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: 6.931 (scored by 22521 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
The term ‘devil’ can transit a variety of reactions towards an audience. Here we have a show named Akuma no Riddle (translated as Riddle Story of Devil). And incidentally, we have an angel-like character with and energetic personality named Haru Ichinose who gets herself into a mess that threatens her very existence. Luckily, she’s not alone because Haru’s got a protector. Her name is Tokaku Azuma and she is not a pushover, not in the art of assassin anyways.
To call Akuma no Riddle a memorable art piece though could be both an understatement and overstatement. For starters, we have a diverse and colorful cast of characters who transfers into the infamous all-girls school known as Myojo Academy. One particular class stands out known as the ‘10th Year Black Class’. It’s here where the show tells its story as Haru is marked a target for death by the other transfer students. As a show based on setting of survival, the premise tells of a different setup. Rather than a free-for-all and every killer for themselves, it’s all against Haru. Apparently, the victor gets themselves a wish, something that I’m sure almost everyone wants if they ever had a chance to make a fantasy into a reality. While all this seems interesting at first, the first episode only introduces its premise that is underwhelming. The premise serves a device to show the deadly game as Haru becomes the prey and the transfer students are the predators. It’s easy to figure out the concepts of the game though since the show explains itself early on with the mechanics. The part where it gets confusing is the ultimate purpose of the game. Mystery draws out throughout the show like a riddle with characters in the background such as Nio Hashiri to spellbind the audience’s curiosity.
Throughout the show, there’s an instinctive towards the assassin’s motivations, which differs between every character. However, one prominent attribute involves Tokaku’s will to protect Haru from harm. Her motivation is uncertain besides a few cryptic hints relating to possibly Haru’s past and herself. In essence, the show is one big riddle with her motivations and how they fight for survival at the school. For Tokaku and Haru, they develop a close and innate relationship spawned by the time they spent together. Existing as polar opposites, there’s some development between the two although the duo feels incompatible. For instance, Tokaku is someone who hates others getting close to her and dislike people referring by her first name. On the other hand, Haru is energetic, sociable, and often tries to brighten a gloom and doom atmosphere. Curiosity spawns as how these two can co-exist together as a duo when their lives are at stake every single day at the academy.
Like mentioned before, each assassin is different with a different personality and even killing method of choice. In total, there are 12 of them including Azuma. Here’s where the problem comes in when it follows the adaptation. The manga has only been publishing for about a year and its inconclusive how it will end. In other words, the anime braces itself for a possible anime original ending. But that’s not really the main problem. The main flaw here is characterization and development of the assassins. As a one cour show (12 episodes), the show implies that each assassin gets only about a full episode of screen time. That’s also fallacious because in one particular episode, three assassins are eliminated all the same time while one of them didn’t even get her own chance at Haru’s life. In retrospect, it means that there will hardly be any concentration or focus on an assassin’s character. The only focus it spends is the flashbacks that often feels too centralized, predictable, and sometimes cliché. Director Keizou Kusakawa appeals to the audience with his gimmicks that quickly turns itself into a twisted game as each episode progresses on. More and more students are “transferred out” of the class, but in reality are expelled/killed. His previous works on series such as Sekirei and Campione also relied on a main character to fight for glory and triumph against other skilled adversaries. Here, it follows a similar suit only that it seems episodic in nature. By worst, the series also likes to pull out some oddball conclusion with its finale that seemingly circumnavigate backwards with its original theme but destroying the grim feelings of despair. Perhaps the unaired special OVA will find its way to depict a more accurate image.
Diving into this show also will feel like dark academy adventure. To get the best experience, it would be to familiarize yourself with the various characters. This could be a problem since most of them are hardly relatable as result of their weak development. Not to mention the fact that all the assassins have deadly skills, it’s hard to picture yourself in their shoes in the first place. But luckily, there is a catch of diversity. Each episode offers something new with the characters. They attempt to kill Haru with every chance and seizes that opportunity. The methods they formulate results in creative ideas that although seems gimmicky but is also unorthodox in an unique sense. These include diffusing strategically placed bombs, fighting on stage in front of an audience in the disguise of a school play, or even literally solving riddles. And to further diversity themselves, each character has a different persona whether it’s a sadist (Isuke Inukai), innocent little girl (Hitsugi Kirigaya), assertive (Koko Kaminaga), or even one with dual personalities and among others. Haru’s presence creates a strange vibration between some of these characters as she is too fragile and incomparable to them. It mixes in the wrong way when it comes to developing any sort of relationship with them. And because they are assassins, the only relationship is decided by life and death.
A variety of themes is dealt with throughout the show whether it’s friendship, jealousy, regret, or vengeance. It explores the basics of human nature in a dark way since most of the characters seems to have a troubling life based on the various flashbacks. But these concepts don’t have a profound way to express themselves. Looking at on the surface, there’s a feeling of cuteness molded with dark configuration. Even the girls that fights for “justice” plays roles as anti-heroes rather than a figure of admiration. But for what’s worth, Azuma perhaps the most dynamic character for her self-motivation to protect Haru. In attempts to protect Haru, we learn more about Azuma including parts of her past and visage as an assassin. We also see different sides of her through the relationship between the duo. But ultimately, this comes down to storytelling as the main premise is still intact throughout the series. As Haru is the main target, their relationship is tested by the human nature and instinct.
It’s also explicitly shown that the show does take itself seriously, perhaps too much for its own good. Whether these are the taunting riddles, intimidating expressive eye gestures, or even torture scenes, the show makes its oddball point. But despite this dark nature, it also tries to humor the audience with its gags. These include the yuri vibes between some characters including Haru and Azuma. This shouldn’t be surprising considering the way the show is setup. But other tactics of humor attempt often includes Haru’s lack of sense and the denseness of the classes’ teacher, Ataru Mizorogi. From a motivational case, this doesn’t work right since the show has a grim and more mature setting. The girls are dead serious on killing Haru so when comedy sometimes come into play, it doesn’t balances itself right.
Diomedéa, known for their previous involvement with other game scenario-esque shows such as Problem Children and NouCome adapts similar gimmicks. Only this time, it focuses on the deadly side with its character designs. In fact, every character in the show has an appeal to color themselves as a competitor. Some seems intimidating while others are innocent but all the assassins are deadly in respect when they show their true colors. This is shown prominently by how the camera focuses exclusively on their eyes. It depicts the anti-thesis of schoolgirls are like, especially in a prestigious school. They hide their true nature until the moment comes to strike just like assassins. As far as their face gesture, it crafts this gimmick right by nature. Character outfits are also decorative with distinctive figures to match their personalities. However, do expect some fan-service when it comes to pool episodes, censored bath scenes (TV version) and the shock violence that comes out as cheesy.
The soundtrack isn’t a super powerhouse but does works very well as a supplement to this show when it works with the characters. The most noticeable aspect involves the ED songs as each assassin gets her own theme song (when the episode focuses on them). The OP song remains unchanged however with depiction of the assassins in femme fatale like poses and a catchy aesthetic rhythm. Not to mention, the song contains some spoilerish scenes involving their weapons. For most of the character voices, they show their tone of intimidation and violence. I’d give credit to most of their mannerisms to stay consistent with the characters. However, Haru’s voice mannerism greatly contradicts this with her innocent nature. We also get a variety of soundtrack to depict the heavy action toned sequences. Some works out right while others feels repetitive but ultimately does the job to craft a decent balance of sound mixture.
Akuma no Riddle’s endgame is the fact that the show focuses exclusively more on story rather than character development. Demanding for that would leave you unsatisfied. After all, the ultimate goal of the show is to deliver Haru’s execution and fulfill the wish of an assassin. While all this sounds dandy, it also tries desperately to appeal to the audience with its misplaced comedy, shadowy flashbacks, and shallow character relationships. And although it showcases yuri at times, it isn’t a prominent feature to that end either. But the show does offer great diversity with its colorful character cast. For all its faults, the show’s raison d'etre can still be appealing and leave audience wonder who or what happens next. Make no mistake though. This show isn’t just some Romeo and Juliet story about two girls but rather their tale of survival. Because in their world, the strongest prevail and the weak perish. 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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