I think we can’t really compare Akuma no Riddle to a show like Sakura Trick, because the only thing they have in common is the fact that they are both yuri anime. And even when it comes to this, it’s quite unclear whether Akuma no Riddle will actually show enough of that to be called a yuri show.
Anyway, the first episode started out strong in my opinion. Admittedly, it felt a little slow, since we mostly only get to know the characters a little. Still, it luckily never felt boring and stayed interesting, yet a little obscure until the end.
I already read the manga, or more precisely, the 19 chapters that have already been translated, and I noticed that unlike Sakura Trick, the anime comes very close to the manga, but it doesn’t completely copy its content and instead adds some additional scenes.
I haven’t often witnessed a manga I read getting an anime adaptation, so I have no idea how that usually works, but I already prefer the way things are handled in Akuma no Riddle. Well, I can’t really say that I found the manga all that great. In fact, I feel like the manga is missing something that I can’t even pinpoint, which just makes me not like it that much (yet). But then again, I usually prefer anime over manga, so I hope the anime will do a better job at presenting the characters and the story.
The first episode already showed me that we might be lucky. Well, I think it was mostly thanks to the great background music, as well as the lighting that the atmosphere of this episode felt so dark and mischievous. In short, I loved it because it felt great and 100% fitting for a show like this.
Finally, let’s also talk about the yuri content of this show. Judging by the manga, I don’t think that we can actually expect that much, but then again, the story hasn’t advanced that far yet, and the subtext is at least there already. Also, the author of Akuma no Riddle, Yun Kouga, is mostly known for her yaoi and yuri works, so I have high hopes that there will actually be more than just a little subtext. Also, the first episode alone already had some yuri-ish moments. Especially since the opening makes it seem as if we could expect much, but let’s just see.
By the way, why is it that in many yuri shows, the opening shows the characters hugging while being naked or at least partly naked? Not that I mind, I just happened to notice that this happens a lot.