Occult Research Club Vanishes!Kanaオカ研消失!?RomajiOka-ken shōshitsu!?InfoSeason/EpisodeSeason 3, Episode 10Air/Release DateJune 6, 2015Previous"Dragon of Dragon!"Next"I will fight!""Occult Research Club Vanishes!?" is the tenth episode of the third season of the High School DxD anime. It aired on June 6, 2015.
Returning home to Hyoudou Residence, Issei apologizes to his friends for causing them trouble after finding out that he was comatose for three days. They then switch their attention to Rossweisse who was once again abandoned by Odin, crying hysterically over the issue, as Rias claims to have an idea on what to do with Rossweisse. Going back to school the next day, Issei and Asia continue their training for the sports festival, as they prepare to take a break, Azazel calls out Issei to have a talk with him. During their conversation, Azazel reveals that he had communicated with Ddraig while he was comatose, asking the reason why Issei initiated the Juggernaut Drive and learnt from Ddraig that something else was controlling Issei back then, telling Issei not to worry as he leaves.
At the same time, Gasper is seen waiting for Koneko in the old school building and notices Issei walking through the corridor, calling out his name. Issei then walks into the club room and starts a conversation with Rias, pressing on her worries before comforting her. In the field, another Issei is seen continuing his practice with Asia for the Three-Legged Race. Happy at their improvement, Issei notices that he forgot his stopwatch and temporarily stops the training to get his stopwatch. Heading back to the old school building, Issei meets up with Koneko who is on her way to fetch Gasper for his sports days training, surprised to see Gasper knocked unconscious. As Gasper starts to regain consciousness, he expressed his relief to see the actual Issei, as Koneko notices something amiss inside the club room.
Both Issei and Koneko immediately rush into the club room and find Rias with another Issei, confused at what was going on, an angry Issei charges towards the fake Issei but was pushed back by Rias much to his surprise. Attempting to talk Rias back to her senses, the fake Issei destroys the old school building, with Rossweisse unsuccessful in reaching the Kuoh Academy on time to prevent the disaster from happening. Escaping thanks to Gasper's time stopping ability, the Student Council seals the area near the old school building. Having disbelieved at what happened, Sona realizes that Rias isn't around while Issei, Koneko and Gasper become depressed over the issue. Azazel and Rossweisse approach them and explain that Loki is the cause of the recent incident.
Few hours after the destruction of the old school building, the Occult Research Club gathers at the Hyoudou Residence, discussing about the appearance of another Issei, with Azazel explaining that while interrogating Loki, Loki reveals to Odin that he has cast 2 curses, one on Issei and another on Rias as an act of retaliation on Sirzechs and Odin, sealing himself after revealing the truth. With their sole means of information cut off, the others contemplate over the trouble at hand. Meanwhile, Issei and Rossweisse are seen discussing about Loki's curse on Rias, explaining to Issei that the curse takes on the emotion one usually doesn't take notice on.
Continuing from previous episode, Issei meets the leader of the Angels, the Archangel Michael. He receives the Holy Sword, Ascalon, from Michael and proceeds to assimilate it into his Boosted Gear. Michael leaves shortly after that. After Michael leaves, Issei and Akeno have a conversation regarding Akeno's identity. This results in Issei's deepening of his bonds with Akeno, who gives him a lap pillow until a jealous Rias appears and forces him to leave with her. Issei, then, leaves with Rias, heading back to the school to help Gasper with his training. Gasper shows great improvement in controlling his powers, which pleases Issei.
Elsewhere, Koneko and Issei decide to move on, initiating the next phase of their plan. Koneko, disgusted by Issei's move, decides to walk ahead of Issei, only to be taken out by a surprise attack from Riser's Queen, Yubelluna. The episode ends with Riser telling Rias to not underestimate him.
Honestly, none of the five matches shown so far could be called thrilling. Kiba facing off against the opposing knight is a pedestrian affair between two comparable fighters who respect each others' skill, where the deciding factor seems to be that the Sairaorg team was unaware that Kiba can now manifest a variant Balance Breaker. The Rossweisse/Koneko team-up has a little more dramatic impact, but at this point the series' animation limits starts to show. Koneko being the first Rias member to get knocked out isn't surprising, since despite her powerhouse abilities, she's always seemed like the most fragile of the combatants on Rias's team. Gaspar going down during his team-up with Xenovia is also to be expected; game-changing ability aside, he's otherwise the weakest combatant not named Asia. While I could see what the story was trying to do with his courageous stand, I had serious trouble buying his insistence about being a Gremory man while wearing a girls' school uniform. Akeno going down so easily in the one match that Rias loses would have been a shocker if it wasn't for the fact that her winning would have left a gross dramatic imbalance. Even so, Akeno has also proven herself powerful in the past, so that was a bit disappointing.
The upcoming battle between Sairaorg and the Kiba/Xenovia/Rossweisse team feels like the preface to the finale, so presumably the one recap episode this season won't prevent the show running to 12 regular episodes. That leaves me wondering when that episode will air, since we'll be into the new season in two weeks' time. Right now what matters is that the series is quickly cycling through its preliminary battles while continuing to be musically sound but artistically unimpressive. In other words, it's getting the job done but not doing anything special in the process.
High School DxD is an anime series adapted from the light novels of the same title written by Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama-Zero. Produced by TNK, directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa, and written by Takao Yoshioka, the anime aired on TV Tokyo's satellite channel AT-X from January 6 to March 23, 2012. Set during the struggle among the devils, fallen angels, and angels, the story follows the adventures of Issei Hyodo. Issei is a perverted high school student who is killed by his first date, who is revealed to be a fallen angel. He is revived by Rias Gremory, who is a crimson-haired school beauty that is actually a devil, and becomes her servant. The first season adapts material from the first two volumes of the light novels and a few side stories from Volume 8.
Six DVD and Blu-ray compilation volumes of the first season were released by Media Factory between March 21, 2012 and August 29, 2012. Each contained an OVA short entitled "Release the Swaying Delusions" (妄想爆揺解除オリジナルビデオ, Mōsō Bakuyure Kaijo Orijinaru Bideo, lit. "Release the Swaying Delusions Original Video") and other bonus material. An OVA episode that is listed as episode 13 was released with the limited edition of the 13th light novel volume on September 6, 2012 on Blu-ray. The script was handled by Ichiei Ishibumi, who is the author of the light novels. Another OVA episode that is listed as episode 14 is written by Ishibumi and was bundled with the limited edition release of the 15th light novel volume on May 31, 2013 on Blu-ray. The first DVD and Blu-ray compilations of High School DxD New was released by Media Factory on September 25, 2013. The sixth and final compilation was released on February 26, 2014. 781b155fdc