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Let’s Look: Akuma no Riddle Episode 12 Finale:Two Roads and One is Way Better.

Tokaku vs. Haru. It’s time to begin the final episode!

After a quick flashback of Tokaku’s birth we go back to Tokaku and Haru down in the graveyard.

Haru asks why is she doing this and Tokaku says that before now she wasn’t able to kill but now but now she can kill.

Tokaku says that she’ll chose her own path.

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First blood!!!!!

Tokaku throws away her sheathe as she advances on Haru.

After the opening,we have Kaiba talking to himself about Tokaku telling her to make her own decisions. She can wield her sword as she sees fit.

After that we go back to Tokaku vs. Haru. Haru throws one of the lanterns at her but Tokaku dodges her and tries to slash her but Haru totally does the Matrix and dodges the sword.

Of course though she lands her butt and she’s wide open. Well Haru you had a good run. You beat 11 assassins but the 12th was too good.

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Haru like all people that are about to get killed ask one question.

Tokaku says that this was the only way that she could prove it to herself if she was being manipulated.

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Tokaku jumps back into the fog while someone picks up Haru.

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One Tokaku takes Haru into the fog and explains that the Tokaku that tried to kill her was Nio. Turns out that Nio is a member of the Kuzunoha family. Unlike the Azumas who excel at assassination abilities, the Kuzunoha family excels at shamanism, using hypnotism to trick them into lowering their guard or tricking them into killing themselves.

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Tokaku says that Nio never said that she wasn’t an assassin and that she was just biding her time until the Black Class ends and then she’ll strike. That explains why Nio had the ending last episode.

Good summation Tokaku.

So after that Haru and Tokaku run pass one of the graves and Haru stops to look at. She says that it might be possible that she manipulated her into protecting her but Tokaku says that it’s possible that she was manipulated. However she says that she’s gained something important here with Haru.

Aw…that’s so cute.

Too bad Tokaku-Nio tries to stab Haru from the shadows but Tokaku pulls her away and starts shooting at Tokaku-Nio. Once she runs out of bullets she goes in close with the knife.

Turns out that Nio is trying to figure out if Haru really has the Primer. I don’t know if the chairwoman ordered her to do it but come on! She survived 11 assasins. If that doesn’t prove it then I don’t know what will.

So they keep at it and it’s basically an argument…with some knives. Not the best one. It does have a good impression. You can guess that with Nio taking on Tokaku’s appearance she can be Tokaku’s more confused side, not sure that Haru is manipulating her. And the other one is yeah I don’t know. This scene is hard to follow.

Yeah so after Nio-Tokaku is defeated, she tries to kill Haru but the other Tokaku throws a knife at her hamstring then stabs her in the chest.

So then Haru picks a knife and tries to stab Tokaku but as we see after the commericial it doesn’t work.

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I’ve never been so sad.

Turns out the only way to prove if Tokaku was under the Primer was to kill her. If she was under the Primer then she couldn’t do anything as Haru went at her with the knife. This proves that everything that Tokaku did was of her own free will.

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But was it worth it? Haru is dead!

Nio taunt Tokaku saying that all she can do is kill and she also says that’s been planning to kill Haru by taking on Tokaku’s form for a while. After that she dies.

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Nio! You were my second favorite after Kouko(You got to love those smart girls with the glasses)

After Nio dies, Tokaku cries over Haru’s corpse as Yuri arrives to see the scene. After that Yuri says because of Haru’s death, Tokaku is the
winner of the Black Class and she can have anything she wants.

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The only thing she wants is Haru back.

After that we timeskip to the spring and Haru’s graduating from the Black Class.

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Turns out that Haru has a titanium rib that barely blocked Tokaku’s knife away from her heart, sparing her life. Come on guys. You give us that tearful ending that you take it away not less that a minute later.

Also turns out that Nio’s still alive and talking with the chairwoman. How? She’s not that easy to kill apparently.

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You got stabbed in the heart, woman! Unless you’re an immortal that typically does in everyone.

After that Nio leaves the room and tosses a white lily out of the window. It’s supposed to be Haru’s flower symbol, symbolizing purity.

Then we go to Haru singing the school song and we go to somewhere outside a mansion.

It’s Sumireko Hana-freaking-busa!

She’s alive!

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And she wants to cook…

Now at this point is when Akuma no Riddle loses all its credibility. And thus a new meme has been born!

Now here I was going to have a pic of a meme but I can’t find said meme so the joke is dead…

Edit: Found the Picture!

c8PAmeU

Now let’s keep going.

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Now that something I can accept.

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Now that’s sweet.

She gets two pics because she's my favorite girl
She gets two pics because she’s my favorite girl

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That’s my hot nerd! Being badass! She doesn’t need to be let out of her group. She’s fighting her way out! Too bad it’s a sin to kill a nun.

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Why isn’t she in containment? She’ll just escape again! Also why are you looking to be let out!? You’re a serial killer.

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Looks like someone’s having some fun in the sun. She may not own the beach but at least she’s happy with her family.

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They’re supposed to be dead! Kirigaya got stabbed in the chest and Namatame got poisoned by Angel’s Trumpet. Now if you don’t know that’s one of the most powerful poisons in the world and she shrugged it off.

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So Shiena was supposed to be a part of this group that killed bullies of kids and other people. That’s why her flower is a thistle for revenge. However the anime cut that out.

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Looks like Mahiru is deciding to move on with Shinya. That’s good.

So we go back to Haru who walks out of the school to meet Tokaku.

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So now they’re going on a journey to deliever all the diplomas to all the girls.

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That’s the most Yuri other than the kiss that they had in this anime.

And with that Akuma no Riddle is over. Well there’s the ending which is done by all thirteen girls. It’s pretty good.

Now time for final thoughts.

Akuma no Riddle has some serious issues with the words pacing and characterization! They move too fast to try to fit a bigger plot into 12 episodes and it’s safe to say they failed. A lot of the characters are unknown and half developed.

However the art and the character designs are good along with the action scenes and the songs. So I’ll give Akuma no Riddle a 6 out of 10.

So if you’re feeling mad about how the anime ended, READ THE MANGA. It’s way better and it actually has everything the anime cut out because they were strapped for time.

So with Akuma no Riddle finished that ends my Spring 2014 season. I hope you liked it and keep reading for the Summer 2014 season.

Until then,
Later Days

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Let’s Look:Akuma no Riddle Episode 11:Gifts and Curses

One more episode before the finale. Let see what they’re going to go for now!

So we start off the episode with Nio, Haru, and Tokaku sitting through a lecture from Mizorogi-sensei. Boring right.

Boring but ironic. The only good part of the lecture is that sometimes and by sometimes means all the time a worker bee will die to protect the queen. Hmmm…seeing a parellel here?

After school, Nio comments that she actually feels sorry for Mizorogi since he got the Black Class but hey at least next year he can get a better class.

Now that over we get this.

Then before the opening we get this from Nio.

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So cute you forget that she’s evil!!

She looks and acts like a cute little girl but she’s a demon. Count on it.

After the opening, we have Tokaku and Haru eating lunch where Haru brings up what happened with Sumireko with the Queen Bee stuff. Nio comes in at the last minute, telling them that they should wait until tonight.

Tokaku leaves, telling Haru she can take her time eating since no one should be coming to attack her.

After leaving, Tokaku goes to the roof and texts someone, Kaiba I guess.

After that she flashes back to the talk with Hanabusa while looking at her charm from Haru. She says that Hanabusa was just trying to psych her out.

We go back to Nio and Haru. Nio comments that Haru should know the chairwoman because they’re a part of the same clan. Aw man. I thought she was Nio’s mom.

Nio comments that Haru must feel pretty good since she finally doesn’t have a target on her back but she apologizes after saying that’s a bit too far.

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Can’t deny that. Haru has always has been different from the assassins but then again you can see that right when you look at them.

After this, we go to Haru and Tokaku going up to the True Orientation. After Nio greets them, she introduces the chairwoman, Meichi Yuri. I know Yuri is an actual Japanese name but it isn’t kinda ironic in a yuri anime one character has the name Yuri.

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She offers some words of congratulations before Tokaku tells her to cut the crap and get down to business. Someone’s not wasting any time. I like that!

After explaining what an intitation, Yuri explains that the Black Class wasn’t made to kill Haru. Rather to see if Haru could survive against 12 assassins. It’s safe to say the plan worked.

The plan was figure out if Haru was worthy of being the leader of their clan.

Okay, okay, okay. You rule the world. You don’t have to be so smug about though.

And the leader of all this is one woman, the Primer and Queen Bee. It’s a special power that allows for the user to charm people and work them to her advantage whether they know it or not. The greater the danger, the more strongly her power is exerted.

That’s also why all the girls in their clan are targeted from birth by assassins. So let me get this straight. You send assassins to attack your children just out of the hope that this one might be the Primer. How many little girls had to die before you found your Primer?!

So now that Haru’s survived the Black Class she’s proven to be the next Primer.

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Now that I look back on it. She was awful calm back then. That should have been the first clue that the Black Class wasn’t everything that it appeared to be. Why didn’t I see it sooner?

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Haru says that she doesn’t have this power. She was told if she managed to survive all of this stuff she’d get to have a normal life. Some one has some good control. I would have caved to the power of being the leader of a vast underground family that controls everything.

Yuri counters with asking how could she survive against 12 assassins as well as all the assassins that came before them?

Well when you lay it out like that it has to be true.

Haru breaks down and runs out of the room. While Yuri comments that she needs some time to accept what she is. Then she turns to Tokaku tells her that because she led Haru to victory she can have anything she wants.

After the commercial we’re in Haru and Tokaku’s room and they’re talking about the Primer. Haru never imagined that she could be it.

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Yeah…I doubt that. Why? Takechi had her cold…I could descibe all the times that Haru was dead but was saved by Tokaku. One particularly sticks out. You remember with Kouko she grabbed one of the charms and it was pretty obvious that she was after her and she uses bombs!

Can’t deny that. The whole reason Haru didn’t die the first freaking day is because of Tokaku.

Tokaku says basically she can’t prove that she didn’t do it and she leaves.

Next we catch up with Tokaku who’s having a video chat with Kaiba. She asks him if he knew the truth of the Black Class when he sent her and Kaiba responds with would it have made a difference?

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So what was the point of sending them. He later says that if there were any answers they’d be inside Tokaku herself. I get it now. It’s a message for the larger picture. You can follow what you’re told but in the end the decision is yours.

After that we go to Haru knocking on Nio’s door.

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She may be crazy but she does have Yoshino Nanjo’s voice and that’s so cute

She asks to be taken to see Yuri personally.

After that we go back to Tokaku in the room, taking a shower. She remembers all the things that happened to get this point. She mulls over what could be the truth? Did she want to protect Haru because of herself? Or was it the Primer making her do it?

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It’s time to make a choice.

After this we go to Haru telling Yuri that she won’t be the Primer. Yuri says that not being the Primer would be a bad way to pay back the people that died for her.

Yuri tells Nio to take down to a certain place which turns out to be a cemetery of all the people that died in service of the clan and the Primers.

After telling Haru this, Nio leaves Haru amongst the names of the dead to think about her decision. She looks around and finds some names of people that are really important to her.

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She questions one of the greatest things that a child whose parents sacrificed themselves can ask. Why did you die for me? Did you do it because you loved me or did the Primer make you?

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It’s a big question…I like to think that Haru’s mother and family loved her enough to die for her. As should any person for anyone they truly love.

Haru hears footsteps and turns around to see Tokaku.

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She says that she’s thought about everything that’s happened and understand that Haru has changed her in ways that she never imagined until now.

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But why!

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And the episode ends with that. It’s a pretty good song at the end sung by Yoshino Nanjo/ Nio Hashiri.

So here we are. The next episode will be the season finale. Will Haru be able to get away from Tokaku with her sword?

We’ll have to find out next episode.
Until then,
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Let’s Look: Akuma no Riddle Episode 10:The Queen Bee vs. the Princess

When will the action stop?! When damn you? Not that I’m complaining.

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

Okay we open up with Nio looking out the window, saying that Mizorogi-sensei must be depressed because he put them on self-study and left. You kinda expect it. The Black Class, which he has no idea is full to the brim with assassins, is down to four members. Poor guy must think its all his fault…

While Nio’s commenting on this Tokaku thinks that there’s only one more assassin left.

Then Hanabusa walks up to Haru and gives her her this.

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Now I can read outside the lines pretty good. She’s going to kill her there.

Anyway after we get the opening we get this.

First rule in watching a serial killer: Watch them. Second rule:Repeat the first one!
First rule in watching a serial killer: Watch them. Second rule:Repeat the first one!

Otoya Takechi broke out! How the hell were you idiots not watching a serial killer?

And she coming after Haru!

After that we get Hanabusa preparing for the tea party, mixing various dry teas together. As someone who has a strong love for tea and coffee, I have never made my own tea from scratch. I guess it would good.

No poison as far as I can see}
No poison as far as I can see

Then after that we go to Haru and Tokaku in their room with Haru showering(not going to show you. She’s a cute girl but the scars don’t do it for me.)

Haru comments that she’s going to ask Hanabusa to give up to which Tokaku asks why. Haru says that Hanabusa might be thinking the same thing because she invited her to a tea party instead of giving her an advance notice.

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Someone who’s thinking! And here I thought no one was going to say anything.

Anyway Tokaku tells Haru that just because Hanabusa is that last one left doesn’t mean that she should let her guard down. Can’t let your guard down if it was never up in the first place.

After a cute little apology from Haru, we switch scenes.

Oh my gosh, she's hot
Oh my gosh, she’s hot

Can anyone else see a resemblance here? If you can’t…

They look alike! Like Nio with longer hair or something. Mom and daughter, Niece and Aunt, or something. Heck in anime your grandmother can look about forty so it could grandma and granddaughter. The point is that I think that Nio and the Chairwoman are related in some way.

Anyway we get Mizorogi coming up to the chairwoman’s office(he ain’t let into the real office with all the secret cameras and stuff. No she’s too awesome and secretive for that.)

He asks if it’s his fault that the girls of the Black Class transferred out. The Chairwoman puts him at ease, telling him that he’s the perfect teacher and he should have more confidence in himself. Now this would sound sweet but remember Chairwoman was a assassin in the Black Class back in the day. She’s a good liar and probably feeding him some crap to get him off her butt.

Now get out there and teach those assassin girls!

Now after that we see Otoya sneaking on to the grounds. After that we see also that Hanabusa sent a dress for Haru to wear. Nice but not important.

This is important. Otoya gets outside of Haru and Tokaku’s room, scissors ready before this happens.

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Looks Hanabusa caught her in the act. Oh but wait Hanabusa’s body is supposed to be weak so she can’t fight off the strong Otoya. Right?

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Weak body, my ass! More like she’s freaking strong!

After breaking the scissors, she could just kill her but hey apparently Hanabusa’s a nice girl and she does this.

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Now why do I feel that this isn’t so nice?

We hit the night and we have Tokaku and Haru riding up to the 99th floor for Hanabusa’s tea party.

Oh it looks like we have more guests other than Otoya.

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Hanabusa brought them all back!!!
Well Nio isn’t there but hey.

Wait a second! Kirigaya and Chitaru are there. They’re supposed to be dead.

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Hanabusa’s from Naruto obviously…she’s using the Puppetmaster Jutsu…

Then Hanabusa asks Tokaku a riddle.
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I’m stumped.

Apparently Haru isn’t because she gasped. We’re getting close to when I can say one of the biggest secrets of Akuma no Riddle.

Anyway Haru asks if the game of the Black class will end today. She says she’ll make sure that she can grant her wish that the Academy would have granted for her.

Hanabusa laughs and says that only she can grant it but her wish is to be a stronger queen than Haru is. Another hint. One more and I’ll say it.

Hanabusa’s backstory is a lot like Haru, consistantly being the target of assassins. You can expect that since she’s the heir of a huge company.

So anyway…

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No one should act all surprised and what not. We all knew it was coming. Now this is what we didn’t see coming.

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Now that is unexpected.

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Not let’s begin.

Then Hanabusa decides to go after Haru while some type of glass comes down to seperate the room but Tokaku pulls her back just as the glass comes down. Looks like it’s Tokaku Azuma vs. Sumireko Hanabusa from here on out!

She’s apparently from Naruto. She’s a puppet or a cyborg. I’ll keep saying puppet because that way I can keep making Naruto jokes. She’s Sasori’s daughter. She was born in the Hidden Sand…anyone. These any good?

Moving on.

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I understand that you’re an assassin. You lie. That’s a part of the game and the job but come on. Weak body and you can break walls without even slowing down!

After Hanabusa’s utter wreakage we get this.

Turns out Hanabusa had a very similar childhood to Haru, constantly assassination attempts. The difference is that Haru kept her body. Sumireko’s was broken down to the point where it was useless. She had to be rebuilt with prothestics and had to relearn how to walk with them. Now if you know pride, you never can imagine how humilating it has to be to learn how to walk again and relearn how to do everything with your body. It’s embarrassing and Sumireko’s had that since she was a kid. No wonder she hates Haru.

As we continue with the battle between Tokaku and Sumireko we get this.

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Looks like she’s back in the game!
She goes after Sumireko with a Kukri and she even gets a blow in before well you know how it is. Main character stuff…

Taking advantage of Otoya’s move Tokaku kicks in the Kukri and injures Sumireko but hey she’s a cyborg/puppet no harm.

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Okay she’s got a new arm…

Then Sumireko talks about her earlier riddle where the rabbit and the worker bee are both willing to throw their lives away for the queen bee. The difference is that the worker never knows that it’s a worker bee.

There is it! That makes three! Now it’s time to come clean on the biggest secret of Akuma no Riddle, Haru’s Queen Bee effect.

Queen Bee is Haru’s ability to gather protectors to defend her from any type of harm, similar to how worker bees in a hive will throw themselves in the line of fire for the queen. However it’s an ability that works over time. It’s the reason why Haru has never had her guard up during this entire show. She was trying to turn the entire class into her protectors. It’s also speculated if not outright said right here that Tokaku’s under Haru’s Queen Bee effect. Bet ya didn’t expect that?

Moving on we got Otoya over by the wall when Nio comes out. She questions why she’s here and Otoya freaks out. I would too look at what’s she seeing.

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Scares the shit out of me too.

After that Tokaku takes out the chandelier and lands it on Sumireko. What is she going to do in response?

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She gave you what she gave her but harder!

After that Haru picks up a rocket launcher, blows out the door, and run down to the elevator. Oh come on Haru. You don’t go into the elevator when something’s chasing you.

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Oh you clever girl…

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Nice try but full points for the effort.

Haru runs out into the roof where Sumireko follows her. At this point the music changes and gives it a real Terminator feel to it. Good for the anime crew.

After she catches Sumireko gives her the spiel about how she was able to survive without worker bees to protect her all the time and how she’s the strongest. Can’t deny she doesn’t have a point. Haru would have been dead a loooooong time ago if she didn’t have pawns to throw in the way of the danger.

Anyway, Sumireko tries to snare Haru with some type of wire but Haru dodges. Haru grabs her and pulls her over the edge.

And this happens…

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Haru ends this battle? Didn’t expect that.

After that Haru comes back into the room and Tokaku asks what did Sumireko meant by Haru being the Queen Bee. All she says it’s not the right time to tell her.

We end the episode with Nio standing over the hole that Sumireko fell through saying that she didn’t become a queen after all with a devious smile on her face.

Now that was a good episode. Didn’t expect Sumireko to be a cyborg thing though. These last few episode have definitely cut down on Nio’s funny parts and pulled out her scary raep faces. It’s clear she’ll be the final fight for Haru and Tokaku.

The next episode is “How to Distinguiush a ‘Congraluations’ from a ‘Curse'”. Now remember Haru and Tokaku think Nio’s just working for the Academy. They don’t know that’s she in the game too. Heck the chairwoman forgot until Nio reminded her and the chairwoman put the class together. Nio’s making her move next week. You don’t want to miss it.

Until next week,
Later Days.

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Akuma no Riddle Speculation 1#

Hey everyone. What’s up? It’s me Deven again with another speculation, first one for Akuma no Riddle. I’m here to talk about something a guy should have to talk about unless it’s for his mother, girlfriend, or wife. Flowers, specifically the flowers that represent the girls of the Black Class.

Let’s go!

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How the hell do you think they’ll give you serial killer’s insurance?!

Our crazy little serial killer was first to go after Haru so she’ll be the first one on this list.

These are mountain lillies which mean joy of life which really ironic because as we all know that Otoya’s a serial killer. So I guess her flower goes against her personality.

Ah the beauty of glasses and brains.
Ah the beauty of glasses and brains.

My cute little academic is second.

These are red spider lillies which have two meanings ‘looking forward to seeing you again’ and ‘sad memories’. We really get this a lot with Kouko because she really cared about her senpai Irina. Also to the fact that she was raised by a Christian orphanage so she must be a Christian so she would see Irina in heaven I guess. Sad memories also works since Kouko regrets her mistake with the car bomb that ended up killing Irina.

Pity she got out so early. I like her.
Pity she got out so early. I like her.

The better big sister is third and she’s really cool.

These are Verbena flowers which symbolize familial love. That fits perfectly with Haruki who loves her family so much that she became an assassin. You can guess that with the way she acts that if she wasn’t aiming to kill Haru then she’d be a pretty good person.

Every anime has one, the designated loli at fourth and her princely lover at fifth.

These are white and red roses which symbolize love for the red roses and purity for the white roses. You can see it in their relationship even without the yuri. Chitaru loved and respected her master so much that she joined the Black class to track down the girl that killed her daughter. Hitsugi has in her personality which is very innocent and kind minus the whole Angel’s Trumpet thing.

Nothing...that's what she's got.
Nothing…that’s what she’s got.

She didn’t get much but here she is as number six.

These are thistles which symbolic of revenge. Now in the anime we can’t see this but in the manga we can see this through Shiena’s conversation with Otoya about how she hates bullying. So she could have been bullied while she was little so she could have become an assassin to kill the people that bullied her.

Now there’s still Suzu Shuto left but her flower hasn’t been revealed.

Now let’s talk.

Why flowers?

Well to figure out this question you’ll have to do some figuring and have to read the manga. Currently we’re on episode 9 but we passed the manga a long time ago, roughly around the middle of the Haruki episode. However the anime directors haven’t been improvising. Instead they’ve been using the character sketches and plot notes given to them by the mangaka herself. So they’ve been following the general idea that the manga was going to take barring some creative changes that your typical anime would take.

Anyway now that’s explained all I can guess is that even in the manga the girls aren’t around long, granted they’re around longer than in the anime, so we aren’t seeing much of their personalities much so that’s why the mangaka and the anime directors use the flowers: to show unseen parts of the girls’ personality as well as reenforce them.

Well that’s all for this speculation.

Until the next one,

Later Days

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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
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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,
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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
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Let’s Look Akuma no Riddle Episode 6: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends

Akuma no Riddle Episode 6

This was definitely the most shocking episode of the season.

Let’s see who wants to kill Haru now.

I can’t believe this episode. Three attemps on Haru’s life in this episode, Hitsugi Kirigaya, Chitaru Namatame, and Shiena Ken’mochi.

Probably out of the three Chitaru gets the most backstory out of the three of them. Even then it’s about a drop in the Pacific Ocean. An assassin named Angel’s Trumpet killed Chitaru’s teacher’s daughter so she joined the Black Class to track them down and kill them.

Hisugi yeah…nothing about her other than the fight that she’s Angel’s Trumpet.

Ken’mochi well…

The dots are more than the backstory that she got.

Okay now to get to the meat of the episode. It’s not a very Haru and Tokaku heavy episode in fact it’s the opposite. This episode is all about Kirigaya and Namatame. In fact this episode is so little about them, I’d consider side characters this episode.

So anyway, we got the girls in the Black Class putting on Romeo and Juliet.

Ah the barely yuri couple is playing the twosome that got killed. I believe that Tokaku is playing Mercutio.

But the real yuri is this…

Ah my beloved yuri!

So things seem like a good old fashioned play. Can’t have that!

So we’ve got this…

Someone's taking a chance
Someone’s taking a chance

Someone’s making her play! But where’s our overly friendly protagonist…

It's almost like she wants to die
It’s almost like she wants to die

A little over twenty feet away. She makes it too easy.

Aw she's so cute
Aw she’s so cute

What’s cute little Kirigaya doing here?

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Oh so that’s why she carries that bear. What am I saying? She just poisoned her!!!

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Now this is important. Some folks are thinking because Shiena didn’t make an active attempt on Haru’s life she’s still good and she’ll be coming back after she gets over some poison.

Nope remember rule 3, I think. You can’t involve anyone outside the Black Class but that means that you can use people inside the class and Kirigaya handed Haru the notice so she acts a proxy so it counts so Shiena’s out.

And while she’s at it Kirigaya gives Haru her notice!

Like a little badass
Like a little badass

And she walks away like a badass!

I didn’t see a flower for Shiena. I’ll look through the episode again and update if I see it.

Anyway…

Kirigaya is the epicness of this episode. Earlier in the episode Kirigaya tells Namatame that she’ll help her find Angel’s Trumpet. So being a freaking genius she tells her that Haru’s Angel’s Trumpet, sending a badass Chitaru Namatame after Haru.

Little girl, big brains
Little girl, big brains

So basically if Tokaku didn’t notice the poison they would have stabbed each other during the stage fight and poisoned each other. Clever, Kirigaya but now that’s Tokaku’s figured out what’s your plan now?

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Oh that…
Not bad.

So Tokaku put Haru with the teacher so Namatame can’t touch her.

You know I’m shocked that it took this long to get to someone that fights with a sword in this anime.

So Tokaku tells her that it was Kirigaya that took out Shiena with the Angel’s Trumpet poison so it clicks with her that Kirigaya is Angel’s Trumpet.

Now the next part requires needs a bit of guessing. If this was just anyone Namatame would just go all Sword Art On Kirigaya’s Line but she didn’t.

Kirigaya and Namatame do the final scene of Romeo and Juliet but they do it for real.

This definitely the epic episode of the season. Now that Shiena Ken’mochi, Hitsugi Kirigaya, and Chitaru Namatame are out of the game. We’re down five assassins, Nio Hashiri ,Isuke,Inukai, Mahiru Banba, Sumireko Hanabusa, and Suzu Shuto. I think things are about get really heavy!

I can’t wait for the next episode. We’ve got something good right now.

Personally I think that Suzu Shuto is next up on the list.

This going to be something good.
So until the next episode
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Let’s Look:Akuma no Riddle Episode 5: Better Big Sisters

Okay I think that I’ve got myself a way to get these done to art where I won’t kill myself getting so many pics. Although I might use that style for more dramatic posts.

Side Note: While reading this review act like the review for Episode 4 is already up. I’m getting to it and it will be up next week.

Let’s see who’s next to want to kill Haru.

Wow didn’t expect any of the girls that were here on the first day to go so early.

So Haruki’s different from Otoya and Kouko. I want to say that she’s Otoya. How? She’s not an insane serial killer for one thing. As for Kouko she’s got some talent in being an assassin.So that’s great.

So Haruki’s got a good past not well developed because all she got was one episode but because she was there in the first episode and we got some hints about Haruki’s past in the first episode we know.

She became an assassin in order to be able to provide for her very large family.

Man that's a lot of kids.
Man that’s a lot of kids.

She’s got a lot of siblings like 10 little kids in there with a sick mom. Now that’s just sad.

Now I’m going to go into the sub-plot of the episode only to add to the main plot. Now after the exams that happened last episode the school’s having a school festival where the Black Class in putting on the play Romeo and Juliet with Kirigaya playing Juliet and Namatame playing Romeo.

Now this is real Yuri
Now this is real Yuri

Now this is the yuri that we need to see this series since our main girls aren’t so affectionate.

Anyway after setting up some of the lighting for the play Haruki goes outside and gets a call from her family. Her demeanor changes up, she talks with Nio, which never a good sign, and she goes to talk with Tokaku saying that they need to free Haru of her burdens…

By killing her. Yeah good idea Haruki.

But how did Haru get in the gym? The answer lies in Haru’s sheer dumbness. She thought that Tokaku sent her a note to meet up with her at the gym and she fell for it. Come on Haru! You live in the same room as the girl! You could have waited until she came back or called her. Oh just oh Haru.

Haruki goes for the kill right at all the beginning with a wire garrot but Tokaku comes in out of nowhere. I can’t deny that I want Haru to die sometimes with how dumb she is sometimes. Anyway Haruki and Tokaku at it and I want to say that it was a good physical battle since Haruki wears some type of leather and metal gloves but Tokaku managed to pull out of a win but Haruki pulls out an ace in the hole. She drops the lightning set!

And we get a flashback of what Haruki said to Nio asking if she killed Haru but died herself too would her wish still be granted. Answer’s yes.

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Good. She’s still alive.

But it didn’t work and Haruki gives up.

This is the flower that represents Haruki Sagae.
This is the flower that represents Haruki Sagae.

This is a Geranium. It’s a unique little flower that can appear in a multitude of colors that have different meanings. This one is a purple geranium which means esteem and gentility.

I want to say that if Haruki’s family wasn’t going through what they going through she wouldn’t be an assassin. She’d be a normal girl. You can see it through her interactions with some of the other girls in episodes 1-4. She doesn’t show any anger or aggressiveness to any of them other than Nio and that’s only when she threated her family. She’s a good girl and now she’s going back to her family.

This was a good episode. I knew the girls that came on the first episode were going to be good. I can’t wait for Nio’s turn.

So until the next episode
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