OP: 「SWITCH」 by Minami
「そうさ、京都に行こう」 (Sou sa, Kyouto ni ikou)
“That’s Right, Let’s Go to Kyoto”
Some conversation went on in the comments last week about whether High School DxD should go full-on ecchi like other recent magical-fantasy-action-harem-ecchi anime, and I think this episode is a good example of how DxD’s ecchi works, and why. This one is pushing the boundaries of credibility on the girls not ripping Issei’s clothes off and banging him, because they thirsty for the boy. Thirsty. Thirsty. SO THIRSTY! But it also shows glimpses of Issei’s self-esteem issues, like with the reminder that Issei has still never called Rias by her first name. (Way to go giving Issei some food for thought, shounen.) Or take the end, where he talks about Rias still having Koneko and Gasper when he’s gone—which, yeah, but he’s totally missing the point. Friends are different than your lover! But he can’t picture himself in such a role, despite him clearly already being there. It’s remarkable, but it works, at least if you’ve bought into it up to this point. It doesn’t make sense, but at least it doesn’t make sense in a very DxD way.
Speaking of the DxD way, the brawl with Sairaorg (Nakamura Yuuichi) is vintage DxD. It’s got a bunch of that hot-blooded, meaningful, pleasantly punchy style of action that shows that, yes, the action actually is important, and yes, there’s thought that goes into the shounen power curve and all that. But Ishibumi-sensei also punctures the tension by tossing in the silly ecchi, as with here when Asia and the others bring up Issei’s oppai-based power ups. Cool action that doesn’t go on too long, with a good laugh at the end? I’ll take it! It’s very much in High School DxD’s style.
Also in DxD’s style: the action OP and the ecchi ED. I don’t think either is going to top the first season’s ED—though that’s going to be hard to do, given that it won Best Ending for 2012—but someone was clearly paying attention to why that one was good, and they got the visuals down at least. Not sure about the music though, wasn’t listening to it much. Because I was taking screen caps, of course. *ahem*
Next week, the school trip starts in earnest! I can’t wait to see what the smaller crew gets up to.
- So wait, is Rossweisse a devil yet in this timeline? I remember that happening in the last episode of BorN, but I’m not sure where that puts her here. Light novel readers? If such a thing isn’t a horrific spoiler of something, that is (tag it if so).
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ED: 「モテないくせに(`;ω;´)」 (Motenai Kuse ni) by Tapimiru