High School DxD is an ecchi anime that was released in Winter 2012. Now, if you’re not new to the world of anime and manga, then you’ve seen themes like this before. If you’re a girl, then perhaps you’ve been avoiding it. However, if you’re a boy, then it’s almost definite that you’ve had some brush-ups with similar… harem-like titles. After all, High School DxD has declared itself the Harem King!
Japan has always been unabashed about fanservice. Fanservice encompasses a lot of different aspects, but as you might have guessed from the name, it mainly involves making the target audience… happy. For High School DxD, there’s no denying that the target audience is teenage boys and that’s why the show involves a lot… a lot of exaggerated boob shots in every single angle that you can think of and from practically every girl in the anime. Fanservice of this kind is not unique to this anime, and I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been desensitized to the idea. If you watch as much anime as I do… then you’ve seen it all before. Yet, none of it is graphic enough for the anime to be for adults only. There are enough scenes involving breasts and the touching of said breasts that it something ends up looking more silly that it does lewd.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about the more technical aspects. High School DxD was released in 2012. This is not too old if you think in anime terms, but then again, it is old enough for the animation and art to feel a bit blocky and undefined. This isn’t uncommon for anime series that were released around that time. It’s an easy-going kind of art, one that is not bad but not particularly artsy either. I know a few anime fans who are turned off by the blocky textures, but to be honest, I still watch anime from the 70s and don’t really care about the pastel colors and crazy old art. It all comes down to your personal preferences.
Voice acting is not exceptional, but it is not bad either. There are a lot more girl characters in this anime, and still, you should be able to tell them apart from the way that they talk. I’m not the type who really gives much attention to the voice actors, but I want the acting to be… good.
Now, for the big question. How is the plot?
Well, let’s get straight to the point here. It’s nothing to shout ‘wow’ or a story out of this world. Neither is it particularly unique. I could probably name dozens of anime that use the same tropes. ‘Evil vs Good,’ ‘Demons and Angels,’ etc. The main character, Hyoudou Issei, is the perfect ecchi archetype. He’s a bit (a lot) of a pervert whose sole purpose in life seems to be a desire to touch breasts. However, he has flashes of inspiration that inevitably make all the girls in the anime fall in love with him.
So, plot-wise? Not so impressive. However, this anime doesn’t try to pretend to be anything more than what it is. If you look past the overwhelming amount of boob-shots, then you’re likely to find a lot of exciting action and some squeezed-up and soppy romance. Not everyone is into that but that is why High School DxD has a specific target audience. Young male teens are likely to enjoy the boobs, the battles, and the fact that every girl in the anime is going to end up falling for the main character.
High School Boobs!
- It’s funny. An easy-going and entertaining series.
- The female characters are well-rounded and enjoyable to get to know.
- It’s short. You don’t have to dedicate too much time if you’re the type to binge.
- If you’re not into fighting, then the battles will probably do nothing for you.
- If you’re the type to like plot-heavy stuff, then the story arcs for High School DxD probably isn’t something you’d be thrilled over.
- The anime is quite old- so the art and animations might appear strange to you.
Overall, it’s not a bad anime. It’s enjoyable in that it works. The female characters are more than likable, and if you like romance then you’re sure to find some pleasure in it (overlooking the breasts of course).
High School DxD
Official Site: http://www.haremking.tv/
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