OP: 「BLESS YoUr NAME」 by ChouCho
「夏休み、冥界へGO!」 (Natsuyasumi, Meikai e GO!)
“Summer in Hell”
A naked pillow fight over Issei set to devilish music. High School DxD is baaaack!
A New Season of Oppai
If you haven’t seen the previous two season of High School DxD, you have some catching up to do, because this premiere didn’t waste any time getting back into the swing of things. Which is great! While I felt like there was a little wonk in the Nanoha ViVid premiere (not much, but some), this was a good reintroduction all around. It reminded us smoothly of the main characters’ personalities, and puts all the essential DxD elements out there (ecchi, oppai, flirting, Issei being goofy, magical combat) while not feeling token (and like a waste of time) like the first episodes of shows such as Date A Live II.
They hit us heavy and early with the oppai, but let’s face it, that’s why most people are watching this anyway. The naked pillow fight leading into the house remodel was hilarious, though I may have cracked up more at Azazel (Koyama Rikiya) teasing Issei (Kaji Yuki) about oppai in the bath. (I wonder how many times I will link a screencap to the word oppai this season. Begin the count!) The reason High School DxD works for me is that it’s so ridiculous I don’t take it seriously, so it can get away with just about anything.
Training In Hell
I’m really happy they’re going ahead with the plot, and got a little fighting in on this first episode. I’ve always liked how DxD’s magical combat is more than an afterthought—it’s not the primary draw to be sure, but it’s enjoyable in its own right. Getting some of that in the first episode was nice. I also just like that the story is going back down to hell, because as much mileage as they’ve gotten out of the high school setting, this should provide new avenues for action and antics. Though I’ll miss Kiryuu Aika (Yamazaki Haruka), who we need more of. Apparently Issei is packing. At least that’s one thing he doesn’t need to worry about, kyaaa!
Looking Ahead – Morose Koneko-chan, Buchou
Amid all the goofy ecchi and fighting, we got a few things that hint at the drama to come. Rias (Hikasa Yoko) wanting Issei to use her name instead of “Buchou” has an obvious end point, but I look forward to the warm and fluffy feelings when it’s reached. The preoccupation from Koneko-chan (Taketatsu Ayana) represents the more interesting vector. It looks like she’ll be the focus of this arc, to which I only have one thing to say: about time!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – With ecchi, oppai, flirting, goofiness, and fighting, High School DxD is back in all its glory #haremking s3e1
- I wonder why Koneko-chan is living at Issei’s place if she’s still full tsuntsun toward him? Kiba and Gasper don’t live there, and they’re part of the team too. Or maybe she’s just eating breakfast there.
- I made a comment on the DanMachi intro about how I felt one element was chauvinist. To clarify, pretty much all harem (and ecchi) anime have some level of that (and reverse harem & related ecchi shows, the reverse). There are unfortunate implications (trope!) inherent in a guy trying to score all the girls. High School DxD has always been ridiculous enough that it never bothered me (trope, trope, trope, aaaaand trope!), though most viewers always have to just set that aside and enjoy these shows for what they are. Probably a good measure of the MST3K Mantra is appropriate in the future, which I’ll keep in mind.
- “A woman’s breasts are infinity incarnate!” See what I mean? Ridiculous and awesome!
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ED: 「ギブミー・シークレット」 (Give Me Secret) by StylipS