「修学旅行、いきなり襲撃です」 (Shuugakuryokou, Ikinari Shuugekidesu)
“School Trip, an Abrupt Attack”
It should come to no surprise that, when it comes to Issei’s potential, the form it takes is boobs. An excessive love of boobs, in fact, so much so that it can ruin lives. We’re probably not supposed to think about that, right? Like how we’re not supposed to think about how Issei wanting to peep on the girls is actually pretty creepy? But there it is. Dude didn’t even want to molest anyone, Issei’s magic just took over! And the lady definitely didn’t want to get groped. Get control of your potential, Issei.
Jesting aside, I’m pleasantly surprised that the whole issue was foreshadowed and then largely ignored, even if Issei being really genre savvy about it (“People are suddenly outrageously fixated on boobs? That sounds like something I’d do,
bust must be my fault!”) would have been funny. It’s just a bit that I have a feeling could get really tedious fast, so if it’s instead sprinkled throughout the arc, that will work much better, I feel.
The battle was similarly an opener, more foreshadowing than any shadowing in the direct sense. I’m also glad we got the first inklings of what’s going on by the end of the episode—attempted alliance, kitsune leader gone missing, etc—though I’ll admit that I mostly found myself realizing that I only barely remember what the Chaos Brigade’s whole schtick actually was. Not the most memorable of villains, them. Or not their goal, at any rate. That’s not what we’re here for anyway.
What we’re here for is the absurdity and the oppai, and the end of the episode had fanservice in spades. SPADES! I’m really enjoying me some Rossweisse, not the least because I’m of an age where I’d rather date the teacher than the student, but also because her frugality makes for plenty of comedic fodder. It’d probably get annoying to actually have to deal with, mind you—I’m a fan of frugality in general, though everything in moderation, and she’s frugal to the point of just being cheap—but when she starts lecturing the class on where the 100-yen shop is, you’d better believe I’m laughing. Plus, you know. Once again: don’t strip ladies, Issei. Don’t do it! It’s rude. But now that it’s already happened, I’m going to enjoy the fruits. Or, as some might say, the melons.
- I like how the mental landscape was done, and especially that one of the strongest possessors showed up. No real reason. It’s just a cool idea. Sometimes I talk to myself too, so it would be nice to have a mind full of catatonic dead dragon possessors to talk at.
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