Highschool DxD ~ Review
“A sexy, action packed battle with devils and plenty of fan service for the males!”
I would just like to start this review by saying how hard it was to find an image suitable to open this review up, as it is not easy to find a picture that is High School DxD related and doesn’t look like porn. Yes, you heard me. If you have time after reading this review, then type in “High School DxD anime” in a search engine and check out the image results. Men, you will not be left unsatisfied.
High School DxD revolves around school boy Issei Hyodo, who loves one thing more than anybody else in the world; women. He spends his peaceful lives chasing girls around until one day he is invited on a date by a girl called Yuma Amano. At the end of the date, Issei is shocked when Yuma asks him if “he can die for her”. Yuma turns out to be a Fallen Angel, who attacks and kills Issei. Issei then finds himself back in his room, thinking that it was all a dream, but instead finds a third-year upperclassman called Rias Gremory (pictured above, second from the left) naked in his room. Rias explains that she has brought Issei back from the dead as an underling devil to her Gremory Devil Family.
The main characters (from left to right: Koneko, Yuto, Rias, Asia, Issei and Akeno)
Although there is a proper plot and some level of character development as the story progresses, it is fairly evident after viewing a first couple of episodes that the series is influenced mainly in the ecchi, harem and romantic comedy genres, while also blending in action, supernatural and fantasy into the mix. The anime is done by Studio TNK, who have specialised in the romantic comedy and harem genres in almost all of their works (examples include Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka, School Days and Lovedol ~Lovely Idol~). There is also an announcement for a second season in early January 2013.
Notable voice actors include Yoko Hikasa who plays the voice of Rias (most notably playing such characters as Mio in K-ON!, Seraphim in Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and Literature Girl in Daily Lives of High School Boys) as well as Yuki Kaji who plays the voice of Issei (most notably playing such characters as Shu in Guilty Crown, Haruyuki in Accel World and Satoru in Shinsekai Yori).
If you love your harems and your ecchi series, then I definitely recommend this series to you. It is both enjoyable to watch and exciting to see what happens next. As one of my good friends put this anime, “make sure you have your doors locked when watching this, if you know what I mean”.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4.5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10