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Episode 1 Review
Japanese Title: デビルズライン
The anime takes place in a world where humans and vampires co-exist and tells the dark fantasy story of a university student called Tsukasa and a policeman for vampires called Anzai
A vampire gets with a normal girl. Hmm..this doesn’t sound like an overused plotline at all… However, the world of Devil’s Line does seem to be a little interesting. Vampires suffer from an addiction to human blood. The high they experience is multiple times stronger than is possible for any human. We have seen glimpses of Anzai’s transformation and it is NOT the kind of beautiful transformation we see in many other vampire works. We haven’t really seen enough of the characters to judge, but the female lead is unsurprisingly boring. I would easily forgive this if it were an adaptation of an otome romance game (the heroines generally have the same right-in-the-middle personality to make it easier for the player to project themselves onto them). However, Devil’s Line is based on a manga. I expect she will go through some kind of development, or her real personality will at some point shine.
I do enjoy the violent and erotic aspects that the story is promising, and I will definitely be sticking around for at least a few more episodes. In just the first episode, I asked myself a lot of questions about Akimura. What he was doing was wrong, but tell me you don’t feel at least SOME sympathy for him…
The ending is a typical Mamoru Miyano number and I have nothing bad to say about it. Now, as for the opening…geez. IT’S AMAZING. This is NOT the kind of song I usually attribute to Shota Aoi, but dear lord, it’s sexy. Thank you. Thank you….
Back to basics with yet another vampire story. The only difference this time is that the vampires don’t need to drink blood in order to survive but they can be very impulsive and violent when they smell blood. There will be enough violence and bloody fights to satisfy the whole monsters-beasts side of the story but also romance elements between the two main characters. The female lead looks like the very boring and uninteresting type that doesn’t do much and I highly doubt that she will have much character development other than her relationship with the male protagonist. What put me off greatly though was the quality of the animation: characters that never blink, bad color pallets, plus very rushed action and dialogues. The voice acting is great with an amazing cast like Mamoru Miyano, Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai etc but the sound quality is quite weird as well. Overall, I think it’s worth following it until we can see what more it has to offer.