Highschool DxD is a Japanese light novel series that started on September 20, 2008 and is currently ongoing, this review is about the light novel’s anime adaption that has currently two seasons and a bunch of OVAs with a third season releasing in April of this year, it’s another ecchi anime and just so you know my friend that recommended Highschool Of The Dead also recommended that I watch this, yeah my friend is somewhat of an Ecchi addict but she is rather awesome but anyway I should actually start talking about the thing before I lose my train of thought.
This anime is a comedy/ecchi/romance show and let me tell you now, every way to Sunday this anime is absolutely NOT for children there is some nudity, innuendo and quite a few other things that make me give this a 18 and up rating but now on to the basic plot of the show.
The story of Highschool DxD is about Issei Hyodou, a second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever, who is then reincarnated as a devil and from that day forward serves as an underling to a high-level devil named Riasu who just happens to be the prettiest girl on Issei’s campus and with his rebirth he is thrown head first into the realm of angels, demons, fallen angels and etc.
One of the high points of Highschool DxD is it’s creative use of religion, Ichiei Ishibumi who is the writer of Highschool DxD created a world where the eternal war between angels, devils and fallen angels is over and a truce was established between the three factions and for someone like me who has a unhealthy curiosity about supernatural things I found it rather cool that the writer took such a risk since it’s based around religion and it usually does not go too well all that often but here it works and I found it surprisingly enjoyable.
Highschool DxD has some really cool and likable characters with my personal favorite being Rias (the female lead) who is a high level devil along with being the little sister of Satan and yes you heard right, the cute red head is the sister of the lord of ultimate evil and he is a pretty likable dude and badass looking as all hell and then some.
None of the characters in Highschool DxD are boring at least to me anyway and even the side characters have a considerable amount of depth to them and as someone who likes to write stories in his spare time I like great characters and Highschool DxD has them and none of them are forgettable by any means, I should however mention something about Issei because he is one of the few reasons why this show is so infamous.
Issei is a huge pervert and he ties with Master Roshi (one of the oldest perverts in anime existence) in my opinion, his goal is to become a high level demon so he can have a harem and yes I am being serious, he gets demonic powers and the thing he wants most is an army of girls and a harem but to be honest a very very small portion of myself finds that goal somewhat admirable….. incredibly stupid yet admirable.
Issei although being a pervert demonstrates great potential as his resurrection required Rias to consume all eight pawns of her allotted team and when I say pawn I mean the chess pieces, yep Rias plays chess and each of the devils in her household represents a piece, she is the King, Akeno is the Queen, Koneko is the Rook, Kiba and Xenovia are Knights and Asia and Gaspar are Bishops.
Each of them has special abilities tied to their piece with Issei being the most unique, he can copy the abilities of the other members of the household and use them as his own but that isn’t what makes him special, he is the wielder of something called a Sacred Gear or more specifically the Boosted Gear which initially takes the form of a gauntlet on his left arm and houses a dragon spirit titled “the Red Dragon Emperor” and he has quite a few cool abilities due to the gauntlet and he is the owner the Balance Breaker Scale Mail with is one of the sickest looking armors in anime in my honest opinion.
Although most would consider the only high point of the series is the bucket loads of fan service I disagree because the show has some impressive fights throughout and I really enjoyed them and although Issei is a massive pervert let me tell you something, he can sure take a beating, during one fight he was impaled through BOTH legs with spears of light (a weapon capable of killing demons), he stands up and keeps on fighting.
Rias, Akeno, Koneko, Kiba and the other devils are all power houses especially Koneko who in one episode rips a solid oak tree out of the ground and begins to bludgeon a creature to death with it after hearing that it’s creator said that “having a flat chest is evil” so yeah don’t annoy girls with flat chests ladies and gents because they just might tear a giant tree out the ground and beat you with it so who says you don’t learn anything important after watching anime.
Just so you know, nothing sexual happened in this scene, Issei woke up and was shocked because Rias was asleep next to him naked, she then wakes up and says that she likes sleeping in the nude and then his mother walks in and sees them both like that so Rias had to do a Jedi like mind trick thing with her devil powers and well the results are beyond funny in my honest opinion because Issei’s parents begin to tease and joke around.
DxD has a ton of moments like where Issei is pretty much the joke, he is constantly looked down upon by Koneko for being a pervert and she almost broke him in half while helping him stretch and warm up for a dodge ball match because he was thinking perverse thoughts about Akeno being naked and if you don’t believe me the clip is below but edited so it’s safe.
While it isn’t for everyone I enjoyed the humor in DxD since I grew up watching Carry On films, if you don’t know what those are please open up a extra tab, go straight to Google and look them up because they are super funny and it shows where I get my humor from so with that let’s move on to something else.
The art and animation is done really well in Highschool DxD and I would consider them both to be more highlights of the series along with the voice acting and like always there is a subbed version and a dubbed version for people who are not the biggest fans of subtitles and the dubbed version is pretty funny so take a look at the clip below and yes those are the break screens.
So what are the draw backs of Highschool DxD, well for one if you as a viewer are not a fan of harem anime shows or shows with extreme doses of fan service than this show isn’t for you because this show has everything, clothes tearing, upskirts, loads of innuendo, double meanings, questionable camera angles and well a ton of sexual related things in between.
But if you don’t mind perverted anime protagonists, double meanings and the like then it is a surprisingly decent supernatural anime and I believe there is a censored version out there so if you want check out the show go Google it or look up a few clips on Youtube if you are interested.
So with that I think I should finish this review, please feel free to leave in the comments what you think and I will see you guys in the next review and just so you know I have half a dozen anime reviews to upload but I decided on this one because it was almost finished and with the 3rd season coming in April I thought it couldn’t hurt to use it to my advantage so to speak….my next review is not going to be an Ecchi but something involving a vampire who wears red and has a absolutely evil yet glorious laugh.