「学園祭の準備です！」 (Gakuen-sai no Junbi desu!)
“We are Preparing for the School Festival!”
I ended up watching this episode in two different sittings, which made for an odd experience. The first half was hilarious, all silly hero show and harem hijinks, which is the stuff that we’re mostly here to see. The hero show was especially good for how outrageous it was, such as when Issei’s hero show character powers up in the same way he really does it—oppai! Life is as strange as fiction, at least in this fiction.
Then came the second half, which, after a quick dip into some Ravel action—and Rias definitely knows what’s up with her, she has no doubt that Ravel is already all but in the harem—we dovetailed into a story of familial drama and parental woe in Sairaorg’s backstory and present. Which is the part of High School DxD that actually makes it worth watching, because without the serious stuff, it would just be comedy and oppai all the time. Which sounds great, yes! But too much candy will make you sick to the stomach. The serious stuff is the dramatic meat on the bones, even if this time it dipped heavily into melodrama. I like me some melodrama, but mother in a coma is a bit much for me.
The standouts of the episode: Ddraig’s broken pride, vulnerable Ravel, and Rias’ mom going hard on Issei. Someone’s gotta smack some sense into that boy, and Rias isn’t doing it, so it might as well be the mother-in-law! Also, it’s no surprise that Hellcat-chan has her own fanbase, but calm down, pervs. It’s a kid’s hero show. Maybe don’t perv out quite so blatantly. Not when there’s so many others to get all googly eyed about as well. Huzzah!
- A small sampling of lines this episode that are totally, absolutely wrong: “Boys shouldn’t cry. They have to be strong enough to protect the girls.” False. “You will definitely win as long as you don’t give up.” Nope. “If I lose even once, I will lose everything I’ve gained up until now.” Negative on that one, ghost rider. I love this show, but sometimes the dialogue makes my eyes roll. The last one hints at some interesting dynamics within Sairaorg, though. I look forward to seeing how that turns out.
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