Review: Riddle Story of Devil: Episode 11 – “How to Tell Apart a ‘Felicitation’ From a ‘Curse'”

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 11 sees the truth about Black Class being revealed at the true orientation, which is attended by Nio, Haru, and Tokaku. The chairwoman appears on a monitor and explains that the true reason for Black Class is that it’s a test to see if Haru could survive against 12 assassins. It turns out she’s part of a clan in which the girls must undergo a trial when they turn 15 to see if they have what it takes to carry out the future of the clan. This clan is involved in all human affairs and steering the course of power and financial assets. The one who unifies the group is the Primer, and she has a special kind of magnetism that allows her to draw people in and charm them, whether it’s done intentionally or not.

Haru argues that she doesn’t have this power, and that she had been told that if she underwent this ordeal that she would get to live a normal life. After some bantering back and forth, Haru runs off. Unfortunately, the seed has been planted in Tokaku that Haru managed to manipulate her into protecting her.

Later, Haru is taken to a location deep below the school, which is a cemetery where all of the people who have died for the clan are enshrined; eerily enough, the walls look like honeycomb. Haru finds the names of her family members and wonders if her mother had protected her because she loved her or if Haru had used a power to make her do it. Haru is surprised by the arrival of Tokaku, and is even more surprised by something Tokaku does right at the end of the episode…

Well, this episode finally provided an explanation for all of the “queen bee” references that we’d been hearing recently. With the concepts that were presented in this episode, those references finally make sense.

And with these revelations, it’s really no wonder why Tokaku starts wondering whether or not Haru had somehow manipulated her. As she thinks about this during the episode, she realizes that she had basically been a puppet until she joined Black Class, and that she never had a reason to protect anything before. When you piece all of this together, it ended up not being terribly surprising what Tokaku decided to do at the end of the episode.

As this episode progressed, I had the feeling that at most there could only be one episode left with how the story was progressing. I checked the MyAnimeList site, and saw that it had updated the number of episodes from 13 to 12. So the next episode will definitely be wrapping up the story. It’ll be interesting to see how the series ultimately ends, because I can come up with several different scenarios that could happen.

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