The misadventures of Issei Hyoudou, high school pervert and aspiring Harem King, continue on in High School DxD New. As the members of the Occult Research Club carry out their regular activities, it becomes increasingly obvious that there is something wrong with their Knight, the usually composed and alert Yuuto Kiba. Soon, Issei learns of Kiba's dark, bloody past and its connection to the mysterious Holy Swords. Once the subject of a cruel experiment, Kiba now seeks revenge on all those who wronged him.
With the return of an old enemy, as well as the appearance of two new, Holy Sword-wielding beauties, it isn't long before Issei and his Devil comrades are plunged into a twisted plot once more.
Okay, let's get it out of the way: If your still watching at this point, you probably don't have a problem with ecchi, boobs, panty shots and ALMOST hentai. SO going on that basis, I'm not going to cater to the type of person wo's gonna whine about the obnoxious Boob/panty shots.
This show is awesome. Seriously, it's the best ecchi show ever created (and believe me, I've seen a few). And why? Because it doesn't take itself seriously. Some shows, like Highschool of the Dead, would be good if not for the fanservice, but Dxd works in the opposite way. It would suck without
the comedy, fanservice and stupidity. Let's break this down:
STORY: For what it is, the plot of DXD new is actually fairly serious, without seeming dumb. . .much. The first arc is actually quite dark, and all in all I enjoyed the greater scale the second season had over the first. The best/worst point about the plot, depending on who you ask, is the fact that the writers always have a new plot device to the pull out of there ass to explain why something happened. Which is great if you can look past it, but some people can't.
ART: Probably the worst aspect of the show, the art is pretty standard, and the show basically goes at the basic level you would expect for an anime in 2013. Probably because the animators were too busy drawing boobs.
SOUND: The music for this show is legit good, although I would say that neither of the openings in this season lived up to the awesome one from the first. That said, all the main themes that play through out are pretty good, both light-hearted tunes for the comical half of the show, and epic orchestra's and simple wind sections for the more dark/serious portions.
CHARACTERS: You either try and take them seriously, and hate them, or you don't, and love them. I think that Issei is great, because he's basically ME if I was in that situation, and all the new side characters are pretty great (Go IRENA!!!). And a couple of the original team get some fleshing out, namely Kiba and Akeno, so good times.
ENJOYMENT: All said and done, this is why I gave the show a ten: It's fun. Highschool DxD is the best show to just relax and watch, with a box of chocolate/kleenex, depending on which way your inclined. And as Ecchi shows go, it's definitely at the top end of the scale. Can't wait for season 3!!!
Highschool DxD New!
The second season of “Highschool DxD”. As you may know, this is an anime series that actually has a story line. The anime consists of having ecchi, harem fan services, the same as the prequel. The story is involving a guy named Issei, who is seventeen years old. If you have watched the prequel of this anime, you would know that he is Rias Gremory’s (King) Pawn covering up all eight pieces of the front strike army. Issei has a goal to be best harem king!
Story : 10
The story of the second season is mainly about the characters and their past.
We get to see how Yuuto Kiba was found by the beautiful captain, Rias Gremory to be her knight. Half of the series is about Yuuto and his sad-ning past. Akeno Himejima also gets screen time in this sequel and we reveal very eye opening secrets about her. We also get few characters to join us in the adventure.
Sound : 9
The voice acting in Highschool DxD will not disappoint you one bit. The voice actor of Akeno, Shizuka Itou, did a wonderful job on keeping her voice to seductive as possible. The voice actor for Kiba, Kenji Nojima also did a great part for the emotional and sadness voice acting for Yuuto as we reveal his past. The OST, or the background music really hit the spot in the second season! The music was very well fitting with the theme of the anime at the specific moment. The opening song from Episode 1 to 6 was very disappointing in my opinion and didn’t really touch or felt in contact with the song. However, the second opening song “Gekijouron” by ZAQ lasted from episode 7 to 12 did a very fine job on the song and the music. The ending songs were very… weird… As it was “Churo Churo Haye Haye, Churo Churo hey girls!” I was disappointed but to harem and ecchi fans watching the screen will be not as it includes the female characters from DxD doing a dance and making very sexy poses.
Art/Animation : 10
The art in Season 2 is agreeable that, this season was better than the last. How you may ask? There were a lot of scenes that the club went in forests or parks that has trees. As the leaves on the tree block the sun’s view and give you shade, it felt very realistic that on Issei (usually) there were some sun spots on his cheeks and shade on other half. The art of the animation was outstanding as there were more nudity in Season 2 and was enjoyable for a lot of ecchi and harem fans.
Characters : 8
The main character is still very annoying and is surrounded by women with pretty faces and big breasts. He tries to be a hero and says “Hey! Don’t talk about her like that, you bastard! I’ll kill you!” and gets beat eventually and embarrassed on his butt. The secondary characters in Highschool DxD are very interesting as we get to know more about Yuuto and Akeno-kun’s past. Few more characters join us in this journey. I cannot describe it well without giving spoilers but the character is mistaken to be another gender while the other supporting character is a beautiful short-haired lady who is the enemy of Issei and the gang and later joins them.
Enjoyment : 10
Overall I do think that the Season 2 is better than Season 1 and would highly recommend to anime lovers in the genres: Supernatural, Ecchi, Harem. It is now to the conclusion that I give my overall rating for this anime which would be a perfect, 10/10.
Thank you for reading my review; if you have come this far I will add something extra.
Another Recommended Series in this type of genres :
Rosario To Vampire
With the onslaught of ecchi titles that have come out this past year or so, there hasn’t really been many of them that have the distinct charm or courage as some of the great ones. They are all devoid of any pleasure or wit in how fan-service can be portrayed as colorful and sometimes ascetically beautiful in its artistry and dialogue. However, with that said, there are sometimes great gems hidden in the genre that actually does provide great comedy and memorable characters. Enter High School DxD.
The series started out with the first season as, in my mind, as a decent comedy/fan-service show with plenty
of entertainment to behold. Unfortunately, to its set-backs, most of the characters didn’t get enough deep characterization except for Rias, Asia, and Issei. Now we have High School DxD New, with a new story, plenty of glorious fan-service that makes the previous series pale in comparison in this aspect, and plenty more character development that was lacking in the first season. It is because of these three examples that makes this season the best one of the series so far.
It’s one thing if there are plenty of fan-service to your show to rank up with the great ones, but how does the art design fair with the show? By far, this series has some of the best character designs I’ve ever seen in any ecchi anime. All of the girls are drawn exquisitely gorgeous and are very easy on the eyes. Typically in this type of genre, you have to talk about the breasts and whether if they are over-emphasized to the point where they don’t compliment to the girls’ figures. While it may depend on what you feel is too much for your size, the breasts in this show actually compliment all of the girls’ bodies and don’t feel out-of-place at all given how they are beautifully drawn. It is also a huge plus for the studio’s part to actually show the breasts in full uncensored glory and no annoying white fog.
Now with the actual fan-service itself, there are plenty of reasons to like certain fan-service scenes in any show but if you want to make it fun and exciting for someone like me who wants good writing put into his fan-service show, you can’t always put one in every single minute. Contrary to popular belief, there can be an intelligent way of putting fan-service into your show. The key is good pacing in-between each joke and good writing that is both quirky and funny that don’t feel old after each continuing episode. In DxD New’s case, they actually spread the fan-service far apart enough to where they all feel new and fresh every time you are shown one. From the first second of the show, you’re already put into a situation where you have Rias’s gorgeous naked body cuddling with Issei and it’s done with very clever intentions thanks to Issei’s funny dialogue.
Onto the actual characters themselves, they all are still lovable and charming as ever in this second installment. At first, Issei can seem a bit over-eccentric at times with his love of oppai but it’s one of those things where you can’t help but love the guy for his pure passion for something that he loves. It does help that he is voiced by the always mystifying Yuki Kaji who seems to always pop up in the most random shows these days; I also consider him somewhat the king of perverted characters in this current age of anime at this point. The one and only Rias Gremory is back and isn’t afraid to rev up the funny nature of the show up a notch with her fantastic body and it doesn’t help for us with poor hearts that the always sexy Yoko Hikasa voices her, which in mind is just perfect casting. However, the one character that has now shot up to new heights of greatness is Akeno who is given more development that she so desperately needed and good heavens was it a wonderful experience seeing her hilarious seductive moments to Issei.
Supporting cast is, unfortunately, hit and miss for this season. We’ve already had Asia’s development in the previous season so there’s not much to talk about in her role here but it is nice to see her jealous moments here and there, always a nice laugh. The ones that are a hit are Xenovia and Yuuto who are good for different reasons. Yuuto’s plot arc involving him and his role in the club is now fully developed in his plot arc in this season and it’s actually done with good effect in his own personal struggles with coming to terms of his past. Xenovia is good in a different way. Not that her development was bad by any means, but her dialogue involving Issei is some of the funniest of the season by far. Her wanting to have a baby with Issei has to be the most brilliant comedic scene in the entire series in how it comes out of nowhere and how it is written so funny. The rest of the good characters in the season are definitely Rias’s brother and father who I would love to shake their hand in showing us an embarrassed Rias.
For the ones that were a miss are the ones who don’t leave much of an impression, unlike the ones I’ve mentioned above. There are times where characters, one in particular Irina Shidou, seem like they are going to have a bigger impact with the show’s story but they are hardly even there once the story progresses. It is a real shame because Irina seemed like she would be a wonderful character see in funny situations with Issei. Koneko is another character that is hardly ever given anything to work for other than to show off her combat abilities and say disgusted remarks at Issei’s perverted behavior. With the side characters, they aren’t initially supposed to have a lot of material to heighten the plot and comedy but the writers could’ve at least come up with more interesting things for them to do so we can care for them.
Now with the characters out-of-the-way, how is the plot fare with the fan-service? While the plot in the first season wasn’t anything really groundbreaking or special, it was mostly driven through character interaction and with this new season it fares a little better in how they introduce interesting plot arcs. Luckily the melodramatic moments in the first season are hardly in this season so it doesn’t seem so hokey and eye-rolling in how undramatic it was. Not to say there aren’t any serious moments, there are plenty of them, but they aren’t done in a way where I would roll my eyes in how out-of-place it is with the tone of the show.
So with all that’s said and done, High School DxD New is a welcoming sequel to the lovable franchise that shows no limits to censorship and great oppai. Unprofessional as I make it to be, there’s an underlying fact of life that we are all human and we love to look at pictures or videos that gives us pleasure and makes us happy to be alive. We all need to keep this in mind when judging shows such as High School DxD, whether you love it or hate it. If there is something we can all agree on, is giving us the existence of Rias-senpai; what more could you ask for?
Let's get out of the most obvious factors first. For those already familiar with the High School DxD franchise, you're probably already familiar with some of its elements like the ecchi fanservice, harem building ethnics, and clothes tearing off through battles. More than that though, High School DxD New surprisingly has a plot. Can you believe it? An ecchi series with a plot! Well, if it means anything, it also involves a young man named Hyoudo Issei as he makes his goal to create his own harem and become a harem king.
As part of the continuing show from the original High School DxD that
aired in 2012, High School School DxD New continues directly as a sequel series. It adapts material from the light novel (novel volumes 3 + 4) based off the same name written by Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama-Zero. The show returns with delicious fun and trouble for Issei and his friends as startling revelations are exposed and conflicts are established.
For a breath of refreshment, Issei Hyoudo is the typical high school kid who has no girlfriend but instead fantasizes about women (usually ones with big breasts). Then, he has this date after being asked out by a cute girl one day. If you thought your date ended up being terrible with the girl of your dreams blowing you off, then think again. Issei's date gets himself killed and in the worst way possible. But luckily, fate strikes as he is bought back as a devil and servant but the beautiful Rias Gremory. Now, Issei is part of a greater destiny.
Now with that out of the way, we can move on because Issei has learned quite a bit since he was killed from the first season during his first date. For instance, he has been perfecting his 'Dress Break' skill to many degrees that tends to result in compromising moments against his female opponents. At the same time, Issei has also began to make new relationships whether friend of foe. There is a certain instinct in Issei throughout the series that makes him....desirable in a way for his female companions despite them seeing him as a pervert. For Issei though, he is still often despised as a pervert at school wherever he goes. It doesn't seem like the way other female students at school has changed his views on him since the first season either. To make factors worse, there are also rumors being spread between him and another fellow student – Yuuto Kiba. It's not the prettiest picture when rumors saturated with BL undertones are being spread around a co-ed school that was once a female only academy.
But with that being said though, it is surprising that Yuuto Kiba gets quite the highlight especially in the first half of the season. Normally in harem series like this, you'd expect the main guy to be the center of attention trying to hog all the girls. However for the first half of the anime, we get to see a different side of Kiba than his usual cherry self. This relates to an incident in the past as we get take a little trip down memory lane. From that path, Kiba's past is not only revealed but we also get to see many startling revelations. Along with that though, new characters also makes their appearances from the light novels. Plot-wise, the second half focuses more on the ongoing conflicts going throughout the world of High School DxD. These conflicts become more grim and grimmer as we encounter antagonists that puts nearly everyone's lives at danger. Even with Issei, Rias, and her servants on the good side, there's a sense of hopelessness and anger-like atmosphere present. That's definitely a lot worse than failing an exam during high school.
As this is the sequel of the original High School DxD, most of the main and supporting characters return while newer ones makes their appearances in the show. Of the most prominent female characters returning is Rias Gremory, the most admired beauty at school. However at the same time, we also can't forget the other girls like Asia, Koneko, and Akeno. This is especially true as Akeno herself also gets a spotlight and revelations are revealed about her. The certain degree in which her character shifts between flirtatious and moody makes viewers questions a bit about her past similar to Yuuto Kiba. It's from this sequel that we learn more about them as well as the new characters.
As more secrets are revealed, conflicts also emerges throughout the series. This time around, the Occult Research Club really has their hands full not just dealing with the typical assignments but also saving the world. It's about survival and various instances puts many characters' lives at risk. The risk involves the new antagonists with seemingly incredible abilities. They're faster, smarter, and stronger. Even the new supporting characters seemingly gets on the bad side of Ria's Occult Club that rises some angry eyebrows.
Judging the action of this show, High School DxD New maintains balance of fighting and comedy the same time. It's surprising though since shows like this should be parodied with fighting especially with Issei's forbidden 'Dress Break' technique, a skill so lustful that any female getting a taste of it might not feel the same way again after its first experience. Maybe I'm exaggerating here but the show presents it in a way that is laughable but also the same time serious with its atmosphere. The majority of the main female cast all possesses skills in the arts of fighting with various degrees ranging from conducting electricity, healing, or throwing hardcore knockouts with a simple knuckles' fist. It's obviously by now that we realize the female characters of this show represents a sort of antithesis as to the typical feeble or frail girl. At the same time, Issei himself shows a bit of experience and determination whether it's in battle or conflicts. This is what earns him the respect and even admiration of his peers.
The show has fan service. This is obvious for those who are familiar with the first season. It doesn't go tame in any way in this sequel though. Even the first few seconds might raise some eyebrows with our beautiful Rias Gremory and her servant. There are many instances throughout the show that presents fan service in various ways whether it's the cliche pool episode with swimsuits, naked aprons, or just...nude in general. Fans can take this in different ways but Issei takes it as the experience of a youth. Most if not all the fan-service incidents in this show involves Issei and a female character in some sort of compromising position. These aren't always accidental either but rather intentional. What makes a bit frustrating though is how dense Issei is despite obvious hints given by the female characters being interested in him. To put it a bit simply, he's the type of guy where you need to have billboard written out to get the message through him. The various teases and delicious bodies of the girls are sometimes right in front of him, not more than 3 feet away. However, his response is generally typical and so predictable that it hurts.
Visual wise, fan service is out in the open. The majority of the female characters are designed with attractive curves, crystal clear eyes, and voluptuous figures. There's many direct references to their figures throughout the show by Issei and other characters that makes it distracting to watch. But taken on a more serious perspective, there are some decent design for the fighting transformations especially for some of our antagonists. They give off a dangerous look and presents that sense of hopelessness when confronting the heroes of this show. The new supporting character also give them a more holy-like aura while one other new character might be mistaken for its gender. Yuuto of course returns as a bishonen while Issei is colored with generic flavors. It's nothing extraordinary at all but for a show like this, it's to be expected. Just take a look at their uniforms with the obvious suggestive factors and you'll get a good idea.
It's uncommon these days to see a one core series getting two different OP/ED songs. This is featured for the first half and second half of High School DxD New. The OP songs has a similar premise giving the montage of the main and supporting characters with bits of foreshadowing. The OP song "Sympathy" by Larval Stage Planning has this eerie like tone to it while its second OP song "Gekijouron" by ZAQ expands a bit of its first half. If fans remember the original ED song from season 1 with the pole dancing and very suggestive poses, then the first ED song might be a bit of disappointment in terms of service. The second ED song though brings back that delicious fan service factor fans might be hoping for. It's noticeable that both songs are performed by the voice actresses of the same characters in the show as well. (Yoko Hikasa, Shizuka Itou, Azumi Asakura, Ayana Taketatsu, Risa Taneda, Ayane Sakura). The OST is consistent enough but sometimes seems out of space. Well what do you expect though? The boobs are back.
In essence, High School DxD New is what fans of the original series may want with the fan-service, action, and plot progression. Yes, I said plot progression. Even for an ecchi show like this, there's development with certain characters that progresses the plot in its way. This series is definitely not the best show out there but it has its moments. If I had to describe this show, it would be sexy but also equally annoying to watch at some cases. Emphasis on the sexy.
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