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Devil’s Line Review: How Could They Work?
Have you seen Devil’s Line yet? Episode 3 was just released on OtakuStream and fans have been going crazy over it, with mixed reviews.
I just finished watching the third episode of Devil’s Line. I originally saw the third episode first and was immediately hooked. But, I’m kinda glad I did that since when I went back and watched the first two episodes, the very beginning was a little off-putting for me. Not sure if I would have kept watching if I had seen the first episode, well, first!
I don’t handle gore well! If you haven’t seen or heard of it yet, here’s a brief rundown…
*Warning: Contains Spoilers for those who haven’t read the manga or seen the anime*
Tsukasa Taira, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, or vampire, that can blend in with the human population. Anzai Yuuki, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes 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 …
Of course, the government does not know of their existence, because their appearance does not differ from humans. They also do not need to drink blood, but when they get a craving or get angry, they can become uncontrollable monsters.
What Do We Think?
The anime itself is cute, not counting for the blood and gore that comes with it being a vampire anime. The episode will only be a 12 episode anime, much like Ouran High School Host Club, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for the next one.
The first episode doesn’t do the manga justice. Instead of trying to develop Tsukasa and Akimura’s relationship naturally, the episode awkwardly squeezes in a flashback as the former watches the latter get stabbed to death, and even that final scene is inexplicably cut short: Just as Anzai jumps on Tsukasa to consume her blood, the credits roll, leaving anyone who hasn’t read the manga to wonder if the show’s hero is any better than all the other vampires. I understand that this is the point, but I don’t think the scene was supposed to communicate this point so poorly.
I would say first, that the manga is better than the anime…but then again what book isn’t better than the movie?
But would Anzai and Tsukasa’s relationship work?
Before, back in the whole Twilight phase, I would say yes. Even now, the hopeless romantic in me is inclined to agree. I love how Tsukasa loves Anzai despite their differences. Even when he becomes a monster, she just puts her hand on his cheek and my romantic fangirl heart melted. Despite Anzai being your typical “emo, angst-ridden” protagonist, I found myself rooting for him. Well, more for Tsukasa than him, but still.
The focus is just as much on struggling with living with the desire to eat humans as it is on combating those who desire to do so. I’m curious to see where the anime will go with this. I hope that the producers will follow the manga enough, and develop their relationship further. Even so, with it only being 12 episodes, it could be why they’re rushing the relationship in the first place.
What do you think? Have you already seen or read devils line? Let me know what you think in the comments below!