「可能性が解き放たれます!」 (Kanousei ga Tokihanata Remasu!)
“My Potential Released!”
I don’t know if it’s because I ate too much candy earlier and was feeling a bit Rossweisse to the stomach, or if the SRS BZNS parts of DxD just weren’t landing, but most of this episode wasn’t doing it for me. The most interesting parts were the upgrades to protagonists, like Xenovia’s badly named blade or Saji’s dragon pal, even if the latter just reinforced that I (as an anime-only viewer) don’t know as much about what’s going on there as I should. Still, the actual battles were a bunch of introductions to ridiculous Balance Breakers followed by a swift defeat for everyone who doesn’t have a dragon in their corner. It felt like the storytellers were trying to get to the stuff they were actually trying to show, which to be fair, was true. the super serious build up just didn’t land for me. Might have been the belly full of sugar, to be honest.
Issei’s power up scenes were great, though. High School DxD is best when it’s being serious about being silly, and this fit firmly in that sweet spot. (I shouldn’t think about sweets, ugh.) The oppai zombies, followed by the summoning of Rias—hah! Which, by the way: Issei and co really should have been keeping in touch with Rias and the others. They’re going to be piiiissed when they find out what was going on, and that they weren’t in the loop (even if they couldn’t do anything). But at least she’s here now, and the key to Issei’s power is almost within reach. Keys, to be exact.
(It’s her boobs.)
As for the villains, about the most I can say is that I found it interesting that they were letting Asia heal them so blatantly. If they were truly serious they’d take out the healer, or at least threaten her into inaction, but they weren’t. The kiddie gloves were very much on. Which, for what’s supposed to be a serious and life-threatening situation, makes it seem like they’re underestimating the Gremory family, their own words notwithstanding. Or they don’t want to kill them—which they likely don’t care either way—but it still makes the villains so boring. But they’ll be dealt with soon, by Issei in a hilarious fashion. That’s the ticket! Can’t wait to see how events conclude now that the Oppai Dragon is back in the driver’s seat.
- For those who don’t know what a Balance Breaker subspecies is (I feel like this should have been mentioned before so I’m just going to spoil it), I looked it up, and apparently it’s a sub form of the balance breaker you naturally have that conforms more to the user’s desires. So I guess this fool wanted more arms, so the subspecies of his balance breaker became more arms.
- Fighting while hungover? Gods, I can’t even imagine. When I’m that hungover I will barely move. Poor Rossweise.
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