「決戦!グレモリー眷属VS英雄派IN京都」 (Kessen! Guremorii Kenzoku VS Eiyuu-ha IN Kyoto)
“Showdown! Gremory Family vs. Hero Faction in Kyoto”
This episode is the low watermark of fanservice for the season thus far, which, I mean. Appropriate for the tone of this episode, yes! But one quick scene is well below par. I feel like they need to dial it back more slowly than this. They got us hopped up on vitamin O and then just pulled the rug out from under us. What’s the Oppai Dragon gonna do without oppai!? This is madness, I tell you, madness!
Overly dramatic goofs aside, I liked how messy the opening battle was. It wasn’t necessarily a good battle, but it did very much mirror my feelings (and comprehension) of the factions in High School DxD, which is that there are too many of them, I can’t keep them straight, and they keep popping up out of nowhere and blasting the ever-living shit out of each other. As a set up battle it was good, though, since it showed how strong the antagonists were. I also enjoyed the appearance of the the witch from Vali’s team, Le Fay Pendragon (Shinoda Minami), mostly because of how ludicrous it is for a girl to be a fan of the Oppai Dragon. Not impossible, certainly, but it seems like a hazardous fandom for anyone possessing breasts! I still got a good chuckle out of it, though.
It is, of course, silly that the allied devils/angels/fallen angels/youkai/steelworkers faction is sending in a bunch of kids instead of their heavy hitters, but this is fiction and it wouldn’t be any fun if the protagonists weren’t at the center of the action. The biggest thing I’m lacking is having actually seen this power of Saji’s that’s so useful but prone to going out of control. That’s probably the first real casualty of having to skip content in my eyes. Other issues have sucked, but this one is just frustrating without that context. I’m sure it’ll be cleared up soon, but feh.
As far as Issei’s potential goes, he should have released it before he got into a fight. Obviously! Though once again, that wouldn’t be very cinematic, so I see why things went this way. With the Shakugan no Shana alternate dimension thing going on, there’s no chance for him to find his
reality potential marble after the battle has started, so gotta do it before. Fair enough. It does make it even more clear than normal that he’s going to clobber this guy, though. Fortunately, the details are what has me interested. What will his potential be like? What will it do? Will it be useful on people without the breasts Issei’s likes? We’ll find out soon, I’m sure!
- Sending three women after the Oppai Dragon? To quote Tony Stark, not a great plan.
- The heroes want to kill the gods, just to show that humans can. Not gonna lie, I’m sympathetic to the goal. Sounds like something I’d do. Or Kratos, but angrier.
- Kunou went from calling Issei the worst to jumping on him and cuddling up. Issei really shouldn’t have low self-esteem, his sweat is apparently hypnotic to women or something.
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