「猫とドラゴン」 (Neko to Doragon)
“Cat and Dragon”
“Please let me poke your boobs!”
“Are you really that stupid?!”
Rias is Still The Boss
One thing I appreciate about High School DxD is how, when it comes to battle strength, it’s not all-Issei, all-the-time. In fact, he rightly notes that oftentimes, he only gets a power-up after someone has gotten hurt. Yes, there’s still a lot of badass coming from Issei, and I’m cool with that, but I like how the other characters aren’t weak, even if they do occasionally need saving. Rias may have gotten incapacitated, but it was her that reassured Koneko, and it was her that Koneko wanted to stay with. The others, too! Issei included. It’s just always nice to see the other characters getting to help save the girl.
A Kind Welsh Dragon
I expected Koneko-chan to go full-on deredere for Issei after this arc, and the fact that she didn’t is a positive development. I thought Xenovia’s flip to baby-making airhead was too abrupt, and Koneko’s character deserves better. But her speech about how most Emperors of the Red Dragon are driven berserk with their power (like Kuroka was), and how Issei is perhaps the first kind Welsh Dragon … look, I don’t care if she never enters the harem. I don’t care if they are just friends. That’s some touching stuff right there, and it warmed my heart to the core.
I’da Let Them Power Up Too
Normally I’m the first to be screaming “Just shoot him already!” (trope), even if it’s to an antagonist. It irks when they unnecessarily give the good guys a chance to power up and beat them. But this time, it fits. Not only were Bikou and Kuroka toying with them from the get-go, the whole thing with Issei wanting to poke Rias’ breasts to achieve Balance Breaker is just so absolutely ridiculous that, in their shows, I woulda probably let them do it too, just to see what was going to happen. I mean, how could it possibly work? Whoops!
Looking Ahead – The Valkyrie Who Has Never Had A Boyfriend
Next week looks like more with Rossweisse-chan (Kakuma Ai), and sign me up! Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how they’re going to keep diversifying the harem, but a crybaby, unlucky-in-love onee-san? Swiftly approved.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The kind Welsh Dragon finally achieves Balance Breaker, by way of a double breast poke. ‘Cause OPPAI! #haremking s3e3
- I like the parallels between Koneko’s family troubles and Akeno’s. Looks like her training isn’t over yet.
- Greek/Norse mythologies are like grab bags of ideas for lazy writers. Doesn’t mean they don’t work sometimes, though.
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