The time has come for Arata to enter Dante’s Gate; will he be able to make it through all nine levels of Hell to reach the True Demon Lord?!
Story: Akinari Nao
Art: Kenji Saito
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say
The fateful day has arrived at last. Arata and Trinity Seven have been preparing all year for the opening of Dante’s Gate. On the other side is Radix Astil, waiting to take back the Astil Manuscript once and for all. And if they can make it through her, then they’ll be able to take on the True Demon Lord…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
A year has passed and Arata has completed all the training he could have hoped before his fateful date with Dante’s Gate. Arata and Trinity Seven kick the hornet’s nest when they force open Dante’s Gate in their quest to reach the True Demon Lord. Directly on the other side of the door is an army of monsters and undead just itching for a battle. While these warriors aren’t very strong and are missing any of the Twelve Demon Commanders, vanquishing them uses too much of Arata’s mana. It will likely come back to haunt him.
Just as they get their feet under them, the original copy of the Astil Manuscript and lackey of the True Demon Lord, Radix Astil appears. She reveals that the Ilia’s sister fragments have been imprisoned throughout the nine levels of hell. Arata and Trinity Seven must defeat the Twelve Demon Commanders and retrieve all the fragments before they can reach the ninth level and the True Demon Lord.
While I suppose there is a chance that Arata and the Trinity Seven could pull that off given enough time and their combined forces, that chance quickly evaporates. This is the demon realm after all, so it takes very little effort to separate Arata and the others, forcing them into different levels and greatly weakening their fighting strength. Arata doesn’t have time to worry about his friends. His first task is surviving his battle with the Demon Commander known as Rubine. Her magical power dwarfs Arata’s own power and she makes that blatantly apparent when she summons an army of deadly Grim Reapers to destroy him. At this point, Arata better hope his friends save his butt or a miracle happens because he is way in over his head!
I greatly appreciated the character bios at the start of this volume. Fifteen volumes in and the character breakdown is a welcome addition, especially when the volumes are released a few months apart and this refresher is just nice to have. Not so much who is who, but having their thema’s laid out and reminding us about their background is a nice inclusion.
This volume sets up what could be a long-running monster of the week battle as Arata works his ways through the nine levels of hell. While that would be a little tiresome, the author has managed to avoid tropes like that, so I think the story will move along just fine. However, even if this story arc becomes repetitive, I’m sure there will be no shortage of fanservice for readers!
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: A+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: November 13, 2018