High School DxD BorN Anime Review

High School DxD Born

  1. SYNOPSIS

High School DxD is back in the brand new sequel with the word “BorN” attached to the end of the title. Haha. Issei, Rias and the rest of the gang join this party which not only host devils, angels and fallen angels but the mythologies like the Norse too.

A new threat has emerged from this party and they are called the Chaos Brigade and Loki, from the Norse mythology and son of Odin is spearheading the vengeance and war against everyone who is relevant to the plot.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Ecchi[1]
  • Harem[2]
  • Romance
  • School

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
    • Episode Eleven (LINK)
    • Episode Twelve (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I think what I really liked about this series was the growth in certain characters, especially Akeno and Koneko. I think they really needed to grow as they were carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders, especially in family matters. Akeno resented her dad and didn’t want to use her Fallen Angel powers and Koneko didn’t want to use her Nekomata powers.

All of these problems were all family related. However, Issei helped them get over their problems and now Akeno is on amicable terms with her Dad and can unleash her Fallen Angel powers without restraint. Koneko now displays her cat ears and can use her Nekomata powers and has completely softened up with Issei, to the top where she sits on his lap and sleeps in the same bed as him. I think Koneko had more of a growth than Akeno did. In the previous season I did see a starting progress with Akeno being “accepted” for whom she is but the route is completed here. But, with Koneko, it seemed that she started and finished the progress all in this season.

I’m not sure if I would say that Issei and Rias grew as people but I am certain that their worries and doubt will make them move forward in the right direction. I view growth as how people get over their worries and self-doubt. In my case, I’m no longer self-conscious over the fact that I’m autistic, and since then, I’ve been living a life with no worries. In this case, Issei is over his “weakness” of worrying how girls perceive him and Rias is over the worry of Issei calling her by her real name… because he did. Even though that step was little in comparison to Issei’s, to her, it will feel like a big achievement. So, I deduce that they have in fact undergone humongous progress. =D

Issei also got over worrying about Raynare so that’s a major bonus for him.

I think my favourite moments in the show included the fights and when the ladies show their affection towards Issei. I got really pumped up every time Issei powered-up his Balance Breaker to beat the likes of Diodora and Shalba and tamed Loki with Thor’s hammer. He survived that dog’s attack thanks for Ravel’s Phoenix Tears. Her role in the anime was short but very significant. I hope to see more of her in the following season. My favourite fights included the one where they all fought Diodora and his Evil Pieces and where Issei fights Rias as he’s fighting to save her rather then beat her. That was a nice metaphor in my opinion.

The fights weren’t always serious, like the one before the fight against Diodora. Issei used his new Booblingual technique which allowed him to communicate with boobs… I never thought I would hear myself say that. Haha! I wonder if Issei can develop an advanced technique involving Boob Translation? I would most certainly like to see him go one step further.

I’m glad that all the girls managed to get their own time with Issei. Rias’ progress with him was the most significant in my eyes as it was a huge weight off her shoulders. I think it’s only a matter of time when she becomes Issei’s life partner. She shared a kiss with Issei as did Asia and Akeno. Issei’s date with Akeno was definitely one of my favourite moments in the show and I like how Koneko has become relaxed with Issei to the point of sitting and kneeling on his lap like a kitten. Xenovia had her moments with him every now and then.

Rias, Akeno, Asia and Koneko have all had character growths and progress with Issei in this season so I think Xenovia, Irina and possibly Rossweisse will get their chance in the next season. We haven’t really learned that much about Rossweisse except that she’s cool and has a cute ribbon at the side of her head. =)

I think the little things that I didn’t enjoy so much were the more intense parts of this show and the new characters being introduced. Things like the characters going berserk in battle, Asia being kidnapped, Issei going on a berserk and Rias being brainwashed and sent to the Dimensional Gap. Whilst I got pumped up at those moments I was also nervous. I couldn’t really keep up with all the new characters being introduced one after the other. I found that I couldn’t really remember who they were, expect Rossweisse. I remember Rossweisse straightaway because she is beautiful and nice. Haha.

I think Rossweisse is the best new character of this show. She is gracious and beautiful. I have no idea why she can’t land herself a man at the present time but the same can be said to all of the girls in this show. Then again, a lot of them are being reserved for Issei’s eventual harem so I like to think that’s why Rossweisse hasn’t found a man yet, because she is probably meant to be part of Issei’s harem.

I’m speaking with the assumption that Issei will get all the ladies by the end of the story but I’m more than certain that it will be a harem ending. We shall see. Oh, I really like Ross’ battle skills. I think Ross becoming Rias’ rook will be a blessing. Odin’s loss is Rias’ gain. =) I decided to call Rossweisse Ross now as typing her full name is giving my sore fingers. Haha.

High School DxD being High School DxD finished in a unique way… Issei appearing on a TV show singing with children the “Boob Dragon Song.” Haha. You have no idea how much I cracked up at that part. To me, that was a great way to end the show. It was light-hearted and fun. That and Issei woke up with all five girls in his bed. Being a devil is not all doom and gloom, just ask Issei. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Rias Eyecatch

I speculated for a while why the word “born” was part of the title. Was somebody going to be re-born? Was it a metaphor? Or, was it just a title with no hidden meaning? So far I choose to believe that it’s probably the latter as I can’t really relate the title to anything that has happened in this show.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] This Manga contains risqué and sexy moments or lecherous characters.

[2] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

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High School DxD BorN Episode Six Thoughts

High School DxD Born

When Kiryuu said that a new transfer student was joining Kuoh Academy I made a few predictions who I thought it was going to be. The first that came to my mind was Rossweisse. I dismissed her as I couldn’t really see what role she would play in Issei’s school life. Then, Ravel Phenex came to my mind. I dismissed her as I think, so far, she has less of a role in the story than Rossweisse. Then, it hit home…Irina! Of course it was going to be Irina. Why wasn’t she my first guess?

Ahem-

For some reason I’ve never trusted that Diodora. The way he saved Asia from falling, in his TV debit, seemed too coincidental. In this episode as well, he saved Asia from falling on her back side. I learned here that he harbours a huge obsession towards Asia.

It’s great that he is thankful that Asia saved him but it does make me wonder if he’s a bit too obsessive. He has his own peerage as well and I don’t know many Kings who act the way he does. I didn’t like him when he first appeared and my instinct about him was right. I wonder if that’s why he approached Asia and proposed to her. He knew that he was up against Rias in the first round of the rating game and knew that Asia was her bishop, so, he wanted to marry her because he didn’t want to face her in battle. Or, he’s just plain creepy. Haha. Issei shouldn’t worry as Asia has eyes for only for Issei.

I think I’m detecting more insecurity emitting from Rias. She decided spontaneously that she would destroy Asia’s letters because she saw Issei looking unhappy. It’s bound to happen though as Issei is gradually being surrounded by heaps of girls, and even Irina now is residing in his house. It also seems that Rossweisse is staying over. Poor Rossweisse… she got left behind because Odin forgot about her. It’s no wonder she’s lacking self-confidence as an individual.

I think it’s really sweet how Koneko can snuggle up to Issei and sit on his lap as if she was actually his precious pet. Akeno too, admits out loud that she fought as a half fallen angel. I think Koneko and Akeno have received great character developments in this third season, and it’s only been 6 episodes so far. I wonder if they will develop further. Well, they both ended up in Issei’s bed… I guess that could count as a development? …maybe. XD

So Irina is an Ace. All the angels are ranked by cards and all the devils are ranked by chess pieces. But when Irina said that she was an Ace… what does this mean? Depending on the card game the Ace can either be lower than a two or higher than a King. With the way Irina is describing herself you would think that the Ace is ranked higher than the Queen. I say higher than the Queen as the King of the angels, in this instance, would be Michael. I don’t think that Irina would be the type to make out that she’s something that she isn’t so I would venture a guess and say that the Ace is higher than the Queen.^^/

Poor Ddrag… going from a badass and most feared dragon to being named The Emperor of Breast Dragon and The Boob Dragon must be a huge slap in the face. I must admit that I literally cringed in embarrassment when that video was shown of Issei talking about boobs.

The ending was pretty humorous. It’s typical of Xenovia to trap Issei in the P.E. storage room and attempt an “affair” haha. She even dragged Asia along for the ride. Issei wanted to resist as Asia was involved but being the man that he is, resisting proved to be futile. Asia was pretty darn adorable at certain moments, especially when she was practicing the three legged race. What was most funny though was when Irina came storming in the P.E. storage room. I thought she would be more brutal, since she’s of the church and all, but she was thinking more about the hygiene of the place rather than the deed itself. Haha.

I wonder how long it will be until Xenovia invites herself to sleep in the same bed as Issei. Rias, Asia, Akeno and Koneko have all had their share and I think that it’s time that Xenovia joins in. It’s time for her to step up from the P.E. storage room to Issei’s very own bed. Haha.

Irina Eyecatch

Thanks for reading.

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD Born Episode Five Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Aww, I really wanted to see Rias go all out and knock Loki senseless. Oh well, she managed to calm down, as did everyone else. I was glad to see Issei back on his feet and Ravel’s present actually came in handy. I thought that was really clever. And hey, Issei managed to land a hit on Loki, albeit he got away.

I’m not really sure what happened to Issei and Rias as Loki disappeared. It’s like he casted something mysterious on them. It’s like something that they wouldn’t consciously remember, but absorbed. Hopefully I’m just imagining things and Loki didn’t cast a mind trick on them before he left.

It was rather cute when Koneko leaned on Issei’s lap like a little kitten.

The next scene was just as lovely too. Akeno went on a date with Issei. She really looks nice with her hair down. I enjoyed Akeno being flirty and innocent on her date with Issei but I also got a little emotional when Akeno spoke about her past. It seems like she blamed her Dad for not saving her Mum. It also made sense why she often wears Shrine Maiden clothes as her battle gear as it’s like a tribute to her mum. Still, it seems like she’s able to let her past go and can move forward. Heck, she even made a bento for her Dad. I never thought I would ever see that. Akeno kissing Issei was also endearing.

It was quite humorous when Rias and co stalked Issei and Akeno on their date. Their disguises were equally as funny. I’m not sure how Issei and Akeno were able to lose tail of Rias. If Rias really tried then I’m sure she’d find them in no time.

I reckon it will only be a matter of time before Rossweisse shows an interest in Issei. If the ending sing is anything to go by she’ll probably study the relationship of all the girls with Issei and use those “tips” to get a boyfriend. But during all that she will slowly but surely develop feelings for Issei. So far Issei and Rossweisse are just acquaintances but given time I think they will really hit it off.

Rias’ cousin looks really tough and cool and I think he will give Issei a really good fight. Does he have his own peerage I wonder? I can’t remember if this was revealed or not.

Thanks for Reading
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

High School DxD BorN Episode Two Thoughts

High School DxD Born

Boy, that is one biiiiig mansion. Haha.

It was very generous of Lord Gremory to re-build Issei’s home in the manner that he did. I did think that it was probably a tad extreme that he wanted to turn it into a castle, but not so extreme that he was going to give Issei 50 maids. Haha. Not surprisingly, Rias rejected the idea. Perhaps she thinks that Issei is going to pay more attention to the maids than her. That will never happen, but I can understand why Rias would be worried. It’s all in her head though. 😉

Rias’ mum really is an absolute beauty and very classy in her appearance. It’s a bonus that she’s ultra-polite too, especially towards Issei. I actually thought she was going to have red hair like her daughter but it’s apparent that her hair is auburn. Despite the hair colour you can tell she is Rias’ mum. It looks like she certainly approves of Issei being her future son-in-law, judging by the things she said.  I really do hope we see more of her.

It was amusing how quickly Rias told Issei that her Mum was unavailable. Haha. Before she didn’t seem so bothered about Issei wanting a harem or getting some attention from Asia but now it seems like she’s more cautious about which ladies flirt with him, even her own Mum. I really can’t see her own Mum flirting with Issei. I can see her flattering and teasing him but not flirting, she wouldn’t want to upset her own daughter. Rias is especially cautious with Akeno when it comes to ladies flirting with Issei. She looks very dashing with her hair tied back.

It’s really cool that Issei’s personal training partner is Tannin. He should get stronger in no time if he keeps it up. I wonder what Rias’ cousin is like. He seems pretty strong himself. Akeno ended up fighting her Dad and was very cold towards him. It really makes me wonder what happened in her childhood. I like the way Asia is training. I can see her healing Issei from a long distance if or when he takes part in a life-or-death battle. I’m rooting for Gasper to gain the courage and face the crowd. Little things like that can be huge things for people like Gasper and I hope he manages to overcome his fears. =)

When Issei was lying in that bed I just knew someone was going to come in and sleep next to him. I didn’t think it would be Xenovia and Asia though, I thought it was going to be Akeno. How did Xenovia manage to get in that position whilst she was sleeping? I know we all toss and turn when we sleep, myself included, but not like that. And I certainly don’t put anyone in a submission hold either. Haha.

It’s really cool to see Raiser’s sister in attendance, Ravel. I was wondering how she was going to act towards Issei, seeing as he beat her brother back in season one, but it looks like they’re on amicable terms. Ravel gave him an ornament of some kind. To me, it looks like a flash drive but I’m sure it’s some sort of family heirloom. Now that she’s free of Raiser’s peerage and she’s available… I wonder if that means that she could join Rias’ peerage? Better yet, what if she volunteers to join Issei’s peerage, if he ever gets one?

It looks like Koneko has met face to face with her sister, Kuroka. I wonder if they’re actually going to fight in the next episode. It’s intriguing that she was one of the two spiritual cat sisters, the Nekomata, and was rescued by Rias’ brother. I wonder if we will learn more about Koneko and Kuroka in the next episode?

I’m looking forward to it.

THANKS FOR READING

Rias Gremory Eye catch

I’m really enjoying the Easter holidays so far. I’ve been spending most of this time watching TV, hanging with my family, drawing and watching new anime from this season, including High School DxD BorN.
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.