Romance meets supernatural. On a first glance, Devil’s Line looks like just another tale that explores the possibility of a human falling in love with a monster, but as you already know, it is much more than that. Great action, intriguing storyline with the right amount of mystery, humour, horror, and violence along with some mature themes and sexual content. Devil’s Line is one of these rare shows out there that include love stories that tend to be a bit more blatantly vulgar and still manage to keep an interesting and engaging plot.
The story follows Tsukasa, a college student that was attacked by a devil aka a vampire, a species that looks like humans and try to hide their identities and blood lust from the general population. She falls in love with Anzai, her savior, who ends up being a half-devil, half-human that works as a member of a special force in the police that specializes in devil related cases. As a mysterious organization tries to make the existence of devils known to the public, the special squad attempts to stop them and find out who is behind it.
Devil’s Line combines greatly the element of romance and action so anime fans that enjoy watching vampire related stories will surely appreciate this. For those who have already seen it and loved it, MANGA.TOKYO is here with 10 anime to recommend that will appeal to you and satisfy your thirst for more.
Fighting with inner demons and urges in order to remain human. Both series address the same subject with the only difference that Tokyo Ghoul doesn’t involve vampires but ghouls, and well, Tokyo Ghoul is more graphic and violent.
Kaneki Ken is an ordinary young student that ends up being transformed to the first Ghoul-human half breed. As he is trapped between the world of humans and ghouls, he tries to survive the violent conflicts that occur around him, learn more about his newfound powers and the ghoul society along with maintaining his human side.
Although Tokyo Ghoul has far less romance than Devil’s Line, the stories are very similar as they involve beings that look and act exactly like humans but their natural instincts make them want to kill and eat people. After watching them both you will definitely wonder: ‘Who is more human after all? The monsters or the actual humans?’
Fall 2012 33 Episodes
This is a recommendation for those who enjoyed the action – mystery part of Devil’s Line more than the overall romance vibe. In future Japan, a system called Sibyl rules over the country. It measures humanity’s mental conditions and judges what is right and what’s not. It dictates the job that citizens should take and can even read their mental state and predict which ones are likely to commit crimes in the future. The story revolves around Akane Tsunemori a young inspector who joins the special police force that apprehends this kind of criminals.
Psycho Pass has more mature themes and violence but the overall storyline is very similar. The characters can be very alike as well. Lee will make you think of a funnier version of Makishima Shogo and oh boy, Kikuhara is definitely as mental as Shogo… They are both voiced by the same voice actor as well, Takahiro Sakurai.
Spring 2008 13 Episodes
Vampire romance at its greatest. In the school of Cross Academy, the students are divided into the Day Class, where all the ordinary humans go, and the Night Class, which is filled up with vampires. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are school prefects that guard the school grounds at night in order to keep the Night Class’s secret safe. Zero hates vampires while Yuki is fascinated by them and is especially intrigued by their charming leader Kaname, who once saved her life. But not all vampires are as amiable as the Night Class. In a world of hunters and human prey, can the two species really coexist?
Vampire Knight is a 100% shoujo romance anime so don’t expect it to have amazing action with bloody scenes like Devil’s Line. It has to do more about the romance and the relationships between the characters rather than anything else. It shows vampires and humans trying to get along.
Spring 2005 24 Episodes
In a post-apocalyptic future, after the destruction brought about by Armageddon, the war between vampires and humans never ends. Abel Nightroad is a travelling priest that works for the Vatican and is a member of a special operations group that tries to put an end to this ongoing war. He encounters a young girl called Esther who decides to go with him and train at the Vatican as she seems to be humanity’s last hope of survival. Abel must not only fight for humanity, but also try to face his regrettable past.
Trinity Blood has the religious element to the plot that changes greatly the setting between it and Devil’s Line, but once again it’s all about humans and vampires coexisting together. It also has its own sense of humor along with a few drops or romance every now and there that makes everything spicier.
If you enjoyed the occasional darkness and horror in Devil’s Line, you have to check out Shiki. One summer, in the small village of Sotoba, a series of deaths start to plague the town. With the cause of each death remaining unknown and due to the high mortality rate for that time of the year, Toshio, the local doctor, and Seishin the temple’s vice chief monk, start to investigate. But as the fatalities keep happening, people start to wonder if the moving in of the bizarre Kirishiki family has to do anything with this sudden epidemic.
A more psychological horror series with more blood and violence and little to nothing romance, but definitely a worthy supernatural tale.
Shiki Blu-ray Jacket
Fall 2006 37 Episodes
You might wonder, why Death Note? First of all, from the first moment I saw Lee I was reminded greatly of L’s character; their body language and weirdness can be very similar. But in general, the whole thriller police drama and supernatural element that Devil’s Line had, Death Note just takes it to another level, with its amazing storyline and intriguing characters. And may I add that Misa’s and Light’s love story breaks my heart every time I get reminded of it.
The story follows Light Yagami, who comes across a black notebook entitled ‘Death Note’, whose text within states that whoever’s name is written on its pages will die. With the help of the death god Ryuk, he takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption but, of course, his actions will not go unchallenged.
Another supernatural title. Even though Servamp has a much lighter tone than Devil’s Line, it does have its dramatic moments and intense action scenes. Mahiru Shirota is a 15-year-old student that likes to live a simple life. But after rescuing a cat named Kuro who ends up being a lazy shut-in vampire, he accidentally forms a contract with him that drags him into a threatening battle of blood and supernatural servants.
As you can imagine, it’s not a romantic tale but its comedy and the master-servant relationship definitely replace any need for love stories. Also, both shows are produced by the same animation studio, which I honestly don’t know if it’s a good thing or not…
Fall 2006 25 Episodes
Mai Taniyama is a high school student that enjoys telling ghost stories with her friends. One day she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research whom she helps to investigate paranormal activities happening in a haunted school building. During an incident, his assistant gets hurt in order to protect Mai from danger, and Kazuya decides to forcefully hire her in order to replace his injured assistant. As Mai starts learning more about the paranormal and ghost hunting, she starts to discover her own abilities.
Romance and horror but no vampires this time. Both shows have a mysterious atmosphere and address supernatural events. The relationship of both couples in the series can be very similar, although Anzai and Tsukasa have much more things going on.
Red Shield is an organization that tries to save civilization from being annihilated by flesh-eating monsters. The only weapon that can destroy these creatures is Saya Otonashi, who woke up into the modern world from her 30-year slumber and has no memories of her past. On a journey to fight these monsters with the help of a mysterious man called Haji, she tries to find out more about herself and her shattered memories.
Besides the obvious association of creatures needing blood to survive, violence and mystery, both shows play around the concept of immortality and vampirism while the characters explore each other’s feelings.
A title that is quite old and is all about vampires and detectives. Shido Tatsuhiko is a private detective and a nightwalker (aka vampire) with no memories of his past. Along with his co-worker Yayoi, a fairy named Guni, and his young secretary named Riho, they try to seek out the night breed and send them back where they came from.
Nightwalker is a more gothic horror title that involves a good vampire story with the necessary creepiness and darkness to it. A series with good mystery, crime drama, and sporadic nudity and even though it doesn’t have any romance to it, it’s definitely a must-watch for fans that love vampire stories.
Trailer from IMDB
So much bloodthirst
When stories involve vampires, even if they are romantic stories or horror (or both), most shows have a certain charm to them and it’s always so interesting to see series exploring the possibility of humans coexisting with another species. Most of the time it ends up in a ‘bloody mess’, but nevertheless, no one can argue that vampirism or anything related to it, is quite alluring in its own way.