High School DxD

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High School DxD
High School DxD Volume 1.png
Cover of High School DxD Volume 1 as published by Fujimi Shobo featuring Asia Argento (left), Issei Hyodo (middle), and Rias Gremory (right)
ハイスクールD×D
(Haisukūru Dī Dī)
Genre Action, Fantasy, Harem, Romantic comedy, Supernatural
Light novel
Written by Ichiei Ishibumi
Illustrated by Miyama-Zero
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Male
Imprint Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Magazine Dragon Magazine
Original run September 20, 2008 – ongoing
Volumes 17 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Ichiei Ishibumi (Original Story)
Illustrated by Miyama-Zero (Original Designs)
Hiroji Mishima
Published by Fujimi Shobo
English publisher
Yen Press[1]
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dragon Magazine (Chapters 1–3)
Monthly Dragon Age (Regular serialization)
Original run July 20, 2010 – ongoing
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Manga
High School DxD: Asia and Koneko's Secret Contracts!?
Written by Ichiei Ishibumi (Original Story)
Illustrated by Miyama-Zero (Original Designs)
Hiroichi
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age
Published March 9, 2012
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Produced by Hisato Usui
Jun Hatano
Shigeru Saito
Shinsaku Tanaka
Takuro Hatakeyama
Tetsuya Tsuchihashi
Written by Takao Yoshioka
Music by Ryosuke Nakanishi
Studio TNK
Licensed by Canada United States Funimation
Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
United Kingdom Manga Entertainment
Network AT-X (uncensored)
TV Kanagawa, Chiba TV, TV Aichi, Sun Television, Tokyo MX, BS11 (censored)
Original run January 6, 2012March 21, 2012
Episodes 12 + 6 OVAs (List of episodes)
Original animation DVD
I'm Harvesting Breasts!
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Produced by Hisato Usui
Jun Hatano
Shigeru Saito
Shinsaku Tanaka
Takuro Hatakeyama
Tetsuya Tsuchihashi
Written by Ichiei Ishibumi (Original writer)
Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Music by Ryosuke Nakanishi
Studio TNK
Released September 6, 2012
Runtime 24 minutes
Manga
High School DxD: The Work of a Devil
Written by Ichiei Ishibumi (Original Story)
Illustrated by Miyama-Zero (Original Designs)
SODA
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Dragon Age, Age Premium
Original animation DVD
I'm Searching for Breasts!
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Produced by Hisato Usui
Jun Hatano
Shigeru Saito
Shinsaku Tanaka
Takuro Hatakeyama
Tetsuya Tsuchihashi
Written by Ichiei Ishibumi (Original writer)
Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Music by Ryosuke Nakanishi
Studio TNK
Released May 31, 2013
Runtime 24 minutes
Anime television series
High School DxD New
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Written by Takao Yoshioka
Music by Ryosuke Nakanishi
Studio TNK
Licensed by Canada United States Funimation
Network AT-X (uncensored)
Chiba TV, Tokyo MX, Sun Television, TV Aichi, BS11 (censored)
Original run July 7, 2013September 22, 2013
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Game
Highschool DxD
Developer Kadokawa Games
Publisher Kadokawa Games
Genre Visual novel
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP December 19, 2013[2]
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

High School DxD (Japanese: ハイスクールD×D Hepburn: Haisukūru Dī Dī?, alternatively written as Highschool DxD)[note 1] 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 who is killed by his first date who is revealed to be a fallen angel and is soon revived as a devil by Rias Gremory to serve her and her devil family.

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, with a total of seventeen volumes available in Japan as of February 22, 2014 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 four volumes currently available as of January 9, 2013. An anime adaptation by TNK aired on AT-X and other networks from January 6, 2012 to March 23, 2012. The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation, in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment and in Australia by Madman Entertainment, however at the moment Madman is unable to release the series in New Zealand due to it being refused classification.[3] A second season, called High School DxD New (ハイスクールD×D NEW Haisukūru Dī Dī Nyū?), also aired from July 7, 2013, to September 22, 2013.

Plot[edit]

Kuoh Academy (駒王学園 Kuō Gakuen?) is a former all-girls school that has recently turned co-ed, but it has a secret. Unknown to normal humans angels, fallen angels and devils comprise part of the student population. One of these students, Issei Hyodo, is a lecherous second-year human student who lives a peaceful life. After an ordinary school day, Issei is suddenly asked out on a date by a girl named Yuma Amano. After their date, Yuma brings Issei to a local park and makes a startling request. She reveals herself as Raynare, a fallen angel, and she tries to kill him. Using his summoning card, Rias Gremory, a buxom third-year student at Kuoh Academy, revives him. Issei wakes up the next morning, thinking that the events that occurred were all just a dream. Immediately after being attacked by another fallen angel and waking up, he notices Rias naked in his room. Rias reveals to Issei her true identity as a devil and says that as a result of his death at the hands of Yuma, she has reincarnated him as a devil, becoming his new master in the process.

Story arcs[edit]

The light novels follow a series of story arcs. The first arc, titled The Red Dragon Emperor's Awakening (赤龍帝覚醒 Sekiryūtei Kakusei?), ran through the first two volumes. Birth of the Breast Dragon Emperor (乳龍帝誕生 Chichiryūtei Tanjō?) is the second story arc and follows volumes three through six. The Heroic Oppai Dragon (英雄(ヒーロー)おっぱいドラゴン Hīrō Oppai Doragon?) follows volumes seven through twelve and is the longest story arc to date. The fourth arc, The Legend of Oppai Dragon and his Lively Companions (おっぱいドラゴンと愉快な仲間たちの伝説 Oppai Doragon to Yukaina Nakamatachi no Densetsu?), starts at volume 14 and is the series' current arc.

The light novels also feature a series of side stories set in between the main storyline, and are often compiled into volumes. So far, three short story collections (Volume 8, Volume 13 and Volume 15) have been published.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

High School DxD began as a light novel series written by Ichiei Ishibumi, with illustrations provided by Miyama-Zero. The first volume of High School DxD was released by Fujimi Shobo on September 20, 2008.[4] As of February 22, 2014, seventeen volumes have been released under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint, and is currently split into four separate story arcs.[5] A bonus story, called The First Errand: Ophis Edition (はじめてのおつかい・オーフィス編 Hajimete no Otsukai: Ōfisu Hen?), was released with the July 2012 issue of Dragon Magazine (released on May 19, 2012) as a bunkobon volume. The story takes place after Volume 12, and centers on Ophis' first shopping trip in the human world.[6]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Hiroji Mishima began serialization in the July 2010 issue of Dragon Magazine, and later in Monthly Dragon Age in its March 2011 issue. The first volume was published by Fujimi Shobo on June 9, 2011,[7] with a total of four volumes available in Japan as of January 9, 2013 under their Dragon Comics Age imprint.[8] A spinoff manga, called High School DxD: Asia and Koneko's Secret Contracts!? (ハイスクールD×D アーシア&小猫 ヒミツのけいやく!? Haisukūru Dī Dī: Āshia ando Koneko Himitsu no Keiyaku!??), illustrated by Hiroichi, was serialized in Monthly Dragon Age from the October 2011 issue (Released on September 9, 2011) to the April 2012 issue (Released on March 9, 2012). Serving as a side story, the manga takes place after chapter 10 of the main manga, and centers on Asia Argento's first duties as a Devil. It was later released as a tankōbon volume on March 9, 2012.[9] A second spin-off series, titled High School DxD: The Work of a Devil (ハイスクールD×D アクマのおしごと Haisukūru Dī Dī: Akuma no Oshigoto?), began in the April issue of Montly Dragon Age. Illustrated by SODA, it adapts the short stories found in the light novels.[10]

No. Release date ISBN
01 June 9, 2011[7] ISBN 978-4-04-712733-3
  • 1. "I Quit Being Human."
  • 2. "I Start as a Devil."
  • 3. "I've Begun a Battle."
  • 4. "I Found Someone to Protect."
02 December 9, 2011[11] ISBN 978-4-04-712767-8
  • 5. "I Made a Friend."
  • 6. "I Will Protect My Friend."
  • 7. "I'm Saving My Friend."
  • 8. "I Defeat an Angel."
  • 9. "Off You Go, Damn Angel!"
  • 10. "I Start a New Life."
03 July 9, 2012[12] ISBN 978-4-04-712814-9
  • 11. "I Became a Devil."
  • 12. "I'll Do My Best at Work."
  • 13. "I'll Do My First Sexual Experience!?"
  • 14. "I Pick a Fight."
  • 15. "I'll Make a Grandchild!?"
  • 16. "I've Begun My Training!"
  • 16.5. "I'll Serve Under Him!?"
04 January 9, 2013[8] ISBN 978-4-04-712852-1
  • 17. "The Showdown Begins!"
  • 18. "I'll Enchant You With My Finishing Technique!"
  • 19. "Combine the Power of the Two!"
  • 20. "I Can Still...Fight!"
  • 21. "I'll Take Prez Back!"
  • 22. "I'll Blow Away the Immortal Bird!"
  • 22.5. "I Start a New Life"

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format

  • 23. "Heat it up, Occult Research Club!"
  • 24. "We'll Beat You with our Teamwork!!"
  • 25. "I'll Draw Out the Aura of the Dragon?"
  • 26. "These Bloodbath Types, I'll Live Through Them!"
  • 27. "An Intense Battle of the Demonic Sword VS. Holy Sword!"
  • 28. "Plan to Destroy the Holy Sword!"

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation by TNK and produced by Tetsuya Yanagisawa aired on AT-X between January 6, 2012 and March 23, 2012.[13] AT-X airings of the series are uncensored, while the airings on TV Kanagawa (which began on January 11, 2012) and other networks are heavily censored. Six DVD and Blu-ray compilation volumes were released by Media Factory between March 21, 2012 and August 29, 2012, each containing an OVA short entitled "Release the Swaying Delusions" (妄想爆揺解除オリジナルビデオ Mōsō Bakuyure Kaijo Orijinaru Bideo?, lit. "Release the Swaying Delusions Original Video").[14] An OVA episode (listed as episode 13) was bundled with the limited edition of the 13th light novel on September 6, 2012 on Blu-ray disc.[15] The script for the episode was handled by Ichiei Ishibumi, the author of the light novels.[16] Another OVA episode of the first season (listed as episode 14), also written by Ishibumi, was bundled with the limited edition release of the 15th light novel on May 31, 2013 on Blu-ray.[17]

A second season of High School DxD, titled High School DxD New (ハイスクールD×D NEW Haisukūru Dī Dī Nyū?), was announced at the post-end credits of the 13th episode,[18][19] and premiered on AT-X and Chiba TV on July 7, 2013. The second season adapts volumes three and four of the light novels and is split into two arcs: The Excalibur of the Moonlit Schoolyard (ハイスクールD×D3 月光校庭のエクスカリバー Gekkō Kōtei no Ekusukaribā?) and the The Vampire of the Suspended Classroom (停止教室のヴァンパイア Teishi Kyōshitsu no Vanpaia?). As with the first season, AT-X airings are uncensored, while airings on all other channels are heavily censored.

In North America, the first season is licensed by Funimation for simulcast on their video website before releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. Manga Entertainment have licensed the series in the UK for a DVD and Blu-ray release in 2014.[20][21]

Music[edit]

The opening theme for the first season is "Trip -Innocent of D-", performed by Larval Stage Planning, while the ending theme song is "STUDYxSTUDY" by the voice actress unit StylipS, consisting of Arisa Noto, Yui Ogura, Kaori Ishihara, and Maho Matsunaga, who all had voice roles in the anime. The songs were released as CD singles on January 25, 2012 and February 5, 2012, respectively, under the Lantis label.[22][23] An original soundtrack was released on March 21, 2012, also under the Lantis label.[24] A character song mini-album, called High School DxD GirlsxSongs! (『ハイスクールD×D』Girls×Songs! Haisukūru Dī Dī Gāruzu Songuzu!?), featuring the main female cast from the anime series, was released on June 27, 2012 under the Lantis label.[25]

The second season featured an opening and ending theme for the two arcs. The opening theme for the first arc is "Sympathy" by Larval Stage Planning and the ending theme is Hōteishiki wa Kotaenai (方程式は答えない?) by the Occult Research Club Girls (オカルト研究部ガールズ Okaruto Kenkyū-bu Gāruzu?), featuring Yōko Hikasa, Shizuka Itō, Azumi Asakura, and Ayana Taketatsu as the respective voices of Rias Gremory, Akeno Himejima, Asia Argento, and Koneko Toujou. The opening theme for the second arc was "Passionate Argument" (激情論 Gekijō-ron?) by Zaq and the ending theme was "Lovely♥Devil" (らぶりぃ♥でびる Raburyi♥Debiru?) by the Occult Research Club Girls, featuring the main female voice cast from the first season with the additions of Risa Taneda, Maaya Uchida, and Ayane Sakura as the respective voices of Xenovia, Irina Shidou, and Gasper Vladi.

Games[edit]

Kadokawa Games announced in July 2013 that a videogame adaptation of High School DxD is in development for Nintendo 3DS.[26] Originally scheduled to be released in Japan on November 28, 2013,[27] it was delayed in order to "improve the product's quality",[28] and was instead released on December 19, 2013.[2] Described as an "erotic battle adventure", the game features a visual novel and turn-based battle system.

Other media[edit]

An internet radio show, called High School DxD: The Occult Research Club Inside Kuoh Academy (ハイスクールD×D 駒王学園 裏オカルト研究部 Haisukūru Dī Dī KuŌ Gakuen Ura-Okaruto Kenkyū-bu?), aired on HiBiKi Radio Station on December 12, 2011.

A trading card game by Prism Connect featuring characters from the series was released on July 27, 2012 in a starter deck and booster pack.[29]

Reception[edit]

According to Oricon, High School DxD was the sixth top-selling light novel series in Japan for 2012, selling a total of 654,224 units.[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "DxD" stands for "Dragon of Dragons" (ドラゴン・オブ・ドラゴン Doragon obu Doragon?)

DxD is initially thought to mean "Dragon of Dragons," referring to Great Red, however it is revealed in the 16th Light Novel that DxD is actually the name of the anti-terrorism organisation that was formed to counter "Khaos Brigade," with the DxD meaning the different factions which form the group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yen Press Adds High School DxD, Demon From a Foreign Land, Ani-Imo, He's My Only Vampire". Anime News Network. October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "High School DxD 3DS Game's New Trailer Confirms December 19 Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.fvlb.org.nz/nz/pages/publication-details.html?title=165399
  4. ^ "ハイスクールD×D1 旧校舎のディアボロス" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "ハイスクールD×D 14 進路指導のウィザード" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "DRAGON MAGAZINE (ドラゴンマガジン) 2012年 07月号" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "ハイスクールD×D 1" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "ハイスクールD×D 4" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "ハイスクールD×D アーシア&小猫 ヒミツのけいやく!?" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "DRAGON COMICS AGE" (in Japanese). Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "ハイスクールD×D 2" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ "ハイスクールD×D 3" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "High School DxD Light Novels Have Anime in the Works". Anime News Network. April 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "High School DxD DVD and Blu-ray Volumes" (in Japanese). haremking.tv. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "ハイスクールD×D 13【BD付限定版】 イッセーSOS" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ "High School DxD Light Novel to Bundle Unaired Episode". Anime News Network. January 18, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ "High School DxD Novels to Bundle 2nd Unaired Anime Episode". Anime News Network. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ "High School DxD TV Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ "High School DxD 2nd Season's Title, Additional Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. March 18, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ "FUNimation Entertainment Acquires High School DxD". Anime News Network. January 18, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Madman Entertainment Announces New Acquisitions at Manifest 2012". Anime News Network. August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Trip -innocent of D-" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  23. ^ "STUDY×STUDY【通常盤】" ["STUDYxSTUDY" (Regular Edition)] (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  24. ^ "オリジナルサウンドトラック【2枚組】" [High School DxD Original Soundtrack (2-Disc)] (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  25. ^ "キャラソンミニアルバム G×S!" [Character Song Mini-Album GxS] (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  26. ^ "High School DxD Inspires 3DS 'Erotic Battle Adventure Game' - Interest". Anime News Network. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  27. ^ "High School DxD 3DS 'Erotic Battle Adventure Game' Arrives in November - Interest". Anime News Network. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  28. ^ "High School DxD 3DS Game Delayed Until December". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 2013. 
  29. ^ "High School DxD Trading Card Game information" (in Japanese). haremking.tv. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2012". Anime News Network. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

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