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High School DxD

January 22, 2012

Based on the light novel series “ハイスクールDxD”written by Ishibumi Ichiei with illustrations created by Miyama Zero, had hoped that “High School DxD” would be an entertaining anime adaptation full of action and phantasy elements with its premise of demons battling fallen angels.

Initial reservations regarding the advertised harem element -painfully obvious from the anime homepage url ‘haremking’- proved true, the first episodes showing the series to be a rather bland ecchi comedy apparently lost looking for a true identity in silly explicit scenery.

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Although there are series of that genre which excel thanks to clever comedy and suggestive ecchi elements, “High School DxD” is not such a show. The nudity and suggestive shots are all shown in an uninspired fashion, the male lead is far too much of a silly caricature, all making the serious blood splattering action feel totally out of place.

Hikasa Youko who voiced Mio in “K-ON!” and Shino in “Seitokai Yakuindomo” voices shapely redhead Rias. Taketatsu Ayana voices Koneko, she also voiced Azusa in “K-ON!” and Fuu in “Tamayura ~hitotose~” and Shizuko Itou voices Akeno, she previously did roles like Haruka in “Amagami SS”.

Though am unsure their voice work is enough to be a saving grace for this series which I alas cannot recommend.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2012 8:34 pm

    I’ll admit, not the greatest anime out there. But not so bad I haven’t watched the eps out so far. Its something I could have playing in the background without much trouble. Ep 3 he does start to see what he’s in for and gets a bit serious. We shall see though.

  2. January 22, 2012 8:47 pm

    @JL Coburn
    True, but if i compare to how I like some other currently airing series, this one falls short and doesn’t make the cut for me alas. ^^;;

  3. January 22, 2012 8:49 pm

    @Smithy
    True. I’m not watching many at the moment. Once I upgrade my system and go back to a multiple monitor setup though I’ll probably having something running on one of the other screens constantly.

  4. January 24, 2012 7:39 am

    Actually have not started anything this season so far, might give this a shot at some point.

  5. January 24, 2012 8:37 pm

    @Wolfheinrich
    Really? There’s several great shows out though like “Nisemonogatari”, “Ano Natsu de Matteru”,… ^^

  6. January 29, 2012 3:52 pm

    So far i like this show but yeah the male hero is … lame and not really interesting.
    Honestly i don’t know why i continue to watch.
    I love the character design yes and stuff with demons and angels always attracted me so i guess it is sufficient for me at this point.
    Will probably drop if the hero piss me off to much 🙂

  7. January 29, 2012 8:01 pm

    @Katsura-chan
    I gave up on it and opted to watch “Inu x Boku SS” instead. The angles vs demon element is nice but I fear it’s just going to get drowned out midst the violence and ecchi elements.

  8. February 4, 2012 12:42 pm

    Couldn’t disagree more.

    Cool character design, fun demons, good fights interesting power use … I like it. Better story than most of the lame harem shows of the last few years (e.g., Infinite Stratos). It deviates a bit from the stereotypical harem setup in its mentor/teacher vibe and the hero being a low-ranking demon trying to improve rather than the object of lust from all female cast members.

  9. February 5, 2012 10:29 pm

    @DP
    Really? Well I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying that show, as having fun watching an anime is what matters most. Personally alas I don’t like this series much at all.
    Guess there’s no accounting for taste?! ^^

  10. Sonicfanx1 permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:20 pm

    Well I like it, and am following the light novel. The light novel author himself said that he is stepping away from his natural habitat (horror) and is trying something new, also, most of the nude scenes, you can thank the publisher and i think either illustrator and sells manager were all perverted and were giving him ideas.

    As for my take on the ecchi, most of it has a reason, That fallen angel girl reyanlle or something…yeah has that strand of cloth or something to either give the appearance of a fallen angel that or just wants people to be horny while looking at her.

    Issei’s special move (spoilers) “dress break” is ment to render women unable to fight, and give him a massive nosebleed

    Issei’s obbsesion with boobies basicly is his motivation. SPOILER ALERT: It so much becomes his motivation that Rias’ boobs can shoot lazars now and give issei some buffs. Which in my opinion is funny and clever..but fucking retarded.

    But if they stay true to the plot, it will get alot more interesting. I wont recommend the anime, only after they read the lightnovel, on bakatsuki.

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