Badass lady-assassins staying in the same classroom; what more do you want?~
|For some reason I’ve always had a thing for assassin characters, so when hearing about Akuma no Riddle, I knew right away this would be one of the first shows I’d check out. While this first episode wasn’t as impressive as I thought, there’s still a number of interesting aspects to stick around for~|
|All I knew about Akuma no Riddle before watching was that it’s a gritty story about psychotic assassins and yuri. …Which seems like as good of a genre mix as any. And what do you know, it was a gritty story about psychotic assassins and yuri. Er, maybe it’s not quite yuri yet, but the flags are totally there.|
Right from the plot’s description, it says that Tokaku and Haru are going to be the main pairing, but… is that really going to work? I mean, it’s the typical “serious person with no heart”/“cheerful person who wants to be everyone’s friend” pairing, which is fine. But as far as the actual character chemistry is going, there isn’t really any. Tokaku seems interested in Haru for no real reason, it seems. There wasn’t really any meaningful character interaction, but she still felt the need to hang on to the charm that Haru made. Maybe they can make this work out as the plot progresses, but I hope that it isn’t a romance out of nowhere just because Haru seems to be the first non-assassin-ish person that Tokaku has spent time with. Though that might be a bit of a presumptuous statement. Maybe there’s some actual reason that Tokaku feels interested in Haru due to her past or something. Also, maybe this isn’t the first non-assassin-ish person that Tokaku has met. However, that’s what it looks like from what the anime showed. If there are going to be side couples though, it looks like that will be interesting to see. Especially if they’re going by the dorm assignments, since Isuke and Haruki seem like they would be a super interesting pairing from the interaction they had over their nails.
It wasn’t a bad first episode, but I feel like it’s one of those stories that might have been better explained in the manga. Do they not know who the target is? It seems like it’s Haru, but are the characters 100% sure that it’s her they’re supposed to kill? Is Haru an assassin too, or what? Of course, there’s the question as to why they’re all sent to kill Haru (if she really is the target) in the first place, but that will most likely be answered later on. It was an interesting enough premise though, and it looks like this is heading in an interesting direction. I looked up the author of the manga, and it turns out that it’s Kouga Yun, the same author as Loveless (but this has a different artist instead of Kouga this time). Which should be good for interesting relationships (hopefully) and plot twists, but I also found that there were a lot of convoluted concepts in Loveless that I never fully understood. Having teenager kill each other seems like it will be a simpler concept than syllable battles and cat ears that mark your relationship status.
I never trust first episodes for anything because I know certain types of shows take some time to build up, and already I feel that Akuma no Riddle is going to be one of those shows. Honestly, it’s a bit of a turn-off, but as I said in my intro, there are a lot of aspects to stick around for. All the girls seem interesting and I’m eager to catch everyone’s backstory, as well as their personal reasons for participating in this assassination. Not to mention there’s still 5 more girls to introduce, the possible reveal of whatever happened in Tokaku’s and Haru’s past, and to see if Tokaku actually does develop romantic feelings for Haru. The next episode’s preview didn’t show much, but hopefully they’ll finish introducing the rest of the characters so we can get started on these assassination attempts and more. Until next week then~