「トップ会談、はじまります！」 (Toppu Kaidan, Hajimarimasu!)
“The Top Conference Begins!”
“You’re really the best, buchou” – I fully concur in all conscience, no second-guessing and without the slightest tinge of reserve! I’ve struggled, time and time again, to figure out the one word that best encapsulates Rias as a character and it looks like Issei might have just given me the perfect answer to my long-time plight. “Saikou” – that’s the expression that I’ve been searching for all this while, nothing too fancy and hardly extravagant. It’s a simple remark that we have heard countless times and the one word that captures the very essence of Rias Gremory! But I have to admit, there is a real irony in such an assertion – Rias is a standout in many things, but she is not quite the preeminent of any defined merits. The crimson-haired princess is not as passionate or nearly as seductive as Akeno, she is not as dignified or as big of a joker as Xenovia, and she is clearly not as moe or as cuddly as Koneko, Asia or even Gasper. Rias has the whole shooting match going for her, both the good and the bad – she is definitely not above the pettiness of a green-eyed monster, and while Rias has a mind as sharp as a steel trap, there are times when she finds herself fraught with dubiety as well. Under the strictest scrutiny, Rias is far from your definition of a perfect girl – but she sure is the “saikou” of my eyes and as it turns out, Issei also shares my humble view. The wannabe Harem King loves Rias with all his heart and it’s not just because she’s a class-S stunner – in fact, it is what’s on the inside that counts, and Rias sempai’s unswerving benevolence has always been her strongest suit. Rias sees her peerage as more than mere servants and she cherishes every one of them like her own family – her compassion for Yuuto was more than evident in the first few episodes of Season Two and the same certainly rings true for Gasper as well!
The vampiric trap is most fortunate to have Rias as his King – or more specifically, he is very lucky to be part of Rias peerage, to be on the receiving end of such profound inspiration and love. Clearly, Gasper suffers from a rather severe case of inferiority complex – his existence is plagued by diffidence and trepidation, any form of self-esteem is pretty much non-existent. His Sacred Gear power has, more often than not, been dreaded and abhorred by his family and peers – and to make matters worse, his lack of control of this ability has been blatantly exploited by a group of terrorists, putting many of his loved ones in harm’s way. No doubt, it was Rias’ inexhaustible faith in Gasper that gave him the courage he needs – that, combined with Issei’s quick wits and his words of encouragement, has led to the emergence of Gasper’s inherent potential as a very powerful combatant. Color me surprise – Gasper is quite a badass, and he has a rather fascinating set of new capabilities to show off! Not only can he manifest himself as a flock of blood-sucking bats – his newfound power can also work in lock-step with the Forbidden Balor View, covering his blind spots and allowing him to time-freeze objects with pinpoint precision! But that’s hardly the most amazing part of this revelation – bromance is certainly in the air, as Issei and Gasper finally put their ecchi combo to work, a majestic “Dress Break” that strips his victims buck naked while they’re frozen in time! “We’re invincible if we’re a team” – only a kosher mega-pervert like Issei can come up with such a diabolical idea and the entire feat was chockfull with great side-splitters and fanservice – though admittedly, there is an unsettling sense of necrophilia to it that I find somewhat distasteful! Issei is hardly the best role model, but you have got to hand it to the aspiring Harem King – he has his heart in the right place and Issei does genuinely care for Gasper’s well-being, a beautiful friendship that I’m sure is mutually agreeable from both ends!
Gasper and Issei have unquestionably proven their worth in the frontline, but make no mistake about it – their badassery is still leagues away from the real badass of this series. Azazel, the head honcho of the Fallen Angel, is perhaps the most charismatic persona that has graced our sights yet. Brimming with confidence and a magnetic charm, he is also an extremely powerful warrior, one who has shown little to no effort in holding his own against Katerea Leviathan (Sakurai Harumi) – a direct descendant of the original Satan and the key perpetrator of this extremist act. Surprisingly enough, Azazel’s character disposition is not nearly as intimidating as his gangsta appearance would suggest – he is a pacifist by nature, a major proponent of peace between the three factions. Azazel also has quite an acute mind and he was quick to exploit Issei’s prurient desires to get his own way. “If we declare peace, you can have sex with Rias all day and all night” – that must have sounded like music to Issei’s ears and you can be sure he’ll eat such a grand idea right up without giving it so much as a thought. The series has, more than once, hinted at a possible mentor-mentee kinship between Azazel and Issei. Evidently, the sekiryuutei doesn’t trust the Fallen Angel just yet, but there are signs that their relationship is slowly but surely warming up – especially since Azazel was kind enough to share his arsenal of gadgetries with the Devils. Azazel is not the only top dog who has proven to be somewhat of a surprise – Michael has also made his mark in this episode and he is definitely not quite as unreasonable as we once thought. The outrage that surrounds the Church is still fresh in our heads, whether it’s Xenovia’s exile, the Holy Sword Project or Asia’s dreaded banishment. But for better or worse, Michael has, at the very least, expressed great remorse for the various misfortunes – apparently, he has his hands tied and if Xenovia and Asia can find the heart to look past such atrocities, I’m happy to take his word for it as well. The fine line that separates good from evil has always been razor thin – there’s no clear-cut answer, and the formal introduction of the big wigs hasn’t made the distinction any more patent. Each of them has motives and allegiances of their own – that is true for the three big factions and the same political kernel certainly holds up for the Two Heavenly Dragons! An imminent showdown between the Nitenryuu is coming up next and there really is no better way to end this season – it’s bound to be a feast for the eyes, an epic clash that is surely going to blow our minds into smithereens!
- Sexual Positions 101 by Rias Gremory – Delicious, luscious and absolutely scrumptious! So flexible, so hot, the things I can make her do in bed…
- This… is sexy. That, however, is not sexy, not one bit – The frozen nudes look just like dead bodies to me. Sorry Issei, I’ll take a pass on this one.
- Snake-rape is the new tentacle-rape! – I’m probably the minority in this, but I find Katerea to be ridiculously hot! I have a soft spot for the naughty sensei type and she fits all the criteria to a tee! That megane and that chignon, Mmmmhmmm….
- “Gasper, show us how manly you can be!” – Is that even possible? He’s a trap! It’s already confusing enough as it is. Stop making it worse!
- Both Vali and Azazel are such badass – I wonder if Vali is as powerful of a combatant as the three top dogs. Something tells me Azazel might just be as big of a pervert as Issei.
- A loli and a trap hanging upside down! – Gasper and Koneko apparently share similar taste in their pantsu selection.
- Irina and her highly suggestive combat leotard are back in action – I still can’t make up my mind on who’s the better twin-tail. The Maou Shoujo or the frivolous baka?
- How time flies! – This post marks my 100th contribution to Random Curiosity. It feels like it was just yesterday when I made my first anime post, completed my first series and introduced myself to everyone. The journey wouldn’t be as fun or as memorable without my readers – your support and your many comments are what keeps all of us going! I love you guys and I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for making this experience such a great one. Domo arigatou gozaimashita!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 11: “I vote for peace, I want to make love to buchou, every day and every night!” – Tits and Peace has come full circle as Issei puts his grandest and most majestic Dress Break to work! #Anime
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