「二天龍、激突！」 (Ni Tenryū, Gekitotsu!)
“Two Heavenly Dragon, Collide!”
Burn this into your heads, boys and girls – you can deride and disparage Issei all you want, but don’t you even think about lifting a finger against his precious oppai! Yes, the stormy wrath of the Red Dragon Emperor has been unleashed, and trust me when I say this – you better be absolutely sure you don’t get on his wrong side! Issei’s bluster of rage can be quite a terror, and it’s certainly unlike any other fury that I’ve witnessed before – so imposing in its sheer force, but the very logic that instigated such vehemence might just turn out to be the darnest, if not the most pathetic! That’s the Issei which we all love and admire – a self-proclaimed wannabe Harem King, and probably the greatest and the most endearing baka of all time! We have known right from the get-go that Issei is not your typical mega-hentai and his fervent obsession with the prized boobies is perhaps second to none! Clearly, Issei is a hyperbolized version of an oversexed male – but speaking as someone who also prefers the larger cup size, there are certain aspects of his fixation that I can somehow sympathize with. The exquisite notion of “oppai” means the world to Issei – it’s hardly just a lump of fat, they represent both the embodiment of a feminine charm and the very impetus of his erotic interest. You know where Issei’s inspiration lies when the mere threat of halving Rias’ bust size has sent him wildly ablaze – an animosity so overwhelming that it has boosted his powers a millionfold! Issei is a pervert who is extremely honest and aboveboard with his prurient desires, and you can almost always figure out what he is thinking. Rias’ piercing buxomness is, without question, his absolute favorite, but you can be sure Issei has the rest of the girls firmly in his mind as well – all shapes and sizes, and yes, that includes Koneko’s loli oppai, which would cease to exist should it be reduced further in size!
Issei might be a bona fide pervert – but he is, no doubt, a pervert who has a heart of gold. His penis probably speaks louder than his pea brain, but he does genuinely care for the well-being of both his friends and families – especially when it comes to his beloved buchou! Issei is adamant in protecting his comrades from harm – and that includes going up against Vali Lucifer who, as it turns out, is both the host of the Vanishing Dragon and a descendant of the original Satan himself. The Two Heavenly Dragons, Issei and Vali, are polar opposites and from a fictionist’s perspective, that would make them the perfect archrivals for each other! Vali is a powerhouse of raw talent – obsessed with power, mightily handsome and inherently belligerent. Issei, on the other hand, is a textbook case of an underdog – happy-go-lucky, foolish but diligent and completely engrossed in lust. But there are also certain similarities between those two that are not especially apparent at first glance – for starters, both of them are batshit crazy, and they will go to extreme lengths, sometimes in a rather paradoxical manner, to get their own ways. Evidently, Vali’s presence is the very definition of a war hawk, but he doesn’t seem to be at all interested in either world-domination or even petty revenge. The Hakuryuukou appears to be somewhat more amused by the thrills and ecstasy of his fated showdown – throwing blatant jeers and mockeries at Issei, presumably in an effort to draw out his rival’s latent potential! Issei’s grand display of bravura was quite a spectacle to say the least – while he’s probably no match for Vali in a straight-out confrontation, the wannabe Harem King has certainly made his mark in the battlefield, and I can assure you Vali’s not the only one who was decidedly impressed!
“If a fool is foolish enough, he’ll achieve the impossible” – for sure, Issei is a prodigious baka, but there are times when he can be quite a smart cookie as well. He held his own against Vali in a surprisingly admirable fashion, putting his brain to work not just once but twice – and both of which have brought forth severe damage to Vali’s Scale Mail. Fitting for a grand finale, the clash between the Nitenryuu is best characterized by an overwhelm of wackiness, flamboyance and badassery – it was every bit as gratifying as I have hoped for, a superb effort with just the right amount of goodies to keep us both contented and eager for more! But as badass as the Two Heavenly Dragons are, there is also a sense of juvenility to their brief scuffle and make no mistake about it – their charisma doesn’t even come close to the one and only true badass of the series. Azazel is quickly turning out to be a godsend for High School DxD – his suave magnetic charm is simply irresistible and the fact that he is voiced by the legendary Koyama Rikiya (Fate/Zero’s Kiritsugu) only makes him all the more captivating! Azazel is a seasoned veteran of the previous war and he brings a rather intriguing perspective to the conflicts at hand – both as the sanest head in the room and now the official advisor to the Occult Kenkyuu-bu. The head honcho of the Fallen Angel has a fascinating array of gadgetries in his arsenal – and just like the Nitenryuu, he also has access to a dragonish Scale Mail, a golden armor that is somewhat reminiscent of Vali’s Divine Dividing! Clearly, Vali and Azazel share quite an intricate history. The exact lowdown of their relationship hasn’t been made clear, but it does seem like a rather amicable one – that is until the unraveling of Vali’s treachery. The second season has been nothing short of an exquisite blast and it has picked the perfect spot to lay down a comma. A whole bevy of beautiful girls has just moved into the Hyoudou residence and you can be sure no one is more delighted than our wannabe Harem King himself. Issei has undeniably come a very long way and his grand aspiration is, in fact, closer to reality than he’s willing to admit – the stars are all aligned for a gala of extravaganzas, a riot that has, for the time being, been put on hold until a third season comes by!
- Oppai, beautiful glorious oppai, everywhere, in all shapes and sizes – You can’t end the season without first giving us a galore of exquisite boobies! Bravo and well done, High School DxD!
- “This is for the loli oppai that’ll cease to exist if you halve them!” – The best line of the entire episode! Issei likes them big, but he’s cool enough to give Koneko a shout-out too.
- No shout-outs for Gasper’s trap titties? Why didn’t Gasper move into the Hyoudou Residence? – he’s a girl, I swear!
- “I want to be a true otoko, just like Issei sempai!” – Gasper said all that while he’s dressed up like a cute little girl. He’s not fooling anyone – nope, not the slightest!
- “I don’t want to die just yet, I haven’t taken buchou’s virginity” – Rias is, without question, Issei’s number-one girl! The wannabe Harem King has some pretty fine taste.
- “Thank you, my Lord. Amen!” – Ouch… the joke never seems to get old! Baka Xenovia will be sharing a room for baka Asia – a new yuri ship in the making?
- Cutting off an arm? No big deal! – Every badass needs a multi-purpose robotic arm. Azazel’s badassery doesn’t stop at a mere Scale Mail. I’m having the biggest mancrush on this guy!
- I think I might have just done the impossible! I’ve barely made any mention of the girls in this finale post – it’s all about the dudes and an overload of badassery… Gosh, that doesn’t feel right at all! I’ll make it up to you guys in the Final Impression, starting off with a good dose of boobilicious goodness!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – High School #DxD NEW 12: “I don’t want to die just yet, I haven’t taken buchou’s virginity” – going out with a bang, an overwhelm of badassery and a galore of exquisite boobies. Bravo and well done, High School DxD! #Anime
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Season Two Impression:
“Oppai” – Issei started the second season waking up to a pair glorious titties, and you can be sure that’s only the beginning of what’s coming ahead. True to its reputation as the very quintessence of ecchi, there was certainly no lack of boobie merits in High School DxD – the series is extremely unapologetic when it comes to the delicate notion of fanservice and I have no intention to sugar-coat this in any way. High School DxD has featured more than its fair share of eye-candies, suffice to satisfy all of our deepest and darkest cravings. The beautiful girls are frequently stripped naked and I assure you their nude figures, both boobs and ass, are nothing less than exquisite – coming in all shapes and sizes, textures and genders! Not surprisingly, the cock-tease has also manifested itself in a rather fascinating manner – from finger-sucking and boobs-bumping to steamy saunas and boobie backrubs, right down to a full-on “let’s make a baby”! The series knows very damn well that a great fanservice is not just about shoving a boob in your face – it should act as enhancement for the dramatics and its comical effects, not as a party pooper that obstructs the flow of its story-telling. There’s a fine balance between mixing the right amount of sensual allure to that of showmanship – keeping its eroticism classy, stylish and not especially ostentatious. High School DxD has, for sure, succeeded marvelously in this respect and it has taken a genuinely innovative approach for its erotica galore. Every nip-slip and every boob-jiggling – all of them were meticulously thought out and carefully inserted in the exact right moment. What we saw in these twelve episodes is precisely the type of fanservice that sets an eminent ecchi apart from a straight-up hentai – it is a grand effort that is easier said than done, and I applaud both Ishibumi sensei and the anime creators for their profound achievements.
Speaking of Ishibumi sensei, I am now positively certain he’s just as batshit crazy as Hyoudou Issei himself! The fervent obsession with “oppai” is very much front and center in High School DxD – I don’t think anyone in the right mind would even attempt to pull off such a wacky premise, much less succeeding with both flair and excellence! The series is more than just a shameless excuse for fanservice and we ought to give credit where credit is due – the breadth and scope of its story are nothing less than impressive, chockfull of dramatics, mythological discourse and action-packed thrills! It’s hardly an exaggeration to say there are many questions that remained unresolved – the ongoing Light Novel is nowhere near an imminent full stop, and the greatness of its story certainly lends itself to further exploration. For starters, there’s so much more about the main cast, both the existing and the new ones, that we have yet to figure out. Akeno san’s beleaguered past is merely one of the mysteries that remained up in the air – and clearly, there’s more to her backstory than meets the eyes, whether it’s her mother’s unfortunate passing or the estranged relationship that she shares with her father. The formal introduction of a number of new characters has also brought forth buzzes of new inspiration, and it does seem like there’s room for Issei’s harem to expand further. Xenovia and Gasper have proven to be a great addition to the cast – the former fits the archetype of an ultra-cool subzero stunner, while the latter is a legitimate ensnaring trap, a feminine boy who speaks, moans and dresses up like cute little girl. But don’t let their first impression fool you – while there might be certain stereotypes that are anchored to their characters, those two are nothing like a your cookie-cutter replications. Xenovia may be a saucy tomboy, but she is also the baka of all baka’s – completely obsessed with safe sex and lacking the most basics of your everyday common sense! Gasper may be an overload of moe moe kyun, but he is also a trap who wants to grow up to be a real man – not only boasting a Sacred Gear of his very own, but also displaying both grit and backbone in the face of adversity!
Character expositions are very much at the core of this series – but the big-picture narratives are no less notable. Season two has brought many of its mythoi to the forefront – starting with an incessant cold war between the big-three mythical factions and ending with the grand entrance of Bikou (Yasumura Makoto), a direct descendant of Son Goku himself! The head honchos of the big-three factions have all struck quite an impression, and Azazel, in particular, was a clear standout. The leader of the Grigori is both an enigma and a flurry of thrills, and he has quickly emerged as one of my favorite characters in High School DxD. His role could be more instrumental than it appears at first glance – Azazel, a proud collectomaniac himself, is an expert on the subject of Sacred Gears, and he is also the one character who shares a personal connection with that of both Issei and Vali. Ishibumi sensei has crafted quite an elaborate story to say the least – the possibilities are endless and what we saw in the first two seasons is merely the tip of the iceberg! High School DxD is great series and this is the one recommendation that I can make without any qualms! The series has a multi-faceted appeal and it will have no trouble catering to a wide range of audience – action buffs, comedy fans, fantasy enthusiasts, men, women, perverts and even fujoshi’s! From the standpoint of an ecchi devotee, High School DxD is, without question, one of the very bests – no other series has perfected the fine art of cock-tease with such grace and finesse! Rias sempai will always be my number-one girl, while Akeno san will remain a very close second – the crimson haired princess is the “saikou” of my eyes and I’m so glad Issei has come to be of the same mind as well! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a third season and if an anime continuation is indeed in the cards, I’ll be more than happy to cover the series here at Random Curiosity. I love High School DxD as much as I love Rias sempai and it’s been an absolute pleasure blogging this series. I thank all of you for bearing with my long-winded posts, and I hope everyone has enjoyed the series as much as I have!
- Hello from Tokyo, everyone! I’m still on the road at the moment. I apologize for the delay in putting up this post – work (and Japanese onee sama’s) has been quite a distraction in the past few days.
- It’s been a pleasure blogging High School DxD – thank you readers for putting up with my rambling and thank you commenters for taking the time to share your thoughts. You guys have been absolutely amazing and I would like to thank all of you again for bearing with my occasional tardiness. I promise I’ll do a better job in the coming season – and trust me when I say this, I would have loved to make time for Freezing Vibration if I could.
- Most memorable lines from the second season – (1) “I’m helping a guy suckle! I When I did I fall so low?”, (2) “You’re gonna die so I can suck buchou‘s titties”, (3) “I’m dying to know what it feels like to have a younger man inside of me”, (4) “He was only trying to plant his seed inside of me!”, (5) “I hereby swear to protect you no matter what happens”, (6) “Would you like to oil my mune?”, (7) “You can use my lap as a hizamakura instead of buchou’s”, (8) “This is for the loli oppai that’ll cease to exist if you halve them!”.
- Fun fact – I’ve published a total of 298 full-length images for High School DxD NEW and that doesn’t even include the forty-six which I made for the OVAs!
- Best ED of the year, hands down! – Giving it one last shout-out before I sign off. It’s all about the kimono, those luscious ravishing kimonos!
- “Who’s your favorite High School DxD girl?” – The poll is now open! Do the right thing and vote for the best girl. I’m rooting very hard for Rias, but I have a feeling Akeno is going to come up on top.
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