Once again, sorry for the delay – I’m preparing to move, so I haven’t had time for reviews. So here’s another double dose of DxD!

Go team boys!

Go team boys!


Episode 7 begins with a traditional rating game between Rias and Diadora. We find out a lot about him in this episode – he has a nun fettish, and each of his peerage is a famous nun he has ‘broken’ (read – raped or dishonoured) into his household. His attack on his chest was a setup in order to bring Asia into his household, but Rias got there first (thank God). The old priest from previous seasons makes a comeback as a deformed demon and knight under Diadora, but is promptly destroyed by Kiba while Issei goes to take care of Diadora. He does, and saves Asia before anything happens to her, but she vanishes at the end of the episode without explanation.

I liked a lot about this episode – especially Issei using his new skill, Bilingual. Basically, reading the minds of female servants through their boobs / hearts. It’s rather ridiculous, but that’s Issei for you – shameless and ridiculous.

Activate boobs!

Activate boobs!

I watched the censored version of this episode so the boob lights were hilarious. It was more distracting than anything.

Xenovia’s duel attack with Ascalon and Durandal was great – I loved how it just disposed of the enemy so easily.

The attack of Freid, however, was interesting. Him revealing all about Diadora was a good way to get that out in the open before he was FINALLY killed by Kiba. People complained about it being a lame ending to him, but I disagree. I think it was a good way to dispose of someone who, to me, had been running around way too long.

As for Diadora – when I first saw him with Asia (whose eyes were all red) I honestly feared for a second that he had already raped her. I was relieved that that wasn’t the case. For one thing, I’m rather glad that this series doesn’t fetishsize rape as so many other ecchi and hentai’s do. It’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed so far about DxD and I hope remains that way.

Diadora being trashed by Issei was great, and the use of Dress Break to free her from the trap set by Orphis was a great way of using the ability.

And then Asia vanishes. Having read the light novels, I knew this was coming, but it was still a surprise.

Best bit ever

Best bit ever

Episode 8 begins with the introduction of Shalba Beezelbub – the true successor of the original Beezelbub Satan, just as Vali is the successor of Lucifer, shows up to dispose of Diadora in one blast. Rias is about to go on the offensive before Issei, acting rather perculiar, seems to be in a trance, looking for Asia. His rage overflows to the point that Draig speaks in his place, telling them to leave. Issei activates his Juggernaught Drive, disposing of Shalba, and ends up being unable to control himself as it was an incomplete transformation. Vali shows up with Arthur and Bikou, who have found Asia in the Dimension Gap. With Vali’s help, Rias brings Issei back down to earth, and Orphis shows up, along with Great Red. The episode ends with Issei’s collapse.

Good riddance.

Good riddance.

First time I've seen him angry holy crap

First time I’ve seen him angry holy crap

There was a lot of buildup to Issei’s Juggernaught drive, ever since we got a glimmer of Vali’s in season 2. It was only a matter of time before we got to see Issei’s, if an incomplete transformation. What was curious was the souls that seemed to surround Issei when he transformed… I can’t wait to see how they’re dealt with in the next season.

There was also hype for Orphis’ appearence, and I gotta say… NOT a fan of her outfit. She is, admittedly, a God who has no gender, but she appears as a 10 year old girl with her entire front showing except for an X over each nipple. Not… very tasteful at all. Dissapoint, DxD, dissapoint.

Holy shit Issei

Holy shit Issei

We learn a lot about the Juggernaught Drive – and we also see Vali use his upon request of the girls to help him save Issei. I’m glad that Vali has sort of chilled a bit and isn’t as much of an asshole as he was in season 2 – the fact that he was willing to help Issei out of his Juggernaught drive upon request was helpful. I was pleased to see some character development for Vali as he’s been an interesting character from the beginning. His desire to defeat the Great Red and become the true White Dragon Emperor – which is kind of a relief to know that was his goal all along.

Dragon x Dragon ahahahaha-

Dragon x Dragon ahahahaha-

I’m not sure what to make of Orphis. I do know a fair bit from the Light Novels, but I haven’t read far enough for a real indication of her motives. It will be interesting to find out more.

More curious still was the fact that Renale’s spirit seems to be trapped in Issei’s body – the fallen angel from season 1. It explains a lot about his behavior since the beginning of season 3, and his constant flashbacks to her. I’m glad Orphis got rid of it, whatever it was.

Great Red Appears! He'll be important later.

Great Red Appears! He’ll be important later.

Aaaaand shota bait Orphis, oi.

Aaaaand shota bait Orphis, oi.

We got to see Sirzecz use his abilities, too, which was amazing. He is certainly a powerful one, and it was great to see him in battle.

All in all, this arc is over and we return back to High School in episode 10. With only three episodes left, I can only assume we’re going back to the rating games after Issei’s arm heals.

Both episodes score out of 5;

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