“High School DxD” is a show that is not afraid of what it is, and celebrates it gloriously with many jokes that will make you laugh out loud.
On first glance, this series is a mix up of several genres – the plot has our protagonist Issei, your typical high school pervert, a student in a school that was once all girls. After a girl asks him to be her boyfriend, he readily accepts, but finds that having your date try to kill you at the end can be a bummer. He is healed by Reas Gregory, a big busted demon who has now turned him into one, making him her servant for life. In the club are other beautiful women, which doesn’t help Issei with his more perverted thoughts. It turns out that Issei had been holding a secret power all along, so his goal becomes to fight alongside Reas and the rest of the servants when necessary.
This is a show that could have gotten stale really fast, but it kept me intrigued from the beginning, mostly because the writing had me laughing out loud at times. Pervert humor often only takes you so far, but here you have other characters that not only know how much of a pervert he is, but also some of the characters embrace it.
One of the things about “High School DxD” is that the series gives us a protagonist that we can possibly root for. Issei shows through the series that, although he does have frequent naughty thoughts about the girls that have entered into his life, he does care about them and what happens to them to the point of being fiercely protective. Issei’s secret power is something that is being discovered throughout the show, including one that uses his perverted nature to his advantage in battle. One of the funnier unspoken in-show jokes is how he talks about wanting to be a Harem King, not realizing that he already has one.
The animation in the show is better than it should be for a show like this. The colors are bright, the effects are great, and you feel invested in what’s going on.
Overall, if you’re into perverted humor and great action scenes, check out “High School DxD.”
“High School DxD” is available uncensored as a Blu-Ray/DVD combo from Funimation.com and any local retailer that sells anime. Elite Subscribers to the Funimation website can access the uncensored dubbed episodes.