I honestly can’t believe that we are introduced to even more characters when we are almost done with Devil’s Line. Ishimaru looks really interesting and all but adding even more stuff to a plot that is already rushed and confusing, makes it really hard to follow.
Japanese Original Episode Title:コマンド
Kikuhara appoints a new chief in the F squad called Megumi Ishimaru. He immediately starts to take action in order to find out more about CCC and who are involved in it from the police force. Tsukasa then tells them that Zero Seven gave her an email address to contact them if she ever needs help and Ishimaru suggests to do so and try to work with them in order to bring down CCC. Meanwhile, Kleeman visits the doctor that provides him with blood and we learn some more information about his past and his perspective on everything that is happening. Ishimaru and Tsukasa end up meeting Zero Nine and she agrees to help them out only if they can provide her with more information about a late officer of the police force named Morisawa. The team quickly does so, and we learn that he used to date her mother, along with some interesting facts about Zero Nine’s past and her relationship with Kikuhara. As she finally tells them that Kikuhara is actually a member of the CCC, Anzai and other members of the squad fall into the hands of an angry mob that try to lure out devils to kill them. As Anzai tries to save a young lady, he is cornered by Tsukasa’s professor Ochiai.
Megumi Ishimaru: Oh my, Akira Ishida is in Devil’s Line? Yet another amazing voice actor in the cast of this anime. This character is really interesting and I love how he quickly starts getting things done compared to everyone else. I wish he has been introduced earlier on in the show because, honestly, all his scenes look so rushed and sloppy that pull you away from his whole amazingness and perkiness. I also loved how he justified that he is not a devil but it’s just dark circles because he reads a lot of manga and light novels up until late.
Miss Hostage: I don’t understand why Tsukasa needs to follow the squad in everything they do. I mean, yes okay, she played her part by making contact with Zero Nine and establishing a deal, but other than that, shouldn’t she just stay put and be safe? Or maybe Anzai just wants to be with her all the time, that’s why.
Zero Nine & Kikuhara: Damn, I really didn’t expect Zero Nine to be so involved in the main storyline. She has a dark past and it looks like she has been through a lot because of Kikuhara. Her relationship with him is also rather fascinating. Kikuhara is definitely a madman and has some kind of charm to him but the fact that he recognizes that and tells her not to fall in love with him gives a certain spice to the whole thing, which is very exciting. She mentions that she adores him but, in what way exactly?
Themes & Trivia
Kleeman really feels at home: When Tsukasa and Anzai were waiting for him in the rooftop she says ‘okaeri’ and he replies ‘tadaima’. It usually works the other way around but Tadaima means ‘I’m home’ in Japanese. ‘Okaeri’ means ‘Welcome home.’ It is actually a shortened version of the original expression ‘tadaima kaerimashita,’ meaning ‘I just came home.’ The literal translation of tadaima is actually ‘just now.’
It was nice to see some background on Kleeman and the way he is experiencing things. I think we will definitely get more clues about him and ONLO in the next episodes. In Zero Nine’s past where we see her as a young girl, her face and her expression when she was shocked was actually really nice and well made; impressive if we compare it with the total quality of the show that gets worse and worse by the episode. Devil’s Line could have been so much more than this. If this was produced and serialized in a more serious way it could have been as good as Psycho-Pass, but now, it’s not even close. Lastly, I can’t wait to see what the Rapist-sensei will do to Anzai. The moment I saw him, I was like: ‘Oh boy, shit just got real.’
A couple of big crybabies.
Kleeman is so right about these two. His reason over everything is just mind-blowing. I am really looking forward to learning more about Anzai’s father situation and Kikuhara. Even though Devil’s Line is fairly mediocre in total, the plot is rather intriguing.