We are getting an increasing amount of reference to different mythologies in High School DxD, it makes sense I suppose to expand the universe to include even more enemies and girl for Issei to be obsessed with. One of the best reference (intentional or not) this episode was the Phoenix tears. A potion that return people to life. The name is somehow very reminiscent of the Final Fantasy potion with the same use, the phoenix down. The reference made me laugh.
This episode got extremely intense for a 4th episode. Usually the peak of an anime arrives around episode 6 and 12, I was not expecting for this level of action and drama so early in the season. We were able to see everyone showcase their new-found potential and power and while I admit it was difficult to really see the difference for some of them, it was cool to see Issei in his full dragon form and Akeno using both her wings. The other character with a very visible change was Koneko, who finally decided on using her cat powers.
I feel like Koneko changed more than just physically though, it has been a while since I saw season 1 and 2 of High School DxD, but I have a feeling she was a much bigger tsundere than that in the past. I understand that she now loves Issei and she’s more honest with her feelings, but it is still a rather stark contrast with the way she used to behave. It is a bit disconcerting. Now not only she is a cat, but she even doesn’t act like a completely cold bitch towards Issei, it will get some getting used to for sure.
I guess I’ve talked enough about the smaller things this episode. We can go to the main event of…HOLY CRAP ISSEI JUST DIED! High School DxD is more of a satire on battle shounen than a real one, yet it still always amaze me when it pulls off shit like this. I would have certainly not expected for this boob show to pull such a dramatic death scene. Obviously we are all aware that Issei is not really dead. Hell, we even see him alive in the preview for the next episode, but there was still weight and drama surrounding his defeat, he did not just fall to the ground unconscious, he actually has 3 huge holes into his body. I also have no clue how he will come back to life one way or another, but if I had to guess, it will either be because of someone arriving in time with another phoenix down or because Asia will heal him from far away thanks to her healing or because of Rias power that is awakening because of her rage.
I don’t know if you have noticed, but Rias doesn’t look too happy right now that the man she loves is dying in her arm. I have no clue what kind of cataclysmic power she is summoning right now, but it ought to be “fucking awesome”. It is such a shame that this episode had to be only 24 minutes long, I’d have watched a full hour of this. I want to know what will happen next, the story is into serious business mode and I love it. I can’t wait for next week.
ZeroGhj signing off