Okay, remember when I said that this anime will remind you of Tokyo Ghoul? Well, I take it all back. This anime turns out to be some sort of violent and creepy rom-com, and even though I am ashamed to say this, I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I was once again left with a lot of question marks when I was watching the episode, but the quality of the animation and the pacing of the story has dramatically changed for the better.
Japanese Original Episode Title: セーフハウス
So Anzai sedated himself and he didn’t succumb to his bloody instincts when he smooched up Taira. We then see Taira thinking about Anzai every day and hoping to see him again. Magically, he appears on her balcony and they talk about Akimura, yes the poor guy that was in love with her and that now she hardly even remembers. Anzai is been called to duty and has to leave but he drops something, Taira follows him to give it back and witnessing a vampire case. She then goes back home, Anzai follows her, then she returns his phone or wallet (?) and they arrange to meet up at her place for hot pot. Next day, Taira tries to return a book she borrowed from her professor before she goes back home. He tries to rape her, Anzai saves her, and she is left traumatized and unable to sleep. A few days later she finds Anzai once again in her balcony.
The sexy dream: Damn, the boob grab and all the bloody sexy seductive scene, just damn. The virgin and innocent Taira has been switched on by that tongue kiss everyone, so be prepared for more ‘Let’s have some hot pot’ invitations and lewd dreams with Anzai.
That guy needs to die:The almost rape scene of Taira made me so angry. ‘I thought silence was consent.’ Really? Really now you utter piece of shit? Anzai should have cut his private parts into pieces. Burn, burn in hell.
Anzai is creepy: So… this whole idea that hot guys can’t be creepy when they stalk girls or smell their hair needs to stop. Yes, Anzai is a handsome boy but honestly, that doesn’t mean that he can get out away with these, and worst of them all is that Taira doesn’t seem to mind. He comes to her balcony and smells her when she sleeps. HE EVEN MASTURBATED WITH HER BLOOD FFS.
Themes & Trivia
Sexual assault in Japan: This is no laughing matter. In Japan, sexual assault occurs to almost every schoolgirl out there. On their way to school or whenever they commute with public transportation, they get groped or touched under their clothes, and of course, everyone is turning a blind eye. An intervention by someone who witnesses this is never likely to be made as society has made everyone be afraid of false accusations. Japanese society is highly patriarchal and for a female to be given anything else rather than the victim card is hard to acquire. Many believe that this comes from the sexualization of schoolgirls in red-light districts and in the anime culture where men are free to grope and touch them. A girl testified that once she finished high school and removed her uniform she hasn’t been assaulted anymore. Japanese men love cute, pure and young, that’s what they find sexually attractive and that’s why in Devil’s Line when the teacher starts touching Taira he thinks that he is right in all because she is quiet and doesn’t say no.
Okay, first of all, let’s all give a round of applause because in this episode everybody was blinking normally. In general, I think the quality of the animation was much better and I didn’t notice anything super goofy. Also, I must say that the scene with the blood on the screen was a very nice touch! So Anzai is a nice and sensitive dude? I really didn’t think that this would be his personality… Expected him to be more tsundere and tough but anyways.
The vampires in Devil’s Line are definitely not pretty when they are in their true form, which is kind of nice to see in a romance anime where usually vampires are more dreamy and Twilight-like than actual beasts thirsty for blood. I am not even going to comment on the fact that Taira is in love with someone who attempted to rape her but nevertheless this is definitely going to be interesting to watch.
Do it with somebody watching?
This anime is lewd and weird in its own way. After the scene of Anzai masturbating while smelling Taira’s blood, I am really intrigued to see what sick and perverted scenes are going to follow in Devil’s Line. Although I think it should be renamed to ‘The problems of Vampire Romance’, I am definitely going to follow this obscene masterpiece.