「アーシア、救います！」 (Aashia, Sukuimasu!)
“We Will Save Asia!”
Listen to the voice of their breasts, Issei!
Dress Break & Pailingual
Surprisingly, it’s not Issei’s new ability that I want to talk about. It was foreshadowed a little bit and it came in handy, but it’s totally ridiculous, so I don’t have anything to say. “That shit is crazy.” There, I’m done.
What I liked was how Dress Break was played with. Often times the best written combat scenes, magical and otherwise—though this is especially important with magical combat, where abilities are often complex, numerous, and contradictory—don’t feature brand new attacks; rather, they utilize old ones in new ways and situations. Having Dress Break be immediately foiled was a nice touch, to add extra depth to what is otherwise a one-note joke attack, albeit a surprisingly effective one. Not that disarming someone isn’t always pretty useful, but in DxD it’s usually the nudity itself that stops a combatant, rather than the lower defenses or lack of weapons. A pro would never let a little nudity stop them.
But it was Issei using a variation of Dress Break to free Asia that I really liked. That’s riffing off a known spell in a new way, which is a lot of fun! It’s almost like they planned this all along, even though I assure you they did not; the author just realized he had a good out for that crisis when he got there. That’s the dream, as an author—it makes you look way more clever than you actually are.
Freed, The Running Joke Death
I was all pumped up for Freed’s (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) return, and then he went all one-winged angel (trope!) and died like a bitch. Honestly, I’m hoping he comes back again; Freed would be a great running joke character, where he keeps surviving somehow and getting his ass kicked by Kiba every time. Anything to get more Matsuoka Yoshitsugu being crazy. If I can’t have more Sorata or Sora, I’ll take more crazy Freed, even if I know I’ll probably just get more Kirito instead. Enough seiyuu nerdery, moving on.
Diodora, The One-Dimensional Despair Fetishist
I’m glad Diodora is beaten; my only disappointed is that he isn’t dead. He’s a one-note villain, and by the time Issei was delivering the smackdown, I was already tiring of him. It wasn’t even as cathartic as I expected since he was such a clown! I didn’t when it was revealed that Diodora planned to get Asia excommunicated, though. That could easily be a retcon on the original author’s part, but if so, it fits nicely in with what we know of Diodora, so it worked. It’s just that Diodora was so uninteresting himself that his time was fast running out. I hope we never see him again.
Looking Ahead – What The Fuck?! Asia!
My first instinct when Asia disappeared: Vali did it. What he said in the preview about a partial transformation makes me think Vali is using Asia to level up Issei so he can get a good fight. As far as villain motivations, let’s-power-up-the-guy-who-will-inevitably-defeat-me is among my least favorite, so I hope I’m wrong. (Tag those spoilers, LN readers. You’ve been AWESOME about that so far this season.) Either way, Issei is going berserk, so the hype is real.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Issei becomes the Breast Whisperer & saves Asia, while Freed re-dies like a bitch. And another cliffhanger, GAH! #haremking s3e8
- I loved it when Koneko of all people suggested that Issei ask Akeno out and make Rias jealous. Powering up by squabbling! Hilarious AND effective. Well done, Koneko-chan.
- Rias-oneesama!? HNG!
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