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The Showdown Begins!
Ep 10 title
Kana 決戦、始まります!
Romaji Kessen, Hajimarimasu!
Season/Episode Season 1, Episode 10
Air/Release Date March 9, 2012
Novel Equivalent Volume 2, Life 4
Previous "I've Begun My Training!"
Next "The Acclaimed Battle Continues!"

"The Showdown Begins!" is the tenth episode of the High School DxD anime. It premiered on March 9, 2012.


One hour before the Rating Game, Issei prepares himself inside his room until Asia comes in and starts a conversation with Issei, seeking mental support from the latter. The two of them leaves the house once Issei's alarm clock strikes. Arriving at the Occult Research Clubroom, Issei and his friends prepares themselves mentally while they wait for the Rating Game against Riser and his team to start. Before leaving, Sona and Tsubaki arrives to show their support for Rias, wishing her the best.

Rias and her team is then transported to a dimension where they see a replica of Kuoh Academy which is used as the field for the Rating Game. Prior to the start of the match, Rias formulates a strategy and orders Akeno, Yuuto, and Koneko to place traps in preparation from Riser's assault. While the others head to make their preparation, Rias unseals part of the seal she previosly placed on him due to his lack of strength to withstand it. After finishing their preparation, Issei and Koneko heads to the gymnasium as they are confronted by four of Riser's servant, his Rook, Xuelan, and Pawns, Mira, Ile and Nel.

Noting the strength of the Rook, Koneko decides to battle Xuelan and leaves Issei to deal with the remaining three Pawns. Initially facing trouble due to being outnumbered, Issei manages to overcome that with the doubling ability of the Boosted Gear and succeeds in his task of immobilizing his opponents after revealing his new move, Dress Break, which strips the girls off their clothes. At the same time, Koneko successfully immobilizes Xuelan after disabling her movement with a submission hold. The two proceeds to leave the gymnasium, allowing Akeno to deal the finishing blow to the defeated four, destroying the gymnasium in one attack. Meanwhile, inside the forest, Kiba confronts another three of Riser's Pawn who were caught on the traps set by Rias' team while on their way to Rias' headquarters.

Elsewhere, Koneko and Issei decides to move on to the next phase of their plan. Koneko disgusted by Issei's move, decides to walk ahead of Issei only to be taken out by a surprise attack from Riser's Queen, Yubelluna, with Riser telling Rias not to underestimate him.


Original airdate: March 9, 2012

Written by: Tensho

Featured CharactersEdit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. New characters listed in bold.)

Occult Research Club Riser Phenex's Peerage Others

Important NotesEdit



Differences between Light Novel and AnimeEdit

  • In the Light Novels, only part of Koneko's clothing was torn. While In the Anime, only her panties remained.

Miscellaneous TriviaEdit

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