OP2: 「 激情論」(Gekijō-ron) by Zaq
「夏です！水着です！ピンチです！」 (Natsu-desu! Mizugi-desu! Pinchi-desu!)
“It’s Summer! It’s Swimsuit! It’s a Pinch!”
Splendiferous, transcendent and absolutely divine – this is what we’ve all been waiting for, and it hardly seems possible to start my review without first acknowledging the elephant in the room. I’m just going to address it straight ahead, no claptraps, fustian or whatsoever – that was one hell of an ending sequence, perhaps the very best that I’ve seen this entire year! High School DxD has set a pretty high bar for itself, and the first season has, no doubt, made quite a splash with its now-infamous ED! What we saw in Season One was certainly a tough act to follow – but let us not sell their latest effort short just because of its much celebrated antecedent. Credit where credit is due, it looks like the series might have surpassed itself once again – “Lovely♥Devil” is a marvel in its very own right and I may even go as far as to say it was just as majestic, if not more awe-inspiring than “STUDYxSTUDY”. I’m not going to lie – I have a pretty uncanny fetish for kimono and nothing could get me more amped than the sight of my favorite girls all robed-up! There’s just something about the Japanese traditional garment that I find irresistible and such a get-up has brought their prurient allure to a whole new pinnacle, the kind of sultriness quite unlike anything we’ve seen thus far! But that’s not all there is to the new ED and yes, there appears to be more than just one ace in the hole. For those of you who like their girls wild and rowdy, the fanfaronade of nekomimi was featured early and throughout, and there’s no two ways about it – “Lovely♥Devil” is a feline femme fatale that’s truly one of a kind! Whether it was the cutesy hip-rolling, a lustful game of Twister or the catchy tune itself – the new ED was quite a clambake to say the least, and High School DxD has proven once again that this series is the very quintessence of ecchi and fanservice!
Now that I’ve gotten such zeal out of my system, it’s time to make way for the plot and backstory of the big-picture narratives. Let me be blunt – you’re dead wrong if you think this is just another cookie-cutter swimsuit iteration! High School DxD is anything but ordinary and its fanservice galore is definitely no exception – from nifty little touches like a brewing Boy’s Love to the inevitable but glorious bitch-fight that transpired, this episode has the whole shooting match going for it. I’ve made clear right from the get-go that Rias is my number-one girl – but even I have to admit, Akeno is in a league of her own when it comes to the fine art of cock-tease! Whether its finger-sucking, ear-nibbling or a personalized backrub – everything about her, what she says and does, oozes sexiness like there ain’t no tomorrow! There is never a dull moment when Akeno is present and it seems like the green-eyed monster has finally moved into full swing – Rias is not going to take a backseat to anyone, not Asia and most certainly not Akeno. Their shameless attempts to sex-up Issei is as clear as a bell, and you could hardly blame Rias for failing to keep her countenance – after all, Akeno is no Asia and she is surely proving to be a real threat, both in terms of her superior bust size and the sheer audacity that she exemplifies! Nobody should be taken aback by the ensuing catfight that broke out and you could almost see all that coming from a mile off – to my greatest surprise, the real bombshell of the episode actually came from elsewhere and none of the above could even come close to what Xenovia has in store for us! “Could you make a baby with me?” – Similar to Issei, Xenovia also has a penchant to say the darnedest things and she is quickly establishing herself as a kosher mega baka! Do away with the foreplay and get on with the rough sex – I like where Xenovia is going with her grand plan, and the former Church minion has sure as hell made a great deal of headway in this rat race. Everybody wants a piece of Issei and what may seem like a pipe dream not too long ago might no longer be one – whether it has come to his attention or not, the wannabe Harem King has undeniably come a long way and his aspiration is, in fact, closer to reality than he’s willing to admit!
We all know for sure that Issei has his ways with the ladies – but who knew his charm and captivation extend beyond that of the X-chromosomes! Clearly, Free! is not the only show who’s playing up the fujoshi card and there appears to be a beautiful story of “bromance” brewing in the backdrop. A true Harem King says no to no one and his retinue of concubines certainly has room to expand – now how about adding a knightly blond bishie into the mix? Kiba Yuuto’s majestic speech was quite an eye-opener – his bare chest pretty much did most of the talking for him, and it was heartfelt, affectionate and above all, highly suggestive! Ecchi and fanservice were clearly front and center in this episode, but that doesn’t mean the crux of the storyline has been in any way hamstrung. As a matter of fact, things are heating up big-time, and the better half of this episode was consumed by none other than stage-setting and character exposition. One after another, a slew of heavy-hitters are starting to take the grand stage – Sirzechs Lucifer (Suwabe Junichi), Grayfia Lucifuge (Seto Saori), Serafall Leviathan, Azazel and the Vanishing Dragon, just to name a few! Sirzechs, in particular, made quite an impression in this episode and it seems like he might be a bit of a pervert himself – a diabolical idea that comes in the form of an oppai power-up, coupled with a spanking new way to put his Booster Gear to good use, I dare say Issei is going to hop on board of this one without so much as giving it a second thought! No question, the incoming summit is going to be where the drama and commotion converge. As the head honcho of the Fallen Angel, Azazel evidently has a role to play in this diplomatic arbitration – what’s not entirely clear is where Vali fits into the picture and his true intention has continued to remain somewhat of an enigma. I don’t think he’s looking for a flat-out confrontation just yet, but his keen fascination for Issei is also beyond doubt – the hosts of the Two Heavenly Dragons are going to be right at the forefront of the big leagues and needless to say, I can’t wait to see how all of their interplays unravel in the grand scheme!
- A game of Twister turned ecchi – Rias has quite a hole-in-one, but Akeno’s not too shabby with her million dollar ass. My head is brimming with the naughtiest ideas and no, I can’t share it with you guys – not if I want to keep my job!
- “Would you like to oil my mune?” – Rias sempai looks absolutely stunning, whether it’s the white bikini or that glorious kimono! I would contentedly become her slave boy and rub oil all over that exquisite body of hers.
- “Ara Ara, I’m dying to know what it feels like to have a younger man inside of me” – I’m ashamed to admit I would gladly cheat on Rias as well. “Finger-job”, ear-nibbling and boobie backrub, Akeno would make one hell of a mistress!
- “Is she jealous? How cute!” – As much I like Rias, why did she have to be such a cockblock? Those two should just get a room already, Rias and Akeno are in need for some hot yuri action to blow off the steam!
- “He was only trying to plant his seed in me!” – Baka Xenovia is such a doll and if I may say so, that’s a pretty awesome mizugi for a first-timer. She seems like the take-charge type, the ones who like it really rough!
- “I hereby swear to protect you no matter what happens” – With his bare chest wide open, pretty boy confessed his undying love for Issei. Wait… what? Not to mention the fact that Yuuto is a pretty great swimmer!
- “You’re not ogling at me?” – Some sukumizu and ero kawaii for all the lolicon out there! Do I sense a tinge of spite and jealousy from Koneko?
- It’s all about the kimino, those luscious ravishing kimonos! I’ll get to the rest of the full-lengths for the OP and ED one of these days, preferably when I’m not clocking 16 hours in the office per day – in the mean time, here are THIRTY SIX delicious full-spreads for your consumption! Also, sorry for the slight delay in putting up this post, no excuses this time – I just plainly suck!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 07: Who needs swimsuits when you have gorgeous kimono, feline femme fatale, finger-sucking, ear-nibbling, Boy’s Love, frenetic bitch-fights and “let’s make a baby”? Oh, and did I forget to mention its brand new ED of the Century? #Anime
Full-length images: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 12, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, OP1, OP5, ED1, ED2, ED3, ED4, ED5, ED6.
ED2: 「らぶりぃ♥でびる」(Lovely♥Devil) by オカルト研究部ガールズ(日笠陽子、伊藤静、浅倉杏美、竹達彩奈, 種田梨沙, 佐倉綾音) [Occult Kenkyuubu Girls (Hikasa Yoko, Itou Shizuka, Asakura Azumi, Taketatsu Ayana, Taneda Risa, Sakura Ayane)]
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