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Akuma no Riddle Episode 9: When Two Gates Lead to Hell, You Make A Third Gate That Leads To Heaven

Now then let’s see what beautiful demonesses can do.

So we start the episode off with a flashback from Tokaku with her grandma holding her.

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So let me get the right. Tokaku’s mother didn’t name her! She had the baby! She sired the baby! You don’t have the right!

So go to the next scene and we’ve got Tokaku’s mom telling her sister she wanted something better for Tokaku, for not to be an assassin.

Yeah…you failed.

Tokaku’s aunt, Mako, promises to take care of her.

Then we flash to Mako and young Tokaku at that shrine thing.

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She tells her that if she ever feels like killing someone she should remember the shrine. Why? Because ___ is watching her. Who?

We go back to Tokaku vs. Isuke where Isuke explains she and Banba made a deal. Banba will keep Haru busy while she deals with Tokaku.

After the opening we flash to Haru with Banba with Banba swinging around that massive sledgehammer. Looks like Haru’s dead…

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……

Seriously she hit her with a phone. Poor performance Banba-chan, just poor.

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Maybe she won’t find her…

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Yep she found her and busted down the door too.

Then Banba start smashing up everything trying to get to Haru. You know puzzles me. Banba is a 15 year old unmuscled girl. One the Black Class is for Second years which are `16 so why does something happen with that?

Second and the real reason for this little part, how the hell is she lifting that massive sledgehammer! The hammer part looks like it’s the size of her freaking head.

Anyway we get some small flashback by Banba.

Now you wouldn’t be able to figure out just from the flashback so I’m going to give the full story here. See Banba’s original personality is Mahiru, of course you all know that. She was trapped in either a basement or a mental institution(it’s really hard to see) and she was molested and then her rapist took pictures of it. Mahiru snapped, Shi’nya was created, and they killed him. There’s something else that happened with that but I’ll leave it for later in the review.

Looks like she’s going to be a smear on the floor here…

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Once again not bad.

We switch over again to Isuke vs. Tokaku.

Isuke tries to taunt Tokaku into making a mistake but Tokaku keeps her focus but

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Of all the times man!

Tokaku lunches forward but Isuke grabs her and puts her in a sleeper hold. Looks like she’s out of the game but

Sure as hell didn’t explain that.

Tokaku goes for a killing move but of course we get the shrine again.

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Then Tokaku runs away to look for Haru.

We head back over to Haru who looks like she’s hiding in a broom closet. Bad move, girl. That’s the number one place you don’t hide. Only one way out.

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And she plays a kinda funny game with knocking on door.

Looks like Banba’s got her again.

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Come on Banba! Get your head in the game.

Then Haru runs out of the bathroom and Banba decides to take a little break because she’s got time to burn and she’s starting to get tired. Who wouldn’t? She’s got that huge sledgehammer. I’d get tired just lugging that thing around.

We go to Tokaku looking for Haru and finding the advance notice that Banba left. Only to get attacked from behind by Isuke. They go at it for a bit with Tokaku, blocking all of Isuke’s attacks which is weird since Isuke’s shown that she’s more than capable of overpowering her.

 

You clever bitch. There’s a reason she went so late.

After the break we’ve got Haru finding Tokaku’s cell phone and Banba comes up from behind with her trademark hammer. Haru rolls to dodge and runs into the AV room.

I love this girl destroying everything. It’s kinda sexy.

Now Banba’s got her right where she wants her but…

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See remember when I told you something else about Banba was going to come in this review. It turns out all those flashes from the pics while she was molested made Shi’nya(the other Banba) afraid of light. That’s why she only appears after the sun goes down and doesn’t like bright lights.

Isuke deals with Banba and tells Haru that Tokaku’s dead.

We go to a flashback with Tokaku running with her aunt Mako through a forest but her grandma stops them. Or rather grandma stops Mako.

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She killed her daughter…what kind of mother does that! Even assassins have people they care about.

After that the flashback ends and we have Tokaku in a cloudy place with a woman behind her.

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It turns out that the reason that Tokaku couldn’t kill is because her mother was protecting her from that life. Tokaku tells her mother is about time that she starts making her own decisions.

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We go to Isuke with Haru.

Looks like someone’s been been busy. Isuke picks up Haru and looks like she’s about to throw her out the window but…

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Ah our Yuri guardian!

We have the final battle between Isuke and Tokaku and it ends pretty quick. Isuke tries shooting Tokaku but she dodges and then goes for an arm bar and breaks her arms. Now the next part we don’t see but Isuke either dies or is knocked out.

Haru collapses into Tokaku’s arms, calling her name without honoriffics for the first time. Tokaku does the same and they walk off into the moonlight.

But that’s not the end of this episode.

Before I talk about Sumireko, look at Isuke. Her hands are tied. You don’t tie the hands of a corpse. That means that Isuke’s still alive!

Now to Sumireko. The art in this scene is good. Sumireko is wearing light colors and she’s surrounded by darkness which makes her stand out more and makes you assume that she’s good but that just isn’t the case. Something about how she says what she says makes me think that next episode is going to be just as good as this one.

Now normally that’d be the end of the episode but we’ve got one more thing.

First let me get my perverted part out of the way. For a little short girl, Nio’s got some good boobs….

Now to business. She’s got a freaking full body Tattoo! Normally that wouldn’t be anything worth commenting about but her final line of the episode scares the crap out of me.

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Now this is only speculation but I think that Nio’s a part of the Kuzonoha clan, the opposite family to Tokaku’s and those tattoo’s mean that she’s the heiress. Think about like a conversation. Why bring something up if it doesn’t add to the conversation. It’s the same thing as an writer or in this case mangaka. You don’t just add stuff just to add stuff. Everything’s important. Look at Eiichiro Oda(I am not comparing Akuma no Riddle to One Piece. I don’t dig my own grave.) He introduces Haki in the first chapter of One Piece and it doesn’t come up until over 500 chapters later. Now that’s good foreshadowing.

Anyway…

Things aren’t over yet. With Nio of the Kuzonoha clan and Sumireko left, Tokaku and Haru have got their work cut for them.

I can’t wait to see what happens next. So until the next episode
Later days.

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Let’s Look: Akuma no Riddle Episode 8:Two Gates and They Both Lead To Hell

I can’t even breathe. Akuma no Riddle doesn’t give you a breather episode even once!

Let’s see who wants to kill Haru this week.

Looks like Mahiru/Shi’nya Banba are going this week….
Wait!!!!

We’ve got two making their move and unlike Shiena, Hitsugi, and Chitaru these two are heavy hitters!

Okay let’s start this episode.

We start with Isuke, talking on the phone with her “Mama”, Esuke.

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Esuke asks why hasn’t Isuke(this must be really difficult when talking) returned home yet.

Isuke comments that there’s a bug so she can’t finish yet.

I’m guessing Tokaku’s the bug…

Anyway Esuke comments that Papa(I’m guessing Esuke’s partner) misses her. Now this isn’t a big moment but this is what’s he’s doing while he’s talking to her.

 

Only a badass could raise Isuke Inukai and this is him.

Isuke asks if Esuke misses her too and he says he does. This really makes Isuke smile and she says she’ll be back soon with a lot of souvenirs.

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Wow, I never imagined that Isuke cared about anyone. It’s clear that she loves Esuke. I wonder what her wish is…

Anyway after the opening we’ve got Nio with the freaking chairman…chairwoman of the school.

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The chairwoman comments that there are only three more girls left to make their move. Nio comments that’s she’s still around.

Chairwoman laughes, apologizes, and continues. She says that because of her wish, Sumireko Hanabusa will probably go last which makes sense since she’s always shown last in the opening and she seems most pramagtic since she pulls a gun on Tokaku in the opening while she’s injured.

The Chairwoman says that she guesses that Isuke or Banba will probably make their play.

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Oooh that’s bad. That means they’ll all be trapped inside and they’ll be no where to run.

We go to the bath with Tokaku and Haru where they’re talking about how it’s so quiet around because most of the girls are gone. Then we get this…

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Looks like Banba’s decided to crash the bath.

After the bath the girls head back their dorms and Banba(I use her last name because calling her Shinya or Mahiru would get annoying) goes back to hers.

So basically I can’t really describe this scene. I want to say that it’s a conversation inside their soul but I’m not sure. I’m not even sure about what they’re talking about but I’ll make my best guess. I’m guessing that Mahiru has grown to like Haru as a friend so she can’t kill her. Lucky that Shinya doesn’t have those reservations.

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That’s more yuri than we’ve ever gotten with Tokaku and Haru.

Banba wakes up out of wherever they were, talking to Sumireko. Never thought they’d be roommates. Anyway Sumireko talks about how they’re going to be a typhoon tomorrow afternoon and Banba says it’s the perfect time for a party.

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We all know that she means she’s going to make her move. I wonder what weapon she’ll use?

Go to the next scene with Isuke and Nio.

Nio comments on Isuke’s wish to have a villa bought for her parents for when they get old as well as on the upcoming typhoon.

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Sounds like Nio isn’t going to participate tomorrow either.

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Looks like Isuke isn’t giving up either. Things are getting interesting.

Over on the next day after a quick lesson in class Tokaku and Haru leave for the day but something interesting happens.

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Looks like Banba’s making her move.
After the commercial we have Tokaku and Haru running to the dorms so they can get in before night and before Shinya comes out but we get this…

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Oh hey Isuke what you doing here?

What the hell? She didn’t even send her notice.

Looks like someone that isn’t Tokaku has the advantage. Man this is a first.

Tokaku comments it’s against the rules to attack Haru if you haven’t sent your advance notice.

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Isuke you clever girl. She put someone else’s name so Tokaku and Haru would lower their guard against her.

Guess when you got to get away you got to get away, right?

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I think Isuke might actually win.

We have a quick flashback for Isuke’s past. Turns out that Isuke was abused by her parents and then saved by Eisuke.

Yeah…she loves her family. It’s creepy but it’s love.

Going to the next scene we’ve got Tokaku and Haru in a science room. Tokaku barricades the door shut Haru inside and goes out the window to face Isuke.

Looks like round 2!

And it looks like Tokaku’s losing, she totally on the defensive during this fight.

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Oh yeah Isuke knows that Tokaku can’t kill anyone and as a result she can beat her. See an attack meant to kill and an attack meant to just hurt have different power behind them. The latter is weaker and that means that Isuke can counter it. In short Isuke’s got the advantage and she knows it.

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Next scene we got Haru in the science room with something slamming into the door. Then we get this…

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See if that was me she would have killed me because I would have looked.

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And we end the episode with that. Turns out according to Kaiba the riddle’s kinda like a trick. Both gatekeepers are lying and both gates lead to hell.

What’s Tokaku going to do against Isuke, especially since she can counter so easily?

How’s Haru going to fight against Banba with that freaking huge sledgehammer?

We’ve got one of the best episodes here. I can’t wait to see what’s up next.

So until the next episode,
Later Days

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Side Note: I’ll be making a post of all the flowers of the girls revealed up until now and what they mean. That will come up on May 30th in America because I’ve got the day off.

Let’s Look: Akuma no Riddle Episode 7: How Old Are You, Shuto-san?

We are just getting back to back awesome episodes!

Let’s see who wants to kill Haru this week.

I’m not going to lie I didn’t expect the twist in this episode. It’s something that doesn’t pull you out of the story but it definitely throws you for a loop.

As for backstory, I really think that Akuma no Riddle should have gotten a 26 episode season because this little tidbits of backstory is really getting on my nerves. It’s good stuff but it’s so little especially here with Suzu.

Turns out that Suzu Shuto has Highlander Syndrome, which is a disease that gives the inflicted eternal youth and eternal life. If you seen the movie Highlander it’s the exact same thing.

Anyway she had a friend that had a birthday right after hers, July 15th. However because of her Highlander Syndrome she never aged and eventually married someone else and later died.

Moving on to the episode, Suzu decides after a long school day for all of the girls in the Black Class to take a nice break at an indoor water park. So of course you know what this means.

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All so cute

Aw I wish Nio had a more sexy swimsuit but a wetsuit has cuteness in a certain way.

Now it ain’t the Black Class without someone trying to kill Haru.

and...boom goes the dynamite
and…boom goes the dynamite

Suzu’s making her move and she decides to make it a game. The collar’s going to explode at midnight and trying to cut it off will make explode automatically. The only way to get it off is to find the four cards that have the numbers for the code.

So where are those hints?

Then the other girls decide to do some watermelon splitting for some fun while Tokaku and Haru are in the water looking for one of the hints.

Tokaku guesses that one of the cards might be in the watermelon because the inside of watermelon would be dark and the other girls talking about would be showing the way.

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Looks like she’s got one of the cards. Good move Tokaku.

However there’s a way around all of these search games and it looks like Banba and Sumireko figured out.

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Looks like Tokaku figured it out and the only cards that aren’t in the deck are the 7s of the four suites. Let’s see how that works…

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Come on girls! Nio outright said that 7777 is one of the three combinations that you shouldn’t use for a password.

Next scene is the teacher looking at some of the students records and he stops when he looks at Suzu’s record.

Then we go to the next scene which is at sunset.

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Ah now that’s clever, putting it in the light like that.

Two down!

So what about the next ones…

Haru actually figures it out which shocks the hell out of me. I thought she was going to sit there and chill while Tokaku figured everything out.

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That gives Tokaku an idea to check in the cards because the saying works both ways. The best place to hide a card is in a deck.

Then we get this.

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Turns out it’s Suzu’s birthday. Happy Birthday, you cute blue girl!

So after the teacher is kicked out, Suzu explains her past about how she has Highlanders’ Syndrome which prevents her from dying and gives her eternal life. She had a friend who born the year after, her the day after so she was always older.

But because of her disease they could never be together and eventually he chose to be with someone else and eventually died.

Now look at the pictures. They’re in a sepia color which of course always hints that something’s old. However look at what Suzu’s wearing, a kimono with a parasol. That was more common during the Meiji period. Combine that with her friend always wearing a suit leads me to think that she was born during the Meiji period, making her anywhere between 142 and 102. That’s old!

Anyway back to the episode. We’ve got one card left and it’s in the water.

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Tokaku’s definitely one of the smartest girls. If she wasn’t protecting Haru’s she’d be dead. However…

Suzu’s even smarter.

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Wow the first time Haru wasn’t just sitting around and that kiss!

But to get Tokaku out they had to sacrifice the card so they’ve got to figure out the last digit. we’ve got 7, 0, 1.

So we’ve got only a two more tries and less than a few minutes so Isuke puts in a guess and she fails.

Okay now we’ve got one try left.

Since they girls know that today’s Suzu’s birthday they think that the password’s her birthday. But Nio says that ‘s another one of the most common passwords.

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Now that’s a good password. Your friends, if they’re good friends, know your birthday. They don’t know family or friends’ birthday.

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Good one Haru! You don’t go boom today.

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Looks like she’s giving up.

She looks so sad…this was her only chance to get to die. Darn you Haru and your need to stay alive!

I can’t wait for the next episode. We’ve got a lot of good episodes one after another.

Personally I think that Mahiru/Shinya Banba is up next because of the ending talking about the two gatekeepers, one good and one evil. That describes Banba perfectly.

So until the next episode
Later Days

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