HighSchool DxD Volume 22 (Life.5)

Continues on from Indra & Sūn Wùkōng
Continues on to New Life

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Life.5 Go, the Sekiryuutei Team!


Part 1

Ten days had already passed since the beginning of the World Tournament—.

All of the members of the [Sekiryuutei of the Blazing Truth] team were gathered in the Hyoudou household — in the room that belonged to me, Hyoudou Issei. Everyone showed a bitter expression. All of us were watching the news program displayed on the television screen which was being broadcast from the Underworld. —The news program was introducing us. This section was introducing the events of the World Tournament which had just started not long ago, which is why there was also some commentary on us.

“The highly anticipated hope of the Underworld, the [Sekiryuutei of the Blazing Truth] team has a proud record of three straight wins since the beginning of the qualifying round, but they always seem to have their flaws and loopholes exposed by others during the competition, and this surprising outcome has led to the emergence of disappointed opinions. Regardless of whether this is from the general public or critics, they have been on the receiving end of some harsh judgement—”

The video that was played back was of our situation during the matches. We had won three straight times to date, but…. In the recording of me that was shown, the opposing team had just revealed one of our flaws, causing us to receive an unexpected counterattack, so to be precise, we did not achieve total victories. For now, we have won matches against teams of Devils, human special ability users, and Orcs. The television program was playing back one of the areas where we did not perform well, and it was actually quite ridiculous. Playback of scenes where my attack missed, Xenovia was attacked from her blind spot, Irina was penalised for violating special rules, and so on were shown one by one. The cameras turned towards the general public who were in the audience. They also seemed to show complicated expressions on their faces.

“Since he’s had a very early promotion to become a High-class Devil, we’ve all been looking forward to a lot. After all, the [King] Princess Rias who allowed him to grow and develop truly is incredible.”

…Other teams had also been penalised for breaking the rules, and also appeared to have losses in a few aspects. My team was the only one to be presented in such a manner. The next section was an interview of a mother and her child. The child was holding a figurine of the ‘Oppai Dragon’ in its hands.

“My child is a fan of the ‘Oppai Dragon’, so we came together to cheer him on, but it feels as though every match is rather disorganised…. Watching the matches of the other young Devils is actually somewhat more comfortable.”

This time it was time for the child who was a fan of mine to speak—

“I want to say that the matches of the ‘Oppai Dragon’ don’t feel very interesting. That’s because if they’re not running all over the place, then they’re releasing super gigantic light beams. Also, the Oppai Dragon doesn’t even say oppai oppai.”

That really is some merciless criticism. …They specifically chose people who cared about us, and then criticised us to such an extent. I really hate these media reporters. They even went as far as to show the criticism from the child…. The stream then returned back to the news room. The host was listening to the critics’ opinions.

“Under ordinary rules, Hyoudou Issei-shi [1] relies on sheer power to supress his opponents with light blasts, but under the special rules, his actions are actually unfavourable. It is evident that Hyoudou Issei-shi, who has attained various honours in actual combat does not actually have a very good understanding of the Rating Game as it is an entirely different thing.”

The critic sighed, and then continued onwards.

“After all, he was formerly a player who was a symbol of strength for the Rias Gremory team that tends to rely on power to win. When put in the position of commander like this, it’s no wonder that he is unfamiliar with the rules and is unable to adapt. Not to mention that the same power-type contestant Xenovia—”

Ravel simply switched the television off, without any intention of listening to the rest of the critic’s opinion.

“Even if the situation is evident, it can’t really be helped.”

Xenovia said bitterly.

“…Are they planning to talk about my situation next?”

“Yes, it certainly is a very ruthless critique of us one after the other.”

Irina also nodded silently. Ravel summarised what had just been stated on the television program.

“What they’ve said is the truth. But it won’t help even if we concern ourselves with the public’s evaluation of us. We need to cheer up. I believe I said this before the start of the qualifying round, in order to progress into the final group, the number of wins is not an absolute condition.”

“The important thing is the number of points, right?”

Ravel nodded.

“In order to enter the finals of the tournament, we must be one of the top sixteen teams by the end of the qualifiers. Points are ordered from highest to lowest, we gain points by winning, and we lose points by losing. In other words, a high score is not equivalent to the number of matches. If we were to have losses and wins continuously, then we won’t be able to obtain a high score.”

Regardless of wins and losses, all that was needed was a high score at the end in order to enter the final sixteen. Before the tournament started, I spoke with Kiba and the others about this while we were simply chatting. Ravel continued

“Everyone is somewhat jumbled together at the beginning of the qualifiers. Scores are generally the same, so for the time being, there are a lot of people who are simply observing. The real difference should appear during the middle period. From then on, the higher-ranked teams will have a clear goal, and that’s when the race begins.”

Also, no matter if they win or lose, the number of wins of a powerful team will definitely continue to increase, and there will inevitably be a gap between them and the weaker teams. And the time when this becomes the most evident is at the halfway mark. Rossweisse-san took over as she continued

“Towards the latter half, there may be powerful teams that deliberately abstain from participating in matches.”

Ravel nodded in agreement.

“Because there are so many participating teams, it’s not easy to predict which team we may go up against. If we run into a difficult team and lose, then the points that we’d have accumulated up until then will fall. That’s why the score at that time will become the highest score of the team, and then all that’s left will be to sit and wait for the qualifiers to end. In the latter half, trying to squeeze into the final group from a low position will probably be very difficult.”

In other words, avoiding matches is also a strategy. Also, as long as we make it into the top sixteen, all we have to do is avoid any actions that will lower our points, moreover, our stamina isn’t limitless either. Ravel raised her index finger.

“The most important thing in this tournament is the time when our team should participate. It is impossible to keep our physical condition and momentum in the best possible condition throughout the entire competition period. So we need to look out for opportunities to break through during the qualifiers, and then build up all our points at once. Of course, if there are matches that we can avoid, then we should do so.”

We should avoid competing against the God-class beings who occupy the upper ranks. However, according to the rules of this tournament, if we run into them and have no other choice, then it’ll be important to take good care of the team’s overall state during that time. Ravel then turned the conversation towards me

“—Ise-sama, the idea of wanting to defeat everyone is impossible. From a social perspective, you should accept challenges from others, but your team has a limit, and if you accept every challenge, then the team will fall apart because it cannot cope. Remember that you shouldn’t allow your score to decline unnecessarily. The lives of the entire team have been entrusted to you as the [King], and deciding which is a suitable match is also the responsibility of the [King]. If the occasion arises where you must decline, please be determined to do so. The primary goal here is to enter the finals.”

My strategic advisor-sama truly has a perfect grasp of my psyche. I shrugged.

“Alright, I understand. Since everyone has entrusted their lives to me, I won’t do anything reckless. If I think that what lies ahead is not good, I also have the tolerance to step down and retreat. But — knowing that it is a match that we must face, running away and not facing it head on is not like me…and it’s not like us either, right?”

I asked my members. Xenovia folded her arms as she nodded firmly.

“As expected of Ise. That’s right, when we’re going to go, we should charge to the end all at once.”

My [Pawn] who had been shrunk to a miniature size — Bova, seemed to have become so emotional that he shed tears.

“That’s right, my lord! Ooh, this is the very reason why I became a subordinate of the Sekiryuutei!”

This dragon always has a grateful look whenever I say anything or do anything, and acts like this as well…. When I was looking for members after I had just become a high-class Devil, he appeared before me. He lowered his head and begged me several times, simply because he wanted to fight with me. He didn’t ask to become one of my servants, he simply wished to become my subordinate. Since he had already said so much, it wouldn’t do any good to ignore him. Moreover, he’s also my great benefactor Tannin-ossan’s son, so it would also be rude of me to refuse. So he was not one of my servants, but simply a subordinate. —At that time, Irina raised a question.

“Speaking of which, our [Queen]…Bina-san doesn’t seem to have come, could it be that she is dealing with her usual work? If I remember correctly, she is a Devil?”

Xenovia then said

“Although I only know her through Ise’s introduction, she really is a figure surrounded by mystery. But she is certainly very strong.”

Indeed, our [Queen]…a Devil named Bina Lessthan is a masked woman. For some reason, she appeared before me, and also for various other reasons, she eventually became our [Queen]. Of course, she isn’t one of my servants, at most she would be one of my team members for this tournament. Rossweisse-san said with a bit of unease

“…I’ve only met her a few times, and I’ve also spoken with her a few times, but since I’m not clear on her true identity, I’ve been a bit uneasy…but she really does have experience with the Rating Games.”

Uh-huh. We met in late March — during that time, I was busy looking for team members. And it was early April when my peerage and team first met her. There is a secret underneath her mask. At present, the only person aside from me who knows her true identity — is Ravel.

“Her strength is real. After all, the three matches so far have been good proof of that.”

Just as Ravel said, Bina-shi’s ability among the members of my team was second to none. So far in the tournament, she’s been able to defeat her opponents, and unlike us, she hasn’t displayed any flaws as of yet. She defeats her opponents with minimal movements, and has not received any damage so far. Even on television—

“Regarding the Sekiryuutei team’s [Queen], that is, the masked player; her splendid battles are always quite stunning.”

Thus, she received a favourable and positive evaluation. Nonetheless, Bina-shi seems to be committed to being one of our team members until the end, so the final decision was always up to the team — or perhaps subject to my own judgement. In April, I spoke with Ravel and Bina-shi about a variety of things. In the end, she basically left everything that was related to the competition to us. …After all, it seems like Bina-shi wants to see my qualities as a [King]…. As the meeting progressed, we also discussed other teams. Vali, Sairaorg-san, Sona-senpai, Dulio, Cao Cao, Ikuse-san and the others had all progressed smoothly and successfully. Seekvaira-san had encountered a God-class being as soon as she entered, and despite fighting until the end, she was still defeated. All that can be said is that she was unlucky, but this was all part of the format of this tournament. The God-class beings had basically won all of their matches, but there were still teams which had yet to participate. One of those was the Heavenly Emperor’s team. Was this just for observation, or was it for….

The display finally showed Rias’ team. Rias had also obtained several straight wins. Compared to us, she had won much more gracefully, and had also received a highly positive evaluation. Coupled with Rias’ natural popularity, the media was presenting her in a favourable manner. Ravel said

“She really is impeccable. During this time, Rias-sama has continued to obtain victories, and has been steadily building up her score.”

—At this point, the video stream cut over to show Valerie, who was treating an injured Koneko-chan in the midst of a game. A Holy Grail appeared, and liquid from within it was poured onto Koneko-chan’s injury. After a brief moment, the wound had healed.

“…So Valerie is a healer huh.”

Ravel nodded in response to the thoughts that I had spoken aloud.

“It looks like that’s another way of using the [Sephiroth Graal] [2]. Its characteristics can be changed and it can also be used without affecting the user.”

…Simply by producing a cup, its adjustment ability made it possible to produce a liquid that was capable of restoring team members. In this tournament, unlike its predecessor, the Rating Games, the restoration item ‘Phoenix Tears’ are not provided. After all, as a result of Qlippoth’s influence and the destruction caused by Trihexa, ‘Phoenix Tears’ had been distributed everywhere, thus it was not a situation in which more could be provided. They had been replaced with recovery points throughout the tournament venues, and one’s injuries could be treated by going there. Irina said

“Unlike Asia, Valerie-san does not seem to have a high rate of recovery…but I believe she has a few other tricks up her sleeve.”

Well, I also agreed with that. This was an ability that was originally related to life itself. Although its ability to heal other people was similar to Asia’s, that was not its actual power—. Perhaps there was also something they were hiding from us? Oh— oh—, on the other hand, Gasper’s Balor had easily sent a bulky opponent flying. It seems as though that guy has succeeded the role of the power representative since I left them.

“Speaking of which, this person in Master Rias’ match is rather concerning.”

Xenovia was focusing on a particular person in the Rias Team. —Indeed, after Xenovia seemed troubled for a moment, she eventually added ‘Master’ before Rias’ name. The person whom Xenovia was referring to was the new female swordsman who was a [Knight]. She had black and white streaked hair, and she was also dressed in the same battle suit that Xenovia and Irina wore as Church warriors. Asia said

“It’s Rias-oneesama’s swordsman…san huh. She’s the one who has replaced Xenovia as the team’s—”

“—Lint Selzan. Moreover, she does not appear to be a member of Rias-san’s peerage.”

Irina also looked at her thoughtfully. Speaking of which, her name is Selzan. Her face is actually quite similar to the face of that annoying guy in my memories. However, she doesn’t make any vulgar facial expressions like that guy did. It seems like she just resembles Freed a lot! Her combat style also involves wielding a gun and a sword. She wielded a sword imbued with the power of light, and also used a gun as she ran about during the match. Xenovia quietly murmured

“So she’s only a combatant for this tournament huh…Selzan. She and Freed should be related in some way.”

Irina nodded.

“When looking at her, she really is like…. Based on this footage of the match, she doesn’t seem to be as crazy as he was…. Xenovia, have you heard of her name during the time when you were still with the Church?”

In response to Irina’s question, Xenovia shook her head.

“No, including Freed, I hadn’t heard of them even once while I was still a Church warrior. …Could she possibly be from a secret division that has concealed her identity?”

“…Well, if I was to go to Heaven, I would probably be able to find some clues.”

Irina seemed to be just as worried as Xenovia was. After all, she seemed to be from one of the warrior training facilities, she wore the same type of battle suit, and her surname was also Selzan. It was only natural to feel concerned about her. I also couldn’t help feeling troubled by it. Even when I asked Rias, she replied to me with something along the lines of

“Ufufu, I won’t tell you about Lint. This is a team secret, so it would be bad if I let it slip out, you know?”

However, since even Rias was giggling when she replied to me like that, it was an indication that she wasn’t a particularly bad person…. Xenovia noticed something on the screen, and then pointed towards something on the television.

“Among other things, the sword of flames that this person is wielding…is purple.”

Irina also murmured

“Flames of purple…purple flames…is that how it can be considered?”

Ravel seemed to have done some prior research on it, and she gave us the report to read.

“The Vatican headquarters and the Grigori; these two factions have jointly handed her over to Rias-sama. …That is to say, it’s exactly the same as what you guys have guessed. That Longinus has selected its master, and it has now been transferred.”

This was the girl that the Vatican and the Grigori had both entrusted Rias with. Not only was she related to Freed, she also possessed — a sword of purple flames that originated from the Longinus [Incinerate Anthem][3].

“The deeper we go, the harder it is to believe her existence. Just who is this girl…”

Xenovia placed her hand against her chin and squinted her eyes as she spoke. Rossweisse-san then said

“Regardless of what her identity is, Rias-san’s team…could be described to already have the power of three Longinuses. If you leave aside the God-class beings, then she should be one of the leading teams in this tournament.”

Three Longinuses—. Even though Gasper’s Sacred Gear is treated as a special case, it has also been recognised as being in the same class as a Longinus.

“I heard that there is also another member present…but they haven’t participated in any matches yet.”

I said. According to her registration, Rias’ team also has a new member as a [Pawn]. And as Rias’ original [Pawn], I was rather worried about this. Ravel then said

“All we know at the moment is the name that was used during the registration process. …[Mr. Black]-san. I believe that is most likely a pseudonym. Because of the rules of this tournament, a [Pawn] with eight pieces on its own is a major threat. I wonder if it’s someone that rivals a God-class being’s power, or is perhaps even a god themselves…”

—They had a value of eight pieces in this tournament. Even if they were limited by the value of the [Pawn] piece, having eight pieces meant that they were incredibly strong, right…? Has Rias dragged in even the power of a god into her team? This was truly remarkable. Irina also said

“A god in Rias-san’s team…. Rias-san is also the core of [DxD]. If she extended an invitation, I wonder if a god would accept…”

But Xenovia expressed her doubt on this.

“So this is the substitute for Ise? Ise has forced Rizevim into a corner, defeated a Heavenly Dragon-class Apophis, and fought against Trihexa’s core in the Evil Dragon War. Even a god wouldn’t be able to casually accept an invitation to replace Ise.”

I felt honoured to receive such praise…but, was it really that hard to find a replacement for me? Would I be used for comparison? Well — hmm. Rossweisse-san also nodded in agreement with Xenovia’s opinion.

“I also agree with Xenovia-san. Ise-kun has now become a [King], but he is still Rias-san’s [Pawn]. Even if it’s only for this tournament, I find it hard to believe that there are gods who would readily accept being judged like this…. After all, the entire world will be comparing them to Ise-kun.”

Unless they were up against a powerful opponent, Mr. Black would not come out to fight. Perhaps I’ll just look forward to that time then. …Perhaps he’s the kind that doesn’t care about looking forward to things, or perhaps that guy is just ridiculously strong. At that time, the program changed scenes to show Kiba instead. Kiba relied on his prided speed and swordsmanship to instantly cut down his opponents. In the footage that was played back, there was not a single person who was able to catch up to Kiba, let alone attack him. A few days before the tournament began, Kiba said to me

“I — swear that I will remain Rias-neesan’s [Knight] for my entire life. Before you, I had already been recognised as Rias-neesan’s [Knight]. So, now that you have your own team…from this point onwards, you and I are rivals. Even if you and I are friends, if we happen to fight, I will not hesitate to stand before you as Rias-neesan’s sword.”

Before I could say anything else, my friend Kiba continued

“Ise-kun, at that time, we’ll both show off our true skill! —Being able to have a serious fight with you, that is something I look forward to!”

…Kiba, if I really have to fight against you or Rias…I will definitely stand up for an honest showdown. I definitely won’t lose to you guys!

“—Ise-sama, Ise-sama.”

Ravel pulled me back from my reminiscence of Kiba.

“Ah, oh, what is it?”

Ravel sighed.

“Really, please focus. Ise-sama is our [King], right? Even if I can give you advice, the final decision still rests in your hands.”

Hahaha, our manager-sama really is strict. She actually became even stricter after becoming one of my peerage members. But this is all for my sake, so I’m counting on you, Ravel. At that time, a knocking sound reverberated over from the door. After answering, the people who came in were — Le Fay and Kunou, as well as Lilith.

“U-Umm, has your meeting concluded yet?”

Le Fay asked us nervously. She was holding a tray in her hands, on top of which was some tea.

“Oh, it’s Le Fay. I was just looking for a time to take a break. Everyone, is that alright?”

When I asked, everyone smiled as they nodded. Upon seeing this, Kunou took the red tea that was on the tray and served it to everyone.

“Please have some tea, Ise.”

“Oh, thank you Kunou. But, uh Lili — no, Lith.”

Whilst I wasn’t paying attention, Lilith sat down on my lap again. It seems that aside from Koneko-chan, the people who compete for my lap are increasing, with Ravel and Lilith now among them as well. By the way, Lilith has now been entrusted to us. Because we previously had taken care of Ophis, it naturally became the case that the Hyoudou residence became the default place for keeping someone hidden. And precisely because of this, the Ophis (Lilith) who was being controlled by Qlippoth was proclaimed to have disappeared during the battle. But going back to the main point, like Ophis’ name, Lilith’s name couldn’t be exposed in front of Kunou, so it was shortened to Lith. Either way, the name isn’t too different.

“Cake cake.”

The Lilith on my lap seemed interested in the cake on the tray, and after receiving a portion from Ravel, she began to eat it in big mouthfuls. Just like Ophis, she seemed to be a big eater. The cake that Ravel had prepared for everyone was a chocolate cake.

“I also prepared a cake for everyone, so please enjoy it.”

So it was Ravel who personally baked it. While Kunou tasted the cake (the edges of her mouth were stained with chocolate), she said

“That’s right, constantly talking about difficult topics will only cause your brain to slow down, so we should rest a little!”

Although she said that, it was really just to vent the fact that she was unable to play with us, which is why she found an excuse to come over to us. Hahaha, Kunou really is cute.

“Le Fay, Kunou, have you gotten used to school life?”

I asked the two of them.

“Of course! I immediately made friends! I didn’t think the people here were so easy to converse with.”

Indeed, Kunou didn’t come to the Occult Research Club after school sometimes, so she was probably playing with her friends at those times. That was good, it was good to hear that she was able to make friends. Le Fay said with a calm expression

“For me, high school life is a new starting point, and although there are a lot of areas that I’m unfamiliar with…it’s all very fresh to me, so I’m enjoying it.”

I then asked about the Vali team’s situation.

“How about the Vali team?”

“After the new team members, the current Sha Wujing-san and the current Zhu Bajie-san joined our team, we immediately headed into a match, so it was a bit overwhelming.”

Indeed, the new members of the Vali team were the current ‘Sha Wujing’ and the current ‘Zhu Bajie’. I had also only just heard about it this Winter, and had also met the two of them. The first-generation old man Sun Wukong said that he wanted to train the two of them for the sake of inheriting the positions of ‘Sha Wujing’ and ‘Zhu Bajie’; thus he entrusted them to Vali. They were supposedly reserve members…but it looks like they’ve become part of the official team for the tournament. A contemporary Journey to the West combination had been formed within Vali’s team, and it would really be worth watching if they went up against the first-generation’s team. I then asked Kunou.

“It seems that there are also Youkai participating in the game?”

“Uh-huh. From each of the leaders, three teams have been elected to participate in the tournament. Kyoto also has three teams. The team to which the strongest member in each area belongs is said to be strong enough to act as the leader’s representative. Ise and you guys, if you encounter them, you definitely can’t be careless, okay?”

Kunou said that whilst eating, but at that time, the door was opened once again.

“I, appear.”

The one who had arrived was Ophis. But, she wasn’t in her adult form, rather, it was the girl version of Ophis. Upon seeing that someone had arrived, Kunou also welcomed them.

“Oh, Phis-dono! Have you returned from the shrine on the rooftop [4]?

“Sunbathing, done.”

Oh, from time to time, Ophis goes to the miniature shrine that was built specifically for her on the rooftop. She really likes sunbathing up there. Everyone here also goes there occasionally to visit, and puts some money into the donation box. This is treated as pocket money for Ophis to spend. I looked at Ophis, and muttered quietly.

“…I didn’t think that it was possible to revert back to this appearance.”

It was exactly as I said. In order to save me, Ophis’ figure and many other factors had been restricted, but…. Irina quietly told me

(This is a specially-made change that was done so that Kunou-san isn’t surprised. Also, I usually find this appearance to be more calming.)

A change huh. A body transformation into a loli. Kunou would indeed be very surprised if she saw an adult version of Ophis. We were also more accustomed to her current appearance. Seeing Ophis and Lilith stand side by side — it was really hard not to laugh. Including Kunou, this was kawaii times three!

“…Also, having Ophis and Lilith stand together like this makes it feel as though nothing is out of place.”

Just while I was in the midst of talking to myself as I watched this laughable scene, a magic communications circle next to Ravel’s ear was deployed.

“Ara, it’s a message from the tournament’s coordinators.”

Oh, it’s a message from the tournament.

“—Hmm. We were so immersed in our discussion that we even forget about the pairing.”

Ravel quickly took out a tablet, and then logged on to the organiser’s site. What was shown there was — the date of our next scheduled match, and our opponent.

“…The opposing team for our next match has already been decided.”

We were all surprised upon seeing it! Ravel said

“—The team’s name is [Lightning]. An entry from the Grigori…and the [King] is Barakiel-sama.

…This was the international tournament that all kinds of people had returned to compete in…! The incident that had occurred at this very moment in time finally allowed me to grasp an understanding of it; this kind of confrontation was even more realistic than I had expected! I didn’t think that I would be matched against someone we were familiar with so soon! We had encountered our first major obstacle.

(Part 1 of 7) (23/2)


Part 2

After we confirmed our opponent for the next match, we went downstairs to lighten our mood. We happened to run into a familiar person speaking with Akeno-san in the living room on the first floor. The person who had come here was a well-built man — it was Barakiel-san!

“…Ah, Barakiel-san!”

I never imagined that I would come face to face with the man himself right after reading the announcement! Barakiel-san also noticed me.

“Hyoudou Issei-kun.”

Based on his tone of voice, it was evident that he knew that he would be facing us in the next match, and Akeno-san also seemed to know, and the atmosphere suddenly became quiet. I steadied my breathing, and then sat down on a nearby sofa.

“Did you come to see Akeno-san?”

“Yes, there were a few things that I wanted to ask about university life. But, speaking of which—”

Barakiel-san dove straight into the main topic right after the greetings were over.

“In the next match, my opponent will be you. Let’s both give it all we have. As a representative of the Grigori, I will do my best to enjoy this match.”

“Yes, I feel the same, I look forward to it.”

Both of us were passionate men, who also stood as the mutual leaders of our own teams, so our competitive spirit towards each other was naturally beginning to leak out. However, Akeno-san was looking at me and Barakiel-san alternately with a troubled expression.

“Ara ara, Ise-kun actually has to compete against chichi-sama…I don’t know which side I should cheer for.”

Barakiel-san asked his own daughter with a hint of shyness.

“…A-Akeno, if you could only cheer for one side…which side would you support?”

That was the facial expression of an expectant father! I couldn’t help thinking of the time when Barakiel-san cried at the graduation ceremony! As a parent, he was absolutely looking forward to hearing that his own adorable daughter was going to root for him! Akeno-san! Under such circumstances, you should cheer for your otou-san! I sent this suggestion to Akeno-san in my mind! Just think, if Akeno-san chooses me, then Barakiel-san will—.

“That’s right, let me think…”

After Akeno-san seemed troubled for a moment, a mischievous smile emerged on her face, and she then pressed her body towards me — she tightly embraced me.

“Of course, it’s Ise-kun ♪”

“……Uhh!”

It looked like Barakiel-san had taken a serious blow to his heart right in front of me! It had already gotten to the point that his eyeballs were popping out of his eye sockets, and several blue veins also emerged on his temple! Barakiel-san had become so angry that he couldn’t help trembling! His face was also unnervingly scary! With his finger pointed at me, he furiously shouted!

“Argh, you! I definitely won’t lose to you in the match, you Oppai Dragooon!”

After saying that, Barakiel-san ran off in tears! …Aaaaahhh, my rapport with the opposing team’s leader has just collapsed right before the match! He’ll definitely come at me with 120% of his strength in the match! Upon seeing this, an impish smile appeared on Akeno-san’s face.

“Ufufu, chichi-sama, you’re too adorable.”

Akeno-san, you’re making fun of your otou-san again…. However, Akeno-san suddenly revealed a sorrowful expression.

“…But, in reality, my feelings are complicated. Regardless of whether it’s Ise-kun or chichi-sama, I want you both to win. But, since you’re opponents, a victor will have to be decided…. Although there is the possibility of a draw…neither Ise-kun nor chichi-sama wishes for this outcome.”

“Yeah, a winner will have to be decided since we’re competing against each other. A winner will need to be decided regardless of whether it’s Barakiel-san’s team, or Rias’ team…”

I gave a serious reply to Akeno-san. Since we were contenders, even if it was Barakiel-san, and even if it was a relative of Akeno-san, we still needed to win. If this wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t have any reason to form my own team. —Since I’ve decided to fight, I will aim for victory no matter what. This was our goal! Akeno-san’s face blushed slightly, and she continued to stare at me…. All of a sudden, Akeno-san said

“…Truly, I envy Rias. She has such a strong man who can say that he wants to stay together with her forever…”

Before Akeno-san could finish what she was saying, she said “It’s time for me to talk to Rias, I have to go.” and then exited the living room. I wonder if I should have said that to Akeno-san today. No, it isn’t a question of whether I should or not, it’s something that I must say. But it was somewhat disappointing that I couldn’t say it now…. …Akeno-san, in fact, I always—.

(Part 2 of 7) (23/2)


Part 3

And so, it was now the day of the game.
The place that we were going to was in the Underworld — the new stadium that was built in the Fallen Angels’ territory for the tournament. There was already a swarm of people within.

The name of the stadium was ‘Azazel Stadium’, and a bronze statue of Azazel-sensei had also been erected at the entrance. And right in the centre of the stadium were — the two teams who stood within the field. The opposing team’s [King] was Barakiel-san, and their [Queen] was also a Cadre of the Grigori—.

“Griiiiigoriiiiiiiiiii! Long time no see, Oppai Dragoooon—! Guhahahahaha!”

This unique manner of speech belonged to the Cadre of special effects, Armaros-san! I never imagined that this person would participate in the tournament, and as a member of Barakiel-san’s team as well! Although the other members were not Cadres, they were all high-ranking Fallen Angels who had survived a countless number of fierce battles. Just like us, the [Lightning] team had not suffered any losses so far. During the period when both teams stared off at each other, the announcer and guest commentator began their explanations over the microphone.

<<Today’s match is the centre of attention, the highly anticipated [Sekiryuutei of the Blazing Truth] team versus the [Lightning] team! Both teams are powerful competing teams from the Three Factions, and everyone is simply holding their breath to see what will unfold in this match! Our guest commentator is from the Devils’ side, Princess Rias Gremory’s father! Well then, Gremory-kyo [5], thank you very much for being with us today.>>

I didn’t expect that the guest commentator would actually be Rias’ otou-san! Moreover, today was also our match against Akeno-san’s otou-san, Barakiel-san; it seems like fathers are present wherever we go today!

<<No no, it is my pleasure, thank you for having me. From a personal perspective, I do want to cheer for my daughter’s fiancé, Hyoudou Issei-kun, but I will provide a serious commentary for everyone today.>>

Rias’ father politely greeted the audience. Say, he actually said ‘fiancé’ during that commotion!? Did he already hear about the oath that I made to Rias about our future, or was that something he just said in the spur of the moment!? The announcer began to explain today’s rules.

<<The format of this match is [Object Break]! The team which destroys the most target objects in the game field within the time limit wins! Also, as with the previous rules, the entire field will be divided into different areas, just like a chessboard.>>

A chessboard-like area appeared on the enormous display screen. As soon as the match starts, we will be transported into the dedicated battlefield, and begin our fight there. We will not actually be fighting inside this stadium. The field was tremendously vast, and even if a Devil had to fly from one side straight to the other at full speed, it would take nearly thirty minutes. But depending on my position and situation on the field, I could fly from one end of the field to the other in a matter of minutes? The announcer continued to explain the rules

<<A total of thirteen [objects] have been prepared within the game field! As long as one team finds and destroys more [objects] than the other team within the twelve hour time limit, they will be declared the winner! Of course, and needless to say, the other rules of this tournament are still in effect, so defeating the other team’s [King] also results in a victory.>>

I had heard about the rules for counting the number of destroyed [objects] beforehand.

<<Going by a simple calculation, as long as either side destroys more than half of the [objects], in other words, the first team to destroy seven [objects] will be declared the winner, and the game will end there.>>

…Although fighting was also important, finding and destroying the [objects] was the top priority.

<<Some of the prepared [objects] have been placed in the field in their original state, whilst some are in less noticeable positions, and some possibly even hidden in obscure places. The two teams will have to race through this broad field, and whilst the players are fighting each other, they must also find these [objects] and destroy them.>>

Now then, I wonder where these things are hidden…. Supposedly, the shape of these [objects] will be revealed to us at the beginning of the game.

<<In addition, if the twelve hour time limit is exceeded, and both teams have destroyed the same number of [objects], the match will be determined to be a draw.>>

It’s possible for a draw huh. But, all that lay on my mind was the thought of victory.

<<There have been similar matches in the Rating Games of the Underworld in the past; even when a lower ranked team with a large power gap between a higher ranked team are set against each other, lower ranked teams have been able destroy an equal number of items to the other team, and then engage in a defensive battle until time runs out to successfully draw a tie. This subversion of expectations and the plethora of limitless possibilities is one of the charms of this game.>>

…In terms of strength, the outside world may have always believed that we were more dominant, but according to these rules, we also had the possibility of facing defeat. Rias’ otou-san said

<<In other words, it is sometimes the case that neither of the two teams can find all of the [objects] within the allocated time limit.>>

<<Well, nominally speaking, because the [objects] are placed randomly, there may be rare situations in which they cannot be found. This would result in an unexpected scenario, and some teams may give up on searching, and choose instead to defeat the opposing team. Of course, if the [objects] in a field can be easily located, it is more likely that we will see an early destruction of the [objects] rather than an attempt to defeat the opposing team.>>

In other words, if the game progressed into the latter half, we may as well switch our strategy to defeat the opposing team, rather than continue to search for these [objects].

<<One point to add is that after an [object] is destroyed, special rules will apply to the area in which it appeared. The [King] of each team cannot enter that area. In other words, as the game progresses, and as [objects] continue to be destroyed, the areas in which a [King] can move around in are gradually reduced. How the two teams will consider and integrate this into their strategy as they move is also one of the highlights of this game.>>

<<This means that as the battle continues, the [King] will be left with nowhere to escape to at the end.>>

—In this way, the announcer and Rias’ otou-san thoroughly explained the rules of the game in detail. …The last rule meant that the [King] would not be able to enter an area where an [object] had been destroyed, which was going to be troublesome. Standing beside me, Ravel whispered

“I have something that I need to confirm.”

“What is it?”

“—It’s whether an [object] can be moved or not.”

…Whether an [object] can be moved huh. Ravel continued

“Based on the [objects] prepared in the previous [Object Break] games, there have been both stationary and moveable ones. If there happen to be moveable [objects] this time, it will become somewhat tricky.”

If they can be moved, then it will indeed be trickier, so it was necessary to confirm this fact.

“So, when we encounter an [object], we need to confirm whether or not it can be moved first.”

I responded to Ravel’s strategy.

<<Now, the game will begin right away! After both teams are transported, and have confirmed the shape of the [objects], the game will begin!>>

The announcer’s words encouraged the audience to heat up, and we were then wrapped in the light of teleportation magic—.

(Part 3 of 7) (25/2)


Part 4

After we had been transported, what appeared before our eyes was — a vast natural environment. There were towering mountains that spread out around us. There was also a lake not too far from the forest of trees. From the looks of it, a mountainous terrain had been used as a template for this field. In one particular corner — stood a steep cliff that our base camp was situated on top of. A table and a set of chairs had been prepared atop the cliff. A full map was laid out across the table. Just like a chessboard, it was set out in an eight by eight grid, with a single line drawn across the middle separating the north and south sides. The northern half was the opposing side’s territory, whilst the southern side was ours. We also confirmed the location of the ‘recovery points’, with each side having one. Then, a projection from the table showed a three-dimensional image of the [object]. The [object] was — a statue of a woman with the wings of both a Fallen Angel and a Devil. …The [object] inevitably reminded me of Akeno-san. —At that time, the field resounded with ring of a bell to signal the beginning. Most likely, after both we and our opponents had confirmed what the [objects] were, they announced the opening. And like that, the game began. Ravel cleared her throat as she said

“—Well, everyone. I will now begin to explain our strategy.”

While we listened to our strategic advisor Ravel’s instructions, we began to prepare for the game—.

 

One and a half hours had passed since the beginning of the game. I had been instructed to explore the western side of our territory. Bova also came along with me to explore the west. Speaking of which, because the field was so vast, there were places that weren’t possible to see with the naked eye. Well, as I flew in the air overlooking all that was below, I couldn’t find anything that appeared similar. Sometimes I would descend into the shade of the trees and into the valleys, and I would even check out the river occasionally, but still came up emptyhanded. After all, we were not told of how large the target item actually was. Without knowing what its size was, if it was a small object, it’d be even more troublesome. In the end, I wonder if it’s possible to find the number required to win ahead of our opponent…. Just at that moment—. An announcement was broadcast across the entire field.

<<Confirmation that the [Lightning] team has destroyed an [object]. They have gained one point.>>

—What! They’ve taken the lead!

<<Whoa! The first [object] has been destroyed! This action has come from the Grigori’s [Lightning] team! But the game is still in progress, which side will be the ones to destroy the next [object]!?>>

A calm message from Ravel reached my ears.

“Please do not get impatient. They have simply taken one point.”

…Although that was the case, and my mind was clear, I couldn’t help trying to speed up. …Ah, no, I can’t. If I did that, it would be a dereliction of my duty as the [King]. I had to calm my own emotions. Ravel, who was in charge of our strategic command, as well as Asia, who was our healer, remained at our base camp…in an inconspicuous area not too far from it. Since it was dangerous to stay in an unguarded base camp, they had hidden in a more discreet location. Given the possibility that there could be an [object] nearby, Asia summoned the four Evil Dragon brothers to search. —Good news suddenly arrived at my ears.

“This is Xenovia. —I’ve found an object. It’s roughly thirty centimetres in size.”

It was communication from Xenovia who had gone to explore the eastern side of our base camp. Ooh, we’ve actually found one! Ravel said

“Understood. Please confirm whether you can move it before destroying it.”

“…It can be moved. Ravel, Ise, what now?”

Ravel responded

“Since it can be moved, we’ll need to change our strategy for this game. We won’t destroy it, but we’ll keep it as a weapon of our side.”

“…We’ll move it first, and then destroy it in a location that will be favourable to us.”

I said. Since it was moveable, we’d do just that. As a last resort, it could be used as a weapon when fighting against their [King]. After all, carrying something that was just 30 centimetres in size was rather convenient. Ravel reaffirmed my statement.

“Indeed. This can be treated as a weapon against their [King]. The way these [objects] are used will change the direction of the entire game.”

Rossweisse-san said through the communications channel

“Given that’s the case, perhaps our opponents have already found other [objects], and destroyed one, but are holding on to the rest of them, waiting for the right time to use them.”

“T-They shouldn’t have gotten their hands on three of them already, right…?”

Irina (responsible for searching the eastern side) nervously asked. Ravel replied

“Given the vast extent of the field, it should be impossible to have three, unless they were extremely lucky. However, the probability that they’ve found two is quite high. But taking into account these small possibilities, for now, we should act as though the other side have already captured three.”

“So what about this one? Should I destroy it? Or should I keep it?”

Xenovia asked Ravel.

“In my opinion, this one should be saved. Finding the second one as soon as possible is the most important thing. What do you think, Ise-sama?”

“Yes, hold onto it first. Let’s continue to find more of these target items and so that we can go ahead advantageously.”

As long as they don’t get stolen, and we hold onto them safely, we could destroy them all at the right time. After all, we weren’t clear on what the other side was planning, so it was best to hold onto them for now.

“After Xenovia-sama and Rossweisse-sama regroup, please analyse the [object]. Rossweisse-sama, I’m leaving things up to you then.”

““Understood.””

Upon hearing Ravel’s instructions, both Xenovia and Rossweisse-san responded. Rossweisse could use magic to analyse the [object], and then formulate a technique to search the field for them; this was our plan. If successful, then we would easily be able to find all of them. Rossweisse-san said

“Analysis of the [object] and creating a searching technique will take a significant amount of time. …And it may also be unusable for people who are not familiar with searching techniques.”

I’m exactly the type who can’t use it! I’m sorry that I’m not good at techniques! Anyway, aside from myself, there are a lot of people who aren’t good at searching techniques either, moreover, the reincarnated Angel Irina is also present, so coming up with a technique that was compatible with everyone would take a lot of time. Ravel used a direct channel to me only to confirm our strategy.

“Ise-sama, regarding the ‘check’ we talked about earlier…I’ll contact you after watching the combat situation for a while.”

“Yeah, when that time comes, I’ll go all out.”

Ravel told us about the strategy immediately after the game began. It was truly bold, and truly fearless. But, I was also very fond of it. …I would wait until that time, and then I would let Barakiel-san and the audience bear witness to it. Ravel issued instructions to Bova.

“Bova-san, please transform into a miniature dragon form from time to time so that you can sneak into the opponent’s territory and scope out the situation. If there are any changes, please let me know. However, please do not go too far.”

“Understood.”

Completely ignoring the opponent’s position was also very dangerous. The next two and a half hours were spent exploring. After Irina had located another [object] on the eastern side, she destroyed it.

<<Confirmation that the [Sekiryuutei] team has destroyed an [object]. They have gained one point.>>

Immediately after we destroyed it, we heard an announcement that Barakiel-san’s team also destroyed one—.

<<Confirmation that the [Lightning] team has destroyed an [object]. They have gained one point.>>

…It was obvious that they were provoking us. They had already obtained a few of them? Our original plan was caught up in such thoughts. But as soon as we destroyed one, our opponents also followed by destroying one. So after about ten minutes, a message came from Irina.

“This is Irina! I’m being attacked by the opponent!”

—What! They’ve started attacking!

“Please engage them, and try to find out what they’re up to at the same time.”

Ravel immediately gave instructions.

“This is Bina. I am also being attacked.”

Another area was also being attacked! Bina-shi and Rossweisse-san had both been ordered to explore the central area of our territory. Both our central and eastern sides were being attacked at the same time! I didn’t expect that we would shift from search mode to attack mode before even half of our time limit had passed! What was their intention!? They definitely had some kind of tactic going on here! Just while I was thinking about that, a sudden flash of light appeared in my field of view! I quickly evaded, and although I had avoided my opponent’s attack…. But that just now was — lightning! I looked towards the person who had attacked me — it was Barakiel-san!

“…I didn’t imagine that I’d encounter you. This must be fate.”

…I didn’t expect that the person to attack the western side would be Barakiel-san! Not to mention the fact that this developed into a battle between the [Kings]. I immediately equipped my crimson armour. Let alone my ordinary Balance Breaker, after that Evil Dragon War, I could now also equip my [True Queen] form immediately. And not only that, my strength had also been increased due to influence of Dragon Deification. Even if my opponent was Barakiel-san, I wouldn’t be at a disadvantage.

<<Wow! A battle between [Kings] has suddenly kicked off right now! We’ve really been caught off guard, Gremory-kyo!>>

<<This is really something to look forward to. He is my daughter’s fiancé, fiancé, you know? Fufufu, he really looks handsome while wearing armour.>>

Rias’ otou-san!? What are you saying!? Don’t keep firing off the word fiancé just like that! You’re making me feel embarrassed! I can’t even focus on fighting!

“Let’s go!”

Even if I asked, Barakiel-san simply wasn’t going to wait for me; rays of lightning burst forth from his hands, and he continuously fired them towards me! I continuously evaded his attacks in the air. The bolts of lightning which missed struck a corner of the field, generating an enormous explosion! Its power was truly extraordinary. Although I’ve recently had to fight against people who were stronger than me, Barakiel-san’s strength was not to be underestimated. Whilst evading the bolts of lightning and closing our distance at the same time, I was able to enter into a melee battle, what I was best at. Barkaiel-san easily dodged my punches, and I was struck by one of his punches in return. Although I had been hit squarely by a solid punch, it didn’t carry enough power. This was all thanks to having fought against those strong opponents so many times. —Even if I was fighting against Barakiel-san in melee combat, I still had an advantage over him! I began to go on a rampage against Barakiel-san in mid-air. Sometimes I would close our distance, and sometimes I would pull away from him. We continued our battle like that in mid-air. In the midst of our fight against each other, Barakiel-san suddenly asked me a question.

“Hyoudou Issei-kun! —Regarding Akeno, I have something to ask you!”

“W-Why does it have to be right now!?”

“It has to be right now!”

Asking something about Akeno-san right now!? You can’t be serious! What’s happening to today’s game!?

“You — how far have you gotten with Akeno!?”

Barakiel-san asked me with absolute seriousness.

“Ah…! W-Well, that…!”

It’s hard to say! It’s very hard to say! This morning as well, she approached me in bed completely naked! Although it didn’t happen, I did feel her oppai!

“Why aren’t you saying anything!? C-Could it be that you’ve already reached the point where it’s unspeakable…!?”

Barakiel-san was trembling!

“N-No! I-It hasn’t yet…!”

I quickly retorted! What kind of situation is this! Barakiel-san charged at me with his fist raised in the air!

“Are you holding hands together!? Dating…I’ve seen it…!”

Ah, he saw us on our date! When Loki attacked us last year, Akeno-san and I accidentally went to a street full of love hotels and happened to be seen! At that time, I was so embarrassed that I didn’t know what to do! Barakiel-san then continued asking!

“S-Ss…!”

“Ss!?”

I asked in return, and with a downtrodden expression, Barakiel-san asked me

“—Have you kissed!?”

—Kiss. He was asking about kissing…? W-Well, that’s something we’ve done before. We had a very long and wet one before the graduation ceremony….

“…Y-Yes.”

After I gave an honest answer to him—.

“—!”

Barakiel-san was shocked. His body stiffened up in mid-air, and he began to cry manly tears….

“…U-Umm, Barakiel-san…?”

I nervously asked him…. Dark clouds began to appear above Barakiel-san’s head, and the sound of thunder began to rumble. With thunderclouds in the background, a dangerous gleam appeared in Barakiel-san’s eyes as he said to me

“……You’ve already gotten to that stage, so if y-you don’t take responsibility, as a father, I can’t rest assured!”

“Responsibility!? R-Responsibility as in!?”

“Do you even need to ask this type of question!? A young man and woman have kissed! You must take responsibility for this!”

What responsibility!? Because of a kiss!? Then what about what lies beyond it…touching her oppai! I have to take responsibility just for a kiss!? Barakiel-san’s entire body was clad in lightning! It was an unimaginable aura! —I hadn’t seen this kind of power even in the battle against Loki! I-Is it because of his daughter that his wrath and jealously towards me has arisen!? Clad in lightning, Barakiel-san charged directly towards me! Even if I was able to/dodge his fist, the shock of the lightning would be transmitted to me through my armour. My entire body would be paralysed by it! It’d be bad if I was hit by a direct attack! After all, light is a deadly poison for Devils! Barakiel-san’s power of light combined with lightning — it would be dangerous if I was hit by that lightning! I began to retort as I countered his attacks.

“Umm, I heard from Azazel-sensei before that Barakiel-san is also a very erotic person!?”

“That’s…that!”

“Avoiding the topic!? It’s just like this!”

I heard very clearly that he used to do SM play with his late wife! E-Even I have not set foot into that territory! Barakiel-san used his lightning to form a long spear!

“As things are now, I must test you as Akeno’s father! With this, let me have a good test of how compatible you are with my daughter!”

Like this, the battle between the two [Kings] became more and more complicated! I transformed my right arm into its Welsh Dragonic Rook form as I attacked, but Barakiel-san retaliated fearlessly. Even if I increased our distance and used Dragon Shot, Barakiel-san would fire off an enormous lightning bolt at me. But whether it was for better or for worse, I had fought against several legendary existences. Barakiel-san was finally struck by one of my direct attacks, and was knocked backwards. Barakiel-san panted in deep breaths as he wiped away fresh blood from the edge of his mouth with his hand.

“…As expected of you. So this is how strong you are…. As expected of someone that Azazel trained.”

Indeed, it’s all thanks to Azazel-sensei that I was able to become this strong. Barakiel-san smiled as he said

“With strength alone, the present me can no longer defeat you. —But, this is a Rating Game.”

Barakiel-san raised his right hand, stretched out a finger, and released a single bolt of lightning towards the sky. After that, Barakiel-san retreated. Just when I chased him in order to reach an outcome for our battle…. An urgent message came from Ravel just a second later.

“Ise-sama! There are three of the opposing team’s players coming towards you! Moreover, they’re all — holding [objects]. —What! What happened!? Did the lightning that Barakiel-san released into the sky have this kind of purpose? Because of that, three opponents with [objects] are approaching me now! Could it be that they want to destroy those [objects] in front of me? I couldn’t understand what their plan was at all — but I immediately saw a change in the scenery in front of me. Some kind of barrier appeared to be forming—. Barakiel-san was on the other side of the barrier. Preceisely because it was a barrier, although it was only as thick as a layer of skin, it separated Barakiel-san and me apart. At the same time, an announcement was made.

<<Confirmation that the [Lightning] team has destroyed three [objects]. They have gained three point.>>

—Three! If that’s the case, then they’ve already destroyed five of them! Regardless of that, what was this barrier in front of me!?

“T-This is…!?”

Because of the change that had occurred before me, I couldn’t help but feel surprised, while Barakiel-san calmly said

“—This is the area change because [objects] have been destroyed. The announcer should have mentioned this as well at the beginning of the game. If an [object] is destroyed—”

The area in which an [object] is destroyed — a [King] cannot enter!

“Speaking in terms of a chessboard, you are currently on the edge of [B1]. I am in [C2], and the areas that we cannot enter are [A3], [B2], and [C1], which form a perfect diagonal line. Which means that since you are in [B1], you cannot go past this diagonal line.”

“This was your plan from the beginning!?”

Since I was on the far side at [B1] and I couldn’t enter the area that was divided by the diagonal line, the only three areas that I was able to move around in now were [A1], [A2], and [B1]. It also meant that I was no longer able to move into any other area. They had cleverly chosen the areas that couldn’t be entered so as to form a barrier, with not a single gap! Barakiel-san continued

“In fact, meeting you here was purely coincidence…. But this is the outcome that I obtained. …We were aiming for this when we thought about where to place the [objects]. It just so happened that you and I fought against each other, and I thought that it was time to implement this plan, so I contacted my teammates. The plan was originally to lure the [King] into one of the four corners of the field, and then use the rule that a [King] cannot enter the areas where an [object] has been destroyed to create this barrier. There have been teams in the [Object Break] games of the past that also used this tactic. —This strategy is known as [Imprisonment].

— [Imprisonment]!

True to its meaning, I was now trapped in the area of these three squares! Barakiel-san’s attitude took a sudden turn, and he became rather cold.

“By mentioning Akeno, you became confused and I was able to implement this strategy. It was to prevent you from noticing that you were being lured into a corner. As expected, you were confused by my words and didn’t take notice of our intentions at all. I said it just earlier, it was a test for you. Brute strength on its own is not enough, being able to face various circumstances on your own is also necessary. It’ll be a worry if the man that my daughter likes is a idiot.”

…….

…Damn it! Because he brought up Akeno-san, I was completely fooled…. I completely fell for it! But, my team won’t be taken down so easily.

<< Of the [Lightning] team, one [Knight] and one [Bishop] have retired; three [Pawns] have also retired.>>

When it came to combat, it seems like my team has the advantage, as demonstrated by that announcement.

“Ise! Although we don’t know what’s happening to you right now, we trust in you as our [King], and we will continue to fight.”

“That’s right! If there’s something you need to slice apart then leave it to us! Xenovia and I are your [Knights].”

I received a message from my reliable companions. Xenovia and Irina both seemed to have continuously defeated the opposing team’s players. On the other side of the thin barrier, Barakiel-san said to me

“Hyoudou Issei-kun, the Rating Games will bring a variety of challenges. If you wish to lead your team to participate in professional games in the future, remember that there are sometimes situations in which power alone is useless.”

Barakiel-san then looked back as he prepared to retreat towards the rear.

“Now then, I have to support my teammates. You stay there and work out what to do with your teammates.”

After saying that, Barakiel-san waved his feathered wings and flew off. Because of the barrier, I had no way of getting to the other side! At that time, Ravel’s spoke to me.

“Ise-sama! What’s going on!?”

“I’m sorry, Ravel, I was fighting in a corner of the field…and then I was trapped in by [Imprisonment].”

After I concisely explained the situation, Ravel immediately gave me a good idea.

“—Hmm. …There’s a way to fix this. Ise-sama, do you know about the chess rule where only a [King] can change locations? Remember when you were present during the peace talks between the Three Factions and it was done.”

During the peace talks…change positions…. Ah! The one that was used to rescue Gasper!

““—Castling!””

Ravel and I said it together at the same time! Aha! I have seen it once! In order to rescue Gasper who was left behind in the old school building when the [Khaos Brigade] first attacked us, Rias used her unused [Rook] piece in the club activities room to transport herself into the old school building via ‘castling’. Right now, it should be possible to make use of that! Ravel continued

“Yes, it’s just as you say. Swap places with Rossweisse-sama. According to the rules, ‘castling’ can be performed once as long as the [King] is not in a ‘checkmate’ situation. You will be able to perform ‘castling’ once with Rossweisse-sama. In that case, Ise-sama will be free to move, and since Rossweisse-sama isn’t a [King], even if she swaps places with you, she can still enter the modified areas.”

Ravel had also included Rossweisse-san in the plan. Really, having Ravel by our side is truly encouraging! She immediately came up with a solution! No, this is something that I originally should have thought of! Perhaps this is what Barakiel-san was trying to lead me towards. This is also related to my worth as a [King] in the future. It was not long before word from Ravel came again.

“I have already contacted Rossweisse-sama about this, so please immediately begin preparations for ‘castling’!”

“Alright! Castling!”

I called the name of the move as I though of the Evil Piece in my chest. And then — I was surrounded by the light of teleportation. The next instant, I was above the lake! It seems as though I really did change positions with Rossweisse-san!

“Awesome, it worked!”

I rejoiced! Next, as long as my [Rook] Rossweisse-san passes through the area that a [King] cannot enter and returns here, there won’t be any problems! However, Ravel’s voice had a tone of surprise when she contacted me again.

“How could this be…!”

“What is it, Ravel?”

“The place that Rossweisse-sama transferred to — is the same place that Ise-sama was in, but there’s a new opponent! It seems like it was an ambush!”

“—What!”

Ambush!? C-Could it be that after the [objects] were destroyed, one person stayed behind on that side, lying in wait for Rossweisse-san who would go there by ‘castling’!? And the instant that I heard the name of the ambusher, I was stunned!

“…It’s the Fallen Angel Cadre Armaros-sama!”

—What! The ambusher was actually the Cadre of special effects, Armaros! Ravel exclaimed in regret.

“The opponent is an anti-magic specialist! For a magic use like Rossweisse-sama, he is the worst possible opponent! …I see, this is what they were aiming for! Trapping Ise-sama was just a feint! Their real goal was—”

Rossweisse-san…! We gave the task of analysing the [object] to Rossweisse-san—. Did they also predict that…! Ravel continued

“…In a game with special rules, magic users who are able to wield a variety of magic are valued. Especially Rossweisse-sama who is using magic to locate the [objects], she is particularly important to us. …I never expected that our opponent had even predicted this and even made preparations for it…!”

…The ultimate aim of Barakiel-san, who had trapped me there, was to ambush Rossweisse-san…. We’ve really been deceived at every single turn…!

“…Rossweisse-san is trapped, and I can’t use ‘castling’ again either. But the game still goes on…. I see, so this is a Rating Game huh. Compared to participating as a [Pawn], it really is much tougher as a [King]—”

~~~~Arghh!

I couldn’t say a thing as an expression of anguish coloured my face. Gnashing my teeth and tightly clenching my fist, I endured my sense of regret. If I didn’t do that, I would probably roar at the top of my lungs. Daammmnnn itttt! This feeling of regret was completely different! …Rias…so this is what you felt like. Because I didn’t think things through, Rossweisse-san was now pinned down there. I was unable to use my team members flexibly, and I was even strung along by the opponents’ tactics every step of the way! This feeling of regret that I felt was different from what I felt as a [Pawn], and the pressure of it felt even heavier because of my responsibility! It’s frustrating, it’s truly frustrating! Ravel said

“…I think there is more than one member of the opponent’s team who is specialised in searching, there should be two of them. After all, researchers do account for the majority of the Grigori. Being able to find five of the [objects] in less than half of the allocated time limit is the best evidence of that.”

…After all, it is the organisation that Azazel-sensei commanded. The number of Fallen Angel researchers is truly horrifying. In order to deal with a variety of Rating Games, a variety of people were elected for the team. Ravel continued her speculation

“Most likely, in order to find [objects] as soon as possible, they prepared many different strategies. They must have also entered our territory. Since we haven’t found many [objects] on our side, our opponents must have been searching for objects on our side whilst they engaged in combat with us.”

…In other words, the time left for us was running out. Our searching magic has been sealed off, whilst the opponent’s searchers are still active. After a while, the [objects] that are on our side will be taken away, and they will be destroyed, leading to our defeat. Our opponent just needs to find and destroy two more [objects] to become victorious in this game—.

(Part 4 of 7) (7/3)


Part 5

After Hyoudou Issei used ‘castling’ to perform a swap of his own position with Rossweisse, appearing before Rossweisse was the [Lightning] team’s [Queen], the Grigori Cadre Armaros.

“Gwahahahaha! I remember how you used to be a Valkyrie! You’re also good at magic, but I won’t be allowing you to pull any tricks!”

The person who stood in front of Rossweisse was a Fallen Angel Cadre who wore armour, a cloak, and was armed with an axe and a shield. He had a bearded face and even wore an eyepatch…it was unclear whether or not he only had one eye. Based on appearances alone, he looked like an extremely eccentric character that would leave people confused. However—. Rossweisse unleashed a full-powered attack of each attribute — only for it to be

“Fuwaa!”

Just one steady swing of his axe caused all of those attacks to be annihilated! They were not blocked, and neither were they deflected. He had used the impact of his axe swing to completely eliminate all of the incoming magic attacks. Even someone like Rossweisse who had great confidence in her own magic attacks couldn’t help but be stunned upon seeing what unfolded before her eyes.

“It’s my turn now! Hyaaaaaaahhh!”

Armaros lifted the axe up high, and then slammed it down in an instant! The resulting shockwave and its blinding speed destroyed the surface of the ground as it gradually approached Rossweisse. Rossweisse immediately erected a defensive magic circle. This was a technique that she had learnt from the Norse mythology, and when combined with her own characteristics as a [Rook], this could be described as an indestructible high defence magic shield. It was impossible for normal attacks to—. In the very instant that the shockwave from the axe came into contact with her magic circle, the sound of its shattering reverberated throughout the air, and Rossweisse’s prided defensive magic circle was easily destroyed!

“—!?”

She couldn’t even leak a single sound to express her surprise. This was the defensive magic circle that had defended against numerous powerful opponents in the past. It had even endured against the fierce attacks of Evil Dragons. Yet, a single attack from this Cadre of special effects far exceeded Rossweisse’s expectations. In this game, even if Armaros was bolstered by the characteristics of the [Queen] piece, something like this was unimaginable. Upon closer examination — the enchantment of a technique was inscribed upon Armaros’ axe. And that technique seemed familiar because she had seen it somewhere before.

—Anti-magic!

…Armaros’ anti-magic — she had heard about his tenacious study of anti-magic…but she had never imagined that he would be able to eliminate her magic so easily. Although she was aware that Armaros relied on physical methods to eliminate magic…she never thought that such an outcome could be obtained by enchanting his own weapons with the results of his anti-magic research…. Rossweisse communicated her current situation to Ravel. In order to analyse the [object], she had received one of them from Xenovia. That was why she absolutely could not act carelessly. She could not allow the [object] to be destroyed by her opponent either. Ravel said to Rossweisse

“I will think of countermeasures.”

Rossweisse judged that facing him head-on would be the worst possible situation for her, thus she quickly flew into the air. By using magic, she could enhance the abilities of her own body and increase her own speed, and after that, she could then cast a barrage of magic attacks. Since she had the advantage in speed, all she had to do was fire off magic towards a blind spot—. Just as Rossweisse was considering this, Armaros raised his shield. The same enchantment that was present on his axe appeared on his shield.

“How sly of you! You’re toooooo naïve though!”

His shield shone with a radiance that enveloped the entire surrounding area! And as for Rossweisse who was bathed in this…she realised that her own speed had suddenly reduced. All of the physical abilities that she had enhanced with magic had disappeared! What was even more shocking was the analysis technique that she had been using on the [object] — it had been also eliminated by this radiant light! The shield that Armaros was holding in his hand actually had the power to decompose magic!

“Guhahahahaha! When set against the flow of magic, my axe will tear it apart, and my shield will eliminate it! My research on anti-magic is not just limited to theoretical knowledge!”

The announcer’s cry was then heard.

<<Ooh! The magic of Rossweisse-senshu [6] who is a talented magic user now appears to be helpless against Armaros-senshu! Armaros-senshu, who is better known as a researcher of anti-magic is indeed a Cadre of the Grigori! The effects of his anti-magic are extraordinary! Just like their previous games, the true strengths of Hyoudou Issei’s team have not been utilised!>>

The announcer commented on the situation rather loosely. Rossweisse shamefully clenched her teeth, and once again decided to strengthen her offensive and defensive magic. But Armaros’ axe tore her magic apart one by one, and due to the effects of his shield, even her speed-enhancing magic had been eliminated. At this moment, Rossweisse was convinced. —Her compatibility with this Fallen Angel was the absolute worst. The opponent most certainly must have taken this into account, which is why Armaros was facing her. She was good at using magic for offense and defence, hence an anti-magic expert with the worst compatibility with her was sent here. Strategically speaking, this was a natural decision…but she never imagined that her own attacks would be completely useless. Her overly naïve thoughts were exposed. Indeed, Armaros was a colleague of that Azazel. He was a powerful man who had overcome all kinds of battles and survived—. But there still existed magic that was effective against Armaros.

—Sealing techniques.

The very thing that Rossweisse had been researching in the battle against Qlippoth were sealing techniques. Even Armaros, who was an expert in anti-magic, would not be able to fully eliminate a barrier. The problem was…that to devise a barrier that would be able to seal Armaros away would take a long time. If she only made a half-baked barrier, Armaros would definitely be capable of destroying it from within. It had to be something that could fully seal him. In this case, she really needed time in order to construct the technique—. If another one of her allies came here, then it could be done. But they were currently engaged in combat against the opponent, so it would take a significant amount of time for one of her allies to arrive. Moreover, it was already taking all of the effort that she could muster in order to deal with Armaros’ attacks under the current circumstances. Just as Rossweisse was thinking this, Armaros shortened the distance between the two of them and swung his axe down!

“Yaaaaaaarrrgghhh!”

Rossweisse instantly expanded several layers of defensive magic circles — but they were destroyed layer after layer. Rossweisse immediately added another defensive magic circle. But Armaros’ axe mercilessly destroyed Rossweisse’s magic circles one after the other. The shockwave that was generated by the swing of his axe passed through the magic circle and was transmitted to her body. …Immense pain coursed throughout her entire body. If hit by a direct attack, it was very likely that she would be forced to retire from the match. This was the one thing that she had to avoid! Rossweisse endured the shockwave of the axe, and even created an enormous crater as she crashed into the ground. Just as the final layer of her defensive magic circle was destroyed—. A blast of energy was unleashed from behind Rossweisse. Armaros immediately responded to this by dodging this blow. Armaros directed his eyes to the person behind Rossweisse.

“Hohoho, so another one has come! I have to say that you have excellent taste in choosing a mask to wear!”

Rossweisse also turned around to look — the person who had appeared behind her walked forwards slowly, she wore a red mask and was the [Queen] of the [Sekiryuutei of Blazing Truth Team], Bina Lessthan. Bina stood in front of Rossweisse and said

“Are you alright?”

It was the voice of a young lady — it sounded like she was in her teen years. Bina then confronted Armaros. At the same time, a message came from Ravel.

“Rossweisse-sama, Bina-sama has rushed over to your side. Please team up to take Armaros-sama down!”

It seems it was under the directions of Ravel. Indeed, her intention was to deal with the opponent’s [Queen] right here. Ravel understood that this opponent was troublesome. Armaros seemed rather happy upon seeing Bina’s entrance, and instantly began to close in on her. He swung his axe horizontally near her waist. But it was easily evaded by Bina. At the same time, from her hands — she unleashed an extraordinary amount of demonic energy! A red magic circle — it was a pattern that she seemed to have created herself, yet it was reminiscent of a dragon. To be expected of Armaros, he immediately realised the danger. But Bina did not mind, and relentlessly let loose a cannon of tremendous demonic energy. That bombardment of tremendous demonic energy — destroyed everything that was in sight, it was so powerful that it seemed inhuman. This wasn’t the kind of demonic energy that just any high-class Devil was capable of producing. And upon seeing this, Armaros couldn’t help but become ecstatic. Bina said to Rossweisse.

“I will take care of the fighting, you construct a barrier sealing technique.”

After saying that, Bina began to face Armaros head-on. Rossweisse went along with Bina’s intentions, and began to construct a technique. While constructing it, she also began to think.

—Although I don’t really know who Bina Lessthan is, I feel like I can trust her.

The [Queen] of the [Sekiryuutei of the Blazing Truth Team] was far more reliable than she had ever imagined—.

(Part 5 of 7) (15/3)


Part 6

On the other hand, Xenovia and Irina who were exploring the eastern side were also under attack from the opponent. Their opponents numbered — a group of three people. They were mostly likely a group of [Pawns] who had gathered together to launch an attack. According to information that they had obtained beforehand, the opponent’s [Pawns] numbered eight in total. The previous announcement stated that Irina and the others had already defeated a [Bishop] and a [Knight], as well as three [Pawns]. More specifically, it was Irina who defeated the [Bishop] and one [Pawn], whereas Xenovia had defeated the [Knight] and two [Pawns]. Perhaps the reason why the opponent sent reinforcements was because Irina had defeated their [Bishop]. Irina was exploring the region that she was assigned to, and coincidentally found several Fallen Angels who were searching for [objects] in that area. She had defeated the [Bishop] that probably excelled at searching, as well as a [Pawn] who was assisting. Whether or not this resulted in a major blow to the other side was still unclear, but since the other side sent reinforcements here, it meant that—. Irina moved closer to Xenovia and whispered

(It seems like there might be an [object] nearby.)

(The reinforcements indicate that something major is happening huh.)

Indeed, the number of players in a Rating Game were limited. When fighting in such a vast field, if the situation was not at a critical junction, then it was highly unlikely that their combat power was going to be focused on a single area. —Since this was the case, it was obvious that this was a very important area for them. The opponent had already destroyed five [objects], so victory was almost within their grasp. Right now, even if they had to make some sacrifices, they were most certainly after another [object]. After all, the rules this time allowed a team to win without having to defeat the [King]. In this way, the existence of an [object] was extremely important. Having to obtain one, and allowing one to be taken away were very troublesome. —Perhaps this was a key moment?

Irina smiled wryly as she used her eyes to signal Xenovia. It seemed like Xenovia also planned to fight here. At time like these, communicating with Xenovia simply via eye contact like how they used to when they were a duo caused Irina’s confidence to double. Both sides leapt into action at the same time. The opponent was dominant when it came down to numbers. And after a few clashes, it was clear that the opponents were far from being as simple as mere [Pawns]. A female Fallen Angel wielded a large sword forged by light in her hands, and based on the speed of her attacks, it almost seemed like she was a [Knight]. Her movements also seemed rather skilful…after all, they were also people who had survived numerous battlefields, and would not be defeated so easily. One Fallen Angel pulled away and began to fire arrows of light as support, but Irina swung Hauteclere to unleash a shockwave. They dealt with the more bothersome one first. Although the bow-wielding Fallen Angel dodged the shockwave, he was quickly cut down by Xenovia who had predicted the position that they would evade to. At times like these, even if they didn’t use words to communicate, Irina and Xenovia were able to understand each other’s thought process, and could immediately pursue. Soon afterwards, the bow-wielding Fallen Angel was enveloped in the light of retirement, and then disappeared from the field.

<<Of the [Lightning] team, one [Pawn] has retired.>>

The announcement was made. It seemed like the one that they had defeated just then was one of the opponent’s [Pawns]. There were two people remaining.

As long as Xenovia and I are a combination, we can do it! As long as we can defeat the next two players, we’ll be able to search for the [object] that is possibly in our vicinity.

While Irina thought that—. Thunderclouds appeared above Irina and Xenovia, and from there, fierce rays of lightning sprang out. Along with the arrival of the thunder, a man appeared—.

“Hmm, I’ll help out too.”

Barakiel — the Fallen Angel Cadre who had once been called the [Lightning of God], and currently the vice-governor of the Grigori. This man stood before Irina and Xenovia. …He was more experienced in life and death struggles than the two people currently before him combined, and if someone was to be struck by this man’s lightning, they would not escape unharmed. Especially for a Devil such as Xenovia, light was a highly toxic poison.

(Ise-kun, I’m sorry if I get defeated.)

For now, she apologised to her team’s leader in her heart. Needless to say, even if she was defeated, she would do everything that she could before that. The combination of Irina and Xenovia began to challenge the lightning that threatened them. The lightning that Akeno and Barakiel released as their allies now seemed so cold and terrifying—. But no matter what happened, he — Hyoudou Issei would surely determine the victor at the very end, this was the conclusion that Irina and Xenovia drew from their past experiences.

(So, darling. Use that…that unrivalled and impossibly powerful attack so that everyone can see!)

Indeed, although he was fated to accept a variety of evaluations, whether it was actual combat or a Rating Game, his strength was capable of overturning the entire situation—.

(Part 6 of 7) (15/3)


Part 7

“—To sum things up, Irina and I are currently fighting against the other side’s [King]. That’s all, from Xenovia.”

“—Just as planned, we’re stalling the opponent’s [Queen], Armaros here.”

I — Hyoudou Issei listened to the status reports from Xenovia and Rossweisse; both sides were in a heated fight.

<<Battles are continuing in various places. Since the beginning of the game until now, Hyoudou Issei-senshu’s team has had the advantage when it comes to combat, whereas the [Lightning] team has had the advantage in terms of the number of [objects] destroyed. So, will the [Sekiryuutei of Blazing Truth] gain a difficult victory just as they did in the previous game, or will they lose as a result of the [objects] being captured and destroyed!? Victory cannot be obtained by relying on force and power alone, for this is a Rating Game!>>

…Damn it, this announcer is actually saying such ridiculous things during the commentary! However, I’ve also realised that the situation is not optimal right now! Just at this time, Ravel finally gave the signal.

“Ise-sama, it’s time. This is already enough. —Please enact the plan that was mentioned earlier.”

“—Alright, I understand. Although I regret it a bit, this is something simpler that I can use to make them understand.”

“Yes, please show them the results of a simple and clear answer.”

I began to carry out the plan that Ravel had proposed earlier — I began to fly towards the centre of the field. Hovering above a deep valley, I began the chant for power.

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

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

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

Ophis’ voice echoed out from the gem—.

The gem on my left gauntlet unleashed a jet-black aura.

“—The jet-black God of Infinity”

An incredible crimson aura enveloped my entire body.

[—The glorious God of Dreams]

The jet-black aura of infinity was then encased over it—.

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

This verse is slightly different from the past. The difference lies in the addition ‘false’. My crimson armour was then tinged with a jet-black pattern. The power of the Dragon God had fully manifested. And then we recited the final verse together—.

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

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

All of the gems resounded with a voice which said [D∞D!!] and permeated through to the soul. An ∞ symbol emerged on all of the gems!

“[<<Dragon ∞ Drive!!!!!!>>]”

Dragon Deification — no, it was something similar to Dragon Deification. If I did use Dragon Deification, my existence itself would immediately collapse. So within the chant, I added on a ‘restriction’, and though only for a short while, I could utilise this extraordinary power. After the transformation, Ravel notified all of our members.

“Everyone, Ise-sama has already undergone Pseudo-Dragon Deification! Please move according to the plan that was proposed earlier!”

There isn’t much time left! So I’ll have to do this quickly! Four large cannons emerged from my four wings, and I began to prepare for ∞ Blaster! An incredibly vast amount of aura quietly gathered at the muzzle of my cannons. Starting from the very instant that I let the cannons loose, the countdown for maintaining Pseduo-Dragon Deification will begin! A total of ten seconds! I wouldn’t be firing it just anywhere, but in accordance with the plan — the majority of the field will be blasted away!

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

An [∞] symbol appeared on all of the gems of my armour, as the colours of red and black flashed alternatingly. I can’t rely on pure power alone? I can’t win a Rating Game with pure power alone? Perhaps that may be the case. If I was just relying on some half-baked strength and power, people like us who are still inexperienced when it comes to the games would be made fun of. But—. If it’s not some half-baked strength, and not some half-baked power, then what happens? What will they think when they see the absolute power that we have gained through actual combat!?

—I, we, have worked hard to make it through this one intense year, so let’s give them a good look at the power that we have obtained!!

“I’ve confirmed that all of our allies within the range of impact have retreated.”

After hearing Ravel’s message, I felt delighted!

“Let’s goooooooooooooooo!”

“<<[∞ Blaster!!!!!!]>>”

An incredibly vast amount of aura was discharged from the muzzles of my four cannons! I maintained my firing position, drew out a semicircle as I turned, and continued to unleash the jet-black aura symbolising infinity and the crimson aura!

[V! IV! III! II!]

Until I reached the limit, I continued to bombard the field with my cannons—.

[I! 0!]

After the countdown finally ended, I also released Pseudo-Dragon Deification, and reverted back to my crimson armour. …Because of the aftereffects of Pseudo-Dragon Deification, most of my stamina and demonic energy had been depleted…but my crimson armour wouldn’t be undone yet.

—Alright, now I can continue to fight! After the potent bombardment of aura concluded, the sight that appeared before my eyes was — a barren and deserted wasteland with no mountains, valleys, rivers, nor trees. Everything had been blown away. The announcer trembled as he spoke

<<Ooooohh! W-W-What just happened! T-The field actually! More than half of the field has actually been annihilated! Incredible! Hyoudou Issei-senshu’s cannons have erased the field’s scenery! THIS IS TRULY POWER BEYOND IMAGINATIIIOOOOON!>>

At the same time, announcements for the retirement of our opponents and the destruction of [objects] were made.

<<Of the [Lightning] team, one [Rook] and one [Bishop] have retired.>>

<<Confirmation that the [Sekiryuutei] team has destroyed four [objects]. They have gained four points.>>

That cannon blast just now took out one a [Rook] and [Bishop] from our opponent’s side! That was a good result! If they were players who were searching for [objects], then it could be described as an even better result! I also destroyed four [objects]! Our numbers have increased almost instantaneously! This pushes our total up to five! Because we kept one more on our side that we haven’t yet destroyed, it’ll be a victory for us as long as we can find one more!

Now then, I’ll go over our strategy. Although my Pseudo-Dragon Deification can utilise an incredible amount of power, it has a time limit. I can maintain the transformation for three minutes, but if I convert that to perform attacks or switch to defence, then the transformation time limit will be reduced. A cannon blast at maximum firepower — if I use ∞ Blaster, the time limit will be reduced even further. From the moment that the bombardment began, a ten second countdown also began, and once it reached zero, Pseudo-Dragon Deification was forcibly lifted. There is also a crucial problem after the transformation is undone. —My stamina and demonic energy is vastly depleted. During our training, because of different styles of fighting that had been used, there were situations where I wasn’t even able to maintain my normal armour. To put it simply, Pseudo-Dragon Deification is a final move that can only be used at a critical time, but it is also the strongest means of attack that our team has. Based on the above reasons, preparations were made for this plan at the beginning of this Rating Game. We first needed to make sure that I would be able to use Pseudo-Dragon Deification. However, it absolutely cannot be used when up against the other side’s [King]. To give a reason for that, it would be because we don’t know what kinds of tricks the other side has up their sleeve, so transforming and charging in recklessly could lead to my attacks being blocked, thus wasting an important means of offense. That being the case, it is necessary to find the right time to use it. After Ravel confirmed the rules for [Object Break], the gridded map was opened at the beginning of the game, and the plan was communicated to all members of the team—.

“We need to investigate the [objects] that are in our territory first.”

Ravel used a pen to mark out the map. The field this time had half of a chessboard as our territory. A red circle was drawn to further divide our territory in half. That was a quarter of the field.

“However, it would not be very efficient if we were to search every corner of our territory. Moreover, there is also a time limit, so we should only target one area. We only need to perform a thorough search of half of our territory. But, it’ll be bad if we allow the other side to discover our intentions, so we should still scatter all of the members of our team into the every region of our territory. And then, one group will perform a thorough search of half our territory.”

“But, what are we going to do about the exploration of the other half of our territory?”

Irina asked. Limiting our search of [objects] to one quarter of the field would perhaps make it much easier to find them, but the other areas will be left unexplored.

“Indeed, if that’s the case, it’s impossible for us to win. Perhaps our opponent will take the lead when it comes to the number of [objects] destroyed. But once the game reaches its mid-phase, we’ll change our style immediately.”

Ravel smiled as she explained the plan.

“Our team has been evaluated to have nothing but power. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this. Of course, some people have said that there must be a minimum level of strategy. The people who want to laugh at us can laugh all they want. —However, if they see someone significant supressed by true power, the people who laughed at us will most certainly shut up.”

Ravel said to me

“Ise-sama possesses an unrivalled power that can be demonstrated by an immense cannon blast of energy with Pseudo-Dragon Deification—. This single blow will create that kind of change in the game, and they will be able to see it for themselves. —So in this game, please wait until the time is right, and then blow away the majority of the field.”

[—What!]

Ravel’s shocking plan left everyone speechless. Ravel then continued to add a few points. At the beginning, we would need to perform a thorough search of half of our territory. The area to be explored was our eastern side. The ones responsible for this would be Xenovia and Irina. At the same time, in order to prevent the other side from realising this, we still needed to visit the other areas to make it look as though we were searching. We also needed to move into our opponent’s territory. But, this was all just an act. Of course, it’d be best if we came across [objects], but that was not the goal this time. After clashing several times, and when both sides had made some gains in destroying [objects], it would be my turn to shine with Pseudo-Dragon Deification. I would fly into the centre of the field, and the unexplored areas of our territory, as well as half of our opponent’s territory — in other words, a vertical half of the entire field would be blown away by a semicircular sweep with ∞ Blaster. I would draw a counter-clockwise semicircle going from north to south, which would eliminate the entire western side. Because the field had a powerful barrier set up by the tournament authorities, such a plan was possible. And in this way, the majority of the field in our territory that hadn’t been explored would be blown away, so any [objects] that we hadn’t found would naturally be destroyed by me. After ∞ Blaster ended, we would close in on the remaining quarter of the field that we had not yet explored (the quarter of our opponent’s territory that had not been hit by my bombardment), thereby moving into the final phase. It truly was a bold and ambitious strategy! Although it was an approach that fully utilised our power…the idea seemed so perfect that even Xenovia seemed slightly perplexed. Ravel revealed a calm smile.

“Simple petty tactics are completely useless in the face of true power; we shall burn this terror into the eyes of the contestants of the tournament, as well as all those who are watching it. There are a few competing teams in this tournament who are able to cause destruction to such a degree, but this is decisive power that even the lower level of god-class beings will not be able to overcome with strategy. This is what we need to demonstrate once more.”

And then, Ravel said this to me in a very simple manner.

“I will use tactics different to Rias-sama and Sona-sama with this team to show everyone.”

 

Upon seeing this haughty declaration from Ravel, I couldn’t help recalling what her okaa-san had told me.

—Ravel’s true nature is the path of supremacy.

……Using all of our power and knowledge on the path towards supremacy huh. This is Ravel’s talent…. If Riser was able to make use of Ravel’s talent — perhaps that Rating Game might have resulted in a one-sided loss for us. ……Unshakable determination and a spectacular way of executing it. All of it was so that people could acutely realise it. —Ravel was the cornerstone of this team. In order to continue surviving in this tournament, Ravel’s strength was indispensable. And at the same time, because she was the heart of this team, our chances of victory would immediately collapse if she were to be attacked. …Throughout this game, there may be people who become aware that Ravel is the core of our team. And so, as the tournament progresses, there will be more people aiming for Ravel than me. …Through this tournament, the slumbering talents that people of various factions possess will be discovered. Is this one of aspects that the managers — Beelzebub-sama and the God of Destruction Shiva are expecting? Or was this an earlier plan of Azazel-sensei and Sirzechs-sama? If that’s the case, then perhaps Ravel is the first person to fit this category. This reliable and promising strategic advisor-sama sent another message.

“The number of [objects] that our side has destroyed puts us into a check position. We just need one more to win. This is something that the other side also knows. They will no longer hesitate, and will probably begin to attack while looking for [objects] or seek to snatch it from us. Now is the crucial moment where everything matters, everyone!”

Alright! In that case, Barakiel-san will have no choice but to appear!

I asked Ravel

“Ravel, where is Barakiel-san right now? Is he still fighting against Xenovia and Irina?”

“—Hmm, so you want to decide the victor of the game? I understand, since you want to determine a winner, please proceed.”

Ravel accepted my suggestion! Since the game had already progressed to such a stage, it was perfectly feasible for me to act like this as a [King]. Although Armaros-san was caught up in the western side of our territory which was within the range of my Blaster, we did not hear an announcement about his retirement, and so I was somewhat worried, but my team members would deal with him.

“Ise-sama, acting as a [King] to take down another [King] will greatly boost morale, and the evaluations from everyone definitely will not be low! Please show them just what kind of man the [King] of Hyoudou Issei’s peerage is!

“No problem!”

As expected of my peerage! And my manager! I then flew towards the location where Xenovia and Irina were fighting against Barakiel-san! They were in the north-eastern corner! I focused my strength into my dragon wings, and flew towards there at high-speed! Although Pseudo-Dragon Deification had used up the majority of my stamina, I could still continue to fight!

“Hold on!”

“We’ve found Hyoudou Issei!”

On the way, several of Barakiel-san’s team members attempted to stop my progression—.

“Don’t get in the way of my lord!”

The one who crashed into the Fallen Angels from their flank was my [Pawn], Bova! Bova spat out a powerful torrent of flames which did not lose to his chichi’s in intensity, and then stood in front of the Fallen Angels to block them off! Bova fearlessly said

“[King]! Leave this to me!”

“Alright, I’m counting on you!”

I left that to Bova, and then flew towards Barakiel-san’s location without any hesitation! Although I was panting heavily with ‘Haa haa…’ noises…I could not stop here to rest!

<<Of the [Lightning] team, one [Pawn] has retired.>>

Yeah! An update from our side! It seems like Bova has already taken care of an opponent! As I flew at high-speed over the field, I was soon able to see thunderclouds! That’s where Xenovia and Irina were fighting! Xenovia and Irina were up against Barakiel-san and two other Fallen Angels in a two-to-three fight. One of the two Fallen Angels was a woman who used a greatsword forged of light, while the other one was a male Fallen Angel who wielded a halberd of light.

“Ise! You came!”

“Sure enough, my darling was thinking of having a showdown between the leaders!”

Both Xenovia and Irina welcomed my arrival. Speaking of which, even if it was the two of them up against Barakiel-san’s lightning, they had done very well! Although their uniform had already become tattered, and they were low on stamina, both of them were still fine and lively, and evaded a direct strike from the lightning.

“I’ll leave the other two to you two!”

I left the two other Fallen Angel opponents to Xenovia and Irina, while I flew directly towards Barakiel-san!

“Barakiel-san! Let’s finish off what we started!”

I changed my right arm into its Solid Impact mode whilst I evaded Barakiel-san’s lightning—.

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

[Solid Impact Booster!!!!]

I quickly sent Barakiel-san flying through the air! Barakiel-san’s beaten body was languid, but he steadied himself and prepared for a direct confrontation.

“Very well. But, do not be careless. Are you able to understand what I’m thinking?”

From here, it was a melee fight between [Kings]! My punches and kicks all hammered down upon Barakiel-san’s face, shoulders, torso, and legs! On the other hand, Barakiel-san’s lightning-imbued punches and kicks also struck my face, torso, and my legs! His attacks of lightning, a combination of electricity and light, were transmitted to me through my armour, and because my reserves of stamina and demonic energy were low, I couldn’t stop myself from trembling due to the damage that was done to my entire body! And amidst the heated exchange with Barakiel-san, I deeply felt it.

—Barakiel-san had pulled the rug out from underneath me when it came to strategy. It was as if he was trying to guide me. It was as if this person was acting in the place of Azazel-sensei. Even his words just then were the same. He deliberately said “Are you able to understand what I’m thinking?” in order to guide my thought process. …He was encouraging my growth through this Rating Game. A year ago — I died once because of a Fallen Angel. And in the year following that — I’ve grown to this point by the hand of a Fallen Angel. And precisely because of that, I know that I have to repay that debt now! I have to respond to their expectations! Barakiel-san, I will defeat you! But before that, I have to repay you for what you just did! I faced Barakiel-san directly and said

“I…at night, I occasionally sleep together with Akeno-san! Being caught between Rias and Akeno-san while I sleep is the best!”

Instantly, Barakiel-san seemed taken aback by what I had just said! At first he was embarrassed, and confused, and then he became mad!

“……. …Kuh! Y-You’re using that trick!”

My attack accurately struck Barakiel-san as he let his guard down! However, my breathing had already become heavy and disturbed! My stamina had almost reached its limits as well! But I didn’t care about that and continued to speak!

“Also, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Akeno-san often cooks for me! Akeno-san also makes bentos[7] for me!”

By combining my attacks with these verbal outbursts, Barakiel-san was gradually falling into a downward spiral! His intense tremors were the best evidence of that! But, I needed to properly convey how I felt about Akeno-san to him!

“Akeno-san has always acted as the elder who stands before us as a leader, she is in fact together with girls of a similar age to herself, but she can be hurt by the little things, and I know how delicate she is! Akeno-san worries about all of us; regardless of whether I or someone else is injured, she keeps the pain inside her heart, that’s something I’m also very clear on!”

Akeno-san is actually nothing more than an ordinary girl! Although she usually acts like an onee-san at school, I know that she also has the side of an ordinary girl because we’ve been living under the same roof together!

“To me, not only is she a caring onee-san, she’s also a cute girl, as well as a woman who can reveal a beautiful smile. I’m absolutely certain of these things!”

But in response, Barakiel-san widened his eyes, his expression became even more imposing, and he sent me flying through the air again! Barakiel-san shouted out whilst sparks of lightning erupted from his entire body!

“Even if you say that! Even if you understand Akeno! You — still chose Rias Gremory didn’t you!?”

“—What!”

When Barakiel-san said that one sentence…my body froze. Barakiel-san charged at me with a flying kick and continued

“You chose Rias Gremory! Everyone also understood that, and agreed with it! I also heard about your promise of the future with her! You will be together with Rias Gremory from now on! Well…well! What about Akeno!? Akeno…who will be together with her!? My daughter’s heart is attracted to you, and yet you’ve been taken away by Rias Gremory, so what will my daughter do from now on!?”

Speechless, I could only allow myself to be beaten by Barakiel-san unilaterally. His eyes — shed tears.

“Akeno…she will never put the blame on Rias Gremory nor you! To Akeno, both of you are important people! From the bottom of her heart, she sincerely wishes for the happiness of you two! But where is Akeno’s happiness!? Who else can ensure the happiness of my daughter!? Akeno’s future…will only be marred with sadness! Since that’s the case…”

Barakiel-san grabbed my neck — and wept.

“…I should have split you and Akeno apart from the very beginning. As long as she likes someone else, Akeno will also become happy, right? You…will you tell Akeno this? Or do you have other ways to make Akeno happy…? I am her father. …My daughter, Akeno, she is in love with you. So, tell me your answer! The Hyoudou Issei whom my daughter loves! How will you treat my daughter!?”

Barakiel-san’s tears and a penetrating punch struck my face squarely. My helmet was shattered, exposing my face underneath it. …Barakiel-san had also cried during the graduation ceremony. I think as he watched the graduation ceremony, he must have been recalling the past, and also casting his eyes towards Akeno-san’s future. And because of that, he was worried about Akeno-san. The cry of Barakiel-san’s soul was carried forth in that punch, and rang through to my mind and body. …Akeno-san’s happiness. In love with me…. I had already sworn on my future with Rias, so for Akeno-san…what about her? Could it be as Barakiel-san said, would it be better if Akeno-san liked someone else…?

…….

…Memories of the time spent together with Akeno-san gradually surfaced within my mind.

—…How do you feel, Ise-kun, after hearing that? You hate Fallen Angels, right? They killed you and Asia-chan once, and tried to destroy this city once, there’s no way you can hold good thoughts about them.

The first time that Akeno-san told me the truth about herself in front of me, she was prepared to accept that I would hate her, and still she said all of that. But, I — simply could not find a reason to hate Akeno-san.

—Not only that, I have the blood of a fallen angel in me, you know? Can you forgive me? Although I reincarnated into a Devil, the fact that I have the blood of a Fallen Angel in me doesn’t change. …I may have approached you wanting to get hated, you know? No, that’s definitely the case. I…am the worst kind of woman….

No, Akeno-san…you’re the best woman! Not only are you gentle, you’re also more delicate than anyone else—.

—Kaa-sama…! I…! I wanted to see tou-sama more often! I wanted tou-sama to pat my head more! I wanted to play much more with tou-sama! Tou-sama… tou-sama and kaa-sama…I wanted to live together more with the three of us…!

She was lonelier than anyone else, and sought love more than anyone else.

—Ufufu, that would make it my first French kiss, I guess.

She really surprised me. But, Akeno-san’s first kiss was with me, and that really made me feel proud.

—She’s right, if it’s the same fallen-angel then I will be able to make Ise-kun happy. That’s why please have more confidence. If you don’t take another step with Rias, then I can’t—

When I was frightened by the shadow of Raynare, and didn’t dare to even think of going further with Rias, you said those things to motivate me. Now, being able to enjoy the happiness I have with Rias is also thanks to your encouragement back then, Akeno-san—.

—…Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay now. I will live on for the sake of you, Rias, and everyone else. I will become stronger with you, Ise. I will be with you forever.

I also cherished Akeno-san, I definitely wouldn’t die again, because I had to keep living with her—.

—Ise, I love you. Ufufu.

I also—.

……Have Akeno-san like someone else? Separate her…from me…? Akeno-san…and a man other than myself….

……….

…Something like that, how could I possibly forgive it! Neither will I allow something like that to happen! Akeno-san and I…our hearts are linked! I like all of Akeno-san! Akeno-san has always been watching me! She belongs only to me — Himejima Akeno! —Letting some other bastard take her away is something I cannot forgive! Akeno-san’s sleek black hair, her smile, her gentleness, her S side, her personality which makes her easily saddened, her lips, her well-endowed oppai, everything, all of her — I want to make it mine!

—I decided.

I decided! I steeled my determination! Azazel-sensei, I am the Hyoudou Issei who is determined to become a harem king! So, no matter how many people it is, as long as it’s me…whether they pursue me or if it’s a woman that I pursue — I will make them happy! Whether it’s Rias, Asia, or Akeno-san — I will definitely make them happy! That’s right! Hyoudou Issei! You must say it! You have to say it! I need to make sure that the media of the Underworld, and even all of the factions hear it! I cried out with a voice that reverberated across the entire field!

“Then, I — love Akeno-san!”

And I went on!

“Barakiel-san, please allow me to take responsibility…I will be responsible! I will not give her to anyone else! I will…take Akeno-san! I will treasure Himejima Akeno for the rest of my life! Just as I have made Rias happy, I will also make Akeno happy! My dream is to become a harem king! The women who like me, and the women who love me, I will make all of them happy without leaving anyone out!”

“—WHAT!!”

Barakiel-san was shocked! This was the confession from my heart! Yes, I will take responsibility! Barakiel-san! Please accept my thoughts!

“I promise to make her happy! —I will take care of Himejima Akeno for as long as I live! Akeno is mine! Akeno, I LOOOOOOVVEEE YOOUUU!”

I faced the speechless Barakiel-san directly!

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

[Solid Impact Booster!!!!]

With one strike enhanced to the limits, I completely blew Barakiel-san away! The resulting shockwave also decimated the small mountain in front of me. Feelings are the most important things for Sacred Gears. In other words, my feelings for Akeno-san are overwhelmingly strong!

Ddraig pleasantly said

[As usual, as long as it’s related to your desires, the power of the Sacred Gear will instantly elevate. As expected of you, partner.]

Yeah, that’s what I thought too. Until now, I’ve always fought with feelings of anger against villains using my Sacred Gear. But when facing good opponents, I use my dreams and desires! Now, Akeno-san. You should have heard my shout just then through the broadcast right? That is what I’ve finally understood, and finally noticed, my feelings for you. Hearing my confession — the cry of my soul, Barakiel-san shed tears at the same time as he was knocked down.

“……Ah, how could this be…! How could I be crying at a time like this…! Azazel, he has finally set his path — he has personally said that he wants to go down the path of a harem king…!”

Due to my powerful strike, although Barakiel-san was able to stand, he was trembling non-stop. On the other side, Xenovia’s Durandal and Excalibur released an exceedingly powerful holy aura, which cut down the wielder of the greatsword of light.

<<Of the [Lightning] team, one [Knight] has retired. >>

The broadcast announced Xenovia’s victory. It looks like her opponent was also a [Knight].

“…Using destructive power is not only the privilege of my [King]. But, that was a really good confession, Ise!”

That’s right, my [Knight], Xenovia! Irina was also easily avoiding the fierce onslaught of the halberd from the Fallen Angel in mid-air. The halberd’s shockwaves caused the air to vibrate tremendously, and it also dug out trails on the ground. On the other hand, Irina used Hauteclere to perform a series of high-speed slashes. Her opponent was unable to counter it. Irina-san then extended a long whip of light from her left hand and cleverly wrapped it around her opponent’s foot. By pulling on the whip, her opponent’s stance was broken. This was the special offensive light energy technique that only Irina was able use, though some inspiration was taken from [Excalibur Mimic]. Her opponent was forced to his knees, and he was instantly cut down by the enormous amount of aura that Irina released from Hauteclere.

“Amen!”

“Guaaaaaaahh!”

After suffering from that attack from the holy aura of Hauteclere, her opponent was finally enshrouded in the light of retirement.

<<Of the [Lightning] team, one [Pawn] has retired.>>

“Fufu, in fact, I can also use some fancy attacks! It’s all because of darling’s confession that I became so excited all of a sudden!”

Irina had also dealt with her opponent! In that case, I should also finish off my final task as [King]! Well, Barakiel-san! Please accept this final blow! Cannons emerged out from my dragon wings, and then pointed forwards! A red aura gathered at the muzzle of the cannons!

“These are! My true feelings, towards you, and towards Akeno-san!”

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

[Fang Blast Booster!!!!]

“Crimson Blasteeerrrrrrrrrrrr!”

An overwhelming and bright red aura was expelled from my two cannons, and beamed towards Barakiel-san—. Enduring the red aura, Barakiel-san seemed to have a relieved look.

“…Shuri, our daughter…has found a good man.”

Leaving behind only these words, the [King] of the [Lightning] team, Barakiel-san was enshrouded in the light of retirement—.

<<—Of the [Lightning] team, the [King] has retired. The [Sekiryuutei of Blazing Truth] team are victorious!>>

After that, the announcement that the game was over arrived—.

After this game, the opinions of the critics changed. The voices pointing out that we were not familiar with strategy, and that our experience of the games was shallow did not change, but this was added on to the end of all that.

—To the majority of teams, they are a simple and straightforward terror.

(Part 7 of 7) (31/3)

[1] –shi is a formal honorific used when the speaker is unfamiliar with the person that they are referring to.
[2] Kanji was Holy Grail of the Secluded World.
[3] Kanji was Chief Mourner’s Crucified Stand of Purple Flame.
[4] This is a reference to the short story entitled Woship ☆ Dragon-God-Girl from DX.2.
[5] –kyo is an honorific similar to Sir. In this case, it would be something along the lines of Sir Gremory.
[6] –senshu is an honorific used to refer to a player or contestant.
[7] Bento: Homemade lunchbox. Often meticulously detailed as a sign of love and care.

Continues on to New Life

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263 Responses to HighSchool DxD Volume 22 (Life.5)

  1. Ms.Vírus says:

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    Opera can not verify the identity of the server http://www.zxzxzx.info due to a certificate problem. I do not know what is happening, I tried to enter with firefox and google but also did not advance, could copy and send the text of new life into the middle?

  2. Ms.Vírus says:

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    It looks like the new life page is not updating , could you sort it out?

  3. arik says:

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    thnks a lot zxzxzx for ur superb work. bt i hv question if u don’t mind in one of the spoiler site it is said that after the battle ise meet ajaku and talk with azazel  & other in life 5 so when r u going to update that part??? plez ans

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Please remember to tag spoilers if you’re going to use them. It doesn’t happen in Life.5, that chapter is now done. It happens in the next chapter, New Life.

  4. Oppai Dragon says:

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    What does it mean by “Awwaiting New Content”? What is it refering to?

  5. Lukken says:

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    Hey, Zxzxzx if you need to translate the new life section of this just go google El Raiden. He is a small youtuber has a spanish translation of the novel. So if you know someone who is great at spanish let them know to translate it. Or just use google translate, since it has been enhanced and is way better. Atl east if the language family is connected. So spanish to english works great!

    Also keep up the good work!

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thanks for the heads up Lukken. I wasn’t aware of El Raiden, but it appears the link provided is the translation that was done by “Infinit-TradPro”. I actually read a part of Life.5 in Spanish while I was waiting for the Chinese release, but I came to the conclusion that it was not reliable enough to use as my source. When comparing it to the Chinese and the Japanese, the meanings of some sentences and dialogue have changed. The Chinese translation appears to be much closer to the Japanese, probably also because of the shared Kanji which is why I’m waiting for that rather than going off this Spanish translation.

  6. Bardock says:

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    Hey zxzxzx……great work with the translation…its coming really fast….just wondering if you could get me the link to the japanese pdf file or something like that….i can do some translations by myself so….and i would appreciate it if you can get the link of volume 23 too….thanks!!!!!

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Hey mate, I am running off a physical JP copy of volume 22 at the moment, and don’t think it’s worth scanning at this point. As for volume 23, I haven’t even got my own copy yet.

  7. Anonymous says:

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    I’m so sad, I want to read the new life of this chapter, but I can’t find it anywhere!

    • Lukken says:

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      There is a spanish translation by a youtuber named El Raiden. You can use google translate since it works great by translating spanish to english.

  8. Htet Aung Khant says:

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    Arigatou senpaiii

  9. Ahmad says:

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    Hey zxzxzx why dont ise talk about rias that much nowadays and why dont they talk about their love life etc

    • zxzxzx says:

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      A question better directed towards the author or other readers like yourself. Personally, I don’t think he needs to be obsessed with Rias or their love life. They have accepted it, and it is natural to them, and hence there is no need for obsession.

      • dragon-maou says:

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        It’s true that he doesn’t have to obsess over his love life but at least there can be a chapter where they can go on a date, only the two of them. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining or anything, it’s just a discussion.

        • zxzxzx says:

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          That would indeed be nice, but I think it has most likely been left out due to constraints on novel length. Ishibumi may not be able to fit in a chapter or section on a date because there is so much going on at the moment with the tournament. Instead, all he can afford to fit in are brief scenes such as the one earlier in this volume.

    • Anonymous says:

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      They’re rivals currently and doing their own thing. They can’t really spend any time together since they’re competing.

      • Ahmad says:

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        But i think that dragon maou is correct and their should be a chapter because other readers who like thus couple cant enjoy it … but it is not necessary too

  10. BADSHA X says:

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    Hey triple zx where can I read online the japaneese raw version of HS DxD 23 for free ?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      I honestly wouldn’t know. The digital ebook and physical copies are most certainly available now, and even I haven’t got a copy of either yet. Honestly, if you really want to read the Japanese raw, please buy it and support the author of a brilliant series. It’s relatively inexpensive on Amazon JP, and for me at least, the hardcopy is usually only $15.

  11. Anonymous says:

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    Hey zxzxzx can you tell me a site where I can read aestetica of a rogue hero in Japanese or chinese

    • zxzxzx says:

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      If you’re not looking to buy them, I would suspect that jCafe has the Japanese raws, whilst wenku is likely to have the Chinese translations.

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        Hey zxzxzx can you give me a link to that page on jcafe or wenku where i can find aesthetica of a rogue hero I am not able to properly use those sites so please help me

        • zxzxzx says:

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          I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be a prick, but you should give it another go and try harder. I’ve pointed you in the right direction, so all you need to do is follow. I personally like the idea of ‘teaching a man to fish’, rather than ‘giving a man the fish’ – it’ll make you better at everything you do.

  12. dragongod says:

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    Hey zxzxzx are you ever going to translate aesthetica of a rogue hero appreciate your work

  13. Anonymous says:

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    To the majority of teams, they are a simple and straightforward terror.

    Does anything more need to be said really?

  14. Anonymous says:

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    thanks 3zx this was released the day after my birthday and is was an awesome present thanks very much 🙂

  15. Anonymous says:

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    good job man

    Thanks a lot

  16. adris says:

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    Thank you..  Very Funny.. Issei’s words to Barakiel

    He is a TRUE HAREM KING.

  17. Crywolf641 says:

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    LoL the way I see it the bastards who are only good at critisizing people just felt terror at the might of a dragon that is on par with a God.

    ‘ The voices pointing out that we were not familiar with strategy, and that our experience of the games was shallow did not change, but this was added on to the end of all that.’

  18. Audac1ous says:

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    whats next just the afterwords right?

    • dragonosman2 says:

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      No, it’s not.  Look at what it says is the next chapter.  It clearly says, “Continues on to New Life” up there, doesn’t it? So the chapter after this is the “New Life” chapter.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      As dragonosman2 said, there’s still one more chapter, “New Life”, and then the Afterword.

      • UnitedHawk6 says:

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        i dont want to sound like a dick but i just love this series so much and need to burn time until the new season starts, So let me ask ZX how long until we can read the NEW LIFE chapter and when do you plan to start the new volume?     (im already on volume 6 again, and with how good it is ill probably burn through it in about a week and a half at minimum)              LOVE WHAT YOU DO KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK

        • zxzxzx says:

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          I have no idea when New Life will be ready. I’m waiting for another translator at the moment, but will have it translated within a few days of their update.

  19. dragonosman2 says:

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    @zxzxzx: Thanks for update!

    I’ve noticed a typo:

    “Ise-sama possesses an unrivalled power that can be demonstrated by an immense cannon blast of energy with Pseudo-Dragon Deification—. This single blow will create that kind of change in the game, and they will be able to see if for themselves. —So in this game, please wait until the time is right, and then blow away the majority of the field.”

    The bold-faced there if should be it.

    Anyway, I liked this chapter.

    By the way, one thing I’m really happy about: DxD G mode is called “Dragon ∞ Drive” and the gems still have the “∞” symbol appear on them. I wasn’t wrong about that. Ise also said that the jet-black aura is the power of infinity (though I’m confused with this now – in Volume 21, it was said that that form no longer has the abilities of infinity, but this chapter seems to be saying that it does, but that it only lasts for a short time and is limited, hence the “false” word added to the chant (i.e. “false god,” I presume)).

    I like Ravel’s plan, though. It’s interesting how she came up with the idea to use DxD G mode to destroy the half the field along with the remaining “objects” before the were told about the true nature of the “objects”. I hope Ise won’t get bad ratings for doing this, since this is the kind of show of power that should be evaluated well.

    I also liked Ise’s confession in this chapter, though.  He’s a good Harem King!  Way to go, Ise!

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thanks for finding that Osman! Indeed, Ravel’s plan is almost a perfect solution to winning the game, and showing off to the world at the same time. Though Issei’s confession and declaration on top of that made it all even better.

  20. saeed says:

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    thank u again man i was dying….

  21. Anonymous says:

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    Holy shit that ending

    This wouldn’t be out of place in TTGL for how awesome it was

  22. dragon-maou says:

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    Thanks zxzxzx

    It was surprising that the update came so fast. Especially since it came before the schedule. I can just imagine how much hard work you put behind the translation so that it would be available to us for reading before the schedule.

    Also this was a great confession.

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      I agree about the confession.  I’m really happy for Ise.  He really came into his role as a Harem King.  Now if only the stupid cockblocking would stop.

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        It can’t be helped, I am talking about the cockblocking. I heard somewhere that ishibumi wanted the characters to have a sexual life too but if he did that the LN would be in adults section or something and hence younger audience  won’t be able to purchase it.

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          dude its a “slip and fall” away from being an erotic novel, manga and show so that wont matter much

          • J9162 says:

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            Believe it or not, it really does make a difference in how a light novel or manga would be labeled in Japan. It matters quite a bit there.

            At any rate,  supposedly the publisher was adamant about there being no sex so it’s not happening. Maybe it’ll happen in passing or reference, but nothing explicit. Honestly, it’s unnecessary anyway. I think the series is great as is. It’s already understood it’ll happen eventually.

            They have thousands of years together and will develop mature relationships with the understanding of not interrupting Issei and whichever wife/wives he’s with at specific times.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      No worries mate, I was looking forward to it as much as everyone else.

  23. Anadi says:

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    A ∞ symbol emerged on all of the gems!

    If the symbol is pronounced “infinity”(is it?), then shouldn’t there be “An” before it? It feels weird to read it in my mind, that’s it. I could be wrong, sorry in advance!

     

    This single blow will create that kind of change in the game, and they will be able to see if for themselves.

    Only typo I could find.

     

    Something like that, how could I possibly allow it! Neither will I allow something like that to happen!

    The two “something like that”, I’m confused. The neither + the same thing over again… Again, it could be my bad. I tried to understand…

    But anyway, man you’re a badass! Early updates like these! Thanks a lot for your hard work. This one sure was long. 🙂

     

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Thanks for picking those up Anadi! Yes, the ‘A’ should be an ‘An’, and the first “something like that” sentence could also be interpreted as: “Something like that, how could I possibly forgive that!” which I’ll change in the second revision of the chapter.

  24. Nematoda says:

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    …. Issei is really deserve the [Harem King] Title…..

    truly Harem King we need……

    its take a huge courage to confess in front of all people…. even in front of her father…..

    and all of his confessing is in front of many peoples….. both rias and akeno….

    damn…. Issei… “you are the man”

  25. Irina Akashira says:

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    Thanks for the update

  26. Anonymous says:

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    I juwt loved that confession beating one of.ur.powerful fatherin laws to present urself as a.WMD deterrant

  27. ANISH KUMAR says:

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    thanks a lot for the chapter, i’m just loving it

  28. anifreik says:

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    Thanks for the translation zxzxzx. Even brought it in ahead of schedule! LOL. Like others, I can’t wait to see Akeno’s reaction. Will she be all over Ise? Or will she instead suddenly get bashful for a little while? I think shy Akeno would be cute.

    • dragongod says:

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      Thank you zxzxzx for the novel update love your work thanks again

    • J9162 says:

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      Right?! It’s kind of upsetting that there’s no illustration for how Akeno will react to his confession in this volume (which I guess happens in New Life) like there is for Rias when he proposes. Well, I suppose her volume 23 picture is meant to make up for that hahaha.

  29. mpz28 says:

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    Wow! well worth the read, & thanks for latest update.

    Also this part:

    No, Akeno-san…you’re the best woman! Not only are you gentle, you’re also more deliate than anyone else—.

    Is this meant to be, you’r also more “delicate”

    Just thought i would give it a mention.

    & as always thanks for the hard work 😉

  30. mayurijudgement247 says:

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    Damn you Issei!!  Even you have finally confess your feeling toward Akeno, I never give her to you,my waifu Akeno!!

  31. Blinder says:

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    Thanks a lot

  32. Thang Dam Minh says:

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    Finally, Issei showing those peasants who’s the real protagonist

  33. J9162 says:

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    This was so incredibly epic!! Ravel is a truly badass and terrifying strategist. Path of supremacy indeed. Issei going all out and pushing forward on his path to becoming a true harem king with another phenomenal confession. Can’t wait to see Akeno’s reaction. Thank you so much for this awesome update zxzxzx!! You rock!

  34. Lodezz says:

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    I know its the totally wrong place here to ask but i think you know some LN translating blogs ;D Do you know someone who is translating Gakusen toshi asterisk ? ;D

    • J9162 says:

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      That series was licensed last summer so they pulled all the fan translations. I think there are copies of those up to maybe volume 9, floating around the internet however, if you look hard enough. Unless someone does it under wraps you’ll probably need to wait for the licensed version to catch up.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      I think you’re looking for Setsuna86.

  35. Badsha X says:

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    Around when the volume 22 will be fully translated do you think ? And very very thank you for translating this for us.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Don’t know mate, I’m waiting on the rest of it myself.

      • Badsha X says:

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        So you are not translating it by yourself or what ? My exam is coming , so I was hoping that I would be able to read it before taking a break from using internet. That’s disappointing.
        Anyway thanks again.

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          I’m using the Chinese translation as a source, so that’s what I’m waiting for.

          • Badsha X says:

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            Can you send me the japaneese text of the life 5 chapter 7 & new life to my email ? I just can’t wait to read the finale of volume 22

  36. Oppai Dragon says:

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    Will you be done with part 7 before May? My internet is shuting off then 🙁

  37. Lukken says:

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    Hey zxzxzx i hope you don’t mind me asking. But could you link me the Chinese translation mainly the link. That would be appreciated.

  38. drake says:

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    this is off topic but someone tell me why i can’t seem to access bakapervert’s blog on my firefox browser

     

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Might be a transient issue – it’s working fine for me at the moment with Firefox 54.

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        hey zxzxzx ive been looking forward for the rest of volume 22 and really appreciate your effort of translating it. I hope you dont mind if I ask if you are gonna also work on rhe translation of volume 23? thanks man.

  39. Matthew says:

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    How much of part 7 do you have done?

  40. Pk says:

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    Hey zxzxzx I saw on Amazon Japan site that volume 23 is out !!!!! Is it the real one?? 🙂

  41. Null_Byte says:

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    Is Life 4 completed? I don’t know if “–” at the end means that it is completed or needs to be complete.

  42. Lukken says:

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    A great translation as always. Also a question: What do you mean at the next update tab:
    High School DxD V22 Life.5: In progress, Part 7 is ~30% of Life.5.
    Part 7 is about 30% done or is it 30% of the whole life 5 chapter?

    Many thanks!

    • Anadi says:

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      It means Part 7 is 30% of the whole Life 5 implying that it’s quite long. So, I guess we shouldn’t expect it to be released as quick as the present one was released… But that’s just my guess.

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        At least when it IS done, it’s gonna be a really awesome read that you won’t have to stop and wait for a week or so for it to update

  43. J9162 says:

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    Thanks again for the awesome translations zxzxzx!! Looking forward to the last part. I can tell it’s going to be great.

  44. Anadi says:

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    Wow! Thanks for the surprise early update!

    it was very likely that she would be forced to retired from the match.

    Just found a typo, the least I could do to help…

  45. vertin says:

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    Hey zxzxzx, thanks for the awesome work. Really looking forward to the next part. Cheers from Brazil.

  46. lycxix sama says:

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    Hi zxzxzx,thanks for all your hard work and pain in translating ln…umm are you on paetron?.cause I really want to support you there also you can earn loads ..

     

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Hey mate, I’m not on Patreon…if you’d like to donate, I’ve got a PayPal link on my about page. I’m not exactly looking to ‘earn loads’ – I do this regardless of whether I’m paid or not and that won’t change.

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    I am still waitong for the moment when issei propose akeno on front of her father… loool

    Especially after part 4 encounter

    Can’t wait for next part

    Thankx zx

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      Damn that was a hard spoiler u know? I mean i knew it i already read the spoilers on Reddit because i hate it to wait for the translation 😛 but for all who didnt knew it it was a hard spoiler dude!

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        i finally understand how spoiler function works.

        next i’ll be careful with these spoilers

        sorry guys for my previous mistake

  48. Gus The Snail says:

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    Thank you for all your blood sweat and tears.

     

    I would love to talk about my theories for the team line up….  but i don’t know

    how to use the spoiler function.  to much of a noob i guess.  This is a great serries, and i am

    thankful that i get to read it in english.

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      I am not able to use spoiler function

    • Anadi says:

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      Let me try, [spoiler title='does it work'] Check[/spoiler]

      If the code does work, then here’s how you do it, you type this exactly – [spoiler title='  stuff that you want the title to be, for my tag, it's 'does it work' Don't forget to wrap this in single quotes  '] here you write your message, without any single(or double quotes), for me, it’s Check.[/sp0iler

      I intentionally removed the last square bracket. Don’t do that. and don’t leave any spaces between the brackets and the code. This – [ spoiler ] is wrong, this – [spoiler] is right.

      Hope it works

       

      • Anadi says:

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        oh shit, you type [ spoiler ] without those spaces, and it becomes a tag.

        Again, it’s [ spoiler title=’Title’ ]Here you write your stuff[ /spoiler ]

         

        The code is right below the text area!

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      You dont really need the spoiler function for smthn. like this i think everyone who read this far to vol. 22 can think of it. But i dont really know what you mean when you say theories for the team line up its already picked or not? The things i would love to talk about would be things like who is the true identity of isseis queen? And When do Sirzechs and the others come back and how they beat Trihexia or things like who is Rias´s new pawn. If you have some theories plz write a reply to this comment ;D

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        Just head over to animesuki Vol 22 and 23 threads. Thousands of theories(well, 20 at least) waiting for you.

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        As far as theories on Bina go, the leading ones are that she’s either a longinus user or some dragon or dragon related character (that has been turned into a devil) given the many draconic references from her character. As for Rias’ pawn, I think it’s probably Crom Cruach, but we’ll have to wait and see.

        Now with Trihexa, we probably won’t see those characters come back for the rest of the series, but it’s possible. I like to think that Ddraig’s burning technique that Issei used will help speed up their battle, if only slightly. We may hear from them again, but not sure if they can actually come back. Maybe there will be a long epilogue at the end of the series with them back.

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          [spoiler title='Spooky']

          All those dragon references could simply be because she’s in the red dragon’s team. Remember, non of them is permanent and all of them are cosmetic.

           

          About the 666 thing, in a spoiler, it was mentioned that after this match, Ajuka will start a video conferencing between Ise and Azazel where Azazel will tell him about a man who can have information on how to kill 666 quicker.

          [/spoiler]

          I guess we all agree on the Crom thing, he did use to wear all black coats and stuff and other things. But anything can happen…

  49. IsseiThePerv says:

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    Can’t wait for the other parts! 😉

  50. mayurijudgement247 says:

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    He still long way to learn how become a perfect “King”.Well at least he still van think and make some plan to order his team to conquer the game,that amaze me.

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    Ise falling into that trap disappoints me, but I’m  more upset that Ravel didn’t consider for athe least a moment the other possibilities. Especially considering they have the overwhelming advantage in combat and need to find more statues more than they need Ise’s power…he was safe in the cage (essentially) anyone who tried to fight him in there would’ve gotten stomped. It’d a damn shame

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      Even I thought that while issei was trapped, before exchanging places he should have blown the field just so that if anyone is hiding for an ambush,  they would either retire or be smoked out. And I thought of this before castling was done and after ravel thought of it.

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        He was in a barrier. It would be impossible to blow one big area if he was in confinement

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          Actually he could have blown three square boxes, if you don’t understand what I am saying go read again and this time use a chess board for reference.

          He could have blown a1,a2 (completely blowing those area using crimson blaster) and in case of  b1 he has to be in the air while he blows the ground(a powerful  Dragon shot should be good enough) . And since he and rossweisse are both flying , they don’t have to worry about themselves taking any damage. 

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            Ah i thought it was a small barrier, didn’t know it would be quite a huge area. Well, i guess he let his emotion got the better of him. He was pissed for being tricked and when he heard a solution from Ravel, he just thought “Ah, lets do it” without paying attention around him. At least i hope he wants to learn from this mistake.

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      Not really, in Baraqiel’s team they have 2 people who are good at tracking things while issei’s team only has rose. Losing issei means losing their firepower that could be used in certain situation, Ravel must have thought that issei’s support is essential with her plan so she cannot afford to lose Issei’s support.

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      To be fair this is Issei’s first RG that involves tactic and all. Rias’s team vs Sona’s team was mainly Rias’s fault and Issei did quite well as a pawn in that fight, Rias’s team vs Sairaorg’s team was mainly brute force. So yeah, i think this match is his first experience using tactic that involves teamwork and for me this kind of match can be a valuable experience for Issei

  52. Anderstone says:

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    One should assume that after 21 volumes Ise isn’t as incompetent as in volume 1 but …

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      Or, one could say it’s just been 1 year and the kid became a king barely a month ago. Our expectations from Ise have become unrealistic thanks to his abnormal growth rate in other areas.

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        He could still start to think. It isn’t a problem if he makes mistakes but he is still not really thinking. I know the author wants to show some signs of him getting better but it feels just horribly underwhelming reading his thought process.

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          @anderstone I agree with you, his thought process is underwhelming. From what I remember to  become a high class devil, you need to give a test (just like the mid class devil test he gave earlier) in that test, questions are related to tactics of rating games etc. He is strong devil (on level stronger than high class devil, maybe an ultimate class devil level) but may be they skipped the test and made him a high class devil directly as a sort of distraction and hope in absence of three maous . Maybe that is one reason they threw such a grand ceremony.

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        Or to say it differently. At the beginning he thought with his libido and while it went up a bit, his thought process still has not arrived at the brain.

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      I believe this is his first match that involves tactic and all. Rias’s team vs Sona’s team was mainly Rias’s fault for not thinking ahead but Issei did actually well as a pawn in that fight, Rias’s team vs Sairaorg’s team was mainly brute force kind of fight. Not to mention, most of his fights are an individual fight rather than teamwork so he mostly uses his wits to overcome the problem only for himself. So, this match is an entirely new experience for Issei and it could be a valuable experience for him in the future 

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      He is thinking and he’s grown tremendously since volume 1.  Incompetent isn’t a word that applies to Issei anymore honestly. He pulled a fast one on Cao Cao twice. He used tactics against that purple cross wielder with his different abilities. Most of his battles actually involved something a little different than just pure power. He came up with the Holy water trick against Riser early on. He absorbed that gem from Vali. He’s been through a lot and it’s only been a year while he’s been going up against beings with sometimes hundreds, if not thousands of years of experience. Barakiel is one of the first fallen angels so I’d say he’s doing pretty good on his own right now all things considered. You’re expecting too much from a guy who only just started his last year of high school carrying more responsibility than the vast majority of people in existence.

      As far as the libido goes, he’s barely had a perverted thought  (outside of appropriate situations) in I don’t even remember how many volumes (4 maybe 5). The last time I can really remember was when he used that one ability to look through Gabriel’s clothes, but that was only after being put on the spot for not being as perverted as he once was, so you can say it’s even further back.

      He’s making a huge effort to become a responsible person that can balance all his duties and responsibilities as well as considering all of the feelings of the girl’s he wants to develop relationships with.  He became a King in a year which is unheard of as it normally seems to take many devils decades or centuries. He’s doing very well for being in that position so soon. He and all the other characters have been through and grown so much since volume 1. It’s been quite satisfying to watch their journey in my opinion.

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        ^This. Agreed. And Barakiel isn’t exactly a normal king, they are a bunch of researchers, Ise isn’t just gonna hop to advanced level tactics, he has to take baby steps first, and maybe he is taking them in planning out small things.

         

        I would say, Ise hasn’t got much of a chance to show his improvement yet.

  53. Ichigo kurosaki says:

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    Thanks for translation 😍😍

  54. J9162 says:

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    “Are you holding hands together!?” This was too funny hahaha. Barakiel may have tricked Issei here, but he definitely couldn’t hide being the doting and worrying father. Thanks for the excellent update as always zxzxzx!!

  55. Pk says:

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    You are the best zxzxzx !!!!! 🙂

  56. Anonymous says:

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    Wow this is an exciting match!

  57. Anonymous says:

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    Great job translating many thanks.

  58. adris says:

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    THANK YOU, AGAIN.

  59. Anadi says:

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    I guess the final move Ise and Ravel are planning out could be the DxD G. Ise seems excited to show them his move. But I wonder why Ravel would suggest Ise to go all power mode. Maybe the DxD G was unplanned.

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    I haven’t commented here before, but many thanks for these translations.

    The part about everyone visiting Ophis at her shrine and leaving pocket money in the donation box gave me a good chuckle.

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    Just wondering when volume 22 life 5 part 4-7 will be on here?

    • dragon-maou says:

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      go and read the home page, it is clearly mentioned that zxzxzx has caught up to the Chinese translations. He translates from Chinese to English so even he has no idea when it will be translated.

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      I will be translating it as soon as it becomes available to me.

  62. dragonosman2 says:

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    Thanks for the update, Triple Zerox!

    And oh look, Zeoticus just blurted out that Ise is Rias’ fiancé!  Seriously, man, wasn’t that supposed to be kept a secret from Ise?  Why did he blurt it out like that?  And Ise still didn’t get it.  Same old Ise.

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      Actually his earlier oath to rias after her graduation was a sort of marriage proposal. It is clearly mentioned above too.

      ” he actually said ‘fiancé’ during that commotion!? Did he already hear about the oath that I made to Rias about our future,

      Even in spoiler it is written  as a marriage proposal. So it was no longer a secret. Anyway it was no secret (like a secret arrange marriage) it was just that issei was a bit dense.

       

       

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        Ise doesn’t know that the ceremony at the Ruins was to have him engaged to Rias if they pass the trials.  It was supposed to be a secret.  I guess Zeoticus might have found out about Ise having proposed to her, but the very fact itself that he did propose to her means he doesn’t know about their engagement.

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          I am pretty sure that if he was not aware of his engagement to rias he would have would have given a more surprised reaction. Also at the time of ceremony of ruins he was not aware about rias’s feelings and that ceremony was a test, to test if he was worthy for rias.

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            Can someone tell me what this ritual was? I can’t remember also volume and chapter would be great 🙂

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            I believe the implication is that they have been sort of unofficially engaged basically ever since the ceremony, even if Issei didn’t know about it. The ceremony itself was a love test to see if Issei was a suitable husband candidate, but it’s significance basically affirmed to everyone (except Issei who didn’t know what the test was) that Rias chose Issei as her betrothed and they are compatible and will eventually marry, so essentially they were engaged. If you remember, the Gremory servants and members of Sirzech’s peerage all started calling Issei the “Waka” which meant young lord or master or something like that. They started doing that during the summer he stayed at the Gremory house and they knew that he was pretty much her betrothed and that happened before the ceremony haha.

            Rias’ parent’s also spoke to Issei’s at the parents visiting day event and on some other occasions too, and I think even his parents knew and it was implied they had the “we leave our child in your child’s care conversation.”

            Really, everyone was just waiting for Issei to figure it out and Rias also wanted things to progress naturally, but if Issei did not actually give his oath/proposal to Rias earlier in the volume, I think her father would have still referred to him as her fiancee either way. The girls also started referring to Rias as the “legal wife” as well so even they knew about it too. Actually, I think a large portion of the supernatural community might have already figured it out before Issei honestly haha.

            Nattobreath we are referring to the ceremony that happened at the Ruins of Connection which belong to the Gremory family where Issei and Rias go through those trials that the four Maous and Grayfia set up when they were in disguise as the Satan Rangers. Issei had to show table manners,dance with Rias, among other things including battling Sirzechs at the end. It happens in Volume 8, which is a collection of side stories and it is specifically the story called “The Fun Family of the Gremory.”

            Rias’ mother and Grayfia were rather impatient with Rias with marrying given that she broke off the engagement before with Riser, something they of course understood, but they sort of ushered her and Issei to go through the ceremony to reassure them. Grayfia gives Rias this whole speech about how she’ll be taking over the position as heir essentially after she graduates University and how she’ll have to marry when she does that so her family has wanted her to focus on teaching her future husband, Issei, and that’s another factor of the ceremony.

            Actually, Issei’s growth throughout the whole story is largely in preparation for the positions he will someday hold once he marries his various harem members. There’s an underlying theme of how his maturity will relate to also being a capable husband/significant other to the girls and it’s another thing they all try and indirectly help him with, besides the obvious leadership roles and responsibilities he would have as a High Class Devil King and being the Sekiryuutei. Rias isn’t the only influential person in his harem after all. Issei will likely have ties and duties related to the Vampires, the Yokai, the Grigori, Heaven, the Valkyrie, the Magicians, and I’m sure other factions and groups (whether through marriage or relationships or not) as time goes on so he’s got a lot of work cut out for him haha.

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            J9162 Man that was long, I have changed my point of view after reading your last paragraph,about his relationship with various religions and  factions. Also there is a spoiler that strongly supports it. He might just be able strengthen peace between various religions and factions. He might need that peace to counter future threats (there is still the threat of aliens from EX, after all sirzechs and others might have just delayed the inevitable, so issei and future generation might have time to get ready)

            This Spoiler is the one I mentioned earlier 

            [spoiler title ='spoiler']he gets to talk to sirzechs and others using some form of communication magic or something and they tell him that they are fine and want issei to become part of team called ExE, and become it’s leader in the future. Also I have theory that authors-san will bring out a sequel called College ExE[/spoiler]

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            I’m not the one who asked about the ritual.  Looks like some slob hijacked my handle at 5:55.

            Oh well, I guess there was already a guy on Tumblr that uses it.

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            I’m still not sure if he actually knows about the engagement (and yes, I read J9162’s comment below as well).  It’d be great if he knows now.  But notice what he said when Zeoticus called him “my daughter’s fiancé”?  He wondered if Zeoticus heard about his oath/proposal to Rias.  Isn’t that enough proof?  I’m telling you, the kid is still oblivious about the fact that they were already pretty much engaged with the ceremony at the ruins.  He was still thinking up until now that he and Rias are just boyfriend and girlfriend and that he has to propose to her to make progress in their relationship.

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    Thanks for the part 3.

  64. Crimson and Darkness says:

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    This is a sort of match where Strategy is the key, Issei is very lucky to have Ravel in his Peerage

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      True, and him knowing to listen for strategy is a good thing. Being able to bring out the teammates’/pieces’ strengths to their fullest is a sign of a good leader/King.  But I just think he also needs to become able to come up with his own strategies while still listening to Ravel when/where/if needed.  Relying on her completely and not being able to come up with his own strategies can be bad. Like here in this chapter, if he’d been able to see through Barakiel’s plan and come up with a plan to counter it on his own, he wouldn’t have been pushed into a corner like he was and maybe Rossweisse also wouldn’t be in the situation she’s in right now.  Ise’s shown a lot of growth as a fighter, and this fight will also make him grow further as a King (and also maybe as a Pawn), since he finally seems like he understands the pressure Rias has to face as a King which is greater than the pressure he had to face as her Pawn.  And he also needs to understand what Barakiel said to him here, that there are situations where power alone is useless.

  65. Deadpool2OP says:

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    Even though this isn’t gonna get them the highest critics, couldn’t Issei just fired billions of Dragon Shots everywhere to just try to hit these Objects?

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      I am going to post spoiler, so read at your own risk and discretion

       

      [spoiler title ='major spoiler']he uses DxD mode to destroy half the battle ground[/spoiler]

  66. Edoardo Mangiarotti says:

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    Excuse me if i ask something stupid but do you know why ise doesn’t choose Ophis as his queen? After all you can have a god in your team i think you should have it and ophis is the strongest in the whole world so i don’t understand why he doesn’t choose her as his queen… do u have any idea?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      IIRC, Ophis is still a ‘terrorist’, and therefore her existence at the Hyoudou residence cannot be made public.

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        Yes but the new “big ophis” is different and can be registred with another name while wearing a mask or not?

        in addition i think that if i was ise for the last rook i would choose crom cruach without esitation or even he cannot participate since he is an evil dragon?

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          Man, the officials need to know the actual identity whether the person is registering under an alias or not.

           
          Crom will most probably take more than a rook. He’s Heavenly Dragon class. Around Vol 21 DxD G Ise to be exact.

          Moreover, chances are, he’s Mr. Black, he always wore black coat and would be willing to fight Ise. Vali was happy to see his identity according to Vol 23 quotes released by Ishi. vali doesn’t get happy easily and Vali couldn’t defeat Crom the first time they met either due to reasons.

           

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            no they don’t need to know it if the pawn of rias is registred as “mr black”!! Moreover crom is heavenly dragon level and is clearly said that only the gods need one more piece!

            anyway now i am very curious to find out the power of bova and the queen of ise!

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            They are registered under an alias, not the alias of them are registered. It’s like a choice to have a different name for various reasons.

            There are security issues in not knowing one’s true identity. Moreover, he could just play under multiple teams using different names and appearances which is forbidden.

             

            And what do you mean by only Gods needs one more piece? Crom is above God class. He’s as strong as prime Ddraig. Get it? And it’s not one more piece, it’s eight pieces or whatever amount is required.

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      What zxzxzx said is true. One correction to your question-Ophis isn’t the most powerful being anymore. The prime Ophis was. But yeah, she’s the third most powerful.

  67. adris says:

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    Thank you for complete the part 1 and the part 2..

    Rias have a tough team..

    Finally the Barakiel Fight begins.

     

  68. Anonymous says:

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    I’m really very sorry man I can’t tell you we have a code to keep.

    Its great if you figured it out. still I’ll try to help you as much as I can…

    ….I think you should give nessus a shot on your site. If u use ssh I think you might want to consider this… Most of the sites use diffie Hellman for key sharing n if its encryption length is >1024 KB you should really upgrade it to at least 2048 KB or anyone can perform mitm and own your website…

    A greenhorn hacker can easily hack a WordPress site. Ps swear I didn’t do it. If you’re trying to trace the IP believe me it would be useless as I use proxys.

    Thnx man new part is awesome your work is awesome as hell .

    One last thing anadi I picked you at random believe me it’s nothing personal.

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      oh thanks, you could totally not use names like “zebra”, “Ise”, “Azazel”, “trihexa” or, “Ajuka”. Names sure are hard to find. Oh, and of course you couldn’t use your present name.

      but yeah, it’s not my name anymore, I’m real_anadi, everybody trusts me, so yeah, it’s totally cool.

      Ooh, and it was all sarcasm.

  69. Nematoda says:

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    Issei ~ is not the harem king we deserve… but the Harem King we need

    unlike another Spineless and coward Harem MCs…..

    Issei is Straightforward…. and tell them that he love his harem….

    it just he still not meet the perfect time to say it….

    damn Issei…. you are the perfect example of harem King what should be… not only the title… but the true meaning

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      I agree with you that other harem kings are a bunch of sissies. Issei is shown as someone who is less dense compared to other harem kings. Also he is honest about how he feels and doesnot hesitate to show it (at least not anymore)

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      Very true. I’ve heard that if Ishibumi wasn’t bound by keeping the rating at a teenage friendly level, he already would’ve gone much farther with most of his harem by now. However, story wise, with what he’s written so far, this slower pace and buildup really works the best. It shows that Issei truly is taking his time and considering the feelings of all the members of his harem and how he’s developed individually strong relationships with them and continues to do so. It wouldn’t make sense for him to just suddenly enter in romantic relationships with them all at the same time so I think that this is working out real well with the pace this is going. Truly one of the best harem MC’s in my opinion.

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        Um, have you read Magika?  Kazuki has a few things Ise could learn.  Ise gets cockblocked too much and he also gets shy.  Kazuki isn’t like that he already had sex (though I guess Ise will also get laid when the series is close to ending; Kazuki also got laid now when the series is near the end). 

        Ise is admittedly much better than those dense MCs.  Kazuki isn’t one of the denser ones, though, and he also doesn’t get cockblocked.  Cockblocking is when the MC wants to do it but the plot doesn’t let him.  Kazuki himself knows when to say no, though.  Ise gets stopped because of plot reasons when he himself wants to do it, in case you haven’t noticed.  Like in the beginning of Volume 22, when he was on the bed with a naked Rias and a naked Akeno.  If Ravel hadn’t shown up, they would’ve had sex already.  But then we later find out that Ise can’t do it until he grabs peace with his own hands because of Ophis’ and Great Red’s power inside him, since those two also want peace more than anything and it’s affecting him?  Ise already wanted peace from before, but now that greed for peace was strengthened.  Are you serious?  I mean, really, Ishibumi?  If this isn’t cockblocking, I don’t know what is.

        Now don’t get me wrong. I love this series and I like Ise a lot as a character. I just think the cockblocking has to stop already. Hopefully Ise will get laid near the end, at least.

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          hmmm…. i aggree with you… but this is has a reason… Ise not some Pervert who “Go Sex!!” with the girls… even though its his own girlfriend… true he’s pervert… but he’s pervert “Gentleman”… he love to stares or do a gestures about groping oppai… but he never ever touch oppais without the owner’s permission…. even when they sleep together…. he just enjoy it… but nothing more… because he care about well being of his girls….. and when Akeno and Rias indirectly to tell him “Go Sex”… he just can’t… why? because “Akeno” is there….while he and rias “almost” doing it…. in this Chapter… Issei still don’t get the right time to “Confess” to Akeno… in his relationship… akeno still his “Senpai” not lover….

          all of this because a certain “Fallen Angel” bitch who left Issei with deep Trauma… fear that girls will hate him for some reason….. even though noe he’s more bold about his feeling… the Trauma still lingering inside his heart… that take a long time to disappear….

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            You have to admit that he’s being cockblocked.  In the beginning of this Volume, you can tell they would’ve done it if Ravel hadn’t interrupted them (Ise, Akeno and Rias, I mean).  When the characters want to do it but things keep happening to stop them, that’s cockblocking.  Ise does respect the girls’ feelings and doesn’t want to have sex with them if they don’t want to, but consider the fact that the girls do want it.  There are just too many things stopping Ise. Too many important things coming up (like the battles, the information about the Azazel Cup (which Ravel wanted to tell them out at the beginning of this Volume)), and things stopping Ise from doing it like how he’s craving peace so much that he’s got a handcuff made from karma now such that he can’t have sex that until he’s grasped peace with his own hands.

            The main reason isn’t anything in the story, though, it’s the editor.  The editor isn’t letting Ishibumi have Ise get laid.  So he’s forced to continue cockblocking like this.  Even the original plan to have Ise get Balance Breaker by sucking Rias’ breasts was ruined when he was made to change it from sucking to poking.  We even have a new editor now, but even that new editor isn’t allowing it.

  70. Anonymous says:

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    Thanks for the part 2 TripleZX, We might get the chance of Bina’s identity revealed in the next volume.

  71. dragonosman2 says:

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    Thanks for the update, TripleZerox!  By the way, I noticed a (minor (but kind of glaring)?) typo:

    A gave a serious reply to Akeno-san. Since we were contenders

    The “A” at the start should be “I”.

    Anyway, yeah, I’m looking forward to the Ise vs. Barakiel match.  Akeno didn’t have to say to his face that she’d root for Ise, though.  I guess her sadistic side got the better of her there?  XD  Poor Barakiel.

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  73. mpz28 says:

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    Thanks for the latest update, as always it is well worth the read.

     

    So with that keep up the good work & hope you have a good day/night 😉

  74. Pk says:

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    Zxzxzx it is my birthday on 23rd so Thanx in advance for the wonderful gift

  75. Null_Bytezx says:

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    Even though I want to deduce who Bina is, but I don’t think  she is character  already introduced before. The fact that only Ravel knows her real identity is a hint, as there are not a lot of women realted to Ravel and not other members.

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      Issei also knows her identity. He says so in the very last line. “At present, the only person aside from me who knows her true identity — is Ravel only.”

  76. Dhaliwal says:

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    I guess issei’s queen is grayfia…🤔🤔

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      Pretty sure it’s not possible for the Queen to be Grayfia. Many people think she is, but she’s Sirzechs’ Queen and I’d doubt she would ever consider changing that. Also, he would need to “trade” her as her King and he’s currently fighting the Beast in another dimension haha. Since Bina is actually considering to fully become Issei’s Queen piece, she’d need to be traded in order to do so, or not already be a piece. Given that Sirzechs is not around, she literally can’t be traded. I doubt anyone would want that anyway given that it’d almost be like a betrayal to Sirzechs, someone she’d wait thousands of years for to come back so it’s very likely that Grayfia isn’t the one. 

      As far as who it could be, I actually think Tiamat is a very likely candidate. She is a dragon yes, however, she has been hinted at being very important throughout the series and as we know Dragons (Tanin) can easily become devils as well. Given her  mysteriously following around Ajuka the whole time, I believe she may already be his Queen or somehow been turned into a devil by him (since Bina is a devil). Tiamat mentioned something along the lines of owing Ajuka or having some kind of indebtedness to him for whatever reason so, it’s a big possibility.

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        in this specific rating game tournament you don’t have to be an actual peerage member to be a specific piece. So grayfia could be Bina. It is still a possibility. I doubt it is though but all we can do is speculate and wait.

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          Yes I know. I forgot to add in that I was speculating based on whether Bina actually becomes his Queen piece or not. Not that she is already. I’m aware of how the tournament teams work. Hence why there are so many factions and mixed teams involved. They only based the positions off of the Evil Piece system, but I was referring to his actual peerage. However, given that Bina is said to be someone who is actually testing whether Issei is a worthy enough king and person to have access to her power and thereby considering becoming his Queen piece, you can pretty much rule Grayfia out either way. At least, that’s what seems to be the consensus on Bina’s character so far.

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        The people who are on Isse’s team are not his servants.  Well most of them are. Irina and Bova are not members of Isse’s peerage. So Grayfia could be his queen. Hell Venerara Gremory could be his queen. Being on Isse’s team doesn’t mean your a member of his peerage.

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        Concerning Bina: “For some reason, she appeared before me, and also for various other reasons, she eventually became our [Queen]. Of course, she isn’t one of my servants, at most she would be one of my team members for this tournament.” (emphasis added) So, yeah, according to this she can be literally anybody at this point, including Grayfia. No trade needed, and it gives her something to take her mind off Sirzechs.

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          I am not sure though I think the queen said she wants to test issei’s strength, maybe if issei’s strength is real deal she wants to join his peerage, that reduces the possibility of grayfia, we just have to wait in the end

        • J9162 says:

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          Ah, I think I am being misunderstood haha. Sorry I was under the impression everyone already knew that Bina is considering becoming Issei’s actual Queen piece and so that’s what my comment was based off of. No, she isn’t his Queen yet (only filling the position for the team, but you don’t need to be an actual Evil piece to be on a team), just like Irina isn’t actually his knight, but is in that position for the game. Bina however is essentially seeing if Issei is worthy of having her as a servant with her power, and so she is most likely either one of the remaining Longinus users or Tiamat, based on my initial theory.

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            So, you’re basing your comments on spoilers, done in a hurry, which may or may not be 100% correct…

        • J9162 says:

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          Given what I understood of those quotes in the past, they’ve been correct and generally established by the community as such.  Either way, I’m simply making a logical educated guess even without the quotes.

          Regardless, since Issei now said “After all,  it seems like Bina-shi wants to see my qualities as a [King]” that leads me to believe she’s considering joining his peerage should he prove to be worthy of it. More importantly, Issei’s goal of becoming a harem king and filling his peerage with women, undoubtedly ones he’ll develop intimate romantic relationships with,  has not been stated as having changed and Grayfia will not be one of those women. Sirzechs told Issei to be Grayfia’s conversation partner from time to time, not her lover haha. Of course he’ll look out for her and Milicas in the future, but in a brother-in-law-esque manner, not as a husband. That is my primary reason why I do not see Bina as Grayfia as she would not develop such a relationship with Issei.

          Plus, I can’t see any of the girls feeling very comfortable with Grayfia joining the harem, not to mention the obvious betrayal to Sirzechs. Also the dragon-esque mask, the secrecy (Grayfia has no secrets and the only reason I think she’d hide her face is to not detract from Issei being King if it was her, but this seems to be a secret of Bina’s herself) and other things further point away from her being Bina.

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        for this tournament, you don’t have to be a peerage member to join a team, and Grayvia does have a semi-intimate relation with Issei, so being a temporary member is an option, since they are able to communicate with Sirzechs.

        Just gonna put that there, but bluntly speaking, I don’t think it is her.

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          Read all or most of the comments, please.

          J9162 said it: Bina is testing Ise to see if he’s a good King and she might decide to permanently join his peerage if he passes her test.  So it can’t be Grayfia.

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            That’s what the spoilers said, @Osman, but spoilers have been wrong before, even [email protected]’s. Until I read it in the finished text, I’m keeping an open mind. Also, from Vol 21 Last DxD:

            Sirzechs-sama’s voice gradually became more distant.

            [Rias, Millicas, and — Grayfia. I leave them in your care for some time. Don’t judge Grayfia by her appearances, she’ll actually be very lonely, even more so than Rias. …When I’m not around, I hope that you can be her conversation partner.]

            So, Sirzechs actually already left Grayfia and his son in Issei’s care…

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        I agree with you. I think its more likely for Bina to be Tiamat than Grayfia. It was already hinted that her mask reminds one of a dragon and like you said it is very possible for Tiamat to have become a devil.

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      little late….
      but i think Issei’s Queen is “Tiamat”
      that my wild guess saying…. don’t take it seriously…. lol

      it just… Shiva already invited Issei to become his “Vanguard”… and Tiamat is observer of Shiva and Ajuka…. so maybe Shiva ask Tiamat to become Issei’s Queen in this Tournament….

  77. Tit says:

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    Any rough estimate of when the next part will be up? Also hope you’re doing well in school.

  78. Pk says:

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    Zxzxzx can you PLZZ tell us when the next part will be done??(sry if it bothered you)

    • zxzxzx says:

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      No, I can’t really. I’m still waiting on the Chinese translation so that I can make progress at the moment.

      • anadi says:

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        Does that mean you haven’t even started translating after life 1….

        Plzz reply.

         

        • zxzxzx says:

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          I’ve translated the first part of Life.5 now, and have the second part that I’ll be translating on Wednesday…the Chinese translation hasn’t gotten any further than that.

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            Bullseye  zxzxzx its a privacy loophole .

            And I think there are some serious zero days bro..

            Don’t bother I wouldn’t do anything but someone might.. You should really get them patched man..

            Great work as always..

          • zxzxzx says:

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            It’d be helpful if you told me how you did it, but nevermind, I think I’ve figured it out.

          • curious anadi says:

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            Why use my name, still? I didn’t find the loophole!

             

            Just curious, why use my name? Nobody likes it.

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          great work zxzxzx love your work man

      • anadi says:

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        Wait, what? Who’s using my name!!!

        That sure is random. He can see your email id, man!

        AND LIFE 1 IS ALREADY OUT!!! AND 2,3,4 too!

        • anadi says:

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          ara ara!!! You think I can only see your email which is [email protected] by the way you are wrong as hell dear. Should I attach some photos ??? Give your thoughts guys.

          Ohh pardon me I meant to say life 5 part 1!

          • zxzxzx says:

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            If this is at all a privacy loophole on my site, would you mind sharing it via my about page?

          • spooked anadi says:

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            wtf. Alright, but why take all the trouble to know my email id? And I am wrong about what? Your name is actually anadi? That’s cool. Btw, what photo are you talking about?

             

            And that ara ara scared the shit out of me. wtf dude! (It really did, never do it again.)

             

            Oh yeah, I’d also like to know how you got my email. Ps, I’m not that famous, so yeah, my email id is worthless. Just saying.

            EDIT: So you are using my email id too? wtf!

            Ps, that email stuff wasn’t needed, I was originally saying zxzxzx can see your id, but yeah, I guess you are using mine.

  79. Ahmad says:

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    When is next part coming???

  80. VongolaGitai says:

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    I got pissed when the commentaries where made. Like WTF give the guy a break he’s new to the whole be King thing. They should understand that he’s the power type and he’s got a lot of learning to do, but damn !!! And the kid , Lol why doesn’t he say Oppai anymore ? Lol Bruh because he’s got better things to do.

     

    Anyway! Thanks Zxzxzx !

    Uhh I got a question ! Every time I refresh your page it changes to the old page and when I hit refresh again the page changes to a new Blue and white. Also the update on Life 5 didn’t appear, so I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my PC or page. I would like to know what you think about it.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Hmm, sounds like a problem with page caching. You might want to try clearing your browser cache. Or if you try another browser, that probably shouldn’t happen.

  81. Anonymous says:

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    I think (more like i hope) Bina is Tiamat. On llife 4 it says that one couldnt help but to think of a dragon when looking at the mask she wears. Also she has experience with Rating Games. And the reason that only Ravel knows of her identity could be because of the Emperor incident when she appeared due to misconduct.Anyways that is just my prediction. We’ll have to wait for the rest of the translation to find out.

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      Tiamat has to be a devil in order to be Bina. Also, the dragon mask thing, it was just the mask that looked like a dragon and not her aura.

      But yeah, Xenovia and Rose seem to be intimidated by her which is kind of a big deal.

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        Yeah, Bina is a Devil, so it couldn’t be Tiamat unless she’s somehow changing her aura to be Devil-like similar to how Bikou once made his aura feel like Rias’ (in a side-story, the one where Team Vali pretended to be Oppai Dragon and friends).  Though I guess it could be something only Bikou can do because he’s the current gen. Sun Wukong.

        I agree on the mask thing.  She’s just wearing a mask that’s got a Dragon motif to it.  She doesn’t have the aura of a Dragon.

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          Bina could be Tiamat through the simple act of reincarnation as a devil, although I’m not sure how much that would affect her aura.

           

          Xenovia and Rose seem less intimidated to me and more impressed and slightly untrusting.

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      I think its grayfia that is acting as a queen. Remember Sirzechs asked Ise to take care of her while he is gone. Beside she is busy with her work means she had to be doing work in gremory family too.

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        Why would she hide her face, though? Also, why not reveal her identity to Xenovia and others?

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        I think that when sirzechs asked issei to take care of grayfia  he meant the way oppai Dragon takes care of women not put her in a rating game

         

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      I have a feeling that Bina is actually grayfia ,because it is mentioned she is quite strong and experienced devil,she is also the queen and not part of the peerage.so she seems to fit the bill.

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        Nah, why tell just Ravel about her identity? Also, Grayfia can’t be in Ise’s peerage. That means, Ishibumi would have to bring another queen character in just 7 volumes while kicking out Grayfia. Another reason is a spoiler and I can’t say that right now.

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          @anadi I clearly mentioned that she is part of the team and not the peerage.

          Ravel is issei’s manager (in all matters, not just oppai dragon or rating games) , she is like an advisor too . she is extremely familiar with rating games (definitely more than issei, as she was part of raiser’s peerage)  If you remember she was in charge of issei making contact with a witch. She only gave permission to issei to make contact with le fay after she was pardoned and had passed ravel’s criteria. What I am saying is that it was necessary for issei to consult ravel regarding those matters related to world rating games.

          Maybe ishibumi will introduce a new character as issei’s peerage Queen. (7 volumes is a long time) or maybe he will just bring some old character that we overlooked as issei’s peerage Queen. There is another possibility that I am betting on, it is a spoiler…

          [spoiler title='spoiler']maybe ishibumi  will introduce new peerage Queen in College ExE, it was mentioned that he will become leader of a new team called ExE[/spoiler]

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            That spoiler tag sure didn’t work, though.

            [spoiler title='Test']Let me try too, I may have to use it.[/spoiler]

            But yeah, you did mention the no peerage thing.

            But I was commenting with spoiler in mind. Here it is, it could be wrong but I don’t think so.

            Here’s the thing-

            [spoiler title='Spooky'] She tells Ise that she may join him permanently if he meets her expectations as a king in the tournament. [/spoiler]

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            @anadi, where did you read this spoiler?

            And grayfia might join issei permanently. I mean

            [spoiler title='Title']sirzechs is gone for 10000 years, issei is like the next generation, might become a maou too So maybe to support him[/spoiler] 

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            [spoiler title='SPOOKY'] Azazel is gonna tell *spoiler* to Ise and that will help him defeat trihexa quicker. Through a video conference call type thing through that seal. Ajuka will arrange it.[/spoiler]

             

            And all these spoilers have been posted by [email protected] @ animesuki Vol 22 thread. [email protected] is Code Zero IIRC.

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            @anadi Can you send me the link, the thread is too long (150 pages long)

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            https://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?p=5902036#post5902036

             

            Either this or some posts back from this. He was posting spoilers of each Life he read.

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            You had a space behind the last spoiler tag which is why it didn’t work. Fixed it up for you.

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          Maybe the reason why issei and ravel didn’t tell anyone the queen’s identity to everyone was to protect (Grayfia) from public opinions. Cuz right now issei is a fresh new high class devil but still has a lot to learn. This world rating game is a good learning curve for him and anyone under him. If the public knew about Grayfia then all attention will go towards her. Also since critics and public opinions are bad against issei’s team. How would you think what they would say about her too.

          Maybe the mask will come off when they progress to the top 16. Maybe it’s issei’s ace.

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            Read Anadi’s posts above.  Noman posted spoilers in Animesuki Forums in the Volume 22 thread about Bina.  It’s because of those spoilers that we’re saying Bina can’t be Grayfia.

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    Hmm this may be a stretch but what if she’s one of his daughters from the future?
    Since he does have a lot of kids from the future
    Maybe one of them came back but is using another identity.

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      Future Gasper closed the time portal and told Azazel that such incidents won’t be possible anymore. Also, why tell Ravel about her identity? Another point, but could be a spoiler, don’t remember. So, yeah.

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    Xenovia always says: “such a thing like technique, just leave it to Kiba”. She got it harsh once Kiba not her teammate anymore.

    Masked devil woman, huh… Who the hell is Bena Lessthan true identity?

    [spoiler title='guess'] I think she is Grayvia [/spoiler]

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      i dont think  so he said ther war a secret to her mask so she might be a new femal added to his harem

       

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      No, she can´t be Grayfia… This theory always was impossible…

      Is mentioned that Issei knows Bina after he begin with the formation of his team, not before..

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        No, he decided to recruit her after he met her. He never actually said that she wasn’t of acquaintance. Just like how he said in Vol 21 that he bumped into Elmenhilde while on picnic. He just said he met her in late March.

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    i love your work

  85. mayurijudgement247 says:

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    I really wonder who exactly is Issei’s Queen, Bina Lessthan anyway? She ia really a mysterious Devil.

  86. adris says:

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    Thank you.. I regret my question of the begin of this part.. I will be more patient in the future

    All these complains… Is like see the racism in Harry Potter with those who weren´t pure blood, he is a rookie in the games… They chose people who were not happy with Issei’s team in the game..

    Wow, Bova called Issei My lord.. yes, is his boss..

    The mysterious queen bina is not here, I listen previously that she is a demon, I suppose that we will have to wait to the Vol 23 for more information of her..