The Red Dragon Emperor, Issei Hyoudou, and the Occult Research Club are back in action as summer break comes for the students of Kuoh Academy. After their fight with Issei’s sworn enemy, Vali and the Chaos Brigade, it is clear just how inexperienced Rias Gremory's team is. As a result, she and Azazel lead the club on an intense training regime in the Underworld to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead.
While they slowly mature as a team, Issei will once again find himself in intimate situations with the girls of the Occult Research Club. Meanwhile, their adversaries grow stronger and more numerous as they rally their forces. And with the sudden appearance of Loki, the Evil God of Norse Mythology, the stage is set for epic fights and wickedly powerful devils in High School DxD BorN!
I’m sure by now, High School DxD is a franchise that needs little introduction. There’s little reason that anyone should begin watching the third season without watching the previous series. That’s like reading a book backwards from the last chapter. The thing about the High School DxD franchise is that we have a perverted main character named Issei. Then, there’s a whole horde of harem characters ranging from lovely ouju-samas, a pure innocent blonde, a loli cat with the strength of Hercules, and even an Angel. The math is pretty simple to do. Issei wants to add all of them to his harem formula. However,
unlike most harem series that ventures down a road of non-sense, High School DxD actually has a plot. As shocking as it may be, this harem show does actually have plot as the previous seasons proved itself to be actually effective. But unfortunately for High School DxD Born, effective has become a word of the past.
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa, the third season wastes little time to get straight to the point. In fact, the title itself suggest the tone with the word ‘Born’. For those who can guess it, it’s basically an indirect reference at the way boobs sounds like when they bounce around. I guess by anime logic that means we’ll see a lot of that both to satisfy fans’ needs and plot purposes. With all the buildup and events that leads from one point to another, the third season tries to seize the moment to capitalize on the story. The key word here is “try”.
Starting from the first few episodes, there’s already a lot going on. Discreetly, we can see that there’s something going on with Koneko that’s bothering her. Similarly enough, the show also reveals more events relating to Chaos Brigade as well as new antagonists. For Koneko, we also see a new girl that wants to take her back by any means until Issei and his group intervenes. Then, there’s other ominous foreshadowing with characters such as Akeno. To say the least, the show can actually be thrilling when it develops these little bits and bits of scenarios like pieces to a puzzle. And any fan of High School DxD can expect, fan service returns as well with boobs, ass, and seductiveness.
While the series has a promising start, it wavers down as the story progresses. I have read the light novels and the adaptations is not something that should be impressed by. Not only does the anime omits some appealing elements, it also fails to capture the point of the show especially in the second half. For what’s worth, the series went backwards on itself when it comes to story focus. While the first half of the series adds excitement with the conflicts in the supernatural world, it loses steam almost entirely later on. I say this because the show’s story turns messy with too many events happening and rapid resolutions. The plus side is that characterization retains a somewhat decent degree. But when it comes to storytelling, the third season pummels down the drain. For fans eager for some comedy though, you’ll probably get a good dose out of it from one of Issei’s new bizarre abilities that really emphasizes the ‘Born’ part of the title.
The main success of the third season is probably the characters. We have a very diverse and colorful range of characters. Ranging from the return of Issei and the Occult Research Club members to newly introduced characters such as Rossweisse, Odin, Kuroka, and Loki, the show captures the interest of its viewers when we want to see how their roles in the story. As some may guess though, Issei is still the main interest of the show as almost every episode still gives him a prominent role. This includes but not limited to saving from Koneko from her own self despair, giving Akeno the support she needs, or fighting against those he perceives as evil. As stereotypical as he can be, Issei does attract a good degree of honor as even characters such as Vali sees his purpose. However, the characterization doesn’t grow beyond than that as there’s too much happening for this one cour adaptation. Characters such as Ravel returns but hardly gains any spotlight. Rossweisse also makes little impact because of her sensitive personality (notice how she always thinks about how she may never get a boyfriend?). It’s things like this that doesn’t make first impression about a character. Although for perverted characters like Issei, her Valkyrie outfit is another story.
What’s really holding the series back though ultimately comes down to execution. In terms of buildups, the show knows what it’s doing. The characters introduced all show a degree of their personality that let anime only viewers anticipate what they may do next. However, the execution is cheesy. Remember the events of the first season about Asia nearly getting killed? Or the time when there’s fear that Issei’s feelings may never reach Rias? Yeah, we’ve seen that before and the third season wastes time again to exploit these themes. Also for whatever reason, the third season ultimately takes a route that is very cliché to the core. As gimmicky as High School DxD Born already is, this season really just doesn’t seem to keep up the momentum it has built. This isn’t just based on adaptation content but also the way the final few episodes are structured. It’s the lack of fun that results from this season’s experimentations that ultimately doesn’t live up to the hype. On the plus side though, there is still uncensored fan service for the fans. The emotional angles can be touching on occasions as High School DxD still retains a level of interest with its other characters. In retrospect though, this season is a very hit or miss for fans. For me, it’s much more of the miss.
As for technical aspects, there’s not much improvement for artwork. TNK Entertainment still handles the visual quality although there are hardly any changes to the environment of the show. The action is fun to watch on most terms with fine degrees of clever coordination. Unlike previous seasons, High School DxD born features much more of the supernatural world that is decorated to a fine degree to spark the fantasy atmosphere. The dragons, devil, demons, and all sorts of species you wouldn’t find anywhere is convincingly appealing. Then, there’s also the designs of the new characters such as Rosseweisse with her business-like and attractive Valkyrie battle outfit. Kuroka’s catlike dress is also alluring with its suggestive features while we also get modified and enhanced versions of Issei’s Boosted Gear. And at the center of it all, it’s the fan service. Surprisingly, it’s tamer than the previous season although it still seizes opportunities to show skin when it has the chance. Bedroom scenes, dress break, and clever camera angles are its trademarks. Any fan of the franchise shouldn’t be surprised by now as fan service has always been this series’ flagship.
The soundtrack is moderate and there’s nothing really to say much about it. In fact, the ED theme song that fans hope to see an improvement on really doesn’t live up to its expectations. I guess it’s perhaps the first season set the bar too high? Then again, soundtrack is one of the lesser noticeable features of the show. By OST context, the series delivers on most parts with its action features. When it comes to the emotional scenes, it stays honest and has the vulnerability that is convincing. However, that’s pretty much the only impression about it. Character voice mannerisms aren’t really impressive for our new characters. It’s gimmicky to the core with Kuroka’s ‘nya’, Odin’ ego, or Rossewisse’s nervousness. There’s even less of the suggestive moans and ahhs fans may be eager to hear out of the headphones.
High School DxD Born tries far too hard to make it look cool. Fans wants to see a fun, thrilling, and story that matches the momentum it has built. But what do we get instead? A clump of mess that digs itself deeper with inconsistency. Rushing and omitting parts is one thing but following down another road is another. As a 1 cour adaptation, it’s hard to salvage from its mistakes. From my perspective, the show tries to be far too serious as it should be. High School DxD has always been a show that mixes together plot, characters, and most importantly adding fun excitement. It’s almost if it’s self-aware and a main point of the third season never focuses on that point. That being said, you may still get some satisfaction out of the comedy (mostly fan service parts) or battle elements. Admitting, I have to say that some of the action bits improved while technical features such as visual quality died down. But ultimately, High School DxD Born is only a sporadically fun ride. It’s not even half entertaining as the previous season and is designed to be quoted than watched.
~ Just poke her breast already! - Dragon ~
[Pure Review: Anime Only]
The prior seasons have been a "big hit" to say the least; drawing viewers from both the fantasy, and ecchi realms. "Dragon of Dragon" has always been a franchise in my eyes with more storytelling and character development talent than the marketing lets off. Do I even have to quote FUNimation's introduction to "New"? ("more outrageous Oppai Battle Entertainment"). The series has always retained a curious mixture of action, intensity, suspense, realism, and of course: Oppai... It's a combination that in theory should drown out any seriousness, and while it's by no means a
show to be taken deadly seriously; there are indeed some thrilling and suspenseful, passionately fought battles. Like a signature style for the show, DxD is one of the very few "Lewd productions" that actually gets you to care somewhat about the characters and outcomes.
Everyone came for the oppai (but some will try to convince you otherwise), and while many continue for the same reason, another would be that Issei is such a decent POV into this highly supernatural world. He's almost always in an enviable situation, but being naive, courageous, believable, and just downright hilarious at times - he's a very likable protagonist regardless.
As the chronological continuation of High School DxD: New, High School DxD's third installment: BorN serves purely as additional anime content. It elaborates on the story from where we left off, introducing us to some new faces, developing existing faces, and creating an overriding sense of both progress and advancement. Following a similar formula as is shown in the previous seasons: Issei is once again battling alongside our beloved members of the Gremory household. He continues to deal with his devil career as the legendary red dragon, and we get front row seats!
DxD fans will be pleased to know that BorN continues to integrate the signature style/charm (explained above): incorporating passion and intensity into a very mature natured (*wink wink*) product. It should be safe to say then, regardless of my upcoming judgement, that DxD fans will at the very least be able to connect with the continuation of our story.
The conclusion of "New" was relatively open-ended, and BorN delves straight back into the grand-scaled religious warfare. It wastes little time, and pretty much uses a shock tactic: a burst of contextual information regarding the complexities of what's to come - in order to immerse the viewer in this particular section of the story. From a dragon's destiny, to a comrade's fate: BorN factors in a lot of important content into these 12 episodes. New individuals make their presence and roles in the war known, and we get more documentation of how the Gremory household's members are growing as a result of experience.
There are some perilous situations in which death looms over an ally, to invoke suspense and prove that character attachment values are in fact "a thing" in DxD. There are epiphany-like milestones and other key events in BorN's plot that really do make and impact and shift your perception to a degree of the entire series. We get development for previously underdeveloped members such as Koneko, and even talk more about our protagonist's destiny.
Clearly, you can't argue that there isn't enough SUBSTANCE to this third installment.
As the first DxD season to achieve a transformation of 3 whole volumes into anime form, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that this is also BorN's greatest downfall. Now if non-stop action is your forte, then congratulations: you can disregard this review and get to watching right away. The rest of us can pick up on the fact that we have some blatent pacing issues to note here...
With such an amount of substantial story content being squeezed into a mere 240 (or so) minutes, things aren't covered quite as comprehensively as in the first two seasons. Operating on a smaller scale gave a greater sense of understanding and personality to "DxD" and "New", whereas "BorN" quite literally operates through time and space. It's generally a very broad and more documentative rather than POV feeling interpretation of events. This documentation of the religious war lacks, but does not completely disregard:
Explanation - While a little slower to begin with, BorN quickly escalates through a series of events that shape the overriding plot. Whereas manga readers will not have problems with this, the sudden introduction of many characters - into the limelight for the first time, will somewhat live to confuse anime viewers. Besides "That's X, and they do Y", there's little answering the simple question of "What's going on?". For obvious reasons, this may reduce the viewers' ability to feel connected or passion toward the current happenings.
Suspense - In spite of the highly perilous plot that DxD was covering this time around, another demerit of the "rushing" many have noted, is that there's a very limited amount of suspense that can be offered. In the prior seasons, there would a definite build up to an unexpected calamity - which left visible scars. The fast pace of BorN however doesn't allow for enough prolonging of these "low-points", to make them believable.
The presented obstacles were overcome too easily. Simply-put, it's like brushing off losing a limb... At no point did I really "feel" the suspense of the fact that i'm never going to walk again...
Picking it back up though, and brushing it off... The show, not my leg...
It did exist to significantly further my contextual understanding of the DxD-verse, and I was even able to enjoy the enhancement of characters both new and old. The chemistry is still great, the dialogue is still very enjoyable, the battles (particularly the earlier ones) were still very heated, and it is of course upholding its cheeky ecchi aspect alongside a lot of classic innuendo humor. Typical DxD 101 you might say.
The audiovisuals? If you insist...
I'd say that BorN retains a similarly high art standard: well-defined characters on atmospheric backgrounds. The character shading has room for improvement, as does one of the weaker elements - depth... But casual DxD fans are likely to just say "Yeah, it's still pretty..."
The score is a little "flip-over-and-reuse" from prior seasons, but I can't argue with the fact that it's both sentimental-feeling where appropriate, and intense where appropriate. With the addition of 2 AWESOME new sequences (OP & ED), i'd say that the audio aspect has become a strong suit.
Accepting and willing DxD fans have nothing to lose by giving BorN a try. The story vividness is a little overly jeopardized for an anime - as a result of the pacing, but it brings forth a lot of relevant milestones and development to the table. While a little less impactual than the prior seasons, it's still an exhilarating and enjoyable thrill ride worth taking, brandishing that renowned DxD charm.
~ Why don't you just poke both simultaneously?! - Rias ~
Ok, so the 3rd sequel has just ended , frankly it's unfortunate that studio Genco and FUNimation didn't thought about making this sequel a 2nd season. tbh the 2nd sequel is bonkers, but I gotta say they did add some development with the 3rd sequel. However despite the developments I'm not gonna give the story category a high score, since it still rely on the MAc's sexual innuendo, also, the action plot may have become intense it still rely a lot from the MC getting his ass whooped when saving his harem.
So my verdict: a fair 6.
Like the previous
sequel, the anime still rely on the fanservice to sell and there is no explanation need , since sex sells in this anime and manga.
Therefore, my verdict: a Mediocre 5.
When it come to both the op and ed, I don't have much like for it, but I still like the VA's who did the character's voices like Rias, and Asia. Oh and I'm still not gonna give this category a high score.
So, my verdict: a Mediocre 5.
Ok, so what we have here are a bunch of character's whose portrayals were a complete dichotomy i.e.
Issei Hyoudou, ok as usual, he is still pervert who wants to have a harem, but the dichotomy about him was that he's in love with Rias and yet he want's to be the Harem King, which basically conflicts his character as whole where he never makes any attempts to do his harem that this fool already has, which was quite annoying that form someone who wants to be the harem king despite of having a lot of girls sleeping naked besides him would still be a virgin.
Ria Gremory, I always wonder if she is still in her teens or is she a hundred year old hag in the body of a teenage babe, let's not forget that in some of those flashbacks we see her meeting some of her servant whom are still very young while we see her the way she is. The dichotomy about her was that she loves Issei and yet she makes no attempts to keep some of the girls away from his man, the only attempt we saw her duking out for Issei's affection was with Akeno, but it never progress beyond it.
Akeno Himejima, if there is any real competition for Issei's affection, it would be her, but the way she competes was nothing short of just a petty quarrel with her master Rias, then again just like Rias, she too never makes any attempts to take Issei away from Rias.
As for the rest of the girls, they too never make any attempts as well to competed for Issei's affection as well, but Asia is a waste, thought she is wife material for Issei she basically placed as mistress thingy, also there is Yuuto who wasn't even given a piece of the harem pie.
Another, just like the 2nd sequel , two new harem members get's added into the mix notably Rosswiess and Irian who is now a full time member of the Issei's harem, which, aside from the dichotomy of the main characters, to sum it up, this anime category should have a low score but not that low.
So my verdict: a poor 3.
So far just like with the previous sequels, the only thing I enjoy about this anime was the fanservice, and need I say more....maybe not, cu'z that's just the way I see it, so I hope you guys understand.
My verdict: a Good 7.
I'm not gonna give this anime a high score, sure if you sum it up it should be a 7 or a 6, but that's not how I do it, not because I like something about the anime doesn't mean that I appreciate the anime as whole, the score I give to each category only applies to that category but the overall is the top factor, so since this anime still relies a lot on the fanservice and with all that fancy cliche and dichotomy, my verdict for this anime as a whole would be.........
Okay, who else was hyped for this? I was, and so we're my buddies and you know what we got? Not the DxD we were hoping for... There will be SPOILERS, so if you haven't watched it, read someone else's review, screw mine.
Okay, I can't see how terrible this season was. It's that bad compared to the first two. As a fan of the series, I was extremely unpleased with this forced plot and story.
First, we meet Koneko's older sister, then it's revealed that the only way Koneko can become more powerful, she must use the powers she was born with. She is inclined to
never use them but later, she says Fuck It, I'll use them anyways for the plot's sake. Really? No real reason. What makes me more pissed than that was how for the sake of Issei's club harem, she starts to adore him due to plot once again. They never really had any development, I can't see how she would fall for Issei if she despised him in the first place. Duw to sake of the story, Issei instantly gets his BARANCU BUREEEEIIIIKAAAA, by poking Rias's nips and then blasts neko fanservice jugs. Vali comes in, says what's up, neko girl escapes with him, and they disappear. Why? What was the point in Vali coming, she could've said that she was in his little brigade of badasses and left.
Next, the conflict. It's pathetic, oh look, Chaos Brigade strikes again. Loki attacks the united devils, angels, and fallen angels, but then gets jumped and smashed by Issei. Oh noes, devil dude wants Asia for himself, let's kidnap her in order for Issei to unlock more powers and force more development that they do not need. If the show needed more development between characters, go for Akeno or Xenovia, since they basically have no development, other than Akeno sucking dragon juices and Xenovia wanting to fuck. Moving on, Vali comes up to show off his already mastered powers once again, fucking JAGGANOTTU DURIBU, and bitch slaps Issei back into his senses and runs off again.
Look, Asia's in trouble again, Issei comes in, beats up pussy noble devil, loses Asia again, gets salty, WABAAAAM, Vali comes in AGAIN, ''Yo man, found her in between dimensions.'' and jumps off to wherever he goes again. REALLY BRAH, when are you two gonna fight? Asia is saved and we have barely anymore episodes this season. Let's just have some foreshadow play now. A fake and extremely assertive Issei appears, magically seduces Rias, and somehow goes into a different dimension. Alright, let's go ask Master Vali how to get there.
They see Vali and they find out how they get there, hey, it's the descendant of King Arthur Pendragon, what's that sword you got here, a Holy Sword? It's not Excalibur? Ah yes, there was already a sword named that, so lets not give it its proper name. The damn sword is bullshit, it can cut open spaces into dimensions. LIKE THAT'S NOT DANGEROUS, RIGHT???
Okay, let's save Rias, oh noes, she's the Red Dragon Empress somehow. Issei, save her ass and get beaten at the same time for two episodes, hell yeah. Issei kicks his own ass or beats the imposter's right after. Rosswiess is still insignificant and is now the second Rook of team Rias. She serves as a teacher at their school, OH BOY, A CLUTS TEACHER, WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO? Dammit.
Basically, the whole season was wasted on saving Asia for god knows how many episodes. I'm really worried on the next season how it's gonna be. Now before you bombard me with ''Next season is not comfirmed'' shit, come on, its DxD, it will get one. Like how To Love Ru Darkness got a second season. Again, this season is not worth any time. If you're a diehard fan of DxD, go watch it. You'll come in with high hopes, and come out with lower. Otherwise, fuck this season. Plus, DxD is known for it's abundant fanservice, this season is lacking largely compared to the first two, that's a con.
1. Issei becomes more badass of course.
1. Forced plot
2. Issei VS Vali postponed for next season
3. Unnecessary Issei almost dying 3 times even though he's the protagonist and obviously he'll never die.
4. Pheonix Sister adores Issei.
5. Plot holes, a shit load of them.
It has a lot of cons, but it's DxD, it can get away with it easily, knowing it... I kind of trashed it, but I won't lie, it's still an alright show, and I'll look forward to a fourth season, I want to see Issei and Vali fight in their strongest form or see them ally together and defeat the Red Dragon God thing.
One way this season would've been better if Issei left the group and joined the Chaos Brigade and got stronger, kind of like Tokyo Ghoul when Taneki left the coffee place.
Highschool DxD primarily utilizes humor and fan service to explain the aftermath of a war between angels, devils, and fallen angels. Through the midst of the comedy and fan service, comes a few unexpectedly motivation and thought-provoking quotes.
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