High School DxD (Japanese: ハイスクールDD, Hepburn: Haisukūru Dī Dī) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama-Zero. The story centers on Issei Hyodo, a perverted high school student from Kuoh Academy who desires to be a harem king and is killed by his first date, revealed to be a fallen angel, but is later revived as a devil by the red haired devil princess Rias Gremory to serve her and her devil family. Issei's deepening relationship with Rias proves dangerous to the angels, the fallen angels, and the devils. High School DxD began serialization in Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Magazine in its September 2008 issue. The first volume was released on September 20, 2008. A total of twenty five volumes is available in Japan as of March 2018 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation by Hiroji Mishima began serialization in the July 2010 issue of Dragon Magazine and later in the March 2011 issue of Monthly Dragon Age with eleven volumes released.
Ishibumi had previously worked on a horror genre series two years prior to the publishing of the first light novel for High School DxD. In the volume 1 afterword, he mentions that he changed his writing style, and wanted to develop one in the school-life, love-comedy, battle, and fantasy genre. His main character Issei was made into a lecherous guy at the request of his editor. For the first volume, he made Rias a second lead character and heroine, and Asia to be the second heroine. Some of his characters are loosely referenced from the Bible, non-fiction books, and mythology. He created a world where the war between the three main factions (Angels, Devils, and Fallen Angels) is over, and where many famous angels and devils have already ceased to exist. He also added characters and legendary beasts from a variety of places from Norse mythology to Japanese Youkai.[LN 1 afterword] The concept of Balance Breaker was to represent a super-powered version of the character's Boosted Gear, and he likens this to the Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball and the Bankai in Bleach.[LN 2 afterword]
At the 2016 Fantasia Bunko Daikanshasai, Fujimi Shobo announced that a new anime series was in production. In October 2017, it was announced that the fourth season is titled High School DxD Hero (ハイスクールDD Hero, Haisukūru Dī Dī Hīrō) and it aired from April to July 2018. The season was produced by Passione, replacing TNK. Following the premiere of the fourth season, there has been no official statement regarding the production or release of a fifth season of Highschool DxD.
I have watched the series 4-5 times now, both Subbed and Dubbed. This is for mature audiences but I highly recommend it. The story is great and it may have copious amounts of Fan Service but it only adds in my opinion. As someone who enjoys this Anime I am still hoping for a 5th season!
I am still amazed at how well I've taken to this show. Unlike the first season, I dove straight into this one as soon as it was available, and there is little cause for regret; High School DxD New is still a hell of a lot of fun. The main conglomeration of reasons for why I liked the original show was that it struck a nice balance of pervertedness, characterisation and story. And in High School DxD New, Issei is still hilariously perverted. It's almost impossible to get the guy to shut up about breasts or women's bodies in general. In fact, it's probably going to get even more intense from here, since he will blather on about touching boobies right in the middle of battles with rather severe consequences should they lose.And while it hasn't been forever since I watched said season, DxD New still managed to catch me a bit off guard with the sheer amount of fanservice. The ladies here are NOT shy about baring their bodies, and with one after the other falling for Issei's charms, that number grows steadily as it goes along. I suspect Issei's bed might break some time during the third season due to the combined weight of all the girls moving in with him and visiting his bedroom at night.It still sounds dumb -- a rather typical male fantasy if there ever was one -- but the key here is still delivery, helped immensely by the dub simply going with it and having fun in the process. There are no mismatched voices in this show, and they all go to town with gusto and the big book of sexual slang, and it's just a hoot to hear. It also helps that while Issei is a huge pervert and not shy about voicing his inner thoughts. Yet despite this, he's still strangely honorable about it all; he wakes up with naked girls almost piled on top of him, but he doesn't really take advantage of the situation despite his numeral proclamations otherwise. Basically, one of his big missions in life is to touch Rias' breasts (actually... starting this season, he's taking that mission a step further), yet he resolutely refuses to do so unless he has her explicit permission. It's nice, because if he was a man of less scruples, he would already have done so in at least one of the several times he has woken up and literally found her naked breasts right beside his face. Weird, right Yes, but also appreciated.While on the subject of appreciation, I was also grateful that the show chose to go into some of its supporting cast. As far as I can remember, Koneko got her past explained in the first season (to an extent), and in this season, it's Kiba Yuuto's turn to unload his childhood trauma on us, something the show actually does rather effectively, strenghtening the bonds between the characters in the process and turns him into something more than just a prettyboy for Issei to be measured against. We even learn a little bit more about Akeno, which lead to a rather sweet scene later in the show. Some of you who read my review of the first season might also remember me mentioning the angelic side of the equation, and me wondering how they would be represented, since the devils -- you know, the people who are supposed to corrupt and condemn us to an eternity of torment -- are portrayed in the show as honorable and kind, and even more so carrying a sense of loyality about them. Well, this season must have heard my... uh... prayers ...because it introduces and embellishes the HELL out of said aspects to the show, and by that extent, just how complicated the whole setup really is. From the side of God, whose prayers resident sweetheart Asia sent on a regular basis, we meet with arch angel Michael, and his general personality and behavior might actually be received rather well by whichever Christian viewers who choose to watch this show. He's actually generous and kind; certainly not any worse off than the devils from house Gremory, and his meetings with the devils and some of the partitions among the fallen are heartening, if really bizarre to watch. Then again, you could hardly accuse High School DxD of following any particular dogma. It approaches religion and mythology with the same kind of lazy-eyed side look as Ah! My Goddess did; factually accurate to a certain extent, but otherwise mostly for show. And it's not just Christian lore that's brought to the table either. High School DxD seems to follow the Sandman school of theological thought; they're all there. All the mythological representations of the world, or at least the more commonly known ones.Sadly -- or mildly irritatingly, I should say -- some of the flaws from the first season are still present. While I find most of the dialogue during the quieter moments hilarious as ever, it can also become a bit of a pain to have to listen to during confrontations. Like the first season, the second has two sorta-main story arcs. The first one deals with the appearance of a fallen angel, and brings our favorite psychotic priest back into the equation; Fried, giggling maniac and sword licker extraordinaire. The conclusion to the story arc involving him and his superior actually kicks off with a rather surprising revelation and, while the whole battle against him rolled out every single tiresome JRPG cliché I can think of, still managed to put a lot of things into perspective, promising some interesting times ahead. Still, to get there, you have to endure a lot of Issei promising to protect someone or to kick someone's ass while being massively over his head as far as impending dangers go. Thankfully, the show isn't really only about Issei, even if most of the ladies kind of home in on him as they arrive, and everyone gets their turn in the spotlight. Even more appreciated was the fact that Rias didn't have to play the role of the damsel this time around. Fanservice has ever been the tool of the lazy. That is the crutch too many shows have chosen to resort to, but there are always a few out there to challenge that norm. And make no mistake about it: High School DxD and its sequel has a ton of fanservice and nudity. Sure, it knows when it's time to get serious and get dressed, but also when it's time to let its hair down and let the puppies see the sunlight. And the characters are still being their marvellous selves, be that Issei, Aria, or any of the lovely ladies in the Occult club, but also the members of house Gremory whom we get to meet again. I can hardly believe I'm doing this, but after some careful consideration, I've come to the conclusion that the show has earned it. 1e1e36bf2d