High School DxD Hero Episode 2 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for High School DxD Hero Episode 2.

What’s the show? High School DxD Hero, Episode 2.

Oh god, I should have worn a poncho today shouldn’t I? Huh, why do you say that?

Because I’m going to get splashed by all your drooling over those scantily clad anime ladies aren’t I? I’d never be crude as to drool. What do you think I am, a savage? I am a respectful and gentlemanly—

So any good nude scenes in this episode? SO MANY! Like there’s the scene with Issei and Rosseweiss and he uses his ‘Dress Break’ power to try and get past her on the stairs in order to perv on his female classmates having a bath and then…

Don’t worry, she’s more distraught that her tracksuit got ripped. “I got it on sale for 980 yen!”

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Something’s never change. Grr, fine. But this episode isn’t all just ~nice oppai~ you know, it actually establishes a very interesting plot development for Issei, introduces some new characters without getting overwhelming and has some low-key but nonetheless exciting action scenes that don’t come off as overblown and devoid of threat like scenes in season 3.

Still on it about season 3, huh? Well that’s what people who are reading this review will want to know, whether it’s better than that season and so far it is, much better. It’s back to being charming and interesting and not a confusing mess.

Cute fox girl antagonist? Don’t mind if I do!

Care to elaborate? All right, so a new bit of plot we’re given in this episode is that within Issei’s sacred gear ‘Boosted Gear’ are the negative memories of all the previous sacred gear users of it, and there’s a lot of them, like dozens if not more. And because of this his “super saiyan” form of ‘Juggernaut Drive’ is cursed to do him harm or even possibly kill him should he try and attempt it again (as per what happened in Episode 0 of this season). So his new goal is to try and rid the device of its negative memories and imbue it with his own special positive power. Which he attempts by entering a sort of mind-palace through meditation.

He’s a man of many words.

Uh-huh… I know it sounds complicated but it’s really not, I’m just shit at explaining these types of things. It’s executed very clearly on screen and makes for an interesting, introspective storyline for Issei to travel.

It’s gonna end up being about boobs, isn’t it. Yeah probably!

She’s a previous user of ‘Boosted Gear’ it’s okay to perv, because she only exists as a memory in Issei’s memory palace, also she is long since dead.

*sigh* Well, as long as you’re enjoying it, who am I to judge. Indeed, I am enjoying it, it’s still not quite up to the quality of season 1 or 2, but I’m not expecting it to be. I’m just glad the show is actually making sense again! Plus it’s still got the same light-hearted, perverted charms that endeared me to it in the first place with an actually interesting story forming and lots of character development. Oh and don’t get me started on the Rias x Akeno x Koneko bath scene in this episode

Why am I getting Keijo!!!!!!! flashbacks?

—I’ll stop you there then! Good, it’s recommended for fans of the show, boobs, boobs, etcetera, end of review! Spoil sport…


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High School DxD Hero Episode 1 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for High School DxD Hero Episode 1.

What’s the show? High School DxD Hero, Episode 1.

Wait, didn’t we review episode 1 last week? No… that was episode 0, please keep up! It’s not that difficult.

Fuh, fine… so what’s changed since last week? Well, considering the previous episode was just a retcon of the last few eps of season 3, we’re now in all new territory here! A brand new plot line to go along with the fancy new animation and art style!

What are you all looking at?!

Oh! So what exciting new story do we have for season 4?! It’s another Rating Game story arc, just like in season 1 and season 3…

Oh… is that bad? Well~ it depends how they handle it, if it’s done like in season 1 then I’m all for it, something that’s high stakes and well executed but not a confusing mess or over in one punch like it was handled in season 3.

Well you ARE shorter than most of them…

Are you confident the new studio will deliver? Well if the first episode is anything to go by, I am confident! They spend nearly 10 minutes on a little sparring match between our protagonist Issei and Sairaorg, a super powerful devil who he’ll be fighting for real in the rating game, and not only is it a well-animated, easy to follow fight but it’s also got tons of little details that really enhance the scene, like Issei’s armour taking damage and having to self repair, the physical toll that the fight is taking on him and his inner monologue as he pushes through the pain and his joy in finding an opponent who actually respects his power and abilities rather than talking down to him. It was miles away from what season 3 was and had had some of the better moments of the entire series.

You go Issei!

High praise! And not just that, we also got a touching moment between Issei and Rias on the train platform as he’s about to leave on his class trip to Kyoto. A kiss! And it felt so genuine and nice, I had to check I was still watching High School DxD!

Dawww!

Is that all that happened? No, there was some nice moments at the Gremory mansion, getting to check in with Rias’ older brother Sirzechs’ as well as her mother, father and younger brother, also a probably unnecessary moment between Koneko, though I only say that because I think her character was given the most disservice in season 3 and that was the one thing they didn’t fix with their episode 0 retcon.

Still cute though!

But other than that? Other than that I’m excited for DxD again, sure there’s some complaining that this new studio is somehow adverse to showing nipples, and while yes it’s technically true there’s a lot less nipple on display than previous seasons, it is early days, and I mean if the only reason you’re watching High School DxD is for the fan-service, then… well I don’t know what to say…

Like mother, like daughter.

So recommended? Absolutely! Things feel like they’re getting back on track and that’s exciting! The writing’s better, the animation’s better, the fights are better and the story isn’t a jumbled and confusing mess (yet). Highly recommended for fans of this series!

High School DxD Hero Episode 0 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for High School DxD Hero Episode 0.

What’s the show? High School DxD Hero, Episode 0.

Episode 0? Huh? I’ll explain in a minute.

Okay, sure. So, this is the fourth season yeah? Indeed! I’ve previously reviewed season 1 and season 3 for the site.

DxD fans praying for a better adaptation.

Oh yeah, I seem to remember you not being too fond of season 3, production issues, incoherent plotting and all that? So what’s new and better about season 4 then? Well I can say what’s new at least, a new studio and a new art style and apparently a commitment to fix the bigger problems from the previous season and adhere closer to the light novels.

Of course, he’s the Oppai Dragon after all!

And how’s that looking so far? Well, this first episode is actually titled episode 0 in the show itself, and that’s fitting as this episode attempts to rectify some of the plotting problems from season 3. It’s meant as a retcon of the final 4 episodes of season 3, which were among the worst in the whole series’ run, and for the most part it is better…

Some fanservice for those into sexy anime boys too!

But? But, I’m still not sold on this art style. I know that’s a dumb complaint, especially since this is apparently more representative of the light novel’s art style but it’s going to be hard to get used to this.

Good advice for everyone, wait what?!

Other than that it’s good though? Yeah, I mean there’s not much new to talk about seeing as it is just a retcon of the final 4 episodes of season 3. I’m confident the new studio will be able to do a better job with the show and I’m excited to see where it goes because many people online who’ve read the light novels say that it’s expected to be a very important season for Issei and Rias.

No comment.

So how exactly is it better? Aside from just adhering closer to the light novels? All of it just makes more sense, the action is less hurriedly animated, it’s easier to keep track of what’s going on during the scenes and there’s a lot more personality to it. The writing is so much better, with side characters making quips about how ‘absurd’ a situation it is that the only way to deactivate Issei’s potentially lethal balance breaker is boobs and specifically touching Rias’ nipple.

“OPPAI!”

I can’t believe this exists. But I totally believe you watch it… Nice oppai!

*sigh*. So do you recommend the show? If you’ve watched previous seasons and enjoyed them then of course, and if you were disillusioned by the quality and plotting problems of the third season then I think it’s safe to say that the future of the show is in better hands, or at least hands that are committed to producing a better adaptation of the light novel and that’s something to be excited about!

And Asia confesses her love and steals a kiss.

More High School DxD Hero Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review
Episode 12 Review


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