HighSchool DxD Volume 21 (Life.1)

Continues on from Khaos Disaster
Continues on to Life.Ba’al Lion of the Great King —Great King—

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Life.1 Amidst the Feast of the Imperial Beast


Part 1

I — Kiba Yuuto, had just finished a major battle, and returned to the capital of the Devils’ world, Lilith. After we had just barely managed to defend the Norse World in a battle against Trihexa, we, the team members of [DxD] temporarily disbanded and returned to our own territories. The Angels who were led by Dulio returned to Heaven, which was currently being repaired. In order to suppress the outbreak of civil unrest in the Underworld, Sairaorg Bael and Seekvaira Agares immediately rushed to the scene after being treated. Sona-zenkaichou and her peerage also went along to help. Including me, the Gremory household went to [Serafall Memorial Hospital] which was in the capital of Lilith. Named after Serafall Leviathan-sama, it was one of the most advanced hospitals with cutting-edge medical equipment in the Underworld. Ise-kun had been admitted here for treatment.

Five days ago, during the battle in Agreas, Ise-kun awakened Dragon Deification in order to save his parents. But, the price of attaining such a level of power was disheartening; as soon as the change was released, the repercussions immediately began to take effect. Firstly, all of the organs in his body stopped functioning, while his heart and other important parts still barely continued to function. However, Asia-san’s healing ability had almost no effect, which showed just how serious the recoil from Dragon Deification was. After being transported to the hospital, Ise-kun was immediately taken to the Intensive Care Unit, and all kinds of life support devices were connected to his whole body. We all looked at Ise-kun with a sorrowful expression as he lay in the Intensive Care Unit. Asia-san continued to cry as she kept watch over Ise-kun. Ise-kun’s outlook remained unpredictable, and he was still in a critical condition—.

Even at this time, the terrorist attacks of Trihexa and the army of Evil Dragons still continued. The main facilities of the Grigori as well as Heaven had been easily destroyed. Even during the short time that we engaged in battle with it, we were trembling with fear—. Half a day after Ise-kun had been sent to the hospital, Azazel-sensei, who was in the battle conference room of the Maou’s city, sent a message to the hospital. —Collect a certain thing, and then put Ise-kun inside it. What came through was that one message. Although the medical staff at the hospital were somewhat puzzled by the instruction from this Fallen Angel, they still collected that thing from the hospital. —That thing was breast milk. They didn’t just ask the obstetrics and gynaecology department, they also allowed all of the mothers in the hospital who could produce milk to donate their breast milk. However, the amount of breast milk which was obtained from the hospital did not reach the volume that Azazel-sensei specified. Thus, the breast milk from all of the hospitals in the capital were sent over, and a considerable amount had finally been amassed. While remaining mystified, the medical staff transferred the breast milk into a glass box which would be able to hold a person. Five portions of Phoenix Tears were also put in, and then mixed so that it would be homogeneous. The final product which was obtained was a mixture of breast milk and Phoenix Tears. Azazel-sensei then had us place Ise-kun inside it to soak. This kind of scene would cause people to feel troubled upon seeing it.

Having unleashed the power of the Dragon of Infinity and the Dragon of Dreams, he suffered severe physical and mental damage, and while still being attached to life-support systems, he actually had to be soaked in breast milk. However, none of those present actually had any objections to that proposal. There was no one to stop it from happening. I guess everyone had thoughts which coincided with mine. —Maybe, this approach would work. Despite the fact that this was a bizarre idea, the two words ‘Ise-kun’ and ‘breasts’ were something that fit together. It was a combination that had produced miracles up until now! Suddenly, Koneko-chan murmured quietly.

“…Speaking of which, Ise-senpai had once said something like that.”

—After drinking milk [1], I feel like all of my fatigue has disappeared.

That was what Ise-kun had said himself. We gradually turned our hopes into belief. Everyone waited expectantly as they carried out the proposal. —Ise-kun was maintained in a state where he was connected to life-support devices, as he began to be immersed in the breast milk. Even though they were wearing surgical masks, it was clear and obvious that the medical staff were highly confused. A few minutes after Ise-kun had been immersed into the mixture of breast milk and Phoenix Tears—. The life support device’s ECG displayed a significant response! The attending doctor had also been called.

“How can this be!? Up until now, hasn’t he been in a state in which his organ functions couldn’t even be maintained without all of the life support equipment!? S-Simply immersing him in breast milk has caused him to start functioning normally again!?”

It was simply inconceivable. A phenomenon which had not occurred within the history of medicine had just happened in front of us. Afterwards, Ise-kun’s breathing returned to normal, and despite still being unconscious, it was evident that he was now quickly recovering. It was simply a miracle. No, perhaps this was inevitable? For Ise-kun, who was known as the Oppai Dragon, anything related to breasts could be considered his weapon, and could also be his spiritual food—. Seeing Ise-kun slowly starting to recover, the girls burst into tears in front of the Intensive Care Room. Rias-zenbuchou said

“…Uh, it really is great! I’ll make Ise drink milk [2] every day from now on!”

Akeno-san then said

“…Yes, we’ll build a personal ranch for Ise-kun so that cows can be bred!”

Asia-san wiped away her tears as she said

“I! When I can produce breast milk, I’ll definitely give it to Ise-san to drink! I’ll work hard in the future in order to help Ise-san recover!”

“Ah! Let him drink more! Cow’s milk has a lot of nutritional value! That’s right, it’s even possible to cure the Sekiryuutei with it!”

Even Xenovia was crying while she cried out such incomprehensible things. Ravel-san, Rossweisse-san, and Gasper-kun were all wiping their tears away, as smiles emerged on their faces.

“Although I don’t quite understand, it really suits Ise-sama’s style!”

“Indeed, I really don’t quite understand it, but I also feel relieved.”

“As expected of Ise-senpai!”

Soothing tears also streamed down Koneko-chan’s face as she said

“…But, that’s the worst.”

—The Sekiryuutei had recovered by relying on breast milk. …In regards to something like this, even I don’t know what to say, Ise-kun…. … Anyway, once the world is at peace, I’ll make lots of stews and your favourite dishes. I think it’ll be good as long as dairy products are used. Upon seeing such a scene, Ise-kun’s parents also blushed slightly as they looked on.

“…It’s truly very good news! But, our son, I’m so overjoyed that I’m even crying!”

“…When he was a little baby, he was always drinking a lot of my breast milk. Even like this, our son is still like a baby…! But, it really is too good!”

Although Ise-kun’s oji-san and oba-san [3] felt embarrassed, they felt joy from the depths of their hearts because of their own child’s recovery. Afterwards, Ise-kun’s condition stabilised, the life support equipment was also detached, and he was transferred to a personal patient room. Ise-kun was still unconscious, but Trihexa would not wait for him. They had already directed their malice towards the Norse World. We had been appointed as members of the anti-terrorist team [DxD]. The responsibility of this was heavy. We entrusted the unconscious Ise-kun to his parents, while we headed out to the battlefield.

…Then, having been successful in defence, we immediately returned to the hospital. The members who rushed to the hospital were mainly the members of the Occult Research Club. In order to repair the frontline base of Heaven, Irina-san had temporarily split up from us. Not long ago, Sirzechs-sama had made an urgent announcement to the entire Underworld. The anxious dialogue of the patients and their families within the hospital was evident before our eyes. Throughout the hospital, the words ‘war’ and ‘evacuation’ could be heard. In order to eliminate the unease of these common Devils, we need to stand up and come forward. …So Ise-kun, your strength is needed. How had Ise-kun been since we left…. Rias-zenbuchou went over to the nurse’s office to ask about Ise-kun’s condition. In the end—.

“Is that true?”

Hearing the words that Rias-zenbuchou just said, Asia couldn’t stop herself from crying. Remembering that this was a hospital, she immediately covered her mouth with her hands. …She then let out tears of joy. Looking at her reaction, it seems Ise-kun had finally woken up! We immediately rushed over to the patient room that Ise-kun was in—. As soon as we entered the hospital room, we saw — Ise-kun, sitting up on his bed. His parents were also beside him. While we were fighting in the Norse World, Ise-kun had finally regained consciousness! Even after receiving such injuries, he was actually able to sit up right now…. It seems that Azazel-sensei’s nonsensical treatment method had actually paid off. …But, that was a treatment method that would only be effective on Ise-kun…. Ise-kun watched the TV screen with a solemn expression, and then turned towards us after he noticed that we were here.

“Yo, everyone!”

Ise-kun greeted us with a smile. We also exposed smiles of relief as we moved closer to him. Akeno-san wiped her tears.

“…It’s great that you’re really alright. …If you died, Ise-kun, I don’t know what I’d do…”

During the battle in the Norse World, Akeno-san showed her fortitude when she unleashed an oversized Holy Lightning Dragon upon the army of Evil Dragons. However, she herself was one of the most mentally vulnerable among the team. During the [Demonic Beast Riot], Akeno-san had lost her will to fight when she didn’t know whether Ise-kun was dead or alive, which was also a side of her which had never been seen. However, compared to this time, I felt that Akeno-san had made progress mentally. That was because she was together with other female members. Although she was constantly worried about Ise-kun before she went to the Norse World, she was more courageous than anyone else during battle. Even Ise-kun’s manager, Ravel-san, flew with her wings of fire and swept away the army of Evil Dragons. As a male of the Gremory household, Gasper-kun also said

“I’ll deal with Ise-senpai’s share as well!”

And then transformed into the black beast — Balor; he ferociously blew away many of the mass-produced Evil Dragons. It wasn’t just the Gremory household. The Sitri household and the other members of [DxD] also gave their all to fight in Ise-kun’s place. Moreover, even I—. Seeing his healthy appearance, everyone felt relieved. Ise-kun said to Rias-zenbuchou

“I’m sorry, I gave everyone a lot of trouble after becoming like this…”

Rias-zenbuchou held Ise-kun’s hand and smiled lightly.

“You don’t need to be like that. You’ve already fought hard enough. You were able to safely rescue ogifu-sama and ogibo-sama [4] and even gave that Rizevim a fatal injury…you should deserve our praise.”

Ise-kun gave a wry smile in response to Rias-zenbuchou.

“I saw the news. Rizevim seems to have been defeated. It was indeed by Vali’s hand, right?”

Rias-zenbuhou replied to Ise-kun’s question

“The final blow was dealt by Fafnir.”

Hearing this, Ise-kun was surprised at first, but then quickly accepted it. He looked up at the ceiling, and muttered

“…Indeed, it should be Fafnir. He definitely wouldn’t forgive Rizevim, and that’s because he’s the bastard who hit Asia.”

He was truly the Golden Dragon King. Ise-kun then asked another question

“What about Níðhöggr?”

That Evil Dragon was eventually disposed of by Crom Cruach. It was an entirely one-sided fight, even without needing us to join the fight at all. From the beginning until the end, Níðhöggr could not stop trembling in front of Crom Cruach. After listening to that, Ise-kun expressed his agreement

“Yeah, that bastard couldn’t possibly defeat Crom Cruach.”

But, since the beginning, Ise-kun, he…the expression in his eyes was unusual. His gaze…although it moved about between the chests of the girls…. Under normal circumstances, it was certainly like him. But, he currently seemed confused at the sight before his eyes, and kept using his hand to rub his eyes. It was almost as if he couldn’t clearly make out what was in front of his eyes. Everyone else had noticed, and Asia-san asked

“Ise-san…? What’s wrong?”

His behaviour was simply too abnormal. Ise-kun blinked, and then he continued to stare at the chests of the girls as he replied

“Well, how should I say it; Rias’, Asia’s, Akeno-san’s, Xenovia’s…girls’—”

Ise-kun’s words only went halfway.

“…Strange, I can’t say it. It’s very strange. I clearly know in my mind what to say…that, it’s op…”

He seemed to want to say a certain word. I think that word should be ‘oppai’. After all, he had just been continually looking the ‘girls’ breasts’ and wanted to say that. Ise-kun shook his head, then rubbed his throat with his hand, and tried speaking again.

“Op—. Damn, I can’t say it! Hmm—. …Just what is happening? Bre—. …This is a joke right, it’s just those two words that I can’t say…!”

Ise-kun desperately wanted to say ‘oppai’, ‘chichi’, ‘mune’ and other words[5] that were related to a woman’s breasts, but these words were all similarly stuck and couldn’t be said. Everyone finally realised that the situation was already too abnormal, and their faces instantly became stiff. Ravel-san was the first to speak

“Ise-sama, could it be that you can’t say any of the words related to women’s breasts?”

In response to her question, Ise-kun quietly nodded. Then, from his mouth came even more astounding news.

“…Not just that, I don’t know why, but I can’t say those female parts…and I can’t see them…there seems to be something blurred in my vision, and because of that, I can’t see it at all…!”

[“—What!?”]

…In response to the news that Ise-kun just said, everyone present, including his parents, were shocked and in disbelief! He loved women’s breasts more than anyone else; he was deeply obsessed with them, and he was also the Sekiryuutei who had powered up through them. As long as it was related to breasts, he would be able to create miracles, and defeat enemies regardless of how strong they were. All of us, including himself agreed that he was the [Chichiryuutei Oppai Dragon]. That [Oppai Dragon] actually…couldn’t recognise breasts? He couldn’t even say it? Nor could he even see them!? Ise-kun’s otou-san then said

“I’ve never even heard of this kind of illness! Having said that, aren’t you able to see kaa-san’s breasts? Moreover, you didn’t have any abnormalities when you woke up.”

Ise-kun looked at his okaa-san’s breasts.

“Yes, I can see kaa-san’s. But the nurse-san’s is also blurry and I can’t see it clearly…. At that time, because I had just woken up, I just thought that my vision was a little bit fuzzy…”

He answered. Indeed, his mother’s presence was the strong. Ise-kun then turned his gaze towards Koneko-chan.

“The only one that I’m always able to see is Koneko-chan’s…”

He said….

“You mean, my oppai are very small, right…?”

Koneko-chan looked down as she stared at Ise-kun. …It’s very regrettable, but I think the probability of that is quite high. By my estimations…no, anyone could come to a conclusion as long as they understood Ise-kun; he was able to see his okaa-san’s and Koneko-chan’s breasts, but breasts aside from those — could not be seen. That should be the case. It was a condition which was unseen and unheard of, or perhaps it should be said that it really suited him…. Suddenly, Ise-kun clutched his head in pain.

“…Damn it, just thinking about that, my head hurts so much that if feels as if it’s being stabbed!”

[“—What!?”]

We were shocked by his words once again. How could that be…! Simply thinking about it would cause pain to such a degree!? Gasper-kun gave the item in his hands to Ise-kun. It was something that he had just bought from the hospital’s convenience store…an erotic magazine.

“Senpai! This is senpai’s favourite magazine, the latest issue of the Underworld’s [Big Tits Go to Hell]!”

It was the adult magazine that Ise-kun had been buying from the Underworld to read. Under the gaze of Ise-kun’s parents, he quickly flipped through it. But, halfway through, he clutched at his chest in pain.

“…Damn it…! It’s so painful that it feels as if my body is going to die from being torn apart…it hurts so much! It’s so horrifically painful, I can’t even look at this magazine!”

The adult magazine that Ise-kun was so fond of was actually tossed onto the floor!

“This is an abnormal situation. Hurry up and call the attending doctor here.”

Rias-zenbuchou was just about to press the call buzzer—.

“I’ve already called them.”

A familiar voice came from the door. Everyone turned around to look, and saw the doctor, nurse, as well as Azazel-sensei. The doctor and nurse began to examine Ise-kun’s condition, while Azazel-sensei quietly said to us

“The reason for the change that’s occurred in Ise’s body is the effect of Dragon Deification.”

During the fight against Rizevim Livan Lucifer, Ise-kun and the unconscious Ophis had connected with each other, and he awakened the power of infinity. That power forced Rizevim, who was also known as a Super Devil, into a corner. However, his body immediately underwent changes after the fight, and hovered on the border of life and death… Even though he was able to survive because of the breast milk, Ise-kun’s body was still suffering from the aftereffects of Dragon Deification… Sensei then said

“Ise can’t see women’s breasts, right? He can’t even speak about them. Every time Ise causes a miracle, it’s by borrowing the power of breasts. As a result, Ise himself has become an embodiment of breasts. Dragon Deification can be said to have been a power-up. Although it was only temporary, his body did indeed handle the power of infinity. If it was an ordinary Devil or Dragon, their body wouldn’t be able to withstand it and they’d die within a few seconds. Ise was only able to defeat Rizevim because he had obtained Great Red’s flesh. However, that is the limit. After having obtained the power of infinity, it would be most unusual if there weren’t any repercussions. I think it’s roughly because you perceive women’s breasts as your own spiritual food, thus therefore, this has resulted in a reverse impact, and it is now your poison. Well, since erotic magazines are so painful for you to look at, my guess doesn’t seem too far off.”

No one stepped forward to disagree with what Azazel-sensei said. Ophis’ power of infinity — it was known as the absolute strongest power in this world; even if they temporarily held that power, any kind of existence would suffer from its aftereffects and consequences. It could be described as a miracle that Ise-kun was alive right now. However, being unable to see breasts was a question which transcended life and death for Ise-kun, right? That perverted Ise-kun actually…couldn’t see any of the girls’ breasts (except for Koneko-chan)! Rias-zenbuchou immediately asked sensei

“…Is this condition only temporary?”

“I’m also not sure about that. It could continue on like that forever, or perhaps it’ll be better tomorrow. However, one thing is clear…its best if you don’t continue to use the power of Dragon Deification. You could say that you’ve been able to survive this time, but I don’t know about next time. If you naively think that you can simply use breast milk to help you recover from using Dragon Deification again, you may not just be unable to see breasts next time, even butts, and in the worst case, you may just die after seeing a woman’s outline.”

Upon hearing this information, Ise-kun shed tears of heartache.

“I won’t be able to recognise girls!? I’ll only be able to see a girl’s outline and then die!? …T-That kind of thing…that kind of thing is far too painful! That’s basically like death to me!”

Ise-kun burst into tears and wailed. This scene was incredibly painful…but, I couldn’t say anything…. Huh? Was I the only one who felt this way…? No, it wasn’t just me. Aside from me, there was also Azazel-sensei and the doctor with an uncertain expression, while everyone else had solemn expressions. The doctor had no idea where to begin. Sorry, this kind of Devils’ illness is really quite non-existent…. Xenovia shouted

“Damn it! This isn’t like Ise at all! If this continues, how will we make babies…!”

You don’t need to say those kinds of things out loud, okay…. In here, isn’t it a hospital…? Although they have an obstetrics and gynaecology department here…this isn’t the place to say such things…. Rias-zenbuchou placed the depressed Ise-kun’s head into her chest.

“Ah, my poor Ise. …You haven’t even touched my breasts yet…”

Rias-zenbuchou hugged him very gently. Regardless of whether it was me or Ise-kun, we would be cured. However—.

“Guwaaaaaaahhh!”

Ise-kun suddenly cried out in pain!

“…It hurts, Rias’…it hurts after I touched it! Although I’m very happy, I’s so painful!”

The severe pain that he felt even caused him to distort his face! How could that be! Rias-zenbuchou…being embraced by his dearest beloved woman; simply touching her chest could trigger such a reaction!? Seeing Ise-kun’s severe response, the nurse immediately stepped in between the two people.

“Please don’t give the patient too much stimulation!”

The two people were separated. Rias-zenbuchou…her heart had truly taken a deep hit! She felt despair at the fact that she couldn’t even embrace him. Just at that time—. The melody of a song suddenly resounded from the TV. This song was played to soothe restless children. That song reverberated throughout Ise-kun’s room. —It was the Oppai Dragon song.

Living in the edge of a certain country

There is an oppai-loving Dragon

“…Ku! Uh…”

Ise-kun listened to the song about breasts which were now causing him pain.

The Dragon goes for a walk whenever the weather is good to look for girls ☆

DRAGON DRAGON OPPAI DRAGON

GROPE-GROPE SUCK-SUCK PAFU-PAFU

“…R-Rub…guah!”

Ise-kun lay down on his bed, as he was already beginning to struggle.

There are so many types of oppai

But he likes the big ones the best

“T-That’s right, I like big…big…aahhh!”

He clutched his head as his face cried out in pain!

The Oppai Dragon also flies today

In the edge of a certain town, the Oppai Dragon laughs

Even on a stormy day, the Oppai Dragon becomes happy by pressing oppai ☆

DRAGON DRAGON OPPAI DRAGON

CLICK-CLICK ZOOM-ZOOM IYAAAN

“CLICK-CLICK ZOOM-ZOOM IYAAAAAAAN!”

Almost as if it were a nightmare, he let out miserable cries, and it even spread to other patients’ rooms. But his index finger was drawing a certain image in the air, and he wanted to continue.

He has seen lots of oppai

But he likes big ones the best

The Oppai Dragon also presses today

The Oppai Dragon song had already progressed to the third, and fourth version. Ise-kun’s situation looked like it was becoming even worse.

In the edge of the beach of a certain sea

There lives an oppai-loving Dragon

When Gasper-kun saw his favourite senpai undergo such changes, he ran to Ise-kun’s side and cried tearfully.

“Ise-senpai! Please jump up energetically like you always do! Isn’t this the Oppai Dragon song!?”

“…Say, Gya-kun. Towards this song, Ise-senpai…and in this current situation.”

Koneko-chan calmly said.

The summer seaside is full of oppai and full of dreams ☆

DRAGON DRAGON OPPAI DRAGON

BOUNCE-BOUNCE JUMP-JUMP SWAY

“Yes, seaside, bounce-bounce……jump-jump, sway…”

Ise-kun said that line with a weak voice. Perhaps he was remembering the times when he went to the pool or played at the seaside in summer. His mind had already entered a state of delirium!

“It’s no good! Ise is shaking quite badly!”

Xenovia also looked on with an expression of dismay.

The oppai in swimsuits are wonderful

But he likes the big ones the best

The Oppai Dragon also goes today

Seeing a certain oppai

Seeing Ise-kun who was groaning, Rias-zenbuchou and Akeno-san both cried as they held both of Ise-kun’s hands.

“Ise!”

“Ise-kun!”

Ise-kun glanced towards — the chests of those two. They were the oppai of the two great onee-samas that he loved, but—. He had said to me in the past

“Listen to me, Kiba. When the oppai of Rias and Akeno-san both appear before you at the same time, which side would you poke? Ehehe, if it was me, I would poke both sides at the same time. That is how I live my life—”

I suddenly recalled what he had told me in the past. But—.

The Oppai Loving Dragon found big oppai and fell in love

Ise-kun clutched his head and screamed out

“Guuuuuaaaahh! My head is going to split apart!”

Blood then gushed out from his nose, and white foam came out of his mouth!

The oppai of the Switch-Princess are truly wonderful ☆

DRAGON DRAGON OPPAI DRAGON

BOUNCE-BOUNCE POKE-POKE SWAY

There are many oppai

Ise-kun was still looking at the girls weakly. Finally, he turned his gaze towards the person he loved the most — Rias-zenbuchou’s body.

But he likes those of the Switch-Princess the most

Ise-kun barely managed to make a smile — and then.

The Oppai Dragon is also sleeps today

With a ‘don’ sound, he collapsed onto his pillow.

“Ise!?”

“Ise-san!?”

“Ise-kun!?”

Ise-sama! Hold on!”

Everyone had panicked upon seeing Ise-kun faint. The nurse-san hastily prepared the life-support devices for Ise-kun.

There are many oppai

But he likes those of the Switch-Princess the most

The Oppai Dragon also flies today

The fourth verse of the song was finally over, and Ise-kun’s parents also switched off the TV—. It seems like the [Oppai Dragon Song] could be described as the most potent poison for Ise-kun right now…. On that day, Ise-kun lost the thing that was most important to him, and lost the value of his own existence—.

(Part 1 of 2) (6/4)


Part 2

It was two hours later that Ise-kun regained consciousness.

He had already calmed down, received Asia’s healing, drank Phoenix Tears, and he could already sit with his upper body up again. Azazel-sensei began to explain and summarise the changes that Ise-kun had undergone.

“—In short, this is what the situation is like right now. The power of the Dragon God, you are not allowed to use that again.”

Sensei then said a few more things

“Having said that though, Balance Breakers are an impossible phenomenon. The God of the Bible no longer exists, and coupled with the actions of the Hero Faction, Balance Breakers have continually been appearing recently. In the long history of humanity, the number of people who could use Balance Breakers was very small.”

That’s right, Balance Breakers were extremely rare phenomena. However, the number of them had risen greatly this past year. Perhaps the reason for it was because the conditions for it to be achieved were leaked out from the Hero Faction. Moreover, the God of the Bible no longer existed, thus there was no one to control the Sacred Gear System, and that became one of the reasons. My holy-demonic sword was also an impossible product. Moreover, in addition to subspecies Balance Breakers, many similar situations arose among our enemies. Especially Ise-kun and Vali, those Two Heavenly Dragons had attained unparalleled growth. Azazel-sensei continued on with this topic

“Under such conditions, Ise’s and Vali’s Balance Breakers have undergone completely new changes, which could be described as a form of growth. The originally chosen pathway to increase your strength was a relatively safe and low risk method…. But in such a short period of time, both you and Vali have increased your strength extraordinarily; I’m currently reflecting on this. Attaining a Balance Breaker allowed you to increase your strength. [Balance Breaker] — that can be abbreviated as BxB. That being the case, the power-up of your crimson armour [Cardinal Crimson] — that would be CxC, and the [Diabolos Dragon] obtained through Dragon Deification — that would be DxD. Basically, you’ve enhanced your strength excessively in a short amount of time. Furthermore, this isn’t just a simple two-stage increase; rather, it’s a five-stage or ten-stage evolution. …It’s natural that your body isn’t able to keep up.”

No one was able to say anything in response to this. Regardless of whom, everyone felt truly happy at the fact that Ise-kun’s strength had increased, and it encouraged themselves. On the contrary, they had also recognised that he had become too strong in too short an amount of time. Especially his power-up through the power of infinity…the burden on his body was extraordinarily heavy. Sensei — he faced Ise-kun’s parents and deeply lowered his head.

“…Ise, he…your son, it’s all my fault that he’s become the way that he is now. It was all because I was too interested, and too proud in his ability, and power; I made too many unreasonable demands of him in too short an amount of time. In order to live up to my expectations, he’s endured all kinds of difficulties…however, bearing the burden of this was indeed too much for a seventeen year old child. This is also — my fault.”

Azazel-sensei’s words were more sincere than anything he had said in the past, it encapsulated his inner regret and guilt. Ise-kun’s parents frantically waved their hands with exaggerated motions towards sensei’s behaviour which was different from what it had been in the past.

“H-Hold on, sensei! Please don’t be like this! I don’t mind this at all! Because, I wouldn’t have been able to become stronger if not for sensei!”

“But, Ise. It was my fault that those you loved the most were taken away.”

“Even so, that was something that couldn’t be helped. …Although that dealt a heavy, and serious blow to me. Although it was very serious…”

Ise-kun looked around at everyone, and smiled.

“Thanks to this, we are all alive. Precisely because I had sensei’s guidance, I was able to obtain the power to save everyone. I also agree that I’ve overworked myself in such a short amount of time, but, if I didn’t achieve the growth that I have now, I would have lost any one of the people here. So that I don’t lose anyone, I think — it’s worth it even if I lose an arm or a leg.”

After hearing Ise-kun’s assertion, Ise-kun’s parents responded to Azazel-sensei. Ise-kun’s otou-san spoke first.

“Sensei, please raise your head. My son has already grown to be able to say something so respectable. That’s already enough for me. You’ve raised Ise into a man, sensei. As a father, I’m very grateful to you.”

Ise’s okaa-san then said

“…Seeing my son’s body, I was also shocked. I didn’t even know when he began to have such muscles…I already understand just how much effort Ise has expended for everyone here. As a mother, I don’t want him to be involved in any more troubles…but, my son, who has he saved? As parents, we are very proud. I’m also grateful to Azazel-sensei who was able to guide Ise into this.”

Azazel-sensei lifted his head, and sincerely looked at Ise-kun’s parents.

“The son of you two is a valuable asset of the Underworld. Because of this, I won’t allow Ise to become endangered again.”

Azazel-sensei brushed Ise-kun’s head.

“Leave the rest to us. I also…we of the higher-ups will be going out to the frontlines as well this time. So, you should rest well right now. …Even if I say this, you’ll still charge out…. But, you need to promise me something.”

Sensei looked seriously at Ise-kun as he said

“The power of Dragon Deification, you are not allowed to use it again. …I’ll allow you to use the BxB and CxC that I just spoke about…but you can’t endanger yourself, do you understand?”

Ise-kun carefully nodded. He then asked a question.

“…Sensei, would it be possible for me to have growth like AxA or ExE?”

“This I do not know. If you are determined to seek such a pathway to enhance your strength, it may be possible in the future…in short, I’ll allow you to use Balance Breaker and Cardinal Crimson, but definitely not Dragon Deification.”

After sensei said that, Ise-kun was left to the attending doctor, nurse and his parents. Azazel-sensei said

“I have something to do, so I’ll say goodbye first.”

He bowed his head to Ise-kun’s parents again, and then planned to leave—.

“Rias, Akeno, Kiba, Gasper, Rossweisse, come with me for a little bit.”

He called me, Rias-zenbuchou, Akeno-san, Gasper-kun, and Rossweisse-san over, while the others stayed behind to talk with Ise-kun. We followed sensei to leave the patient room, and arrived at the rest area which was on the same level. And over there — a man wearing a black jacket, Ikuse Tobio-san, as well as several other people that we had never met before stood there. Ikuse-san said to Azazel-sensei

“Everyone is present now.”

“I know, Tobio. Calling you all over so urgently, I’m sorry.”

“No, we also want head out to the frontlines together with [DxD]. Although it’s only a modest amount of strength, let us also do our best to help.”

Ikuse-san replied. Sensei then turned to us and said

“Rias, and all of you. My Slash Dog team will also be coming out to the frontlines from behind the scenes this time. Afterwards, we will discuss the things about our joint force.”

What exciting news! The major people of the Grigori were finally going to have an official debut on the stage! This was an unprecedented large-scale battle, so it was also imperative that they would also be joining the fight. It was currently a situation where we wouldn’t mind having too many people if another strong person joined. —At that time, Akeno-san noticed a certain person and became surprised. Following where Akeno-san was looking, there stood a beauty who was around twenty years old and looked rather similar to Akeno-san. She also had beautiful, black, flowing long hair. The beauty smiled at Akeno-san.

“—Akeno.”

Tears quickly began to stream down Akeno-san’s face, and she then jumped over to hug her.

“—Uh! Suzaku-anesama!”

The woman who was called Suzaku lovingly stroked Akeno-san’s head.

“I didn’t see you for some time and was worried about you, it’s good that you’re healthy more than anything else.”

“Me too, I’m sorry for not getting in touch with you.”

“Now, there’s no need to apologise. Considering your position, this is something that can’t be helped.”

—Suzaku. I was familiar with this name. It was the name of the Himejima Clan’s — current head of the family. She was related by blood to Akeno-san, Akeno-san’s okaa-san ‘Shuri’-san and the head of the family’s mother were sisters, and hence these two people were cousins. Upon seeing the current head of the Himejima family here, Rias-zenbuchou smiled as she greeted her.

“Long time no see, Suzaku.”

“Yes, Rias-san. I just had to silence the fussy people in my family a bit. This time I will also work together with Tobio, you and the others.”

As the head of the Himejima family, she had a reason for being acquainted with Ikuse-san. Ikuse-san’s family also belonged to the Himejima family, and had the same bloodline as the Himejima family. Like Akeno-san, he was a second cousin of the current family head. Due to Akeno-san’s circumstances, the Himejima family and the Grigori had a grudge against each other, but most recently…after the head of the family changed, there were significant changes internally, and lately, both sides had softened against each other. Now that both of these cousins could embrace each other, it was the best evidence of that softening. Hearing those words from Suzaku-san as the current head of the family, Rias-zenbuchou continued to ask

“So?”

“As the current head of the Himejima family, I would naturally participate in this battle. The other four families will also send specialists to this battle, joining me on the frontlines.”

The other four families — since ancient times, Japan had a group which guarded those with supernatural abilities, they were the — Nakiri clan, Himejima clan, Shinra clan, Kushihashi clan, and Doumon clan. These five clans — were known as the Five Great Families. The Five Great Families which evaded the supernatural until now, were entering the war this time…. This was also thanks to Suzaku-san’s persuasion, and they had also witnessed the destruction of Trihexa and recognised the threat that it posed. Although I had mixed feelings, I felt happy about the fact that our combat strength had increased. Another group then approached. —It was the Vali team. After witnessing Rizevim’s demise, he also joined us on the frontlines in the Norse World. He and his team also fought courageously in the fierce battle against the army of Evil Dragons. For now, Vali was currently counted as the adopted son of the chief god Odin, and was also a student who had been taught by Azazel-sensei. It was impossible for him not to join the battle. However, while he was originally a battle maniac, it was a positive thing that he joyfully went to battle. But after the defensive battle ended, he had disappeared…. Having reappeared, Vali revealed a fearless smile when he saw Ikuse-san.

“—Tobio, so you also have to come out and show your face huh.”

“Vali, is your revenge finally over?”

In response to Ikuse-san, Vali simply raised the edge of his mouth slightly. Ikuse-san continued to speak to Vali

“This time, our team will also be on the frontlines. But, we’ve been given the order to supress Trihexa’s damage. We’ll be assisting you, and also going on a rampage.”

Hearing this, Vali laughed heartily.

“It’s really been a long time since I’ve seen your true ability, hasn’t it? Ho, the situation has already reached this point. I originally wanted to see that again when I fought against you again…”

Vali still spoke in a haughty manner as usual. Ikuse-san seemed slightly embarrassed as he scratched his cheek, and made a slight smile.

“Hahaha, you still haven’t changed that habit of yours. —Indeed, you’ll head out to the battlefield here. Please.”

While saying that, he looked behind Ikuse-san. After seeing the person behind him, Vali’s expression changed.

“—What! …I didn’t think that you’d actually bring her along too…?”

There was a girl wearing a hood, and she took off her hood as she stepped out from the Slash Dog team. It was a blonde-haired witch. Her hair was long and flowing, and her eyes were sapphire blue. She seemed around twenty years old, and looked like a great beauty. While the witch approached Vali, she revealed a soft smile.

“Were you saying some selfish things again?”

I looked over at Vali…he actually seemed to be retreating as he scratched his cheek. That Vali was actually shaken by seeing the appearance of that woman.

“……Uh!! Lavinia…you!”

The witch who was addressed as Lavinia by Vali, held up Vali’s hand.

“Mephisto-kaichou and Former Governor Azazel have consented to allow me on the frontlines, which is why I’ve come out. Now we can fight together again, Va-kun.”

—Va-kun. Someone able to address Vali like that must be someone he was close with. …I see, Vali knew her. Vali’s usual calm and handsome aura was missing, he simply stood there with a bewildered expression as he looked embarassed.

“I, no, it’s problematic!”

Hearing Vali reply, the woman called Lavinia displayed a sad expression.

“Va-kun…you betrayed the Grigori, went to find your grandfather alone, and gave many people a lot of trouble. This can’t do you know. You need to fight together with everyone this time. —Be good, okay?”

Lavinia then moved towards Vali’s chest, and gave him a big hug. I did not expect that this battle maniac who didn’t even have a speck of interest in women would now actually be standing there without resistance, and even with a flustered face trying his best.

“…Uh, ku!”

Seeing Vali like this, even Rias-zenbuchou was so surprised that her mouth was wide open. …The ones who clearly understood their situation, Azazel-sensei and the Slash Dog team, grinned as they watched the interaction between those two people.

“As Lucifer and a Dragon, it can simply be abbreviated as Lucidrago, you still haven’t gotten rid of those habits.”

“But, it’s nice that it suits Va-kun’s style.”

The men and women of the Slash Dog team casually teased. The Vali team also watched his strange behaviour. They all seemed to be enjoying their captain’s unexpected behaviour.

“She’s truly the one person that my captain can’t lift his head against nya”

“As soon as he notices the [Ice Princess]’s aura, he’ll run away. He was careless this time, and the [Ice Princess] herself had also completely erased her presence so Vali couldn’t detect it. Kakaka!”

It looked like Kuroka and Bikou also knew Lavinia. Ikuse-san explained to us

“She’s called Lavinia Reni. She’s a witch of [Grauzauberer] — the most highly regarded subordinate of Mephisto Pheles-kaichou. Both Vali and I are the same, we’re quite fearful of her. She’s roughly equivalent to Vali’s ane [6], if saying that makes it somewhat easier to understand.”

Rias-zenbuchou understood.

“…[Longinus], the possessor of [ Absolute Demise ][7]. [Ice Princess Lavinia], it’s also the first time I’ve seen her…”

I had also only heard of the name but never met the person. She belonged to the magician organisation of [Grauzauberer] and was known as the strongest [Ice Princess Lavinia]—. She was one of the possessors of a Longinus, [Absolute Demise]. However, it was news to me that she was connected to the Slash Dog team…. It was the first time that I had found out about Vali’s weakness. Kuroka and Le Fay quietly asked me

(“By the way, is Sekiryuutei-chan okay?”)

(“We found out about some news in here…I’m also quite worried…. I originally wanted to rush over here…but I couldn’t just rush over here in the middle of a battle…I’m really sorry.”)

Both of them had once been under the care of the Hyoudou household. They were also good friends with Ise-kun and got along well with him. They were constantly worried about Ise-kun.

(“Yeah, well, right now his life is not in danger. I’ll tell you the details about it later.”)

After hearing my reply, both of them heaved a sigh of relief. …For a matter such as receiving damage when the topic was about breasts, it was rather difficult to explain in words, but they would immediately understand if Kuroka went to give Ise-kun a hug…. But in that case, Ise-kun would have to suffer again. Azazel-sensei looked at us who were gathered here and began to speak.

“The current situation is critical, so I’m asking for your help this time. It’s not only the Underworld, but this time, every mythology is being threatened. That’s how immense their malice is. Although you’ve had some disagreements between each other in the past, if you don’t cooperate well this time, we won’t be left with anything good. Compared with the crisis of the end of the world, anyone’s pride is nothing in comparison.”

Sensei then said to Rossweisse-san and Gasper-kun

“Rossweisse, Gasper, I’ve obtained some new information about the Holy Grail. In order to defeat Trihexa, I’ll need your opinions and assistance. After this, could you come with me briefly?”

Both of them didn’t say anything, but nodded firmly.

“As for everyone else, please go to the Maou’s city and stand by. If anything happens—”

Sensei didn’t finish his sentence. A man wearing a suit came running over through the corridor, it was someone employed by the Devils’ side. Since he was actually running in a hospital, it seemed like the situation wasn’t a trivial matter. In fact, that person’s face also looked pale. He stood in front of sensei, and then relayed the message to him

“Trihexa and the army of Evil Dragons have made a move again.”

[“—What!”]

Everyone was surprised! …They had actually made a move again…! Everyone immediately changed their mindset, and showed courageous expressions. Rias-zenbuchou asked the man

“Where did they show up this time!?”

“…That…is Mount Olympus—”

Olympus — that was the territory of the Greek mythology! That is to say, after the Norse mythology, it was the Greek mythology! After listening to that, everyone prepared to set out. Rias-zenbuchou made a declaration towards everyone

“Then, we’ll go there! Everyone, we’re going—”

However, the man’s report hadn’t finished—.

“It’s not just that. …At the same time, at the foot of Mount Meru [8], the territories of the Egyptian and Celtic mythologies, Trihexa has also appeared!”

…….

…There wasn’t just one place…? Aside from Olympus, it had also appeared at Meru Mountain, and the worlds of the Egyptian and Celtic mythologies…?

“What’s going on here…?”

The unimaginable events caused Rias-zenbuchou to frown. She couldn’t help asking further. …But, Azazel-sensei seemed to realise something, and his expression immediately turned grim. The man continued

“Trihexa split itself into several bodies, and sent itself to the territories of various factions, that’s what has happened!”

[“—What!”]

Everyone was shocked again, and were left speechless. …It split…its body…into several parts? That is to say, Trihexa split its body up, and then attacked different factions simultaneously…? Azazel-sensei said with a bitter expression

“…It should be as he reported. That beast divided its body, and attacked different places at the same time.”

“…Does that mean that since it has several heads, it can split itself into several bodies…?”

Rias-zenbuchou accidentally let out her surprise on the situation of the battle. While we were fighting in the Norse World, we had already witnessed Trihexa’s unimaginable combat strength. Despite taking on our all-out attacks, and attacks from god class beings, Trihexa appeared to be completely unharmed. Even if its exterior was burnt, and its flesh was gouged out, it was able to regenerate in an instant. On the other hand, its flaming breath which was outrageously strong and large came towards us. The earth was split, mountains were destroyed, and our side received tragic losses. Just one hit was enough to change the shape of the environment—. It was this beast which had now even split itself into several parts! Several beasts like that were now attacking simultaneously…! However, if splitting also distributed its strength…. It wasn’t possible to think like that, even if that was the case, there were a massive number of mass-produced Evil Dragons and fake Sekiryuutei everywhere. We couldn’t carelessly underestimate the enemy. Akeno-san said to Rias-zenbuchou

“In this case, we’ll also need the combat strength of the members who are currently supressing the unrest in the Underworld.”

“Where are Sona, Sairaorg and the others right now? It would be best if we could contact them now.”

The Sitri peerage, Bael peerage, and Agares peerage were currently all suppressing the riots which had broken out throughout the Underworld. But, the current situation could only be left to the local police and military. We needed to immediately rush over to where Trihexa was. While we were thinking about that, the man who had reported to us received new information. He too was surprised by the new information

“—Tsk! They actually…”

He immediately conveyed the new information to us.

“The Bael and Sitri peerages are both currently in the capital city of the Bael territory. …The Bael’s city is currently under attack from rebels!”

—The situation had rapidly deteriorated! Yes, what we Devils always had to face was embedded within our own depths, that which was filled with chaos and darkness—.

(Part 2 of 2) (12/4)

(Revised 18/4)

[1] Normal milk from a cow.
[2] Same as above.
[3] Oji-san and oba-san: father and mother respectively.
[4] Ogifu-sama and ogibo-sama: father-in-law and mother-in-law respectively.
[5] Oppai, chichi, and mune are all words which mean breasts.
[6] Ane: elder sister.
[7] Kanji was [Eternal Ice Princess], kana was [Absolute Demise].
[8] Mount Meru is the home of Brahma and the demi-gods in Hindu mythology.

Continues on to Life.Ba’al Lion of the Great King —Great King—

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122 Responses to HighSchool DxD Volume 21 (Life.1)

  1. dragonosman2 says:

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    So this is the Final version?  Keep up the good work, TripleZerox!

    I’ve been having troubles with making comments lately (database connection error), so I’m also doing this to see if I can post comments now.

    Edit: Yep, it’s fine now.

  2. WyvernFrog says:

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    Hope Chapter 2 gets released quickly.

  3. Brett says:

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    Need more.

  4. Emad says:

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    Lol I have a feeling Isse wont fight, but then again I might be wrong

    • dragonosman2 says:

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      On the contrary: [spoiler=”Volume 21 spoilers”]Ise actually will fight.  In the quotes that were released for this Volume, there was also one of Apophis telling Ise to use DxD mode on him.  And according to the spoilers we got for the Volume itself, Ise does fight Apophis in DxD mode.  And after that, Ophis helps Ise by fixing all the damage that was done to him by DxD mode, as well as the drawback involving breasts of girls, with the side-effect of reducing the power of DxD mode.  So yeah, the drawbacks of using Dragon Deification get fixed, but it comes at the cost of nerfing DxD mode.[/spoiler]

      • Emad says:

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        So who will fight 666?

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          We don’t know much yet, but it’s sealed by [spoiler=”Volume 21″]most of the leaders, including most of the Seraphs and Sirzechs and most of his Peerage and Azazel, sealing themselves away with the Beast.  Sirzechs leaves Grayfia behind, by the way.  Ise will probably look after her, but I just hope she doesn’t join his harem.[/spoiler]

          • Emad says:

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            k this is very bad I read alot of things and it says that this volume is the end of the fourth arc and next volume is gonna be the beginning of the 5th and final arc that most be a lie right? It cant end this is my most favorite series

          • dragonosman2 says:

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            The final arc will be the Shiva arc.  And before that is another arc.  But Trihexa will be sealed in this arc as far as we read in the spoilers unless I understood wrong.

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          But i thought that there was only final arc left. Shiva arc may contain more volumes though.

          • Emad says:

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            i dont speak japanese so idk how much is true but in a website called reddit someone said that the next arc will be the last and that person said that it was in the writer Ichiei Ishibumi Twitter

  5. Anonymous says:

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    When I post it has anonymous instead of my user name… Where is the login at?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      You can fill in the “name” field to have a name. If you have a WordPress account, login first at WordPress.com and when you visit my site you should be able to see a black bar at the top of the page with the WordPress logo to indicate that you are logged in.

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    I wonder if the AxA power-up Issei asked about would be the equivalent of Saji’s Balance Breaker?  When Saji acheived BB it was by coming into harmony (kind of) with Vritra.  I could see Issei meditating with Draig one day and accidentally slipping into or discovering this new, weaker BB.

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  8. Luchkata says:

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    Hello people. I do not speak English very well, but I want to ask you happen to know when will be filmed fourth season of DxD?

  9. Maze says:

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    . It was this breast which had now even split itself into several parts! Several beasts like that were now attacking.

    Is it breast? or beast?

  10. enzo says:

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    is ophis gonna be okay after this whole volume?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      I don’t know yet, I’m sure we’ll find out though.

      • DragonOsman says:

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        [spoiler=”reply”]Most of the major leaders sealed themselves away along with Trihexa, and Sirzechs took most of his Peerage with him. But nite that it’s most of his Peerage; he left Grayfia behind. Note: I’m saying this in reply to the person who that Ophis, Sirzechs, and Grayfia and most of the other leaders and everyone sealed themselves away. According to the spoilers, that’s not the case. Azazel was one of the leaders who sealed themselves away, though. And Ophis also didn’t go. [/spoiler]

  11. Kemm says:

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    Thanks for the chapter.

     

    Trivia: in Japanese, milk from an animal receives the same name as that animal’s milk-producing organs. That way, both “cow milk” and “cow udders” are “gyuunyuu”, and “mother’s milk” and “mother’s breasts” are “bounyuu”. In order to differentiate, the second meaning is sometimes given alternate readings, but that’s mainly slang (e.g. to mean “a girl’s enormous breasts”, they would call them “cow udders” and read it “ushichichi” instead of “gyuunyuu”), and with the opposite intention, every slang for “boobs” is also used for “human milk” (so Ise has been bathed in “oppai”). The English word “MIRUKU” (milk) is used exclusively for cattle milk, mainly cow milk (and very rarely sheep or goat milk).

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      Lavinia’s surname should be “Reni”, like now, since the author seems fond of Italian surnames for his European cast (Argento, Quarta).

      Among the families, I miss the Tsuchimikados. It’s weird that they don’t appear when mentioning the most powerful ancient spiritualist families tasked with the spiritual protection of Japan.

      EDIT: It seems that footnote #4 onMouse action (that is, showing the text of the footnote when hovering the mouse over the footnote number) doesn’t work.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thanks for the trivia! Didn’t know that one.

  12. aw454wtr says:

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    So innovate clear and telos karma are the only longinuses that have not appeared yet, will those be appearing later on in this vol?

  13. foggydrake03 says:

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    Vali’s reaction was hilarious.

    I hope Ishibumi continues slash/dog because this volume is revealing that there’s a lot of stuff we are missing background wise.

    • jackal clauz says:

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      to be honest i think ishibumi dont need expand it n about background for each character it will be wise if not reveal it coz if that background contradiction with the actual story will be like dxd anime vs light novel many dxd fan or not fan say the anime specially season 3 was the worse adaptation n to much fanservice (well it not like i hate it but come on they even change tannin from dragon who stand with his 4 foot become like macho kind dragon who stand in 2 foot its lame so lame) without actual progress or background story like light novel and that will be disaster

      • dragonosman2 says:

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        I don’t think that matters for Slash Dog.  Ishibumi, the author for HS DxD, is the one writing it, and I think he’ll be careful to not provide contradictory information for any character.  And we do need a continuation for Slash Dog, too.  So far, there’s only one Volume (unless more have come out and the one on B-T is the only one that’s been translated so far), and from the way the book ended I’d say there’s more.

  14. toaneo07 says:

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    cool, youre amazing

    sooo in the endniodhogrr is dead or not? is what is mean ExE and AxA?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Nidhoggr is most likely dead. ExE and AxA are simply speculations on Ise’s possible future power-ups based on his current growth of BxB -> CxC -> DxD.

  15. Anonymous says:

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    Hey zxzxzx thnks for the update.And i dont mean to be rude but its so short.I th8 DxD was the most important project ur working on.Or are u translating others.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      I’m working on a lot of things at the moment, and while I do tend to prioritise DxD, I’m trying not to overtake the Chinese translator, which works out quite well for me.

      • Anonymous says:

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        Oh okay rock on zxzxzx.I wouldnt know wat i wud do widout u since you are the only one translating it in english.

  16. kusabireika says:

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    uhm just created a group on [URL=”https://join.skype.com/PFlxHfzMu2vB”]skype[/URL] I hope everyone can join on HS DxD Group on skype. T_T :T_T:

    uhm the reason I created the group so uhm we can talk about HS DxD tl there. T_T :T_T:

  17. dragonosman2 says:

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    Thanks for the update, TripleZerox!  Just a few typos I’ve noticed:

    First:

    That’s right, Balance Breakers were extremely rare phenomenon. 

    There should be an an before the extremely there.

    Second:

    He called me, Rias-senbuchou, Akeno-san, Gasper, and Rossweisse-san over, while the others stayed behind to chat/talk with Ise-kun

    Here, senbuchou should be changed to zenbuchou.

    Third:

    Ikuse-san replued. Sensei then turned to us and said

    Replued should be changed to replied.

    Fourth:

    As the current head of the Himejima family, I would naturally participate in this battle. The other four families/clans will also send/have specialists(?) to this battle, joining me on the frontlines.”

    This is something Suzaku is saying, and it’s currently missing an opening double-quote right before As.

    Fifth:

    “It’s really been a long time since I’ve seen your true/real ability, isn’t it?

    Here, I think that grammatically, it should be “hasn’t it?” rather than “isn’t it?”.  After all, the contraction it’s in this context means “it has”.  He’s asking, “It has really been a long time since I’ve seen your true/real ability, hasn’t it?”.

    Sixth:

    Vali still spoke in a haughty manner as usual. Ikuse-san seemed slightly embarrassed as he scratched his cheek, and made a slight smiled.

    At the end of this sentence, the word smile shouldn’t be the past-tense form, as it’s supposed to be a noun.  Take out the d.

    Seventh:

    “Hahaha, you/I still haven’t changed that habit of yours. —Indeed, you’ll head out to the battlefield here. Please.”

    This is actually a question. I’m confused by this. Why did you put “you/I”?  Are you not sure if Tobio is talking himself or Vali here?  Since it’s talking about a habit of Vali’s, shouldn’t it be “you still haven’t changed that habit of yours”?

    Vali’s usual calm and handsome aura was missing/non-existent, he simply stood there with his heartbeat increasing/accelerating bewildered.

    This sounds a bit off because of the “accelerating bewildered” thing, I think, but I’m not sure as to how to fix this.  I wonder if knowing Chinese and/or Japanese would help here.

    About Absolute Demise vs. Eternal Ice Princess: since “Absolute Demise” seems like it’s the Furigana above the Kanji for “Eternal Ice Princess” from the way you put it in the TL note, as the phonetic reading intended by author is the one for the Furigana, it should be left as “Absolute Demise” because that’s the Furigana reading.

    And as part of the above, Eighth:

    “…[Longinus], the possessor of [ Absolute Demise ][4]. [Ice Princess Lavinia] It’s also the first time I’ve seen her…”

    Shouldn’t there be a period after “[Ice Princess Lavinia]”?

    However, it was new to me that she was connected/related to the Slash Dog team….

    The word new here should be news, I think.  And the part right after is a bit confusing to me.  Kuroka already knows about Vali’s when it comes to Lavinia, right?

    Ninth:

    It was this breast which had now even split itself into several parts!

    Take out the from breast here.  It should be beast, not breast.

    We needed to immediately rush over to Trihexa’s side. While we were thinking about that, the man who had reported us received new information. He was shocked/stunned by the new information/intelligence

    Shouldn’t it “immediately rush over to where Trihexa is”?  Right now, it sounds like they’ll go to help Trihexa, which would be just outrageous.  Also, instead of “had reported us,” it should be “had reported to us”.

    Anyway, putting that aside, I’ll get to the stuff that happened now.

    Seeing the interaction between Vali and Lavinia here, and also seeing Rias’ and Kiba’s reactions to it, was pretty amusing, as was reading what Bikou and Kuroka had to say about it.

    I’m worried about what Kuroka will do when she sees Ise again, especially if it’s at a time when she doesn’t know about his “condition”.  She’ll probably hug him, like Kiba said, but that’d just give him more pain.  Really, not good.

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      There should be an an before the extremely there.

      Unless Kiba refers it as singular, the plural form is correct, but it’s not phenomenon (singular) but rather phenomena (plural)

      Shouldn’t there be a period after “[Ice Princess Lavinia]”?

      and a comma after [Absolute Demise] instead of a period.

       

       

      • zxzxzx says:

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        Thanks for that. I’ll double check on the period and comma in the JP raw later, but this is how I intended it initially:

        “…[Longinus], the possessor of [Absolute Demise][4]. [Ice Princess Lavinia], it’s also the first time I’ve seen her…”

    • Ariel_Saeba says:

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      Oh, and one more thing. Lavinia’s surname could also be read as Reeni (AFAIK it’s an Old Greek Name, meaning peaceful)

      • zxzxzx says:

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        Yeah, that’s a tough one to decide on as “Leni” is also Old Greek and means “bright”. “Reni” is also latin for “rebirth”.

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      Thanks dragonosman2! I’ll fix them up in the final revision. But just for clarity now:

      Seventh:

      “Hahaha, you/I still haven’t changed that habit of yours. —Indeed, you’ll head out to the battlefield here. Please.”

      he simply stood there with a bewildered expression as his heartbeat increased/accelerated.

      I didn’t read ahead and was initially uncertain as it didn’t specify you or I, but it’s clear now that ‘you’ was intended.

      Ninth:

      “…[Longinus], the possessor of [Absolute Demise][4]. [Ice Princess Lavinia], it’s also the first time I’ve seen her…”

      That’s what I have it as now. [Ice Princess Lavinia] was part of that sentence, the ‘It’s’ may have been auto-capitalised. I do believe I have it as Absolute Demise in all cases.

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        On the one where I mentioned the Furigana for, you’ve put both readings (the Kanji reading and the Furigana reading). That’s why I said that you should put in only the Furigana reading for it.

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    May I ask !! what does AxA and ExE mean? Since Issei mentions them and wondered if he could attain them, so i’m wondering what that kind of power up could do to him.    Thanks and forgive me if I wrote something wrong. I’m still learning.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      It’s only just been mentioned, so we may not find out more about them or even if they will occur for a while.

  19. Anonymous says:

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    And the Plot thickens…..

  20. DxDHunterDxD says:

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    No Oppai = No Life…..I have lost all reason to live……SEPPEKU

  21. Emad says:

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    This blew my mind away never thought that he would loose his main source of power i never expected that I cant wait to finish this volume. Thanks alot for translating.

  22. Kaz says:

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    Very good work Triple Zero X, cant wait for V21 be completly translated. Keep it up! Greetings from Germany

  23. Anonymous says:

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    So when is the rest of the chapter coming bro im literally checking this page every 5 hrs.I am a die hard fan of dxd and its dragon lores and wars

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    Hyoudou Issei is still suffer after being Diabolos Dragon mode.Even Issei turn back into normal it still cannot saying and looking at girls oppai (except his mother and Koneko).I guess that Ophis turn into young woman and having a
    big oppai is maybe to cure Issei

    • dragonosman2 says:

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      You’re right on the mark (except we’re not sure on the reason for the Adult-Ophis), so just keep reading.  It’ll all be fixed by the end of the Volume.

  25. rias_lycxix says:

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    dafaq did I just read,so it means ippai is now like cyanide to issei…….damm this will spoil dxd..tell me he was dreaming right…

    • dragonosman2 says:

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      You aren’t dreaming, but it’ll be alright because: [spoiler=”Volume 21 spoiler”]Ophis will fix all of the bad stuff that happened to Ise because of going into DxD mode some time after his fight against Apophis, except at the cost of nerfing DxD mode.

      I think it makes to nerf it, though, if you think about it.  It does kind of suck, but it also makes sense.  Ise’s DxD mode is meant to be based off of the Cardinal Crimson Queen, so it doesn’t make sense for it to already be at Dragon God level when the form it expands upon isn’t at Heavenly Dragon level yet.  And Ise’s body also can’t completely handle the power yet despite having Great Red’s flesh to allow him to handle the power.  Once he masters Cardinal Crimson Queen and raises its power up to Heavenly Dragon level, DxD mode should become easier to master.  Once he masters it, its power will go up to Dragon God level[/spoiler]

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    @TripleZeroX, thanks for the update, mate. There are some suggestions I can give since this is still in draft form.

    I — Kiba Yuuto, had just finished a large battle, and returned to the capital of the Devils’ world, Lilith.

    The diction (word usage choice) “large” here does not really collocates with battle. I think it will fit better if you can replace it with the word “major” or “large-scale” which is more commonly used in war stories. Oh, and you can omit the comma too, like this:

    I — Kiba Yuuto, had just finished a major battle and returned to the capital city of the Devil world, Lilith.

    Or

    I — Kiba Yuuto, had just finished a large-scale battle and returned to the capital city of the Devil world, Lilith.

    Then:

    Including me, the Gremory household went to [Serafall Memorial Hospital], in the capital of Lilith.

    Since Lilith’s description as a capital city is already mentioned in the first sentence, not to mention there’s already a preposition “in” preceding it to indicate Lilith as a place, I suggest to omit the descriptive for better word “flow” (not to mention saving space) like this:

    We, the Gremory household, went to the Serafall Memorial Hospital in Lilith.

    For the next one:

    The hospital which was named after Serafall Leviathan-sama had leading medical equipment in the Underworld, and was a very advanced hospital.

    This is just my opinion, but the sentence structure seems a bit jarring (placing the adjective clause in the middle does not help either), and for the layman it may seem confusing (especially the hospital explanation part). Moreover, the word “leading” does not click when used for describing objects (unless you put a preposition). I suggest some alternatives :

    It was a state-of-the-art hospital with the most cutting-edge medical equipment, christened after Serafall Leviathan-sama. (sounds fancy)

    Or

    It was one of the most advanced hospital with modern medical equipment, named after Serafall Leviathan-sama.(easier understanding)

    will continue it later.

    • DragonOsman says:

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      On the second alternative for the hospital description, in “one of the most advanced hospital,” there should be an after hospital.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thank you for all that! I was contemplating on that and a few other things throughout the chapter which I’ll improve in the final version. It’ll probably be on the 20th, so that I can check it against the Japanese and then work on improving the flow.

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      Someone call the Waambulance…..

  27. Asura1522 says:

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    Huh so this is what “a pain worse that death,” means huh. Issei won’t be able grab that oppai for the reat of his life.

  28. SonReal says:

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    You just updated on my birthday .. Thanks !

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

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    thanks zxzxzx for the update

    as we discussed on the illustration page ,seems ise is suffering from ‘cant see breast’ , actually it is even worst than it

    there is an error here

    “The Sekiryuutei had recovered by relying on breast milk. …In regards to something like this, even I don’t what to say, Ise….”

    it should be “even i don’t know what to say”

    • dragonosman2 says:

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      Snap, I forgot to point that one out.  Like I said in my comment, though, Kiba always adds the “-kun” honorific to Ise’s name whenever he talks to or about him, and since this is chapter is also in his point of view, the narration should also have “Ise-kun” instead of just “Ise”.

      But yeah, his condition really is much worse than just not being able to see breasts.  And the only ones whose breasts he’s able to see are his mother and Koneko; the latter being only because her chest is really small (so it doesn’t count towards the penalty of using Dragon Deification).  In truth, breasts have become his poison now, which is really the worst kind of thing for him since he’s so obsessed with them and even causes miracles and gains power-ups using them.

      I feel so sorry for the poor guy.  Now I just wonder how Ophis manages to fix his condition, though.

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        dragonosman2 I didn’t need to read the second paragraph of your comment,I have read the chapter to know about ise’s suffering,I just mentioned it to zxzxzx because we had discussed this earlier on Vol 21 illustration page 

        And I forgot to mention ‘ise-kun

        I have seen in the illustration someone who looks like a big boob ophis,so it might be possible to cure ise using ophis,as she can change her appearance and has no specific gender,he might be able to see those breast and get cured

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          That’s a good point about why Ophis could cure it.

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          If Dragon-deification requires a direct intervention by a matured Ophis, maybe this is where Ophis starts falling for Issei?  After all, this would be her first time dealing with the hormone cocktail of a teen girl.

          Perhaps Ophis had even chosen the immature, asexual form prior to meeting with Issei specifically so she would not be tempted?

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            I posted this up a above by accident, but I really wanted to post it here:

            I’m not sure if it’s possible for her to just “choose” to turn into a girl who can use her female reproductive organs to have sex with a guy and give birth to kids, but it’s good if she can. I think she’d make a great addition to Ise’s harem. Just remember, though, that his number one woman is and always will be Rias. He even said once that she’s the greatest woman in the world (he said it to Azazel over the once, and Rias was standing right next to Azazel at the time so the message was passed on to her). I know this can change, but we have to remember that this is a story and that Rias is the main heroine in it.  If Ise’s the King of his harem, Rias will be its Queen as his number one. Fact.

            @Asura: Like I said, Ise’s current condition isn’t permanent. Ophis will fix it afterwards.

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            That makes sense. I’ve always thought Ophis should be Issei’s queen.  I know EP aren’t supposed to work on God class beings. But, Sirzechs has used them on Enku and that’s not supposed to work.

            I also think that the story is reaching the point where Ophis being on the good guys side no longer has to be hidden from the general population.

            Moreover, if Issei can boost and transfer the trait of Infinity and Ophis’s presense (she posseses Issei) to the EP, then it might work on Ophis.  The boost in power from the EP might also bring Ophis back to her old power level. Or at least closer to it.

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            What do you mean when you say that Ophis possesses Ise? And what does that have to do with her presence?

            And I’m not sure if you misunderstood me or what, but when I said Rias would be Queen, I was talking about Ise’s harem and the position that each girl has in it. Rias has the number one position, so she’s the Harem Queen. The leader of the harem, the main girl. That’s what I meant.

            I’m not sure about Ophis joining Ise’s Peerage, though. I’m not sure what Sirzechs did, but making a God into a Servant through the Evil Piece should still be impossible. If Ophis were a Demigod, it would’ve worked (note: Rose is a Demigoddess; Valkyries are Demigoddesses), but she’s a full-fledged (Dragon) God, so yeah.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thank you!

  30. dragonosman2 says:

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    @TripleZerox: Thanks for the update!  There are a few things I need to point out, though.  Firstly, since the narration is also in Kiba’s POV, all mentions of Ise in the narration should be “Ise-kun” because that’s what Kiba calls him.  Same for whenever he calls his name while talking to or about him.  And of course, for Asia, it’s “Ise-san”.

    Then, here:

    After being transported to the hospital, Ise was immediately taken to the Intensive Care Unit, and his whole body had all kinds of life-support devices were attached to it

    With this, you should either add “that” before the “were” in “all kinds of life-support devices were attached to it,” or you should take out the word “were” and keep just “had”.

    Here:

    That was what Ise had said himself. We gradually turned out hopes into belief.

    Of course, the “Ise” should be “Ise-kun,” but also, the word “out” should probably be “our”.

    Here, why is the word “they” used when it’s talking about only one doctor?  If the nurse(s) is/are also included, mention her/them, too:

    Even though they were wearing a surgical mask, it was clear and obvious that the doctor was highly confused.

    In here:

    “How can this be!? Up until now, hasn’t he in a state in which his organ functions couldn’t even be maintained without all of the life support equipment!? S-Simply immersing him in breast milk has caused him to start functioning normally again!?”

    Shouldn’t it be ” . . . Up until now, hasn’t he been in a state . . . “?  Or maybe you should change the word “hasn’t” there to “wasn’t”.  Whichever one is correct if you look at the raws (do that for all of the suggestions I’m mentioning, actually).

    And again, Asia calls Ise “Ise-san,” so please fix it here:

    “I! When I can produce breast milk, I’ll definitely give it to Ise to drink! I’ll work hard in the future in order to help Ise recover!”

    Since Asia is the one saying this, both mentions of Ise’s name here should have the “-san” honorific tacked on.

    All of the words or phrases in the translation with a slash in between should also be given some consideration, obviously.  Which of each of those words or phrases is better?  I hope you decide

    that soon and make the final version of this draft (the Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi translations right now also have the same problem).

    Here:

    “Well, how should I say it; Rias’, Asia’s, Akeno-san’s, Xenovia’s…girl’s—”

    The word “girl’s” here should be “girls'” because it’s supposed to be plural possessive form of “girl”.

    Here, too, it should be “girls'”, not “girl’s”:

    …In response to the news that Ise just said, everyone present, including his parents, were shocked and in disbelief! He loved girl’s breasts more than anyone else; he was deeply obsessed with them, and he was also the Sekiryuutei who had powered up through them.

    Anyway, man, I can’t bear it.  It’s too painful.  Ise’s in so much pain, the poor guy.
    [spoiler title='Spoiler']I do wonder, though: Azazel said here that he shouldn’t use Dragon Deification again as it could make his condition even worse, and yet he does use it again later (against Apophis) and from what I’ve heard from the spoilers, he apparently does that before Ophis heals him and fixes all of the bad stuff that had happened to him because of DxD mode. So was he fine after he used the form for the second time? And if so, how? Could it be he was used to it by then and that’s why he wasn’t in that much pain (the part of his condition concerning breasts might worsen still, though)?[/spoiler]

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thank you as always for helping me out! I forgot about those honorifics, but I’ll fix them up in the final version. Same with the grammatical mistakes. I might have missed some of those after my draft anyway, but I’m getting a digital copy of V21 on the 19th or 20th of this month, which I’ll be able to use to check my translation against more efficiently. The part about ‘they’ — I don’t yet know whether the doctor is male or female and whether there’s one or more.

      I’ll probably have a final version of Life.1 and revise the previous chapters when I get my digital copy and I’ll also finalise the Seikoku chapter after I finish translating the rest of it.

  31. Anonymous says:

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    Oh how I weep for Issei ??

  32. Anonymous says:

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    Awesome nice work zxzxzx we love u and DXD thanks

  33. relagad says:

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    this is my first time leaving a reply in anything anime/manga/light novel related so please don’t be that mad. i also only read highschool dxd as a whole volume but for some reason i decided to read this vol as they are translated and migh continue to keep up the good work zxzxzx. anyway i have a theory as to why issei cant go near rias’ and everyone’s OPPAI or even see them (leaving koneko chan aside for a later reason) what if the only OPPAI that he can touch and other stuff are that of a mother/someone who can produce milk? maybe its the milk bath’s fault that he cant see or touch OPPAI he somehow ended up leveling up and needing milk producing OPPAI. also another one is that when a person is in deep despair they usually turn to god so maybe this is when he will be able to converse again with the parallel world god of OPPAI and be saved/power up again.

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      Well, that’s good a good theory, though you may be reading too much into it. I personally think that he can only see what he’s uninterested in. Conversing with the chichigami again is certainly interesting though.

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        this is the last volume of the ark so hopefully that does happen since the spirit/priestess or something that was using akeno’s OPPAI as a medium to talk said that she would like to meet/talk to him again. also this is another theory. what if its all due to ddraig? he did turn into a kid that was scared of OPPAI when he exhausted himself saving issei when he died the second time.

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        It’s kinda spoiler-ish, but there’s a reason why Ophis is illustrated with larger breasts…

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          i just thought that ophis changed her body so that she could show lilith that she was older.

          zxzxzx please take your time translating but after reading about ophis and seeing the novel illustrations my imaginations for what is to happen are running wild hahaha the wait should be worth it though

          • dragonosman2 says:

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            Ise’s current condition is because of him using Dragon Deification and I’m pretty sure what Zxzxzx said is right: the only reason he’s able to see his mother’s and Koneko’s breasts is because they’re breasts that wouldn’t turn him on normally anyway.  Only the breasts he loves have become poison to him.  That’s why it’s a price for a Dragon Deification.

            Also, this a spoiler so read it at your own risk, but: [spoiler=”how Ise gets cured”]Ophis is the one who fixes everything bad that happens to him because of Dragon Deification, and looking at that pic of adult Ophis, it’s possible that that’s how she does it (although it also depends when that scene actually happens).[/spoiler]

            Speaking of Illustrations, I’m wondering where they are?  TripleZerox, why aren’t they included here?  As I recall, there’s a colored one of Ise holding his head in pain while in what I’m guessing to be the hospital room in this scene, no?

          • zxzxzx says:

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            The coloured illustration is actually at the front of the book, similar to the illustration of Belial in V20, rather than a black and white one which is actually between the narration so I haven’t included it here.

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    Ise based on boob miracles now lost the power to make more miracles… t-thats just horrible. Ise is not Ise without breast powers. Hopefully this only temporary, also thanks for the update zxzxzx.

    • dragonosman2 says:

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      Don’t worry about it.  Ophis will fix it (she’s the only one who can, anyway, you know?).

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        Oh sorry… for sharing a thought.

        • DragonOsman says:

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          …Um…what? You know I only said that to try to appease you since it seemed like you thought Ise’s current condition was permanent (which, like I said, it isn’t. Believe me, I’ve read spoilers), right?

           

          (Note: This is another comment that I originally wanted only to post as a reply to another comment, but I accidentally also posted it up above.)

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            It’s called sarcasm. Obviously he will get his breast powers back the novel wouldn’t be anything with out Ise bringing more breast miracles. It’s great you’ve read the spoilers and all but you certainly don’t need to go and spoil it for others.

            It’s a habit of mine when i comment a though or opinion and someone says don’t worry or oh don’t think so much into it. That i will retort with oh sorry for being human and thinking or sharing an opinion.

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    I know this is Vali’s volume, but i hope Vali does not get another powerup like DxD mode, Vali already can barely use EJOD form more than a few minutes at least Ise can use ccq for alot longer time when he got DXD

    And I would really dislike it if the author give vali another power up just to move the goalposts for ise yet again,does the author not want Ise to ever catch up to vali or does he just secretly hate his own main character

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      Yeah Vali gets a major power up kind of like Ise did. The chant is amazing. Be prepared. Welp enough spoilers. :3

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        i guess issei is just destined to lose that fight 🙁

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          They’re rivals, remember?  Plus, as the Hosts of the Two Heavenly Dragons, it makes sense for them to keep going like this.  Vali has to stay stronger than or roughly as strong as Ise so that the plot-point of their rivalry doesn’t become boring or stale.

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    LOL ise cannot see, touch, feel, hear or say a word about oppai

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      But he was immersed in breast milk? how didn’t that just kill him instead it revived him. And where in the world (or underworld) can you get enough breast milk to fully immerse a 16 year old teen?

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        From lactating cowgirl demons, I presume…

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          Suddenly I am imagining the secret cow level from diablo 2

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          @Anonymous: It mentioned that it got the milk from everyone who could produce at all of the hospitals and also from all the places in Underworld, IIRC.  All of the mothers who can produce breast milk donated.

          As for why it worked: Ise and milk just go really well, apparently.

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    Thnks

  38. Anonymous says:

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    Hey zxzxzx cud u please tell u when u will post this chapter cuz im metaphorically dying for it in earnest.thnks

    • zxzxzx says:

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      I plan to post the first part sometime later today. I’ve been busy with assignments lately and I’m preparing for a quiz on thursday so I’ve been going somewhat slower.

  39. Ibuki Koujo says:

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    Hey zxzxzx,I’m new here so I want to ask when you will complete one full chapter.Sorry if this question is rude to you

  40. Anonymous says:

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    When I hypnotize ’em they stay hypnotized! 😛

  41. Micharo says:

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    Hi zxzxzx,

    Thanks for the translation. I’m view your blog every day since you started the translation of volume 21.
    Keep up the good work!

    – Micharo 2016

  42. RedDevil_nl says:

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    Hi zxzxzx-san,

    Haven’t made a comment in quite a while, just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work 😛

    I actually came back here for every single update on the site (and sometimes even without updates), so that makes me a regular since you just started translating (not sure if you remember me tho XD).

    Anyways thanks again and good luck with translating and (more importantly) your personal life.

    – RedDevil 2016 😛

  43. ANDRES says:

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    CUANDO ESTA LISTA LA  TRADUCION TOTAL DEL TOMO 21, MUY BUEN TRABAJO.

  44. VongolaGitai says:

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    HI! I’m new to your Blog, so I wanted to say Thanks I really enjoy your work so far. 🙂

  45. Anonymous says:

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    Oh man, I really can’t wait…. ??