Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who utilizes his devil-born gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force specializing in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood...
This manga is in definite need of an updated review. Now 6 volumes and 32 chapters through, I am loving the story, it's characters and their interactions! "SaxyGeek's" review after reading 9 chapters was a fair, yet overly harsh, review. I hope to explain what I mean & convince you to read it as this manga doesn't have a fair bunch of scores or reviews due to it's very slow & mediocre start.
For the first two volumes (up to chapter 9) this story is essentially one with no real direction & no definitive movement. They set up the two main characters, Anzai
& Tsukasa, and their growing relationship after he saves her from a Devil related attack. After the first two volumes, I was debating between a 6/7 out of 10. It was fine, nothing special but not terrible. I was slightly intrigued.
However, the last chapter of volume 2 finished on a huge cliffhanger, with the introduction of a new character. Volume 3 took this introduction and flew with it - the story has not stopped improving since. Throughout volume 3 the cast was continuously added to, two noteworthy standouts include Devil test-subject Hans Lee and anti-Devil terrorist Zero Seven, part of the mysterious anti-Devil organisation CCC. The story also quickly switched from primarily linear to one with a multitude of arcs and plots. This sharp change was exactly what the series needed, it now has definitive protagonists, clear and also mysterious antagonists with an overarching sinister organisation driving the motivations and desires of all characters involved.
Worth a special mention is the way this manga deals with the Devils, or Vampires themselves within society. There are arguably huge political undertones, with Devils largely being misunderstood & unknown entities who aren't the classic lonely, isolated and remorseless hunger driven species this medium is used to (one noteworthy instance includes a forced transformation of Anzai, who simultaneously has tears streaming down his face as he attempts to control the Devil and bloodlust within through fear of himself). Devils, like Anzai, wish to integrate & be recognised for what similarities humans & devils share, not what separates them. As one who fits a "minority" group, this really resonated with me. It is interesting to see "Devil advocates" (humans) hunted down, attacked & shunned by society, just as those who supported minority groups decades ago were.
Art: 7 or 8/10
Not an artist myself, the art is good, very good in parts. There are some moments where smaller chibi-like bodies are used in the background but this is only ever for comedic effect. Proportions can be jarring at first, but quickly got used to. There are also extremely well done standout moments, usually during transformations of Devils - fangs, claws and emotions included. They balance each other out well.
Such a high score due partly due to their growth as characters over the numerous volumes - something I absolutely need in stories. I have already mentioned the fleshing out of characters, so I will primarily focus on Anzai and Tsukasa.
Obvious spoiler for those who make it past volume 2, Anzai & Tsukasa eventually decide they want to be together. However, what follows is an extremely adult orientated plot line focused on the two overcoming the biological boundaries between them, as Anzai attempts to (re-occurring theme) control himself over fear of harming Tsukasa. The primary relationship is very straightforward - much to it's strength - as Anzai & Tsukasa openly discuss these challenges and how to overcome them, sex and all. To read such interactions in a gripping manga about vampires is something I long assumed the Japanese kept restricted to Hentai - such a refreshing and welcomed approach (plus it makes for great reading). They are ~cute~ and largely reflect the interactions I find myself having in a real-life relationship, albeit Tsukasa can be a bit ditsy sometimes (but what Japanese female character isn't).
Two of the main antagonists, Zero Seven & *spoiler* (^^), are deep, fleshed out and strongly motivated. The "flashbacks" or backstory to these characters are done extremely well, with their intentions well-supported and focused, if not always predictable.
Hans Lee, a foreigner who went to the same Devil-only orphanage as Anzai, deserves a special mention as he is the only character to have no true revelation regarding his past as of yet, except from the fact he is German. His interactions with Anzai specifically are interesting, given they're the only two "half-Devil" characters known of (assumed plot will elaborate but nothing I know of yet). Lee aids Anzai in 'accepting' himself while providing small comedic relief being foreign compared to all other characters.
Police Task Force (F) - Anzai's human (and some Devil) colleagues are also well fleshed out and not typical, but not to the same extent as the main cast (obviously). They continuously help to drive the plot whilst living their own lives & plots. Not everything revolves around Anzai - something appreciated as it aids the story in feeling large & supported.
I also can't talk about numerous characters due to huge spoilers, but there are others separate to both the police task force and the terrorist organisation CCC who play influential roles
I have spoken about some of the plot and characters to illustrate how, if you can make it through the first volume and half the the second, this manga is personally gripping, fleshed out and engaging - with standout moments of gore, action, societal struggles and relationship based hardships. After spending all my time reading one volume after work for a week, I can't wait to see how the story progresses from here!
This manga is just one big mess. It has its moments where it's genuinely enjoyable, but those instances are heavily shadowed by several glaring problems.
I think there's something going on here? It seems to be about humans vs. rogue vampires, and using vampires against said rogue vampires. That's an okay basis I suppose. Then there is an organization that's pit to expose all vampires. That's a good idea as well, but it's not supported by a cast that can pull it off.
This one hurts. This manga has moments where it looks great, but most of the time the art is so terribly awkward
and inconsistent it hurts to look at. You can tell that the artist is good at drawing one angle of face, and that's about it. The look of the vampires is intensely ugly, which wouldn't be so bad if ti was done consistently. It seems like every time a vampire shows their teeth, they grow more teeth and their jaws poke out of their faces further and further. It's terrifyingly bad.
Oh, and don't get me started on the tiny hands. It's like everyone was Deadpool and sliced off their hands routinely. It's that bad.
The ideas for the characters themselves aren't too bad. A half vampire guy, and a normal girl who is falling for him. Good start, but you have to actually develop the characters for them to work. The guy keeps visiting this girl, and there is NO motivation. He himself is confused as to why he keeps visiting her. He's practically living at this girl's house, and none of them have any idea why.
At one point, the writer thought to add in a happy, comic relief character. Oh, let's just make them strangely happy and ditsy. Why? Who knows, that's just how they are.
Everyone just feels so two dimensional, I can't bring myself to care about the characters at all.
I'll be the first to admit I'm a sucker for vampire manga, but there's only so far down crap alley I can go. I like the bloody scenes, but it's simply ruined by bad art, I can't bring myself to enjoy it. I just keep cringing at how bad everything looks.
To give it its credit, I did sit through 9 chapters of this slop. If you REALLY like vampire manga, you might get through it. Otherwise, there's no reason to enjoy this manga.
So, I have just logged onto my account after 4 years (lol) and decided to post this much needed review which is my first "real" and thorough review on a manga since becoming a member here. I was compelled to get my login info back after finding out about this manga a week ago and reading all updated chapters (47 so far) in just 3 days. Yes, it's THAT good, and anyone can take my word for that because it is VERY HARD to please me with manga plots and characterization. Whoever didn't like this manga probably just didn't like the gore or thriller aspect
because thats the ONLY reason I can think for someone to stray from it after finding this hidden treasure. The other reason that compelled me to come and voice out my view on this work is the fact that EVERYBODY KEEPS COMPARING IT TO THE DAMN CHICK FLICK TWILIGHT and in doing so, turn away from it or worse insult it.
The only explanation I can think of as to why everyone mentions twilight at the mention of this manga, especially more so now since an anime adaptation has been announced for spring 2018 (Whoo!), is because they judge the whole story from the key visuals because it gives them the "twilight vibe" which honestly I failed to make the connection with. Basically, they're just incredibly ignorant I gather. If having the common sense to actually go and read up on the plot on your own doesn't quite suffice then I hope you can LISTEN UP and get that hideous notion out of your mind that such a seriously intellectual work layered with a deep plot is anything like that overrated teen movie about having flings with random creatures. Just because all the world knows when it comes to "vampires" is twilight, doesn't mean you all have to mindlessly keep jumping on the same bandwagon and put the same label on other "vampire" related works. Don't embarrass yourself that much.
First of all, instead of "vampires", the mangaka literally uses the direct translation of "red eyes" or "devils" to explain the vampire-like entities in the manga. The only thing vampirish about them is that they lust for blood when they see it.
What's DIFFERENT is that they are biologically and physically otherwise exactly like humans when not "transformed". The transforming of the devils in the manga is provoked when they are sexually aroused or during the sight of blood. What's interesting is that unlike other vampire movies/mangas ...like vampire knight, where it's the vampires who intentionally go out chasing humans, in this case they are in fact a minority in the world with an intact intellectual ability and reasoning like that of humans; they try their best to blend in with the humans and live peaceful lives as it is the humans this time who constantly HUNT THEM down. They are bullied and constantly deprived of human rights when confronted with the public. To help protect their rights, there are unions, campaigns, and activist groups to set fair laws in motion and montior the facilitation of how the basic needs are being delivered to the devils. In particular there's a bionomics research facility lab which also has a built in orphanage for devils which is where our main character comes from. Then of course with the devils rights activist group there's also a secret organization made of people from the law enforcement/government who are relatively powerful and are looking to eliminate the devils and the devils themselves are stuck living between these two societal divisions while learning to cope with their own debilitating "disease" (as they like to refer to it) but life is always harder as nobody likes to give them jobs and they are mainly viewed as dangerous and disgusting by the public. There's all that and MUCH more going on a federal level in the manga in terms of the government and then there are many characters explored extensively in the manga and what their role is and how it helps to contribute to the plot of the story. This manga is sophisticated and its mature. It doesn't leave room for mindless comedy or high school crushes but at the same time also manages to relieve the reader with light hearted scenes that fit well in whatever the mood is. Each character is given a chance to be analyzed in some detail in terms of their ethical beliefs which is something I love-so this means some characters switch sides from bad to good, some are neutral, and some so mysterious it leaves you guessing the whole time until shocking revelations are portrayed.
The story is centered around a 22 year old half devil and half human boy named Anzai who works with a specialized unit in the police force which focuses on crimes committed by devils since he is a devil himself. He utilizes his strength and sharpened senses to help the police. His team is made up with both humans and devils who trust one another very much and get the bottom of things using their own style. One night he's dispatched to go and rescue an intelligent graduate student, Tsukasa, on her way home with her boyfriend she doesn't know is also a devil who Anzai thinks may hurt her. Upon meeting one another, they over time, start to develop an understanding as Anzai sees she's not afraid of him but rather tries to subdue his insecurities as she sees he's kind at heart. He tries to suppress his lust for her blood and decides to protect her as she starts to accompany him and his team with their cases (because for more than one reason she's getting caught up in them). And with that, their story starts and the both together go through many trials and hardships dealing with the public, the corrupt law force, and even devils in order to fight injustice and as Anzai tries to unfold his past and where he came from since he had been a part of the bionomics research lab while very young.
Its a rough manga to really understand because it's not giddy and an "easy going" story. It's very strategically developed and explores the prevalent issue of discrimination and racism and what it's like for those who are the suppressed ones, even if they're not human themselves. The devils are supposed to be the ones in power yet before they're provoked to transform to their true state by scheming humans who bully them, they are ironically always the ones who are overpowered by the weak yet deeply cunning and merciless humans.
One of the main aspects to the manga without a doubt, IS the relationship between Anzai and Tsukasa, which is what most people keep focusing in on I gather, and keep comparing it to "twilight". Although Anzai also meets her as he saves her in some way like the movie, NO, their encounters after that and build up to their feelings is NOTHING like twilight because their WHOLE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIFFERENT. THEY ARE DIFFERENT. Different in a much more refreshing and real way. Their relationship is commendable because they FEEL what each other's needs are and they work around in every way possible to protect each other's feelings. They're simply two people who have come to be very comfortable with each other. It's especially nice to see their interactions because they are just so light hearted and tension eased. They laugh at the most subtle things which increases the intimacy and Anzai has this cute tendency to always ask before touching her...he wants to respect her because he knows he's different from the normal guy and doesn't want to let that get in the way of how he wants to treat her. Furthermore, he tries to change his very devil nature to become someone capable of protecting her and she herself in her own way also wants to hone in on her knowledge about devils to support him and fulfil his needs whether emotional or physical.
The manga started out and as it developed, is STILL ongoing as a masterpiece. The plot is rich with amazing content which ALWAYS leaves you wanting more. About the Anime, I don't know how it's going to get executed and how much of the deep story they intend to encompass in the season. Depending on all that and who does the OST, it could turn out to be a just as worthy masterpiece as the manga or even exceed it being an anime. We'll just have to see. But for the manga and actual story, its hands down a breath of fresh air from the norm of vampire stories because it encapsulates so much more than just bloodlust; explores topics we see problematic even in the real world like suppression, corrupt government, undercover groups, and hardcore discrimination leading to protests. There are SOOO MANY interesting characters and they each bring their own intake into the plot developing it further.
That's why for anyone intending on reading this, I strongly advise you to free yourself from previous notions of vampire works you have watched or read and not lump this story with any of those pre-conceived ideas. This is a complete unique work and it should be treated as such in order to fully and thoroughly enjoy the endless exciting material it has to offer.
Devils Line is a gem, I would recommend it to readers who enjoy, fantasy, the unknown, thriller, exciting action, friendship bonds, political issues, mature themes and sweet romance.
I've never done a review before so hopefully I'm going about it right xD. Well this is my review of Devils' Line and of course it isn't for everyone but if you like romance and/or vampires then this might be worth you checking out ouo.
So far from what I can tell the story is about these "devils" (which are basically vampires but they call them devils) and most of society doesn't really know about them. Of course there's people who do know like the police force and also those who choose to be in relationships with them. Devil and human relationships seem to be
dangerous since devils "transform" (lose control/grow fangs and talons) due to blood or "excitement" (sex/intimate moments).
The main male is a half-devil and the main female is human. I think the overall story is about the struggle between them and overcoming all the odds to be together despite the fact that everyone else thinks its a bad idea and dangerous. I think it's really sweet the girl has so much trust in him.
The art isn't perfect but overall I think it's really good. I never noticed anything outright terrible but then again I'm not one to judge art or look for mistakes. I just like to read -3-. Plus I can't complain. My art is terrible.
Overall it's nice to like at and the only thing I didn't like at first was how to fangs looked but I think they're starting to grow on me now. They also seem fitting since most people who do know about them also fear them. It's understandable...I would not like to be bitten by those, they look like they'd be extremely painful. If I were those people I wouldn't really fear a vampire with small fangs that aren't very noticeable. I like that they took a step further with this vampire idea and made the fangs something that would be feared more.
Also there are a few scenes with blood/gore but nothing too bad in my opinion.
I like the characters so far. The main female, Tsukasa, (she's human by the way) seems very sweet but she's not a pushover at all. I am so glad to finally see a story where the main female is more independent. Then again as far as I can tell this isn't a harem. I just like overall how supportive she is and she doesn't judge based on looks and only cares about the inside.
The main male, Anzai, (he's a devil/vampire) comes off as a little cold a first and I love that as the story went on we could see him becoming a bit more open. We also get to see that he doesn't have a lot of self confidence and he's afraid of hurting people. He doesn't like to drink blood and before he meets Tsukasa, he thinks that humans and devils shouldn't be involved with each other at all. He's very protective of Tsukasa. I think he was drawn to Tsukasa because of her kindness and also because she doesn't mind that he's a devil. Humans and devils are basically the same in her mind.
So far I'm really enjoying the story. I love when Tsukasa and Anzai interact and I think they'd be adorable together. The only thing I would like more of is more character development of other characters. I know a bit about these main two but there are other supporting roles that I feel like deserve more attention and I'm just curious on how they're involved in the story overall. Other than that I think it's on a good track.
Overall I'm enjoying everything so far and I really look forward to the next volume coming out in Feb. 2017. This story isn't for everyone but I do recommend at least giving it a chance.
Well that's about it. Hopefully this was alright. Sorry if this was too vague but I don't want to spoil anything of course.