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High School DxD BorN (Episode 1 Review)

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The story follows Issei Hyōdō, a dim-witted, lecherous second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever. Issei is reincarnated as a devil, and from that day forward, he serves as an underling of Riasu, a high-level devil who is also the prettiest girl on Issei's campus. This season the gang’s all back and still as partially dressed as ever.

High School DxD Born Season 3 still kept the franchise's main driving force and that’s the bountiful amount of quality fan service and the storyline that compliments it. High School DxD is the very definition of ecchi genre. Based on the first episode of this third season, not even recent arrivals like The Testament of Sister New Devil, can topple DxD’s supremacy anytime soon. In my opinion, DxD should be the standard of which all other fan service focused harem series should be judge.

The first episode opened up with one significant action sequence to establish potential plot and opportunity for serving up the service. Then the setting changed to the Underworld for a summer visit, which the entire gang was present for. Coincidentally, it’s also the time where the divine representatives of other realms such as the Asgard‘s, are to meet. The tone changed from playfulness, to the need to survive as Ria’s servants suddenly found themselves pitted against a massive dragon. All but a scheme from “Professor” Azazel to gauge their current skill levels and to let them know that training is the major component of the trip to the Underworld.

The new season wasted no time in throwing out exciting ploys including exploring of Koneko’s background, the only member of the Gremory Family whose past has not been delved into, yet. It looks like this season is going to show some mythologies in play rather than just the conflict between the angels, fallens, and demons. All the while keeping light touches of humor, playfulness and of course, fan service.

There’s not much else to say about High School DxD Born. If you’re a fan of the genre or the franchise, this episode should leave you nothing less than a full enthusiasm for the new season.

Grade: B+

BY: Jose Febrero
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