AKA Riddle Story of Devil (that english)
The manga is currently on-going, however I do assume that the series has ended (at least this Arc). This review will only be covering the anime.
The story takes place at Myōjō Academy, a boarding school for girls only. thirteen girls are transferred into the academy’s “10th Year Class Black” who are all actually assassins. Except for one.
They must all try and kill one girl, Haru Ichinose, who is completely oblivious to what is going on. They all want to kill her as they have been told if they do, any wish requested will be granted to the killer. However, one of the legendary assassins, Tokaku Azuma is drawn to Haru and instead ends up protecting her.
Overall thoughts, it was a pretty good anime. unfortunately there seems to be lots of subtext though. Except for one scene..which really…was still sbutext. It is quite short as it’s typically 1 episode per assassination attempt, so, as you can guess there’s actually only 12 episodes. It’s an interesting concept, although, not very memorable to be honest (had to rewatch. Twice.)
I’d also like to point out that although it has a very dark premise, I don’t think it ended up being very dark at all. The ending actually left me unsure if there would be continuation, but with out spoiling anything, I will assume it won’t be…
Due to the lack of actual Yuri, I did have to dock major points for the overall.
Yuri Rating: 4/10
YOU KNOW THE DRILL. SPOILERS BELOW
So the TL;DR of the entire series is that Haru has this “Queen Bee” trait and the whole operation was set up by her family to test her if she can be head of the clan. This Queen Bee trait allows her to manipulate everyone. Initially Tokaku thinks she’s under the Queen Bee spell, but she isn’t (subtext: love) and she fails to kill Haru, letting Haru win who, ironically enough, just wants to live a normal life and exit the clan.
It is a fairly humorous anime though through out most of the episodes (at least until the killing starts…)
There ARE gay parents (Isuke Inukai) which I found to be entertaining as well as there were certain characters whose personalities I found to be quite attractive. Isuke was actually one of my favorites
At least until she went absolutely crazy.
And they all are. You’re sitting there, watching the show, thinking “oh she’s REALLY cute! I LIKE HER! She wouldn’t kill Haru…right??”
Nope, then they lose it, they go NUTS, and suddenly you’re sitting there taking back everything you just thought, cause MAN. They are NUTS.
My personal favorite? Sumireko Hanabusa.
Cute right? Isn’t she pretty? AND GRACEFUL? AHHH SHE’S SO CUTE!
Oh they’re going to battle now…aww=(…She even looks cute when she—
WTF ARE THOSE???
WTF THOSE ARE CYBORG ARMS AND LEGS?? OMG I mean I hope she’s full cyborg like in Chob—
OH MY GOD NO SHE’S A QUADRIPALEGIC
WITH REPLACEABLE ARMS AND LEGS FOR WEAPONS.
Yup. She’s crazy…
Remember kids, don’t stick your dick in crazy (don’t stick ANYTHING in crazy. Except maybe a knife?)
I mentioned the lack of the dark premise before. I was actually expecting EVERYONE to be dead (or most), but it turns out possibly at the end they all haven’t?? I thought they all would die. I know some of their thingies expired and got expelled (like tokaku) but I thought at least MOST of them died.
The ending was a bit confusing since she’s delivering all the diploma’s to her classmates (that tried to kill her btw) so are they all alive? I’m assuming their not I mean…how would they even continue this?
The only way I can see them continuing is if season 2 as a completely different arc from season one.
As for Yuri content, heh, there’s this one “kiss scene” where Tokaku is given….CPR? (underwater?) but hell that doesn’t even count! Lots of subtext though with that princely one and the kid so, I mean unless you ship them…
It may be off to fanfiction for this one folks.
So overall, good anime, humorous, not actually that dark at all, but strictly subtext anime (THAT “KISS” DOESNT COUNT AT ALL).
Yuri Rating: 4/10