High School DxD Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review
“High School DxD” is pure fan service.
Based on the light novel series, the 12 episode first season of the “High School DxD” anime series that revolves around a guy (Issei) at a mostly all girls school. Issei (who tends to strike out with the ladies) gets a bit lucky when an attractive girl (Yuma) asks him out. Alas, it turns out to be too good to be true when she reveals herself as a Fallen Angel named Raynare who tries to kill him. Things get worse for poor Issei who is marked for death by another Fallen Angel. Luckily, Issei is saved any another girl (Rias) who turns out to be a Devil. Stranger still, she makes Issei a Devil.
Aside from the main plot, expect to see other stories involving Issei’s Sacred Gear power, exorcists, Asia (a nun), Raynare up to no good, romance between Asia and Issei, servant familiars, chemistry between Issei and Rias, Issei training, Gremory and Phoenix Clans engaging in a Rating Game, Sirzech (the devil leader), the fiancé of Rias, and dragons.
While a high school centric anime series involving angels, demons, and magic may sound enticing on paper, the series is ruined by the gratuitous and mindless fan service. This isn’t the type of show that is merely peppered with fan service; this is the type of show that wears fan service proudly on its sleeve. While perhaps a strang comparison, the series plays like an unfunny “Porky’s” with numerous breast discussions, sex jokes, supernatural elements, characters with powers, clichéd romance, and weird humor. Truthfully, there’s very little to admire here aside from a few clever horror references every now and then.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? It’s as good as you’d expect from a Funimation release. The picture is bright and colorful a majority of the time.
Audio Tracks: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? The English track is fine thanks to a solid voice cast. The Japanese track is on par if not better. Really, you can’t go wrong with either track.
* Trailers for “Haganai,” “We Without Wings,” “Is This A Zombie? Of The Dead,” “Black Lagoon,” “Guilty Crown,” “Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte,” “Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine,” “Michiko and Hatchin,” “Remnant Knights Game,” and Funimation.com.
* Commentary on episode 1 by Jamie Marchi, Felecia Angelle, and Teri Rogers. Felecia and Teri talk about their first Funimation gig here while other discussions revolve around the nudity, voice acting, characters, and so forth.
* Commentary on episode 7 by Scott Freeman, Jad Saxton, and Tyson Rinehart. More discussions about fan service and characters.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* AU.S. trailer, a promo video, and a complete collection ad for “High School DxD.”
* “Fantasy Jiggles Unleashed”- 6 animated shorts focusing on characters of the show. Plots involve everything from a beach trip to Udon Noodle making.
* “New Material From Ichiei Ishibumi! Fantasy Full-Blast Gentleman’s Disc Club Promos”- 3 segments titled “Introducing The Occult Club,” “The Ladies,” and “The Loli-lolis.”
Overall Thoughts: Unless you worship brainless fan service heavy series, skip “High School DxD.”
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