Hyoudou Issei is a (perverted) high school boy. When he goes out on a date with his first girlfriend Amano Yuuma, he is killed by her. Her true identity is Raynare, a fallen angel sent by a secret society Grigori to eliminate dangerous divine weapons. Issei is reincarnated as a devil by his senpai Rias Gremory, a Duke of Hell. Issei serves as Rias's low-rank devil and fights against the fallen angels.
First of all, this is my first review, so take that in mind.
Highschool DxD is a series many will know as one of the biggest ecchi franchise out there. Its popularity however is not only due to how ecchi it is, but also because of how good the story is. This is often an area in which the large majority of ecchi manga/anime/light novels are lacking, but DxD, despite being cliché and using VERY heavily Deus ex machinas, it's story is great.
However, if you are someone that tend to be very picky about details, but also regarding if the story makes sense or not, maybe
this is not for you. However, if you don't care much about those things, you will enjoy the story immensely, as I did. That said, even though it is an ecchi story, it becomes very emotional, at least for me, you get attached to the characters, and the story makes it even more emotional. When I read certain volumes, I would be going from either tearing up a bit to straight up bawling my soul out, and that was for the entire volume. It is emotional, without being melodramatic, it is great.
What makes DxD is not only the story, but also the characters
DxD has an enormous cast of characters, which may start small, but as the volumes go on, become larger and larger, which some may describe it as character bloat, so if this bothers you it may be a problem. However, in my opinion, most characters have very distinct personalities, and it is very difficult to dislike any of them (well, besides one... *Cough* Xenovia *Cough*), all the different girls follow different types, so everyone will have a girl that fits what they prefer.
Regarding Issei, you may at first think he will be like most other Harem MC, bland, a coward, uninteresting. But actually, Issei is probably in my opinion the single best protagonist in any harem ever. He is incredibly perverted yes, but this is what allows him to go even further beyond, he has an enormous will to protect those he cares for, and despite him being weak (at first), he will go to any lengths to protect them. He is reliable, kind, funny, perverted, and just simply badass. It is in my opinion very difficult to dislike Hyoudo Issei.
Overall, I would say Highschool DxD is greater than the sums of its parts, it is by far the piece of Japanese media, hell, it is probably my favourite piece of media ever. I've enjoyed every single second I've read the Light Novels, listened to the anime soundtrack, watched and rewatched the different anime seasons (especially Hero), I truly love this series from the bottom of my heart, and I say this with no shame, because despite it being an ecchi story, it is heart wrenching, badass, funny, simply incredible.
I would say however that if you are a person that is nitpicky, your enjoyment of DxD will be very different from mine, especially because of the many many many Deus ex machinas. And even though I am easy to please in general, DxD is still my favourite of them all, I would recommend to absolutely everyone to read it, as long as you at least don't hate ecchi.
To begin, this review is spoiler-free, so if you've watched the anime and are contemplating reading the light novels you don't need to worry about being spoiled with my review.
Simply put, Highschool DxD is an amazing light novel. If you enjoyed the anime at all, I can absolutely guarantee that you will love this. With season 3 approaching, the anime has literally only begun to cover where the series really starts to get good. And from that point on, the fantastic ride that is DxD only gets better. And better. And better. Hell, volume 19 will be released in 2 months and it's STILL getting
The first 4 volumes of the story are basically set-up for the rest of the series. Volumes 5-6 are where everything starts to really pick up. Now, that doesn't mean volumes 1-4 are bad; not at all, just look at seasons 1 and 2. In fact, even if you've already watched the anime, I recommend reading the volumes they covered; it provides more detail and depth than the anime could show.
But volume 5 onwards is where, put bluntly, shit gets real. It gets really intense(that's actually quite an understatement), there's a lot more romantic development, lots of new characters are introduced, and everything just gets all-around more epic and awesome with each new volume you read. There's also quite a few hilarious situations in the midst of all the epicness, which show that Issei truly deserves the nickname he was given. And yes, I am trying to be as vague as possible as to not spoil anything for you guys. I could seriously write a ton of detailed comments if I included spoilers.
At this point you might be wondering "what about the ecchi?!" DxD's light novels are actually far more erotic starting, again, with volumes 5 and 6. (I apologize if I'm making the wait for season 3 even more painful, I'm just being honest!!) In fact, I'll be completely honest and say it becomes the most erotic thus far starting with volume 15.
Let me explain something: Ever since I started reading DxD, I fell in love with Miyama-Zero's art. Every colored illustration in every new volume (I started reading DxD when volume 16 came out), cover included, has left me speechless, and every non-colored illustration has me praising DxD's illustrator as well. As soon as a new volume is released, one of my first thoughts is "have the illustrations been leaked yet?!" Miyama-Zero-sama's art is just that good, especially in the more recent volumes, where I wouldn't hesitate to call it masterful.
I'll divide this section into 2 parts, Protagonists and Antagonists. But if I were to summarize both sections in one word, it would be Badass.
Protagonists: To start with, let me just say that Ise's harem is handled in such a wonderful way. There's no crazy tsundere beatings or normal harem antics, just friendly competition amongst the girls for their spot in the harem. Not to mention Ise's harem is hands-down the most beautiful harem I've ever seen. All the girls are just perfect. Every single one of them is so unique and they all play a huge role of importance in the series. Some of the girls of Sitri group also get more screentime as well. I can't say more than that or I'd spoil a lot of new characters! Onto the guys, the deep bond Issei and Kiba have is really great. They really are best friends, although Kiba does seem to like Issei a little too much... Azazel is a fantastic addition to the team, watching out for them and helping them with their training, among several other important roles in the series I'll let you discover for yourself. Gasper continues to work on becoming more manly, and Saji actually takes a pretty big role in the series later on. Oh, and Vali's as crazy as ever. Again, I can't say more or I'd spoil certain events and a lot of new characters!
Now let's go into a little more detail about Issei. His growth is astounding. Spoilers withheld, he goes from being an overly-perverted MC to a perverse, respected, beloved, mature and powerful MC who gives his all to protect his comrades and truly cares about all of them. The best part is the execution of this character growth, which you'll need to read yourself. The dynamic between Issei and Kiba is fantastic as well; Kiba takes up Ise's reckless desire to protect his comrades and becomes a powerful swordsman worthy of being Rias Gremory's Knight.
Antagonists: I love DxD's antagonists, in particular the ones introduced in volumes 9 and 16. They're just as diverse as the protagonists and several of them are antagonists you just love to hate (especially one particular antagonist in volume 17). I really can't say more without spoiling their characters, just that they're great.
Everyone, protagonist and antagonist alike, gets the perfect amount of character development and exposition in each volume, it amazes me how well Ishibumi-sama handles it.
One thing I especially love about DxD is its unpredictability; you absolutely cannot predict what's going to happen next. It's hilarious, it's unpredictable, it's extremely intense, all the characters are fantastic, the ecchi and romance are wonderful(another severe understatement!), the art is excellent, overall it's a supremely fun series.
Let me conclude by saying that Highschool DxD is in no way your ordinary ecchi series. The character development for everyone is astoundingly brilliant, the plot is absolutely amazing, and, being vague once again, DxD does not suffer from a certain traditional harem trope that never ends, not to mention there is an actual reason for why Issei acts the way he does up until a certain volume, and it's handled brilliantly. Overall I give it an extremely solid 10/10 and urge those of you who enjoyed the anime to read it - you won't regret it!
Great novel currently at volume 12 waiting for English translations of later ones. The story is definitely fun and entertaining, development of characters is very well thought out. Although you can its a typical harem as far as relationships towards the main male protagonist, and there is a lack of interesting drama. Won't say too much about it as it'll ruin volume 11 which was interesting since its probably the one instance of surprise, which gets quickly dispelled in the following volume. Would of been better to see that issue to have been drawn out longer or at least not have a chapters prior to
the grand entry revealing said plot point is alright.
Bottom line its still a great read, baka tsui has most of the volumes following the show and for the missing part you can easily get by with some summaries/translations from other sites to fill in. Definitely should check it out and the anime for that matter.
I'm going to review this because it's become my favorite thing to read since Harry Potter. (It also chases away the memories of when I sat and read Twilight from start to finish. Alas those were dark days.)
I'm going to sum up the whole plot, in my own way, in just a few sentences, starting now:
Just how much insanity can you summon forth with a nipple, a dragon and a never-say-die attitude? Your answer would be 15 volumes and counting.
There's a lot of characters to introduce and so it gets off to a pretty slow start but when it hits full tilt
you'll forget all about it being a Light Novel.
The art, I thought was actually really good, until we started getting less flaming demons and more loli upskirt pictures and other assorted hentai-borderline pictures but hey......
The characters of DxD come in huge quantity. Even so they don't feel underdeveloped, which I consider to be a pretty impressive feat. I speak as a author when I say it's extremely hard to juggle plot and character development at the same time. DxD features the sort of characters who would feature on polls as the greatest love pairing, the ultimate good guy or the biggest badass had they been written into Western novels.
Serious but silly, funny but sometimes dark, engrossing and entertaining.
Needless to say, I think you ought to read this....
Highschool DxD is one of the most talked about anime ever! Its popularity is undeniable, leaving fans worldwide yearning for more. Their prayers have been answered with the birth of two very special game adaptations! Let's take a closer look at both of their "exciting" features!
Highschool DxD primarily utilizes humor and fan service to explain the aftermath of a war between angels, devils, and fallen angels. Through the midst of the comedy and fan service, comes a few unexpectedly motivation and thought-provoking quotes.