「オカ研消失!?」 (Oka-ken Shoushitsu!?)
“The Occult Club Disappears?!”
The atmosphere is uncomfortable as we confront the darkness in Rias’ heart.
Asia’s Pure Feelings
The first part of the episode, where Issei was healed, initially had the signature mixture of too much technobabble and a convenient stretching of previous rules in how Asia was able to heal Issei by going deep instead of from a distance. Which was all made tolerable by the kiss. Asia’s feelings, at least, were true, and sweet to behold.
What I wish was that this wasn’t the only light-hearted or lovey-dovey section of the episode! Aside from Rosseweisse crying, it was all serious business, and while I like that too, I’m hurting for the DxD levity that’s so much fun. I feel like we need a break between the heavy stuff, and there was none of that here. It was just into more.
The Darkness In Issei’s & Rias’ Hearts
What this episode did well was invoke atmosphere … even if it’s an atmosphere counter to what I enjoy in High School DxD, which made me enjoy the episode less. There was a serious feeling of wrongness, from the frequent facial close ups to the pacing. I’m not sure how much of that was intentional, and how much is a function of the story going off the rails and doing something different, but it was effective.
Mostly this was used in regards to Rias, who apparently got the curse too. Who knew. Her darkness almost certainly has to do with Issei himself—uncertainty about whether he loves her, typified in how he still calls her “buchou” instead of by her name—which is why the Issei double was able to brainwash her or whatever. Issei’s darkness—that he’s afraid of finding out about how girls feel about him—really just codifies another excuse for why there are still so many virgins in the cast. It’s still a reach, but at least they’re trying.
Looking Ahead – Off To See The Vali
After last week’s episode, this was bound to be a step down, but I feel like there was too much setup for something that’s not really exciting me. Maybe it’s just my disdain for mind control plots, but I neither liked nor disliked this episode. It just was. Hopefully injecting some Kuroka-neesan, along with a verbal showdown between Issei and Vali, will help bring the fun back to DxD.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – An atmosphere of wrongness infuses the air as an Issei clone exploits the darkness in Rias’ heart #haremking s3e10
- Issei is getting NTR’d by himself. Ouch.
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