The season started with Issei and all the younger class members going on a school trip to Kyoto, leaving Rias, Akeno, and Koneko at home to enjoy hot baths… In Kyoto, they come face to face with the Hero Faction.
But all of that is just a warm up to the main event which is the much-anticipated rating game between the Gremory household and Sairaorg’s family. He’s an incredibly strong demon but has no special powers.
But, in reality, all of this is just a backdrop to the real story, which is whether Issei will finally step up and tell Rias exactly how he feels about her. There are plenty of chances but more often than not he really is a ‘brainless dildo’ (direct quote from Akeno).
So, there was a bit of a gap between the production of season three and four. They even changed the anime style which was an odd choice, but I don’t think it did much to diminish this amazing series.
Issei is still a huge idiot, but he’s a loveable idiot and it’s hard not to root for him, even when he misses opportunity after opportunity. I love all of the characters in this series, especially when they all get together and cause Issei no end of trouble.
We see a much softer side to several of the central characters, Rias appears more vulnerable and Issei has his own demon that is holding him back. Bizarrely, even with a show that is mostly fan service, I think it delivers a thoroughly engaging story and makes you really care for the characters. Sure there’s lots of bouncing and jiggling, but there is definitely more to this marvellous series. Long may it continue.