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High School DxD Hero Anime Gets New Character Visuals, April 2018 Premiere


It looks like this semester’s starting just as spring break begins.

Earlier today, the official High School DxD Hero anime website updated with a set of character designs, as well as details on the show’s premiere. We break the details down below:

Character Designs

The site added character art for lead characters Rias and Issei, which you can check out below.

Issei (Left) & Rias (Right)

Broadcast

High School DxD Hero will begin airing in April 2018.

Yoshifumi Sueda (Rail Wars!) was tapped to direct the project at studio Passione, with Makoto Uno (Love Hina, Rail Wars!) providing character designs. Kenji Konuta (Saiyuki Reload Blast, Blood Lad) is in charge of series composition for the show.

High School DxD Hero was originally confirmed at October 2016’s Fantasia Bunko Daikanshasai 2016 fan event.

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High School DxD is an ongoing light novel series from Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrator Miyama-Zero. The series began publication in September 2008 in Fujimi Shobo’s Dragon Magazine. Collected volumes are published under the company’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. To date, 22 volumes have been released, with the most recent hitting Japanese retailers on August 22.

To date, three anime adaptations of High School DxD have been produced: High School DxD, High School DxD New, and High School DxD BorN. All three titles were directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa (Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire, UFO Princess Valkyrie: SPECIAL) at studio TNK. Junji Goto (School Days, Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire ) provided character designs on all three shows, while Takao Yoshioka (Elfen Lied, Magical Girl Raising Project) took charge of series composition.

Funimation currently holds the domestic rights to all three seasons of High School DxD. They describe the series as:

A war between heaven and hell is raging on Earth – and hormonal fury is raging in Issei’s pants. Enter curvy redhead Rias, president of The Occult Research Club: a club that doesn’t actually research the occult. They are the occult – and Rias is a Devil!

Source: Anime! Anime!

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