「行け! オカルト研究部!」 (Ike! Okaruto Kenkyū-bu!)
“Go! Occult Research Club”
You have got to hand it to Ishibumi Ichiei – the man behind High School DxD knows what he’s doing, especially when it comes to pure unadulterated entertainment value! The series has, no doubt, settled into a rather felicitous groove, not only are the action and thrills hitting it off, but the grand ideas of the story are starting to take root as well! High School DxD has had me hooked since the very beginning, and each successive episode has proven to be grander and more striking than the one before. You just know the show was going to bring out the big guns when it can’t even make time for the OP and as it turns out, we have not just one but two grand revelations this week, setting the stage for what should be a killer second half! First off, Vali Lucifer (Ohsaka Ryota), Issei’s fated rival and the host of the Vanishing Dragon (Takeuchi Ryouta), has finally made his entrance into the big scene. Secondly and this is perhaps an even more fascinating one, the identity of Issei’s enigmatic client has been revealed, and the man in question is none other than Azazel (Koyama Rikiya) – a real connoisseur who is defined by his larger-than-life collectomania and of course, the revered top boss of the Fallen Angel!
Vali, the companion of the White Dragon Albion, has certainly made quite a commotion in his first appearance, and he is proving to be just as much of a suave badass as I have hoped. It would be a gross understatement to call him a force to be reckoned with, and without breaking so much as a sweat, Vali was able to bring Kokabiel to his knees – a feat that Rias and her peerage have failed to achieve, no matter how hard they strive! Similar to his Welsh Dragon counterpart, Vali also possesses a Sacred Gear of his very own – the Divine Dividing – which is, in effect, the antipodal of the Boosted Gear. While I’m sure Issei’s Longinus is just as powerful, Vali is evidently more adept at using his Sacred Gear and his mastery of such a power has made him a truly formidable opponent. Vali’s role in the story hasn’t been made entirely clear just yet – his eminence as a combatant should give us a rough idea of just how almighty Issei could become in the near future and needless to say, the ensuing showdown – one that pits the Two Heavenly Dragons against each other – is going to be a spectacle that nobody would want to miss!
Vali is, without a doubt, a bona fide badass, but let us not sell Issei short in this comparison – after all, our wannabe Harem King did have his moment of daredevil and if you can somehow overlook his lecherous ways, Issei is perhaps every bit as “GAR” as his White Dragon foil! There’s noticeably a wide divergence in Issei’s verdict as a harem lead – the sheer machismo that he displayed is a subject of intense debate, some applaud his unmitigated candor, while others are genuinely perturbed by his crude and lascivious pursuits! As for me, it should go without saying that I’m firmly in the former camp and if I needed any more persuasion, Issei’s valiant performance this week has unquestionably solidify his position as one the foremost, if not the best protagonist of any ecchi offerings! “You’re gonna die so I can suck buchou‘s titties” – both mind-boggling and inspirational at the same time, this is hardly the first time we’ve heard something so bizarre from Issei and I certainly don’t expect it to be the last! Clearly, I’m not the only one who’s impressed, and true to his reputation as an aspiring Casanova, Issei’s nerves of steel have caught the attention of more than one female lead. No matter how hard she tries to resist, Akeno sempai just can’t say no to Issei and it’s surely beyond doubt that she has fallen all over him – marking yet another great addition to Issei’s ever-expanding harem!
Speaking of Akeno sempai, her backstory was quite a bombshell to say the least! The blood kinship that she shares with Baraqiel, one of the Fallen Angel’s top brass, could have far-reaching implications, and there’s obviously more to their relationship than meets the eyes. For starters, the enmity that exists between the Devils and the Fallen Angel is no laughing matter, and as if that wasn’t complicated enough, Akeno has also shown an intense disdain toward the mere mention of her father! As Yuuto’s beleaguered past has patently displayed, there’s so much more about the main cast that remains an unknown, and such mysteries are, no doubt, a testament to the prevailing scale and breath of its big-picture narratives! I don’t think anyone should be taken aback by the emergence of a new recruit – Xenovia has now officially joined the ranks of Rias’ peerage and such an upshot has certainly been foretold more than once, both in the OVAs and the ED sequence! Xenovia’s addition is clearly a boon to Issei’s harem and now that we have a new girl on board, it’s only a matter of time before the ecchi madness is dialed up a notch! Then there’s Azazel who exists as one of the most intriguing element in the mix, and where his ultimate loyalty lies is still to be determined. The top boss of the Fallen Angel doesn’t appear to be nearly as menacing as Kokabiel, but his imposing presence is probably no fluke either – for one thing, he has Vali under his direct command and by extension, you could even say Azazel was the one who put a stop to Kokabiel’s carnage this week! I’m sure Azazel will have larger role to play in the overall story – but for now, that’s hardly the most pressing matter at hand. A venerable swimsuit episode awaits us next week and you can be sure I’ll be all over it like a cheap suit – open the floodgates and be prepared for the waves of nosebleed!
- Fish net, polka dot, pure white, blue borders and… the all-conquering “no-pantsu”! – Akeno san’s the winner, hands down!
- A blushing Rias or a dere dere Akeno? – This is a tough one to call! I can’t make up my mind, can I have both?
- Akeno sempai is so gorgeous, just look at her class-S thighs! I readily admit – I’m a huge miko-con and Akeno san is right up there with the very bests!
- “You’re gonna die so I can suck Buchou‘s titties” – Nothing powers up Issei like a slideshow of oppai! The power of a true pervert should never be underestimated.
- Glory hole zippers, where art thou? – As much as I like Xenovia’s new get-up, the seifuku is not nearly as eye-catching as her combat leotard!
- “Yoroshiku ne, Issei kun” – Perhaps there’s a “baka” in Xenovia that wasn’t made especially apparent at first glance! I’m looking forward to seeing more of that.
- Kiba Yuuto is taking a cue from Roronoa Zoro’s Santoryu – Let’s not forget, pretty boy’s the one who scored the first direct hit. Issei and Vali are clearly not the only badass!
- Vali’s Scale Mail looks somewhat similar to Code Geass’ Lancelot Albion. You may or may not be aware of this – Issei and his Boosted Gear are modeled after s-CRY-ed’s Kazuma! Scryed, one of Sunrise’s classics, is a must-watch for those of you who haven’t seen it!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 06: “You’re gonna die so I can suck buchou‘s titties” – a badass that is unlike any other badass, Issei is truly one of a kind! #Anime
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