「聖剣、破壊します！」 (Seiken, Hakai Shimasu!)
“I’ll Destroy the Holy Sword!”
“Ero is power, Ero is justice” – say what you will about Hyoudo Issei, but you must admit he has his heart in the right place! Yes, I know perfectly well Issei’s a thoroughgoing mega pervert and his fervent obsession with boobs can sometimes drive us up the wall! That said, there’s clearly more to the wannabe Harem King than just that – Issei’s unrivaled compassion has been made conspicuous since day one, but who knew such kindness extends beyond his beautiful female companions. Kiba Yuuto is the very manifestation of everything Issei should begrudge – he’s good-looking, charming, a powerful fighter, not to mention immensely popular with the ladies! It’s absolutely normal for Issei to harbor a certain schadenfreude, and he’s certainly not above such pettiness! The green-eyed monster that exists between those two is as clear as day, but it is also undeniable that Issei sees Yuuto as more than just a rival – he’s a friend, a nakama and part of the Gremory family! I don’t think anyone should be taken aback by Issei’s eagerness to help and there’s not a ghost of a chance that he’s going to turn a blind eye to Yuuto’s apparent struggles – especially when it brings Rias sempai such great despondency! Rias is obviously cast down by Yuuto’s blatant dissension and his decision to splinter off is most definitely a cause for disquietude! I’ll be very honest – it breaks my heart to see Rias in such fluster and I’m sure Issei feels the same way – nothing would make him happier than see a bright smile on Rias’ face and that alone makes his current endeavor a worthwhile effort!
It was, no question, all thanks to Issei’s razor sharp wits that gave rise to the unlikely alliance – a cooperation between the Devils and the Church minions! Their ground zero may well be poles apart, but the desired end result is pretty much the same difference – that is, the destruction of the stolen Excaliburs! Interestingly enough, Xenovia was quick to endorse Issei’s proposal and her implicit countenance was certainly antithetic to my expectations. Her willingness to play ball is perhaps a testament to the redoubtable threats facing them – Kokabiel, a high-ranking Fallen Angel of the Grigori, has a hand to play in this conspiracy and the mere mention of his name inspires dread and awe even in the likes of Rias, who is supposedly pretty formidable in her own right! While Xenovia’s acquiesce was swift to come by, the same can’t be said for Irina who has shown a much greater resistance toward the proposed collaboration. The tacit discord that exists between those two underscores the inconformity of their personal ideologies, which is not exactly echoed in their personas at first glance. Irina’s supreme piety for her God is utterly beyond doubt, so much so that she wouldn’t hesitate to give up her life for an apparent suicide mission! Xenovia, on the other hand, has proven to be much more rational and shrewd, and her reservation about the current assignment is well within reason. It’s unquestionably to Xenovia’s credit that she didn’t let their self-conceit get the better of her – after all, an alliance with the Gremory Devils represents their best chance for success and she’s more than ready to bend the rules should it mean a higher survival probability!
If their brief scrimmage at the beginning of this episode is any indication, the forthcoming showdown is going to be quite a spectacle to behold. I have no doubt the newly-formed alliance is going to put up a great fight, and the myriad of tricks and stunts presented here will continue to keep us spellbound – not least of which is Issei’s signature move, “Dress Break”! Not surprisingly, Irina’s well-ripened body was a prime target for Issei’s lecherous spell, and he makes no subterfuge that he intends to strip as many girls naked as possible. Issei’s strictly on the level when it comes to his prurient desires and his unapologetic salacity has become somewhat of a trademark for High School DxD. But unfortunately for Issei, he wasn’t privy to all the steamy action this week and the second visit to Souna’s ever-so-majestic abode was, yet again, a feast for the eyes – while the erotica that I called attention to wasn’t especially ostentatious, the resulting sensual appeal was still quite an otherworldly experience, soothing and lush at the same time! There’s no two ways about it – this is precisely the type of fanservice that sets an eminent ecchi apart from a straight-up hentai, and High School DxD has yet to disappoint me in this respect! It’s safe to say the show has delivered on just about every level – the character expositions, sight gags and profuse fanservice were pretty much spot-on! But that’s clearly not all there is to this series – the mystery and revelations continue to unfold in a grand fashion, and it looks like there’s more to Issei’s enigmatic client than meets the eyes. The young man (Ohsaka Ryota – Kakumeiki Valvrave’s Haruto) who he was in company with is equally mysterious, and that person seems to possess a full-armor Balance Breaker which looks somewhat similar to Issei’s Scale Mail. Ddraig has made clear that a clash between the Two Heavenly Dragons is destined to happen sooner or later, and it’s certainly conceivable that one of these two might turn out to be the Vanishing Dragon’s host – needless to say, what’s in store for Issei is going to be quite a handful, and I have a sneaking suspicion this battle of grandiosity might not be too far ahead!
- There’s something especially sexy about these steamy get-togethers. I have a feeling they smell – and perhaps even taste – pretty damn good. Please don’t judge me! I really am a good person at heart.
- Akeno and Tsubaki have a lot to learn from Lucifuge Grayfia (Seto Saori) – She picks the absolute best spot to materialize her holograms!
- “When Souna gets mad, she gets really mad” – Poor Saji Genshirou (Iguchi Yuuichi) gets dragged around by the nose all the time. I have feeling sado-Souna is going to get along pretty well with maso-Akeno!
- A combat-leotard with a build-in glory-hole zipper – Bearzeager, a commenter from last week, was kind enough to share his keen observations. Thank you, my good Sir, you deserve a chocolate medal!
- “It’s just his testosterone rush” – Koneko and Asia gave us their very bests, and it’s certainly a good day to be lolicon! Koneko chan doesn’t mince her words one bit and she was quick to sell Issei out too.
- “It’s not like they’d be walking the streets in those white robes” – You betcha they did! I love the comical moments and I especially like Xenovia’s deadpan performance, it was pitch-perfect spot-on!
- “Bless these kindhearted Devils” – Ouch, ouch, ouch, your Lord can keep his damn blessings! That scene had me laughing out loud. Irina’s so crazy, but I love her to bits!
- “Who’s this bishie?” – I don’t know about you, but I kinda like him already. He seems pretty badass and I can’t wait to see him in action!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 03: “Ero is power, Ero is justice” – more steamy sauna action, the return of Issei’s signature “Dress Break” and the foreboding of more mysteries to come! What more can you possibly want? #Anime
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