「修学旅行はパンデモニウム」 (Shuugakuryokou wa Pandemoniumu)
“The School Trip is in Pandemonium”
This is a good example of what makes Hghi School DxD both good and sometimes uninteresting, and thus, there isn’t a huge amount to say. First, the good: this episode was silly. Which is really what this series is about. High School DxD is about being serious about silly stuff, and when Issei is summoning Rias and powering up by poking her nipples—I mean, I must be handling boobs wrong if this is the reaction to a nipple poke. Maybe I need to do both at one time. Still, it was hilarious! Though it was topped by Elsha and Belzard, especially Belzard’s last words. Nothing to say there, save to watch that bit at least three times. Hilarious!
As for the not-so-good, the Mischievous Dragon Yu-Long and Great Victorious Fighting Buddha were total deus ex machinas. Tense, edge-of-the-seat battles aren’t really what this show is about, but they couldn’t hurt, and that’s a classic case of a deus ex machina. Contrast it to the USJ incident during the first season of Boku no Hero Academia, where the protagonists had to work hard to bring in the cavalry, and then had to work hard to stay alive long enough for the cavalry to arrive, and you can see the difference. It’s not why most people watch this show, but it’d be nice if it tried harder.
As for the aftermath, also not a ton to say. Kunou is obviously sweet on Issei—that wasn’t for sure, but it’s also not surprising—and the girls back home being PO’d that Issei and the others didn’t keep them updated about what was going on is a no brainer. Seriously, that was bad boyfriend (and friend) behaviour right there. Definitely the best part is that Ravel is incoming (woohoo!), with the least good part the total lack of effort that went into animating the last few scenes. They didn’t even bother to animate their mouths moving. Though Koneko getting mad because she wants Issei to have some interest in
little smaller girls was pretty great. It’s rough being you, Koneko-chan. Might I suggest magic? I’m sure there’s something that can help out. Though considering your onee-san… There’s still a chance.
- “I don’t really understand, but I understand!” Same, tbh.
- “What was that just now?” Same also, tbh.
- “Also, I have no interest in boobs.” Fair.
- “Then let’s call it Illegal Move Triaina.” Stop naming dumb things in the middle of a battle, yoooou. (Also, I could do this all day.)
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