HighSchool DxD Volume 20 (Life.3)

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Life.3 Hyoudou Issei


Part 1

The strategy plan for the Agreas battle operation was left to strategists like Azazel-sensei and Sona-zenkaichou to formulate. I — Hyoudou Issei returned to my own room, and began making preparations for the battle. Just then, a photo on the desk caught my attention. It was a photo of me, my parents, and Asia. It was taken last year in front of our house when Asia moved in with us. I — leaned my head against the wall, and then slowly sank down. …If I had gone fishing together with them, that wouldn’t have happened, right? No, that would’ve resulted in a situation in which I wouldn’t have been able to meet Ravel…but, at the least I needed to say something to my parents! Yes, why didn’t I consider such a situation? Precisely because the enemy is that kind of a dangerous bastard, it’s no surprise that my parents would be targeted! Somewhere in my mind, I kept on imagining that my parents were very ordinary people of this world who were not related to the supernatural. I believed that even if I reincarnated as a Devil, they would still be able to live an ordinary life in the human world. —That goal of that group of bastards was that, completely trampling over everything I thought of. …While I had no words to say, in my heart, I thought…I hope that tou-san and kaa-san are safe. My anger towards those bastards was endless, I wouldn’t forgive them. —I will definitely bring those two back. While I made such a resolve, someone knocked on the door. The person who walked in was — Ravel.

“Ise-sama…”

Having walked into the room, Ravel looked at me with a worried expression.

“What is it, Ravel? Don’t you need to rest?”

I smiled as I looked at her, but her face was still clouded with unhappiness.

“Well, it’s already fine. Compared to that…I really made you worry. And I wasn’t by your side when you had your career consultation…I was useless in all the crucial moments, as your manager I’m too ashamed…”

“It doesn’t matter. It’s enough that Ravel is safe.”

“B-But…I couldn’t do anything at all during all the critical moments…! During the [Devil Uprising], the unrest in Romania, that time with Auros, and even this time…! I’m supposed to be your manager, yet I can’t stay by Ise-sama’s side…. If that hadn’t happened to me, Ise-sama’s parents wouldn’t have…”

Ravel poignantly cried. Although she covered her face with her hands, streams of tears still flowed down her face through her hands. …So she was actually concerned about such a thing. She had clearly been helping me all along, but Ravel kept on thinking that she couldn’t accompany me in those crucial situations. I — quietly approached her, and then hugged her tightly.

“You’re wrong about that, Ravel. Precisely because I had Ravel waiting for me, I was able to face the enemy and fight with confidence, you know? So, don’t cry.”

“……I will always, always accompany Ise-sama by his side. Regardless of whether it’s a hundred years, a thousand years, or even the more distant future—”

“Thank you. Since you’ve said that, Ravel, I’m not going to die.”

I hugged my cute manager even more tightly, and I vowed

“—Definitely, we’ll come back to live with everyone.”

“…Yes!”

I felt that being able to hold Ravel, who was safe in my arms, was really nice. Yeah, I definitely can’t die. Nor will I let anyone else die. —Tou-san, kaa-san, I’ll definitely come to save you!

 

The battle strategy meeting had concluded, and it had been only been about half a day since Kuroka had passed that information on to us. The members of [DxD] were all gathered in the room underneath the Hyoudou household where a gigantic transportation magic circle had been drawn. The members included the Gremorys, Sitris, Irina, Griselda-san, and Dulio of the [Brave Saints], Slash Dog’s Ikuse-san, Kuroka and Le Fay. This time’s battle would be — a surprise. At this stage, the enemy still believed that we were looking for the location of Agreas and had yet to ascertain it. If we didn’t make any miscalculations, it would result in an unexpected attack for Qlippoth that would be outside their expectations. For us, this was the pre-emptive strike. It was Vali’s tenacity which finally led to the discovery of the wherabouts of Agreas. Otherwise, the floating city which had been transported there and could move wouldn’t have been so easy to find. …Thinking about it, that guy wouldn’t be together with us; he was probably going in alone to find out where Rizevim was hiding. Sairaorg-san and Seekvaira-san who weren’t present here were on standby in the Underworld in case anything happened. However, if it was a suitable time, they would also join up with us to fight. This time, right after we would be transported through the magic circle, we would immediately begin the battle in the city of Agreas. Azazel-sensei looked at us as he said

“Kuroka told me the approximate coordinates of where Agreas has stopped. —Ajuka will also help in transporting us over there. But his transportation magic can be considered as a special type, so the number of people that he can transfer at a time is limited. But, without his magic, it won’t be possible to break through the barrier to transport us to Agreas.”

I also noticed that the magic circle on the ground looked different to the ones in the past. So it was Beelzebub-sama using his magic to control it. Although he wasn’t here in person, he was able to control the magic circle from a distance. He was even using an especially powerful type of transportation magic…but, without doing at least this, it wouldn’t be possible to attack Qlippoth’s base. Sensei continued

“The first team — is a diversionary unit.”

Sona-zenkaichou and the Sitri peerage took a step forward.

“That will be done by us Sitris. We’ll definitely get the enemy’s attention and then create an opening.”

“I will also go.”

First it would be the Sitri household, Dulio, and Sister Griselda (+ several [Brave Saints] members) who would enter the city and cause confusion. That would be in order to draw the enemy’s attention—. Sensei turned towards Rias.

“The second team will be the main force. Rias, Ise, and the members of the Occult Research Club.”

That’s right, we would be the main force. After we transported over to Agreas, I would rescue my parents, and we would also weaken Qlippoth’s forces as much as we could. Rias nodded.

“Yes, I understand. After all, I am going to be taking care of ogifu-sama and ogibo-sama [1]. The people who are their own family members should go to save them.”

Everyone in the Occult Research Club nodded in agreement.

“And then Tobio, you’ll go together with Rias’ group. As soon as you arrive, immediately begin supporting them from the shadows on your own. —As for me, I’ll be going over after you guys. I’ll head into the power generation rooms inside Agreas. If I’m able to stop it, then I’ll stop it.”

Azazel-sensei also planned to charge into that place. Yes, if he could stop Agreas, it would be best to do so. We couldn’t allow that sacred Rating Game location to continue to be exploited. That was the place where Sairaorg-san and I had once fought each other—. Sensei turned around to ask Le Fay

“Le Fay, what about that guy Vali?”

“He and the other members are on standby near Agreas. If you don’t move carefully, Agreas and Vali-sama’s osofu-sama [2] may escape.”

Vali and Bikou were currently keeping an eye on it. Kuroka began to giggle.

“Since you’re going to attack, you plan to get rid of them in a single assault rather quickly right? For Vali, it wasn’t easy for him to finally catch the enemy’s tail, so he definitely won’t let them get away again nya~”

So he had prepared his determination to such a degree huh. However, we also had the element of surprise, so it would be a good opportunity. I as well, since I was going there, I could settle things with those bastards. But sensei seemed to have a slightly doubtful look, as he held his chin with one hand.

“Thanks to Vali’s persistence, we found their hideout…saying that isn’t wrong. However, Rizevim’s actions have been too conspicuous this time. While the act of targeting Ophis and kidnapping Ise’s parents isn’t a bad move, it seems too impatient for a conspirator like that bastard. It feels like he’s very anxious. Or did he want us to think this way and make such calculations…?”

I didn’t quite understand what sensei was thinking about… Since sensei noticed that everyone’s attention was focused on him, he refreshed himself and warned us

“Anyway, you all have to be careful. That bastard isn’t just any ordinary guy. We don’t know what sort of things he’ll pull. You need to pay attention to every step. Even in the worst scenario, we need to rescue Ise’s parents out of there!”

“Yes!”

We earnestly replied in unison. Sensei then made a bold smile and said to us

“But, remember this point well. —Those bastards have entered the sanctuary that they shouldn’t have entered. They’re a group of bastards who deserve to die. We absolutely cannot forgive them. If you’re able to defeat them, then turn them into dust. I’ll allow it.”

“Yes!”

That was obvious! Since they’ve attacked us, we’ll retaliate just as hard! —Vali, if you were going to come, couldn’t you have come earlier? I could drop everything just to destroy to those bastards! While I was becoming more and more determined, the first team consisting of the Sitri household and others began their preparations to be transported—. The surprise battle on Agreas had begun!

(Part 1 of 6) (15/12)


Part 2

When we arrived, the sound of explosions could be heard everywhere. Accompanied by the loud sounds of explosions, the ground was also shaking violently.

The location that we arrived at was the west side of the city’s central plaza. Nearby there was a vast park, with many trees planted there. Looking up, several clouds of smoke could be seen in the distance. It seems like the Sitri household, Dulio, and the others who arrived just before us were going wild. Arriving together with us was Slash Dog’s Ikuse-san. He and the black dog — Jin moved forward together.

“Sorry, but I need to do my own job. —I wish the rest of you good luck. Hyoudou Issei-kun, you absolutely must rescue your parents.”

“I will!”

Having confirmed my answer, Ikuse-san and Jin swiftly left the scene without even the slightest noise. After all, he had received instructions from Azazel-sensei to do support work in secret.

“Let’s go!”

Under the command of Rias, while in the floating city of Agreas that Rizevim was on, we advanced towards the Government Office. It was in the northwest corner after exiting the park. Familiar with the location, Rias lead, and we followed after her. We didn’t fly in the air since we wanted to avoid being seen. Looking up at the sky, we could see a countless number of mass-produced Evil Dragons flying towards the diversionary unit. …This was indeed the base of Qlippoth; there were an unimaginable number of them. Moving through the park, we stayed under the shadow of buildings to advance without drawing any attention to ourselves. After several minutes—. We arrived in front of the high-rise building. It was a building with a very unique design. It was Agreas’ Government Office. We stayed under the shadow of a building that was a short distance away from the Government Office and observed the surroundings. There were numerous Evil Dragons surrounding the Government Office on standby. In the sky above, just as many Evil Dragons were circling about.

“…Well, what are we going to do next?”

Rias had considered bursting directly into the Government Office. The Evil Dragons which were in front of the Government Office were within our expectations. Regardless of whether we launched a frontal assault or a surprise attack, it was inevitable that the enemy would guard their own strongholds. While we were thinking of what our next step would be, Koneko-chan pinched her nose and said

“…It stinks. It looks like we’ve been discovered.”

Koneko-chan pointed to a certain place. In the middle of a myriad of Evil Dragons, a long and slender snake-like creature appeared, it was a dragon with black scales. It’s dense and powerful aura was on a level that couldn’t be compared to the mass-produced Evil Dragons. —It was Níðhöggr. The instant I saw that figure, my anger immediately resurged. …It did that to Ophis…it did that to tou-san and kaa-san…. In order to stop me from getting carried away due to my anger, Kiba placed his hand on my shoulder, and Asia held onto my hand. …I know, it’s supposed to help me calm down right? Ah, I’m fine. —Thank you. I thanked Kiba and Asia in my mind. After I took a deep breath, I allowed myself to calm down. But, that bastard didn’t care at all and called out towards us, though we didn’t want to expose ourselves.

<< Guha, guhehehehe. COME OUT ALREADY! YOU GUYS ARE OVER THERE! >>

…They already knew. We all looked at each other, and then nodded. We readied our respective weapons, and I also speedily wore my armour. After finishing our preparations for a fight which could start at any time, we quickly moved to the front of the Government Office. Upon seeing Níðhöggr’s ugly face, we couldn’t help understanding the reason why Koneko-chan previously said that ‘It stinks’. …A nasty smell wafted out of Níðhöggr. Everyone put on an expression of disgust. Ddraig said in a voice that everyone could hear

[—Níðhöggr.]

After hearing Ddraig’s voice, the Evil Dragon deepened the smile on its ugly face, which caused everyone to become even more disgusted.

<< You there, you’re Ddraig? Guhehe. Long time no see, you’ve actually become rather small. >>

I took a step forward, and asked Níðhöggr

“…So you’re the bastard that caused Ophis to end up like that?”

After hearing my question, the Evil Dragon laughed nastily.

<< Guhe, guhehehe. That’s right, Lucifer’s son told me that there was an extremely tasty dragon egg. He then sent me in there. After that, I found that Ophis who had become small was in there. I told her to give the egg to me, but in the end I got rejected. But that egg is truly a very delicious egg, so I wanted to snatch it. Yes yes, your father and mother, Lucifer’s son gave them to me. As soon as I showed them to Ophis, she actually quietened down. It was really amazing. Don’t you think so? >>

…I see, it was exactly the same as what was recorded in the video…. That bastard’s shrill voice continued.

<< And then, I beat Ophis really hard without holding back! And then, Ophis looked like she was going to let me do as I pleased, and she didn’t fight back at all. So I took advantage of that and beat Ophis even harder! >>

… Níðhöggr spoke of its atrocities against Ophis with a smile on its face. I…was furious; I couldn’t bear it any longer. I quietly began the chant for the true crimson armour. Níðhöggr didn’t take any notice of me at all; it still had a gleeful look on its face, and its fetid saliva continued to drool out of its mouth as it continued speaking.

<< Because that Ouroboros Dragon [3] didn’t show any resistance at all, I happily beat her up over and over again, I kicked her over and over again, and I stomped and bit on her; I was sooo haapppy >>

I was so mad that I was my fists were trembling as I clenched them… —…Ah, ah, that bastard…I’ll destroy it so hard that not even a scrap will remain! Rias and Kiba both…both didn’t stop me anymore. One step, one more step and I would be right in front of that Evil Dragon. I held onto the firm resolve that I had already established. Níðhöggr still spoke with pleasure as it disregarded the people who were around it.

<< Guhehehehe. That was really too cool. It was simply far too cool! But, I didn’t get to eat the egg so I’m feeling very hungry. Since this is a rare opportunity, why don’t you let me eat you? Eating the meat of a little Ddraig wouldn’t be too bad right? Oh, yes. I should also eat your father and mother while I’m at it! >>

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…Ah, good, this bastard — it’s an absolutely heartless evil being which is rotten to the bone. I clenched my jaw, squeezed out a few words.

“…I see, it’s enough for me to know that.”

For the crimson armour, I quietly finished chanting the last part.

“—And I will lead you to the Path of Heaven, glowing in deep crimson light”

[Cardinal Crimson Full Drive!!!!]

With my entire body encased in crimson armour, I concentrated an enormous amount of aura into my fist.

“Since you want to eat, I’ll let you eat your fill.”

[Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost!!]

The sound of my power doubling echoed out, and the dragon’s aura which had been multiplied was focused all onto my right fist!

[Solid Impact Booster!!!!]

“—Have a good taste of my fist!”

I thrust my right arm which had swelled up in size due to the Solid Impact upwards! Níðhöggr created a defensive magic circle in front of it—. My fist was full of momentum and rage; it easily shattered that bastard’s defensive magic circle, and then smashed directly into its face in an instant. The sound of the attack impact was extremely powerful. My single punch sent the massive Níðhöggr flying. That bastard was blown right through the entrance of the first floor, but the momentum didn’t stop there, and it continued all the way to the back of the building. Using that opportunity, my nakama began to fight against the mass-produced Evil Dragons. At the entrance to the Government Office, the melee began.

“Holy Lightning Dragon!”

<< Burraahh! >>

Akeno-san summoned multiple Holy Lightning Dragons as she flew in mid-air, and almost instantly burnt a great number of the mass-produced Evil Dragons. Gasper directly turned into a beast, and summoned numerous monsters in the surrounding area.

“I’ll destroy you.”

“That’s right, this is a crucial moment!”

Koneko-chan’s Kasha attacks and Rossweisse-san’s magic attacks overlapped with each other and exterminated many of the mass-produced Evil Dragons. Facing such a vast number of Evil Dragons, my nakama were fiercely facing off against them; they really were a reliable bunch of nakama! After only a brief period of time, Níðhöggr flew out from the rubble, and cried out at the same time.

<< OOOWWWWWWWWW! IT HUUUUURRTTSSS! >>

That bastard’s face had become distorted after just a single punch of mine, and it was obviously that bones were broken. Níðhöggr came out from the Government Office, and looked at me with a furious expression.

<< W-What the hell! Y-You damned little Devil! I’ll kill you! I’ll definitely swallow you up! >>

…Ah, that’s if you can do it.

“Then let me see you do it!”

I rapidly flew forwards, and attacked at a speed that Níðhöggr couldn’t even register! Facing its abdomen, I threw a punch! After it stumbled back, I landed a kicked its hind legs. And then, I kept on kicking its back! After that, I gave it several more fierce blows to its face.

<< Guha! Guh! >>

That bastard didn’t have the strength to fight back against my high-speed movement and attacks. It gracelessly spat fresh blood out of its mouth. …It dared to hurt my important friend — it did something like that to Ophis. Do you think it’s settled with just that…? You also used my parents as hostages, and threatened Ophis…. I definitely won’t let you go with just this! I seized Níðhöggr’s throat with my arm which had thickened due to Solid Impact.

“Beating over and over again, kicking over and over again…that’s what you said.”

Níðhöggr shook its large body and freed itself from my grip. It flew back slightly, and then used its momentum to charge towards me while it readied its front paws as it targeted me.

<< I’ll flatten you! >>

It planned to stomp on me huh…would I be crushed by you so easily!? I flashed past its front paws, and launched another Solid Impact at its face.

“Don’t bully my family’s Dragon God-sama, you bastard!”

GOOON! It was the sound of another strong hit. With another one of my powerful blows, I sent that bastard flying into the Government Office again! At that time, Rias unexpectedly stepped forward. Standing beside me, she said

“—Ise, that’s good. We’ll use that technique to end it. If I don’t do something like this to that Evil Dragon, I won’t be satisfied.”

“…That huh. I understand!”

In response to Rias, I allowed the wyverns to emerge from each of the gems of my armour. The wyverns which flew out responded to my thoughts, and released a brilliant red light as they began to circle around Rias! Rias and I started to synchronise our aura and breathing. …It was the combination technique that Rias and I practiced a countless number of times in the swimming pool below the Hyoudou household and at Rating Game venues—. When Rias’ red aura and my red aura became one, the wyverns invoked a miracle! One of the wyverns attached itself onto Rias’ right hand! —At the same time, the wyverns began to decompose into different shapes! That was — a gauntlet! The wyverns connected themselves end to end successively, now attaching onto Rias’ body, and gradually formed a layer of armour! After all of the wyverns had latched on, what appeared there was — the [Crimson-haired Ruin Princess] dressed in crimson armour. That’s right, this was my combination technique with Rias! By attaching the wyverns onto Rias’ body, a female version was created — Rias’ personal Boosted Gear Scale Mail. With Rias and I clad in armour, we readied our stance together, and cried out

““—[Crimson Extinct Dragonar]!””

That was the name of our combination technique!

“Rias! Let’s go!”

“Yes! Let’s go!”

We made cues to each other, and then flew forwards at high speed. Like two streaks of crimson light, we flew towards the Government Office that Níðhöggr just flew out of. Rias and I engaged in a union of melee attacks and destructive magic, which forced Níðhöggr to continue suffering an innumerable number of blows. Rias, who was currently wearing armour had her magic power enhanced by the power of the Sekiryuutei, and was even more powerful than usual. Like this, if we continued to attack in combination with each other, even a legendary Evil Dragon would be a cinch.

<< …Gah! Guaaahhh! OOOWWWW! >>

Níðhöggr was thrown into the sky by my full-powered uppercut as it moaned in pain as a result of our endless assault. It looked like our combination technique was really effective in its first real combat use! This combination technique, although it had several limitations, Rias was able to use the Sekiryuutei’s Boost, Transfer and Penetrate abilities. That is to say, Rias and I were able to use the Sekiryuutei’s power to fight separate enemies, and each of us could use different abilities. Although, as long as we used this, I wouldn’t be able to use the wyverns, and there was also a time limit for Rias… Having received my uppercut, Níðhöggr heavily slammed into the ground when it fell; its entire body then began to become shrouded in a faint light. After that, as if nothing had happened to it, it stood up again!

<< Guhehehehehehe! I’ve revived! >>

The Evil Dragon’s disgusting smile emerged on its face again! The wounds that it had suffered until now were all gone! …That pale light, and the changes in that Evil Dragon…it was familiar!

“Phoenix Tears!?”

That’s right, they were Phoenix Tears! That bastard triumphantly showed several small vials to us in its hand — Phoenix Tears.

<< It really is a convenient item. The injuries that I had just now have all been healed! I won’t let you have your way again, I definitely won’t forgive you guys! >>

In its anger, a black miasma burst out of Níðhöggr’s entire body. …I see, they were secretly producing Phoenix Tears. That’s why they could use it. Rias and I readied ourselves again as we confronted Níðhöggr.

“—That miasma, it’ll cause damage as soon as it touches your body.”

“Since it’s come to this, we’ll just have to beat it until it runs out of Phoenix Tears! I’ll fight to the very end!”

That’s right, it would be fine as long as Rias and I could beat it until it had no more Phoenix Tears left! Right now, that was definitely possible! Just as we were charging ahead—. A man inserted himself between Níðhöggr and us.

“—Those words are truly like those of a dragon. Hearing it even makes me delighted.”

A man wearing a black coat — it was Crom Cruach! That guy, why would he be here? Although I was doubtful, he didn’t mind me as he said to Níðhöggr

“Níðhöggr…you really are too naïve.”

Watching Níðhöggr who continuously released miasma from its body, Crom Cruach sighed.

“…Crom Cruach, why are you here?”

He ignored Rias’ question. Níðhöggr then looked towards Crom Cruach.

<< Guhehehe! If it isn’t Master Crom! Although I was a little scared during our last encounter, together with me, you and I, let’s swallow these guys up— >>

DOON! It was the sound of a clean and crisp hit. Looking towards the source, Crom Cruach’s right arm had actually transformed into a massive dragon’s claw, and struck Níðhöggr directly in the face while it had its guard down.

<< OWWW, IT HURTS! IT HURTS SO MUCH! W-Why would you hit me!? >>

Fresh blood splattered out of its mouth as it cried out in pain. Crom Cruach twisted his neck, and the sound of his flexing muscles could be heard.

“…You, you guys are too fond of playing little tricks.”

Even after being bathed in Níðhöggr’s miasma, Crom Cruach still courageously said those words.

“I originally intended to learn what a dragon was by observing Ophis. But you would hinder me — well, I can destroy you until not a single speck is left can’t I?”

Crom Cruach looked up towards the sky — no, he was looking at the top floor of the Government Office, as he shouted these words to that bastard

“Rizevim Livan Lucifer, did you see that? Even if you want to control many Evil Dragons, you are mistaken.”

With his coat fluttering, Crom Cruach bluntly asserted that after his confrontation with Níðhöggr.

“A true dragon will not be constrained from its birth till its death; it will live only according to its own will. That is what is known as a dragon!”

All of a sudden, Crom Cruach turned his eyes towards me and the pointed to the top floor of the Government Office as he said

“—Go.”

—Huh. I was surprised by Crom Cruach’s actions. Does that mean, this guy…wants to deal with Níðhöggr by himself?

“…Is that okay?”

I asked in confirmation.

“……”

As usual, it was his silent reply.

“…I’m really sorry about before.”

Seeing me bow my head to apologise, he shook his head.

“—There’s no need. Since you’re a Heavenly Dragon, there’s no need for you to lower your head to an Evil Dragon like me.”

I couldn’t say anything in return. Rias nodded as she faced me — and Asia as she said

“Ise, Asia! Leave this place to us, you two guys go first! Please go and save ogifu-sama and ogibo-sama as their ‘son’ and ‘daughter’!”

—Yes! Rias…! She told Asia and I to go save my parents. …Yes, that’s right. That role — was only for me and Asia. I looked towards Asia.

“Although it’s dangerous, do you want to come?”

Asia’s eyes were filled with strong determination as she nodded.

“—Let’s go.”

…Alright, that was simple then. I expanded my dragon wings, and lifted Asia into my arms as I prepared to fly off. I need to get to the top floor quickly! But the sky was completely black in colour as a massive number of mass-produced Evil Dragons were circling about. In order to reach the top floor, it looked like I’d have no choice but to break through the middle of them. Perhaps having just been on the top floor watching Crom Cruach, that cold dark aura — Rizevim’s aura came over to us from the rooftop. Having experienced that bastard’s aura, it was a chilling and evil aura which was impossible to forget. When I had held Asia with a princess carry and was about to fly out, the mass-produced Evil Dragons grouped together and rushed towards us. But they didn’t reach us. —They were slashed through by a holy-demnoic sword with a dense and calm aura. In a single instant, three slashes were made—. With such godly speed, it seemed as though a single sword had split into three and attacked in different directions. — Sandanzuki [4], it was a technique that Kiba had released. It was a technique of the former Shinsengumi captain Okita Sōji [5]. Although he had forbidden himself from copying his mentor’s sword techniques, after his feelings about it changed, he was able to use if perfectly. Kiba’s favourite techniques were originally his high-speed combat skills. Sandanzuki was one of the most skillful techniques of them all. Right in front of us, a horde of Evil Dragons had been sliced apart by three powerful strikes. Kiba held up his holy-demonic sword as he said to me

“Ise-kun, hurry up and go! Xenovia, Irina, I want you to come and accompany them!”

In response to Kiba’s call, Xenovia and Irina ran over after they struck down the Evil Dragons they were dealing with using their holy swords.

“Leave it to us! We’ll guard Asia well!”

“We’re known as the Church Trio! Xenovia and I will escort you up there, Asia!”

Xenovia and Irina pat grabbed onto my shoulder. Just as I was about to start flying, Níðhöggr aimed a magic circle at me as it prepared to attack!

<< NO, I WON’T LET YOU GO! >>

Did it plan to fire a magic attack at me!? —Just as it did, it’s attack was dispersed by a the powerful aura that Crom Cruach released.

“Your opponent is me. —It’s been a long time since I’ve let people see it, but I’ll let you experience it today.”

Crom Cruach released an unprecedented aura that was far greater than it did before. Everything in the vicinity began violently shaking. The members of the Occult Research Club and the mass-produced Evil Dragons who were fighting against each other all stopped and turned their attention towards Crom Cruach. Surrounded by everyone’s gaze, Crom Cruach’s body began to change. His arms, legs, back, and then his head; they all changed into the appearance that a dragon would originally have. His whole body radiated a black and gold aura. His two wings spread rapidly; there stood an enormous, grand and majestic dragon—. The Evil Dragon of Evil Dragons had liberated his original form. His breathing was accompanied by light flames.

[—Known as the strongest Evil Dragon, this is the strength that I possess!]

With both his wings wide open, it was an awe-inspiring look that people wouldn’t be able to help but feel fascinated by. When Níðhöggr saw Crom Cruach’s true form, its body began shivering, and its mouth also couldn’t help shivering.

<< Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhh! >>

Níðhöggr let out a scream. The black aura which enveloped Crom Cruach’s entire body was the real deal. I…I also felt scared for a moment. If I had to fight against him — no, I now deeply understood that he wasn’t an opponent that I could fight against right now… Crom Cruach pointed to something in Níðhöggr’s trembling hands; they were the Phoenix Tears that Níðhöggr was holding. Crom Cruach imposingly said something which suited a dignified dragon’s style

[How many of those so-called Phoenix Tears are there? Ten? Twenty? In front of me, Crom Cruach, enjoy using them. —But, I’ll definitely kill you over a hundred times! I’ll chase you down relentlessly until your consciousness perishes!]

Níðhöggr could do nothing but tremble all over. I couldn’t blame it for being afraid of death. Although it could revive after being killed several times due to its greed, the Evil Dragon before our eyes wasn’t an ordinary opponent at all; the difference was too far apart. It didn’t stand a chance at all.

<< Guuwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh! >>

Níðhöggr had tears streaming down its face while it continued to drool as it awkwardly tried to attack Crom Cruach. —However, the dragon which was known as the strongest Evil Dragon threw a straight punch directly at Níðhöggr as it moved forwards. Níðhöggr’s massive body was sent flying. Whilst being propelled away, Níðhöggr knocked several buildings down with its body on the way. …So that’s what his punch was like. It was like Sairaorg-san’s, no, it was in a class even greater than that! I pulled myself together again, and turned my attention back towards flying. Although it would be nice to watch Níðhöggr and Crom Cruach’s fight, the most important thing right now was to rescue my parents! I unfolded my wings, and flew up. In my arms, Asia — bowed and thanked Crom Cruach.

“U-Um, thank you so much!”

The enormous Evil Dragon then replied

[—Banana.]

“Eh?”

Crom Cruach then lifted the edge of his large mouth; it looked like he was smiling.

[Bananas really are nice things.]

Being extremely surprised by this, Asia’s eyes began to moisten.

“Yes!”

As I flew in the air — I was almost stopped by Crom Cruach’s sudden move. No, I was certainly distracted in that moment. …Like this, it was the third time since Tannin-ossan and Fafnir’s Outrage. ……Damn it, damn it! I wholeheartedly regretted trying to pursue Crom Cruach at home. Although my parents and Ophis had been exposed to danger, I…I really was too stupid!

[That guy is a dragon that has been watching the human world for a long time.]

As I was reflecting, Ddraig said that to me.

[—Partner, you definitely can’t forget Crom Cruach’s appearance just now. That is the ultimate form of an Evil Dragon who has single-mindedly pursued power. —Well, what is borrowed will be returned.]

…Yes. Exactly! There are a lot of dragons who are worth learning from—. That’s why I definitely have to become the strongest and greatest dragon — to become the Sekiryuutei! At that time, I’ll definitely surpass Crom Cruach—.

(Part 2 of 6) (17/12)


Part 3

Waiting in the air as we flew were a countless number of mass-produced Evil Dragons.

“Haaaaaah!”

“Oryaaaaah!”

While holding onto my body, Xenovia and Irina released holy waves at the Evil Dragons which flew past. Although they were struck down one after the other—.

“This really is endless!”

“What’s going on? Just how many of them are there!?”

Faced with the endless onslaught of Evil Dragons, Xenovia and Irina were dumbfounded. Another group of Evil Dragons was now flying towards us! After we had flown about halfway towards the Government Office, Xenovia and Irina respectively opened their Devil and Angel wings and moved away from me. They began an aerial fight. The two of them cut down the Evil Dragons as they shouted

“There are a lot more Evil Dragons up here.”

“Leave this place to us, you guys charge into the interior from that bottom window there and then run up, that may be faster!”

After saying that, Irina released a holy wave with Hauteclere, and destroyed a section of the glass wall. So that’s where you want me to go in. After saying ‘I’ll leave the rest to you’ to the two of them, I hurriedly flew ahead with Asia in my arms. It was true that there were much fewer Evil Dragons here. At most, there were a few small Evil Dragons wandering through the corridors. While still in a position where I was holding Asia, I continued to run ahead. Even if there were Evil Dragons here, I ignored them, and focused only on running towards the top floor. At that time, a voice was projected out of a loudspeaker within the building.

[Good day, members of the Underworld. I am Diehauser Belial. My whereabouts were previously unknown, but as you can all see, I am currently safe.]

—What! I was surprised by the owner of the voice! It was actually the Champion’s voice! He’s upstairs? Just as I felt surprised, I suddenly halted in front of a particular room. I carefully looked at that room. Placed inside it were several monitors. Displayed on all of the screens was the image of Emperor Belial. …That, was it a live broadcast? Also, he addressed that just now to the members of the Underworld. …Did they hack into the TV stations to broadcast this out to the Underworld…? On the screen, the Emperor continued speaking with a serious expression

“Next, I have something which I must tell everyone. That is — the darkness of the Rating Games.”

—What! …Sure enough, that was what the Champion wanted to convey. The conspiracy behind the Rating Games. I didn’t stay to watch it any longer, and instead continued to move up to the top floor. While I was running, the Champion’s voice continued to reverberate throughout the building.

[In my generation, like fast-growing mushrooms, talented young Devils have appeared one after another, struggling at the forefront of the Rating Games. Ranked second, Roygun Belphegor and ranked third, Bedeze Abaddon have learnt from each other that the content of the Games are praised by people.]

Upon seeing the stairs, I dashed up them as fast as I could.

[But, I have heard of some disturbing news. Regardless of whether it’s Roygun, Bedeze, or other contestants, they weren’t very outstanding Devils when they were young—. When I first heard about it, I laughed it off; I thought that they were just rumours which had spread as a result of jealousy towards those who had gained results with their talent.]

The Champion then lowered the tone of his voice.

[…But, on a certain day, my cousin Cleria told me that she had obtained some interesting information related to the Rating Games.]

—Do you know about the [King] piece, she asked. That’s what Cleria Belial said. Cleria was Rias’ predecessor who used to be in charge of her territory. During the era when the Three Factions were hostile to each other, she was the woman who had fallen in love with a human man, and in the end, she was tragically killed by the higher ups of the Underworld—.

[I simply replied ‘Ah, that’s nothing more than an urban legend’. But she continued. ‘In the region of Japan that I’ve been appointed to, Maou Ajuka Beelzebub’s hideout is nearby.’ — she said. It was quite popular amongst some people that Ajuka-sama had been [making the Game] somewhere in Japan due to his interest.]

The Champion admonished Cleria.

[Don’t bother the Maou. No matter what, don’t carelessly approach that place, alright?]

But, having heard stories about contestants and the higher-ups from the Champion since she was young, she was highly interested in it, and began to collect information about it alone. But the investigation into more and more of this information was cut off halfway; Cleria believed that there was definitely something big behind all of it. The Champion’s voice was filled with sorrow.

[…She, just because of some little story of mine, she was killed. Because I always stayed in the position of Champion, more than anything, I was displeased about the ridiculous reports that the reporters made. She knew everything about me, and she knew that my strength was genuine. …To me, she was a family member more important than anything else…I always regarded her as my own imouto.]

Following that, the Champion calmly said

[Speaking of the conclusion, it’s clear that Cleria was erased. —She was eliminated by the government of the Underworld. This wasn’t the decision of the current four great Maous, but the decision of the Old Devils. Because these facts were covered up, I didn’t know about the truth. I was only told that my cousin Cleria had died. …In order to resolve my suspicions, I relied on a certain pipeline, and finally learned the truth.]

…Wasn’t she eliminated because she had fallen in love with a human man…? In other words, wasn’t that the reason why the Champion Diehauser Belial joined Qlippoth…? A certain pipeline, by that he meant Rizevim and Qlippoth. He obtained information from them. Emperor Belial continued

[The conclusion is that — the [King] piece exists. And in the photos and information that I am now showing everyone, they have only obtained the strength that they have today as a result of using the [King] piece.]

I was afraid that the video being shown to the people of the Underworld right now was the video which we were shown at Ajuka Beelzebub-sama’s place. The information that the Champion obtained by cooperating with Rizevim was the truth behind Cleria’s death and the darkness of the Rating Games. …That information had now been released! The Underworld must be in a state of chaos…! The Champion then told the residents of the Underworld about the darkness of the Rating Games that they didn’t know about—. The Champion also stated the exact things that we heard about from Beelzebub-sama. I quietly continued to advance towards the top floor. This is — his revenge against the Old Devils as the Champion for killing Cleria…! When I had finally reached the observation room of the top floor, the Champion’s broadcast had just ended. The image on the large monitor in front of me became a mosaic of static noise. It was a very spacious looking room. It might even have enough space to serve as the venue for a fight…. When I stepped into the room, Emperor Belial turned around and questioned me. It seems like he noticed my presence a while ago.

“…So, Sekiryuutei-kun. What do you plan to do with me? By giving this truthful information to the masses, it’ll be enough to condemn those guys. Moreover, there are also the matters regarding Agreas, and the match with Raiser Phoenix-san…”

I put Asia down, and then stepped forward. I slowly moved closer to the Emperor. …With what was happening in the Underworld, I could only place my trust in the Maou-sama. Beelzebub-sama had also told me that before, so that I could do the things that I had to. In that case, my current mission was—. Rescue my parents safely.

“—Anything’s fine in this situation.”

A very familiar voice which would make people feel uneasy came into my ears. Looking over to where it came from, a silver-haired Devil emerged from the shadow of the display equipment.

“I have — no, as the son of Lucifer, haven’t I already allowed this, Belial?”

“…Rizevim-sama”

Rizevim pat the Champion’s shoulder, and then turned his gaze towards me.

“It seems we meet again after our previous meeting in Heaven, Sekiryuutei. Also — Gigantis Dragon Princess [6].

I suppressed my anger as I said to him

“…Yo, son of Lucifer. I really wanted to see you. Well, hurry up and return them, my parents! …And, why would you go after Ophis?”

Upon hearing my question, Rizevim shrugged.

“I just wanted Ophis’ assistance all of a sudden, that’s all. Ophis — perhaps it’s more suitable to say Lilith; I wanted to increase her power…. Níðhöggr relied on Aži Dahāka’s magic to enter the underground space of the town that you all live in; at this time, your parents were originally used as hostages, and since it was a friend’s parents who were being used as hostages, even if it’s that Dragon God, she would still reveal openings. But, because there was external interference, that didn’t happen.”

That really was the worst way of thinking, this bastard…! I could feel my anger rising continuously! Rizevim revealed a fearless smile. …But looking closely, he seemed to have dark rings under his eyes, or was it just my imagination?

“It’s really nice of you to make it. —There’s also someone else, a highly important guest who has arrived.”

—Ah! I immediately understood what Rizevim was saying. From the other side of the glass wall outside the observation room, a very powerful aura could be felt. With a flash of light, it sped over in the air from quite a distance away! The person who forcefully smashed through the glass wall was Vali, with his entire body clad in pure white armour! As soon as Vali arrived, he faced Rizevim and said

“…You’ve been cornered, Rizevim.”

The corners of Rizevim’s mouth rose as he made a smile.

“The last to show up is my lovely grandson. It looks like every one of tonight’s main members have stepped onto the stage.”

…That bastard Rizevim, he was really pretentious! No matter how gorgeous your words are, you can’t hide your malice! I saw through you a long time ago! I stepped closer to Vali, and asked him

“What about the others?”

“They’re with the people on your side outside, going on a rampage.”

So that’s how it was, they had congregated below. Vali’s aim was Rizevim. But there was also a reason for me.

“I suppose you aren’t going to let anyone else interfere. But, let me do this with you. …In a way, I’m also someone involved.”

“…Fine. You’re also considered someone who has suffered similar misfortune. We’ll fight together, but don’t get in my way!”

After exchanging my opinion with Vali, we confirmed each other’s intentions. The two Heavenly Dragons readied their posture in front of Rizevim. Rizevim showed a sarcastic smile, and said to us

“Well then, please allow me to introduce the audience for this show.”

Rizevim clicked his fingers, and a transportation magic circle appeared in a corner of the observation room. After the light of the transfer faded, the ones who appeared there were — my tou-san and kaa-san.

“—It’s the Hyoudou fusai[7].

The two people who were introduced by Rizevim were completely unaware of the situation, and appeared extremely confused. I released the helmet of my armour, and called out to them

“…Tou-san! Kaa-san!”

After noticing my voice, my parents looked over at me.

“…I-Ise…? Why are you wearing such a strange thing on your body? And why is Asia also here?”

“…From the beginning, this silver-haired man has been saying some strange things. Your kaa-san and I are both confused. Just what is happening…?”

…….
…Based on kaa-san’s words, I knew what kind of understanding that the two of them had about the current situation. In other words, the fact that I am a Devil was already—. With vigour, I asked Rizevim

“…Rizevim, you bastard, what the hell did you say?”

That bastard had a carefree expression, and smiled with pleasure.

“Nothing much, just some trivial things. Next up is the main topic. As long as you do a real performance, your parents won’t understand the truth about you.”

……That asshole! …He was forcing my parents to watch our battle with their own eyes…fuck him! My heart was violently pounding nonstop, and I couldn’t stop my arms or legs from shaking. —I definitely couldn’t let my parents see me fight with supernatural abilities! But, if I don’t fight, if I don’t win, I won’t be able to save my parents! I had no choice to refuse, I could only fight! …How could this be? Fine, I haven’t had any good excuses up until now! My heart continued to pound wildly against my chest, and at that time, Vali said to me

“I’ll deal with Rizevim. You deal with the Champion.”

After taking a deep breath, I replied

“…I didn’t expect that I’d have to fight against the opponent that I planned to fight against in the future right here…. I really didn’t expect it.”

“…Anyway, both of them are monsters. Even if we switch opponents, it’ll be a tough fight. Since you want to save your parents, show them your unyielding determination to survive.”

“…I already died twice before. If that really happens, I’ll have died three times.”

I reluctantly mocked myself. …But, if the third time that I die is for my parents, then that would be fine. But I didn’t have any intention of dying! After I exchanged a glance with Vali, we each readied ourselves against our respective opponents. I would fight the Champion, and Vali was up against Rizevim. The two people opposite us responded, and lined up. Four people now faced each other. After a brief moment of silence—. Without any further words, the battle began. The first to charge ahead was Vali. He advanced directly towards Rizevim who stood in front of him while clenching a fist enveloped in a massive amount of aura. Although he landed a direct hit, Rizevim easily dissolved Vali’s aura which had been strengthened by his Sacred Gear! Vali staggered.

“…Argh, as long as it’s associated with a Sacred Gear, direct attacks won’t work.”

After muttering that, he continued to rush forwards to fight! It was a combination of high speed kicks and punches! But what was surprising was that Rizevim was quickly dodging all of them. Taking advantage of an opening, he counterattacked against Vali! From Rizevim’s back, the wings of Lucifer expanded, and he punched Vali directly in the abdomen with a fist imbued with demonic energy! The instant that Vali was hit by that punch, his armour was shattered as a result of the Sacred Gear Canceller’s effect, and he suffered a direct hit to the abdomen.

“…Guah!”

Taking a solid punch, Vali cried out. Blood oozed out from a corner of his mouth, but he readied his posture, and equipped his armour again. It was the same as the time when I fought against Rizevim in Heaven; as long as I took a direct attack, or even just a scratch, he would touch my armour, and I would receive a painful attack! If I used my Penetrate ability, perhaps I would be able to defeat that guy…. But since Vali said that he would defeat him himself, I should focus on defeating the Champion in front of me! The fight on my side began; I reduced our distance, and then began an unrestrained close-combat fight. There were no openings at all. I couldn’t find any at all. Within a brief exchange of blows, every single one of my attacks were effortlessly evaded by him. The gap between our strength was far too wide! I asked the Champion

“…It doesn’t seem like your peerage is here.”

Indeed, the Champion was here by himself. On the way up here, I didn’t encounter any of his peerage members; presumably, this was because he gave the order for his peerage not to follow him here. As I had guessed, the Champion said

“That’s right, I told them to stay outside as they have no need to follow me to this place.”

…So he decided to shoulder the responsibility for all of this himself. That was his so-called duty. He really did possess the qualities of a Champion.

[Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost Boost!!]

I used the power of Boost to multiply the power of my fist, and thrust it upwards in at once! But, the fist which I had amplified the power of so much was easily evaded. It simply hit the air. I straightened my posture, and attempted to charge forwards again. The Champion touched my fist frontally! Suddenly, the amplified aura which had enveloped my fist instantly vanished! —What! …My power disappeared!? It was invalidated!? No, it was slightly different from Rizevim’s ability! If I was touched by that bastard, even my armour would disappear! Just then, it only felt as if the power of Boost on my fist had disappeared! Seeing this, the Champion said

“—[Worthless]. That is my, the Belials’ ability. I do believe that you’ve heard of it…”

…I see, so that was [Worthless]. The power which could invalidate special abilities—. That’s how he was able to invalidate my Boost ability. Even so, I didn’t stop attacking! I then ramped up the intensity of my attacks. I madly attacked with punches and kicks in combination with each other, and unleashed potent shots of demonic energy, yet all of my attacks were still invalidated by the Champion with a small gesture. Even when I fired shots of demonic energy, they simply burst into nothingness in the palm of his hands. I enhanced by attacks with [Boost] and [Penetrate] as I continued to attack. But the attacks which had been strengthened with [Boost] were still invalidated by him. Even when I used the ability of [Penetrate], I was unable to hit him; despite counterattacking with [Penetrate] in a blind spot, I was unable to do anything effective. …If I was able to land a direct hit on him with [Penetrate], the damage would be transmitted to him directly! —But, I couldn’t land a hit on him! Every single one of my attacks had been evaded! The Champion’s evasive movements were akin to an elegant dance. Conversely, I was the only one who was sweating profusely in my armour. —The difference between us was simply too big. The opponent wasn’t using his full power at all! This was someone who was Maou-class! The absolute Champion! The top ranker in the Rating Games! If I could use Crimson Blaster or Longinus Smasher then it might be possible. But, I couldn’t even put a dent in the Champion’s confidence! Nevertheless, I didn’t stop attacking, and continued to face Emperor Belial. While avoiding my attacks as if they were a novice’s, he calmly said

“Your attacks are good; they’re straight and direct without a trace of hesitation. I really would like to have a contest against you in a Game.”

“It’s too late for that now! Haven’t you already done what you’ve wanted to do!? As a result of that, the entire Underworld has been plunged into chaos! Your…the Champion’s confession carried such a heavy weight!”

That’s right, after listening to everything that the Champion said, there would definitely be disputes everywhere in the Underworld. Would they think that it was a lie? No, he was the Champion who had absolute support in the Underworld, and that confession was both heavy and realistic. Even if the Champion was associated with acts of terrorism, no, precisely because he was willing to associate with terrorists, it must have been the truth. The people would probably believe that.

“Ah, I understand. I completely understand.”

“You didn’t completely understand it!? —Your attacks carry a sense of hesitation with them!”

That’s right, the Champion, he — hadn’t directly attacked me at all! At most, he fought against me by using his ability to invalidate mine. If he really had the intention, the instant that my power was invalidated, he could have given me a fatal injury! The Champion, he — was hesitating in this battle!

“…Ku!”

Just when the Champion and I were speaking to each other, Vali had been knocked to floor. He got back up again, equipped his armour again, and confronted Rizevim…if things continued like this, he would eventually be defeated due to exhaustion! If he was able to use Juggernaut Drive, then it would be another story, but simply using that would consume an incredible amount of stamina and demonic energy. Since the opponent had the power of the Sacred Gear Canceller, all that stamina and demonic energy would go to waste if it the transformation was carelessly invalidated. For Vali, fighting like this right now would be his best choice.

“Hoho, what is it? Vali. Using attacks like this against your grandfather are useless yo.”

Rizevim said that with a pleased expression…on the other hand, Vali had an extremely dissatisfied expression. Vali extended his right hand out after releasing its armour, and generated several magic circles from his right hand which he then used to fire bursts of magic towards Rizevim. Then Rizevim — didn’t use his cancellation ability, and instead dodged them! Those attacks were purely magic! They didn’t have anything to do with a Sacred Gear, they were pure magic attacks! That guy Vali, he had an outstanding talent for magic! So that’s how it was, he relied on his Balance Breaker armour to reduce the gap in their physical abilities, and then used magic or demonic energy to attack Rizevim. As Vali attacked with magic, he said with a displeased tone.

“……This really is an eyesore. As the son of Lucifer, you behave like a Lilin [8], yet you intend to display some kind of dignified attitude…”

Vali pointed at Rizevim as he spoke.

“Your original aura which you’ve tried to hide within yourself, but can’t contain from leaking out is equally sinister and ruthless. Rizevim, you’re evil and malicious to begin with.”

With this pointed out by his grandson, Rizevim stared blankly for a moment, and then laughed ‘hehe’ in a rather evil manner.

“If so, how about you, stupid grandson-kun? Could it be that you can’t even win a single battle of revenge against this old and feeble grandfather as a trashy dragon?”

He was even sticking his tongue out; he was still playing around with his usual clownish attitude. Ah, that’s what I also thought. No matter how dignified he made his words and deeds sound, this foolish attitude right now was Rizevim’s true nature. Even if he acted with a Maou’s demeanor, it was nothing more than an act—. As his grandson, Vali had already seen through his grandfather’s true nature. —At that time, Rizevim turned his eyes towards me, and then called out

“Champion-kun! That! Hurry up and use that!”

He suddenly issued an instruction. I watched as the Champion took out a small vial of red liquid from his chest pocket. The Champion, without a single noise, instantaneously disappeared on the spot—.

“Gah!”

He was actually grabbing my face…! The distance between us was closed in an instant! The Champion used a finger to open the lid, and with his other hand he forced my mouth open and planned to pour it in. In order to resist, I pushed the Champion away with both hands, but a small portion of the liquid in the vial still entered my mouth! My counterattack missed as the Champion darted all the way to the back of the room! …My mouth was filled with an awful taste, the taste and smell of blood lingered on my tongue, and it felt very viscous. But it also seemed like a familiar taste. My mouth would often be filled with it during battles. Yes, that red liquid was — blood! …I didn’t know what kind of blood it was at all; why did they make me drink it—. Dokun dokun! Then, my heart rapidly began to throb! At the same time, I couldn’t stop my body from trembling all over. Following that, my body began to slowly heat up from the inside, and the heat spread to my entire body! The heat which was generated within my body surprised even me! I couldn’t stand it, and I released the armour on my right arm. Clearly, I had no intention of letting my right arm turn into a dragon’s arm, but it turned into a dragon’s arm by itself. …I knew that I didn’t enhance my dragon’s power. My arms and legs…they turned into those of a dragon! I immediately understood. Yes, that blood was — dragon’s blood! My dragon’s blood was used in order to enhance Gasper’s ability. Similar to that, the Champion forced me to drink the blood of a dragon. Hence, the dragon’s power within me had increased; my body became hot, and I couldn’t stop my body from changing. My arms had already dragonified, and an abnormal heat was now reaching my head! My helmet then released on its own—

“Hyaa!”

I heard kaa-san’s scream. I looked over at kaa-san, and she looked back at me with an expression as if she was looking at a monster. …What’s going on? While I was thinking about that, I used my hand to touch my own face. …The sensation of touching the human skin that I normally had couldn’t be felt, but what I felt instead was the texture of very rigid skin. Rizevim sent a small magic circle flying towards me. A mirror emerged from that magic circle. I looked in the mirror — my skin had become hard, my eyes had been enlarged, and my teeth had grown out of my mouth; it was a completely alien appearance. …I, even my face started to become dragonified…. In this situation, Rizevim lightly laughed as he gleefully said to my parents

“Please look at this carefully, Hyoudou fusai. This is what that son-shaped thing in front of you looks like — a monster.”

—! …Bastard, he would actually say that right now!? From the very beginning, he planned to have me dragonify, and let my parents see it!? He actually prepared this as some kind of a show!? …This was his payback to me for beating him up in Heaven. That bastard was actually so obsessed about that…fuck! —Seriously, even dog shit would be better than this bastard…! Rizevim continued

“In the spring of last year, your precious son died. This dragon then usurped your son’s position. He lived a false life with you. During the break, didn’t he say to you that he needed to travel away? That was because he needed to go to the world of the Devils. At the end of the year, wasn’t he always busy, and unable to spend time together with you? That’s because he was doing certain activities, as an alien, and as a monster!”

That bastard, he was really enjoying this, he was saying such things with a joyful expression! My parents’ faces were dyed with fear as they looked at Rizevim and me. …I didn’t want to look at the expression on my parents’ faces.

“…Please don’t look at me, tou-san, kaa-san.”

…I tried to say such words. If there was a hole in here, I would want to hide in there! With such an appearance, I definitely didn’t want to be seen like this by my parents! Stop it! Please stop! I hope this is all just a dream! Like this…with this…uhh! My…mind collapsed. I could do nothing but cry—. Meanwhile, Rizevim continued to speak with a playful expression

“Tou-san? Kaa-san? Oh ho, did you fusai hear that? That monster still plans to use lies to deceive the two of you, right?”

At this time, standing in front of me, someone shielded me. —It was Asia! Asia had tears streaming down her face as she desperately told tou-san and kaa-san about the situation

“Otou-san, okaa-san! This person is Ise-san! Please, the both of you have to believe this! Indeed, he was reincarnated into a Devil, and he also has the power of a dragon in his body. Even so, it isn’t wrong that he is Hyoudou Issei! Please believe in him! You must…I’m begging you!”

Looking at Asia as she cried, Rizevim smiled as he said

“Hyoudou fusai, this blonde-haired girl is also a Devil. Please don’t be deceived. Things like Devils were originally monsters which used sweet temptations to pull humans into the abyss; presently, you fusai have been lured in by the Devil’s whisper, so it would be better to take note of that.”

……Asia was a good child. …The only reason that Asia died is because of me…. …Tou-san, kaa-san, its fine if you don’t trust me. But, only Asia — you only need to trust Asia…! …I…couldn’t say a thing; bearing such verbal assaults, I could only blindly apologise.

“……Sorry. ……Kaa-san, tou-san……I’m sorry……”

…I’m guilty of deceiving you until now. This was my silent punishment. Perhaps this was the moment of my retribution. Because I never told you about being a Devil. No, even if I said so, would my parents believe it? Also, if I did tell them, there was the possibility that I would drag them into the supernatural world. Supposing that was the case…I couldn’t. …However, as a result, my parents were still endangered. That’s right, all of it was my fault! If I never got involved with Raynare, things wouldn’t have become like this. If I was smarter, perhaps I would’ve found a way to live as a human. …But, you know tou-san, kaa-san. I don’t regret becoming a Devil in the slightest. I met many people, and I learnt a lot of things. As a human, those were things which were absolutely impossible to experience. Only this, I’ll definitely never regret. The only thing that I regret is — I never told my parents about my true identity. So, I need to apologise to them.

“—I’m truly very sorry, tou-san, kaa-san.”

So, I apologised. That was all I could do. Even if I’m rejected by the those two, even if they cut off our parent-child relationship, that’s also fine. Afterwards, it’ll be fine as long as I can rescue them. Yeah, I definitely need to rescue them. I swear! After I rescue them — I’ll leave. I can’t allow them to be endangered again, I will — obediently disappear. From my parent’s side, I’ll obediently disappear. So, I’m really sorry, tou-san, kaa-san. I burst into tears. I — repented. After I had prepared myself to be rejected by them, a voice was directed towards me.

“…You are Ise? Is that right?”

—It was tou-san’s voice. Tou-san walked a little closer to me. Rizevim was shocked for a moment, and then he said with dismay

“Hold on, Hyoudou-shi [9]. You mustn’t be fooled. Telling such stories while showing such emotional tears, it’s something that Devils can calmly do.”

But, tou-san shook his head, and still approached me.

“You’re wrong, he is Ise. …That bad habit of apologising is exactly the same.”

Kaa-san then followed behind him as she nodded and said

“Yes, I also know. Even if the appearance of his face has changed, I understand his response. Ise. That child is Ise!”

The two of them — they arrived in front of me and Asia. Having dragonified, I couldn’t properly look at them…but tou-san stood in front of me, and protected me. Standing in front of Rizevim and the Champion, his legs were trembling but he still shouted

“From now on, I won’t let you do anything to my child! If you want to lay a hand on Ise, then you’ll have to send me flying first!”

—Mn! …I was shocked by tou-san’s words.

“…For me, when I was born, it was very ordinary, nothing special ever happened. I never thought about doing anything special. I just wanted a plain and ordinary job; I just wanted a normal family; I just wanted to live an ordinary life with that family. Even now, that’s what I want.”

Tou-san clearly asserted.

“Whether he’s some Devil or not, or whether he’s some Maou, I don’t know anything about it at all to be honest. Even in this current situation, I’m confused to the point that I don’t understand any of it. …But, I know one thing; this child is my child! This is obvious, because he’s my Ise.”

Rizevim shook his head, and said to tou-san

“Hey hey hey. Otou-san. You need to take a good look. Does that red creature look like a human to you? Does it look like your son? You, listen carefully. That is a Devil, and that is also a dragon. In other words, it’s a monster.”

“No, he is my child. My Ise. You won’t understand. But, I can understand. That’s because, I’m his parent. These past seventeen years, I’ve been raising this child.”

In response to tou-san’s words, Rizevim sighed.

“What have you understood in these mere seventeen years, human-kun? Do you even understand the truth and reality of this world, human? The way to read signs; what can you who cannot even see the nature of one’s aura possibly understand?”

In order to protect me, kaa-san tightly embraced me.

“You’re Ise? Ah, I can understand after holding on to you. This child is Ise. That’s because I’ve hugged you many times before, so I understand.”

Tou-san opened his arms, and then made a protective pose as he said—.

“—These seventeen years are everything about our family. They’re not trivial things which can simply be explained!”

Kaa-san hugged me as she also appealed

“Yes. This child — is my lovely son.”

“That’s right, even if he looks like this! Even so…even so!”

Tou-san looked at my face, and then heartily said

“—Even if he has reincarnated and his appearance has changed, he’s still my child, isn’t that right?”

—Mn.
………….
……. Tears streamed down my face. They were unstoppable as they trickled down my cheeks. ……I had already made up my mind and resolve that I would be rejected by my parents so I kept on apologising. —But, regardless of whether it was tou-san or kaa-san who looked at me, they still said that I was their child. Even if there really existed something that only a parent could understand, I—. Tou-san hugged me, as well as kaa-san and Asia; we hugged each other together as I cried.

“In that case, I’ve got something that’ll be even less pleasing than this. As parents, you’re not very fortunate!”

Kaa-san hugged me and Asia as she called out

“Yes! Even if he’s become like this and he’ll recognise me as his haha…that’s enough!”

Asia — she simply continued to shed tears, and sobbed. Tou-san faced Rizevim, the son of the Maou and bellowed!

“This child is our child! We won’t allow you to lay a single finger on him!”

In that moment, my body radiated a warm aura, and it cloaked the four of us together—.

(19/12) (Part 3 of 6)


Part 4

Note: Parts 4, 5, and 6 have now been revised. For those that have already read it, you may want to read it again.

Before I had realised — I was floating through a place which seemed like the Dimensional Gap. This is…reality? No, it didn’t feel real. If I had to say what it was like, it was the same as when I saw the world in Akeno-san’s heart during the fight with Loki—. A screen appeared before me all of a sudden. Displayed on the screen was the consultation room of an unfamiliar hospital. Inside were a doctor and…a very familiar male and female couple. Looking carefully, they appeared to be tou-san and kaa-san when they were young!? It felt as though I was looking at the younger version of my parents that I had only seen in photos. What was going on? This space is…tou-san’s and kaa-san’s memories? Could everything in their memories be seen through this display? Was I actually subconsciously using Bilingual with kaa-san…? While my mind began to be filled with such questions, the doctor and my parents on the screen showed a sombre expression. The doctor told my parents

[—I’m very sorry, please give up on the child in your belly.]

Hearing this, kaa-san — burst into tears on the spot. Tou-san woefully supported kaa-san’s shoulder. …Was this a scene from the obstetrics and gynecology department? It was a scene that I had never heard about before…. Just as I was lost in this confusion, kaa-san’s voice reverberated within the space.

[When I discovered that my body would make it very difficult to give birth to children, it was a few years after I had married my husband. It was always difficult to conceive a child, and it was very difficult to finally become pregnant after all those years. But, because of my body…]

The scenery changed, and it became a familiar living room. It was my old house. Sitting on the sofa, kaa-san was still in tears.

[I’m sorry, my dear…]

As kaa-san continued to grieve and cry, tou-san comforted her.

[About that — you don’t need to worry about it! Although the unborn child in your belly is very unfortunate, you can’t give up! You can definitely give birth to our baby!]

…The child in her belly, their baby…. This, don’t tell me…. Are these the events which occurred before I was born? But, was I not successfully born…? I was confused by this situation that I had not heard of at all. At this time, I heard kaa-san’s voice again.

[Two years after that, there was another opportunity.]

The scenery changed again. On the screen, kaa-san was gently stroking her own belly with a joyful expression.

[This is great! We finally did it! It’s okay! Everything’s okay now!]

Tou-san was gleefully hopping up and down around the room. Amidst the vision of these memories, I saw my parents visit a bookstore where they bought many books about birth, and also childcare related books. They had purchased an excessive number of books, and were then immersed in reading them. In order to ensure their child’s successful birth, they went to the obstetrics and gynecology department — the memories of their recurring consultations unfolded in front of me one by one.

[In order to ensure the birth of our child, my husband and I paid careful attention this time. We always attached great importance to the child in my belly—]

Once again, the display returned to the scene inside the consultation room of the obstetrics and gynecology department. The doctor solemnly explained to my parents as they had a look of despair on their faces

[Hyoudou-san, although it’s painful for you, it’s definitely not because of the things between the two of you, there are many other factors—]

On the way home in the snow, tou-san stopped in the middle of the road, and faced kaa-san as he spoke to her.

[…I give up]

Tou-san who had been so excited — burst out crying.

[If anything happens to your body again like last time, I…really won’t be able to bear i-it…!]

Kaa-san hugged tou-san tightly, as the two people wept in sorrow.

[We almost gave up on having children, and instead planned on changing our attitude to adapt to a different lifestyle.]

What unfolded before my eyes was just the modest and harmonious life of my parents. The two of them travelled together, they went shopping together,and they went fishing together; they were always together—. My figure was not there. …The figure of my parents’ two children was not there.

[But, in the eighth year that I was together with my husband—]

When tou-san came back from work, he was really given a shock by kaa-san’s report in the kitchen

[A b-baby!? R-Really!?]

After tou-san heard this news — with a determined expression, he placed his hands on kaa-san’s shoulders and said

[…I understand now! This time for sure! This time we definitely have to give it everything we’ve got to give birth to this child!]

Kaa-san happily began to shed tears while she made a smile.  After that, the sight of those two working hard for the birth of their baby emerged again. More than ever before, tou-san read all kinds of books, and kaa-san was even more mindful of her diet. When kaa-san was trying to lift things, tou-san desperately rushed forward to stop her. In order to protect their unborn child, the two of them visited specialised agencies. On a snowy night, tou-san was barefoot in a certain shrine, and had already completed Hyakudomairi [10].

[Please! Please make sure! Please make sure that my unborn child will be delivered safely!]

On a freezing, cold and snowy night, tou-san had already bowed his head and prayed over and over while facing the main hall of the shrine.

[I don’t care how much of my life you take! It’s fine even if my remaining lifespan is halved! So please, I definitely need it! Protect the child in the womb! Please! I beg of you!]

Even if his feet were so cold that they became numb, tou-san still continued to bow and offer his prayer to the god. Tou-san, who prayed to the god…only wished that the child in the womb would be safe. On the screen, the seasons changed, and it had become a warm spring. Kaa-san was lying on a bed in a hospital room, and beside her — the baby that she had successfully delivered was lying there.

[It’s a baby boy.]

The nurse told tou-san who was still in disbelief. After a brief moment, tou-san finally regained his senses and said

[……Ah, I see…. ……It’s really my child…]

[Yes, it’s the baby of you and me…. It took eight years.]

Kaa-san emotionally said as she lied in bed. The nurse then urged tou-san to hold the baby. Seeing the baby in his arms, tou-san smiled widely and tried to hold back his tears as he said

[…………It’s nice to meet you, I, I am your otou-san.]

The baby’s eyes finally met tou-san’s eyes. In that instant, tou-san could no longer hold back his tears. Tears streamed down his face as he continued to smile at the baby in his arms.

[……Thank you. That you were born…really…thank you…]

Kaa-san and tou-san cried tears of joy together, and she then asked tou-san

[…Have we decided on the name?]

[…Ah, it’s [Issei]. That embodies the hope that’ll he’ll be able to live an honest life [11]. ]

After hearing this name, kaa-san made a weak laugh.

[…Ah, that isn’t very creative.]

[T-This is all I could think of even after trying so hard!]

[Ufufu. …But, that name has a good sound. Issei. Ise. My child.]

The baby…I was surrounded by the warmth of those two people.

[Ah, our child. —Yes, Issei.]

What was displayed on the screen afterwards was consistent with my memories. At night, tou-san read picture books to me when I couldn’t fall asleep. When the animals were sad, and when he read a sad story to me, I wouldn’t stop crying. On a certain night, tou-san was away on a business trip. Kaa-san had called tou-san to tell him that I was in the hospital emergency room because I was suffering from a high fever. In the end, tou-san ended his trip early, and then took a flight to hurry back as soon as he could. In primary school, I ran together with tou-san in the parent and child three-legged race, tou-san and I worked hard to aim for first place. In the end, we could only take third place. Afterwards, on one side of the playground, the three people in our family ate fried chicken and tamagoyaki together; the taste from that time was something which I had never forgotten.  In middle school, the first time that I put on my uniform, it made my parents really excited. We took quite a few photos in front of the school gate that day. Although I felt a little bit embarrassed about it, my parents seemed happier than ever. …On Father’s Day, I bought tou-san a rather cheap tie, and on Mother’s day, I gave her a floral apron from home education class. But the two of them still treasured those things. Finally, the last scene which appeared was — me on the verge of tears in the corner of a department store when I was young. …I remembered that. Our family of three went to the department store of a nearby prefecture that we rarely visited. I was attracted by a strange item, and got separated from my parents. The people who came and went were unfamiliar faces; with a guilty conscience I decided on one thing, that I would not cry. If I didn’t see tou-san or kaa-san, it would be fine if I just found a place with a large clock and waited for them there—. In order to follow through with this decision, I stood in a square with a clock tower nearby, and waited for the appearance of my parents who would desperately come looking for me.

[Chichi-saaaaan, haha-saaaaaan.]

When I saw them, I was unable to stand it any longer, and I called out as I ran towards them; our family of three, without minding anyone else tightly embraced each other.

[Hey, Ise! You worried me to death!]

[Really, didn’t we say that you shouldn’t leave our side!?]

[I’m soorrry! I’m sooorrrry!]

I was crying as I apologised…. After that, the three of us didn’t separate again as we returned home, hand in hand—. —At that time, the warmth in my hands, I never forgot it. ……Tou-san……kaa-san…uh. …I was prayed for, and I was the child who was born from your hopes. Although your lineage wasn’t special, nor were you wealthy people, I was the child which you two endured struggles to finally have. These memories were surely things that could be seen everywhere. These memories were definitely not experiences which could be called uncommon. Even so…even so, it was my, and my family’s journey over seventeen years. Not a single person was missing; for us three, those were irreplaceable times. Ah, tou-san, kaa-san, I — am the child of you two. I am Issei. The Issei that belongs to the two of you! —I am Hyoudou Issei! …The display of those memories still continued. In the time that the three of us spent together — a blonde haired girl also joined. —It was Asia. Kaa-san’s voice traversed over to me

[We’ve both lived for so long now, yet we were actually able to have such a beautiful daughter.]

It was a scene where Asia smiled happily as she spoke to tou-san and kaa-san—.

[Supposing that we had a daughter back then, if we were really able to give birth to a daughter, it might be like how we’re living together with Asia right now. I often think that.]

Asia said to my parents

[Otou-san, okaa-san]

Upon hearing Asia’s words, both tou-san and kaa-san appeared to be deeply moved.

[—We’re truly happy. You’re able to be my — our daughter. Although I don’t know what happened to this child in the past, this kind child is able to call me her haha. Yes, even so, she really is my daughter.]

Thus, we became a family of four, and then we increased by one more person, and another person — before we knew it, there were many people who sat around the dinner table with us. Tou-san and kaa-san looked at this lively house, and smiled as they exchanged a glance with each other.

[Hey, my dear.]

[What is it?]

[It’s no longer just the two of us.]

[Indeed, that’s right. We not only have a son. —We also have many more daughters.]

[To be able to live such a vibrant life…I’m truly happy.]

[The twenty five years that I spent with you—. Although it’s been very long, perhaps it was all for this.]

[…I want to watch for a little longer.]

[Yes, if I could make a wish, I’d want to be able to continue to watch over this family—]

Seeing the figure of my two parents, I covered my face with my hands, and tears silently began streaming down. In that instant, the space broadened, and I was flown out—.

(Part 4 of 6) (25/12)


Part 5

…….
…When I awoke, I was aware of the true feelings of my parents. I knew the love which my parents possessed. —I was born and raised from the love of my parents. Even now, they were still watching over me. …My tears would not stop; they couldn’t be stopped at all. I tightly held onto tou-san and kaa-san as I said

“…Hey, tou-san, kaa-san. —I, can I really be your child?”

With radiant smiles filled with happiness, the two of them nodded.

“Of course.”

“Ise is our child.”

“……Thank you.”

…Ah…ah. I, I already—. —Yes, I no longer had anything to fear. I knew that my parents still fully accepted me. There was no doubt; they believed that I was their child. …Where else would I be able to find such happiness…? Such a beautiful thing, where else would I find it—. I stood up, and then faced the Champion and Rizevim as I declared

“…Rizevim, and also Diehauser-san, thank you. Thanks to you, today I — no longer have any fears.”

That’s right, I had nothing to fear. I had no need to be afraid!

“—The current me is invincible!”

The light which was emitted from the gems of my armour was brighter and more powerful than ever before. The entire observation room was bathed in a red glow, and the shining light became even stronger! I put on my crimson armour once again, and rigorously charged towards Rizevim!

“Oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

The noise came from the bottom of my chest, and an immensely bright light was released from my gems!

“Rizevim-sama!”

Just as I was about to hit Rizevim, the Champion stood in front of him, and invalidated my attack! Then, Rizevim followed up with an attack, causing my armour to release!

“Die!”

Rizevim kicked me in the abdomen! I was sent flying backwards, and rolled over several times on the floor. …Blood was spurting out from my mouth. …It was insanely painful. It was so painful that I felt as if I would die. —But, the brilliant light from my gems didn’t diminish. A Sacred Gear would respond to the strength of one’s thoughts and desires; if my thoughts became stronger, then my Sacred Gear would also become stronger…! I will fight on for my tou-san, my kaa-san, and Asia! With assistance from Asia’s healing Sacred Gear, my injuries disappeared. Tou-san, kaa-san and Asia were encouraging me

“Ise!”

“Ise!”

“Ise-san!”

…Look, isn’t this powerful? Currently, I was being watched by three members of my family. The radiance from my gems once again burst out with a dazzling light.

“Uuaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!”

Without a single drop of fear, I rushed towards Rizevim! The Champion invalidated my attack, and Rizevim used his Sacred Gear Canceller to remove my armour. He then gave me another blow, and it was the same as last time. I was sent flying onto the floor again. Then — the members of my family took action. With the support of tou-san, I stood up from the floor while kaa-san supported my back. And then, the illumination of Asia’s healing light enveloped me.

“Come on, stand up, Ise!”

“Stand up Ise!”

“Ise-san! I’ll heal you!”

Tou-san faced me as he said

“No matter how many times, I’ll help you back up! Because I am — your chichi!”

Okaa-san pat my back as she said

“Give it your best!”

Asia also encouraged me

“Ise-san! Win!”

Ah, I can see it now. This is it. It’s enough if I have them. —As long as I have them, I’ll be able to get back up no matter how many times it is…ah! I had already re-equipped my crimson armour several times, and charged towards the Champion and Rizevim without turning back!

“Oorrryaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

Even if the result was the same each and every time, the light which was exuded from my gems still continued to grow more powerful. Even though my stamina was continually drained, and even though my demonic energy was continually exhausted—.

“…Just a bit more, Ise! You can do it! If you’re going to keep going, then I’ll go together with you!”

“Then, I’ll do this together with you kaa-san! We’ll beat these bastards together!”

“I also need to go! Because I am also — a member of the Hyoudou family!”

I was being watched by my family. I was well supported by my family. —So, regardless of how many times I needed to get back up, I had to face them no matter what! Let me look cool for once, after all, I am in front of my important family.

“…I’m fine. Tou-san, kaa-san, Asia. As long as I have you supporting me, no matter how many times, I will—”

That’s right, no matter how many times, I’ll get up and face them! Rizevim looked at me as I stood back up over and over no matter how many times I was knocked down, and his face was painted with astonishment.

“…Why can that guy still stand up?”

Even if I was knocked down by the attacks of that bastard and the Champion, I didn’t give up on standing back up each time. Even if blood spewed out of my mouth, the bones in my legs were fractured, or my arms were crushed, I didn’t take a single step back; I only continued to advance forward!

“……”

With a twisted expression, Rizevim asked me

“Hey, why can you still get up? Why do you oppose me? …You already exhausted your energy long ago, right? So why do you still stand up?”

While asking me these questions, Rizevim released my armour again, and sent me flying with a kick again. …Even if I was kicked and sent flying, as long as I had my family supporting me, I could continue to get back up…! Seeing this unfold before him, that bastard had an extremely unpleasant look on his face.

“—Damn. ……Why? Why can you still get up!? Why are you able to resist me!?”

Rizevim snarled. Regardless of whether my demonic energy or stamina had been depleted, I still hobbled straight towards him. Even if my entire body was covered with wounds, the light from my Sacred Gear still did not attenuate. Rather, it continued to release a brilliant light. Seeing me in this state, the Champion — relaxed his stance.

“……Rizevim-sama, I can no longer…”

The Champion had a bitter expression on his face. Rizevim became even more agitated.

“Why did you put down your stance!? Get yourself into position! Why would you drop your stance upon seeing someone like that!?”

“……Do you not understand?”

As the Champion lowered his head, it created a stark contrast to Rizevim’s furious expression.

“How is it possible to understand!? It’s the way of thinking of those mere humans!”

Rizevim — turned his attention towards my parents, and then realised all of a sudden.

“I see! Your parents are the driving force behind your power! So that’s how you’re able to fight like that, right!? Well!”

Rizevim’s hand began to glow with a mysterious light.

“Then allow me to kill them!”

It was an extremely powerful wave of demonic energy, and he began to direct it towards my parents! Bad! This is extremely bad! I wanted to run over to protect my parents, but I had already reached the limits of my stamina; my knees buckled, and the wave flew past my body towards them! My parents were going to be hit directly by a wave of demonic energy—!

“Tou-san, kaa-saaaan! Asssiiaaaaa!”

My most important family members disappeared into the luminosity of that wave of demonic energy—. …They didn’t. Rizevim’s demonic energy had been completely scattered. At the same time, a dazzling golden light was emitted from where my parents were! Looking carefully, a shining golden aura was exuded from there, with Asia at the centre. The aura gradually took on the appearance of a dragon. It looked as if a massive dragon was protecting those three people.

“Shit!”

Rizevim swore as he continued to fire numerous bullets of demonic energy! —But, the demonic energy that was released by the son of the Maou was eliminated the instant that it touched the golden aura! The aura was being emitted with Asia in its centre. Asia clasped her hands together in prayer and her eyes were glowing with a golden light as her entire body was shrouded in a golden aura. That aura also seemed like a type of armour. Asia let out tears of awareness, and with a firm expression in her eyes, she said

“Otou-san and okaa-san have me to protect them! I’ll definitely protect them for you to see!”

Behind her — was a golden dragon; even if it had taken the form of an aura, it still fiercely glared at Rizevim. Beholding this sight, Rizevim abruptly shuddered. He hatefully spat these words out

“…Is that actually a Balance Breaker!? Also, that aura is…The Golden Dragon King…! Even if you’ve become like that…you still have to oppose me…!”

That’s right, as Rizevim said, that aura was Fafnir! …That guy, even if he’s become an aura, he still needs to protect Asia? Asia’s Sacred Gear had also responded to indicate that she had attained her Balance Breaker! That is, the Balance Breaker which was born from the union of Asia and Fafnir. Even if it was an attack from the son of the Maou, that absolute defence was able to obliterate them—. Precisely because it was the gentle Asia; perhaps that was the reason why she awakened such an ability.

“……What is that thing? What exactly is it, that thing…!”

Looking at me and Asia, Rizevim could no longer hide his irritation, and was indignantly clutching his hair. With a sorrowful expression, the Champion said

“…Rizevim-sama, they possess something that we do not and are showing it to us.”

Rizevim grabbed the Champion’s chest and bellowed

“That’s why I said, what is that thing!? Love? Is that the thing called love!? Are you stupid!? It’s simply stupidity to the extremes! Those kinds of things are illusions! It’s a stupid lie!”

…You’re wrong, it certainly isn’t any kind of illusion. And it certainly isn’t a lie. The force which is currently driving us is derived from our familial love! Asia is also the same. Yes, she obtained that Balance Breaker by relying on love. Asia and I merely wanted to protect our own family. Seeing the flustered Rizevim, Vali, who had been quietly observing displayed a complicated expression. …That guy Vali was watching us almost silently. …Seeing us as a family, perhaps he also thought of something. However, my energy had already been depleted. …I was already beginning to stagger. If I continued to fight like this, I would eventually fall. Before that, I had to at least have my parents safely return, after all, that was my responsibility. …No, there was another one. Ravel and I had made a promise. I needed to return back with everyone safely. Well, it wouldn’t work out if I died. I made up my mind again. At that time, someone spoke within my mind.

—Ise.

It was a voice which sounded familiar.

—Ise, I was finally able to reach you here.

It was Ophis’ voice. Ophis should currently be sleeping at home, and she should still be unconscious…. Ophis spoke to me.

—Since you can hear my voice, then that must mean you’re finally satisfied.

…Satisfied? What did she mean? While I was still surprised by it, Ddraig seemed to have understood part of what that meant, and laughed. Then, in a voice that everyone could hear, he said

[Son of Lucifer. Grandfather of the Hakuryuukou Vali Lucifer. You will be the first guest.]

“Huh? Guest?”

Rizevim tilted his head in surprise at Ddraig’s words. Ophis continued to speak to me.

—Ise, sing it along with me.

Ddraig continued to talk to Rizevim

[That’s why you should rejoice. Such a chant is not one which you can casually listen to, you definitely need to clean out your ears, and listen with your heart. If you need to ask why, it’s because this is a unique chant that a Dragon God has created.]

—My very first friend. The significance of this, teach everyone about it.

Ah, Ophis. I understand. —Let’s sing it together. I believed in Ophis, and entrusted my mind and body to her.

“Ophis’ voice is inside me. —Let’s sing together. —Together, we’ll advance.”

—In my mind, the chant appeared. I — quietly began to chant

“—The Crimson Red Dragon dwelling within me, awaken from your dominance”

A Crimson glow was emitted from the gem on my right gauntlet.

[—The Crimson Heavenly Dragon I possess within me, rise up to become a King]

Ophis then chanted the next line. At the same time, the gem on my left gauntlet unleashed a jet-black aura.

“—The jet-black God of Infinity”

A crimson aura enveloped my entire body.

[—The glorious Red God of Dreams]

A jet-black aura was encased over it—.

“[Watch over the forbidden existence we shall become that transcends the boundaries]”

My crimson armour was melded with a jet-black colour, and further changes then occurred. My gauntlets, greaves, breastplate, wings had the colour of crimson and black fused together, and their shape also changed. Then, Ophis and I sang the final verse at the same time.

“[—We shall dance like radiance within the inferno!]”

“<<[ D∞D !!  D∞D D∞D !!  D∞D D∞D D∞D !!!!  D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D !!!!!!  D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D !!!!!!!! ] >>” [12]

All of the gems resounded with a voice which permeated through to the soul. A ∞ symbol emerged on all of the gems!

“[ <<Dragon ∞ Drive !!!!!!>> ]” [13]

Ddraig’s and Ophis’ voices amalgamated with each other as they echoed out from the gems. The chant with Ophis and me ended.
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…Currently, standing in front of Rizevim was something which felt more organic than the crimson armour; it was a full-body, crimson and black plate armour. There were now four wings, and equipped within them were cannons. Rizevim was astounded by this sight, and he kept shaking his head as he shouted

“Juggernaut Drive!? No, that’s completely wrong! Although it has the same organic change as the Juggernaut Drive, that ominous aura can’t be felt at all. Rather, the aura which rises out of its skin is…!”

Indeed, this wasn’t the Juggernaut Drive. But it did have the organic characteristic of Juggernaut Drive. Rizevim’s whole face was distorted.

“…What kind of a joke is this, this kind of thing? You’ve already reached this stage, yet you were still able to evolve…!”

Ddraig declared to Rizevim

[—Dragon Deification. This is the absolute power that only Ophis can bestow.]

“—So the reason is because you’ve obtained the power of Ophis!”

What he said was correct. Currently — I had been saved by Ophis’ power. Presently, my body was re-constructed from the flesh of Great Red and Ophis’ power. Right now, Ophis’ power had been temporarily released. Precisely because the foundation of my body was Great Red’s flesh, I was able to withstand Ophis’ power. Only because I was constituted by two dragons could I obtain this forbidden power—. Ophis spoke within me

—Ise, this state can only be maintained for a very short amount of time.

I see, I only had a very brief amount of time. That could be a few seconds, tens of seconds, or even a few minutes. Regardless of that, it wasn’t long. —That’s because my body was already screaming out. There was a strange power circulating around inside my body. It felt as though my body would be torn apart if I moved even just a little bit. Well, I should hurry up and do something. Right now, I — could definitely do it. I readied my stance as I faced Rizevim. After preparing my stance, I only took a slight step forward. All of a sudden, I had shortened our distance, and was standing directly in front of Rizevim. That bastard didn’t even react. My movements just now were completely beyond his comprehension. I clenched my right fist, and punched him straight in the face. At this time, a voice rang out.

“ <<[ D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D !!!!!!!!]>> ”

Rizevim intended to use his left hand to grab my fist! The wings of Lucifer on his back all expanded, and increased his strength. In order to block my fist, Rizevim used his Canceller…. I didn’t use [Penetrate], but the momentum of my fist didn’t weaken, and the aura enveloping it wasn’t eliminated; Rizevim cried out in surprise ‘what is this!?’

“First is a punch!”

Using my fist’s momentum, I drove a direct punch towards Rizevim! Struck by that single blow, that bastard was flung onto the ground. Despite that, Rizevim immediately stood back up, and felt the part of his face that had been hit. From the looks of it, that blow just now was pretty good; his nasal bridge had been knocked crooked, and he had an incessant nosebleed. After Rizevim forcefully pushed his nose back into place and stopped the bleeding, he glared at me.

“……What the fuck was that just then? Why wasn’t it invalidated!? Did my ability not work!? How is that possible!?”

In response to Rizevim who was in pure disbelief, Ddraig began to speak

[No, son of Lucifer. Your ability did work.]

“Well, why wasn’t it cancelled then!? Even if that power has a share of Ophis’ power, as long as it’s the power of a Sacred Gear, my Sacred Gear Canceller should still be able to disable it, right!?”

[It’s extremely simple. Your ability to cancel is limited. Over here, the power of the Sekiryuutei’s ability is infinite. Since it’s a power which can’t entirely be cancelled — that would make things different, wouldn’t it?]

Ddraig’s remark left Rizevim stunned

“…To actually say that the power which was released is one which can’t be completely eliminated by my Canceller…!”

[That is Ophis — the so-called infinite.]

After hearing Ddraig’s reply, Rizevim regretfully laughed.

“…That’s basically cheating…!”

That’s right, this was basically cheating. I wouldn’t want to use this power in a fair fight. Also, to borrow such a power from Ophis who only wants to live a peaceful life…I would be reluctant.

“It’s really simple isn’t it? It uses power to eliminate everything. It’s very much like what I’d do. As you said, this is the cheat which you’ve obtained by borrowing Ophis’ power. But, do you think you can protect everyone just by defeating me?”

I only needed to hit this bastard, so borrowing it a bit was fine! Facing such an outcome, Rizevim retreated a step, and revealed a nasty smile.

“However, from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like you can maintain that for long. Since that’s the case—”

Seeing through my situation, that bastard shifted his hand into a chest pocket.

“I’ll just drag this battle out. I’ve got many Tears.”

What he took out was a small vial which had Phoenix Tears inside them. Rizevim opened up the bottle.

“Now then, I’ll use the first bottle.”

He then continued to drink it. —Damn it! He planned on healing his injuries! It doesn’t matter. Even if I can’t maintain this state for long, I’ll fight with everything I have before the time limit is up! Once again, I mentally prepared myself and made up my mind…but nothing happened even after Rizevim swallowed the Phoenix Tears.

“……”

He didn’t start to recover, and Rizevim frowned.

“…What’s going on? Why haven’t any of my injuries healed?”

The Champion quietly muttered. —A small magic circle was created in his hands.

“…Indeed, this is reality. But, it’s already reached this point.”

Rizevim, who immediately grasped the meaning of these words, stared at the Champion.

“…You’re the bastard who invalidated them…? You completely invalidated the effects of the Phoenix Tears?”

“…Originally, the Belials’ ability [Worthless] could only be used against an opponent’s ability. —But, ‘objects’ are not an exception. …As long I know about its form and substance, it can become [Worthless]. All of the Tears that you hold have already been made [Worthless].”

So that could also work huh…. As long as he knew how it worked, his ability could be used. In this situation, because he knew about the composition of the Phoenix Tears, he was able to invalidate the healing effect. Understanding all of this, Rizevim clutched all of the bottles of Tears in his hand.

“…Since the battle against the House of Phoenix; you were already expecting this from the very beginning!”

I see, so that’s how it was! This is what Beelzebub-sama was talking about! The Champion knew that Qlippoth were secretly producing Phoenix Tears from the beginning. In order to invalidate them, he planned to analyse them during the match with Raiser. In other words, he was able to analyse Ravel and Raiser’s demonic energy, and learned about the composition of the Tears. He was then able to invalidate all of the Tears that Qlippoth had.

“You even meddled in Qlippoth’s affairs, you boy…!”

Rizevim vented his dissatisfaction and anger. His face had become distorted in anger. All of this was beyond his expectations. Seeing him like that, I laughed.

“When you confronted Michael-san in Heaven, I thought that you were indeed the son of the Maou Lucifer, and I was somewhat fearful.”

I expected him to become imposing; when he opened his wings of Lucifer in Heaven, I feared him. But — I was wrong. It was the same as what Vali just said; this is what that bastard’s true nature was like. He was just a clownish ossan.

“—You’re not being very brave by imitating your chichi are you, ossan? Your current demeanour is your original attitude, isn’t it?”

I didn’t fear him in the slightest, and said that to him face to face.

“—I’m not a pretentious and hypocritical seventeen year old kid, you know? If I’m an ossan, then what are you?”

“…I’m known as the Sekiryuutei!”

Because of a single thing that I had said, he could no longer hide the anxiety in his heart. He emitted light from his hand as he released demonic energy, and all of the wings of Lucifer on his back opened up! I borrowed Ophis’ power, and prepared a full powered attack against Rizevim. I would determine the winner of this battle here! Since I had the addition of Ophis’ power, it was possible! I would get rid of this bastard right here! In the observation room, Rizevim and I began to fight, and as we fought, we flew out of the glass wall that had Vali smashed through! Whilst in mid-air, I opened my wings and began charging demonic energy for a cannon attack! I narrowed our distance, and then began fighting in close-combat again! My punches and his kicks each hit each other’s body! The aftermath of these clashes generated shockwaves which caused the surrounding buildings to crumble, and even the mass-produced Evil Dragons which were flying about in the air dropped out of the sky rapidly. I once again realised that this bastard’s strength was extraordinary!

“Oryaaaaaaahhhhh!”

All of Rizevim’s wings had been rolled up, and they were then swung down towards me! The sharp end of the wings was thrust towards me, but I evaded them at high speed. However, the impact of his wings caused all of the building and roads below to be destroyed.

“Nuraaaaaarrgghhhhhhh!”

This time, he released several extremely large shots of demonic energy! Both the intensity and aggression of his demonic energy were incredible; I would have been fatally injured even if I was wearing my crimson armour. But — right now, I had the extra protection of Ophis’ power!

“Haaaaaaaaaahhhh!”

The massive bullets of highly dense demonic energy which came towards me were all deflected by my punches and kicks! Of the bullets of demonic energy that I deflected, some went down to the streets or buildings of Agreas, and some were sent even further away. The moment that they landed, enormous explosions occurred in various places. The resulting gusts of wind swept away everything in the surrounding area. At the impacted place that was nearest to where I was, several buildings had been reduced to dust or nothingness, and a massive crater had formed. Although it was incredibly destructive, this was the Maou’s son after all. —That was what I thought. …He was on the level of a Super Devil? Of course it was impossible. The silent pressure and absolute aura that could be felt from Sirzechs-sama and Ajuka-sama; this bastard couldn’t be compared to those two Maou-sama at all. I thought that among these three Super Devils, wasn’t this bastard a few levels below those other guys? I couldn’t help thinking that…but, he would be the same brutal enemy regardless. The wings on Rizevim’s back were all swung at once, and a powerful aura burst out of his body. With that, he flew above me, and shouted!

“Eh! Well! Let me give you something massive as a return gift! Your nakama are below, right? If you evade this, then they’ll die won’t they!? Even if you’re able to destroy this, your family members in the Government Office will all be killed by the aftershock!”

After Rizevim shouted like that, he gathered an unimaginably overwhelming aura in both of his hands! An incredible amount of demonic energy emerged from his hands. Appearing above his head — was an incredible ball of demonic energy more than ten metres in width. There were also six of them! If these things were to hit the surface of Agreas — not to mention my nakama, the whole city would be destroyed! The six balls of demonic energy gradually circled around.

“—DISSAAAPPPPEEAARRRR!”

Rizevim bellowed out as he unleashed his attack! An immense pressure and a massive amount of demonic energy descended from the sky! I — prepared myself, and then said to Ddraig

“—Accompany me to the end, Ddraig!”

[Of course, this was already decided on!]

I aimed the cannons embedded in my four wings in front of me! There were two above my shoulders, and two under my armpits; the barrel of the cannons widened! The infinite power of Ophis was concentrated into the cannons.

“[<<D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D D∞D !!!!!!!!>>]”

A [∞] symbol emerged on every one of my gems, and they alternated with flashes of red and black light. DOOOO…the cannons were charging up. Ophis — The Dragon God of Infinity’s power was being focused.

“GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

“<<[∞ Blaster !!!!!!]>>”

Along with my voice, the thick and intense cannon attack which was a combination of crimson and jet-black aura was fired from the muzzle of the four cannons at once! The blast from the four cannons and Rizevim’s six demonic energy spheres collided with each other. Then—. A massive explosion engulfed the sky above the floating city of Agreas. Booming, explosive sounds, strong winds, and all kinds of other phenomenon occurred. My cannon blast and Rizevim’s demonic energy were eliminating each other in the sky! All of the windows in Agreas were completely shattered by the shockwaves which were produced—. —The sky turned into a field of red and black interwoven together. Those two extremely large and powerful attacks clashed with each other, and then annihilated each other. Amidst the smoke which was generated by the explosion, the figure of a person could be seen. —It was Rizevim. But, because he just withstood the impact of that explosion, more than half of his wings were damaged, and blood was dripping out of every part of his body. Blood was seeping out of his ears, nose and mouth. Flying also seemed very strenuous for him. In contrast to him, I was completely unharmed. Seeing that I hadn’t suffered any damage, Rizevim’s expression was intertwined with anger and unease.

“…Could it be that I’ll end up like how Shalba and Cao Cao did, being defeated by you like this…!?”

Hearing this, Ddraig was also slightly surprised, and he then said

[—Shouldn’t you have known when you got involved? My partner — Hyoudou Issei has always been in pursuit of peace and quiet. But, whether it’s that descendent of the old Beelzebub, the leader of the Hero Faction, or even you, the son of Lucifer, you’ve all trampled over that which should not without a shred of hesitation.]

Ddraig then asserted

[Well, there is no choice but destruction, right? —This is the Sekiryuutei of the Two Heavenly Dragons. …No, this is something a bit different. This is something slightly different from the Two Heavenly Dragons, it should be known as the Cardinal Crimson Promotion [14] — [ Diabolos Dragon] [15]. ]

Being known as the reincarnated Devil the Crimson Sekiryuutei — [Diabolos Dragon], It was actually somewhat embarrassing. Hearing what Ddraig said, Rizevim laughed.

“…Kukuku, so you’ve become the new Super Devil [Dragon Maou]. …In that case, I wonder if my grandson will become a Super Devil before long.”

After saying that, behind that bastard — a transportation magic circle was created!

“…But, I will not die here…I will take my leave!”

Bastard! He planned to escape! After Rizevim glanced at me, he immediately faded into the light of transportation! Damn it! He’s faster at running away than anyone else! But, it was still too early to give up!

“I won’t let you get away, Rizevim!”

Vali flew out from the Government Office. —Then, he glanced back at me and said

“—Impressive. Hyoudou Issei. You, fighting for your family…I was captivated by it.”

After saying that, Vali chased after Rizevim who had disappeared in the sky of Agreas. …Vali, there seemed to be a slightly lonely expression on his face.

(Part 5 of 6) (25/12)


Part 6

After Rizevim escaped, I returned to the observation room to confirm the safety of my parents and Asia. I released Ophis’ armour, and returned to my normal appearance. Well, although I had already returned to the observation room…. I walked over to the Champion who was hanging his head in the middle of the room. It seemed like he no longer had any intention of resisting. I faced him as I said

“…Champion, what you’ve done is unforgiveable.”

After I said that, the Champion opened his arms and closed his eyes.

“Dispose of me as you like. You have the right to do so.”

……Kill me, that’s what he meant. Something like that…how could I possibly do that? —But, kaa-san quickly ran over. She slapped the Champion’s face.

“…To let my family’s children, to allow my family’s children to suffer such things, this is considered a small price to pay.”

Kaa-san was very dignified—. It caused tou-san to say ‘waaah’ on the side in surprise. I also had to give the Champion a punch at the very least. But since kaa-san took that away…well so be it. The Champion sincerely apologised to kaa-san ‘I’m very sorry’. …I shook my head and said

“…No matter how many years, or even thousands of years you spend, please atone for your sins. …The girl that I love has said that she wants to compete with you. …Having a Game against you as their dream, surely it wouldn’t just be Rias. There are a lot of contestants who also have this dream.”

That’s right, it wasn’t just Rias. Sairaorg-san and Sona-zenkaichou also dreamed of competing against this man in the future. Also—.

“…Even me, I’ll have my own peerage one day, and I want to have a good match with you. So…regardless of how many years it is, I’ll wait, so please atone for your sins.”

“……Even so, you said that I actually can’t die. …You’re truly crueller than anyone else.”

With a frown on his face, the Champion continued to ask me

“…There is one thing, please tell me. I’ve heard rumours. …You met Yaegaki-san and Cleria’s soul in Heaven. …Cleria, she…what was her expression like?”

I recalled the ghost which appeared to be Cleria-san when I was in Heaven. Cleria-san was tightly embracing Yaegaki.

“…She had a very gentle expression.”

After hearing my words, the Champion let out a stream of tears.

“……I see……I’ve lost.”

Seeing the dispirited Champion sit down, I couldn’t help looking at the sky. …This was a battle which couldn’t have been predicted. It wasn’t that I couldn’t understand the Champion’s reasoning. But, it was a fact that he overstepped the boundaries that he shouldn’t have—. But, to me, my gains were large. I — looked back at my family. My tou-san, my kaa-san, and Asia. They were all my important family members. Everyone now smiled together. There was no longer a need to hide anything. But, it was possible that it would place my parents in danger. —In that case, together with Asia, together with my nakama, it’ll be fine if we protect them. It’ll be fine if we do our best to protect them. I reaffirmed my determination to fight in order to protect the people important to me—. —Suddenly, I was attacked by a bout of nausea. I immediately covered my mouth. Deep in my throat — something was coming up from my abdomen that I couldn’t even hold back with my hand. …When I noticed, I was already coughing up large amounts of blood from my mouth. There was also something warm running out of my nose. I understood that it was a nosebleed. I suddenly felt weak and sensed that I had lost all of my energy—. My body collapsed, and I fell onto the floor.

“…Huh?”

I could only look at the floor…I didn’t even have the strength to lift a finger, I couldn’t move at all. I could only look at the floor which was dyed red by the blood which had spurted out of my mouth.

“Ise-san!?”

“Ise!”

“Ise!”

The cries of Asia, tou-san, and kaa-san made its way into my ears…but the noise gradually became more distant from me….

[…Partner. —This is the price of power. Ophis’ power…is really too…]

Although I could hear Ddraig’s concerned voice…everything in front of my eyes slowly turned to white, and then became dark…. After that, my consciousness receded—. Indeed, the price really is too—.

(Part 6 of 6) (25/12)

[1] ogifu-sama and ogibo-sama are respectful ways of calling/addressing father-in-law and mother-in-law.
[2] osofu-sama is a respectful way of addressing a grandfather.
[3] Hiragana was Ouroboros Dragon, kanji was Infinite Dragon God.
[4] Sandanzuki (三段突き) roughly translates to: three piece/stage thrust. It was a one of Okita Sōji’s signature techniques.
[5] Okita Sōji was the captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi, a special police force formed to protect the Shogunate representatives during the final years of the Edo period (1864-1869) when the Tokugawa Shogunate ended.
[6] The hiragana was Gigantis Dragon Princess, the kanji was Princess of the Golden Dragon-kun.
[7] fusai means and can be used to refer to a married couple.
[8] Lilin: Known in mythology as night spirits which attack men. Sometimes referred to as the daughter of Lilith – first wife of Adam, and later Lucifer.
[9] –shi: A formal honorific used to refer to someone who is unfamiliar or not well known by the speaker.
[10] Hyakudomairi: Japanese Shintoism. It is said that after walking back and forth between two fixed points in a shrine and praying 100 times, a wish will come true.
[11] The name Issei has the meaning of sincere/honest.
[12] It would be pronounced: D D.
[13] Except for when ∞ is used in D∞D, it can be replaced with Infinity e.g. Dragon Infinity Drive.
[14] Kanji was Crimson Sekiryuutei, hiragana was Cardinal Crimson Promotion.
[15] Kanji was D x D, hiragana was Diabolos Dragon.

Continues on to Last Life… Poetic Justice

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401 Responses to HighSchool DxD Volume 20 (Life.3)

  1. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    unfortunately there has never been any such  announcement 

    I would definitely  want her as a female lead with issei in one of the novels 

    She and ravel are my favourite blonde DxD girls

    i am not much into asia

    • jwillie4 says:

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      Asia seems to be the least favorite of Ise’s harem. I have not talked to anyone who likes her much. I realize you said not much into her. She is too passive I guess. I tend to like the girls such as Zenovia and Rose. Different personalities, but they both add something to Ise’s over all character development. I am not saying Asia doesn’t, I like more than most do.

      • J9162 says:

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        I like her a lot, but then again I like all of the girls relatively equally. I find them all to be rather unique and interesting and have very different back stories and personalities.

        The only complaints I hear about Asia are because she ended up somewhat interfering with Issei and his time with the other girls, like Rias for example when it was just the three of them in the house. These complaints are almost always from people who only watched the anime and once more are rather biased because they neglect the fact that the two biggest cockblocks in Issei’s harem are also the two most popular girls,  Rias and Akeno, usually blocking each other. There are some other complaints about her innocence as well, but that is part of her character. In reality without her,  Issei’s ability to progress with all the girls would be severely lacking, if at all,  since she is an integral part of his character’s development. All of the girls are of course though in their own way. She has grown tremendously since the beginning of course too, just like all the other characters,  but her core peaceful and forgiving nature shall remain, just like Issei’s core pervertedness shall too haha. It’s all part of their character’s being. Granted though if I had to pick favorites I’d say mine are Irina, Ravel and Kuroka, but like I said,  I like them all equally.

  2. jwillie4 says:

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    Does anyone know if there will be any volumes with Le Fay as the main female protagonist? I would like to read more on her. She gets the least face time of all the heroines.

    • J9162 says:

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      Although there hasn’t been any announcement, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. In fact I’m it sure will. She has only recently made a wizard pact with Issei and there will definitely be some development with that as well as her story in general. I also think Kuroka will get a volume too as they need to work out the sisters back story and relationship more. Ishibumi wanted to cover all the other girls first because they appeared first generally and Volume 20 and 21 aren’t the best place for their stories right now because of what is going on. It’d be too hectic and wouldn’t fit. If Vali is the next novel, I think both Kuroka and Le Fay will be right after starting in the new arc.

  3. Anonymous says:

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    Volume 21 will be released in March 2016!

  4. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    I wonder if zxzxzx is back from south America

  5. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon)dragon -maou says:

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    i finally read EX part 6 and calculated 12 children out of which 10 made an appearance and one was just mentioned(le fay’s son) and the last one has extremely high possibility(kunou’s child)

    to be honest i thought issei would make an appearance and also he would be size of a full fledge dragon and that’s exactly what happend

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      There are more children that weren’t shown.  I believe there around 20+ or somewhere around there.  And the number of wives+local wives should be 11 or 12 or so.

      • (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon)dragon -maou says:

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        i remember about the twenty children among which 10 are combatants and other 10 are non-combatants(example:-Ernestine if i am right she looks like a non-combatant )

        i only meant ones which i was absolutely sure of ,in case  of other children ,they might be from women of his peerage and maybe human girls from his school and college ,in short girls we have no idea about

        there is a possibility of akeno having a lot of children as issei mentioned in a short story, his desire to have twins and akeno agreed

        there is a high possibility of rias having another child because of her being issei’s first love and the most important wife

    • J9162 says:

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      Yeah I  think there over 20 kids as well because they say at some point theres an equal amount of children who can’t fight,  as in they’re not warrior children so they weren’t sent back.  Factor them in too and that’s a total of somewhere over 20. But yeah Kunou is definitely the mother of one at least.

    • Sergio says:

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      please give mi the link to the EX novels I can’t find them complete

  6. jwillie4 says:

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    WOW, just read how that the first voice actor for Ise in the dubbed anime was arrested for child porn. I had always wondered why they changed actors. Sheesh, what a dirt bag huh?

  7. jwillie4 says:

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    Question if I may. In volume 10, when Ise had to be healed by Asia, Koneko, and Akeno from being haunted by Raynare. Was that a curse put there by Raynare before she died? Or was it Ise suffering from trauma?

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      It was trauma.  Ise was afraid to get close to the girls and to acknowledge that they loved him because he felt like the same thing that happened to him because of Raynare might happen again.  He knew in his mind that they would never do something like that to him, but he was afraid nonetheless.  A classic – but extremely serious – case of PTSD.  It wasn’t a curse in the true sense of the word, which is why we call it “Raynare’s ‘curse'”, putting the word curse in quotes.

    • J9162 says:

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      That was pure psychological trauma which served to exacerbate his insecurities when dealing with the girls. Born tried to blend it together with their anime original Loki curse, but that had nothing to do with the LN story. No curse by Raynare or anyone else. It was actually annoying what they did in the anime.

  8. Jjr107 says:

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    Thank you so much for posting this. I just started reading and watching HS DxD a week ago and was so frustrated when I couldn’t find this part of the volume on BT. Can’t wait for the rest of this volume.

  9. J9162 says:

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    Sorry that might have been a slight spoiler for the rest of volume 20. I just assumed everybody has read the detailed translated summary for Volume 20 already but yes let’s just assume they can and will coexist and also they’re spilt about half I thought in terms of power or did Cao Cao have more than half sucked out? I remember Ophis saying she was around half her power, which is still awesome since it was said to be double the heavenly dragons at their max power.

    • jwillie4 says:

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      About the harem. Who will be his queen from the peerage? Has it ever said? I have yet to find the answer myself.

      • J9162 says:

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        Probably none of them. Honestly we probably won’t see Issei do anything related to his own peerage in the light novel or show, unless they go full anime originalike again somehow. All the current girls have pieces or can’t be devils and the only existing queen is Akeno who probably won’t. I’ve been told that you can’t switch out different pieces to make a bishop or queen or something like that. If Ajuka somehow altered that then maybe.

        Anyway, Le Fay might be a possible peerage candidate since I don’t know how long wizards live, but if they can live thousands of years then maybe not. Other than that Asia, Xenovia and Ravel are the only girls who will probably eventually be in his peerage someday, that’s two bishops and a knight. If my Le Fay theory turns out true and he adds her to make her love thousands of years too, she’ll probably end up as a rook or pawn. Other than that all other peerage members will probably be completely new characters as Rias likely won’t give up anymore of the girls haha and it wouldn’t be feasible. Akeno may have her own peerage someday and I don’t see her joining Issei. Ophis/Lillith wouldn’t be allowed in rating games and Kunou can’t for Yokai purposes. Kuroka was a bishop so she can’t,  unless of course there’s an undisclosed way of changing pieces, (probably not), so with all that in mind we won’t see any other peerage members.

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          Exactly.  And I don’t think Kuroka can become anybody’s Peerage member, now that she’s a Stray Devil.  Le Fay should be able to join, though.

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            Kuroka would likely be too lazy anyway. Although, Ise  wants for other reasons. The fact that in the future, she has a kid with Ise proves that. I actually was surprised since she tried to kill them in volume 5. I guess her bust size was adequate to just let it slide. I wonder how big Raynare would had to be to warrant forgivness. I am kidding about Raynare.

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        I’m replying to your latest post in this comment-stream, by the way.

        Kuroka being in the harem isn’t really that surprising to me.  She may have tried to kill them earlier on, but she got to teasing and being really kinky to Ise later on.  They aren’t enemies anymore – you’ve noticed that, right?

        And yeah, Raynare was Ise’s type in the looks and bust-size department, so it’s a real pity that her personality was so twisted.  A real pity, indeed.

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          Yeah Kuroka reformed and given her true intent on reuniting with her sister, I don’t think she would have actually killed them, more like incapacitate, stop short so to speak.

          On an unrelated note did any of you guys read EX all the way through yet?  All 6 chapters are now summarized/translated. I must say the very last revealed child,  aka Ernestine? (Think that’s how it’s spelled), was a shocker to me. Given who her mother is,  Issei really does get around hahaha.

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            Yeah, I read it.  Elmenhilde will probably become more likable in the near or future, and will fall for Ise.  Something like has to happen because otherwise, I can’t see her joining Ise’s harem at all.

            I’m also fine with Ise’s reason for not having been able to save Asia from getting cursed by Loki in the future.  I do hope he gets to spend more time with his family, though, of course.  Knowing that he’s too busy to do that is really sad (schedule being booked solid for the next 200 years – me not like).

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            Yeah she probably will. I feel like there’s others to come to. I heard there’s a couple other local wives who can’t leave wherever they live for too long either. Maybe we’ll see a Hindu and Greek candidate soon. It’d make sense and go along with a wife for every faction idea.

            In regards to Issei being busy,  it’s not too different from how parents usually end up in most manga/anime/novels since the Japanese are all about working hard even though it takes away from family time. Luckily for him though is that he has 10,000 years to spend with them so I’m suse he’ll be able to figure out a way to make for free time in the end. Rias already retired so I’m sure he can too soon.  As can the others. Of course it’ll be a while, but it’ll work out. Plus some things could’ve changed for the better as a result. My only hope is that Azazel makes it through,  I feel like they foreshadowed him not being around and that saddens me.

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            I don’t think Ise’s busy just because of a job or something.  He also likely has to deal with the same responsibilities that his wives do, too, on top of his own responsibilities.  Then he has the Devil’s Job to do every night on top of that, which Rias also probably can’t retire from (she retired from the Gremoy business, but then she started her own business, so she’s still kind of busy herself).

            Still, he’ll hopefully manage to make time for his wife and kids, too, somehow.  Like you said, he has a total of 10,000+ (he’s a Dragon, plus he’s got Great Red’s flesh – he might be immortal, for all we know) in his life, so after losing 200 years, he’ll get to send time with his family.  I just hope they haven’t gone too far away from him, emotion-wise, by then.

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          Honestly, I have always forgave Kuroka’s bust,  er I mean her for trying to kill. Yes, I noticed when they first started to realize their feelings for each other in volume 11. Kuroka had just saved Koneko from getting killed. She got hurt, and Ise  pretty much captured her heart there.

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          Yeah in response to your most recent reply, I meant more like, less busy. He’s become what I imagine to be a superman type character in that he flys around helping all the factions and meeting with various leaders. Then he’s still the Oppai Dragon and has tv and children shows/performances to do. Plus the Devils job like you said and also probably another high class job along with a human job. Then he has to fly around and see his extensive family so he’s got a lot going on. Rias retired from what I considered the most pressing of her jobs so I really meant she was probably less busy too. Issei will probably figure out a way to lessen his load.

          In regards to his family losing touch with him, I think,  even as EX realized, although they’re sad he’s so busy, they really love and respect why he’s so busy and that part about him. They all know he keeps up all his jobs and duties and still fights on and does all of that for them. Everything he does is usually with his family and loved ones in his mind first. All the other siblings gave off that respectful vibe as did Gasper and then EX even realized it that he could never hate him for being busy and away since he even saved the day in the end again haha,  so I think they’ll never lose that faith in him as time goes on.  It’ll work out for them all.

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            I hope you’re right about them losing faith in him.  Ex (don’t make both letters capital; it makes it kind of confusing to know if you’re referring to the character Ex or to the story EX itself) seemed to have already warmed up to when he heard him promise to be there for Asia and also heard about how much they all mean to him (it was his past self that said that, but yeah), and him seeing his father come from the future to save the day and say it’s payback for what they did to Asia was the cruncher.

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    I have been going back to read up on the entire series from volume 1. My main goal has been to count up Ise’s harem members. I have counted ten. Rias, Asia, Akeno, Koneko, Xenovia, Irina, Rose, Ravel, Kuroka, and Le Fay. That was all the confirmed members that I could see. Am I missing anyone. I know the Kunou’s mother has asked Ise to take care of her daughter, but I could not find anything to confirm her harem membership. Also, I believe that all the members are also living with Ise. With the exception of Ophis, who apparently sleeps like she is pushing up daisies ( if you know what I mean). Xenovia has become my favorite member of the harem. Has there been any other girls confirmed to be a part of the harem?

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      Kunou is included in the harem, since Yasaka asked Ise pretty much to include her (without explicitly saying it, of course).

      And Ophis doesn’t have a gender anyway, so I wouldn’t included her in the harem.

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      I think the consensus and possibly something from the EX side story (not sure haven’t read the newer chapter or two only heard rumors) confirms that Kunou will be. At any rate everybody thinks she will in the future, just that she has to be the Queen someday so she’ll have to primarily remain in Kyoto, or really just not be in his peerage. With the supernatural and teleporting abilities they all have I’m sure she can live with him. Besides those 11, Ophis and Lillith will most likely definitely live with him but as questions about their ability to give birth and their gender as well as possibly developing feelings of romantic love for Issei remain, we can just assume they live with him at least.

      Personally those 13, 11 of whom are guaranteed lovers, are probably all the girls we’ll see in the story with just more development around for all of them.  There’s speculation about Bennia joining his harem because she’s a fan, same with the blue haired rook tsubasa? (I think) both of whom are Sitri members. Since they’re Sitri members probably not.

      Only thing left is if he really does fill his peerage with women solely for harem purposes. Since he’s shown a lot of growth and concern for peerage and rating games tactics he probably won’t. Also he wants to get Rias to number one spot and become ultimate pawn before even considering doing his own rating game stuff,  not to mention reach high class.  So with all that in mind its probably just the 13 I mentioned,  11 of which will definitely be lovers I think, but all 13 will be staying with him I’m sure.

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        I don’t think all of the harem members have to necessarily also be in his Peerage.  Akeno chose not to, and for obvious reasons, Rias definitely couldn’t even if she and Ise wanted it (I mean come on; Rias is already Ise’s King).

        Bennia and Tsubaki or whatever her name is can be in his harem without joining his Peerage, too.

        Ise himself wants to have only girls in his Peerage, but I don’t think he should do that. And by now, he himself should also understand that.

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          Yeah I agree. I didn’t mean that the current girls would be in his peerage, except probably Asia, Ravel, and Xenovia, I meant new girls entirely. I don’t think the current Issei would pass up a really powerful guy member either so he’ll probably make reasonable and intelligent decisions about it some day, but probably not something that’ll be in the actual story. He’s grown so much over these 20 volumes after all that he’ll make decisions to help him in rating games I’m sure.

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        As for Ophis and Lilith? Would they even be able to co-exist? Lilith has most of Ophis’ powers anyway. She could just take her out if she wanted. Lilith has shown in volume 16 that she likes gifts. Ise did make an impression on her. But would she even want to live in the same house? I believe that those two are just mascots anyways. Only there for the cute factor, nothing more.

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          Whoa! I must have missed the part where she got most of Ophis’s power.  Iirc Ophis Loses and retrieves much of her power in v11.Life.3.  She is twice as strong as the Two Heavenly Dragons in their prime.  To this point, Lillith has not displayed anything close to this much power.

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            It was when Samael’s curse was used on her.  You know about Lilith’s existence, so you should know about this, too.  They took most of Ophis’ power to make Lilith, but Ophis was able to take some of the leftover power of hers that was in the area.  Current Ophis has around twice as much power as the combined power of both of the Two Heavenly Dragons before they were sealed.

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            Yeah I’m pretty sure they’re about equal in power, maybe Ophis has a bit less now if most of her power was taken. I don’t know though. This hasn’t really been tested out or anything, but the point is that Lillith was made from that taken power and is also incredibly strong. Her naiveté and immature mindset since she’s so young make her less threatening however and she’s good at heart anyway.

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            @J9162: I don’t think Ophis and Lilith are equal, though.  How can they can be, when most of Ophis’ power was taken to create Lilith?  Ophis probably has about a quarter of her power left right now.  She was originally “infinite,” so it’d make sense for even half or a quarter of her to be twice as much as the Twin Heavenly Dragons combined before they were sealed.

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            @DragonOsman2 yeah that’s what I thought if it was indeed “most” but I forget if she said she released some of her power before Samael started absorbing  it which would mean he started to absorb around three quarters of what she then had (not including what she stored away beforehand) which would make her at about a quarter of her power (after storing some) plus whatever she stored away so I averaged it at about half.  This is just me hypothesizing because I don’t remember exactly what it said as I haven’t read it in a while.

            If she stored away her power after he started to absorb it than she’s probably at a quarter of her original strength like you said and I think that is most likely the case as its less complicated for readers to think about haha.

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    In season 3 of high school dxd, and in episode 2. They greeted Rias’ mother. Akeno greets her, but Rias’ mom says, you sound so different Akeno. Was that the English dubbed way of breaking the fourth wall?  Since Akeno has a new voice actress.

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      I suppose it’s possible, but I’m more inclined to think it has to do with Akeno being in love with Issei. I suspect the two haven’t seen each other for a while, and Rias’ mother noticed some subtle change in Akeno’s personality.

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    “A mere human or a normal Magician won’t be able to go to the world of the Devils, the world of the Fallen Angels, and also Heaven. For a normal person, it’s an irregular world that far surpasses their perception. —A supernatural territory.” – v17 Life 1

    So how is it Issei’s parents were able to perceive the underworld clearly?

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      Because their son is the Harem King…? Maybe they gave something to them which allows them to perceive underworld. Dunno 😛

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        In my opinion only, I believe that they can’t perceive them on their own. Once it is revealed to them by the champion perhaps their eyes can be opened. Maybe it is invisible until the truth has been revealed.

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          I’m not sure what it means, either.  But I heard that in Japanese, it’s written in the same katakana as Ex’s name (katakana are the Japanese characters used to write words from language other than Japanese – Zxzxzx told me that “Ise” is also written katakana, though).

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      If im not mistaken, they are in the dimensional gap, so they haven’t seen the underworld.. yet

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        I don’t believe so. That would mean the entire city of Agreas is in the dimensional gap and remember that it’s almost impossible to survive there. Issei was able to because he was with Great Red and Ophis, but generally speaking you ordinarily can’t. I don’t think they had any kind of protection over the city either. I think it was just hidden in the underworld somewhere and that’s where they all are now. Also if they were in the gap, with all the figthing, power, dragons, both heavenly dragons and everything else, great red himself would have likely shown up since all of that stuff attracts him basically.

        As for his parents, they were likely just given passage/ability to see the underworld by Rizevim or the champion that’s all. They were allowed in essentially so they can see it. I think the above quote is going more towards the fact that no regular human or wizard could ever get to the underworld and see it on their own. Only those beings living there and from there can do that, not regular humans.

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          I agree here. Great Red would definitely have shown up by now if it were the Dimensional Gap. They’re in some special, secluded part of the Underworld and Ise’s parts are able to see and percieve it because Rizevim and/or Belial allowed them to be able to.

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          Seems obvious in retrospect.

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    “Dragon Deification”? The moment I saw it, I was thinking how it would be better being called “Dragon Lolification” :d

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      Why?  Ise in this mode is really powerful, and if he’d been in his best condition when he invoked it, plus if he’d been able to use Penetration (or if he’d fought someone other than Rizevim who has his Sacred Gear Canceler), DxD mode would’ve seemed even more powerful than it did here.  Ddraig did tell Rizevim that even though his Sacred Gear Canceler did work, since Ophis’ power is infinite, it couldn’t cancel it completely.   Meaning it was partially invalidated and we didn’t see its true power.

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        Yeah I know I know but to me Ophis is the definition of a loli… so it just sort of popped into my head and sort of fitted into that sentence… but yeah I was really hyped by Diabolos Dragon mode…

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          I thought you meant Lol-ification.  My bad.  XD

          But while I do get why you thought of a loli, you should just think about how the loli form we see of Ophis now isn’t even her true form.  She’s a shapeshifter, so she can take on any form she wants.  Her true form is probably a huge snake (since she’s the Ouroboros Dragon (the Ouroboros is depicted as a snake biting its own tail)).

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            Yeah that’s true. And Ouroboros is exactly that and not to mention the name Ophis, which has been connected to snakes (plus her snake-like power-granting stuff). It’s weird though…. xd

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      it just sounds like the dragon is taking a shit

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        At first glance if you read it that way yeah, but that’s defecation. Deification means that he is essentially becoming or possessing the qualities of a god. They also sound much different in Engliish and I’m sure in Japanese they sound much different too.

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          Yep.  To deify means to become a deity (deify is a word, so I’m not sure why Chrome is putting a red line under it, as if it were spelled incorrectly or whatnot).  In DxD mode, Ise pretty much becomes a Dragon God temporarily, hence the name of the technique being “Dragon Deification”.

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    So, could the future Gasper defeat Loki? I knew that the two wouldn’t fight. It will be the children with Ise who defeats Loki. I was wondering what kind of fight they would have.

  15. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    This is just my guess but what if the reason for fight between Ddraig and Albion (during war between three faction) was actually Boobs and Butt .the God of Christian mythology got angry on those two dragons and decided to seal their power and memory regarding the reason of their fight .he could have planted the seed of hate in the dragons for boobs in case of Ddraig and butt in case of Albion.and what if issei broke Ddraig’s seal partially and vali broke Albion’s seal partially

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      It was stated in the novel that the reason the Three Great Powers got angry at them was only because they were disturbing them during the war.  I don’t think there could’ve been any other reason for God to seal them into Sacred Gears.  But other people have also thought about whether the reason for their fight was really the boobs vs. butt argument.  I don’t think it could be the case, though, seeing as only Ise and Vali themselves have those preferences and there’s nothing to say that Ddraig and Albion themselves have or don’t have them.  Given how Ddraig ended up needing specialized counseling for the pain caused by Ise’s obsession with boobs (:D), however, I really don’t think Ddraig has ever given his preferences of women any thought and he also doesn’t like it, either.  He was probably too proud for that, being one of the Twin Heavenly Dragons and all. Same for Albion.

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        about the heavenly dragon’s being proud ,what if they became proud after their memories regarding their reason of the fight were sealed.
        pride is of  different kinds,in case of issei it is his love for boobies
        we have already seen a pervert dragon king ,there are pervs even in the proud high class devil society like riser phenex,i even doubt the moral value of devil society,odin was a perv,great red even said his farewell to issei with the oppai dragon song ,and in the end all of Ddraig’s past host came to love oppai and in case of past hakuryuukou it was butt.what if past senpais were just hiding their carnal desires

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          That’s a good point about the senpais possibly having hidden their carnal desires.  It does seem like the Sekiryuutei always turns out to be the type to like boobs while the Hakuryuukou always ends up liking butts.  On the point of the pride, though, all Dragons are proud to varying extents.  Tannin also didn’t like how Ise awakened Balance Breaker because of the strong feeling he got from hearing Rias moan when he poked her nipples.  Neither did Ddraig, and he still doesn’t like Ise’s obsession with boobs (he’s just gotten more used to it now).

          So I’m not sure – because of how the past senpais all also like boobs (for Ise) or butts (for Vali), it does seem like the Sekiryuutei and Hakuryuukou all have those preferences, but we still can’t say that Ddraig and Albion really started their fight for that reason.  The reason could’ve been anything.  Like, what if they were fighting over Tiamat?

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            I said it was a possibility

            Anyway I was just thinking it over about other possibilites and it suddenly struck me ,what if the reason they were fighting was common love interests .I mean one thing that can even make best friends fight is if we put a girl between them (ofcorse if they are guys) and suddenly I realised that tiamat is the only female dragon (in major characters ofcorse ) and then I came here to post it and I read your comment here.

            Looks like our minds are in sync

  16. Anonymous says:

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    Just finished reading the DxD EX summary chapter 5 and all I can say is freakin AWESOME!!!

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      Where did you read it ? I didn’t see it at animesuki ,please share the link

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        When I read their comment, I just searched for “read DxD EX online” and the first link took me to the page with links to chapters 1-4 summaries.

        Then scroll down in the comments and someone posted the link for chapter 5 summary.

         

        http://highschooldxd.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:B214/High_School_DxD_EX

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          Thanks ,I actually checked out the page before asking but I never paid any attention to the comments there so I missed it

          Lesson learned ,always check out the comments

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        What are you talking about? It’s on Animesuki Forums, in the thread for EX.

        Edit: One post late.
        The one doing the translations is Ariel_Saeba. Look for his posts with the translations.

  17. Anonymous says:

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     baka-tsuki is up again

     

  18. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    Is baka-tsuki down?

    If yes,Does anybody know about it?

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      The Facebook page says it is currently down for an unknown reason. A lot of the admins are just coming back from vacation and stuff and they are looking into it,  according to the post.

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      yea its down for me as well. Not sure why though.

       

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        It’s just down but the baka tsuki Facebook page doesn’t know why either yet. Probably a server issue.

  19. Hyugen says:

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    Hell yeah… I can’t wait for next part thanks zxzxzx

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    .There are things about peerages and also about high-class, middle-class, and low-class devils related to it……. Maou, Great-King and Arch-Duke are extremely important…… For the high-class devils the peerage goes Duke, Prince, Marquess, Count, Viscount and Baron. Was the peerage for the middle-class devils Baronet and Knight

    The above came from https://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=High_School_DxD:Volume_8_Extra_Life

    I believe Duke is below Archduke and 2 steps above Marquess.  So the Gremory are above the Phoenix.

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      Thanks for bringing that in. So if the House of Gremory has the rank of Duke and it’s above the House of Phoenix, what rank does the House of Phoenix have then?  Marquess (but is it not “Marquees”? What’s the difference?)?

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        It seems to be a spelling error. Marquis is correct.  The other two might be what you would get spelling it like it sounds.  Phoenix = Marquis.  We found this out after Raiser made his first appearance.

        To further confuse:

        Devil Society Social Classes
        Ultimate Class Devils(最上級悪魔,Saijōkyū akuma) – Maou, Great King, Arch Duke, Prince/Princess.
        High Class Devils(上級悪魔Jōkyū akuma) – Marguess, Margrave/Margravine, Count/Countess, Viscount/Viscountess, Baron/Baroness.
        Middle Class Devils(中級悪魔,Chūkyū akuma) – Baronet/Baronetess, Knight/Dame.
        Low Class Devils(下級悪魔,Kakyū akuma) – Newly reincarnated devils.

        https://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=High_School_DxD:_Names_and_Terminology_Guidelines
        Notice this moves Prince to Ultimate class and includes “Margrave” in High class. and misspells Marquis as Marguess.

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          Thanks. Duke should also be included in the High-class Devils, right?

          Anyway, since Ise is a Middle-class Devil right now, what is his rank? Has it not been determined yet?

           

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            Currently Issei’s rank is “Mid-class”, the others are titles of nobility.  One can be a low or mid or high or ultimate class devil without any titles.

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    I have a question. I believe in volume 8, when Ise and Rias had their ceremony tests. Ise was asked to name the 72 pillars. He said the Phenex name before the Gremory name. Was he just saying it in random order, or was it an actual ranking of families? I ask because in the future he marries both Rias, and Ravel right? Would the Phenex being a higher ranking family make Ravel the legal wife?

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      I don’t know what rank the House of Phoenix has, but it’s said in the novel that the House of Gremory holds the rank of Duke.  And being a Duke means you have a really high rank.  I think it’s right below the royal family in a monarchy system, if I’m not mistaken.

      Also, Ise’s number one would still be Rias either way because she’s the one he loves and she’s also the main heroine.  That and Ravel married into Ise’s family rather than the other way around, evidenced by her taking the Hyoudou family name and leaving House of Phoenix (in EX, her daughter Robertina has the Hyoudou name, too).

      The confirmed proper wives are Rias, Asia, Ravel and Koneko (since she also said she wants to marry him once she gets older and has gotten bigger breasts), so that makes four “legal wives” right there, but again, the main one for Ise would still be Rias.  Irina might also be one of the wives.  Xenovia I’m not sure about since she just wanted to have children with him and she might have been fine just being a concubine.  Akeno might have decided to marry him, but there’s also the chance of her being a concubine.  I’m not sure about Kunou and Le Fay.

      • (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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        Where did you read the EX,can you please send me the link

        • DragonOsman2 says:

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          Search for the translations on AnimeSuki Forums.  We’ve got people buying and translating them there.

          • (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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            Are you referring to summary/spoiler of part 4?

            If that’s the case THANK YOU very much ,I found it.

            but if not please share the link

          • DragonOsman2 says:

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            AnimeSuki Forums has translations for all of the EX Parts so far translated, 1 – 4.  You can find the earlier ones at http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=128729 and the rest at http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=138173.

            Just FYI, EX is a Six Part story.  Each Blu-ray Disc of BorN comes with one of those Parts.  So far, we’ve got the first four translated.

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        My theory regarding legal wife:-

        I guess rias being a legal wife doesn’t require any explanation

        Since ravel belongs to a high class devil family ,her position is some what similar to rias but at the same time she is issei’s manager and his peerage member (in future of course) so in a way she is also a servant,since phenex is a high class family they couldn’t simply allow ravel to be issei’s concubine or it would have spoil their reputation, hence they probably decided to get her married legally

        In case of Xenovia, akeno, there is no need  for legal marriage since they don’t belong to a high class family and it couldn’t spoil their reputation

        I don’t understand koneko’s position

        Le fay has a  high chance of legal marriage since she comes from royal lineage and her brother cares a lot about her and her reputation and being a concubine would spoil her reputation ,Kunou’s position is similar to le fay and she cannot afford spoiling her reputation either ,hence she is probably be issei’s legal wife

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          I  think another thing they mean by “legal wife” is that Rias was first, and Issei’s first love, as well as the first person to be engaged to him so she will be his first and legal wife. They refer to it as legal wife because of Japanese law, not devil society. Polygamy is illegal there so only Rias can legally be married. The others are all probably going to be his “wives” but only Rias will be that on paper in Japan. The devil world and other groups probably won’t/don’t care how many wives he has.

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            @J91962: Yeah, I guess for Japan’s laws, Rias is the one and only legal wife and the rest of them are concubines, but for the Devils society and Ise himself, technically, he has at least four confirmed wives.  Rias, Asia, Ravel and Koneko.  I’m not sure about the rest, but some of them are probably still going to be concubines.

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          @CCP: I don’t know about ruining the Phoenix family’s reputation, but it was already decided around the time when Ravel first became Ise’s manager that she’d marry into the Hyoudou family.  Her parents had already entrusted her to Ise at that point.

          And Akeno belongs to the Himejima family.  She was exiled, but she still bears the name of Himejima.  And Himejima Suzaku also wanted to let her back into the family and accept the “darkness” of the Himejima family (she said it to Seiryuu in Slash/Dog, while also mentioning that she’d let Tobio back into the family as well, to accept the darkness of the Himejima).  If she succeeded, it’d mean Akeno’s no longer an exile. Plus, her son took on the Himejima name rather than the Hyoudou name, which might be another sign that Akeno’s exile status might have been taken away.  But it’s not confirmed yet whether Akeno married Ise or not, so I’m not sure on this one.

          But yeah, Koneko and Asia aren’t from any prestigious families, so there’s nothing to worry about there.  And they’re children would also probably take on the Hyoudou family name.

          But like I said, Rias, Asia, Koneko and Ravel are confirmed wives.  That’s already a given.

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            asia being Hyoudou is understandable because of her being extremely close to issei

            She was also the first girl who started living with issei and his parents ,not to mention ,other girls give a daughter in law feeling around issei’s parents but Asia gives a daughter feeling around his parents

            In case of koneko,

            ‘koneko’ is not her real name and her family name was also given by rias so her adopting Hyoudou name  is somewhat understandable

            Also she is the only one who punishes issei for his pervert behaviour, Ravel only punished issei once if I remember correctly

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            I know all that.  But one correction: Koneko used to scold and punish Ise for his perverted perverted behavior – she’s stopped already, though.  Can you remember when the last time she did that was?

            Koneko’s real name is the one Kuroka calls her by – Shirone.

          • (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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            If I remember correctly she mentioned that she would punish issei for his perverted behaviour in heaven in vol 18

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            That’s probably because he was being lewd in public, and not towards someone in the harem but actually to Gabriel. Koneko has already stopped giving him a hard time when he does something lewd with a girl who is in the harem.

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    The sensation was somewhat strange; I couldn’t read the original text, and I didn’t understand the final verse.

    I’m a little confused about this.  Is this Issei’s narration or is it a translators note somehow left in the text?

    If it is Issei’s narration, then does that mean there is possibly something more to this power-up? I seem to recall that Ishibumi-san has said this was Issei’s final power-up.  Perhaps he will add a new dimension to it when he understands the final verse.

    If it is just an errant note then maybe a correction when the project is resumed in Feb.

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      Ise got the chant into his mind directly. If he saw the actual words, then the passage you quoted being the way it is is confusing, but if he could only hear the words, then it fits. We’ll wait for TripleZerox to tell us which it is, though.

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      Nice find, it was a translator’s note that got left behind and I thought it was part of the narration until I checked again.

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        Oh, so that’s what it was?

        I also wasn’t sure about it being a narration because Ise should’ve gotten the words of the chant directly in his head.  Did he only hear the words, or did he also see them?

        Thanks for the clarification.

  23. Anonymous says:

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    Sincerly I prefer the old chant!I think its suit better than that one!Well that my opinion!

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      Did the part about a flaming prison make more sense than simply “inferno”?  I like this version of the DxD chant better, mainly because the older was faulty in translation.

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        You’re right about the new chant being better.  But I did appreciate the poetry of (iirc) Dancing in my Infinite flaming prison.

        That doesn’t seem right.  Does anyone have the last line of the original chant?  Before the correction?  It had some powerful imagery to it.

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          I originally had it as:

          “[—In this radiant glory, I dance within my infinite burning prison!]”

          but what it is now is more correct.

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        Well, “flaming prison” was literal, whereas “inferno” is what it should really be.

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    @TripleZerox: I noticed a potential mistake here:

    What he took out was a small vial which had Phoenix Tears inside them. Rizevim opened up the bottle.

    If it’s just one vial, the them should be changed to it.  There’s at least one more place with a similar thing having happened concerning the vials with Phoenix Tears in them.

    Anyway, I was wrong earlier when I said Rizevim called Ise a Devil Dragon King.  He does call him a Dragon Maou, after all.  My bad on that.

    And I think that the DxD mode uses the Cardinal Crimson Queen as a base and has all of the traits of the Triaina’s Rook, Bishop and Knight that the Cardinal Crimson Queen has.  I mean, just look:

    Ise’s speed in DxD mode; he wanted to just move casually and took one little step, and yet he instantly closed distance to Rizevim without him being able to react at all.  That’s the Welsh Sonic Boost Knight trait, if I’m right.

    Ise’s punch in DxD mode that he hit Rizevim with after instantly closing the distance, and him tanking the explosions that occurred from his Infinity Blaster colliding with Rizevim’s six massive orbs of Demonic Power – Welsh Dragonic Rook’s trait of offensive and defensive power enhancement.

    The Infinity Blaster and its enormous power, plus the fact that there are 4 cannons in this mode – Welsh Blaster Bishop’s Demonic/Magic Power enhancement.

    Basically, the DxD mode seems to be taking the Cardinal Crimson Queen and all of the traits and powers it has and enhancing them with Ophis’ power.  The appearance is probably influenced by Great Red’s flesh, in that there’s a possibility that the shape of the armor resembles Great Red’s own body (IMO). It’s also mentioned in this chapter that DxD mode has plate armor with an organic feel, just like Juggernaut Drive, where the armor itself is still metal plate armor, but has an organic feel.

    And since DxD mode uses Cardinal Crimson Queen as a base, I think there’s a very good chance that it’s impossible to go into this form without passing through Cardinal Crimson Queen first.

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    Thanks for the chapter.

     

    “Irina of the [Brave Saints], Griselda-san, Dulio” <- From the structure of the sentence, I believe that it should be “Irina, Griselda-san and Dulio from the [Brave Saints]” (that is, the thing before the “no” affects the three following names and not only the immediately after one).

  26. Nematoda says:

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    Diabolos Dragon!!
    so Ise now the fourth Super Devil?
    but damn…. DxD never fail to make me “manly Tears”….

    and Vali…. i know your turn is coming soon… with Azazel is on the line…. (foreshadowing?)

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      I know, right?!  Ishibumi-san has been promising a Vali volume with a rumored butt-based power-up for a while now.  So I’m looking forward to the next volume and I’m betting Vali will be the protagonist because Issei is slipping into a coma and Vali will have to take care of 666 along with Sirzechs.

      It will be the teaming up of the current Maou Lucifer and the last of the original Maou Lucifer bloodline.

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        Vali is obviously going to be the protagonist in Volume 21 since it’s going to be his Volume and all.  But I don’t remember Ishibumi promising a butt-based power-up for him – did he really say that?

        As for Trihexa, the only one really capable of fighting him right now, aside from Ophis+Lilith and Great Red, is Shiva.  Ophis+Lilith or Great Red shouldn’t fight him because it’d lead to the destruction of the world (they’re too powerful), so that leaves only Shiva.  Even Sirzechs probably can’t do much, so I don’t think we should expect Vali to be of much use, either.

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          Now Shiva was the one that Azazel talked to about possibly fighting 666 right?

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            Yeah, that’s right.  And that’s why Shiva will probably be fighting Trihexa because of that.  Team DxD’s members might not be of much use, if at all.

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            He said that but in the summaries it appears Ajuka and Tiamat are going to wait with him. It seems like he’s going to watch and only step in if absolutely necessary, not sure exactly what will happen. Maybe Issei will wake up and him and Vali will pull offrom something crazy, or what might be more likely is that Rosseweise will be able to seal it since that was implied too. I feel like if Shiva fights there might be some consequences since he is still a somewhat mysterious character.

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            I don’t know if Ise can wake up in time to fight Trihexa, but it’d be good if he can.  He probably won’t be much use by himself, though, and even if he’s with Vali he might not be able to do much.  But we’ll see.

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            Yeah. Unless they do something like having 666 get teleported away for a bit by the evil dragons or something but he’s probably uncontrollable, guess we’ll see. At any rate it isn’t a guarantee that Shiva can even beat him from what I remember which is why I think they may end up having to seal it. If Issei and Vali did it, then any other future villain for them would be seriously OP and unrealistic in their development. If Shiva did it and they had to fight him in the future, it would be the same thing, too unrealistic. So either Shiva does it and remains neutral or indifferent to them or they seal it somehow.

            There won’t be another great red fusion thing so that’s out. I think if anything, Vali or Issei might end up fighting Apohphis and that other evil dragon and killing them, but I don’t see 666 being defeated given how it’s supposedly on par with great red. But we’ll see.  I wonder if the next arc will be about the Hindu gods? Seems likely given Shiva’s intro.

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          Rose probably already completed her sealing spell, and she should be able to seal Trihexa away again if that’s so.  But Shiva and some others would still have to subdue it while Rose works on her spell.

          And yeah, you’re right that Shiva himself wasn’t sure if he’d be able to beat Trihexa.  Complete Ophis and Great Red can defeat it, but either of them fighting it would be a big no-no because if it happened, the world could be destroyed.  They’re too powerful, after all.  Shiva is weaker than them, so he also can’t destroy Trihexa. The best bet is to reseal it.

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            Even if Ise woke up. I would think that the only way he could be of any use, would be to combine with Great Red again. This time though using more of Great Red’s actual powers, not just his size.

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            Whether it fuses with Ise and gives him all of his power or not, Great Red is Great Red.  It’s dangerous for the world if Great Red fights Trihexa, so a scenario where Ise fused with it with access to all of its power fights Trihexa would be equally as bad.  The world would still be destroyed.

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            I was just meaning that even Ise would be useless against 666. It is likely that Ise’s role against 666, would be to boost the power of Rose’s seal I doubt her power alone would be enough. The Boosted Gear is probably the only thing with a strong enough power to seal away 666.

  27. Sekiryuutei says:

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    What’s the price of diabolos dragon

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      It might be explained in the next chapter. Someone who has read spoilers may be able to provide more detail.

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        It’s [spoiler]“A pain worse than death”.  We aren’t sure if it’s literally pain worse than death, or just something that Ise would think is worse than death.[/spoiler]

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          The only thing comes to my mind is tortured so hmmm… Maybe much worst than that?

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            When I say it could be something Ise would think is worse than death, quite a few things should come to mind.  But I don’t they’ll be easy to fix, so that’s why I think pain is better.  It can be healed, and Senjutsu would also help.  Plus, it’d be a drawback Ise can work around/circumvent.

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          Might be the total loss of boobs on a global scale would be far worse than death for ise

  28. Buttmonkey71 says:

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    I’m guessing his mother is at least 41 or older. Legal age to marry in Japan is 16.

  29. jwillie4 says:

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    Just watched the highschool dxd born special three. How dare Ise reject that loli! Koneko has officially became the cutest of the girls. Damn him and his being a nice guy at that moment. Sure her having a baby at her size is dangerous. Damn Ise, doesn’t he know that Koneko loves him.

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      Ise is not a lolicon.

      Also, if he’d agreed to have sex with her hear, he’d be nothing more than a heartless pervert who doesn’t care about the girl’s well-being at all – but we should know by now that Ise isn’t like that.  He rejected Koneko for her own good; the sooner you realize that, the better.

      Also, in Volume 11 or so, sometime before he got hit with with Samael’s curse, Koneko proposed to him saying she wants to marry him after her body has matured and she’s gotten the big breasts that he likes, and he accepted.  So there you go.

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        My comment about it being dangerous if she got pregnant was my understanding his respect for her, I was being facetious. The reason I said loli was a poke at myself. I was having fun at my own expense.

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        I know Kuroka gave her the secret jab-o-abstinence and Koneko calmed down.  But did he ever say if she could still get pregnant when she is not in her mating cycle?

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    I am trying to guess how old Ise’s parents are. I don’t remember reading it. My guess would be that they had Ise when they were about 30. Since he is 17 or 18, that would put them around 48. That is my best guess.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Well they’ve said that they’ve been together for 25 years now. But we don’t know when they got married.

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        We were also told that after getting married, they kept trying to have a kid for eight years before the finally had Ise.  So Ise was born eight years after their marriage.  We could use that as reference, too.

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          I was thinking that 25 years meant the 8 years prior plus the 17 with Ise making that 25 since their marriage.

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            Yeah, that should be right.

            We still can’t infer their actual respective ages from this, can we?

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            Nope, we’ll need more info. Not sure we’ll ever get it though. This is the most we’ve seen of his parents in the entire series I think. We still don’t even know their names. It’s not too important though, but it’d be nice to have.

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          I was guessing they got married at 22. So, I was thinking that they got married after college.

  31. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    ZXZXZX,

    It will be tough for me to wait so long for HS DxD v20 but I will check regularly

    And have a safe and enjoyable trip in south America

  32. He who has have had! says:

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    So how am i supposed to read it ‘D infinity D’, ‘D D’, ‘infinity’ or ‘Dood'(probably not)? When you say “kanji was D x D” does that mean that there actually is a kanji that sounds like “Dee”?

     

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      It’s not really the kanji. It was written in English as DxD. It would sound like Dee Dee.

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        Yeah.  And “D (Infinity symbol) D” is supposed to be read as “Dee-Infinite-Dee”. [email protected] or Jopjopjop, I think, said so on Animesuki Forums.  And of course, the name of form (with the word “Drive” in it) is “Dragon Infinity Drive”.

        So now we’ve got Cardinal Crimson Full Drive and Dragon Infinity Drive.  What’s next (if anything)?

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          I would think that it’s Dee Dee though. That’s what the hiragana is for it anyway. Whereas the hiragana for the other terms actually says infinity.

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            Is it hiragana or katakana?  Non-Japanese words written with Japanese characters are written in katakana.  Hiragana is used for the actual Japanese words, along with kanji.

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            Oops, I think it was katakana. I’m just getting confused so don’t mind that.

  33. poseidon says:

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    Is there going to be a fourth season of the anime?

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      There has not been any information on a fourth season yet. The only things certain to come out are the two short specials: the Grayfia special which is out now in raw form and then finally the Rosseweise special which comes out in January. Other than those 2 things, no other seasons or ovas have been announced yet.

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      Maybe. DxD seems really popular but the anime doesn’t really follow the Novel that much. It did at the beginning and then it kind of went off on it’s own which is really disappointing. But I hope there’s a 4th season, I like to see the Triana and Cardinal Crimson in the anime.

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        Rias’s Barbie-doll armor is ridiculous in the anime.  It’s nothing like it is described here.  There is also the travesty of drawing Tannin like a Saturday morning cartoon!

        The anime story line has become as if someone read the LN then described it to someone who then thought up something similar.

        </rant>

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          Yeah, I didn’t understand the purpose behind the anime armor either. The volumes used for the third season was 5 – 7 I thought. The author of the LN was supposed to have helped decide that. I was wondering if the armor at the end was to coincide with the introduction of Rias’ armor in volume 20. I still think that its confusing.

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            The events of BorN represent the result of the changes that occurred in the DxD timeline due to the Evil God from the other world and Loki, along with the Evil God’s underlings, coming back to the past and successfully changing it to their liking.  The very things that EX is meant to fix.

            I just hope the anime shows us the correct events at some point.  They probably won’t, though.

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            What Evil God from another world?

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            @Kemm: Have you been reading the EX summaries on Animesuki Forums?  If not, then it’s understandable that you don’t know about the Evil Gods from another world.  Please go to those forums and read about EX there.

  34. RK says:

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    This is the best Christmas present ever! Thanks a lot for the translation mate. I appreciate it.

  35. Anonymous says:

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    Thank You so much ZX, Merry Christmas ?!!

  36. Grafia_Fanboy says:

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    I realize there is no real basis for this, but I think the shrine Issei’s otou-san prayed to was to Tiamat and she gave Issei dragon powers in the womb so he could be born.  It was those dragon powers that attracted Draig.  That would be Issei’s connection with the last, most powerful Dragon King and why Draig was attracted to such a weak host.

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      I doubt that’s the case.  Ise was a completely normal, average human with nothing special going for him except for the Boosted Gear, originally.  The Dragon powers he has are his powers as the Sekiryuutei, a Pawn with eight Pieces, and a guy whose body is made of Great Red’s flesh along with being infused with Ophis’ power.

      The temple Ise’s dad went to pray in was a Shinto shrine.  Nothing more, nothing less.

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        meh… just a passing thought.

      • jwillie4 says:

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        Yes, I believe that Azazel told Ise that of the eight pawn pieces. One was for Ise, and seven were for Draig. Also that the Boosted Gear was the only thing that made him special.

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          No, it’s like this, as I recall: 1 and a half Pawn Piece was for Ise, while the rest of the 7 and a half were all for the Boosted Gear.  He got stronger and stronger after that and acquired the Triaina and True Queen, for which his Pieces had to evolve.  So with that, since just 8 regular Pawn Pieces couldn’t handle it anymore, 4 of them had to become Mutation Pieces.  That’s how it is.

          But yeah, it was after he’d gone into that incomplete Juggernaut Drive; it’d messed up his Evil Pieces, so Ajuka had to fix them. While he was fixing them, he also changed them up a bit and left something in there. The “possibilities” that he had to charge up to unlock the Triaina and True Queen. By then, the 4 Pieces had apparently already Mutated.

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            Wait; 1 and a half plus 7 and a half = 9. I thought there were only eight pawns total? I don’t play chess at all. But anyway my comment was about Ise. His worth when originally turned into a devil. I was just meaning that he was of little worth, as he stood alone.

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            Well, yeah, Eight Pawns only.  Ise himself represented the 1 and a half, while the Boosted Gear represented the remaining Pieces.  That’s what I meant.  I may have miscalculated with the halves, though.

            I was also talking about Ise.

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            It was 1 and 7, but Azazel joked with it being a half and 7 and a half (i.e. less than oe pawn for Issei).

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            @Kemm: Yeah, you’re probably right about the gender thing for Ophis and Lilith, now that you mention it.  It does make sense to think of it that way.

  37. JeruTz says:

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    Hey zx, I wanted some advice. I’ve been working on DxD EX and wasn’t sure of something. When Issei’s name is written in Katekana is the convention to translate it as Issei or Ise?

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      I would say Ise most of the time. That seems to be the case anyway. The kanji is usually when his full name is used whereas the katakana when people like Rias are calling him.

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        Ise’s parents calling him by that nickname wouldn’t call for katakana being used, though, would it?  I think someone who knows more about this, like Jop or Code-Zero, should come and say something.

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      Where can I  read EX when it is completed?

      Thank you for translating HS DxD EX

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      I have been wondering this for a long time now, but ,phoneticaly, what is the pronunciation of both Issei and Ise?

       

      Thanks

  38. J9162 says:

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    This was excellent. Thank you for this and thanks for making my Christmas even better!

  39. DragonOsman2 says:

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    Thanks for the triple update, TripleZerox!  It’s really appreciated.

    But still, it’d be great if Code-Zero could review this.  The final line of the chant for DxD mode, especially.  Should the last word there be “prison” or “passion”?

    And it’s interesting that Rizevim said Ise is at the level of a Super Devil now; but it’s only for when he’s in DxD mode, right?  Ise still has a long way to go before he really becomes a Super Devil.  But I still like the nickname Rizevim gave him – Devil Dragon King.  I really do like it. [It’s not Dragon Maou because that would be “Dragon Devil King”.]

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      Yep, Code Zero got back to me about that. You’ll see an updated version of parts 4 to 6 sometime later today. The chant has changed quite a bit. The “burning prison” actually meant “inferno” BTW.

      I would think that’s what Rizevim meant. Ise himself says that his crimson armour wouldn’t withstand some of those attacks. I’m not sure what you mean by that nickname though.

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        By the nickname bit, I just mean that Rizevim called Ise the “Devil Dragon King”.  Drabolos Dragon, a poster on this, changed his name to “Diabolos Dragon – Cardinal Crimson – Dragon Maou”, so I was just commenting on that.

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      I wonder if the Crimson Sekiryuutei – Diabolos Dragon form will be able to produce the wyverns?  Or would the [infinity] trait render them them useless?  Perhaps Rias will be able to wear it?  But the power would probably be too much for her non-true dragon body to bear.

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        I don’t know; since she’s been sucking out his current Dragon aura, which has Ophis’ and Great Red’s power mixed in as well, maybe she’ll be able to handle it to some extent?  Ise also can’t handle it that well considering the “pain worse than death” he has to go through after using it.  And he coughed up blood, too.

        Ise’s body was already really hurt and worn out before he went into DxD mode this time, though.  If his body were in perfect condition, then even though he’d still cough up blood and be in a lot of pain after using it, and it’d also still run out after a set amount of time, he’d probably be able to handle it better for the amount of time he manages to hold it for.

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        Just noticed I posted this as a response… Prolly should have been it’s own posting.  Sorry about that.

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    Thank you for a wonderful Christmas Gift, hope you enjoy your holidays

  41. Grafia_Fanboy says:

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    Just a suggestion:

    [14] Kanji was Crimson Sekiryuutei, hiragana was Cardinal Crimson Promotion.

    go with Crimson Sekeryuutei.  The hiragana on this is too close to the Cardinal Crimson Queen Issei gained in v10 so there is going to be some confusion.  I also just think Crimon Sekiryuutei is cooler.  Issei likes cool.

    [15] Kanji was D x D, hiragana was Diabolos Dragon.

    Coolness factor: Diabolos Dragon.

    I know you are going to be true to the translation.  But, if you really could just go one way or the other, that’s what I would suggest.

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      I actually had Crimson Sekiryuutei to begin with but decided to go with cardinal crimson promotion for convention. I’ll give it another thought though.

  42. Sunsengnim says:

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    Amazing christmas gift!

    This really touched my heart! Issei has the best parents!

    Happy christmas to all!

  43. psn says:

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    thanks for Christmas gift…
    Merry Christmas

  44. happinezz001 says:

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    Merry christmas also the battle was so awsome

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    zx-San thank you for this gift of a three part update. I cannot express my gratitude in words

    By the way I feel like the last line of the chant should say passion instead of prison due to wording of the sentence.

    But nevertheless I am greatly grateful to this update.

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      About the “passion vs. prison” thing, I agree with you. And to add:

      “…Since the battle against the House of Phoenix; you were already expected this from the very beginning!”

      “Expected” should be “expecting”.

      In contrast to me, I was completely unharmed.

      This is after Rizevim’s six giant spheres of Demonic Power and Ise’s Infinity Blaster collide in the air and take each other out.  Rizevim was heavily injured more than half of his wings were torn, to the point where flying was very hard for him.  Ise, however, was completely unharmed from the blast.  I think the “me” in “In contrast to me” should be changed “him”.  The ones being contrasted year Ise and Rizevim, so it should be “in contrast to him, I was completely unharmed”.

      “…Could it be that I’ll end up like how Shalba and Cao Cao did, being defeated by like this…!?”

      “Being defeated by like this” should be “defeated by you like this,” shouldn’t it?

      [—Shouldn’t you have known when you got involved? My partner — Hyoudou Issei has always been in pursuit of peace and quiet. But that descendent of the old Beelzebub, the leader of the Hero Faction, or even you, the son of Lucifer, have all trampled over that which should not without any hesitation.]

      The “or” in bold-faced font should b looked at, I think.  Why is Ddraig saying “or” instead of “and” there?

      Anyways – So Ddraig didn’t yet have the chance to say that the price for this power is a pain worse than death?  Or does he say that to Ise’s parents later so that they can tell him when he regains consciousness afterwards?

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        Thanks 🙂 I’m actually editing the whole thing right now so you I’ll fix these up and make a few other changes. The chant changes quite a bit.

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      No worries. The chant has changed quite significantly, you should see it within a few hours.

  46. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    Thank you ZXZXZX ,this is the best Christmas gift

    really thank you very much

    I have decided to change my name from Diabolos dragon to…

     

  47. mpz28 says:

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    Wow! best Xmas present ever 🙂

    I never expected the other half of life 3 today so thanks for your hard work and hope you have a great Xmas 🙂

  48. Buttmonkey71 says:

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    Thank you for this. I consider this one of the best Christmas gift I’ve gotten in a long time.  I love reading. All the translation’s you guys do on all the light novels out there is awesome. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Also I hope what is happening with LN like Campione! stops. Being able to read stories from other countries is great. Especially with smartphone technology.  Again thanks!  Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

  49. Forthewin says:

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    Thank you for the Christman present zxzxzx! This is probably the best present this year! I hope you have fun on your break!

  50. MrConflagration says:

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    Thank you for all your hard work in translating this. It really made my Christmas! Cheers!

  51. Mario says:

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    Thank you. You really made my day (night). I was really waiting for my fix of dxd.

  52. whot says:

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    Merry christmas niggas!

    thanks for the gift of all your translations ZX-san!

  53. jwillie4 says:

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    I am a fan of this harem. To be honest, I have never liked to read harem stories. This is the one exception. Xenovia  has become my favorite girl.

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    Are the side stories like” Let’s go to onsen” considered canon?

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    I believe Zekram had a problem with interspecies relationships.  Meaning Devil and human.  But the old devils used it to get rid of that couple because of the king piece.  The devils used the heaven side to help accomplish this as well.  He doesn’t want Isse to be a high class devil to marry Rais, but to be used by them. The old devils want to use them for their own ends.

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      Why would you call Rias “Rais”?  Spell her name correctly.

      Anyway, going by what Zekram said himself, what he mainly has a problem with concerning Ise’s relationship with Rias is that Ise is a Mid-Class Devil and Rias is a High-Class Devil.  He’s a rigid guy, so he won’t accept a Low- or Mid-Class Devil marrying a High-Class Devil.    It has nothing to do with different races (not at this point – back when Cleria was in-charge of Kuou Town, it was different, but now it’s not like that).

      It’s true that he wants to manipulate Ise and Sairoarg to get what he wants, though.  He even suggested for Ise to become a Maou so that it’d be easier for the Old Devils to manipulate him, and he wants to let Sairoarg become a Maou for that same reason, too.

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        Spelling Rais could have been an accident.

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        I think you need to read it again. After Rias declares her love for Isse,  he said he won’t deny romance between different species. He told Isse to become a high class devil,  then they would talk.  I believe over apple pie, a specialty of the Baels. He has plans for Isse. The problem back then was a high class devil fell in love with a high ranking church member.

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          For someone trying to correct what I said, you sure misunderstood me quite splendidly yourself. Read what I said carefully. I know that the reason with Cleria was a human from the Church falling in love with a Devil. And I also know that Zekram didn’t have a problem with Ise marrying Rias as long as he became a High-Class devil first. I said as much in my other comment. The one who misunderstood me is you.

           

           

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        You spell “Sairoarg” instead of “Sairaorg”…

  56. peter says:

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    i wonder when Volume 21 will come out?

  57. Hadi says:

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    i know it’s selfish, but let me said ” it’s too interesting, so could you translate this whole volume as soon as possible ?!”

  58. Anonymous says:

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    Oh Man… That is really touching ? Now there’s a strong Family than any other.

  59. DragonOsman2 says:

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    Yeah, that’d be great.  But I don’t think they’d leave it on like that.  Too convenient of an accident, if you ask me.

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    What do you bet the broadcasting equipment was left on during the fight and Issei’s epic ass-handing to Rizevim is transmitted across the underworld?  Making Oppai Dragon even more of a hero.

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    Yeah, I know that.  That’s what I said, too.

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    @J1962 (I’ll reply to you here now (Kuroka topic)): Yeah, they may or may not manage to change it, but right now it’s indeed like I said.  And I think it’s highly likely that the Maou and the DxD Team can’t change it.  The influence of the Old Devils over the Devil society won’t allow it, so those Old Devils have to die first.

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      Yeah unfortunately as it stands she’ll have to remain that way. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up having an arc about fighting the old devils in the future, especially now that the King Piece system and such has been outed, plus because it seems that the Devil King, or is it the former Devil King? well they both seem to be bad, and other old devils are clearly causing a lot of issues. Of course that could lead to a civil war between the young and old, so it would probably be more subtle and behind the scenes like the fight already has been haha, kind of like how Ajuka has been dealing with them. Anyway, once they die off things will be better off for the younger generations like you said.

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        With the “Devil King,” are you referring to the House of the Great King, Bael?  Sairoarg’s House?  Because we also have the Four Great Demon Kings, or in other words the Yondai Maou.

        If it’s the former, then I guess you mean Zekram Bael, the First Head of House of Bael.  He’s the one who told Ise that he has to become a High Class Devil before marrying Rias.  He’s a stickler for the old ways.  I’m pretty sure the younger Devils in the current Devil society don’t really care about that – only the Old Devils do.  Sirzechs and the other Maou also don’t care.

        Zekram might not be able stop Ise from marrying Rias even if he does try it before becoming a High Class Devil.  I hope he doesn’t manage to stop it.

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          Yeah I was referring to him. I had forgotten his name. Yeah I don’t think he can stop Issei especially where Rias is concerned. Issei will destroy anyone who threatens what they have. As far as acceptance goes he only wants her family’s approval but if Zekram tried something I don’t think Issei would put up with it. I bet/hope we’ll get to see Issei find out he’s engaged at some point. His reaction would likely be very funny.

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            Zekram doesn’t really have a problem with the relationship itself, though, he only as a problem with a Low- or Mid-Class Devil marrying a High- or Ultimate-Class Devil.  He just wants Ise to wait until he’s a High-Class Devil.  But of course, Rias’ family doesn’t have a problem with it, and I think they’re the ones who should have the final say in this.

            And yeah, I agree with you about Ise’s reaction to finding out about the engagement.  But some fans I know don’t think that the ceremony at the Ruins resulted in their engagement.  Well, I guess we’ll see.

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            It’s none of his business.

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          Yeah I’ve heard that too. That it was kind of like a test to see if they could marry or are compatible to marry. Everyone else seems to act kind of like they are already engaged though, like with the legal wife comments and stuff, so who knows. The overall understanding though is that they will be married someday, at least to everyone except Issei. Rias is trying to have things go naturally so it could be that they aren’t officially engaged yet but hopefully we’ll find out in future volumes.

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            Actually, the part about it being a test of their compatibility as a couple is true.  That and they also wanted to see if Ise was good enough for high society, probably.  I just think that the point of the ceremony was to have them engaged if they pass all the trials in the ceremony.

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      Issei and every approves of kuroka because

       

      1)she proved her worth as DxD member

       

      2)she was pardoned for her crimes

       

      3)she committed crime of killing her master because her master had set his evil eyes on koneko,which everyone in rias’s peerage understand ‘s

       

      4)she helped koneko by getting rid of her mateing season effects (which was life threatening ),she saved her while fighting cao cao (don’t remembered how exactly) and even trained her for shirone mode

       

      5)because oppai are justice for me and issei(she has got onee-sama oppai) and she also belongs to braless faction

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        I know that.  But the current Devil world wouldn’t accept a Stray Devil no matter the circumstances.  The Maou and the Gremorys, as well as Rias’ Peerage members (especially Ise) may already have accepted her, but the Old Devils never will.

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      Old king bael doesn’t care if isse marries rias as long as he is a high class devil also he said it doesn’t matter if a devil matted with an angel

      rias and her family all want isse to become a high class devil before he marries her

      Issei himself wants to stand on equal footing with rias and wants her to acknowledge him as her equal (though she does acknowledge his strength but strength is not the only quality of a high class devil)

      Issei will probably propose to rias after becoming a high class devil as it is the proper way of a man, though after the ceremony at ruins there was a party which clearly proved his bethroal to rias(welcome young master and mistress)

      Though I do fantasise Sirzechs coming in middle of issei’s class and informing him of his bethroal to rias and  inviting his classmates to the ring ceremony which will be held the very next day,also everything is happening in his homeroom teacher’s lecture .then matsuda and motohama and his other classmates get angry at him and start cursing and beating him .all the while issei unable to understand the situation

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        Firstly, please spell “betrothal” correctly.

        Anyway, yeah, I agree with you, but I think that since Ise and Rias are already engaged, the Gremory family might not really have a problem with Ise marrying her even when he isn’t a High-Class Devil yet.  Point is, as long as they accept Ise, it doesn’t matter if he’s a High-Class Devil or not – they’ll still allow him to marry Rias.  It’s just that Zekram and the other Old Devils won’t accept it until Ise becomes High-Class Devil (I just hope they don’t try to force Rias to marry another High-Class Devil to prove that they think the marriage doesn’t count – I really wouldn’t put it past them, anyway).

         

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    когда будет продолжение

     

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    “…So he decided the shoulder the responsibility for all of this himself. That was his so-called duty. He really did possess the qualities of a Champion.”

    It should be

    …So he decided to shoulder………

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    Yea definitely. I don’t want the perverted side to go away, but I’m also glad they added the family love part too. Obviously breasts and pervertedness have been the reason for all his prior powerups, as is a main part of his character, but this is a nice addition to show that emotional side of Issei too and lends support to love also being something that powers him too in a way, like his love for Rias does and eventual realized love for the other girls will as well as his desire and promise to protect them and stay with them all.

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      Yeah, that’s true.  If you recall, though, Ise felt something when he heard Rias moan (when he poked her nipples), and he said something inside him ticked.  That’s what unlocked Balance Breaker for him.  Same for when he touched her breasts after summoning her in Kyouto.  And in the fight against Sairoarg during their Rating Game competition, he felt strong emotions from remembering Rias and her crimson hair (remember: he doesn’t just like Rias’ huge tits, but also her crimson-colored hair) while he was unconscious in the middle of the fight (he got knocked out by one of Sairoarg’s attacks), and that also made Rias’ breasts reach the next level and cover him in a crimson light coming from them which colored his armor crimson.  So basically, he got the True Queen through his love for Rias, his strong feeling for the color of her hair, and the light from her breasts.  Rias means a lot to him.  It’s so touching, in a way.

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        Yeah it really shows how strong his love for her is. Definitely far more serious than you’d think from the initial reaction people have when watching the show. It’s stuff like that being the reason I recommend the LN so much. People don’t realize how much they are missing out if they just leave the story at the show (not to mention all the deviations and changes Born made) and don’t bother to read the novels..

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    I always thought Kuroka would actually be his future queen to be honest. She’s worth two bishops (and those are both taken by Asia and Ravel) I think,  or that might have been a fan theory so not sure she can be anything else besides 6-8 pawns, both rooks, or his queen. Either way I think she’ll end up as his Queen since I feel like for Issei it would just work best that way haha. Le Fey is my guess as a rook, similar to Rose’s style. Gulder sounds fun too haha.

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      Kuroka already has a Piece inside her and I don’t remember which it is exactly, but it’s definitely not the Queen Piece.  And you can’t change them because only that one type of Piece can be used to reincarnate the person into a Devil.  It was stated in the LN.

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        She’s a bishop, and I think took both pieces. You can only be reincarnated that way yes, but I wasn’t sure what could happen if your master is dead and stuff. Although I guess it makes sense since even when you become a king you still are part of your original peerage like Tannin is the wizard devil guys queen, but he’s also a king of his own peerage. Oh well, I guess Issei’s Queen will just be someone random then.

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          Yeah, even after getting your own Peerage, you still also belong to your own King’s Peerage.  That’ll also mean that even after Ise becomes independent and gets his own Peerage, he’ll still also be Rias’ Pawn.  And I hope he doesn’t start participating in Games with his own Team until he’s fulfilled his promises to Rias about making her the Rating Game Champion and about him becoming the “Ultimate Pawn” (Rias wants him to become that).  Then she’ll probably retire and he can then participate in Rating Games with his own Peerage.

          And yeah, I’m sure Kuroka’s still considered a Bishop right now, even though she became a Stray after killing her master.  I’m actually surprised Rias and the other Kings stopped trying to kill her for that, though.  Is it because she’s considered an ally now?

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            Yeah I think he wants to become the strongest pawn first and that will take a while. He also wants to make Rias number 1 first as well. I don’t even think in the EX future, either of these things have become accomplished yet so it’s possible he really hasn’t concerned himself with peerage stuff all that much.

            Yeah it is probably because Kuroka is an ally now so yeah she probably won’t be attacked. I think there is more to it too with her old master being really evil and other things that have not been explained yet. That will likely be covered in a future volume that I imagine will center on her and Koneko and resolve their issues.

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            @J91962: In the Devil society, it doesn’t matter if the King is evil, a Servant still can’t kill him/her unless he/she wants to become a Stray and have all of the Kings targeting him/her.  So I think it’s more that Kuroka is considered an ally now rather than her master having been evil.

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            In current devil society yes, but given the obvious changes in the society that the four maos have made and that they and the DxD members and new generation will continue to make, I think Kuroka will be pardoned if her master was truly that bad and her being an ally also helps tremendously as well. Although, none of this will happen anytime soon and may not happen. Even in the future it is quite possible that she is still considered a fugitive and unable to go out in the devil public very much just because she had ties to the chaos brigade. It’s unclear what will happen other than that she remains with Issei and that at the very least the Maos and other ally leaders as well as the DxD members have accepted her or will go onto.

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        Sorry I’m replying here because you can only reply in one spot so many times haha. Yeah Bennia would need to be traded for, I was just talking about her being in the harem, not his peerage, although it’s certainly possible she could be his future second knight. As far as Ophis goes yes, her side story confirmed her being genderless and she is a true shapeshifter able to become anything, however that doesn’t rule out being able to have children. Personally I think it won’t happen and that it is highly unlikely, but I just didn’t want to rule that out. She’ll probably remain as the mascot character and stay on in her current role as dragon mentor in the house and stick with Asia and her dragon and the future Spectre dragon.

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          Nope, Ophis can’t have kids if she doesn’t have a gender.  Only females of any species can have kids.  Either that or plants with organs for both male and female which are able to reproduce on their own.

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            Ahh okay. I know in reality that is of course true. I just wasn’t sure if being a shapeshifter would be an exception to the laws of biology haha.

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            Well, we don’t know that.  But whatever.

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            Technically speaking, while Ophis is netiher male or female, on the other hand she’s both male and female. She’s the Infinity Dragon with infinite possibilities, and reproduction is a possibility, so there’s no reason why she wouldn’t be able to (both as male and as female).

            Also, depending on the species, it doesn’t have to be the female the one having kids. Nor they do have to even have gender. There are even some fishes, molluscs and similar animals that can alternate between male and female depending on the circumstances, much like Ophis, and are able to reproduce both ways.

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        I believe the LN stated that trades between Kings had to be for the same piece.  Ishibumi-san has not covered what happens when the King dies.  It’s still possible a “stray” or orphan piece can be replaced with a different piece.  I only say that because Ishibumi-san has not said it can’t be done.

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          That’s what I originally thought too. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and what Ishibumi has in store in the future.

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          Starys still have their pieces inside. It has been stated that no devil may (or, more correctly, can) have pieces of different kinds inside. As long as she’s a Bishop, she cannot be anything else, and pieces cannot be taken out without destroying their host.

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            Ahh ok that makes sense. I think I remember it that way too. If that’s the case, unless of course Ajuka finds some new way in the future, then it would be impossible for her to become queen. Oh well for now, it was a nice thought. I don’t really see too much in the way of Issei peerage development during the story anyway since he wants to become the strongest pawn and make Rias number 1 before focusing on his own peerage. He probably will reach high class and get the pieces before it ends though.

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    Yes it’s definitely a part of who he is, but in volume 18 there was the question he even asked himself about if he became less perverted although he answered it by using penetrate to look through Gabriel’s clothes and see her breasts, so your right its true he’s still definitely the same. Even his kids have said nothing has changed about him or even with how his wives fight over him.

    Maybe it really seemed to me like he just wasn’t focused on perversion as much but then again that’s also,  as even Ishibumi said I think, because the stories have been on the more serious side the last few volumes and he hasn’t encountered any female enemies to use his tactics on. I think it might also be love and positive emotions in general that help him power up, as the rest of this volume will show the familial love really switching on the DxD mode. But yes it wouldn’t be the same if he suddenly became less perverted haha, so I agree, just had to go over it again, thanks.

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      Well, yeah, familial love unlocked DxD mode, that’s true, but do notice how he unlocked Balance Breaker, Illegal Move Triaina and Cardinal Crimson Queen – all were unlocked through Rias’ boobs somehow. For Triaina, he summoned her with an Oppai Magic Circle and touched her boobs. Balance Breaker – that time, too, he poked them. True Queen, a crimson light went from her breasts and covered him. He’s a lewd Diabolical Dragon who likes big breasts and who powers up through the breasts of the woman he loves. Thankfully, as shown in this chapter, he can also power-up through strong familial love, too. I like both kinds of power-ups for him, though.

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        it is clearly stated that sacred gear respond to its user’s emotions and familial love is a strong emotion

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          Yep, definitely. Just like how anger and rage made him go into juggernaut drive or just help him buildup his power, love and his perverted desires do the same.

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            Yeah, strong emotions do help, that’s true.  I was just getting it across that Ise also got some of his power-ups through Rias’ breasts.

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        Issei harem till now:-

        1)Rias gremory

        2)Asia Argento/hyoudou

        3)Akeno himejima

        4)Xenovia quarta

        5)shidou irina

        6)Toujou koneko

        7)Rossweisse

        8)ravel phenex

        9)Kuroka

        10)Le Fay

        11)Kunou

         

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          Yeah I don’t see them going beyond these 11 mostly because I think Ishibumi will want to put a limit on it and still needs to further develop the current girls. Unless of course Ophis and Lillith decide to learn about love from the other girls, or try to copy them, then it’ll be 13, but I don’t see it going over that.

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            I forgot to mention (12) bennia the half grim reaper .Well I believe he will have more girls but not ophis and Lilith.ophis has gender problems and Lilith should be the same.but there can be others from different race or mythology like some one from hinduism or Egyptian mythology or some vampire girl (not Valerie tepes)

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            Ophis and Lilith might learn about love, but they can’t have kids of their own.  Just keep that in mind.

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            There’s no place where it’s stated that they can’t have kids, only where it’s stated that they can’t become devils.

            They are called “genderless” but not in the sense of “no gender”, only in the sense of “gender doesn’t matter”, much like Jöttuns in Norse mythologies or clownfishes in real life.

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          Yeah I thought of Bennia and if she joins the ORC like they said she might, then it might be more likely, but like the blue haired Sitri girl who likes Issei, nothing also might happen. At the very least it’s clear that she is meant to fulfill the Greek faction requirement. I’d be interested in seeing who the girl for the Hindu faction is,  what that character is like. As far as Egypt goes, they haven’t even really mentioned any of them, but that would be nice and could open up a whole new series of arcs which would be nice.

          I only suggest ophis and Lillith because although it’s unclear what their gender is, they could just be shape shifters that are female or could at least have kids. It’s probably unlikely (because nobody around can confirm that) but  it could happen haha. They’ll probably just stay as the mascot/twin characters though.

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            It’s been stated in the LN outright that Ophis doesn’t have a gender, hasn’t it?  If I’m not mistaken?  And if so, then it’s highly unlikely for Ishibumi to come out and say, “Oh, by the way, Ophis is actually a female Dragon and can have kids!”.

            As for Bennia, she’s already in Sona’s Peerage, so if Ise wants her, he’d have to trade for her. But if it’s just to add her to his harem, then that’s possible.

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            @Dragonosman2 bennia won’t join his peerage that’s for sure because sona wanted a grim reaper all this time but she had to settle for bennia but she definitely is part of harem

            issei’s peerage will only have girls so we can include them in harem so except for xenovia ,Asia and ravel there can be  (1knight,2 rooks,8 pawns,1 queen)but the rook and pawns could take more than one piece hence minimum of 4 girls and maximum of 12 .so his harem can have 16 to 24 wives and as mentioned by EX we can reach 20 wives now for sure but of course we don’t know who exactly the other 8 are but they probably will be new characters

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            It’s not necessarily set in stone that all of his female Peerage members will be in his harem.  There are even some harem members that won’t be in the Peerage – and can’t be, anyway – like Rias and Akeno.

            The only girls that are going to be in Ise’s harem are those 11 in the list you or someone else posted before.  The 20 kids he has in the future are all most likely from those 11 women.  Some of them may have had 2 kids each, while the others had 1 each.  For a total of 20 kids.  It’s not hard to believe.

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            @DragonOsman2 it’s stated that Ophis has no set gender, so one cannot think of her in terms of “male” and “female”. It’s also stated that as the Infinity Dragon she’s bearer of every possibility.

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          The only confirmation on his children, besides the ones we have seen, is that in total he has ten warrior based children and ten non-warrior children. The warrior ones are all likely from the girls we already know (as the 7 or 8 we already saw are and the other 2 or 3 probably will be), but my guess is the ten non-warrior others also come from them too.

          I think it is more likely that the girls will have multiple children each, not all, but some. I can’t see them all just having one only. That is why I am unsure that the other 10 kids are from different wives than the 11 you have listed here. Although it is possible that they might be planning to stagger when they have kids over their long lifespans and only want one each right now (so there could be 20 wives) but I’m not sure, I feel like they’d want a limit too. Also, Issei might not be dealing with peerage stuff at that point, whether he has pieces or not (since it’s only 30 years in the future) because he wants Rias to be number 1 first and I think it would take a long time for to make that happen considering how many games they’d have to play. Anyway, the EX 4 story has not been translated yet so we’ll probably find out more there.

          Where did you find out that Bennia was confirmed in the harem in the future? I can definitely see it, I’m just curious if there was an EX spoiler released or something I missed haha.

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            14) kiyome Abe (already in love with issei)

            In this long time of reading DxD ,I have come to realise that any girl showing slightest bit of affection towards him, is an  indication of her being in his harem ,in case of bennia it is her fan following of oppai dragon and she completes greek women requirement in his harem

             

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            I’m not sure Rias will allow Kiyome into the harem. And besides, even though she does love Ise, she’s already given up on him because she thought she shouldn’t come between him an Rias.  I guess someone should tell her that Ise wants to become a Harem King?  If she knew that, she wouldn’t have given up on him.

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            @DragonOsman2 and Diabolos, yeah I don’t think Abe will be in it because Rias had already denied her. It’s not that she doesn’t want him to be a harem king or know that he wants to,  it’s that as the first and main wife she will be in control of managing it, like her mother told her she needed to be.

            She hasn’t rejected or denied any of the girls in their house so they will be allowed. In fact you can also see hints of her future harem manager skills like when Akeno and Rose asked her about borrowing Issei and she agreed. She let their dates happen. However there will be girls like Abe who get shut down outright.  In the future I think it is implied to that Issei’s wives reign him in too. Afterall too many girls will be too much for even him to handle and they don’t want to divide him up that much either.

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            Yeah, Rias is managing the harem as its “Queen” like her mother told her to and she also doesn’t have a problem with sharing Ise with the girls in the harem, either (which I already knew), but I was saying Kiyome herself may not have known that. And because she didn’t want to steal Ise away from Rias, she decided to just give up on him.

            Besides, Rias back then hadn’t secured her own position as Ise’s number 1 and was therefore having insecurities. I think that was the main reason why she didn’t let Kiyome join the harem. If it’s now, Rias might actually allow it. But again, Kiyome has to first realize, if she doesn’t already, that Ise wants to keep a harem (and that it’s something Rias is allowing him to do).

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    Oh ok that make sense. Yeah when I read one of the summaries, it said something like there are as many warrior/fighting kids of Issei as there are not fighting, so the only ones sent back in time (maybe 10 of them or 8?) were the ones who could fight, while the ones who were not are either too young or just not warriors. That’s what it sounded like when reading it anyway. It’ll all be clear once the last few stories are finished I’m sure. Either way I’m just glad to see things essentially work out for them all haha even though the EX series doesn’t exactly have to be read since it fixes itself and the author can change and add stuff in future volumes that might not correspond with EX if he wanted to.

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      Yeah, that’s what got from it too, that half of them are combat capable while the other half aren’t.

      EX is probably canon, but we don’t really need to read it.  Ishibumi said we didn’t have to.  It doesn’t directly affect the main story, so we can go on reading the main story without having to worry about EX.  It’s just fun to know about the future and about Ise’s kids.

       

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        Yeah that’s how I feel too. Just confirming that he is the harem king and that he has kids with each girl is enough for me.  They’ll fix any problems from the future and it’ll work out. Maybe in the end we’ll even see an older Issei make an appearance or images of them or something. That’d be cool. They wouldn’t look to much older but might have mature tone to them.

        One thing EX doesn’t seem to mention is if Issei gets a peerage. At any rate it doesn’t seem like he loads it with girls that he makes his wives like his young naive self intended but who knows. I think too many women would probably be a bad thing as well (and an older him might have more consideration to his wives feelings), but some of the current women will likely be in there, like Asia and Xenovia and I’m also predicting Kuroka and maybe even Le Fay if she only has a human lifespan (don’t know if wizards do or not) that way she’ll live longer.

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          Ishibumi mentioned before that he’ll give all of the girls in Ise’s harem a happy ending, meaning that even without EX, we should’ve already known that a harem ending is confirmed for this series.

          Well, I’m not sure if he’ll change his mind about making a Peerage with only girls, but I do think he should.  I don’t know about it being bad to make a Peerage full of girls, though, seeing as Raiser also doesn’t seem to be having much of a problem.  I just think Ise should also include any strong or useful guys he can find into his Peerage, too, and not just go for girls.

          An Epilogue after the ending where we see the main characters all grown up would be good.

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            Yeah I remember he said he wanted them to have that happy ending as well, it’s just nice to see it, but I agree,  an epilogue would also be nice.

            In regards to a peerage, I think that an older Issei would probably make more mature decisions about who he adds like you said and would want to make sure their abilities are useful and stuff.  He’s already making note of tactics and strategies during battle and has become less perverted over time.  Plus rias and ravel might disagree with him just adding pretty girls with no skill haha. When I said bad,  I just meant that overloading with girls might downplay the current ones haha, but knowing him, he’d make it work.

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            No, actually, he hasn’t become less perverted (he temporarily did, but Azazel pointed out and he got he eventually regained his perverseness).  And he shouldn’t, either, as it’s part of who he is.  He gains power-ups through being perverted, even, like when he uses Rias’ breasts to power-up.

            Also, we saw in the Side Story “Abduction ERO” how Rias and the others would react to a non-perverted Ise.  They didn’t like it much.  Rose seemed kind of fine because she thinks kids shouldn’t be indecent, and Koneko is Koneko, but the rest of them were pretty much devastated.

             

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            NO! No dudes!

            Dazzling hotties only. BTW: Issei’s rooks are going to be Kuroka and Gulder.  He’ll try to copy Rias’s team. Gulder is a former Valkyrie (immortal demi-goddess) and a powerful magician. So her looks are her choice.

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    I’m going to point out mistakes now.

    1.

    ……That asshole! …He was forcing my parents to watch our battle with their own eyes…fuck him! My heart was violently pounding nonstop, and I couldn’t stop my arms or legs from shaking. —I definitely couldn’t let my parents see me fight with supernatural abilities! But, if I don’t fight, if I don’t win, I won’t be able to save my parents! I had no choice to refuse, I could only fight! …How could this be? Fine, I haven’t had any good excuses up until now! My heart continued to pound wildly against my chest, and at that time, Vali said to me

    Here, in “I had no choice to refuse, I could only fight!”, shouldn’t it be “I had no choice [b]but[/b] to refuse”?  Or is he saying that he could only refuse, or something like that?  Either way, please look at that again.

    2.

    —But, I couldn’t land a hit on him! Every single one of my attacks had been evaded! The Champions evasive movements were akin to an elegant dance.

    In here, “Champions” should be changed to “Champion’s” (possessive noun instead of plural noun).

    3.

    Would they think that it was a lie? No, he was the Champion who had absolute support in the Underworld, and that confession was both heavy, and realistic.

    Here, I think you should remove the comma from between heavy and realistic.  The word and alone is enough to separate two words, after all.

    4.

    Vali extended his right hand out after releasing its armour, and generated several magic circles from his hand which he then fired towards Rizevim.

    In this one I’m a but confused; did Vali fire the Magic Circles themselves at Vali, or the magic itself that was created from them?

    5.

    I looked in the mirror — my skin had become hard, my eyes had been enlarged, and my teeth grown out of my mouth;

    “my teeth grown” should have had after teeth and before grown.

     

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Alright, finally getting back around to this now as I’ve been a bit busy. Thanks as always DragonOsman2!

      1. I did mean that he could not refuse the offer to fight. The “I could only fight” afterwards affirms that.
      2. Yep.
      3. Yep.
      4. I think I get what you meant there so I’ve changed it to

      Vali extended his right hand out after releasing its armour, and generated several magic circles from his right hand which he then used to fire bursts of magic towards Rizevim

      for clarity.
      5. yep.

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    is valerie-san for gasper-kun only?

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      Yeah, don’t expect Issei to go near her. There are a bunch of girls he has regarded as love interests for Gasper, Kiba, and Saji that he won’t touch, namely Sona, Tsubaki, Valerie, most other Sitri girls and also Kiba’s long lost friend. Also Valerie and Kiba’s friend (whose name I forget) live with Kiba and Gasper so they’re pretty much confirmed off limits haha and Issei wants them to find love anyway so he wouldn’t do anything anyway. The only girls that are really Issei’s are all the ones who live with him so that’s 10 so far  (plus Ophis but who knows what she’ll end up like to Issei, she may very well learn to love and be able to bare children) and then probably also Kunou, but that’s it I’d say, at least for now.

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        True about Ise not laying his hand on others’ girls.  He’s a true bro.

        And yeah, Kunou is in the harem.  I think one of the kids revealed in EX might be hers, even.

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          Nice! I haven’t seen the most recent EX yet but that’s good to hear. Last I heard it was up to Ravel’s kid I think, but I’m sure they’re all included. I’m hoping future volumes develop some of the other girls like Kunou and Le Fay a bit more. Now that Kunou will be going to Kuoh middle school and Le Fay will be going to the high school we probably will get more on both of them.  I hear that the author wanted to give each girl another volume too or at least those who haven’t been as developed yet, which means we’ll probably see even more from the  and also Kuroka and probably even more on some of the others too. Should be good hahaha.

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            The Kunou was something I read in a fan-posted spoiler and the poster also wasn’t sure.  So I’m just saying it’s possible that one of the kids in EX is Kunou’s, that’s all.

            He has like 20 or so kids, one or two with each of the girls.  Rias probably got two, as well, but I’m not sure because there’s no confirmation on that.  Right now we only know she had Ix.

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    Thanks for this update, TripleZerox!  Much appreciated!

    So we’re finally at that part, huh?  DxD mode is near, now.  I’m looking forward to it.

  72. aw454wtr says:

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    Looks like Asia’s dragon harem continues to get bigger

  73. IndividualEleven says:

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    Hey Triple Zx, do you think BT will continue after this DMCA? I mean really and truly the LNs that got yanked weren’t many popular ones.

  74. DragonOsman says:

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    I suggest you read the whole series from Volume 1 onward. It’s a great series, so it’ll definitely be worth it.

  75. alien says:

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    Hey did anyone see that Baka tuski just got hit with another DMCA? anyone know which ones were on the list? hoping it’s not Highschool dxd

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      From what I can read in the B-T Forum, this is the first and only DMCA that they have been hit with, and it’s main target was Campione! Which has been removed from the Wiki. DxD is still currently hosted, tagged “active” and “current”.

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        date a live and black bullet were just pulled also reason why i asked 🙂

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          Hey does the B-T app get affected if you have already downloaded the content

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            Its fine if they are already downloaded.

            But do not delete them.

            Better make a backup copy.

          • zxzxzx says:

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            Like LaxusD said, it you’re using BakaReader, don’t update or redownload the chapters of the affected LNs as that’ll wipe them.

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            Thank you zxzxzx I will be careful around downloaded oreimo but unfortunately date a live was in the list and I hadn’t completely downloaded it .rest of the LN  were either removed long ago or I was not interested in them

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            They are still available, you just have to do a bit of searching for them. For example, Campione was taken down in October for a similar reason, if not the exact same reason as the recent DMCA. The publisher of Campione basically sent a letter to BT saying they wanted them to take all their content down or something like that. Anyway, I was able to find all of Campione a few weeks ago, at least up to the current translation that they had, by looking through the various google drives. Sometimes there are links to people’s drives that have pdfs, but those people also have a ton of other series in their drives as well. I don’t remember which one it was or whose drive it was, but at any rate, they had all of Campione there. In terms of continuing translations, that will be much harder to find and all depends on what the translators for those series do too. The same applies to any other pulled stories. Chances are they are still available, you just need to find them.

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        The Campione take down happened in October. The one that happened two days ago was targeting all the kadokawa works which includes Date a Live and whatever else was taken down. DxD like you said has nothing to do with that group. In regards to BT in general, they only host translations and do not do the translating themselves, also they are very good about taking things down right away upon licensing and such so it is likely they will still survive. They have been around since 2007 for a reason. In terms of finding all those works that were taken down, you can still do so if you look through the various google drives and other places because the pdfs are still there. For future translations though that all depends on what the translators plan on doing.

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      It seems that their post was been updated, and it’s actually a very long list. High School DxD isn’t one of them though.

  76. Diabolos dragon says:

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    Thanks zxzxzx for updates,it was just in two days but to an avid reader of LN and novels like me ,it becomes eternity or maybe I am just impatient, no pressure or disrespect or ungratefulness meant

    I want to know in which short story does issei and Arthur go to inspect  Le Fay’s new school (kuoh academy) and shop for her new uniform

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      No worries. I haven’t actually heard of that SS. It’s certainly not in DX1, so its either in DX2, or an untranslated one from Dragon Magazine.

  77. DragonOsman2 says:

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    @TripleZerox: Thanks for the update! Just want to point out some more mistakes:

     . . . Do think it’s settled with just that…? . . . 

    It seems like there’s something missing here, no?  Shouldn’t it be something like “Do you think it’s settled with just that . . . ?”?

    Then, this:

    When Rias’ red aura and my red aura become one, the wyverns invoked a miracle!

    Should invoke really be in past-tense like that?  Please look at that sentence again and think about it.

    Then, this:

    Did it plan to fire magic attack at me!?

    Shouldn’t it be a magic attack? The way it is now, it looks like it might be plural, but it can’t be like that since it seems like Nidhogg only brought out one magic circle for an attack.

    In here:

    Crom Cruach released an unprecedented aura that was far greater than did had before.

    “Did had”?  I think that’s a mistake.  Please look at that part again.

    Here:

    With both his wings wide open, it was an awe-inspiring look that people wouldn’t be able to help be fascinated by.

    Either change be to being or add a but after help.

     

    For now, this is all I could find, but I might have missed some.  Please look carefully yourself, too.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thanks as always DragonOsman2! I suppose I should be more careful. Sometimes I just read past these things without noticing because I’m subconsciously correcting them in my mind.

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    I can’t imaging what will happen if ophis said to issei that she want to raise a child.
    what do you think about that?
    will this happen?

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      I don’t think she’s fertile.  After all, even though we refer to as a “she,” in reality, Ophis doesn’t have a gender or a set form.  She can take on whatever form she wants, and according to Azazel, the last time he met her, she was in the form of an old man.  So if she raises a child, it’d have to be an adopted one.  Like that Specter Dragon baby, once it hatches from its egg.

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        From what I have read, I believe this to be the truth. She can take on any form that she wishes. I would guess that Azazel told her that Ise would be more receptive to a female, when Ophis wanted to meet with him. I believe in one of the side stories, Ophis offered to take on a more mature female form, if Ise wanted.

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          No, wait, it’s not possible that she took on a female form for Ise.  She was already in that form when we first saw her as the leader of Khaos Brigade, after all.  I could see her asking Ise if he wanted to see in a mature female form, but it’s impossible for her to have taken on her current form for Ise’s sake alone.  She didn’t even know him at that point, anyway, aside from maybe the fact that he’s Ddraig’s current Host.

          Besides, if she wanted to take on a female form for Ise’s sake, since he likes big-breasted girls, it’d have made more sense for her to have taken on a more mature female form, with big breasts like Rias’ or Akeno’s.

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            Okay she met Ise in volume 6 first. I hadn’t read that until today. I started with volume 8. I was under the impression when she wanted to talk to the Red Dragon Emperor in volume 11, it was their first meeting. I have been going back to read the early volumes recently.

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            @Jwillie: I suggest you read the whole series from Volume 1 onward. It’s a great series, so it’ll definitely be worth it.

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          I just finished reading what I had missed. My friend got me started on DXD. Eight was the earliest issue he had. I found baka-tsuki through this site. So, I was able to catch up.

  79. Happy says:

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    Hey, zxzxzx.

    Thank you so much for doing all this. Keep up the good work mate.

    😉

  80. jwillie4 says:

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    For those who read these chapters here. It would be good to tell the one who translates them “thank you” from time to time. It is incredibly hard, and time consuming to translate any language into English. So, thank you again for your hard work, my friend.

  81. psn says:

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    thanks zxzxzx.
    i can’t wait until next update..

  82. Sekiryuushitei says:

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    excuse me it’s written “Had they had hacked into the TV stations and broadcasted this out to the Underworld…?” I think it should be “have they hacked into” also can someone tell that if tannin ever went into outrage 

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      Thanks mate! Fixed that line up. Only Fafnir has been ‘Outraged’, Tannin hasn’t, but I think he was mentioned there for something else.

  83. psn says:

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    if he going to use ophis power I can’t wait until then.

  84. psn says:

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    thanks for hard work zxzxzx.

    I hope in this volume issei will use the power ophis & great red gave to him.

  85. Wiliee says:

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    I found  typo,

    While we were thinking of what our next step would be, Koneko-chan pinched her noise and said

    “…It stinks. It looks like we’ve been discovered.”

    Nose instead of noise

    I always wanna do a correction but never had any opportunities before.

    Now I can rest in peace

  86. Anonymous says:

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    And so the Battle of Dragons begins. Issei is really letting Niohoggr have it. Soon Crunch Crom will take over the beat down.

  87. DragonOsman2 says:

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    I noticed quite a few mistakes that I’m going to point out here.

    First:

    Sairaorg-san and Seekvaira-san weren’t present here were on standby in the Underworld in case anything happened.

    In this, there seem to be some missing words.  For example, we could because they between here and were, or we could put and between them.  Either way, right now, something seems missing and it doesn’t flow together well enough.

    Second:

    But his transportation magic can be considered as a special type, the number of people that he can transfer at a time is limited.

    Again, something seems missing.  I think we need a because or since after But.

    Third, when Azazel is talking to himself about how Rizevim’s actions this time seem somehow weird or something, there was a mistake in this part:

    Or did her want us to think this way and make such calculations…?”

    That her should be changed to he.

    I think that per grammar rules, you should also make sure that you don’t put another S after the apostrophe when dealing with nouns that already have an at the end, like Agreas or like Rias’ name.

     

    • zxzxzx says:

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      As always, thanks for spotting these and letting me know.

      For the first, I missed a “who” in between “Seekvaira-san” and “weren’t”.
      Second: I’ve added “so” in between “type,” and “the”.
      Third: Yep, typo there with “her”, it should be “he”.

      Haha, it’s been quite a few years since I last studied grammar in school. Haven’t really needed to worry about it with my current studies so I’ve forgotten a lot. I’ve looked it up a bit and I’ve decided to have only an apostrophe after proper nouns e.g.

      Rias’ or Agreas’

      and for other words keep the “s” after the apostrophe.

  88. mpz28 says:

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    Thanks for your hard work as always 😉

    Even though i read the summaries earlier in the year it is the details with your translation that brings the story to life, so with that keep up the great work and can’t wait for more in the future 😉

  89. Tobi says:

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    So, Sitri are relegated to side roles again. I wish we could have more focus on them, I really like saji and tsubaki’s balance breakers, and a party with sona as leader would be more interesting than this one hit KO stuff.

    I wonder how the sitri are handling their role. Pretty sure it would be dulio as main tank with sitri as support, as sitri lacks healers, and most have low stats. Asia should have gone with Sitri team.

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      It makes sense if you think about where each team’s strengths lie.  For the Gremory Team, it’s power with some support, so they’re more fit for heavy-hitter roles, whereas the Sitri Team is meant for technique and support with power on the side because of which they’re more suited for side-type and supportive roles.  Also, Ise, the main male lead, is on the Gremory Team.  Ishibumi has to have him show off his power where he can.

       

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      “Yes, I understand. After all, I am going to be taking care of ogifu-sama and ogibo-sama[1]. The people who are their own family members should go to save them.”

      This is why Asia has to go with the ORC group.

    • aw454wtr says:

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      Simply because the sitri team is too weak to be useful in a straight fight the opponents are evil dragons enhanced by the holy grail, legendary evil dragons, a half of ophis and a super devil after all.

  90. Diabolos dragon says:

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    Genrally ise would have trouble fighting evil dragons but in Níðhöggr case it was one punch overkill

  91. jwillie4 says:

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    Great work as usual. I have been trying to figure out who will be the big last boss. I had thought that Rias’s brother would have been. But after reading 19 and now some of twenty, I have changed my mind.  Maybe Hades?  He did trick Sirzechs into revealing his true powers in volume 12. Maybe he did that to gage his powers to create a counter? I am confused now.

    • Buttmonkey71 says:

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      No, the possible end boss of this arc will be vali’s grandfather.  The next arc will be about 666 and the dragons.

      • Cardinal Crimson Queen says:

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        Actually 666 is still for this arc.

         

        • DragonOsman2 says:

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          That’s true, probably.  But Azi Dahaka and Apophis are also main villains that have to be defeated.

          @Jwillie: There’s no way Sirzechs could ever become a villain.  He cares too much for his sister, Rias and his future brother-in-law, Ise.

          • Cardinal Crimson Queen says:

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            Plot-twist: Sirzechs is a yandere.

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            That won’t happen.  Or at least, I hope it won’t.

            Besides, he already has a wife and child.  And it’s like guys can be yandere – tsundere and yandere are qualities that apply to girls only.

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            Yeah, I just wanted him to be. I want Issei to get Grafia too. So, I had hoped for someone like Hades to kill Sirzechs. I am a stinker I know

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            JWILLIE4:

            Fool! DxD is real and now Lucifer is going to be pissed you wanted him dead and someone else doing his wife!

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            Grafia_Fanboy:

            Yeah, it wasn’t the best thought out plan right? It is just Ise himself said that Grafia’s body surpasses even Rias’. Why not get the best? Right?, right? ( Let’s go to onsen I believe he said it in that one.)

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            Yeah, he did say that, and he’d be glad if he could have her in his harem, but the one loves is still Rias. And yeah, right now, laying a hand on Grayfia would be committing adultery.

  92. Grafia_Fanboy says:

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    Question about Japanese culture:  I notice Issei never called Ravel with an honorific. No -san or -chan or whatever.  Is it because of her status as his manager that he doesn’t use them or does he just really feel that close to her?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Well, I’m not too sure actually. Ravel is his junior, which is why he’d probably use -chan over -san if he had to. I think it’s partly because of the fact that she’s his manager that they don’t use honorifics but I really don’t know.

      • DragonOsman2 says:

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        Ravel uses the -sama honorific when she talks to or about him, though.  But Ise himself has never used any honorifics with her.  It’s been like that ever since he first spoke to her (I’m only talking about how he refers to her – of course she only started using -sama with him after she fell for him).  I also am not sure, either, why Ise never used any honorifics with her.

  93. aw454wtr says:

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    I hope Ravel gets some combat appearances in the future, her traits as a phenex clan cannot be seen if she is just in the background, and inevitably she will need to fight when Ise participates in rating games as he is sure to utilize her fully in RG’s unlike raiser who just wanted a little sister archtype in his peerage

    • DragonOsman2 says:

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      I feel the same way as you about her getting some more combat experience.

      Well, that said, she did fight in Raizer’s Rating Game against Belial, but I guess that so far, that may have been the only time.

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      From watching the OVA focusing on the Phoenix siblings, she does have some potential from the way she release her fire on Issei and Riser.

  94. Chrono says:

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    First off, thanks a lot for all the work that you put into this, Zxzxzx.

    This is quite a good volume so far, but…. I don’t know….anyone else getting a bad feeling about the foreshadowing with Ise?

    I mean, I am getting a little worried when he flat out said that he was not going to die at the end of part 1 here.

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      don’t worry it ain’t gonna happen.. 😉

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        Yep, he isn’t going to die. He’ll live on and get older and older. One proof is HS DxD EX, which is set around 30 years into the future and Ise is alive with a full harem and the children he had with them.

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          Yep, but that’s an alternate time line that only came into existence because the production company screwed up Season 3 so badly. 🙁

          • DragonOsman says:

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            EX itself isn’t an alternate story or anything. It’s telling us what happens in the future.

            The future it’s supposed to fix is the one the Evil Gods from the other world, the ULs and Future Loki will ruin if they aren’t stopped in time.

          • Sekiryuushitei says:

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            Actually it is an alternate timeline in which the seirei of the chichigami never came (Season 3)

          • DragonOsman2 says:

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            Yeah, Season 3 of the anime represents that changed future.  But the actual future in the main story timeline is still fine as long as Loki doesn’t succeed in changing it.  Right now, the future is safe, and it’s the one alluded to in EX.  Future Loki wants to make it so that the Seirei of Chichigami never showed itself to Ise and all that combat experience he and the others got also never happened, so that when the war happens in the future, the bad guys’ side would win (in the current future, Ise ended the war by defeating the Evil God boss from the other world, albeit at a huge price).  That’s why Loki and the ULs came to the past, and Ise’s kids from the future also came to stop them and to save the future from being changed.  So EX itself isn’t about an alternate future, it’s actually alluding to the actual future in the current timeline.  The events in BorN represent the changed timeline.

  95. Resurgence says:

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    Them feels………..

  96. Anonymous says:

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    so Heartwarming?.

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      Yeah, it’s indeed heartwarming.  Ravel is also really adorable.  I just hope she’d value herself a little more since Ise himself also doesn’t think she needs to worry so much (but, as expected, we need a middle-ground since it’d be troubling if she were to be the complete opposite of this, too).

       

  97. DragonOsman2 says:

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    Thanks for the update, TripleZerox, seriously.  I’m looking forward to the next three updates.  Good luck.

  98. Diabolos dragon says:

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    Thanks zxzxzx ,

    I didn’t find any error ,anyway ,I am so looking forward to your next update every time.

    I check your site everyday at least thrice .