「決戦、駒王学園!」 (Kessen, Kuō Gakuen!)
“Decisive Battle at Kuoh Academy!”
Now that’s how you crank things up a notch! The action-packed thrills, coupled with an overload of conspiracies, might have just made this episode the best of what we’ve seen yet. High School DxD is no bush-league in terms of the big plot – whether its character drama, action, fanservice or comedic gags, the show is second to none when it comes to straight-up entertainment value. Kokabiel, the mastermind of this freak storm, has finally taken the grand stage and there’s no denying it – the top boss is proving to be a big-time pain in the butt! The ten-winged Fallen Angel is clearly in a league of his very own – but before we can even get to the crux of the showdown, there were some other crucial affairs that needed to be taken care of first, not least of which is the outrage that surrounds the Holy Sword Project! Xenovia and the Church are evidently at the center of all this hoo-ha, and it’s safe to say there’s more to the swordswoman than meets the eye. The artifice and hypocrisy that prevail in the Church shouldn’t have caught anyone unaware – Xenovia, on the other hand, continues to be full of surprises and the latest revelation certainly adds to the intrigue! As it turns out, Xenovia is a bona fide Holy Sword wielder, all-natural and free of any artificial hocus-pocus! She is undeniably a force to be reckoned with and the fact that she has the Durandal, a full-fledged Holy Sword, at her disposal only makes the church minion all the more formidable! I’m not going to lie – I have a bit of a soft spot for girls with short hair and Xenovia is, no question, quickly coming up through the ranks as one of my favorites! Both an ultra-cool badass and a sub-zero stunner – Xenovia’s nipping charm fits into quite a unique niche and if she is indeed a new addition to Issei’s ever-expanding harem, I am certain she will have no problem holding her own against the rest!
The Durandal is quite an impressive piece of WPN to say the least – but Xenovia is not the only one who’s showing off this week. Yuuto was right at the forefront of the action and he has also gotten his hands on a pretty sweet new toy – the Sword of Betrayal, which is both a demonic and a holy sword! Unlike Issei, Yuuto was able to achieve the Balance Breaker of Sword Birth without sacrificing a limb, and such a striking feat is indisputably a testament to his growth as a character! The unease and disquietude that Yuuto feels are perfectly understandable – but there’s also a sense of hope and closure to this one. The unfortunate demise of his friends is no laughing matter, but Yuuto is perhaps being too hard on himself as well – all his comrades want is for him to be happy, not vengeance and certainly not self-reproach! It takes great courage to move beyond the abyss of revenge and now that Yuuto has come to terms with his tormented past, I have no doubt he has emerged stronger and more assured than ever before. High School DxD continues to set itself apart with the breadth and scope of its story, and I’m truly very impressed with the in-depth character dynamics that we’ve witnessed thus far. It’s not very often that you see so much respect given to a secondary male character and such an attribute is especially rare for a harem comedy of this kind.
Prince Charming is back to being his usual affable self and I’m sure no one is more relief to see that than Rias sempai, who as we all know, has been worried sick! Rias and her peerage are clearly no match for Kokabiel’s monstrous power and as things stand, their combined effort can’t do so much as a scratch! The Fallen Angel is probably the strongest opponent that Rias has encountered yet and it remains to be seen if she can win this one without the help of a third party – whether it’s the revered Satan or perhaps even the mysterious man who appears to be at close quarters! Speaking of the Satan, it looks like the leaders of Underworld have quite a fascinating relationship with their siblings – it wasn’t just Rias who seemed very reluctant to seek Sirzechs’ help, even Souna, the calm and imperturbable one, was somewhat taken aback by the mere thought of Serafall Leviathan! The Satan duo probably have a rather imposing persona to match their reputation – but what we’ve heard thus far is nothing more than a tease and I just hope we will get to learn more about them in the weeks ahead, preferably in the flesh! Sirzechs’ army is supposed to arrive in an hour, but I’m not sure if the crimson-haired princess can even survive for that long – Rias needs all the help she can get and the first person that she goes to is, of course, her ever-so-reliable Pawn! Issei and his Boosted Gear will, no doubt, play a role of paramount importance in the incoming showdown – the true potential of his Sacred Gear has not been made apparent just yet and while I have my reservations, it’s not entirely impossible for Issei to pull off a miracle again. There’s no two ways about it – High School DxD is hitting its stride on just about every front! The showdown next week is quickly shaping up to be a clash of epic scale, and the final few seconds of this episode certainly got my adrenaline pumping hard – hand in hand, Rias and Issei marched forward into the battlefield, just before we hit the ending credits!
- Nothing illuminates my day like an orgasmic moan of pleasure. A boost of dragon power to start you morning! – Imagine the things Issei can do in bed if a mere touch can induce such ecstasy!
- Marching into the battlefield hand in hand – That was quite an exquisite moment! Rias and Issei should just get married already.
- “She’s holy alright!” – Irina was largely absent from this episode, but fret not, her full-bosomed presence can still be felt!
- I just love Akeno’s Miko get-up! – That saucy transformation sequence makes it all the more better. How about a spin-off, Mahou Shoujo Akeno Magica?
- “He’s a true
seishunotoko!” – Issei’s unrivaled GAR just scored him a big one! Akeno sempai is definitely falling for him.
- “I’ll put up a barrier around the academy” – I would have loved to see Souna kicking some ass! Her true abilities have so far remained a mystery.
- A “jailbait” at its very best – Koneko’s fans rejoice! That quite an eyecatch, if I may say so.
- My sincerest apologies for the slight delay in putting up this post! Just got back from a three-week business trip, and now that I’m no longer on the road, I should be able to meet my blogging commitments in a timelier manner. Thanks for bearing with me, love you guys!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 05: Action-packed thrills and an overload of conspiracies – now that’s how you crank things up a notch! #Anime
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