High School DxD is back. It may not have been the masterpiece that was season two, but it still managed to be one of the better fanservice series of 2015.
Production Company: TNK
Vintage: Spring 2015
Nipple sightings from other TNK produced anime:
School Days, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka, Cosplay Complex, G-On Riders (w/ SHAFT), Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor, Itsudatte My Santa, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Kenzen Robo Daimidaler
Yoko Hikasa as Rias Gremory
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Shizuka Itou as Akeno Himejima
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Ayana Taketatsu as Koneko
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Azumi Asakura as Asia Argento
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Risa Taneda as Xenovia
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Maaya Uchida as Irina Shidou
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Ai Shimizu as Serafall Leviathan
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Haruka Yamazaki as Aika Kiryu
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Minami Takahashi as Kuroka
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Ai Kakuma as Rossweisse
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Saori Seto as Grayfia
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Asuka Nishi as Ravel Phenix
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Suzuko Mimori as Ophis
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Thoughts on the anime
The DxD series has never been a heavy hitter, and in season three we find out exactly why it is that the previous seasons were wise to avoid taking themselves too seriously. Dramatic storytelling just isn’t going to be a strong suit for an anime that has “double D” right in the name of the show. Unfortunately, season three forgot this.
Even the character building arcs for characters we really like, such as Akeno’s, fell flat. The battles between good and bad guys were incoherent, silly and mockable. The character deaths never felt believable. And worst of all, at least for me, was that they messed with Rias’ character. Rias had been a strong and admirable woman in previous seasons. But here she seems weak, overly-emotional, and petty. She basically became the female stereotype she had masterfully defied being in previous seasons. It really was a big letdown for one of my favorite ecchi-genre heroines.
The service was still fairly good, particularly in the OVA, though not quite on par with the wonderful 2nd season. Also, the animation in season two was superb, whereas the animation had a lot of ugly mistakes in season three and suffered from inconsistency.
It was nice that so many new characters were introduced, but they were basically just cameos with very little screen time. The best new addition was the enigmatic anti-villain Kuroka, who was both mysterious and sexy in a way that was unique from the other girls. Unfortunately for us, she never shows her boobs in proper. All we get of her nipples is an eyecatch.
It wasn’t all bad though, as there was a bit of an increase in full nudity (bathing, etc) from previous seasons and some of the nude scenes were pretty creative (such as the big “dress break” brawl). The specials did a lot more to get viewers hard than season one’s specials did. And while the focus this season seemed a bit too heavy on the five main girls, the upside of that was getting some much needed doses of Akeno and Koneko’s unfettered oppai.
Oh, and Issei finally got to play with Rias’s boobs as was promised so long ago. It was a goofy scene watching him push her nipples in like buttons, but it was still pretty hot. We also got first time (non-eyecatch) nudity from Serafall, Grayfia, and Ravel.
Oh and how can I forget, the ED sequence continued DxD’s hot streak. Not only was the song quite catchy, but the accompanying visuals were sexy as hell, particularly for Rias and (especially) Akeno. The shot of Akeno scrunching up her boobs in the ED might have been sexiest moment in the entire series.
While sales were down sharply from season two, a 6.3k average is still strong by the dwindling standards of 2015. There’s good reason to hope for a season four at some point, possibly in 2017. It’s worth noting that DxD BorN itself was announced almost exactly two years ago to the day. An announcement for season four could come at any time.
Which is good, because it just wouldn’t feel right for the series to end with unfinished business. And by “unfinished business” I am really just talking about Kuroka and Ophis not yet showing their oppai properly.
In retrospect, the best character of seasons one and two really should have been Rias. I picked Akeno both seasons and I’d really like to pick Rias here to acknowledge how great of a character she’s been. Yet I can’t because unfortunately season three was terrible for Rias’ character.
In addition, Akeno’s oppai got more screen time this season than ever before, so it’s hard to get away from her as the pick.
A close second might be Koneko, who not only showed the goods more than usual, but also went full nekomimi in the process.
If Kuroka had shown her boobs half a dozen times I probably would have picked her as she was the sexiest newcomer. Unfortunately, her character leaves her body to our imaginations for the most part. Maybe next season she’ll be the top character.