Continues on from Life.4.
Next Life: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8.
Christmas: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8.
Boss x Boss
Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust
After the disappearance of Qlippoth and the others, I could finally let out a sigh of relief in the Fourth Heaven. Now it was just Irina’s father who was urgently sent to the Fifth Heaven’s medical facilities. I hope he’ll be able to detoxify the poison as soon as possible…. The Evil Dragons that appeared along with Qlippoth had also disappeared. …Heaven looks like it has suffered a lot of damage. But fortunately the ‘system’ does not seem to be affected. Michael thanked Cao Cao
“We highly appreciate your help in Heaven.”
“I never imagined that I’d be able to enter Heaven. —Nevertheless, I have still sinned. Also every time I do something, it’s thanks to information from Hades.”
Everyone who heard that news was shocked. …Hades provided information? But, did Hades also know about the secret passage between Heaven and the Underworld that Qlippoth used?
“…Hades thought that would make it fair. Or is he just having fun?”
Rias muttered to herself. Michael did not have a reply, but continued speaking to Cao Cao
“You were the one chosen by the holy spear. As long as you are not an enemy, then I will not be hostile.”
“Hohoho, the holy spear was used to pierce through Jesus though. As the Archangel you really are quite accepting.”
Cao Cao turned around to leave.
“See you another time.”
Seeing that he was about to leave, I called out to him
There’s something I need to confirm with him.
“…Are you an enemy? Or are you a member of ‘Khaos Brigade?”
Cao Cao looked up at the sky and spoke
“…At the least, I’m no longer a part of ‘Khaos Brigade’. Currently I’m a part of Indra’s vanguard. But, the previous vanguard was the first generation Monkey King, and I was behind the scenes. I’m responsible for some inside matters which cannot be made public. I currently have no intention to harm you.”
Rias then said
“You’ve done so many bad things, yet Indra still keeps you by his side. I really don’t know what he’s thinking. Do I need to list the several breaches of the treaty?”
Cao Cao shrugged.
“There’s no point in telling me. I’m just with Indra because he saved my life on a whim. …I think that in my present position, I can’t relate to my past ambitions and dreams, which is ironic as I was once a member of ‘Khaos Brigade’.”
“It seems you don’t understand the meaning of reflection.”
Kiba frowned. Cao Cao took a deep breath.
“…You said, reflect. From my viewpoint, should I be reflecting on fighting against creatures? Or do you mean I should swear myself to revenge? …Is a fight between humans and creatures ‘justice’ or is it ‘evil’? Currently I am simply powerless, satisfied and unable to answer any questions, an ethereal empty shell.”
…He hasn’t changed, he was just talking nonsense. Rias asked again
“What about the other users of Sacred Gears?”
“Georg and Leonardo? Hoho, they’re still with Hades. Georg and him…Hoho, they’re in the Realm of the Dead researching the magic of the grim reapers. He was sent to a magician who was famous when he was alive, and he quickly got stuck into the research of magic.”
…He actually became something like that. Those heroes truly are puzzling guys.
Cao Cao continued speaking.
“He told me that they had no plans to return to this side. I truly cannot understand the values of magicians. Leonardo also seems to enjoy the atmosphere there, he’s the same as Georg and doesn’t have any intention of coming back.”
Cao Cao shifted his spear to his shoulder then said sarcastically
“…Only I, only I still want to linger in this world, so that’s why I came back. — If you want to punish me then feel free to do so. If I am currently your object of hatred. Although, I have no intention of dying easily….”
…His words were provocative to me, but I knew he would be fighting back with his full strength.
“…Can I trust you? Besides, what reason do you have to come back here? You’re not here for revenge or atonement right?”
When I asked, he turned to look somewhere far away.
“…I, need to become some kind of person. For what reason, was I born with this spear? I simply live to find the answer to this.”
This guy just said a heap of nonsense.
“The search for myself. Something that you would not do.”
“In the end, I wished to discover myself, and that has led me to the result I have here.”
He’s just downright troublesome! I’d prefer for him not to attack us!
“If you decide to follow up on your search for self, what would you do?”
Hearing Kiba’s question, he shook his head.
“…This follow up…does not exist. My dream, has already been destroyed by the Sekiryuutei once. My next dream is —.”
Speaking of that, Cao Cao turned to me.
“To defeat the Sekiryuutei Hyoudou Issei. I think that, to be able to defeat you, I will have fully revived. Today — no, once again, I’m not sure about it.”
……. So he means that I will be his enemy. But, if I dared to attack, it would be that simple. Cao Cao had probably finished talking, and waved his hand in preparation to leave.
“Goodbye for now. Indra ordered me to attack the Evil Dragons and assist you, so you could say its fate that we met again.”
Rias asked a final question
“Allow me to ask one more question. If, Indra ordered you and I to fight then what would you do?”
“…Exactly that. All I can say is, Hyoudou Issei, next time, when we fight, I won’t have Medusa’s eye or Samael, I will be using my own power to challenge you.”
“Well, I won’t use anything like Samael’s poison, and will definitely defeat you.”
Cao Cao and I smiled fearlessly at the same time. He glanced at me, then turned around to leave. Seeing this scene, Xenovia began whispering “Say Irina…Lately I’m seriously starting to get worried about the number of men who are targeting Ise….”
“Well…in that case, it will no longer be sufficient to count the number in both hands….”
Irina began counting with her fingers.
“…Really, I’m serious.”
I really have nothing to say. …No, she makes it sound like I have a problem. But, it’s because other guys have also passionately invited me, I couldn’t help but to give responses like that! Is it that bad!?
Note: Thanks luislock and jopjopjop!
 Irina is counting both the men and the women who are targeting Ise.
A passionate reply can make a man become even more passionate with you!?
— This time, a shadow moved away from the Angels’ troops and came towards me. Soon, Crom Cruach had moved in front of me. The Evil Dragon quietly faced me and asked
“…You, are a dragon? Or are you a devil?”
…This guy asked me quite a perplexing question.
“That, I do not know….”
I could only scratch my face and answer him. So he bluntly said
“My dream is to see where dragons will end up.”
He grabbed my face, and seriously asked
“You, are you the answer that I’m looking for?”
“No, I don’t know….”
I didn’t know how to answer him, but he seemed to be aggressive.
“—Fight with me once”
“Huh…? Now, fight now?”
I was really surprised! I said that, right now we’ve already finished fighting! Everyone became serious again on the possibility that Crom Cruach and I would begin fighting! I’m already tired! —Then again, would this Evil Dragon listen to my reason…? Both of us were silent for a while. The Evil Dragon was the first to speak
“…A no, is it?”
“…Wait, let me rest for a while, can you do that?”
So, I just tentatively asked that….the Evil Dragon was quiet for a while, then suddenly changed his posture, and turned around to leave.
“……Then I’ll be going.”
…Now way. He actually agreed! Seeing his response, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat surprised!
“You’re going back to Qlippoth?”
I asked, but he shook his head.
“No, I’ve already lost interest in that. I might as well give myself a change. I’m already used to the human world.”
As he finished talking, he spread his black wings, and flew off into the distance. …Although the fact that he had now left was good, but who knows where he plans to go from Heaven. Whatever, based on what he said, he’ll probably be forced to land…. Michael did not do anything about Crom Cruach’s actions which confused me though, but Irina smiled.
“Irina, well played. You are indeed my Ace.”
Having received such praise from her much respected Archangel, Irina began to blush. Suddenly, it seemed like Irina had thought of something, and she turned to Michael to ask
“Michael-sama, although this question may be a bit overdue….”
“What is it?”
“— Why did you choose me to be your Ace?”
This was actually quite an interesting question. I’d always been curious. Why did Michael choose Irina to be his own Ace?
“Hoho, so it was about this.”
Michel clapped his hands. Then he raised one finger and asked back
“In the human world, when you open the packaging and box of a new deck of cards, what is the first card that you see?”
“…The ace of spades.”
Koneko-chan answered first. That’s right, the first card you should see is the ace of spades. Michael seemed to be in deep thought.
“That’s right. My idea was, that this person should embody the reincarnation of an angel — someone who represents the ‘Brave Saints’. Angel Irina, you have a pure heart, you’re honest and sincere, and you are a devout believer from the bottom of your heart. Also, you’re able to get along with anyone. That’s why you’re the person who is most suited to being the representative of the Angels.”
 Suggesting that the angels or some other party will force him to land and leave.
…So it had that sort of meaning to it. The title of Ace, was not only because of Irina’s personality, but also because of Michael’s expectations. Michael then continued to Irina
“If you would please from now on, continue to uphold the image of the ‘Royal Users (Brave Saints)’.”
Told this, Irina was moved to tears, and continuously nodded her head.
“Yes! I will do my best to show my loyalty! Amen!”
Now everything was finally finished. Dulio who was sitting on the ground had fallen asleep. I heard that he had used his Balance Breaker against Crom Cruach. He was able to seriously fight against that Evil Dragon and be able to return, I truly admire him. No, although I previously believed that he would come back, I didn’t think he would be completely fine and uninjured! Though his enemy did not seem to have any fatal injuries either. But even so, he certainly deserves to be our leader!
…A wave of fatigue suddenly hit me, and I lied down on the floor and looked up at the sky. But, the power of [Penetrate]. Besides my current power, there was no other way. To be able to transmit my strength directly. But just defeating Rizevim is not enough…. However, if this ability could be transferred to others, then it will completely change how we fight. I suddenly thought…this ability, could it be used on the system? To penetrate through the many layers of special protection in Heaven. Just when I was thinking of that, I heard the voice of the most beautiful woman in Heaven.
“Everyone! Michael-sama! How do you do?”
It was Gabriel who had gone over to the human world for a business trip and had quickly rushed back over. She had incredible allure due to her huge oppai, which occasionally bounced. …Her oppai! I would be so happy to be able to see them! …Ah! I suddenly thought of it! What would happen if I transferred the power of [Penetrate] to use through my eyes!? What’s there to wait for! It’s time to try it out! I transferred the power of [Penetrate]…and concentrated it to my eyes! Then —
 Referring to the system which prevents angels from falling or alerts others when the angel may fall – activated earlier in the volume when Ise saw Gabriel for the first time.
 The first time “乳” was used which is a more proper term for ‘breast’ whereas the second time “咪咪” was used which is a slang term also meaning ‘meow’.
The clothing of the ladies within my field of vision…were transparent! Transparent! Traaannnssspppaaarrreeennnttt! Rias’s oppai! Akeno-san’s oppai! Xenovia’s oppai! Even Irina’s oppai could be seen! My eyes are seeing everything, nothing can get in the way between my eyes and oppai! This, this is the power of [Penetrate]!
This, Ahhhhh it really is too good! I took advantage of this situation, to move my eyes over to Gabriel-san! What came into my vision was — shape, width, the colour of the areolae, size, roundness, only everything together can make one feel like these were the oppai of an angel! This, this…this perfect balance…! Of all I have known, this has to be one of the best…no, this is already unmatched! These, these oppai actually existed all this time! Aaahh, Azazel-sensei! I, finally! I finally saw it! The most beautiful oppai in Heaven!
“Hoho, so those are the most beautiful oppai in Heaven! Thank you! Thank you!”
Right now I could only pray in tears! Because I was a devil praying, even if it was bad, even if I had a headache, it still does not matter! —Those, can already be called God’s oppai! That’s right, I’ll do that! Sensei, my, my perverseness hasn’t decreased! Because, I have already learnt how to use my new ability!
Ddraig, do you feel helpless!? As I was crying of happiness, last time’s Heavenly device began alerting and surrounded me in Angelic symbols! The system to prevent indecent thoughts was active again! Everyone’s attention was focused onto me. …They must be thinking, that at a time like this I’m thinking of something perverted.
Koneko-chan opened her eyes halfway and remained silent. Everyone simply laughed helplessly.
“Koneko-chan…? No, it’s not, this thing! There’s a reason!”
“…Senpai, you really are a big pervert. When we get home we need to have a reflection meeting.”
Yes, I’m sorry, Koneko-sama….
 The intended effect here is an echoing voice which grows longer in duration.
I was in the Occult Research Club with the Student Council and all the members made a toast together. Even Kuroka and Le Fay were here. After the battle in Heaven, Christmas peacefully came along, and the presents had already been distributed. I am currently enjoying a slightly late Christmas. Right after the battle in Heaven, I returned to the First Heaven, waved goodbye then left. Asia and the others who could move went to help treat the wounded angels, who had been fighting till the last minute. Fortunately the door leading the Heaven was open, so reinforcements from the human world were able to make it.
…Fafnir, who showed us incredible determination, was treated by Asia while in a deep slumber. It was said that his consciousness might not return easily. But he is not dead, so one day he’ll awaken. Asia was also relieved after hearing this. This time, he showed me the determination of a dragon. Just to protect Asia, he fought without any fear of death. …Since his mouth is always filled with panties, I think he’s quite a strange guy. But anyway, he is a Dragon King whose brilliance is incomparable.
Since he needed to be observed after the detoxification of poison, Irina’s father was unable to force himself. So he passed the responsibility of distributing presents onto his daughter. Several times more enthusiastic and hardworking than her father, Irina truly was a good daughter.
I am currently in the Hyoudou mansion with everyone. Dulio and Griselda-san had also come down here too. As everyone was celebrating, Rias and Akeno-san came out.
“Everyone, we all worked hard in the battle this Christmas.”
Rias expressed her sympathy then continued
“Everyone, please listen. Akeno and I have some important news to tell.”
Akeno-san maintained her slight smile and said
“Ara, although it might be somewhat sudden right now, but Rias and I decided to do this specifically at Christmas.”
She nodded in confirmation then said
“—We’d now like to announce the new Occult Research Club President and Vice-President.”
Not only the members of the Occult Research Club but also the Student Council were surprised. Only Sona-kaichou was the one who already knew, and she simply kept smiling. Rias then continued
“As the President of the Occult Research Club for three years, during that time I’ve taken extra care, to ensure that the next generation will follow strict principles. I hope that the next President and members will be able to remember this one thing. When there is flexibility, the Occult Research Club will definitely become better.”
Then, Rias cleared her throat. Finally, she announced the new promotions
“The new president is Asia, the Vice-President is Kiba.”
—Really, so it was actually like this! I had long expected this for Kiba. So, it was not surprising for this guy to be promoted. But, Asia actually became the president! This really exceeded my expectations! Because Asia also did not expect this, she was surprised and could only cover her mouth with her hands. Rias continued further
“The reason I chose Asia, was because I felt that she was most likely the person who could renew the Occult Research Club. I think she can take our club activities into a different direction…imagining what would happen is very interesting.”
After that, Akeno-san stated her reason for choosing Kiba.
“I chose Kiba-kun, simply because I thought that both the Preident and Vice-President have been female for this past generation…. Although there are several reasons for that, but more importantly, I think that he will be a male role model for the school. This is what I also discussed with Rias.”
“Although the next Vice-President would be male, until the very end I was deciding whether to choose Ise or Kiba. But considering that Ise’s future will be quite intense, and we cannot neglect club activities, so it was decided that Kiba would be the Vice-President.”
…So that’s how it was, that was the reason. The reason why Asia was chosen was because she could take the Occult Research Club in a new direction. Choosing Kiba was for future growth and communication between the other male students. …Although I thought that, since he is a handsome guy, male students will hate him, while female students will be attracted to him! Rias asked the two people
“Now, do you two accept this?”
“I don’t have a problem. I think this is fair.”
Kiba immediately answered. Asia — seemed to be lost in thought.
“…Ah! I, I, I, I, I…this!”
Rias saw that Asia was flustered and even her voice had changed, so she gave her a glass of water then asked again. After Asia finished the glass of water, and had calmed down a bit, she said
“No, it can’t be! I’m not the best…. I think that someone lively like Ise, Irina, or perhaps the serious Koneko-chan, or Ravel-san would be more suitable, I’m afraid that a shy person like me, can’t do well….”
I smiled slightly at Asia.
“That’s not true. In that case I’ll help you. Also, with Asia as the President, it will definitely become better! I think that [‘Ah, this is for dear Buchou’] has made me work hard for two years consecutively! That, to me is very important!”
Hmm! Just thinking about it, if Asia were the President, I would definitely be filled with energy this year! Ahh, for my dear Asia-buchou, I would be prepared to do anything!
Hearing what I said, Rias smiled.
“Ara ara, I think Ise would do that. This is also one of the reasons for the decision.”
Kiba said to Asia and the other members
“I have decided, as long as this is entrusted to me, I will try my best to support Asia and everyone.”
Xenovia put her hand on Asia’s shoulder.
“Asia, this is a good opportunity. I think it’s worth a go. Being the President of the Occult Research Club is an opportunity, which will probably not come by a second time.”
“Mmhmm! For Asia, I will definitely work hard!”
Irina also showed her agreement.
“…Asia-buchou, I think that sounds good.”
“Yes! If it’s for Asia-senpai……-buchou, I will do my best!” [***]
“I have no objections.”
It looks like Koneko-chan, Gya-suke, and Ravel also approved.
“This is good, Asia as President!”
Saji also agreed.
“I think this is right. It looks interesting.”
“Mmhmm, Kiba as the Vice-President is also good.”
The Sitri side also seemed to agree. Then, it is done! All that was left now was Asia’s decision. Asia thought about it for a moment, then smiled and answered
“…I understand. Then I’ll accept the position! Everyone, in the next year, please work with me as the new President.”
Everyone responded loudly and bowed to Asia.
Asia-buchou was now official! It was great! It seems that next year the Occult Research Club will be relaxed and happy! Rias began rubbing her shoulders.
“…Ah, this feeling, it’s like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders.”
[***] Thanks jopjopjop for the correction.
“Ara ara, me too. It’s time to hand this over to the younger people.”
It looks like Akeno-san and Rias felt the same way. Then Sona-kaichou and Tsubaki-fukukaichou spoke
“So, next time, the four of us will have a tea party.”
What she said sounded like something an old lady would say! She was totally out of it! Koneko-chan had a mouth full of cake, then suddenly remembered something
“In that case…how do I address Rias-buchou now….”
Ah, I see. Since Asia is now the President, Rias…becomes what? I don’t know! I always just call her Rias so it doesn’t matter, but what would the others call her? Rias blinked, and then said to Koneko-chan and Kiba
“I see. You can call me [Onee] or [Ane] can’t you?”
But, Koneko-chan calmly said
“I can’t call you Rias-buchou? I’m used to saying that….”
Rias seemed a bit surprised, then found it really funny and started laughing
“So that’s it. It’s a sudden change, but that’s fine then. But don’t forget that Asia is your new President.”
It looks like, for now it seems like there will be two people I’ll be calling Buchou. After the celebrations. Rias and I had inadvertently moved into a corner of the room together. I said to Rias
“Rias, before…in front of the first generation Bael, I couldn’t say this. I—.”
Rias placed her finger over my lips and smiled.
“Hahaha, its fine. You don’t need to say it. I understand. —I love you, Ise.”
 Onee is older sister. Ane is also older sister. Ane would be used when referring to one’s older sister whereas onee would be used to address one’s older sister. Obviously, they are not sisters but this term is essentially used to address those older than you. The Chinese translation uses [姐] and [姐姐] as there is nothing in its vocabulary for this Japanese distinction.
“I do too, Rias.”
…Yaegaki, I, I have…decided that the rest of my life will be peaceful, and stable. For that, I will fight. I thought that to myself, and raised the glass in my hand towards the sky. I went outside to buy a few things. Someone came along with me — it was Irina. After I had finished my shopping at the convenience store, we talked about our last promise.
“About the Christmas promise, what should I do?”
“Hmm, it was a childhood promise, but it was to attack Santa Claus. A little drastic huh.”
I couldn’t help giggling. How would we really go to attack Santa Claus. Although it was an unwitting childhood promise, just thinking about it was quite a ridiculous thing. But I think the only reason why a child could come up with such an idea, was so that they could get more presents. —As I was thinking, something came down from the sky.
It was starting to snow! The timing was quite a coincidence.
“I didn’t think it’d actually be a white Christmas…. The weather forecast had clearly stated that tonight would be clear with occasional clouds.”
I looked towards the sky. Hahaha, although a lot of things had happened, if this is a reward, it should be enough.
Irina suddenly called to me.
“Hm? What is it? —.”
As soon as I turned my head around — Irina’s lips were placed onto mine.
………, as it had happened so suddenly, my…mind went completely blank. Irina’s face was red from blushing, after that she turned around in a circle and I gently flicked my tongue.
“—An angel’s kiss! It was because the scene was so beautiful. People would naturally want to kiss like this.”
…No, that’s not it, although I did think that this night scenery was beautiful…! An angel smiling in the snow was an even more beautiful sight! So, so this, is, is, is, is her kiss!? Irina then continued and said
“In fact this is my second time. Although the first one was Ise-kun.”
“Huh? But I don’t remember that happening…”
I really couldn’t remember it happening! When did we kiss!? No matter how hard I thought, I couldn’t recall it! Irina said with a mischievous smile
“Ahmm, of course! It’s because when we were kids, Ise-kun came to sleep over at my house and I stole a kiss from you.”
No way! When we were kids? …That’s what she said, then, my first kiss was…! Suddenly, a figure that everybody would know appeared in front of a slightly smiling Irina and I!
“Good for you! Relationships are a good thing!”
wearing a Santa Claus outfit was — Azazel-sensei! Wondering why he didn’t attend the party, I didn’t imagine he would appear like this!
“Ahahahahaha! I heard from it from Shidou Touji! That when you two were kids that you decided to fight together against Santa, to get more presents right? This is an interesting thing, it would have been better if you told me earlier! If you defeat me, then this bag of presents will be yours! Well now, what will you do?”
Irina’s father, he actually knew about our promise! No, this comes first, Azazel-sensei is Santa! Irina and I looked at each other. We laughed at the same time.
“Hahahaha! Really, sensei — you’re nothing like Santa. Fine, I guess we might as well fulfil our promise!”
Irina and I faced sensei — Santa prepared his stance!
“Hmm, what I wished for, Ise-kun! Let me see a little bit of your power!”
Irina and I rushed in together! Santa attacked me head on and said at the same time
“Ise! Irina! You are the young people of the next generation. You should enjoy your time now as much as you can. This, is a great experience for you. Devils, angels and fallen angels who can have fun together in this town. This fact, is more important than anything else!”
…Sensei! Your words are amazing! I’m touched! Although I had tried to grab sensei’s bag a few times, he was always just a bit faster than me!
“Good, it’s about time I use my real power!”
Just after I said so.
“I will also fight.”
The small Dragon God had come running out, and joined in with us! Seeing this, sensei was really surprised, almost as if his eyeballs were going to pop out of his head!
“Even Ophis is here! Hey hey, this is a little unfair…”
No, no, this is the Santa that kids would dream about!
“Great, now, Irina, Ophis! Let’s defeat Santa together and get the presents!”
I, Irina and Ophis charged together towards the fallen angel of Christmas. —Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!
Boss x Boss
“Azazel, I wouldn’t use the hotline to contact you for anything else. Regarding Agreas’s secret, I think it would be best to make it clear.”
“…It looks like the problem is getting worse, Sirzechs?”
“Inside Agreas is the technology that was used to make [Evil Pieces] which contained the essential crystals of the highest quality. Since Agreas has currently been taken away, therefore making new [Evil Pieces] is not possible. Currently the number of unused sets of Evil pieces I have is less than a thousand.”
“…If that’s the case, then the number of devils that can be reincarnated will be limited. Indeed, the situation has taken a turn for the worst. Speaking of which, the [Royal Users (Brave Saints)] also uses the same materials but they can only use their existing inventory of materials…. Even if we could maintain the reincarnation system, without the materials to make these things it would be meaningless…. Angels are fine though. The reincarnation system has not been in place for very long, so it wouldn’t be an issue even if it was abolished. The problem is —.”
“That’s correct. The [Evil Pieces] are deeply embedded into the underworld’s life, culture, and is important to their values. If it were removed—.”
“…The foundations of the devil world may be shaken. …But I don’t think that [Qlippoth’s] aim is more than just this.”
“The essentials for reincarnation are in Agreas. On top of that there’s the Holy Grail and Evil Dragons—. …The cards they’re holding now have become exceedingly dangerous. So presumably, he wants to revive 666 and invade another world….”
“…The unrest of the Church has slowly began to surface. Have you heard about it? The exorcists who have questioned the reason behind the treaty of the three factions. Peace, means that there will be no need to hunt devils. The vampires also appear to be starting to accept peace. There are those who harbor concerns on the value of what’s happening. Who knows what would happen if they’re discontent and suspicion of Heaven reaches the top brass.”
“Hmm. So you’re saying that every opposing organisation is raising this issue with the Vatican. I heard that one of the masterminds behind this was the previous wielder of Durandal.”
“…The original Durandal has already been assimilated…. This is bad. That guy’s compatibility with Durandal was extremely high. If he were to get his hands on Ex-Durandal then—.”
“…Qlippoth is supporting them from the shadows.”
“Sirzechs. Rizevim thinks simply. To say that he is naïve would not be an overstatement. —But it seems like the vampires view him as an ally, other smaller evil forces see him as an ally, he is a rare instigator. In a sense, his existence in the human world, I say could be more threatening than a legendary God of War or a God of Destruction, he is the most troublesome person.”
“…He’s an example of the opposite of dear Ise-kun, Rizevim who’s inciting conflict behind our backs.”
“…Did you find out about the devils who are supporters of Rizevim?”
“No, I haven’t. Nothing has come out of asking Euclid, and it looks like he hasn’t told Euclid’s supporters about his disappearance. Qlippoth should know, after taking Agreas.”
“But the investigation is still ongoing right?”
“…We’ve already narrowed it down to a few people. …But one of them is someone that I do not want to imagine.”
“…Given his life’s achievements and status, I’m having an ominous feeling about this. The Old Maou Faction would really want to see their desires come true. The Hero Faction is doing its own things. …Qlippoth is doing something evil. —No, it is the type of people that they are gathering.”
Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust
“Really, Raiser-oniisama, it’s not even dawn yet, what are you doing? It’s rare to be able to enjoy Christmas, for a devil it’s a very valuable experience.”
“Devils shouldn’t be joining in the Church’s rituals! You won’t become a noble high-class devil like this, you know? You haven’t contacted me very often lately. You know I currently have to go to that Sekiryuutei kid just to ask about how you’re doing? This is not normal!”
“Okay okay, I know that onii-sama has a good relationship with Ise-sama. —Well, what did you want to tell me?”
“Hoho, indeed. In fact. Stay calm and listen to me! My return to the rating game has been decided!”
“Wow! Congratulations. Although you were at home for a while, I was worried about how that would turn out.”
“Don’t mention that! Fine, whatever. The opponent for my return is a big name that will really surprise you!”
“—Who is it?”
“The champion! Emperor Belial will the opponent for my return!”
“That’s amazing! I didn’t imagine that would happen!”
“I know right? This is an extraordinary honour! I’ve had bad luck ever since that Sekiryuutei kid defeated me. Since my opponent is the champion, this is the ultimate opportunity! Although I probably can’t win, it should be an interesting match for the spectators and organisers, which will showcase my revival!”
“Ahaha, then, I will come to support you.”
“No, you should work hard with your studies. I heard that Rias is almost graduating right? Then your strength will be needed. Don’t worry, you can watch the recording of it afterwards. It will be good learning material for Rias or your future husband.”
“M-Mou! Stop teasing me!”
“Hahahahaha! —Then how is it going between you and the Sekiryuutei?”
“Well, umm…. It’s—.”
Long-time no see! It’s Ishibumi. DxD finally has 18 volumes, this is Irina’s one! Although they were already childhood sweethearts, but I think that Irina is now in a good position. Holy sword Hauteclaire! Because she is the partner of Xenovia who has Durandal, I think that this is the most suitable weapon, so please look forward to her future involvement.
- Issei gained the power to hit Rizevim! One of Ddraig’s abilities when he was alive was discovered [Penetrate]. By penetrating through, his power is directly transmitted. When using it, it can ignore barriers, and directly send the power through, but, because it was recently discovered, it can only do so much. But, it is currently an ability which can be used to attack Rizevim. However, when fighting Rizevim, it’s already sufficient. Although it was because he was surprised, Rizevim still had no way of stopping it.
- Asia is the new President! And also Fafnir’s [Outrage]! Asia has become the new President of the Occult Research Club. A lot of the people involved had already predicted that Asia would become the new President, and now it is official. The author himself couldn’t imagine that Issei did not become the President or the Vice-President. It’s because the new President is someone everyone likes and is easy to understand, so, that’s why I thought that Asia was most suited to take the position of President. Also if Asia is the new President, you get the feeling that you won’t know what will happen next, that’s something to look forward to, so everyone please support the new President. Also, because the outraged dragon is gradually waking up, people won’t be able to look away. Then there’s Fafnir’s actions. In the previous volume, he just ate Asia’s panties and that was it, so I wanted him to have some interesting scenes this time. This was also a good opportunity to restate his reason and pride as a Dragon King, while he was almost near [Outrage], imagining if Fafnir was really angry would be quite scary, and I tried to write that down. Fighting while full of obsession and anger was good, as anyone fighting against it, would be given a fright.
- The determination of the Gremory males, and the liveliness of the Gremory females. Kiba and Gasper’s way of fighting was relentless. This was able to show their determination. They had to fight against a large number of strong enemies. They had a “don’t know when someone might be sacrificed” attitude which made the males merciless. The opponents are guys who will be willing do anything, so there was no need to hold back. The girls also had Grendel as their opponent. Although these Grendel were weaker than what Issei and Dulio were fighting, they are still quite strong. For Rias to be able to defeat Ladon, the females have become stronger. Honestly speaking, this generation of young devils (The four novice kings) are extraordinary people, which is very exciting.
- Cao Cao’s Resurrection. The last volume was the just the appearance of the holy spear, now this time it’s the actual person who has appeared! It’s still the same, this guy keeps on saying it so even the author thinks that he is ‘very strong’. So, in this volume he is just a supporting character. Indeed, even among the owners of Sacred Gears, this guy is one of the strongest. He has also been influenced by Issei to discard unnecessary things, so it will feel like he is reverting back, and he can become a powerful contender. He is not a part of [DxD]. But his current position feels like it would fit his style.
- The leader – Dulio. Dulio finally took on his role as the leader of [DxD]. He brilliantly repelled Walburga, and was the opponent of Crom Cruach. Of course, he was no at an advantage or disadvantage, he could only stay level. Even this was surprising though. The true nature of his Balance Breaker will be shown later on so stay tuned. Walburga’s Balance Breaker will also have to wait.
- Next are the acknowledgements. Miyama-Zero-san, Executive Editor H-san, you’re helping me every time! In particular, I don’t even know how many times I’ve caused trouble for Editor-san, so I can only apologise. …Actually, after having more volumes, the number of things to think about has increased, so, I’ll have to spend more time. In order to meet expectations, I’ll try my best to finish quickly.
- Actually, there’s something I have to say. Fujimi Shobo’s new website [fantasia BEYOND] has been set up. It’s going to have online novels. This time, my new series has already been published on there. The item is a renewal of my previous work [SLASH/DOG]. If the person is already a reader of DxD, they may find some connections, as it uses the same setting and world as DxD. Although there is no direct link between them, it’s the story of HighSchool DxD that happened a few years ago. It’s about a young Tobio Ikuse, how he got a Sacred Gear, and encountered the Grigori — Azazel. I plan to describe the story thus far. Because it’s the same world as DxD, it’s a story of the past, so of course, some of the characters appearing in DxD will be there. However, this story is a separate work, and will not have any effect on DxD, so even without reading DxD it can be enjoyed. But, I think that if you know about both, it will probably make you laugh. So, if you’re interested then please head over to Fujimi Shobo’s bookstore HP. A previous work which had stopped is now starting production again…so my workload is increasing. Please have patience.
- What’s next! At last! It’s now moving into the third term! Moreover, it will be Xenovia’s volume, and the Student Council election! So in the end, did Xenovia become the Student Council President!? The Occult Research Club’s new President Asia will begin working!
So, what will happen to [DxD] next!?
(Volume 18 of HighSchool DxD ends here.)(19/5)