12 of 12 episodes seen
For an Ecchi harem, it has a very interesting story and that's one of the primary reasons I gave it a high grade in this area, it doesn't stack up very well compared to other genres but for what it is, it is extremely entertaining. It has fun with itself and the author seems to be having a lot of fun writing it. They've setup an interesting shounen-style premise with an interesting cast of characters and backgrounds that play off of each other nicely.
There are entire worlds left unexplored in the first season and if you've read the light novels you'd know there's plenty of things left in this universe. The world is massive, the characters are endless and I don't think there's ever a moment when I was bored. One of the best things about DxD is it's ability to completely lose it's mind, as seen in one of the first episodes where a devil is depicted as shooting lasers out of her funbags. The level of comedy in this show is pretty great too and there's plenty to laugh at both now, and in the future when another season arrives.
All that said, the level of fanservice is infinity level so those who are annoyed by it, you'll just have to stay away. It's rampant, there's bare-chested nudity and a lot of it. This doesn't bug me much at all and I've honestly ignored the whole thing and genuinely enjoy the story.
The animation quality is pretty good, better than other of it's genre but sadly it doesn't stack up quite as well against other big name titles. I am convinced it has some of the best animation the ecchi/harem/comedy department will ever see but it doesn't stack up so well against it's epic shounen adventure counterparts.
The battle scenes are fairly well animated but it seems like they've saved some of the budget there to expand on uhm, other fronts if you catch my drift. Many of the ecchi scenes are animated to professional quality while the battle scenes left more to be desired. Don't get me wrong, the battle scenes aren't bad but the fact that you can clearly see more attention to detail in the character's chest areas compared to critical battles is something that should be pointed out.
As for Sound, The characters are voiced well, nothing seems particularly out of place; The OP for DxD is sort of generic but the music isn't that bad. The ED I'm convinced is one of the best this season (and not just for the epic fanservice), the song is incredibly catchy and fits the series well in both the fun and lyrics department. Not much to say about the sound really, everything fits like it should but there's nothing exceptionally spectacular about it.
The characters are a big part of the story and I've already voiced my opinion on them but I'll try to get a little more specific. Kiba, probably the weakest character of the bunch is Issei's rival yet is one of the few of the group who treats Issei with any amount of respect - not much to say about him, his development would be in the second season (Light novels 3-4) but as it stands he's a pretty weak and undeveloped character.
Akeno is an S&M freak who likes torturing enemies and of course, is sexy. Koneko is a stoic cat lady who constantly calls Issei out for being a gigantic pervert.
Ashia is the resident pure maiden who's being influenced by Rias' perverted devil ways, she lusts for Issei and yet doesn't know enough about relations between man and woman to do much about it. Rias is burdened by her family name and is in an arranged marriage situation, falls in love with our resident pervert when he saves her from that fate.
Then there's Issei, our main character. He's a pervert, he ends up in funny situations and rubs his sexual exploits in his friends' faces. He wants to touch any and all sexual parts of the opposite sex. He's awesome in that he ends up getting a harem which he's totally unaware of because he doesn't believe women can be genuinely interested in him, when they all eventually fall victim to his pure hearted pervert ways. This all sounds pretty bland and natural for the genre, but they all come together quite beautifully (no pun intended) and it ends up being a laugh riot. There's no typical harem cockblocking or shenanigans here. The enemies are generally all generic except the bosses, but are interesting enough to make you wonder.
Let's be honest, DxD isn't going to be winning any awards but it's entertaining as all hell. It's completely insane, shameless and interesting. I've not had this much fun watching an anime in a while. The fun factor is in it's ability to tell an interesting story and it's comedy, there's also some mighty powerful fanservice for those interested in that. (yes, they have bare uncensored breasts, let's shoehorn that in right now) You'll have a good time watching this anime if you can judge the anime based on it's merits in this genre over the level of fan service. Yes, if you hate fan service, you will be annoyed to the maximum extent but otherwise, it's really very fun. I suggest picking it up and waiting for a second season, it's been ranked pretty high in the preorders and sales department and it's sure to have another season (or two, hopefully). It's not the best anime this season but it's certainly not even close to the worst. Give it a shot. read more
25 of 25 episodes seen
In terms of story, it's pretty basic but it's how it's executed that makes it enjoyable. In these kinds of romances you would expect there to be a lot of melodramatic scenes in every episode (there is some, but at least it's not constantly in your face) and a lot of internal monologue but there isn't, thankfully. I think this plays to it's advantage because to be frank both of those things are normally very annoying in recent romance anime.
The art is pretty good, the setting is also very good. It feels like you're part of their every day lives, because of the recurring scenery. Their houses, their walk to school, their school and even their shopping district all become familiar to the watcher.
Not much to say about sound really, the OP/ED and soundtrack are fairly generic and not all that memorable.
Characters are great, the protagonist and his midget sidekick steal the show, obviously, but the background characters are also designed fairly well. The interactions between them all are almost always funny or at least enjoyable on some level, very rarely do characters or their stories seem out of place. There is however the nagging point of the student council president being a horrible character and side-story, I just didn't really like it at all. That's me.
In terms of enjoyment, Toradora is the best. I can pop it on from episode 1 and marathon the entire thing when I'm in the mood for it, it never gets old. Maybe it would get old if I did this constantly, I don't know, but I know that I watch it at least every 4 months or so. You love the characters, their interactions with one another (very funny), the romance forming, the world they live in and in many cases you can also relate with them and their dilemmas, when the time comes for it. The romance is also very cute, so that helps.
Overall, watch the damn thing. Even if romance isn't your genre the comedy and story otherwise are enjoyable and stand on their own. It's also a critical piece of animation if you're really into the anime scene, if somebody hasn't seen it they're likely living under a rock. You might be let down if you ignore the title and become too attached to the other love interests, in any case, don't miss this awesome anime. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Now, let's talk about the girls. That's what a harem is all about, let's not fool ourselves. (besides, girls aside this anime is empty and there is no plot development otherwise) The main problem with this particular harem is that every single girl besides the chosen girl has actual plot development. The MC inexplicably likes the main girl, there is no rhyme or reason for it, he just does because he does. That's fine I guess, but it's all dependent on the circumstances. There's at least 4 girls with more air time than the main girl and the MC helps them out with their girl issues, all of which is kind of fun to watch until he rejects their advances, hard. To it's credit, when the girls are rejected they move on with their lives like normal human beings but even still I just don't see any good reason FOR the MC to reject those girls. Every single one had a better relationship with the MC than the main one. Every. Single. One.
Girl #1 (Hinata, Ibuki): She's my pick, anyway. She's Ui's best friend. She interacts with the MC in the most interesting ways and has the most fun with the MC out of all of them. In the time they gave her on air, I can't say I disliked it. She's competitive and the MC distracts her with his swag and causes her to sometimes mess up (seen about halfway through the series), toward the end she loses a tournament (MC's swag didn't do it this time) and the MC helps her cheer up, they get closer and she asks the MC to call her by her first name (this bothers Ui, but screw her anyway, you'll know why when you read my description of her). She wants to date the MC, brings it up and is laughed at. Yeah. She's such a bro the MC doesn't see her as a serious love interest (ouch) but he apologizes and rejects her properly! (Hooray, fuck you MC)
Girl #2 (Sakai, Hina): She runs away from home after a dispute with her parents to the MC's house, her father shows up at the MC's house and the MC gives him shit for being a bad father, then the father challenges him to a competition and the MC wins. The MC helps her fix her soft-spoken nature and basically her life in general.
Girl #3 (Koumoto, Madoka): Childhood friend, made one of those lame marriage pact (lol tropes) that you see in every harem anime ever. She's androphobic (lol tropes? it is a pretty common thing these days I guess) but she's soft spoken and she gets the MC to remember their times together only to be rejected coldly and bluntly (owned, seriously).
Girl #4 (Toudou, Koyori): Yes, I went there. Even Koyori is a better love interest than Ui. MC Helps her win a race for a sick boy, she loves helping people and loves how nice the MC is.
Girl #5 (Nakatsugawa, Ui - Main moeblob): She's hungry a lot, she eats a lot, she does things that can be interpreted as cute. Oh, she's also a brocon whore. That's just about it.
Are you beginning to see the problem here? That is seriously the only development Ui gets, her job is to get over the love of her brother so she can date the MC. How is this likable? Why does the MC like her at all? It's bizarre. They have hardly any interactions and she's borderline unlikable. This isn't just an issue of me liking one girl over the others, it's an issue of the main one being AWFUL and ANY alternative would have been better. Any. Single. One.
Anyway, that's basically it for the review. Skip this hunk of garbage unless you like suffering. read more