High School DxD:Volume DX1 Afterword
To those who picked up Highschool DxD series with this [DX] volume, I am pleased to meet you. To those who have read the main volumes, it has been awhile, Ichiei Ishibumi here.
We have finally made new side volumes of the Highschool DxD franchise, DX volumes. The main focus of the DX volumes is short stories that have been published in the Dragon Magazines previously. Furthermore, for the newly written stories (for the DX series), I am planning to bring up “dream matches” and “dream-like moments” which can’t be done in the main series
So then, I shall introduce each story with the related timeline to the main story.
[Abduction ERO!] After Volume 7.
It’s a story that gives a nostalgic reference of Ise calling Rias, buchou. I wrote this story when I was wondering whether there was actually UFO in our world. I did think about introducing aliens in this chapter but, even for a DxD story, I thought it was a bit too much and as a result, ended up with Azazel creating the UFO instead. Nevertheless, for our main hero to not only lose his identity (Ero) in our first story of this brand new series but to also have the story to be narrated in Kiba’s point of view…. What an adventure it is.
[Oniichan mask!] Before/After Volume 9.
This is basically a sitcom story about Sirzech. Originally from the Dragon Magazine, I wrote this story as a project for [To publish a collection of popular novel’s side story]. It wasn’t published as a standalone story so it’s a story where only those who know about its existence, know of it.
At this point in the story, Ise’s perverseness was really off the scale… I wonder since when did he get numbed at these kinds of situations. Well, the roots of his existence are still very erotic though. Maybe Azazel-sensei’s UFO beam still has lingering effect on him….?
This also happens to be the first story that shows what happens with all the things that they got paid with through doing their Devil’s job.
[Stop! Yuuto-kun!] After Volume 7.
This is related to the story [Devil’s cold] back in Volume 13, and the introduction of the Gender-swapping laser. This was published at the back of the Dragon Magazine so therefore this story is also known to only those who know of its existence.
Well, this started off with me thinking about what would happen if everyone except Ise became male, and the conclusion is that everyone is a bishounen. In this story, Kiba is a bishoujo and is going out with Ise but think of this story as a parallel universe.
[Records of Chichiryuutei’s Pleasure Adventure] After Volume 9.
It’s the first story that mentions Crom Cruach’s name. It’s a story that I wrote because I wanted to write a story about a rural village owned by House of Gremory in the background. There are up to nearly 20 volumes of the main series at this point but none had a mention of such a place before. Anyway, Vali’s team had quite a bit of time on their hands back then…
[Love song to Reincarnated Angel] After Volume 12.
It’s a story where Sister Griselda was first introduced. I wrote while thinking [What would Reincarnated Angels do for their job?]. Everyone, Irina is working hard with her job as a Reincarnated Angel.
[Let’s go to Onsen!] After Volume 13.
It’s a story where my hobbies are reflected upon. I guess I’m weak against older women, especially against married women. I was always thinking of writing a story with Grayfia as the main focus. Not only that, after having a few decisions to be made [If we are going to do this, let’s make an Onsen story!], this story is born as a result as I thought I should let Ise and his friends have a rest after the fight in volume 12 and at the same time, focus on the interactions between Grayfia and Ise.
If possible, I would love to write another story with Grayfia as a main character in the near future!
[Phoenix of the Battle School Building DX?] Between Volume 19.
This is a brand new short story… Quite a heated story
In terms of the timeline, I have to say that it’s between Volume 19…. But I would appreciate if you didn’t look too much into this story; just think of it as ‘this happened during the events of Volume 19’ and it would be fine.
[What will happen if they fought against Raiser with the current strength of the team?] was my thought when I wrote this story. Although these [What if…] scenarios are best left to the reader’s imaginations, this was still a topic that I wanted to write about before as part of the volume 1 of the new [DX] series. I have included it as a brand new story. I recommend reading the main second volume while you read this chapter; I think it will be very entertaining. Although Raiser and his team has improved as well as got stronger with their special training, it seems like the Gremory team still improved a lot more than them.
However, this game was only possible since this is a re-match against Raiser. Another match between them and Sairaorg would have been impossible. I believe that fight has seen a fitting conclusion.
It might be fun to write brand new stories about the Great Agares match or maybe, a match between the other Devil Families as well as other forces and publish them in these [DX] volumes in the future.
I would like to thank everyone who helped in writing this.
Miyama Zero-san and editor-san, I’m very grateful to both of you just like always. Since I’ve started new short series volumes, I will be in your care in the future as always.
…Now, a brand new Highschool DxD series [DX] has started and I’ve got a place to publish all those previously unpublished short stories. This was only possible thanks to the continuous support from the fans. I am very grateful to all of you.
Then I will see you again in the next volume!
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