High school student Issei Hyoudou is your run-of-the-mill pervert who does nothing productive with his life, peeping on women and dreaming of having his own harem one day. Things seem to be looking up for Issei when a beautiful girl asks him out on a date, although she turns out to be a fallen angel who brutally kills him! However, he gets a second chance at life when beautiful senior student Rias Gremory, who is a top-class devil, revives him as her servant, recruiting Issei into the ranks of the school’s Occult Research club.
Slowly adjusting to his new life, Issei must train and fight in order to survive in the violent world of angels and devils. Each new adventure leads to many hilarious (and risqué) moments with his new comrades, all the while keeping his new life a secret from his friends and family in High School DxD! – My Anime List
Based on 16 review scores:
Rias Gremory…I don’t think I need to elaborate any further on her.
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Evaluated as a general release series, High School DxD has enough going for it to be a little better than average. Evaluate it as a fan service-focused series, though, and it is one of the top recent titles of its type. Unsurprisingly, it was popular enough in Japan to earn a second season in the summer of 2013, one which develops some storylines only barely hinted at in these twelve episodes. If nudity is something you appreciate in anime then this title is a must-have.
In short, I liked this because both the creators and the main characters have no illusions about exactly what they want:
In conclusion, it’s actually a good anime with an interesting plot and likable characters.
Being based on a series of light novels, there certainly is an unfolding story line that is interesting to follow, yet not too original or breathtaking to be praiseworthy. After all High School DxD’s main selling point seems to be the hilarious comedy and the extensive fan service. Still, the annoucmet of a second season proves its success among viewers, so fans of this genre should defenitly risk a glimpse.
Now HS DxD is (and we all know it) the true fanservice paradise. Boobs and undies are found every episode without the shadow of a doubt. Now this review is going to have to show 2 points of view since I’m so biased and that’s just honesty. The show spends too little time on the plot and more on tits, action is good, but there’s not enough so that’s almost cut out of the equation, and the redeeming point of comedy is halfway made from the ridiculous amount of tits. This is the anime and lets not lie, a lot of people love it this way.
An absolute favorite of mine in this genre and one anime I highly recommend, if you can live with some fan service.
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So, you’re probably asking yourself now: “should I watch this?” Honestly, that’s an ambigious question. When God gave us brains, we all have different views on everything like anime, manga, life, appearances, etc. However, if you just watched the trailer or first 5 mins of the series and decided to hit that drop button, then I feel really sorry for you. Why? Because this series is more than just about ecchi and fan-service. It has potential. It has emotion. It has drama. It has interest.
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While not amazing, High School DxD is a lot of fun to watch. The ecchi aspects, while not a draw in themselves, allow for potent comedy that many anime aren’t able to explore and the action as well as the story and characters come together to form a very enjoyable experience. I’m most definitely looking forward to the third season. The only excuse you might have for not watching High School DxD is if the fan service just rubs you the wrong way, which it very well might.
Don’t watch this with females unless you know they’re alright with an ecchi series…They’re only going to get jealous with the beautiful female characters
I was never into it…
Let’s be serious here. It’s a strong three-star, weakened somewhat by its second half. On my ‘gratuitous T&A shows rating scales’, however, this show would be a strong four star.
6’s are flawed, but still enjoyable. These titles (say “titles” ten times fast) may not have attempted to do anything special or interesting, but they are nonetheless enjoyable. These typically make great rental fodder or bargain grab.
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DxD still is an B-grade ecchi harem comedy that thrives on cheap fanservice. It’s pretty much a run-of-the-mill product targeted at the hot-blooded male audience, the overarching theme of “angels versus devils versus fallen angels” doesn’t make any sense, and I would be lying if I were to say that it has worthy merits and a lot of viewing value. But unlike most harem comedies, it’s watchable since it knows how to have fun and be deliberately stupid. It delivers what it promises from the onset, and for an audience like myself who anticipated shallow, gratifying fun, that is indeed what I got in the end. Perhaps the tip I would give to all the readers is this: do not expect anything remotely profound from this; you’re only setting yourselves up for a major disappointment. Otherwise, mentally switch off and have fun watching.
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It is not like High School DxD has no potential, as there are still many concepts and ideas present within the narrative, it is just that every time the author decides to pull something out, it usually ends with a shallow and sometimes self-serving prospect of the idea. I honestly do not see why people feel as if this anime is an outstanding entry within the action-shonen-harem-ecchi light novel adaptations. I mean, even if we ignore the many issues with its narrative and thematic developments, High School DxD is still a very poor introduction to its kind. Sure it has elements we come to expect and still appeals to people who enjoy those elements, its lore, setting, and world building is flimsy, the characters extremely generic and cliché with uninspiring and uncreative design, action and fights are not really stellar, and relatively basic literally elements such as character development and story plots, are done in a really barebones fashion. High School DxD is a very weak anime, it serves mostly as fantasy-fulfilling for the author, and the very pretentions thematic and narrative development would irritate even further those who already dislike this genre, and those who enjoy said genre, will not get anything special out of it.