all the sweeter. If there’s one thing that is pretty cliché but I’m looking forward to anyway, it’s a good old fighting competition. I’m reminded of the tournament arcs of Dragonball Z, Negima and even Fairy Tail as of late. Unlike with do-or-die battles, when it’s a competition the protagonists can actually lose, since even if they do the entire story won’t grind to a halt on account of their untimely deaths. So, once the protagonists are free to lose, uncertainty is created, and Stilts is correspondingly interested. It means that for at least a few fights, us non-light novel readers will have no idea who will win, and that’s where some really awesome fights can happen. But before that, Issei needs to get some training in, training which apparently includes Issei in an apron and Akeno-senpai’s “dai damēji”. Personally, I’m translating that into “There’s no kill like overkill.” Ahhh Akeno-senpai, a woman after my own heart!

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February 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm
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  • February 24, 2012 at 11:35 pmVermillion

    DAT HAREM

    • February 25, 2012 at 4:52 amXiyon

      Indeed.

      DAAAAMN YOOOOOU RAIIIIZER!!

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:22 amAex

      Quality over quantity, Issei!! QUALITY OVER QUANTITY!!

      … I’m not crying! :’( Not at all!

      • February 25, 2012 at 3:08 pmPtolemaios00

        Hell yeah, Issei has got more Quality! For all intents and purposes, Issei’s harem has Asia AND Rias-sempai (if attempting reverse rape does not admit you into a harem, I don’t know what does).

    • February 25, 2012 at 11:59 pmRaiiizer (Definitely Not The Moondoggie)

      Ehem.

      “All Your Waifu Are Belong to ME! What? You Mad?”

      /trollface

    • February 26, 2012 at 4:53 amewok40k

      Quantity has a quality of its own. (bonus history nerd points for anyone who recognizes the man who said that!)
      I think Issei has found his life role model now. He will challenge him, defeat him and become master of his own harem. There can be only one harem king! (per show,anyway)

      • February 26, 2012 at 6:07 amThe_Magus_Killer

        Josef Stalin said that. I get bonus nerd points. XD

        Darth_Issei: When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the (harem) master. XD

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:56 pmWelshDragonDdraig

    i think i want a grilled phoenix after seeing that raiser bastard

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:08 amKamiyaCheap

    One of the girl is Raizer sister… And damn cute! XD

    • February 25, 2012 at 1:09 amdeafvader

      The blondie with shadowing as having too much screen time for an intro?

    • February 25, 2012 at 2:30 amZnail

      She is a lot cuter in the LN illustrations though.

    • February 25, 2012 at 3:11 pmBeedle

      o_O Raizer even got the wincest end?! as if having two sets of twins isn’t enough D=

      DAAAAMN YOOOOOU RAIIIIZER!!

      Ah well, Issei still has better quality… or will have, I hope.

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:08 amMarina2

    Maid in screen shot#24 looks similr to Sakuya(Touhou)

    • February 25, 2012 at 12:09 amMarina2

      *similar

    • February 25, 2012 at 6:38 pmAoihoshikage

      Sakuya Izayoi!!!

      Oh wait, someone already pointed that out…

      Seriously, the the maid’s resemblance to Touhou’s Sakuya is uncanny. I’m betting she’s not wearing chest pads, lol.
      http://touhou.wikia.com/wiki/Sakuya_Izayoi

      • February 26, 2012 at 12:03 amThe Moondoggie

        OMG! It is Sakuya! With breastpads! Padchou- *knifed*

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:09 pmMoeronic

      The likeness is really too uncanny to be simple coincidence. It probably is foreshadowing Rias’s brother’s personality (otaku who wants his chess pieces to cosplay?).

      • February 26, 2012 at 1:31 pmmike

        Show Spoiler ▼

    • March 4, 2012 at 3:15 amKaryuu

      That! Is her(Sakuya’s) dream.

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:14 amWhookie

    As hard as it is to believe, they actually toned down Raiser being an asshole. Although with that toning down, they might have skipped an important plot point for next episode. This is what was supposed to happen which would be integral for Ise in the next episode and what Ise will say in the final episode. I just feel the need to write this since it’s a good build-up for the next episode and for the conclusion.

    Show Spoiler ▼

    • February 25, 2012 at 12:46 ambelatkuro

      They also toned down Issei’s cockiness about his Sacred Gear.
      He was all “I has God-killing gauntlet! You no match for me!”
      And then…splat!
      But I think everyone gets it that Raiser’s a bastard.
      A bastard with a fantastic harem though. Damn.

      Many thanks Stilts for the delicious images. Yum.

      • February 25, 2012 at 7:06 amStilts

        What can I say…I’m a giver!

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:07 pmMoeronic

      Isn’t the author technically making all these villages assholes because it activates Issei’s powers? Since Issei’s Gear depends on his emotions, then these villains have to be the most boorish, irrationally evil bastards this earth has ever seen.

      If Issei was fighting a well-mannered, rational person due to something like differing ideals, he would probably be defeated pretty easily.

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:19 amAsakura

    Who doesn’t know where this is going?

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:23 amKageho

    If it wasn’t for the fact this was 12 episodes only (I think its only 12), I think we would be seeing more depth given to this show. As such, they are just trying to keep it as close to the source material as they can without screwing things up. The end of episode 12 will probably be the end of volume 2.

    Oh, and Boosted-kun is very more plot related than Derf. By a bunch.

    …I’m saddened that volume 3 won’t be animated, because that’s when things pick up.

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:50 amkurochan

      And also the latest volume ending is just… wow, huge cliffhanger. I hope we can get more season of this anime so I can see that epic scene animated.

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:25 amRyuunosuke808

    Oh poor poor Issei, feel bad for the kid haha

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:26 amEuzio

    I’m with you Stilts… DAMN YOU ISSEI!!! >_<

    His status got ramped up to luckiest guy in the universe when Rias made a move on him like that. Hearing Hikasa Yoko speak such words… good lord…. its like igniting a furnace in the hearts (or is it pants :P) of guys everywhere….

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:50 amPtolemaios00

    Oooooh, Raiser deserves a Touma-style punch to the face! Really wonder what special training can pump up Issei enough to be able to do that.

    Also, since Raiser has a full complement of 15 chess pieces with himself as King, then that means he has 8 lvl1 pawns that should be small fry. I wonder what piece the hakama girl was that knocked out Issei.

    • February 25, 2012 at 12:54 ambelatkuro

      That girl was just a Pawn.
      And don’t forget that those Pawns can use Promotion on the enemy territory.
      Imagine 8 Queens on their side, plus their original Queen.
      So yeah.

      • February 25, 2012 at 1:18 amPtolemaios00

        I’m sure the promotion property will come into play when Issei fights later, but I’m not sure a school counts as enemy territory. I kind of think that Raiser and his harem are arrogant enough not to deem his fiance as an enemy.

        Also, promotion to Queen requires the potential capacity to do so which I hope the lvl1 pawns don’t have. Just rook power was probably enough to knock out Issei.

      • February 25, 2012 at 1:35 ambelatkuro

        Well, since this is a Rating game that is a popular thing in Hell,
        there will be a specially prepared field for them and the definition of
        enemy territory will be in play there.
        And it’s not like all of them will do a Promotion. Just saying that don’t take
        them lightly even if they’re Pawns. It’s 8 against one(Issei) in terms of a matchup against pieces(pawns).
        They left this out here or maybe this will be mentioned later but Raiser has never lost in
        a Rating game yet and this is Rias’ first battle. So yeah, the odds are even higher.
        But yeah, there’s no way they would lose as protagonists always win.
        Or do they?

    • February 26, 2012 at 6:47 amewok40k

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:57 amMissingnomer

    Aww, Stilts it is okay. Always remeber, there is a harem out there for every man, somewhere out there in the world. So don’t give up! Don’t be sad! Forget about these awesome harems and remind yourself of better things! Like….HNNNNNNNNNNGGG material!

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:10 amStilts

      So ronery T___T

  • February 25, 2012 at 1:12 amdeafvader

    @Stil:
    I disagree, only because of no distractions (knowing what the magic circle in Rias room is), can I fully enjoy the next scene (Asia).
    Is it just me or does Asia not look like an Asian?

    Dam you maid who interrupted RiasXIse

    • February 25, 2012 at 2:34 amZnail

      She is supposed to be European. Her hair colour should be a hint as well.

  • February 25, 2012 at 1:19 amsuff

    damn you issei!!!

  • February 25, 2012 at 2:06 amYanDaMan

    Damn you Issei indeed.

  • February 25, 2012 at 3:03 amCAPTAIN MAR-KLAC-VELOUS

    indeed a lot damn you but make more HMM like ONORE ISSEI for wedding fantasy & almost got risa’s virgin also ONORE for giving those two guys the “magical muscle” & ONORE RAISER D-BAG for having 15 women some them are HO-SKI!!!

    this is indeed ONORE DECADE!!!

    back to seriesv sum it all up

    now we got a rating game?

    issei dream of going married rias then some person & his arm.
    those 2 guys asking issei for girl & yea issei sorta got “one” for those two.
    “locker looking” but end in koneko punch.
    issei scream like a girl seeing asia in nothing some talk then oops your mom.
    going buddha but FAIL then rias want to give her virgin to issei?!
    look like could happen but here come rias’ brother maid.
    next day two guys are tick off cause “one” mention is muscle magical yea more brain bleach.
    meeting time & say hello raiser phoenix give really total jerk.
    even got 15 females yet doing yea issei do us a favor grit his teeth.
    but denied for now.

    next ep issei on training.

  • February 25, 2012 at 3:32 amCybersteel

    So much… awesomeness. Who cares about plot as long I can see Rias-sempai and Asia-chan in (or without) their unmentionables is more than enough. Aside from that, Issei gets my respect for being the reckless yet kind-hearted person.
    A kind, harem king.

  • February 25, 2012 at 4:32 amn0216332

    the job and partying are lies ;)

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:12 amStilts

      ^ This is my new favorite person right here :3

  • February 25, 2012 at 5:16 amMarkBadong

    All I can say is, I really wish the deflowering continued – since DxD is practically shameless in its uncensored fanservice anyway, why not go all the way? :( Still, awesome episode!

  • February 25, 2012 at 6:07 amCroos

    Best episode as I can see it.

    By the way Stilts whats “srs bsns“.

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:15 amStilts

      “Serious business”. That’s usually used when someone is taking things too seriously, which isn’t really the case here, but what can I say…I’m a fan of exaggeration : )

  • February 25, 2012 at 6:42 amjrj

    set up episode, but still awesome to see… funny how Issei want to be become harem king but can’t even do anything (anything real) to the girls who would willingly let him do it… (that is what I liked about this guy anyway)
    boosted gear indeed has a more significant role in the story, though I doubt they will get that far in this adaption :( we need a sequel for that, hopefully…
    can’t wait for the training and especially when Issei learned “that” Show Spoiler ▼

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:26 amAex

      Indeed, “that” ability will be legendary to see animated if they do it even half right! :D

    • February 26, 2012 at 1:42 pmanri

      I was die laughing when he explain how he learn that ability, then every give me that look of ~_~………………….

      Same reaction when he learn his second ability, oppai speaking.

      Issei and his strange but scary ability, only for women thou.

  • February 25, 2012 at 7:37 amAex

    Issei… for not eating the meal you were delivered, I deduct 50 Harem points, but I also add 100. Holding back shows he cares and treasures more than just their bodies, and that caring really backs him into a corner, especially with Asia. Still, being in a corner is a good thing when the girls surround you all on their own! XD For a “pervert” he’s actually rather kind in all the right ways.

    I look forward to seeing Issei grill up some Pheonix…

    Personally I think white suits Rias rather nicely… not as much as purple would, but I’m not complaining! :X

  • February 25, 2012 at 7:44 amTuru

    • February 25, 2012 at 8:15 amLoL

      “You have been condemned to die by snu-snu”

      “YAY!”

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:05 amThe_Magus_Killer

    I am now convinced of something after seeing Raiser’s harem: becoming a Harem King might just be worth it.

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:09 amdimasok

    Anyone know where I can read the translated novels?

  • February 25, 2012 at 10:26 amCroco

    That harem king = Mu La Flaga

  • February 25, 2012 at 11:11 ambakakubi

    Damn you Issei as well! Switch places with me NOW! (cept for during vol 11, need to wait till vol 12 to want to see if i wanna switch with you or not :P )

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:14 pmdrzero7

    I guess volume 2 is a good ender for a 12 episode series. IF they cut some fillers, they COULD have done volume 3, but with this pace, definitely will end with volume 2.

  • February 25, 2012 at 1:07 pmpocky.chii

    woah action time
    Raiser is truly a bastard well he might have look like an idol for a second in Issei eyes
    this is is getting more and more interesting.

  • February 25, 2012 at 4:15 pmTez

    What kind of douche bag has TWO sets of twins in his harem!?! I hate him and admire him all at the same time, just like Issei.

    • February 25, 2012 at 4:28 pmBeedle

      He’s got nekomimi twins (I’m guessing they’re twins, anyways) and pettanko twins, on top of wincest. He didn’t even have to use a toothbrush to get wincest, too D:<

      Raizer is a formidable foe indeed ò_-

      btw, is it just me or is it hard to take the plot seriously when the characters are referred to as chess pieces? Apart from that, I'm enjoying the story as much as the fanservice :D

  • February 25, 2012 at 5:35 pmCAPTAIN MAR-KLAC-VELOUS

    ONORE raiser really 15 women harems from some twins, cat female, blonde, doobi, etc really some of them might be HOE-SKI!!!

    ONORE indeed on this besides i bet when the day issei get his harem is more YES than that.

  • February 25, 2012 at 9:51 pmCroco

    I have to say to that harem king: Quality > Quantity.

    None of his 15 slaves is even close to Asia’s quality.

  • February 25, 2012 at 10:01 pmThe Moondoggie

    15 pieces pfft…

    Isn’t the rule that a piece is more powerful if it represents more pieces. Like Issei’s 8-pwns > 1-pwn demon?

    *Looks at the first round of posts*

    Har har! Everyone feels NTR’ed.

    • February 26, 2012 at 2:12 pmCybersteel

      it’s more like a level 8 issei VS 8 level 1 pawns. Outnumbered.

      • February 26, 2012 at 4:02 pmThe Moondoggie

        But still out-matched. In Pokemon or D.O.T.A. trying to fight someone with a higher level than you is a no go. Specially when the one they are fighting against is a horny demon who is looking to be the Harem King.

    • February 26, 2012 at 3:17 pmBeedle

      I wouldn’t exactly say NTR’ed. More like “You bastard! How did you get such an achievement before ME!?”

      Anyways, just read volume 2 of the light novel and… damn, I’m so glad I picked this up again! I do hope the anime will remain faithful to the novel with the Rating Game and beyond, because boy will we be in for an amazing treat!

      And, I guess I can now understand why Kaji Yuki was cast as Issei, if they do show his inner monologue. Props to Issei, he deserves a harem! Orimura Ichikia, he is not!

  • February 26, 2012 at 1:18 amKagura

    im all for issei x rias i dont care others XP

  • February 26, 2012 at 1:37 pmanri

    Too bad this is ony twelve episode I so wanna see Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pmRevassin

    Think the anime is dissapointing so far compared to the Light Novels.
    I would give this a 6/10 will I would give the Light Novels a 8/10.
    Wish they stick to the Light Novels plot more.

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