HighSchool DxD Volume 23 (Life.2)

Continues on from Life.1 A [King] From Now On
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Life.2 Dragon Attracts Dragon


Part 1

On a clear day, I visited Ajuka-sama’s research facility after the end of business, and used the dedicated communication device to communicate with Azazel-sensei who was in the Isolation Barrier Field. …Last night, I ended up being with Asia, Xenovia, Irina, Ravel, as well as Rias and Akeno; all seven of us had slept together. …And just like last time, I was kicked off the bed by Xenovia, and awoke on the icy cold floor. Since it was the first time that we had all spoken in a while, I told everyone in the Isolation Barrier Field about all of the events that had happened recently.

“That’s roughly how things have played out so far, and I’ve been on a winning streak so far.”

The large display showed Sirzechs-sama, who cheerfully replied after listening to my report with

[Congratulations! Rias has also been on a winning streak, ah I’m happy! In that case, I can fight Trihexa with peace of mind!]

—After saying that, he landed a stunning blow. …Trihexa still couldn’t be defeated even though it had received such a deadly strike, and that made me realise once again just how exceptional this monster was. Then, Leviathan-sama appeared on the display, and made a request of me.

[Tell me more about what’s been happening with Sona-chan! Otherwise, I might get eaten by Trihexa!]

As her voice faded, she hurled an enormous piece of ice…. Of course, I couldn’t imagine Leviathan-sama being eaten. Next to her, Azazel-sensei sighed.

[Seriously, these guys are so rowdy…]

I couldn’t help but show a wry smile. At that time, Azazel-sensei looked at my face and seemed to have noticed something.

[Ise, you look troubled. Is it about the tournament? Or are you not used to being a [King] yet?]

—Hm. …As expected of sensei. He read my mind with just a glance.

“…It’s both of them.”

Sensei nodded as he said

[I see.]

And then he asked me

[Say, Ise. —Have you ever truly enjoyed fighting ever since you became a Devil?]

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…I couldn’t immediately answer that question. To be more precise, because I had almost never thought of such things, I paused after thinking about it briefly. …Enjoy…fighting…? …There were times when I felt emotional during battles.  I had also experienced the joys of victory that were enough to have an impact on my life. But, those kinds of victories were sparse, and up until now, I had been driven to fight because of the pressure of ‘I must win’. After all, most of my battles had been when my comrades and I were in a crisis, when we had been attacked by those who had come to destroy our daily lives. I believed that Vali was someone who enjoyed battles. That was the type of person that my rival was.

“…I don’t think I have. Every time I fight, I don’t have that kind of feeling as my opponents have always been stronger than me, and I had to pour in everything I had in order to survive. When I was under Rias, the idea of granting her certain victory was what drove me to become stronger.”

After listening to my candid answer, sensei nodded with certainty, and then said

[But you know, the tournament that you’re participating in right now isn’t that kind of serious fight — it’s just sport. Even if your opponents are stronger than you by a lot, it’s still a ‘game’.  Even if this ‘game’ is called a Rating Game, to Devils — or perhaps to the people in the Underworld, it is important. Since you’re already a high-class Devil, not only will you be unable to ignore this, you’ll also have to formally participate in future.]

Indeed, the path of participating in professional Rating Games was originally out of reach for me, but it was clearly visible now that I had become a high-class Devil. It was no longer an unattainable dream. Sensei continued

[I think I’ve also said this before. It doesn’t matter if you have fun or if you worry. Regardless of whether it’s love, school life, or daily life, as long as you experience them, your troubles will grow. The Rating Games — the tournament follows the same reasoning.]

Azazel-sensei pointed to his own head.

[Devils’ bodies do not grow old, but the same does not apply to the mind. Even if you are a reincarnated Devil, it’s impossible to maintain a youthful spirit forever, you know? So, you should have worries and enjoy your youth while you’re still young. These experiences can only be obtained while you’re young. You may not be able to think things through while you’re young, but once you get older, you’ll realise that those bitter experiences in your youth are precious.]

—Hmm. …Experiences that can only be gained while I’m young, huh. Although I can live for ten thousand years, a Devil’s life is almost eternal, so what exactly is considered young? Having lived for just eighteen years, it was something that I couldn’t imagine. —But, high school is undoubtedly the most youthful period. So all of the experiences and feelings that I’ve had until now — they’re highly precious memories for the future me. In ten thousand years’ time, what will I think when I reminisce about my high school days? Perhaps after a while, I may forget…. It was too ethereal for me to imagine, so all I could do was smile. —At that time, Michael-san appeared on the display, and while showing a bright smile, he said

[Ah, if I remember correctly, it was Blazer Shining Aura Darkness Blade, right? Ah, that brings back memories. Back then, even your eyes were sparkling. You always had a strange pose as you leaned against the wall muttering about some strange things.]

Seemingly infuriated about that, Azazel-sensei retorted against Michael-san

[Shut up, Michael! Why do you always have to bring that up!? You’ve always had such a poor personality!]

However, Leviathan-sama ignored those two, and she began to recall her own memories.

[That’s right. That’s what youth is! That made me remember how Sirzechs-chan and Grayfia-chan were on opposing sides as enemies, and their love was painfully caught in the middle…it was so touching.]

Seeing Leviathan-sama act like a young maiden, Sirzechs-sama (destruction form) scratched his forehead as he shyly said

[Hahaha, in fact, I looked for gaps to meet in secret, and from then on, she was the only one in my eyes.]

…Their peaceful dialogues always made it seem as though they weren’t fighting. However, it was possible to see explosions on other parts of the display, and enormous attacks flew around in every direction! Azazel-sensei calmed his breathing, and then summed things up.

“In short, situations like this also exist, and I’m afraid it’s almost time. Ise, since this is the case, you should find someone that you don’t normally talk to and discuss this with them. Maybe it’ll give you a new outlook? Though it may also increase your troubles.”

…Someone that I don’t normally talk to? Hmm, who might that be? …A new outlook huh. I was relatively concerned about what sensei said, so I thought of trying it out at once.

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44 Responses to HighSchool DxD Volume 23 (Life.2)

  1. Anonymous says:

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    well there be anymore short story’s translated ?

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    Hi there , i would like to know about how do you translate all this,  i mean i hardly see any errors in it.  Just wondering how can one be too perfect.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      It’s hard to answer that. I just do what I do to be honest. English is my native language so I’ve got no trouble with spelling or grammar if that’s what you mean.

  3. Audac1ous says:

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    will the next part be out soon?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      I have no control over this really. I’ve got some of the next part translated because the Chinese TL made an update this week, but it’s not the whole thing yet.

  4. Lincourt says:

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    Thank you for the update

  5. Anonymous says:

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    Just wondering if the anime for highschool dxd followedthe light novel how good would it be

  6. Anonymous says:

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    wonder who he speaks to maybe grayfia or Great Red or someone complete unexpected

  7. Anonymous says:

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    Does all of issei’s pawn pieces turn queen or just one  I haven’t seen him use all of his pieces meaning if he can make one  pawn turn knight and another turn rook at the same time he has 8 pawns he could just turn all of them queen and max his  power

    • Tota-konoe says:

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      Well I think that it’s more lI’ve they fused together and even if that wasn’t the case it would probably be really hard to control them all at once

  8. mayurijudgement247 says:

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    (Sigh)… I wonder how they doing, I mean that all leaders,Sirzechs,Michael,Azazel and the rest were they ok?, Well I guess they’re doing fine.There is nothing to worry about while they keep fighthing the beast.I hope that they can end this as soon as posible and return to the their world.

  9. Anonymous says:

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    Can you translate the rest of the life, please

  10. Aaro says:

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    Just wanted to stop in and say thank you for translating this. A lot of us really appreciate the hard work that you’re doing. Stay safe!

  11. Anonymous says:

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    If issei’s boosted gear power are  stage 1 what would is stage 2 be just wondering

  12. Anonymous says:

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    Issei can use the Angeles power with divine dividing making a pure white form giving the white dragon what he wanted red guards hell white guards heaven with a new power  he never had something that is not  reduce

  13. Anonymous says:

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    Is it possible to send your ideas to the author

  14. Anonymous says:

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    Issei still has his J D his other forms come from his evil pieces J D his dragon form vali’s J D change to EJDO issei didn’t change his there is a  difference

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      Isseis  cxc  drive has to reach heavenly Dragon in class for issei to use DxD drive at its full potential so cxc is not completed, hell ophis  said issei and vali will probably surpass dragon God  class as long as they don’t die, vali knows it but issei lacks a dragon’s pride, and doesn’t fell that way, he doesn’t even know of his own monstrous rate of growth

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        Issei doesn’t have pride as a human or devil as well

      • Tobiichi says:

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        I think for Issei unleash dxd armor potential, he need to mastering the dragonification of his body.

        Do you remember the first time Issei unlocked dxd armor? In vol. 20, the Champion forced Issei to drink dragon blood and made his body went trough dragonification infront his parents, right after that Ophis tell Issei that he just unlocked new power. This is just my guest, but I think every time Issei goes DxD mode, his body inside the armor went trough dragonification, he just didn’t realise it cause his body was covered in armor and his mind was occupied by controlling enormous power that swirling inside his body. In the first place, DxD mode is a combination berween sekkuryuutei power from his sacred gear with Ophis & Great Red power from his body.

        Issei already unleashed boosted gear full potential by unlocking the CxC drive. Now he need to gain control over Ophis & Great Red power resides in his body. Maybe Issei should seal boosted gear and fight with only depending to his humanoid dragon body.

  15. Anonymous says:

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    Does the author read these posts

  16. Nematoda says:

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    then he try to talk with Great Red….

  17. D.L. says:

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    Also thanks for pictures of your trip it awesome to go through.

  18. Anonymous says:

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    Thanx man your the best keep doing such a good job 👍

  19. Anonymous says:

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    Muito obrigado pela novel e unica qur eu leio entao é um soca esperar ancioso pra ver as tretas entre rias e akeno

  20. Tobiichi says:

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    Thanks for the chapter

    Chunni Azazel?! I want to see that!

  21. dragonosman2 says:

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    Thanks a lot for the update, TripleZerox!

     

    Chapter seems good so far.

     

    I think Ise should try to talk to Vali about this, since that guy’s the type to always enjoy fighting.

     

    I liked how Sirzechs and Grayfia’s relationship was brought up again.

  22. adris says:

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    Thanks. You are so fast.

  23. Anonymous says:

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    Thank you for the update!!!

  24. Anonymous says:

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    Thanks for your hard work

    I Love this novel

    Ome of my most favorite ones out there

  25. Kerorogunso says:

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    Thank you

  26. Anonymous says:

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    I hope this time vali and issei don’t have that awkward atmosphere like when they were watching  porn

  27. zxzxzx says:

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    The rest of Life.2 is still on hold for now. Chinese TL for part one became available on the weekend so here it is. I usually keep within one week of the Chinese TL’s progress, so I can’t say when the next update will be, but I try to translate it as soon as I can.

    • D.L. says:

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      It is very much appreciated, Thank You.

    • Ryuu says:

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      dude, you the best man, i’m really thankful for this, and because, the author decided that this will be the last arc, i’m managing to read the series as updated as i can be, don’t want to miss the hype for this, and it’s thanks to you.

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