Themes & Trivia
Opening & Ending song: Both songs are performed by voice actors who work in the anime: the opening “Eclipse” by Shouta Aoi, who voices Kenichi Yoshii in the anime that has not yet appeared, and the ending ‘Sotto Toketeyuku Yō ni’ by Mamoru Miyano, who is voicing Tamaki Anzai.
Uncanny valley: Seriously, Tsukasa and her friends are way down the uncanny valley. In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is a hypothesized relationship between the degree of an object’s resemblance to a human being and the emotional response to such an object. The concept of the uncanny valley suggests humanoid objects which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers.
Okay, so what’s the deal with Devil’s Line? From a production point of view, this really didn’t start very well. The opening scene was interesting but the color palette was really off, the eyes of the characters are just eerie and off-putting, and the dialogues and action are so rushed that really makes you so disappointed. The casting of the voice actors and their performances are so great, having names like Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai, Akira Ishida, Mamoru Miyano and Yoshimasa Hosoya, but the quality of the audio – sound editing is so bad and the recording in general sounds like it was done in a basement.
Why? Just why? Why do the action scenes look like someone has doubled the speed of the video? How did Tsukasa injure her face if she fell the other way around? And why the characters look so shabby when they are in vampire mode? Unfortunately, the anime looks unpolished. I liked the fact that it has the same feel and ultraviolence from the 80s and 90s anime, but honestly, it’s just not executed very well. I am not the kind of person that likes to annihilate other people’s work plus I am sure that the production of an anime show is quite hard but I think it’s a shame to produce anime that is rushed by deadlines and that ends up looking fairly mediocre.
In the darkness, it’s darker than black.
Should I address the lyrics of the songs? Cringy and corny as expected but some of them really made me laugh. So, despite the fact that Devil’s Line is not made very well and that the plot is probably so rushed in order to make everything fit in one season (because I honestly believe that the kiss scene was not like that in the manga, we talk about a romance story here), I think it’s worth giving it a shot and see how it will evolve later on. What did you think about the first episode? Let me know in the comments!
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Spring 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast