English: Riddle Story of Devil
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 6.941 (scored by 22047 users)
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SynopsisThe story is set at Myoujou Academy, a private girls' boarding school. The 10th year's Kurogumi class has 12 assassins with their sights on one target, Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student who is also targeting Ichinose, but she gradually develops feelings for Ichinose.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Akuma no Riddle
Sequel: Akuma no Riddle Special
Characters & Voice Actors
"The World is full of ___" - Forgiveness
What a season Spring 2014 has been, a lot of anime's have come forth that have, in way, became a lot more than what it appeared to be at first. Anime's such as Selector Infected WIXOSS that reminded me not to judge a book by it's cover to the underdog of the season in Ping Pong the Animation which turned out to be the case of the Cinderella story. While Akuma no Riddle is nothing new or completely original as the series mentioned above, it is something that surprised me as I thought this series was going to be something I would regret. The concept was nothing new and the picture-tags for the series screamed boring. But it turned out pretty good.
Adapted from Yun Kouga's on-going manga, Akuma no Riddle follows the path of Tokaku Azuma, an emotionless and distant girl yet a seasoned assassin who transfers to a private boarding school in Myoujou Academy to attend Class Black, a Class that bears a hidden agenda. Class Black consists of 13 students, 12 being assassin's and 1 being the target in Haru Ichinose who is the second main character of the series who is shown to be a bright and cheerful girl who aims to become friends with her peers, but things soon take a turn for the worst for her. The purpose of this Class is more of a test or game for the assassin's, they have to find out who is the target among them and then assassinate her though there are specific ruling that they have to abide by. The ruling is that the target must be informed that she is going to be targeted and killed and that it must happen within 48 hours after issuing the notice. Failing to follow the ruling or the completion of the assassination within the time frame has one expelled from Class Black. If successful, one is granted any wish of their desire.
Tokaku comes to the conclusion that Haru is the target after thoroughly examining her fellow peers and has her sights on her however she finds out that Haru will become her roommate and after spending time with Haru and getting to know her a bit more she becomes drawn to her to the point where she defects to her side and becomes her protector as they both strive to graduate Class Black. Haru really wants to graduate in honor of her parents that protected her with their lives, as she wants to live life to fullest.
This is how the series begin's and I found this rather interesting and it did capture my attention. I like the whole idea of this survival concept but as the story progresses, it very well felt that it was following a episodic plot format where an episode is dedicated to one of the girls trying to kill Haru while seeing some flash backs about their past and how they came to be and some hints about their wish or goals which kind of get's stale after a bit but thankfully it had it merits to keep me entertained, especially with the action. The story could had use a bit more depth and done a lot better execution wise on specific points, but as mentioned before it was interesting for me and it kept me glued.
When it comes to looks...I felt this series is on point, the world of Akuma no Riddle is well designed, the contrast wasn't very bright and vibrant but that only added to the already dark atmosphere of the series. The character designs were very well done and each character's look suited their personalities. Animation wise, Diomedea studio did a solid job for the most part with only a few instances where the quality did drop a bit. The characters moved well, and majority of the action scenes were very fluid and well choreographed which I thought was a standout in this series. Another thing I found interesting in terms of animation was custom Ending that each episode had dedicated to each character of the series that was very creative and added more content, pretty much showing a little summary about their story which was refreshing and something I began to look forward to.
Immediately I found myself hooked to the Opening song of the Akuma no Riddle "Soushou Innocence" by Maaya Uchida, it really sets the mood and tone for the series while also fitting the themes. It really grew on me over time where it began to get me amp for each episode. As mentioned before, I was pleased by the custom Endings and to go along with the animation used in each one was also different songs that was also apart of what made them so refreshing and another plus factor in the creativity category. The OST's were great in my opinion, I felt that especially when it came to the action scenes or a climatic moment that the OST's used heightened the experience and got me pumped, though I will admit that there will be a fair share of music used that won't be memorable at all. I had no issues regarding the voice acting, each of the voices used fitted the design and personality of the character. There are unfortunate happenings in series where there are characters who's voice does not suit the appearance of the character nor the personality which can be quite sour.
This is where I felt Akuma no Riddle lack and it was across the board with it's characters. I wish there was a bit more exploration with our main protagonists though we do learn a lot about them and their back stories which was good. For the rest of the characters, due to time constraints of only 12 episodes it was a tough ask to get more from them or to care for them. They would each feature separately or in 2's in the episodes and were given a insight of their back stories and their goals/wishes but were very limited which was disappointing but something that couldn't help.
I just want to quickly speak about the one character that I found highy likable out of the cast. Tokaku hails from the infamous Azuma clan, who had a widely known reputation as highly skillful assassin's and were feared among many. With a cold personality and rather distant she was a character I personally enjoyed the most and the reason may rather seem silly but if there is one thing I like, that would be a "badass" character and she is exactly that. It has been awhile where I have seen a badass protagonist as a female. As epic as she may be with her awesome hand to hand combat skills and weapon mastery she does have a big weakness and that is she is mentally weak and easily influence by others and struggles to make decisions of her own accord. Another factor was her inability to kill due to a specific event that happened in her childhood which adds more to the challenge of protecting Haru against her peers with the killer-instinct.
When the series began, I noticed it had a "Yuri" tag but that was later switched with "Shounen-ai". Call me a blind bat if I missed anything but there was hardly anything Yuri, sure there the theme was obvious with Tokaku and Haru's relationship but nothing serious or anything that would turn off people who may not like Yuri. I didn't have any high expectations going in to this, it was totally a blind watch, I gave it a chance and I do not regret it. The series was enjoyable for me and admittedly a lot more than others. The concept is nothing new but it did attempt to give it a bit more flair, something I can appreciate. The score I had for it before the last two episodes had to be brought down since the ending in my opinion was rather anti-climatic and was a bit disappointed on the route it chose and how it was executed but nonetheless, the ending cannot ruin my experience I had with Akuma no Riddle as a whole.
If anything I have said interested you in the slightest then give it a go, in all honesty this is something I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending to everyone but for me personally, overall, I enjoyed it. Despite the obvious flaws that the series suffers from it, it's take on the survival-assassin concept is interesting, has it's comedic moments to keep things fun, the action scenes to get you hyped and the twists to keep you entertained.
"Therefore, the World is full of ___" - Lies
Ok, so this is my first review and I'll be as honest and thorough as possible for an readers.
Ok so basically Akuma no Riddle is about a girl named Haru who has to survive a classroom full of assassins. That's really the gist of it. That being said, let me move on to my scores and why I rated them as such.
The story was very much lacking in this show, and I say that with utter disappointment. This was a show that when it first started, had the set up to be an awesomely written masterpiece full of character development and plot twists. Sadly, that didn't happen. I was hoping for characters that were in the class for ulterior motives, or that had such an elaborate plan that it lasted longer than one episode. This didn't happen at all. This show is basically a generic battle-royal. Not that I have anything against battle-royal style anime and manga, but I honestly expected more out of the show and its characters.
The other disappointing thing, was that whenever a particular assassin was the focal point of an episode, that was it. They got one episode and then done. They got two episodes only if they didn't start their battle in the beginning of their first one.
The art was pretty good. It wasn't anything stellar and it certainly had some horrifically drawn moments, but those were very rare and it had plenty of other scenes where the art looked excellent. Not a master piece, but certainly above average.
The sound was probably the highlight of the show. The tracks during the fight scenes were good, and the tracks during emotional scenes were good as well. The best part however, were the OP and the EDs. The OP was amazing, and each assassin had her own ED. So basically when it was that assassin's turn in the show, it played their ED at the end. All of the endings were unique and very very good. The lyrics also reflected the characters extremely well. If you are a fan of anime music, this would definitely be a reason to check out the show.
This pretty much plays off the same reasoning I had with the story score. Just as there was a lack of plot twists and really good story development, there was an extreme lack of character development as well. None of the characters were outright terrible to begin with, and some were more interesting than others off the bat. Their personal reasons for wanting to assassinate Haru were pretty much all interesting too, but that's all you get from them. Like I said under story, after they get their one episode spotlight, that's it. So character development really becomes impossible.
I rate this as high as I do, simply because I enjoyed it for what it was; a battle-royal high school anime. Sure if I take into account the poor story, lack of character development, and the ending (wont spoil it at all, but just me personally, I didn't enjoy it) then I would rate it a lot lower. That's precisely why my overall score is lower. BUT if you take the show at face value and just accept it for being a generic battle-royal with a bunch of fighting between unique assassins, then it's pretty entertaining to watch.
When I take every part of the show into consideration, I cant score it anything better than mediocre. While it didn't completely blow at anything, it didn't excel at anything either, especially in parts it should have. The story could have been SOOO much more, and along those lines a better story could have brought much more in depth characters. I wont say it isn't enjoyable to watch, but if you're looking for some masterpiece of a story, with characters that will blow your mind, then this show is not for you. If you're just looking for an action anime, with good music and very minimum yuri, then you might want to take a look at Akuma no Riddle.
Just an extra tid-bit here - but if you're one of those people that flocks to the manga to get more details or if the anime has a bad adaptation, then don't. This is one of the EXTREMELY RARE cases where the anime is better than the manga...and I mean significantly better. read more
A bunch of highschool kids have to kill someone to "succeed" while following certain rules.
In Dangan Ronpa, they're stuck in a school and they're only chance of escaping is to kill someone without being caught, while in Akuma no Riddle the whole class as the goal of killing a fellow classmate so they can be granted anything they want.
'Special' students are gathered to kill. Although in Akuma no Riddle students are professional assassins while in Danganronpa they are successful in one kind of activity.
Both Anime series have the same concept about a headmaster's gathering students to kill
But unlike Akuma's students, Danganronpa's students are regular students and don't know how to kill.
Both involve a class against one another, only in one its 11 assassins vs 1 girl and her protector, while in the other it's a free for all.
This was a very fun anime since i very much enjoyed that the character development was one character per episode along with their own ending.
Similarly to Dangan Ronpa you must kill to graduate but unlike in DR this is a class of assassins and one target and th killer with a successful assassination will have any wish granted
Danganronpa is a very special anime; however, Akuma no Riddle offers a similar feeling.
In both anime, there is a class of Elite high-school kids, unique in appearance and in skills, that have to kill. However, in Danganronpa, the students have to kill one of their classmates and get away with it to graduate while in Akuma no Riddle, if assassins fail in killing her, the victim will graduate.
Both anime give a dark and horror feeling, so if you liked Danganronpa, you will like Akuma no Riddle!
There is a very similar feeling in both. They both involve a bunch of people with many different personalities whose main focus seems to being killing each other while being observed by someone.
Both are battle royal anime, class full of people trying to kill someone. Both have character with split personalities.
Wish it was similar in animation as Danganronpa but sadly it isn't. has similar character roles and emotion that gives you a psychotic feeling, a cheery feeling and a gory feeling. both have similar plot where you got to kill to survive (I think) and to find the odd person but for Donganronpa you find out who's guilty and sentence them to death. only Akuma no Riddle have the genre of yuri.
Both animes are similar to each other. They are both staged on a very special school where they have to murder each other to graduate from that school. In Danganronpa they have to murder each other without making yourself the suspect of murder. In akuma no riddle you have to assasinate 1 person, if you fullfill that wish, you win. the animes differ in genre, akuma no riddle: Action, School, Shoujo Ai, Danganronpa: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological.
They both have a similar setting, and a similar theme of having to kill another student to get out
This is pretty much the yuri-fied version of Dangan Ronpa. Except 11 women are targeting one woman and another woman protects her. And they can actually go outside. Murder attempts are shown, so, you know it's going to be intense!
One victor - for the ultimate price, both series involves a scenario where the main character becomes a target for assassination. Luckily, they do manage to make friends with an unlikely alliance who has their own skills in protecting them. And although different in man ways, they bond throughout the series and learn about each others' dark pasts. Both series features a cast of diverse characters each with their own set of skills and personalities. Expect grim scenes and horrific sequences when it comes to attempts to kill off their targets.
Survival genres. We see them in almost every anime. Akuma no Riddle is similar to Mirai Nikki in the sense that in order to survive or win, you have to defeat your enemies. Not only that, both anime have a darker story to them and especially action scenes. Both anime have a person protecting another person. Just like a bodyguard protecting the hunted from the hunters.
In Mirai Nikki: Yuno protecting Yukiteru
In Akuma no Riddle: Tokaku protecting Haru
However, the difference between Mirai Nikki & Akuma no Riddle is the characters. All of the cast members are female in Akuma no Riddle, while Mirai Nikki has both male and female participants.
Both animes are about a survival game where a innocent person is being protected by someone with feelings for them!
In both anime, group of people is gathered ane proceed to try to kill each other to be the last one standing.
These anime are very similar, because both anime goes about a kind of 'survival game' when only one survives, but in Akuma no Riddle everyone is after one person and in Mirai Nikki everyone is after each other.
And in both anime one person is protecting another person in the survival game.
In Mirai Nikki: Yuno is protecting Yuki.
In Akuma no Riddle : Tokaku is protecting Haru.
But one difference is that in Akuma no Riddle ALL the people who participated the survival game are women, and in Mirai Nikki are there both man and women in the survival game.
In both anime one of the main things is the fact that one person is protecting a person they love in a deadly competition.
Opening Theme"Soushou Innocence (創傷イノセンス)" by Maaya Uchida
Ending Theme#01: "Paradox (パラドクス)" by Ayaka Suwa as Tokaku Azuma (ep 1)
#02: "Kinou, Kyou, Ashita (昨日、今日、明日)" by Hisako Kanemoto as Haru Ichinose (ep 2)
#03: "Concentration" by Manami Numakura as Otoya Takechi (ep 3)
#04: "Across The Fate" by Haruka Yoshimura as Kouko Kaminaga (ep 4)
#05: "Doutte koto nai Sympathy (どうってことないsympathy)" by Fumiko Uchimura as Haruki Sagae (ep 5)
#06: "Poison Me" by Sachika Misawa as Chitaru Namatame & Mami Uchida as Hitsugi Kirigaya (ep 6)more
#07: "Suzukaze (すずかぜ)" by Chika Anzai as Suzu Shutou (ep 7)
#08: "Mayonaka no Toubou (真夜中の逃亡)" by Ootsuba Yuka as Banba Mahiru (ep 8)
#09: "Tenshi No Smile♥ (天使のスマイル♥)" by Azumi Asakura as Isuke Inukai (ep 9)
#10: "Inochi no Karakuri (イノチノカラクリ)" by Miho Arakawa as Sumireko Hanabusa (ep 10)
#11: "Survival" by Yoshino Nanjou as Nio Hashiri (ep 11)
#12: "QUEEN" by 10 Nen Kuro Gumi (ep 12)
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