High School DxD season 5, there still is a chance!
Few animes are timeless and often considered a pioneer in their genre, which, despite ending many years ago, are always in demand.
One such series that fans still fondly remember and want back on the small screens is the anime adaption of Ichiei Ishibumi s’ light novel, High School DxD.
The premise is set in a girls school, Kuoh Academy, which recently has turned co-ed; however, the biggest secret about the school is its population.
Unknown to the humans, Kuoh Academy comprises of angels, devils, and fallen angels as part of the student population.
The story follows Issei Hyodo, a perverted second year student who lives an ordinary albeit lecherous life.
After a regular school day, Issei is asked by a girl named Yuma Amano to a date, which he gleefully obliges.
But after the date, when they reach a local park, he is shocked by Yuma s’ request as she asks to die for her.
She reveals herself as a fallen angel and tries to kill him but is revived by a third-year student, Rias Gremory.
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 identity as a devil and says due to his death at the hands of Yuuma, she has reincarnated him as a devil, making him her faithful servant in the process.
Confined to a life of servitude, Issei must train and learn the skills to survive in the violent world of angels and devils.
High School DxD has been a fan favourite in the harem genre for many years, and after the conclusion of season four in 2018, fans are still wondering if there will be any more instalments or not.
To find the answer, keep scrolling as we bring you all the latest news and updates on High School DxD Season 5.
WHAT IS THE HIGH SCHOOL DXD SEASON 5 RELEASE DATE?
High School DxD Season one aired from 6th January 2012 to 23rd March 2012 for 12 episodes.
The series was renewed for a second season, which ran from 7th July 2013 to 22nd September 2013 for 12 episodes.
High School DxD Season three aired from 10th April 2015 to 20th July 2015 for 12 episodes.
The series was renewed for a fourth season, which ran from 10th April 2018 to 3rd July 2018 for 12 episodes.
As of writing, there is no update from studio Passione on the renewal of High School DxD Season 5.
|High School DxD Season 1||6th January 2012|
|High School DxD Season 2||7th July 2013|
|High School DxD Season 3||10th April 2015|
|High School DxD Season 4||10th April 2018|
|High School DxD Season 5||Yet to be Announced|
Production Studios consider various financial and commercial metrics before announcing a renewal.
As mentioned earlier, High School DxD has been a massive success since its debut, as many believe it to be a kick-starter to the supernatural harem genre.
Take away the usual cliches and tropes associated with the genre, Highschool DXD is an interesting watch due to its solid raft of characters.
Financially, High School DxD was the sixth top-selling light novel series in Japan for 2012, selling a total of 654,224 units.
Also, in 2013, High School DxD sold over 346,173 copies, according to Oricon.The English version of the first manga volume reached No. 2 in the New York Times best-seller list. As of March 20, 2018, the first 25 volumes had 4 million copies in print.
So, if the reviews, ratings, and sales have been largely positive, why hasn’t the series been renewed for High School DxD season 5?
The answer has many streams to it, with the first being the change in studio, which happened after the third season.
The first three seasons were produced by TNK, and three years after its conclusion, studio Passione took up the fourth season.
Now, the fourth season received a lot of flak for its animation style as fans were used to graphics by TNK, which is usual when there is a swap in production studios.
Speaking with Monsters and Critics, the producer for the series, Satoshi Motonaga, revealed that the staff behind the anime series wanted to have a fresh take going into the fourth season in order to boost the series and help give it attention from old and new fans alike.
Motonaga revealed that with the shift in new production studio, Passione, he wanted High School DxD to have a fresh face to help it stand out in today’s market compared to when the first three seasons were produced,
“How in this market place can we keep this series alive and draw new audiences to it? This is kind of a challenge for ourselves, and we wanted to add a little boost, so that kind of transition to a new animation studio we thought would be a fresh take on it.”
Elaborating further, Motonaga revealed the new character designs were an extension of this fresh-faced philosophy, “A lot of time with animation studios, it’s kind of attached to the producer of that animation studio. They kind of come with their own character design and interpretations, and now that we’re shifting to a new studio, we wanted to take that opportunity to revisit the character design. “
The original character designs were also very popular, so it was a hard decision, but the new animation studio wanted to take a new look at the characters themselves, too.”
Another reason for change in studio is the fact that TNK took many liberties while adapting the source material hence, Ish,ibumi had to request a new studio.</mar
During the production of this season, Ishibumi had the Passione staff read nearly all of the light novels so that they didn’t miss any inaccuracies and warned them off taking any creative liberties with the material like TNK.
Furthermore, Study Passione is not exactly a massive production house. As a result, it’s only able to produce a maximum of two animes per year, and currently, two or three projects are scheduled for future release.
The good news is there is plenty of source material available to produce High School DxD season 5, as the first four seasons only adapted ten out of the available 25 volumes.
Considering it’s been more than five years, it’s highly unlikely that studio Passione will renew for High School DxD Season 5.
However, its not to say other studios may not be open to pick up for the fifth seasons as if leaks are to be believed, studio Bind are working on High School DxD Season 5 with character designs similar to the first three seasons.
While an official High School DxD season 5 trailer and the High School DxD season 5 release date hasnt been revealed, the studio is targetting for a Spring 2024 premier.
Note: Leaks and Rumours should to be taken with a pinch of salt as its not an coming from any official sources.
HIGH SCHOOL DXD LIGHT NOVEL AND MANGA CATCHUP
High School DxD light novel is written by Ichiee Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama Zero.
It was published from 20th September 2008 to 20th March 2018 across 25 volumes.
High School DxD light novel is rated 8/10 and ranked #717 with 2.6k members on MyAnimeList
High School DxD manga is written by Ichiee Ishibumi and illustrated by Hiroji Mishima.
The manga has been collected into 11 volumes, with the latest issue released on 9th April 2018.
High School DxD manga is rated 7.5/10 and ranked #2461 with 25k members on MyAnimeList
HIGH SCHOOL DXD SEASON 5 PLOT
High School DxD Season 4 covered till the tenth volume, which means High School DxD Season 5 will begin by adapting Volume 11.
As Issei, Akeno, and Kiba prepare for the Middle-Class Promotion Test, Koneko, after witnessing Issei and Rias’ closeness, starts to act weirdly. To make things worse, Azazel suddenly brings Ophis, the Ouroboros Dragon and leader of the Khaos Brigade, to the Hyoudou Residence.
HIGH SCHOOL DXD CAST, CHARACTERS AND CREW
High School DxD Season 4 is directed by Yoshifumi Sueda with series composition by Kenji Konuta.
Characters are designed by Makoto Uno, and the music is composed by Ryosuke Nakanishi.
Animation is produced by studio Passione, with Kenta Tsuboi serving as art director.
You can find the list of High School DxD characters and voice cast below:
|Rias Gremory||Yōko Hikasa|
|Issei Hyōdō||Yuuki Kaji|
|Ravel Phoenix||Asuka Nishi|
|Koneko Tōjō||Ayana Taketatsu|
|Gasper Vladi||Ayane Sakura|
|Asia Argento||Azumi Asakura|
|Aika Kiryū||Haruka Yamazaki|
|Sirzechs Lucifer||Junichi Suwabe|
|Yūto Kiba||Kenji Nojima|
|Cao Cao||Kousuke Toriumi|
|Irina Shidō||Maaya Uchida|
|Le Fay Pendragon||Minami Shinoda|
|Vali Lucifer||Ryota Ohsaka|
|Akeno Himejima||Shizuka Itou|
|Sairaorg Bael||Yūichi Nakamura|
The signs are not favorable for the possibility of High School DxD Season 5. But considering the popularity of the franchise, you never know if Studio Passione, or any other studio, for that matter, decides to pick the series again.