「聖剣、来ました！」 (Kiyoshi ken, ki mashi ta!)
“Behold, a Holy Sword!”
There’s something almost contrary and wayward about a show like this one. After all, the second episode of High School DxD was filled with none other than character drama, stage-setting and mythological explications – not the kind of narratives that you would expect from an ecchi comedy, which is broadly perceived as all fanservice and no plot! Xenovia (Taneda Risa) and Shidou Irina (Uchida Maaya), the newly arrived Church minions, were right at the center of attention and they have certainly brought with them an upsurge of hullabaloo this week! Xenovia, in particular, was a distinct standout, and her many verbal jabs were unquestionably marked with a ripping sense of acidity and tartness – so much so that it almost reduced poor Asia to tears! It’s hardly a surprise to see such vehement animosity between the Church’s followers and the fallen Saint – back at Season One, it was the Devils, or should I say, Issei who lent Asia a helping hand when she was caught up in dire straits! In fact, Asia has been completely ostracized by the Church and she is now widely condemned as a “witch” – a blasphemer who has sided with the dark side! The Church’s rigid and patronizing ways were pretty unsightly, and Xenovia’s exemplar has only served to emphasize the outrage and horridness that prevail in their world – her ostensible condescension were felt early and throughout, to such an extent that you could almost see the burning rage in Rias’ eyes!
Issei’s steadfast devotion to his nakama has been made clear since day one, and it should go without saying that he’s not going to sit back and close his eyes to such blatant disparagement. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Issei is one of the few harem leads who is well deserving of all the affection he gets, and his unrivaled valor was prominently on display again this week. Not for the first time have I found myself “man-crushing” on Issei for the crazy things he says, and his headstrong gallantry to stick up for Asia was yet another fine example of his matchless machismo! “I’m her family, her friend and her nakama” – it’s as clear as crystal that Issei will not think twice about riding a shotgun for his friends, and the forthcoming face-off, one that pits Xenovia and Irina against Issei and Yuuto, could have been sniffed out from a mile off! Speaking of Prince Charming, the illumination of Yuuto’s thorny past was quite an eye-opener – it appears that his crossing with the Church shares certain similarities to Asia’s dreaded fate, and the former test subject was disposed of like a lab rat once his seeming avail has run its course! The Church’s modus operandi is far from commendable to say the least, and I don’t think anyone could blame Yuuto for harboring such bristling resentment for the “Excaliburs” – he lost his friends, his self-worth and everything that he once had to this cursed ordeal!
I have a sneaking suspicion what we saw this week is merely the tip of the iceberg, and it’s safe to say there’s more to the Church than meet the eyes – hidden agendas, ignominies and a good deal of mysteries that is set to be revealed on the horizon! But make no mistake about it, the latest happenings were not all somber and intense – as a matter of fact, the entire episode was sprinkled with luscious fanservice and great sidesplitting moments, starting with Rias sempai’s barefaced attempt to sex-up Issei every morning! The high-ranking devils, Shitori Souna (Takamori Natsumi) and Shinra Tsubaki (Kimura Akiko), were quick off the mark to bestow upon us one hell of an ecchi goodness, and their steamy get-together was certainly defined by some of the most flavorsome birthday suits – in all shapes and sizes, I might add! Issei, true to his reputation as a wannabe Harem King, was also at the forefront of the comical skits, and his brief exchange with Ddraig (Tachiki Fumihiko), the revered Welsh Dragon, was irrefutably wacky and hilarious. All that glib talk and his eminent goal to land a boob-kiss – or as Ddraig aptly called out, a shameless attempt at breastfeeding – tickled my funny bone right on the spot! It remains to be seen how Issei’s affinity with the Heavenly Dragon would evolve over time and I strongly suspect this will not be the last time we see Ddraig in action – an odds-on showdown with the Vanishing Dragon is bound to happen sooner or later, and needless to say, the extravaganzas to come can only be all the more majestic and larger-than-life!
- All the serious conversations must occur in the steam room – Can you make out who’s bigger? Souna’s not especially well-endowed, so that’s one for Rias and zero for her steamy rival!
- Hair-sniffing spotted! – I’m sure she smells damn good! I can’t be the only one who wants to give Rias sempai a thoroughgoing snuffle right?
- “I’m helping a guy suckle! I When I did I fall so low?” – I’m going to have to side with Issei on this one. Boob-kissing is a great joy in its very own right!
- “I have to protect Asia and her feelings” – Does that make Asia a cock-block? And here I was thinking a Harem King is allowed to bed more than one girl!
- I have a very bad feeling about this secret door – I smell trouble and it could very well be a trap!
- “Gotta love the mirror finish!” – I think it’s white! The fine art of peeping has been perfected by Issei.
- “Life’s problems tend to sort themselves out” – Issei mysterious client continues to be an enigma. Koyama Rikiya (Fate/Zero’s Kiritsugu) has such a sexy and soothing voice!
- “Shake Your Bon-Bon, Amen!” – Not only does she have an exquisite ass, Irina has also shown quite a personality, frivolous and caustic at the same time!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 02: Hair-sniffing, steamy sauna action and waking up next to two naked girls! You are grossly mistaken if you think that’s all there is to High School DxD. #Anime
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