Riddle Story of Devil: Episode 8 – “Which Gatekeeper Is the One Who Lies?”

Riddle Story of Devil focuses on Year 10, Black Class at Myojo Academy, which is made up of 13 students: 12 assassins disguised as students and their target, Haru Ichinose. The main assassin to be focused on is Tokaku Azuma, who ends up being roommates with Haru. At the end of Episode Two, Tokaku declares that she will be Haru’s protector.

Episode Eight puts the focus on two characters: Isuke and Shinya/Mahiru. For Isuke, we learn about her family dynamics and how they came to be. For Shinya/Mahiru, we get to see her two personalities interacting with each other.

This episode also shows the audience that Nio has direct connections with the Chairperson. In the scene where they interact with each other, the Chairperson is trying to decide who will be the next assassin to act. She also makes a reference to a “queen bee,” although it’s not made clear here what exactly she means.

A typhoon is on the way, and the teacher advises the class to go straight to the dormitory and not taking any side trips. When Haru opens up her umbrella, an advance notice falls out of it, and it has Shinya/Mahiru’s name on it. Tokaku decides that if they go straight to their room and ride it out, they should be all right. Unfortunately, when they get to the dorm, Isuke is waiting outside for them, armed with a knife. Tokaku and Isuke get into a knife fight, and Isuke manages to get a cut in on Tokaku’s arm. Tokaku manages to throw mud onto Isuke’s face, and the she and Haru flee.

After getting her wound taken care of, Tokaku tells Haru to stay in one spot; however, she sets up a blank text message for Haru to send to her if anything happens. Tokaku and Isuke get into another fight with knives. At the same time, Shinya/Mahiru arrives where Haru is and announces her intention to kill Haru…

It turns out this is another episode that broke the formula that appeared earlier in the series. For a lot of the episode, the viewer is given bait for both of these characters being the one to send the advance notice, and it’s not until the very end of the episode where the viewer finally realizes what exactly is going on. Also, this particular story is going to continue in Episode Nine, which is another thing that breaks the formula; previously, the assassination attempt started and ended in the same episode.

With the shakeup for the formula over the past three episodes, Riddle Story of Devil has started to become a little more interesting to watch. However, if I hadn’t been watching this series in order to write about it for my blog, I probably would have dropped it before reaching Episode Six due to the formulaic nature of the earlier episodes.

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