Review: Riddle Story of Devil: Episode 12 – “Therefore, the World is Full of ______”

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 12 sees Tokaku begin to fight with Haru, but the fight is interrupted by the arrival of another Tokaku, who shoots a gun. One of the Tokakus leads Haru away and says the other one is Nio using her family’s black art that acts like hypnosis or the power of suggestion.

Both of the Tokakus run into each other and begin fighting and arguing. One says she has to kill Haru in order to prove that she was protecting Haru of her own free will and wasn’t being manipulated. One of the Tokakus kicks the other one, and she falls at Haru’s feet. The one who kicked the other is then able to stab the other one. It turns out the one who did the stabbing was the real Tokaku. We learn that the real Tokaku has to try to kill Haru in order to prove things to herself. Tokaku stabs Haru, and it looks like that Haru may be dead.

Then, we see a graduation for Black Class, and the only one graduating is Haru. We learn through a conversation between Nio and the chairwoman how Haru was able to survive. At the end of the episode, we see what has happened to the other members of Black Class who were written out over the course of the series. It turns out they’re all alive, and that most of them seem to have moved on from the demons that were haunting them when we got to know them. Unfortunately, since we really didn’t get to know most of those characters very well, the ending lacked the effect it would have had if the audience actually knew these characters better.

Overall, I have to say that I spent most of the time I was watching Episode 12 feeling confused and not knowing what was going on. I was especially caught off-guard when the episode showed Haru being the only members of the class that graduated, because the episode led the audience to believe that Haru had died. So I was like, “Wait a minute… you mean she lived?” I also wondered why Tokaku didn’t graduate with Haru. We see Tokaku talk with Haru after the ceremony, and she makes a comment of not wanting the diploma; however, she never elaborated why she didn’t want it. If Tokaku and Haru had become friends, why wouldn’t Tokaku want to graduate with her? I wasn’t entirely convinced with Tokaku’s actions at the end.

Like I said in an earlier writeup, if I hadn’t been watching Riddle Story of Devil to write about it for my blog, I would have dropped it about halfway due to how formulaic the episodes had been feeling up to that point. But now that I’ve made it all the way through, I don’t feel like sticking through the remaining episodes ended up being worth it.

While Riddle Story of Devil wasn’t my least favorite anime I watched during the Spring 2014, it definitely ran a close second. I’m definitely in no hurry to ever watch this again, and I have no desire to ever add it to my anime collection if it ever receives a home video release in North America.

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