HighSchool DxD Volume 18 (Next Life)

Continues on from Life.4.

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Next Life: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8.
Christmas: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8.
Boss x Boss
Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust
Afterword
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Next Life

After the disappearance of Qlippoth and the others, I could finally let out a sigh of relief in the Fourth Heaven. Now it was just Irina’s father who was urgently sent to the Fifth Heaven’s medical facilities. I hope he’ll be able to detoxify the poison as soon as possible…. The Evil Dragons that appeared along with Qlippoth had also disappeared. …Heaven looks like it has suffered a lot of damage. But fortunately the ‘system’ does not seem to be affected. Michael thanked Cao Cao

“We highly appreciate your help in Heaven.”

“I never imagined that I’d be able to enter Heaven. —Nevertheless, I have still sinned. Also every time I do something, it’s thanks to information from Hades.”

Everyone who heard that news was shocked. …Hades provided information? But, did Hades also know about the secret passage between Heaven and the Underworld that Qlippoth used?

“…Hades thought that would make it fair. Or is he just having fun?”

Rias muttered to herself. Michael did not have a reply, but continued speaking to Cao Cao

“You were the one chosen by the holy spear. As long as you are not an enemy, then I will not be hostile.”

“Hohoho, the holy spear was used to pierce through Jesus though. As the Archangel you really are quite accepting.”

Cao Cao turned around to leave.

“See you another time.”

Seeing that he was about to leave, I called out to him

“Wait!”

There’s something I need to confirm with him.

(Part 1 of 8)(13/5)

“…Are you an enemy? Or are you a member of ‘Khaos Brigade?”

Cao Cao looked up at the sky and spoke

“…At the least, I’m no longer a part of ‘Khaos Brigade’. Currently I’m a part of Indra’s vanguard. But, the previous vanguard was the first generation Monkey King, and I was behind the scenes. I’m responsible for some inside matters which cannot be made public. I currently have no intention to harm you.”

Rias then said

“You’ve done so many bad things, yet Indra still keeps you by his side. I really don’t know what he’s thinking. Do I need to list the several breaches of the treaty?”

Cao Cao shrugged.

“There’s no point in telling me. I’m just with Indra because he saved my life on a whim. …I think that in my present position, I can’t relate to my past ambitions and dreams, which is ironic as I was once a member of ‘Khaos Brigade’.”

“It seems you don’t understand the meaning of reflection.”

Kiba frowned. Cao Cao took a deep breath.

“…You said, reflect. From my viewpoint, should I be reflecting on fighting against creatures? Or do you mean I should swear myself to revenge? …Is a fight between humans and creatures ‘justice’ or is it ‘evil’? Currently I am simply powerless, satisfied and unable to answer any questions, an ethereal empty shell.”

…He hasn’t changed, he was just talking nonsense. Rias asked again

“What about the other users of Sacred Gears?”

“Georg and Leonardo? Hoho, they’re still with Hades. Georg and him…Hoho, they’re in the Realm of the Dead researching the magic of the grim reapers. He was sent to a magician who was famous when he was alive, and he quickly got stuck into the research of magic.”

…He actually became something like that. Those heroes truly are puzzling guys.

(Part 2 of 8)(14/5)

Cao Cao continued speaking.

“He told me that they had no plans to return to this side. I truly cannot understand the values of magicians. Leonardo also seems to enjoy the atmosphere there, he’s the same as Georg and doesn’t have any intention of coming back.”

Cao Cao shifted his spear to his shoulder then said sarcastically

“…Only I, only I still want to linger in this world, so that’s why I came back. — If you want to punish me then feel free to do so. If I am currently your object of hatred. Although, I have no intention of dying easily….”

…His words were provocative to me, but I knew he would be fighting back with his full strength.

“…Can I trust you? Besides, what reason do you have to come back here? You’re not here for revenge or atonement right?”

When I asked, he turned to look somewhere far away.

“…I, need to become some kind of person. For what reason, was I born with this spear? I simply live to find the answer to this.”

This guy just said a heap of nonsense.

“The search for myself. Something that you would not do.”
“In the end, I wished to discover myself, and that has led me to the result I have here.”

He’s just downright troublesome! I’d prefer for him not to attack us!

“If you decide to follow up on your search for self, what would you do?”

Hearing Kiba’s question, he shook his head.

“…This follow up…does not exist. My dream, has already been destroyed by the Sekiryuutei once. My next dream is —.”

(Part 3 of 8)(14/5)

Speaking of that, Cao Cao turned to me.

“To defeat the Sekiryuutei Hyoudou Issei. I think that, to be able to defeat you, I will have fully revived. Today — no, once again, I’m not sure about it.”

……. So he means that I will be his enemy. But, if I dared to attack, it would be that simple. Cao Cao had probably finished talking, and waved his hand in preparation to leave.

“Goodbye for now. Indra ordered me to attack the Evil Dragons and assist you, so you could say its fate that we met again.”

Rias asked a final question

“Allow me to ask one more question. If, Indra ordered you and I to fight then what would you do?”

“…Exactly that. All I can say is, Hyoudou Issei, next time, when we fight, I won’t have Medusa’s eye or Samael, I will be using my own power to challenge you.”

“Well, I won’t use anything like Samael’s poison, and will definitely defeat you.”

Cao Cao and I smiled fearlessly at the same time. He glanced at me, then turned around to leave. Seeing this scene, Xenovia began whispering “Say Irina…Lately I’m seriously starting to get worried about the number of men who are targeting Ise….”

“Well…in that case, it will no longer be sufficient to count the number in both hands….”[1]

Irina began counting with her fingers.

“…Really, I’m serious.”

I really have nothing to say. …No, she makes it sound like I have a problem. But, it’s because other guys have also passionately invited me, I couldn’t help but to give responses like that! Is it that bad!?

Note: Thanks luislock and jopjopjop!

[1] Irina is counting both the men and the women who are targeting Ise.

(Part 4 of 8)(14/5)

A passionate reply can make a man become even more passionate with you!?
— This time, a shadow moved away from the Angels’ troops and came towards me. Soon, Crom Cruach had moved in front of me. The Evil Dragon quietly faced me and asked

“…You, are a dragon? Or are you a devil?”

…This guy asked me quite a perplexing question.

“That, I do not know….”

I could only scratch my face and answer him. So he bluntly said

“My dream is to see where dragons will end up.”

He grabbed my face, and seriously asked

“You, are you the answer that I’m looking for?”

“No, I don’t know….”

I didn’t know how to answer him, but he seemed to be aggressive.

“—Fight with me once”

“Huh…? Now, fight now?”

I was really surprised! I said that, right now we’ve already finished fighting! Everyone became serious again on the possibility that Crom Cruach and I would begin fighting! I’m already tired! —Then again, would this Evil Dragon listen to my reason…? Both of us were silent for a while. The Evil Dragon was the first to speak

“…A no, is it?”

“…Wait, let me rest for a while, can you do that?”

So, I just tentatively asked that….the Evil Dragon was quiet for a while, then suddenly changed his posture, and turned around to leave.

“……Then I’ll be going.”

(Part 5 of 8)(14/5)

…Now way. He actually agreed! Seeing his response, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat surprised!

“You’re going back to Qlippoth?”

I asked, but he shook his head.

“No, I’ve already lost interest in that. I might as well give myself a change. I’m already used to the human world.”

As he finished talking, he spread his black wings, and flew off into the distance. …Although the fact that he had now left was good, but who knows where he plans to go from Heaven. Whatever, based on what he said, he’ll probably be forced to land….[2] Michael did not do anything about Crom Cruach’s actions which confused me though, but Irina smiled.

“Irina, well played. You are indeed my Ace.”

Having received such praise from her much respected Archangel, Irina began to blush. Suddenly, it seemed like Irina had thought of something, and she turned to Michael to ask

“Michael-sama, although this question may be a bit overdue….”

“What is it?”

“— Why did you choose me to be your Ace?”

This was actually quite an interesting question. I’d always been curious. Why did Michael choose Irina to be his own Ace?

“Hoho, so it was about this.”

Michel clapped his hands. Then he raised one finger and asked back

“In the human world, when you open the packaging and box of a new deck of cards, what is the first card that you see?”

“…The ace of spades.”

Koneko-chan answered first. That’s right, the first card you should see is the ace of spades. Michael seemed to be in deep thought.

“That’s right. My idea was, that this person should embody the reincarnation of an angel — someone who represents the ‘Brave Saints’. Angel Irina, you have a pure heart, you’re honest and sincere, and you are a devout believer from the bottom of your heart. Also, you’re able to get along with anyone. That’s why you’re the person who is most suited to being the representative of the Angels.”

[2] Suggesting that the angels or some other party will force him to land and leave.

(Part 6 of 8)(15/5)

…So it had that sort of meaning to it. The title of Ace, was not only because of Irina’s personality, but also because of Michael’s expectations. Michael then continued to Irina

“If you would please from now on, continue to uphold the image of the ‘Royal Users (Brave Saints)’.”

Told this, Irina was moved to tears, and continuously nodded her head.

“Yes! I will do my best to show my loyalty! Amen!”

Now everything was finally finished. Dulio who was sitting on the ground had fallen asleep. I heard that he had used his Balance Breaker against Crom Cruach. He was able to seriously fight against that Evil Dragon and be able to return, I truly admire him. No, although I previously believed that he would come back, I didn’t think he would be completely fine and uninjured! Though his enemy did not seem to have any fatal injuries either. But even so, he certainly deserves to be our leader!

…A wave of fatigue suddenly hit me, and I lied down on the floor and looked up at the sky. But, the power of [Penetrate]. Besides my current power, there was no other way. To be able to transmit my strength directly. But just defeating Rizevim is not enough…. However, if this ability could be transferred to others, then it will completely change how we fight. I suddenly thought…this ability, could it be used on the system[3]? To penetrate through the many layers of special protection in Heaven. Just when I was thinking of that, I heard the voice of the most beautiful woman in Heaven.

“Everyone! Michael-sama! How do you do?”

It was Gabriel who had gone over to the human world for a business trip and had quickly rushed back over. She had incredible allure due to her huge oppai[4], which occasionally bounced. …Her oppai[4]! I would be so happy to be able to see them! …Ah! I suddenly thought of it! What would happen if I transferred the power of [Penetrate] to use through my eyes!? What’s there to wait for! It’s time to try it out! I transferred the power of [Penetrate]…and concentrated it to my eyes! Then —

[3] Referring to the system which prevents angels from falling or alerts others when the angel may fall – activated earlier in the volume when Ise saw Gabriel for the first time.
[4] The first time “乳” was used which is a more proper term for ‘breast’ whereas the second time “咪咪” was used which is a slang term also meaning ‘meow’.

(Part 7 of 8)(15/5)

The clothing of the ladies within my field of vision…were transparent! Transparent! Traaannnssspppaaarrreeennnttt[5]! Rias’s oppai! Akeno-san’s oppai! Xenovia’s oppai! Even Irina’s oppai could be seen! My eyes are seeing everything, nothing can get in the way between my eyes and oppai! This, this is the power of [Penetrate]!

This, Ahhhhh it really is too good! I took advantage of this situation, to move my eyes over to Gabriel-san! What came into my vision was — shape, width, the colour of the areolae, size, roundness, only everything together can make one feel like these were the oppai of an angel! This, this…this perfect balance…! Of all I have known, this has to be one of the best…no, this is already unmatched! These, these oppai actually existed all this time! Aaahh, Azazel-sensei! I, finally! I finally saw it! The most beautiful oppai in Heaven!

“Hoho, so those are the most beautiful oppai in Heaven! Thank you! Thank you!”

Right now I could only pray in tears! Because I was a devil praying, even if it was bad, even if I had a headache, it still does not matter! —Those, can already be called God’s oppai! That’s right, I’ll do that! Sensei, my, my perverseness hasn’t decreased! Because, I have already learnt how to use my new ability!

[“…Indeed.”]

Ddraig, do you feel helpless!? As I was crying of happiness, last time’s Heavenly device began alerting and surrounded me in Angelic symbols! The system to prevent indecent thoughts was active again! Everyone’s attention was focused onto me. …They must be thinking, that at a time like this I’m thinking of something perverted.

“……….”

Koneko-chan opened her eyes halfway and remained silent. Everyone simply laughed helplessly.

“Koneko-chan…? No, it’s not, this thing! There’s a reason!”

“…Senpai, you really are a big pervert. When we get home we need to have a reflection meeting.”

Yes, I’m sorry, Koneko-sama….

[5] The intended effect here is an echoing voice which grows longer in duration.

(Part 8 of 8)(15/5)

Christmas

[[[[[[[[[[Merry Christmas!]]]]]]]]]]]
I was in the Occult Research Club with the Student Council and all the members made a toast together. Even Kuroka and Le Fay were here. After the battle in Heaven, Christmas peacefully came along, and the presents had already been distributed. I am currently enjoying a slightly late Christmas. Right after the battle in Heaven, I returned to the First Heaven, waved goodbye then left. Asia and the others who could move went to help treat the wounded angels, who had been fighting till the last minute. Fortunately the door leading the Heaven was open, so reinforcements from the human world were able to make it.
…Fafnir, who showed us incredible determination, was treated by Asia while in a deep slumber. It was said that his consciousness might not return easily. But he is not dead, so one day he’ll awaken. Asia was also relieved after hearing this. This time, he showed me the determination of a dragon. Just to protect Asia, he fought without any fear of death. …Since his mouth is always filled with panties, I think he’s quite a strange guy. But anyway, he is a Dragon King whose brilliance is incomparable.

(Part 1 of 8)(15/5)

Since he needed to be observed after the detoxification of poison, Irina’s father was unable to force himself. So he passed the responsibility of distributing presents onto his daughter. Several times more enthusiastic and hardworking than her father, Irina truly was a good daughter.
I am currently in the Hyoudou mansion with everyone. Dulio and Griselda-san had also come down here too. As everyone was celebrating, Rias and Akeno-san came out.

“Everyone, we all worked hard in the battle this Christmas.”

Rias expressed her sympathy then continued

“Everyone, please listen. Akeno and I have some important news to tell.”

Akeno-san maintained her slight smile and said

“Ara, although it might be somewhat sudden right now, but Rias and I decided to do this specifically at Christmas.”

She nodded in confirmation then said

“—We’d now like to announce the new Occult Research Club President and Vice-President.”

—!
Not only the members of the Occult Research Club but also the Student Council were surprised. Only Sona-kaichou was the one who already knew, and she simply kept smiling. Rias then continued

“As the President of the Occult Research Club for three years, during that time I’ve taken extra care, to ensure that the next generation will follow strict principles. I hope that the next President and members will be able to remember this one thing. When there is flexibility, the Occult Research Club will definitely become better.”

Then, Rias cleared her throat. Finally, she announced the new promotions

“The new president is Asia, the Vice-President is Kiba.”

—Really, so it was actually like this! I had long expected this for Kiba. So, it was not surprising for this guy to be promoted. But, Asia actually became the president! This really exceeded my expectations! Because Asia also did not expect this, she was surprised and could only cover her mouth with her hands. Rias continued further

“The reason I chose Asia, was because I felt that she was most likely the person who could renew the Occult Research Club. I think she can take our club activities into a different direction…imagining what would happen is very interesting.”

After that, Akeno-san stated her reason for choosing Kiba.

(Part 2 of 8)(17/5)

“I chose Kiba-kun, simply because I thought that both the Preident and Vice-President have been female for this past generation…. Although there are several reasons for that, but more importantly, I think that he will be a male role model for the school. This is what I also discussed with Rias.”

“Although the next Vice-President would be male, until the very end I was deciding whether to choose Ise or Kiba. But considering that Ise’s future will be quite intense, and we cannot neglect club activities, so it was decided that Kiba would be the Vice-President.”

…So that’s how it was, that was the reason. The reason why Asia was chosen was because she could take the Occult Research Club in a new direction. Choosing Kiba was for future growth and communication between the other male students. …Although I thought that, since he is a handsome guy, male students will hate him, while female students will be attracted to him! Rias asked the two people

“Now, do you two accept this?”

“I don’t have a problem. I think this is fair.”

Kiba immediately answered. Asia — seemed to be lost in thought.

“…Ah! I, I, I, I, I…this!”
“I can’t?”

Rias saw that Asia was flustered and even her voice had changed, so she gave her a glass of water then asked again. After Asia finished the glass of water, and had calmed down a bit, she said

“No, it can’t be! I’m not the best…. I think that someone lively like Ise, Irina, or perhaps the serious Koneko-chan, or Ravel-san would be more suitable, I’m afraid that a shy person like me, can’t do well….”

I smiled slightly at Asia.

“That’s not true. In that case I’ll help you. Also, with Asia as the President, it will definitely become better! I think that [‘Ah, this is for dear Buchou’] has made me work hard for two years consecutively! That, to me is very important!”

Hmm! Just thinking about it, if Asia were the President, I would definitely be filled with energy this year! Ahh, for my dear Asia-buchou, I would be prepared to do anything!

Hearing what I said, Rias smiled.

“Ara ara, I think Ise would do that. This is also one of the reasons for the decision.”

Kiba said to Asia and the other members

“I have decided, as long as this is entrusted to me, I will try my best to support Asia and everyone.”

Xenovia put her hand on Asia’s shoulder.

(Part 3 of 8)(18/5)

“Asia, this is a good opportunity. I think it’s worth a go. Being the President of the Occult Research Club is an opportunity, which will probably not come by a second time.”

“Mmhmm! For Asia, I will definitely work hard!”

Irina also showed her agreement.

“…Asia-buchou, I think that sounds good.”

“Yes! If it’s for Asia-senpai……-buchou, I will do my best!” [***]

“I have no objections.”

It looks like Koneko-chan, Gya-suke, and Ravel also approved.

“This is good, Asia as President!”

Saji also agreed.

“I think this is right. It looks interesting.”

“Mmhmm, Kiba as the Vice-President is also good.”

The Sitri side also seemed to agree. Then, it is done! All that was left now was Asia’s decision. Asia thought about it for a moment, then smiled and answered

“…I understand. Then I’ll accept the position! Everyone, in the next year, please work with me as the new President.”

Everyone responded loudly and bowed to Asia.
[[[[[[[Yes, Buchou!]]]]]]]
Asia-buchou was now official! It was great! It seems that next year the Occult Research Club will be relaxed and happy! Rias began rubbing her shoulders.

“…Ah, this feeling, it’s like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders.”

[***] Thanks jopjopjop for the correction.

(Part 4 of 8)(18/5)

“Ara ara, me too. It’s time to hand this over to the younger people.”

It looks like Akeno-san and Rias felt the same way. Then Sona-kaichou and Tsubaki-fukukaichou spoke

“So, next time, the four of us will have a tea party.”

What she said sounded like something an old lady would say! She was totally out of it! Koneko-chan had a mouth full of cake, then suddenly remembered something

“In that case…how do I address Rias-buchou now….”

Ah, I see. Since Asia is now the President, Rias…becomes what? I don’t know! I always just call her Rias so it doesn’t matter, but what would the others call her? Rias blinked, and then said to Koneko-chan and Kiba

“I see. You can call me [Onee][1] or [Ane][1] can’t you?”

But, Koneko-chan calmly said

“I can’t call you Rias-buchou? I’m used to saying that….”

Rias seemed a bit surprised, then found it really funny and started laughing

“So that’s it. It’s a sudden change, but that’s fine then. But don’t forget that Asia is your new President.”

It looks like, for now it seems like there will be two people I’ll be calling Buchou. After the celebrations. Rias and I had inadvertently moved into a corner of the room together. I said to Rias

“Rias, before…in front of the first generation Bael, I couldn’t say this. I—.”

Rias placed her finger over my lips and smiled.

“Hahaha, its fine. You don’t need to say it. I understand. —I love you, Ise.”

[1] Onee is older sister. Ane is also older sister. Ane would be used when referring to one’s older sister whereas onee would be used to address one’s older sister. Obviously, they are not sisters but this term is essentially used to address those older than you. The Chinese translation uses [姐] and [姐姐] as there is nothing in its vocabulary for this Japanese distinction.

(Part 5 of 8)(18/5)

“I do too, Rias.”

…Yaegaki, I, I have…decided that the rest of my life will be peaceful, and stable. For that, I will fight. I thought that to myself, and raised the glass in my hand towards the sky. I went outside to buy a few things. Someone came along with me — it was Irina. After I had finished my shopping at the convenience store, we talked about our last promise.

“About the Christmas promise, what should I do?”

“Hmm, it was a childhood promise, but it was to attack Santa Claus. A little drastic huh.”

“Yeah.”

I couldn’t help giggling. How would we really go to attack Santa Claus. Although it was an unwitting childhood promise, just thinking about it was quite a ridiculous thing. But I think the only reason why a child could come up with such an idea, was so that they could get more presents. —As I was thinking, something came down from the sky.

“—It’s snow.”

It was starting to snow! The timing was quite a coincidence.

“I didn’t think it’d actually be a white Christmas…. The weather forecast had clearly stated that tonight would be clear with occasional clouds.”

I looked towards the sky. Hahaha, although a lot of things had happened, if this is a reward, it should be enough.

“—Hey, Ise”

Irina suddenly called to me.

“Hm? What is it? —.”

As soon as I turned my head around — Irina’s lips were placed onto mine.

…….

(Part 6 of 8)(19/5)

………, as it had happened so suddenly, my…mind went completely blank. Irina’s face was red from blushing, after that she turned around in a circle and I gently flicked my tongue.

“—An angel’s kiss! It was because the scene was so beautiful. People would naturally want to kiss like this.”

…….

…No, that’s not it, although I did think that this night scenery was beautiful…! An angel smiling in the snow was an even more beautiful sight! So, so this, is, is, is, is her kiss!? Irina then continued and said

“In fact this is my second time. Although the first one was Ise-kun.”

“Huh? But I don’t remember that happening…”

I really couldn’t remember it happening! When did we kiss!? No matter how hard I thought, I couldn’t recall it! Irina said with a mischievous smile

“Ahmm, of course! It’s because when we were kids, Ise-kun came to sleep over at my house and I stole a kiss from you.”

No way! When we were kids? …That’s what she said, then, my first kiss was…! Suddenly, a figure that everybody would know appeared in front of a slightly smiling Irina and I!

“Good for you! Relationships are a good thing!”

wearing a Santa Claus outfit was — Azazel-sensei! Wondering why he didn’t attend the party, I didn’t imagine he would appear like this!

“Ahahahahaha! I heard from it from Shidou Touji! That when you two were kids that you decided to fight together against Santa, to get more presents right? This is an interesting thing, it would have been better if you told me earlier! If you defeat me, then this bag of presents will be yours! Well now, what will you do?”

Irina’s father, he actually knew about our promise! No, this comes first, Azazel-sensei is Santa! Irina and I looked at each other. We laughed at the same time.

“Ha, hahaha.”

(Part 7 of 8)(19/5)

“Hahahaha! Really, sensei — you’re nothing like Santa. Fine, I guess we might as well fulfil our promise!”

Irina and I faced sensei — Santa prepared his stance!

“Hmm, what I wished for, Ise-kun! Let me see a little bit of your power!”

Irina and I rushed in together! Santa attacked me head on and said at the same time

“Ise! Irina! You are the young people of the next generation. You should enjoy your time now as much as you can. This, is a great experience for you. Devils, angels and fallen angels who can have fun together in this town. This fact, is more important than anything else!”

…Sensei! Your words are amazing! I’m touched! Although I had tried to grab sensei’s bag a few times, he was always just a bit faster than me!

“Good, it’s about time I use my real power!”

Just after I said so.

“I will also fight.”

The small Dragon God had come running out, and joined in with us! Seeing this, sensei was really surprised, almost as if his eyeballs were going to pop out of his head!

“Even Ophis is here! Hey hey, this is a little unfair…”

No, no, this is the Santa that kids would dream about!

“Great, now, Irina, Ophis! Let’s defeat Santa together and get the presents!”

“Hahaha. Hm!”
“Ho.”

I, Irina and Ophis charged together towards the fallen angel of Christmas. —Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

(Part 8 of 8)(19/5)

Boss x Boss

“Azazel, I wouldn’t use the hotline to contact you for anything else. Regarding Agreas’s secret, I think it would be best to make it clear.”

“…It looks like the problem is getting worse, Sirzechs?”

“Inside Agreas is the technology that was used to make [Evil Pieces] which contained the essential crystals of the highest quality. Since Agreas has currently been taken away, therefore making new [Evil Pieces] is not possible. Currently the number of unused sets of Evil pieces I have is less than a thousand.”

“…If that’s the case, then the number of devils that can be reincarnated will be limited. Indeed, the situation has taken a turn for the worst. Speaking of which, the [Royal Users (Brave Saints)] also uses the same materials but they can only use their existing inventory of materials…. Even if we could maintain the reincarnation system, without the materials to make these things it would be meaningless…. Angels are fine though. The reincarnation system has not been in place for very long, so it wouldn’t be an issue even if it was abolished. The problem is —.”

“That’s correct. The [Evil Pieces] are deeply embedded into the underworld’s life, culture, and is important to their values. If it were removed—.”

“…The foundations of the devil world may be shaken. …But I don’t think that [Qlippoth’s] aim is more than just this.”

“The essentials for reincarnation are in Agreas. On top of that there’s the Holy Grail and Evil Dragons—. …The cards they’re holding now have become exceedingly dangerous. So presumably, he wants to revive 666 and invade another world….”

“…The unrest of the Church has slowly began to surface. Have you heard about it? The exorcists who have questioned the reason behind the treaty of the three factions. Peace, means that there will be no need to hunt devils. The vampires also appear to be starting to accept peace. There are those who harbor concerns on the value of what’s happening. Who knows what would happen if they’re discontent and suspicion of Heaven reaches the top brass.”

“Hmm. So you’re saying that every opposing organisation is raising this issue with the Vatican. I heard that one of the masterminds behind this was the previous wielder of Durandal.”

“…The original Durandal has already been assimilated…. This is bad. That guy’s compatibility with Durandal was extremely high. If he were to get his hands on Ex-Durandal then—.”

“…Qlippoth is supporting them from the shadows.”

“Sirzechs. Rizevim thinks simply. To say that he is naïve would not be an overstatement. —But it seems like the vampires view him as an ally, other smaller evil forces see him as an ally, he is a rare instigator. In a sense, his existence in the human world, I say could be more threatening than a legendary God of War or a God of Destruction, he is the most troublesome person.”

“…He’s an example of the opposite of dear Ise-kun, Rizevim who’s inciting conflict behind our backs.”

“…Did you find out about the devils who are supporters of Rizevim?”

“No, I haven’t. Nothing has come out of asking Euclid, and it looks like he hasn’t told Euclid’s supporters about his disappearance. Qlippoth should know, after taking Agreas.”

“But the investigation is still ongoing right?”

“…We’ve already narrowed it down to a few people. …But one of them is someone that I do not want to imagine.”

“…Given his life’s achievements and status, I’m having an ominous feeling about this. The Old Maou Faction would really want to see their desires come true. The Hero Faction is doing its own things. …Qlippoth is doing something evil. —No, it is the type of people that they are gathering.”

(Part 1 of 1)(19/5)

Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust

“Really, Raiser-oniisama, it’s not even dawn yet, what are you doing? It’s rare to be able to enjoy Christmas, for a devil it’s a very valuable experience.”

“Devils shouldn’t be joining in the Church’s rituals! You won’t become a noble high-class devil like this, you know? You haven’t contacted me very often lately. You know I currently have to go to that Sekiryuutei kid just to ask about how you’re doing? This is not normal!”

“Okay okay, I know that onii-sama has a good relationship with Ise-sama. —Well, what did you want to tell me?”

“Hoho, indeed. In fact. Stay calm and listen to me! My return to the rating game has been decided!”

“Wow! Congratulations. Although you were at home for a while, I was worried about how that would turn out.”

“Don’t mention that! Fine, whatever. The opponent for my return is a big name that will really surprise you!”

“—Who is it?”

“The champion! Emperor Belial will the opponent for my return!”

“That’s amazing! I didn’t imagine that would happen!”

“I know right? This is an extraordinary honour! I’ve had bad luck ever since that Sekiryuutei kid defeated me. Since my opponent is the champion, this is the ultimate opportunity! Although I probably can’t win, it should be an interesting match for the spectators and organisers, which will showcase my revival!”

“Ahaha, then, I will come to support you.”

“No, you should work hard with your studies. I heard that Rias is almost graduating right? Then your strength will be needed. Don’t worry, you can watch the recording of it afterwards. It will be good learning material for Rias or your future husband.”

“M-Mou! Stop teasing me!”

“Hahahahaha! —Then how is it going between you and the Sekiryuutei?”

“Well, umm…. It’s—.”

(Part 1 of 1)(19/5)

Afterword

Long-time no see! It’s Ishibumi. DxD finally has 18 volumes, this is Irina’s one! Although they were already childhood sweethearts, but I think that Irina is now in a good position. Holy sword Hauteclaire! Because she is the partner of Xenovia who has Durandal, I think that this is the most suitable weapon, so please look forward to her future involvement.

  • Issei gained the power to hit Rizevim! One of Ddraig’s abilities when he was alive was discovered [Penetrate]. By penetrating through, his power is directly transmitted. When using it, it can ignore barriers, and directly send the power through, but, because it was recently discovered, it can only do so much. But, it is currently an ability which can be used to attack Rizevim. However, when fighting Rizevim, it’s already sufficient. Although it was because he was surprised, Rizevim still had no way of stopping it.
  • Asia is the new President! And also Fafnir’s [Outrage]! Asia has become the new President of the Occult Research Club. A lot of the people involved had already predicted that Asia would become the new President, and now it is official. The author himself couldn’t imagine that Issei did not become the President or the Vice-President. It’s because the new President is someone everyone likes and is easy to understand, so, that’s why I thought that Asia was most suited to take the position of President. Also if Asia is the new President, you get the feeling that you won’t know what will happen next, that’s something to look forward to, so everyone please support the new President. Also, because the outraged dragon is gradually waking up, people won’t be able to look away. Then there’s Fafnir’s actions. In the previous volume, he just ate Asia’s panties and that was it, so I wanted him to have some interesting scenes this time. This was also a good opportunity to restate his reason and pride as a Dragon King, while he was almost near [Outrage], imagining if Fafnir was really angry would be quite scary, and I tried to write that down. Fighting while full of obsession and anger was good, as anyone fighting against it, would be given a fright.
  • The determination of the Gremory males, and the liveliness of the Gremory females. Kiba and Gasper’s way of fighting was relentless. This was able to show their determination. They had to fight against a large number of strong enemies. They had a “don’t know when someone might be sacrificed” attitude which made the males merciless. The opponents are guys who will be willing do anything, so there was no need to hold back. The girls also had Grendel as their opponent. Although these Grendel were weaker than what Issei and Dulio were fighting, they are still quite strong. For Rias to be able to defeat Ladon, the females have become stronger. Honestly speaking, this generation of young devils (The four novice kings) are extraordinary people, which is very exciting.
  • Cao Cao’s Resurrection. The last volume was the just the appearance of the holy spear, now this time it’s the actual person who has appeared! It’s still the same, this guy keeps on saying it so even the author thinks that he is ‘very strong’. So, in this volume he is just a supporting character. Indeed, even among the owners of Sacred Gears, this guy is one of the strongest. He has also been influenced by Issei to discard unnecessary things, so it will feel like he is reverting back, and he can become a powerful contender. He is not a part of [DxD]. But his current position feels like it would fit his style.
  • The leader – Dulio. Dulio finally took on his role as the leader of [DxD]. He brilliantly repelled Walburga, and was the opponent of Crom Cruach. Of course, he was no at an advantage or disadvantage, he could only stay level. Even this was surprising though. The true nature of his Balance Breaker will be shown later on so stay tuned. Walburga’s Balance Breaker will also have to wait.
  • Next are the acknowledgements. Miyama-Zero-san, Executive Editor H-san, you’re helping me every time! In particular, I don’t even know how many times I’ve caused trouble for Editor-san, so I can only apologise. …Actually, after having more volumes, the number of things to think about has increased, so, I’ll have to spend more time. In order to meet expectations, I’ll try my best to finish quickly.
  • Actually, there’s something I have to say. Fujimi Shobo’s new website [fantasia BEYOND] has been set up. It’s going to have online novels. This time, my new series has already been published on there. The item is a renewal of my previous work [SLASH/DOG]. If the person is already a reader of DxD, they may find some connections, as it uses the same setting and world as DxD. Although there is no direct link between them, it’s the story of HighSchool DxD that happened a few years ago. It’s about a young Tobio Ikuse, how he got a Sacred Gear, and encountered the Grigori — Azazel. I plan to describe the story thus far. Because it’s the same world as DxD, it’s a story of the past, so of course, some of the characters appearing in DxD will be there. However, this story is a separate work, and will not have any effect on DxD, so even without reading DxD it can be enjoyed. But, I think that if you know about both, it will probably make you laugh. So, if you’re interested then please head over to Fujimi Shobo’s bookstore HP. A previous work which had stopped is now starting production again…so my workload is increasing. Please have patience.
  • What’s next! At last! It’s now moving into the third term! Moreover, it will be Xenovia’s volume, and the Student Council election! So in the end, did Xenovia become the Student Council President!? The Occult Research Club’s new President Asia will begin working!
    So, what will happen to [DxD] next!?

(Volume 18 of HighSchool DxD ends here.)(19/5)

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186 Responses to HighSchool DxD Volume 18 (Next Life)

  1. HellsReign says:

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    Man you rock thanks for translating this amazing novel I was checking code zeros blog each day praying for and update and you came. Anyways thanks again man good translations speedy work 😀

  2. DragonOsman says:

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    I understand that about magic, but I guess my memory is a bit fuzzy about what Rias told Ise concerning the Bishop Piece’s trait.

    Well, either way, the Dragon Shot seems to focus on both Dragonic and Demonic powers, so I guess Ise can use Dragonic power in place of Demonic power where it counts, and can also use both together if needed. That’s why his Bishop mode, both the normal one and the Trianna one, focus on and enhance the Dragon Shot. Right?

    Being able to improve on his weaknesses does seem quite appealing, so if he could use Dragonic powers as a substitute for Demonic power in attacks that require Demonic power, it’d be great. But he should still try to improve his Demonic power when and if he can, I think.

    • fadhil says:

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      From my point of view , triania bishop is only have a dragonic power. the only demonic power ise have is used to ‘bilingual’ and ‘dress break’

  3. fadhil says:

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    Also , your site have potention , it would be better if you make the novel easier to read like in baka-tsuki. Arrange the text if you have time. Once again thank you very much

  4. fadhil says:

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    I can’t get enough of irina , i may visit to read this again and look forward for next translation , i hope the side story will be translated while waiting volume 19 published. Thank you very much for your kindness and hardwork

  5. DragonOsman2 says:

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    I’m happy for this update. Thanks a lot, TripleZerox-san!

    Again, though, please capitalize the proper nouns – the term Balance Breaker should be capitalized.

    Thanks for putting Volume 18 up on BT, by the way. I’ll probably read it there later.

    Anyway, I find to be really interesting what Ishibumi said in the Afterword about Penetrate. So even though, in the case of when Ise used it against him in this Volume, he was being beaten around mostly because he’d been caught by surprise, Penetrate is actually still an ability that Rizevim really can’t stop or defend against anyway. I really liked reading that. It means Ise now has a move that can effectively be used as a definite weapon against Rizevim, a Trump Card. And he can’t stop it. This is good.

  6. IndividualEleven says:

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    Great work and great job. Thanks a bunch for translating Volume 18. Take your time starting Volume 19. Most of us are just happy Volume 18 is finished right now.

  7. Xenon216 says:

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    Awsome work dude u r a miricle worker and I can’t wait to see you do v19

  8. Hariharan says:

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    Thank you so much. I was prepared to wait till next year for a fully translated V18, but you sir are a miracle worker! 😀

  9. RedDevil says:

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    Thanks for the hard work mate, really appreciated 😀

    Looking forward to read more of your translations, but don’t rush into it, you need your rest as well.

  10. Joker says:

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    Thank you so much for finishing Volume 18, and I hope that you can get to Volume 19 soon!

  11. shraw says:

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    Excellent work done man,
    I hope u will start volume 19 soon.

  12. dika0515 says:

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    wow you are fast…thank you so much for your hardwork!!
    hopefully you can translate vol.19!!

    thank you!!

  13. Imperial-sama says:

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    Excellent work though make sure you separate Ravel asking Raiser who the person is and the fact its the RG Champion

  14. exiagundam00 says:

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    @zxzxzx, are u already have DxD Vol.19 right now? I just wondering if u already have it since u don’t write ur “Goal” for TLing Vol.19. If u already have it, when will u start TLing Vol.19?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Haha, it’s far too soon to put up a ‘goal’ for that. I have no idea how long it will take. I can’t say for sure but I’ll start sometime soon, take a break, then come back to it.

  15. chrizor says:

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    any chance anyone can make it all into 1 big pdf or something plx?;p

  16. jopjopjop says:

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    Minor correction:

    It’s the previous wielder not original.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Oh, thanks again!

      • jopjopjop says:

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        Wait. I checked the raws and it also says original (元).

        That’s odd as it is supposed to be the previous wielder. Huh.

        You decide what to put whether it would be “original” or “previous”.

  17. rabi rajak says:

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    great! just as expected from u. doing good. quick as ever.

  18. mpz28 says:

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    nicely done on the latest translations, could just see Azazel going a shade of white when Ophis decided to join in 😉

  19. toaneo07 says:

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    Good job! youre great, dude!

  20. Whiterazor says:

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    Men you’re just too fast!!! is really awesome both the speed and the quality (despite some little errors… but that doesn’t even count ^^).
    Thanks a lot for the updates!

  21. DragonOsman2 says:

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    @Zxzxzx-san: Thanks for the updates! Much appreciated! It seems like I really didn’t have to wait long for this.

    By the way, Ise refers to Griselda as “Griselda-san,” so please fix that in Ise’s POV part here where Griselda’s name is mentioned.

  22. RawHunter says:

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    Well really Thanks for the Translation (Hon’Yaku) even though I already (Translated this with my poor translation Skills) But again Thanks for devoting your time in Translating V18. I really hope you can continue supporting DxD community even in the Future as well Good Luck…

  23. Hariharan says:

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    Great job again! I feel that rather than releasing stuff in parts, It would be better if you took your time doing a whole section and releasing it at once. It gives us enough time to build the hype and maybe.. Let’s you do your magic at a more lax pace?

  24. nelus4blood says:

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    Lol, azazel is going to get his ass handed over to him hahaha

    thanks for the translation zxzxzx, keep up the good work (^-^)//

    • Pedro says:

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      Do you seriously think Ise can beat Azazel?

      • DragonOsman2 says:

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        Yeah, seriously? As it is right now, unless Azazel isn’t really serious, Ise’s the one who’s going to get his ass handed to him. I don’t think that even Irina helping him will really be enough. Though, I think Penetrate might help to at least give Azazel a run for his money. Either way, I think this a fight to look forward to.

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        Well issei is superior to arazel in physical strength and dc (maybe speed too) at this point. But arazel is the type of person that will capitalizes on the opponents weekness even cao cao who was able to manhandle issei true queen mode said it was dangerous to fight him now in the third time round and he knows all about issei fighting abilities after training him for the majority of the series. No one knows his ablities better than arzazel does. Penetrate would help but it’s not enough to beat him.

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          True. Azazel knows everything about Ise’s abilities and powers since he trained him and kept giving him advice about how to use his powers better (Tannin also trained Ise, but most of the advice and all came from Azazel). He’d probably be caught off guard by Penetrate since he shouldn’t know about that yet.

          That said, though, even Rizevim was getting beaten around by Penetrate. Ishibumi also admitted in his Afterword for this Volume that even Rizevim had also been caught off guard, Penetrate is still an ability that he really can’t defend against. If even Rizevim can’t defend against it, what does Azazel have that can stop it? I don’t think he has anything of the sort. But yeah, aside from that, Azazel shouldn’t lose to Ise. And there’s also probably a way to avoid being Penetrated, if you know what I mean. If Azazel can figure it out, avoiding Penetrate shouldn’t be that much trouble, and then Ise will be back to square one.

          Even if Ise can beat him in a fight that only involves raw power, if you were to also throw in technique, speed, cleverness, etc, Azazel still has a chance – Ise’s power attacks can’t hit that which they can’t touch. It’s the same as with the First Generation Sun Wukong: he said that if Ise and/or Vali could touch him, they’d beat him instantly, but he has ways of avoiding and blocking their attacks and defeating them, still. I think Azazel is the same.

          Well, I guess Ise could use his own head. He does have ways to use technique and trickery to his advantage now. If he can do it well, he should be able to beat Azazel, but it’ll require a lot of practice and training. That’s also one of the things Azazel has been try to get him to learn how to do, and that’s also the same as with the First Generation Sun Wukong’s training (when he was going to train Ise and Vali, which I believe wasn’t shown to us at all even though it did happen).

  25. BlackLegLuffy says:

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    oh gosh! they kiss!!♡

  26. mpz28 says:

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    As always enjoying your updates, but just make sure you don’t burn yourself out doing it, i don’t know how others feel but even if you was to download once a week that would be fine, also i’ve noticed a couple of times that your asked about something with your translation did you see that they have a link on the BT site in the format standards section: High School DxD: Names and Terminology Guidelines
    if you click on that it may help a little 🙂

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Yeah, bookmarked it but tl dr so I just skimmed through a few sections. Perhaps I will read it.

      • mpz28 says:

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        Even as someone like me that just reads the LN it was worth the look, but yeah if you have the time give it a read or just a quick look 😉

  27. Imperial-sama says:

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    Hello there my friend i just thought i’d give my stamp of approval. For those on Animesuki I am ImperialFlameGod8190 one of the top supporters of Code-Zero’s translation. Originally i had an issue with this because i felt as though you just got impatient and decided to steal the job so i apologize for that. You’ve done an excellent job so far and i hope you continue to work with Code-Zero to give us great translations. If I may make a suggestion when u guys start 19 and 20 how about each of you takes a chapter and you alternate so 1 persons not under constant pressure to update. Anyway, well done and i look forward to you continuing to bring us excellent translations

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    Correction: I think this part

    “Great! As Asia’s predecessor…I will also work hard!”

    should be

    Yes! If it’s for Asia-senpai……-buchou, I will do my best!(Note: Gasper stuttered from calling Asia with her new title)

  29. nikhil bindlish says:

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    Heyyy thankss for the awsome work ur doinggg…. I just wanna ask whether u were gonna do afterward or not ?? Coz u dont nerd to … Just my personal opinion

  30. Hartless04 says:

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    Where Rias was telling Koneko to call her to call her Ane or Onee, Ane is a more respectful way in calling an older sister as where Onee would be the more laid back way. I hope that helps or if that’s even what you were looking for.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Yeah, aware of that but wasn’t sure since the Chinese version doesn’t have a translation which quite corresponds to the Japanese so that’s the guess I made.

  31. anifreik says:

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    I’m no expert, but I think you’ve gotten the “Onee” “Ane” line about right. “Onee” would usually come with a “-san” or “-sama” and is the one used more… casually, maybe? My understanding is that “Ane” is more of a “respected elder sister” and is what Grayfia asked Ise to call her in the onsen when she was tipsy (drunk!), LOL. Vol DX1 Life 6 “Let’s Go To Onsen!” for reference.

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      No, I’m sure Ane isn’t that respectful; it’s just old (although I’m not completely sure). And Aneki and Aniki are also the terms Japanese gang-mates use to refer to each other, generally, although they do also mean “sister” and “brother” respectively. For you older sister, if you want to use Ane, I think it’d be better to use Ane-hue. Onee-sama means “Honorable Older Sister”. Onee-san is less formal, but it’s still a highly respectful way to call an older sister because of the “Onee” part.

      • DragonOsman2 says:

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        I could be mistaken about the “Ane” thing, so if someone who is definitely more knowledge in Japanese would please help me out here, it’d be much appreciated.

  32. Hariharan says:

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    OMG! Thanks for the update. I was kind of surprised when Kiba readily accepted the position, kind of seems off character or maybe.. It’s just me 😛

  33. lykaon says:

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    thanks for the hard work zxzxzx-san! i do have one question. i notice that you put an estimated time of release on the page, but i don’t know your time zone, so I can’t compare it to my time. could you please tell me your time zone? thanks.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Underneath there should be a box which says “zxzxzx’s time”. But if you can’t see it my time zone is UTC+10 or GMT+10.

  34. RedDevil says:

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    Hello again, looking forward to the remaining bits of this volume 😀

    Furthermore I have one question: Do you know if the ‘Nekomata ninja scroll’ short story has all ready been completely translated by code-zero or that he stopped without finishing it? If it is the last option, will you also consider the completion of that short story? I am sorry if you don’t like these kind of questions, I don’t mean to be rude.

  35. Cilang says:

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    Finally….

  36. IndividualEleven says:

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    FINALLY!! Issei was able to see Gabriel’s Oppai.

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      Yeah. I also liked how it lets him see through ALL of the girls’ clothes as if transparent, and not just Gabriel’s. I mean, yeah, sure, he’s already seen Rias and the others naked many times, but the thrill and excitement you can get from knowing that you’re able to see right through their clothes is different from that which you get from them actually being naked in front of you.

      I’m thinking he’ll probably tell Azazel he did this. He shouldn’t tell any of the girls unless he wants them to scold him and/or hit him. We already saw what Koneko said, although nowadays she’d get mad at and hit him for even implying that he isn’t a lolicon (which isn’t good – she should understand that being a lolicon is unhealthy and a crime, which is the same that can be said for being a shotacon).

      Koneko should understand that she’s currently too young, if she doesn’t already. It’s a good thing that she’s at least agreed to let Ise wait until she’s got bigger breasts and has grown into a beautiful woman. Koneko’s appearance in Shirone-mode is ideal for her, so she’ll hopefully grow to be like that.

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        You’re taking “lolicon” too literally. Koneko’s 15, almost as old as Ravel, the only difference is she LOOKS younger.

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          Still, though, her body type isn’t the kind Ise likes, and she needs to understand that. It’s good that at least she’s now waiting for her body to grow and catch up to her age.

          I hope she can grow up to be as hot as she is in Shirone-mode. That’d be best, and Ise would also like that.

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            You’re using quotes from almost 10 volumes ago. If it hasn’t been brought up in the past 3-5 volumes, consider it null and void until and unless it’s brought up again. If he really didn’t like her body type so much, wouldn’t he object to doing anything with her? Like the senjutsu treatments, which Kuroka could do instead? It’s just that he prefers a more mature body type with bigger breasts, not that he dislikes a younger body type.

            That is literally a picture of Koneko in a few years, so obviously she WILL look like that.

  37. DragonOsman2 says:

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    @TripleZerox: Nice work, man! Keep it up! And thanks for the updates.

    I liked finally being able to read about Ise using Penetrate on Gabriel’s breasts. Hm, so he uses Transfer to send the ability of Penetrate to his eyes like that. And sending it by Transfer to the “System” in Heaven to let him have perverted thoughts without the alarm going off of or whatnot is also a good idea; although, it’s also true that it could be bad if an Angel is about “fall” but nobody notices it.

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      I should also add transferring the ability of Penetrate to teammates using Gift is also a pretty appealing idea, and I hope Ise does it.

  38. mpz28 says:

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    once again thanks for the latest translations, i also see they have added you to the translator list on BT, so congrats for that & can’t wait for more soon 😉

  39. mystogrigen says:

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    Finally, Irina’s rank has a meaning and purpose behind it.

  40. furt64 says:

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    If i may be allowed to ask when is vol 20 coming out?

  41. Le_PoUnT says:

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    zxzxzx, there is something that bothers me:

    I could only scratch my face and answer him. So he bluntly said

    “My dream is to see the end of the dragons.”

    Crom Cruach aim is to see the end of the dragons?

    I thought that what he wanted was to know what would happen to dragons, about their future. The ends of the dragons sounds like their extinct.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Ah, I see. It should read something more like “My dream is to see where dragons will end up.” I’ll fix that.

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    Really Happy to see DxD now being updated on a daily basis.
    It was really frustrating to see Baka-Tsuki stopping their update on DxD
    for what seemed like a year on volume 17
    Luckily due to my persistence i found out zero-san’s website which lead me here.
    So once again really happy to see sekiryuutei on his harem journey again in search of Heaven’s God-Like boobs, so I really am interested in it once more.
    Also waiting for the High-Class promotion to see how things turn out and also Issei’s special training along with vali for epic new god-class upcoming battles
    So keep up the good work guys.

    PS
    also wanted people to know that i am starting a story of my own on this link here.
    I would really appreciate if people can check out this link
    zeroanimefreak13.wordpress.com

    ciao

  43. Gary29 says:

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    Nice, so you and Zero-kun will be doing v20 together. And there’s even a chance of SLASH/DOG one day getting translated.

    Thanks for the update, and Xenovia & Irina’s conversation looks good. Like that it’ll probably require a TL note on BT explaining that it’s referring to both males and females, or put single quotes around “number” to imply it’s more than just that.

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      Has it been confirmed that they’ll be doing v20 together? If so, that’s great, and I think that since Zxzxzx is using the Chinese translations for this, Zero should help him out a bit with the translation so that the pace is still good, if possible.

      And I made a mistake in my previous comment: I’d already it up to Part 5, but I guess I’d gotten gotten confused and thought there might have been more already out. So yeah, my bad. I’d already gotten done reading it by then.

      • Gary29 says:

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        Unless I misread his updated FAQ, yeah, it’s confirmed.

        • DragonOsman2 says:

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          Yeah, I just went and read it myself just now. It’s really some good news, I’d say. Especially since I’d hate it if Zero were to really quit DxD.

          I just hope TripleZerox can learn Japanese soon, as I know he’s trying, but with no real luck (in Zxzxzx’s intro post, he said he’s “triplezerox,” or “zxzxzx” – I care about the grammar, so I just like to capitalize proper nouns).

          Once he manages that, the translation pace for the rest of the series after this Volume should also go up considerably, especially when and Zero team up on the translations. After that, no long waits for translation updates. I hope it happens.

          Though, of course, I don’t mind waiting, as long as there’s a definite chance of an update coming, so it doesn’t matter that much even if TripleZerox doesn’t manage to learn Japanese anytime soon. I just think it’d be good if it happens, that’s all.

  44. DragonOsman says:

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    Thanks for these updates; I have to read it, still, but yeah, thanks anyway.

  45. LazerX says:

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    Thanks for the awesome translation and keep it up. I really appreciate it.

    Side note: I was wondering if you guys could check out an ff on my blog and give me feedback to help improve it. wp.me/p6bHn3-2.
    I know this is sort of inappropriate but please, help a dude out. I’d really appreciate it.

  46. mpz28 says:

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    I know i keep saying this but your doing fantastic on the translation, seems like every time i check you site your’ve added something new, so keep up the great work & can’t wait for more in the future 🙂

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    i just read your faq and its say you will translate the volume 19, but i want to know when you finish the volume 19 you gonna continue the short stories DX1 and DX2? beacause you are doing amanzing job in the translations and i just want to know because many people started the extras but they abandoned.

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    Judging from issei’s response I think they are referencing the fact that a lot of the enemies/rivals who are guys that issei defeated seen to grow closer to him and he didn’t like that preferring to be closer to girls. The girls never really touch on that but seeing cao cao and issei close like that made them feel a little uneasy. I think that’s the situation so maybe you can change the translation to reflect that, I don’t know. Still thanks for translating, I’m trying my hand at it too and it is hard.

    • jopjopjop says:

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      IIRC, Xenovia said that there are lots of men starting to gather around Issei and Irina responded by starting to count in with her fingers.

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        that was also noted by Issei near the end of v12 that he was getting to many males around him, i find it funny now that others are starting to notice 🙂

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          Yeah, it’s quite disturbing.

          Ise doesn’t want to get romantically close to any guys himself, of course, preferring to be close in that way only with the girls. And I feel the same way.

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    Judging from issei’s response I think they are referencing the fact that a lot of the enemies/rivals who are guys that issei defeated seen to grow closer to him and he didn’t like that preferring to be closer to girls. The girls never really touch on that but seeing cao cao and issei close like that made them feel a little uneasy. I think that’s the situation so maybe you can change the translation to reflect that, I don’t know. Still thanks for translating, I’m trying my hand at it too and it is hard.

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      Thanks!

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        The lines between Xenovia and Irina went in the lines of Xenovia saying lots of men start to gather around Issei with Irina responding to count them with her fingers.

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        I checked the raws and here’s what they said.

        “Hey Irina, I’m seriously starting to get worried on the number of men recently targeting/aiming for Issei.”

        “Well …. in that case, it will be no longer sufficient to count the number in both hands” (Note: that’s counting both male and female)

        Irina then started to count with her fingers.

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      It’s like how some characters associate Issei and Kiba’s close friendship as being homosexual. The girls are worring that Cao Cao might get ahead of them in who would be Issei’s lover if they don’t watch out and get even closer to Issei.

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        I hope the girls’ worries don’t come true. Ise should be romantically close only to the girls.

  50. IndividualEleven says:

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    Does it make it easier for you to translate if you break it up into all these smaller parts? Or is that just how you translate and allows you to translate faster?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Well it’s easier to do it in parts rather than all at once and also because I know roughly how long each section will take. Recently my parts have been smaller but take 40-70 minutes usually.

  51. Gary29 says:

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    That cliffhanger :3

  52. hyphoria says:

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    this is good work thank you

  53. kewal says:

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    u r very quick

  54. Arijit says:

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    first of all thank you for doing an awesome job..finally the translating started again.cz is too good..but u doing a considarably good job too.thanks again
    now i want to request something.please can u use honorifics and keep some japanese words intact instead of simply changing them..like Gary29 said Issei calls Akeno as Akeno-san,Koneko as Koneko-chan etc..and thanks for using Sekiryuutei again..its just when cz translated he kept those things ..after reading that this long time now its feeling weird seeing there is no honorifics..and it feels like suddenly they became too intimate.hope u consider this.
    and btw no need to rush..take it easy..keep yourself healthy ..we dont want you fall ill.and someone mentoined sometimes it feels some details are missing.i felt like that too..but it’s ok..keep up the good work..thank you again

  55. ZX says:

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    Please don’t too rush to translating this. Keep your health good also important for us reader and we just don’t wanna waiting for a few month just because the translater don’t watch their health.

  56. IndividualEleven says:

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    Hey I was wondering by looking at your clock where do you live? I know you don’t live in the US, so i was curious if English is your native tongue or did you learn to speak and write english.

  57. Gary29 says:

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    V18 Next Life (Part 2 of 8) (14/5) Next update ~10am zxzxzx’s time

    Lol, nice. A timeframe to expect updates.

    Btw, I just noticed this from the previous chapters, but I think all the instances of “Akeno” should be “Akeno-san” based on the raws/how Kiba and Ise normally speak of her. Thanks for the update by the way :3

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      I’ll check over that again. I do remember using akeno-san in some cases but I’ll check to see what I missed.

      • DragonOsman2 says:

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        Yeah, Ise and Kiba call her “Akeno-san,” while Rias calls her just “Akeno” without any honorifics.

  58. DragonOsman2 says:

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    Thank you so much for this, Zxzxzx-san! Much appreciated!

    Michael is so nice. Quite generous and accepting, even though the Holy Spear was used to crucify Jesus, like Cao Cao pointed out.

    I’m worried about Hades and how he sent Cao Cao to help out. And also, just how much does he know about the passages to and from Heaven that he hasn’t said anything about? This is really quite disturbing.

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      Hades is up to something. Lol Sirzechs should’ve killed him.

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        I completely agree. This is doesn’t look good (the whole thing with Hades, I mean).

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          Yeah, but since Hades actually rules Hell/The Land of the Dead and Damned, he’s a little to important to the continuity of the Universe to be killed off. And even if they don’t like him much, he’s still the brother of Zeus and Poseidon…

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            Can’t they beat him up to make him obedient, or something of the sort? If killing him is a bad idea (which it is). Like, having Ise use Penetrate, along with Ddraig’s and the Boosted Gear’s other offensive abilities (while in True Queen mode, hopefully fully stable and completely mastered by that point), in combination with the attacks of everyone else in Team DxD. That should make for a truly good beating that Hades will never forget. Although some of those guys may have to hold back, lest they end up accidentally killing him (a real pain in the rear end, but still necessary).

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            Speaking of Ddraig’s powers, I remember him saying that the feeling he gets from the power of the True Queen reminds of him the power he had while he was alive. So the True Queen also represents Ddraig’s true power from before he was sealed, right? Not just True Queen, but also the rest of the Trianna, apparently.

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      It’s not surprising that he knows about Purgatory since he runs the Realm of the Dead. Though it’s interesting that he gave Cao Cao this info as an attempt to amend for his earlier mistakes yet also probably had something to do with Qlippoth gaining access.

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        Yeah, that too. He’s most likely up to something here. He won’t be a main antagonist in one of the upcoming Volumes, will he? Well, they did already have to fight him once, but there’s a chance he’ll do something really big and bad again. And then they’ll have to fight him and his forces again.

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    Thank you for what your are doing. I’m French & i’ve disovered DxD first by the LN. Zero seems to be unable to do more for his own reason. He has done enough, I understand that he is sick.

    Thanks to you …. Yeah I am French, and I read LN in English ….

    By cons, please. stop with translating “Red Dragon Emperor”… Keep “Sekiryutei”. I fought with several French fansub for that, I am a lover of the LN, change that, does’t please me.

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      It’s fine either way, though, isn’t it? I can understand the sentiment, sure, but it should be fine as long as the meaning isn’t off (which in this case it isn’t — after all, Sekiryuutei does translate to Red Dragon Emperor, just like how Hakuryuukou translates to White Dragon Emperor).

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    can not wait

  61. dusk says:

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    this is sweet

  62. themainpersonnn says:

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    Keep up the good work hopefully you’ll be able to even translate the future volumes of DXD.

  63. Bellcros says:

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    Will you be posting on baka -tsuki also zxzxzx? Just asking and thank you for your great and very fast work translating DXD. 🙂

  64. nameless says:

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    thanks for all the updates
    cant wait for the next one.
    Keep up the good work.

  65. jopjopjop says:

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    Btw, you don’t need to do Ashes to Ashes ….

    [email protected] already posted a translation of that on animesuki.

  66. Hariharan says:

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    Thank you again!

  67. DragonOsman says:

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    I’m also looking forward to this chapter, so hopefully you’ll translate it soon.

    And speaking of DxD, hopefully the anime doesn’t skip or otherwise mess with the part where Ise uses Juggernaut Drive. As well as all of the stuff leading up to it. The Rating Game vs. Diodora Astaroth is coming up, too.

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      Yeah, is it just me or did they skip the rating game with the Sitri group in the anime?

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        They haven’t shown it yet. It’ll be animated but not until later

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        yeah, i thought so,then if it’s be skiped.how can issei get the ability of oppai talk? and how he can beat servant of diodora?

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          It isn’t from that game, he develops it after he gets bitten by Fenrir, he uses it in the rating game to work out the deception the other team played, Rias then banned it in the Rating Games as it was too OP against female enemies.

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          Issei spontaneously used Bilingual on Akeno when she came to his room to seduce him in Ep 4(?). She remembered what really happened when her mother was killed and started down the road to forgiving her father. That’s why she made him a bento for the trip taking Odin home. It’s not what really happened in the Novels, but that’s how the anime did it.

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            Yeah, I did also remember something that like, which why I thought it was strange that the anime did it this way.

            @Euphemios: They didn’t really say it was OP against female enemies, just unfair or some such, and that no female Devils would ever want to have Rating Games against them if Ise were to keep using it. That’s why Rias banned it.

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            I forgot the (maybe) most important thing missed by skipping the Sitri RG, “Reverse”! That’s where it first comes about, and it’s the reason Kaos Brigade wants Asia with all the big wigs gathered for the Astaroth/Gremory RG. So, wonder how they’re gonna butcher that one up. Probably just make it a surprise move at the end of the fight or some nonsense.

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            @Anifreik: What’s “Reverse,” again? I forget. Is it something Ise does?

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            No, it’s a technique developed by the Fallen Angels and given to the Sitri team that reverses the effects of abilities (maybe SG only, not sure) such as turning Kiba’s Holy Swords to Demonic Swords so they do no extra damage to devils or *important!* turning Asia’s “Heal” to “Harm”. It’s a one shot technique though, so has to be reused. Never heard from again after JD.

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            Thanks for the info on “Reverse”. Much appreciated.

            Speaking of turning Asia’s “Heal” to “Harm,” it did happen in the LN, didn’t it? Although I kind of forget when it was, exactly.

            I do think she needs to be able to do something like that on her own, though, so that she can use it against enemies. Although, because it’s not in her nature to harm others, and she therefore wouldn’t be able to have enough killing intent or determination behind it, it wouldn’t really be as powerful as one would desire it to be.

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          Bilingual will probably debut in the “Rating Game” against Diodora.

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            It debuted in the seduction scene with Akeno and Issei. 🙁

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            Yeah. He was supposed to have used it willingly for this, too, which he didn’t in the anime. And they also omitted the part where the Chichigami talks to Ise. They also changed the timing and location of when Ise used Bilingual on Akeno’s breasts, too. It was supposed to in the middle of the battle against Loki, wasn’t it? When Barakiel had been attacked and was lying on the ground and Ise wanted to help out somehow. Both the depute of Bilingual and the Chichigami’s introduction were supposed to be at that point. The anime did it really differently.

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            @anifreak – He hasn’t mastered it consciously yet. That was my point. Think of current Bilingual as “incomplete Bilingual”.

            @Osman – Chichigami will appear later on in a different setting. Strongest speculation right now is that the curse Loki placed on Ise in episode 4 will force him into a JD fight with Vali and Chichigami will save him.

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            bilingual was first used in the rating game against sitri group. when they drained blood out of him, before leaving , he disclosed the next plan of sitri group using bilingual.

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            and I agree with Gary29, that bilingual will develop in the anime during the next rating game.

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        So far it has been skipped. I am not really happy with the changes that are being made. All they have to do is stick to what is written and it will be great. I am assuming they are adding it after this fight because they will only have like 3 episodes left for the season.

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      They won’t screw up JD.

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        Yeah, I hope you’re right.

        They’ve already screwed one thing up, though, haven’t they, in that regard? In the anime, Ise already has wings in Balance Breaker. IIRC, in the novels, that doesn’t happen until after he’s already gone into Juggernaut Drive once. It was supposed to be one of the side-effects of Juggernaut Drive. You guys must still remember that in the novels, Ise didn’t have wings in Balance Breaker until after he’d already used Juggernaut Drive, right?

        I wonder how they’ll cover this up, if they ever even try to.

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          well, it’s studio TNK, i have already lost hope in any adaptation coming from there, they always skip little things, and it ends up snowballing until the anime no longer has anything even remotely similar to the original.

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            So you’re saying there’s a chance they’re going to further butcher DxD? In that case, I hope they do a remake of the anime, hopefully done by a better Animation team.

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            1-Loki and Fenrir have been underpowered alot
            2-Fenrir instead of being a badass wolf who can kill a god he is reduced to a weak wolf who look like a chicken (the drawing is so damn bad)
            3-they skipped The chichigami sence which is a very important.
            4-they skipped sitri rating game(that mean that they skipped “reverse” and the fokutaitshu tsubaki falling for kiba and also Ise used Bilingual for the first time during the game)
            5-they messed up the timeline and skipped most of the gathering of young devils-each group announcing their dreams and stuff-
            6-the underworld in the LNs look so luxurious and amazing while it looked super normal in the anime
            there is alot of more stuff but really i hope that A-1 pictures or J.C.Staff will make a remake for the anime

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          Ignore anon, he doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

          It’s not a major story-breaking issue, they just need to show us the BB countdown in the RG and maybe show that Ddraig helps him with the flying.

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            Yeah.

            But I really don’t remember what “Reverse” is, so some sort of a reminder would be much appreciated.

            Ise also unlocks Transfer and Gift in future parts of the story from where the anime is right now, right? I hope they don’t screw those up, either.

            Heck, there’s even more stuff he’s going to be getting, like a gem from Divine Dividing that he gets Wyvern power-up from, Penetrate, Bilingual, Trianna and True Queen. I’m not counting Juggernaut Drive because True Queen is more preferable.

            Ise can Dragonify parts of his body at will, too, and he’s also got Great Red and Ophis’ powers, so hopefully he can become more powerful as a Dragon without having to rely too much on the Boosted Gear. He just needs to master the powers he got from the Dragon of Dragons and the Ouroboros. Then he could also combine their powers with Ddraig’s while using Balance Breaker with or without True Queen activated and get even stronger.

            Then if he ever learns to be better at controlling his Demonic Power and can also be good at magic, he could combine those with his Dragon powers and kick even more butt. He’s a Devil and a Dragon, so he should learn to make the most of it. Seriously.

            Since he’s got a pact with LeFay, maybe she could also help him out on the magic department, although human magic is different from Devil magic. He could try to learn both, though, too. And while we’re at it, how about learning Norse magic from Rosswiesse? He should learn all the magic he can, if he can.

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            Sorry bro, it has already started snowballing, the trainwreck’s imminent. You can ignore me all you want, they changed the order of everything and, as the trailer had an Issei vs Sairaorg fight, i’d say it’s a massive trainwreck. The adaptation’s already doomed, and it’s probable we won’t ever see any remake from other studios, at least not from one that could do a decent job, as most studios with decent directors HATE H-based stuff. Well, the only chance of a decent remake i see is if some big studio used the same tactic as Fate/ franchise, cutting all H-content, which, well… doesn’t work well with DxD’s oppai-based plot.

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            anonguy, you’re the dumbest dumb guy on the face of the earth. The fight in the PV was made just to hype Sairaorg’s official introduction in the anime. The author said so himself.

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            Yeah, i know he said that, but did you see last ep’s preview? If not, please do, you’ll see why i’m still believing on that, and even if it doesn’t happen, you know it’s going to be a trainwreck.
            Sorry to crush your hope

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            Yeah, the fight shown in the PV could be the sparring session between Issei and Sairaorg in the gardens at the Gremory residence. Just sayin’

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            @Anifriek: Yeah, but it could also be too soon even for that, when they decide to animate it in the actual anime proper.

            I honestly don’t know if I should believe in the trainwreck theory or not just yet, but I’m just saying. At this point, IMO, it can still be 50-50, either way.

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            @Osman;

            Magic is a given IMO, Norse and the huge variety that Le Fay knows, since he’s expressed interest in it and Le Fay/Rossweisse are more than willing to help.

            He already got Gift/Transfer/DD jewel in seasons 1 and 2….

            But anyway, I was thinking his GR/Ophis powers would result in the subspecies BB Azazel told him to develop in v11, if not a completely innate power. Though it could start off innate and they could work to combine it w/ BG, who knows.

            It’s not about controlling his demonic power, either; he doesn’t have any. Well, barely any. Think of Lirenkus. That’s why one of my theories was that GR/Ophis’s power might be a dragonic substitution for demonic power.

            @anonguy;

            They’re talking about Sairaorg’s battle against Zephyrdol, quite sure. The only things they’ve changed are volume 7, 5 and 6 were for the most part faithful and things are still done in a way that avoids continuity issues (IIRC they resolved a couple major plotholes in the latest episode). This season is meh so future seasons can be perfect, you know.

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            I do think you’re about LeFay and Rossweisse, yeah. Although, of course, I’d kind of forgotten about that, so thanks for saying that.

            I know I keep saying this, but he did also learn to use the Teleportation-type Magic Circle on his own, didn’t he? That should require some Demonic power and control, no? So he does at least have enough for that. And there’s hopefully a way to naturally increase, through training, how much Demonic power he has, so that he can use Demonic magic with it.

            If not, then as you suggested, he could use Great Red’s and Ophis’ power and the rest of his Dragonic power as a substitute for Demonic power and use Demonic magic and other Demonic techniques that way, if possible (including flying using Devil wings – even though it sounds weird to use Dragonic power to fly with Devil wings, or using Dragonic power for any Demonic ability whatsoever, so the first choice should be for Ise to increase the amount of Demonic power he has through training).

            About increasing the amount of Demonic power has, it has to be done outside of the Boosted Gear’s “Boosted” ability, as I want him to have high amounts of Demonic power even without having to use the Boosted Gear.

            And once he can use more magic abilities, even Demonic ones, he could then use “Boost” to increase their power where needed. That’d be better, right?

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            I think your mistaken about how a lot of these powers work. Issei isn’t suppose to be good with Demonic powers, that’s actually one of the major points of the story. Most devils don’t have a significant variety or amount of demonic power that they can rely on. It’s only the noble houses, the true devils as bael called them, that can rely on demonic power. Notice that Reincarnates don’t rely on it in the long run. Kiba improves as a swordsman(relying on the swords aura), Koneko relies on touki, Akeno relies on fallen angel powers, and Issei on dragon. The reincarnates were originally something else, and their strengths lie elsewhere.

            I think this is suppose to be an aspect of the overall story, the conflict between the generations and their ideals. Sirzechs’ generation conflicted with the old bael generation as they tried to distribute the power and potential which was monopolized by the noble houses. They weren’t able to make lasting or meaningful change, as schools and such were still restricted to nobles and the standards that everyone was judged by, demonic power, was the same. Issei’s generation is suppose to be a massive rise in diversity, now with the notion that they can try other things besides demonic power and excel at what their good at.

            Also, it was explain that demonic powers aren’t magic at all. I find this very important. Each kind of power (dragon, angel, touki, magic, demonic, etc) relies on entirely different traits and strengths of the user. Demonic powers are funded by desire, sacred gears powered by will, magic by knowledge and formulas, touki by life energy, etc. Issei’s demonic powers are never suitable for combat because he can’t desire anything from fighting. It’s a part of his character and should be left as such. The other things he can excel at. He wasn’t shown to be particularly bad at dragon powers or magic.

            In short, I would rather he didn’t improve his demonic powers and gained strength from dragon power, magic, or even touki. It would drive home the point and conflict with bael, that people should be counted for their strengths, even if their non-traditional.

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            @Amuris: Yeah, I get what you mean, and you’re exactly right about driving home the idea that Ise and others who excel are things besides Demonic Power need not worry about tradition and just keep working on their own strengths. I just think that Ise should also try to increase his Demonic Power if he can, since he’s both a Devil and a Dragon.

            I’m not saying anything about relying on Demonic Powers, just that it’d be cool if he got more Demonic Power and also got better and controlling and handling them, just so he could combine his Demonic and Dragonic powers to kick bigger ass.

            Also, the Bael’s Power of Destruction which Rias, Sirzechs and Millicas also inherited is magic that uses Demonic Power, isn’t it? Magic and Demonic Power may not be the same thing, but there does exist a type of magic that uses and relies on Demonic Power. It’s the magic that Devils use, which also allows them to teleport using Transportation-type Magic Circles. And use Transportation-type Magic Circles is something that Ise himself is also now good at.

            Ise’s Dragon Shot is also an attack that seems to me like it combines and Demonic and Dragonic powers, and plus it’s also a magical attack. In fact, it’s Ise’s only truly offensive magical attack currently – Dress Break only counts as a perverted attack, since it’s only good against girls; same for Bilingual (both magical attacks that use Demonic Power, too, no? But sadly, they’re perverted moves). And I do think he needs to come up with more. Right now, his Bishop, especially the Trianna’s Bishop, is too limited (although that can be fixed when he learns magic from Rossweisse and Le Fay, meaning it’s not exactly that big of a problem).

            I don’t know, I just think it’d be good Ise could be an all-rounder type fighter.

            By the way, could you please think about the meaning of the words there, their and <they're? They’re pronounced exactly the same, but mean completely different things. And most of places where you used their, you should actually have used <they're, since it’s a contraction for they and are. For example, ” . . . their strengths lie elsewhere”. The their here is misused – you should’ve used they are, or in other words, they’re. If it it annoys or offends you that I told you this, then I apologize. I just thought I’d try to correct a grammatical mistake that really stood out to me like a sore thumb.

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            It really sucks that there’s edit button here, or else I would’ve just edited my comment to fix any errors I find after having already submitted the comment.

            In the part where I said: ” . . . you’re exactly right about driving home the idea that Ise and others who excel are things besides Demonic Power need not worry about tradition and just keep working on their own strengths”; the “Ise and others” part should be “Ise and the others like him,” probably.

            Here: ” . . . just that it’d be cool if he got more Demonic Power and also got better and controlling and handling them,” it should be “it’d be cool if he got more Demonic Power and also got better at controlling and handling it“.

            Also here: ” And use Transportation-type Magic Circles is something that Ise himself is also now good at”; it should be “And use of Transportation-type Magic Circles . . . “; I forgot to put the of. My bad.

            Should I have added that the reason I think of the Dragon Shot as a magical attack is because it’s the main attack that his Trianna Bishop form is practically made for? The Bishop Piece, after all, is focused on magic. Plus it also seems to rely on both Demonic and Dragonic Powers. Meaning Ise doesn’t completely lack Demonic Power, just that he has very little of it – just enough that he can produce a Transportation-type Magic Circle and also produce Dragon Shot, Dress Break and Bilingual, although he does need to use Boost to make them effective (it’s cool that he can redirect and change the trajectory of his Dragon Shot to make it look as though it has a mind of its own, like Sirzechs’ Power of Destruction orbs, but I think it’d be even better if he could, for example, fire a very powerful and huge Dragon Shot without having to use Boost on it at all – and I believe that for that, he needs to increase both his Dragonic and Demonic powers, seeing as the Dragon Shot is a move that relies on both of those).

            And also made a very embarrassing mistake. The use their here: “‘their strengths lie elsewhere’. The their here is misused – you should’ve used they are, or in other words, they’re” is perfectly fine. You did misuse the word in plenty of places, I just picked out a wrong place. Sorry about that. This is embarrassing for me because I made a mistake in pointing out a grammar faux pas even though I also made a mistake in trying to correct a mistake.

            If I’ve made any more mistakes, please feel free to correct me.

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            I agree with you. It would be nice if they showed him improving on his weaknesses, like when he showed control over his dragonshot comparable to Millicas in their sparing match.

            On the topic of magic, Ross explained it to Issei in an earlier volume. Magic, in the DxD world, is the power that people like Ross use. Much of it is based on the research that humans did on demonic power, but it is not demonic power. Demonic power is an inborn trait of devils which allows them to warp reality according to their innate desires. Magic is the use of formulas to create an affect on the world. They are separate and rely on different strengths. This is why devils without demonic power, like Lirenkus, and anyone else can use magic.

            I’ll clarify and few other things. The bishop piece was designed to be the most effective at using demonic powers, not magic. It was also stated that magic cannot be used to replicate the effect of the 72 Pillar’s inborn powers. There is no magic that can mimic the Power of Destruction. The Power of Destruction is an inherited trait of those in the Ba’al bloodline’s demonic power.

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