I could be watching Shinbo in his most unrestrained form with Nisemonogatari. I could be watching the most hyped show on twitter with Bodacious Pirates. But no, instead I am watching Highschool DxD. And I am determined to like it.
The story is about Potato-kun, a teenage boy who, like many young men his age, is obsessed with breasts. He spends his days doing nothing more than objectifying women. This is highlighted pretty well by when his friends talk about their classmates, not by their personalities nor their grades, but by their 3 sizes. When all seen through the eyes of Potato-kun, the camera remains fixated on breasts and nipples of steel, but it’s only when he’s not around do the various female characters start displaying something resembling personalities and emotions.
It’s an interesting take on how teenage boys lose sight of the idea that females are people and not just objects, which comes to a head when a girl asks him to go out with her. We never see them interacting or doing anything to display a personality. They do generic date activities and the main character never expresses interest in anything other than her body. His idea of a relationship is so shallow that he doesn’t recognise that there’s something up, coming to a head when she stabs him. A fascinating take on how teenage boys need to learn to grow up or else they will only end up hurting themselves.
The main character’s development doesn’t finish there though. That would be boring to end it so early. In fact, even with his dying breath, he cries out for breasts. He still hasn’t learned how damaging his shallow attitude is for him. You could almost call it a pro-feminist message: continue objectifying women and you will never get anywhere in life. He has started some development though, highlighted extremely cleverly by how he loses interest in the group porn viewing session with his immature friends. Once upon a time he would have fapped alongside his comrades, but his new experiences have already started to change him.
Highschool DxD is a big story about adolescence and the painful growth into a man. It’s fitting how his first real contact with a naked women isn’t the ecstatic thrill he thought it would be, but instead a frightening and confusing experience. The first full sight he gets of a pair of breasts, the holy grail of chesticles he had been searching all his life, and what does he do? He covers his eyes. Evangelion 3.0: You Do (Not) Want to Grow Up. Why yes, I do believe I have successfully argued why Highschool DxD is deep and meaningful. You guys were just too busy focusing on completely shallow aspects rather than the story. Just like the main character. Oh how fitting~