Anime Review: Akuma no Riddle

Spoiler Warning!

Length: 12 Episodes + 1 OVA
Year: 2014
Genre: Action, Drama, Yuri Subtext

Story: 6/10
In a special class in Myoujou Academy, 12 assassins gather to participate in a deadly game. The rules are simple: If you manage to kill the target, namely Ichinose Haru, you’ll get one wish granted. However, not all of the 12 assassins decide to play along, as one of them decides to defect to Haru’s side in order to act as her protector.

First of all, the premise of this show sounds really interesting. I mean, a bunch of sexy female assassins fighting our two heroines battle royal style? Yes please! However, despite the fact that this indeed sounds nice for whoever enjoys asskicking girls and a lot of action, it does ring some warning bells for those who are looking for a plot that you can actually take seriously.

In this case, as expected, you should indeed not take this story too seriously, but this is yet again a show in which you mostly don’t mind the fact that it gets a bit sketchy at times. In the beginning, I’d say this wasn’t much of a problem. Well, that is if you’re okay with stuff like normal saws being able to fend off bullets and such. But as the story progresses, it gets a little “worse” I’d say.

Introducing a character that appears to have the Highlander Syndrome is one thing, but seeing Hanabusa in her “true form” was even a little too much for me….

akuma no riddle hanabusa
Still, she’s kinda sexy like this, isn’t she?

I was yet again quite worried how the story would wrap up in the end. Would they give a good reason for the existence of the “Black Class”, and would we even get one? In the end, we got one, and I can honestly say that it’s a good one even. I was both surprised and pleased with the final revelation, and I seriously didn’t expect that to happen. But then that last episode happened….

Was it really necessary to have Nio try to kill Haru… as Tokaku!? I mean that cliffhanger in episode 11 was great, but the way things turned out was rather ridiculous, don’t you think? Ah, well. Most of all, I was afraid that the show would end up being incomplete, but they surprisingly managed to squeeze the whole story into 12 episodes. Well, I think the story would have fit way better into, let’s say, 20 episodes, because that way, the background stories of some of the characters wouldn’t have ended up being that short. In some cases I still don’t even fully understand what happened in the flashbacks, which is very unfortunate. I hope the manga will help me understand it a bit better.

Characters: 9/10
Akuma no Riddle has them all. You’ll find types like: the ojou-sama, the prince, a loli, a schizophrenic, a busty bitch, a pervert, and of course a cute… granny?!

akuma no riddle
Now, that is one interesting and really disturbing fetish you have there Otoya. Still I love you….

And what do they all have in common? A shitty/traumatic/violent childhood which now makes them coldblooded killers? Well, that’s not true in all cases. Hanabusa, for example, didn’t just turn into a murderer, she just turned into a sexy gundam.

Can you see what we are still missing? That’s right, the airhead and the tsundere. And that’s were Haru and Tokaku come in. By the way, feel free to argue with me about the fact that I just called Tokaku a tsundere.

Anyway, I pretty much loved all the characters, but I really fell in love with only 2 of them. I guess I have a thing for really messed up and crazy characters, so it’s no surprise that both Otoya and Banba made it to my favorites. Honestly, I don’t know why I love Otoya so much. She’s one crazy lesbian killer, but I guess that makes her… interesting? Also, I wanna hug Banba so badly~

akuma no riddle hanabusa banba
Hanabusa can the job too, though~

Yuri: 6/10
First of all, in pretty much all descriptions of this anime that you will find online, it says that the reason for Tokaku to decide to act as Haru’s protector is the fact that she starts having romantic feelings for her. However, even though I had my yuri goggles on very tightly throughout the whole show, I can’t really say that this fact was made very obvious. There was some blushing every now and then, and of course that underwater kiss that I still can’t really call a kiss in the first place, but that’s about it.

akuma no riddle yuri
Now that’s more like it~
Artist: KanirineKo

Still, Akuma no Riddle is like a yuri wonderland for anyone who wants to find new awesome ships. I think I already saw yuri pics of pretty much all the characters, and they are mostly shipped with their roommates, which works surprisingly well. I mean how many of you are in love with Team Sexy (Isuke x Haruki)? Or how about Banba x Hanabusa? But I also shouldn’t forget about the only canon pairing of the whole show. That is Chitaru x Hitsugi. Seriously, who isn’t in love with them?!

Animation: 8.5/10 & Sound: 10/10
The animation is good, nothing more and nothing less, so let’s keep that short, because I have far more to say about the music.

In all honesty, this soundtrack is the best I’ve ever heard. In my opinion, it beats Kill la Kill and it even beats Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, and these two shows have soundtracks that I thought no other show could beat. Surprisingly, Akuma no Riddle tops them by far!

The opening alone is already awesome, but pretty much all the endings are… just wow. For one thing, they are all done by the original voice actresses, which already makes me squeal quite a bit as it is, but that’s not all. Each and every ending of this show is awesome. There isn’t one that I didn’t enjoy and that has never ever happened to me. Here you have my favorite ending of all of them all:

Total Enjoyment: 8.5/10
This anime doesn’t always make perfect sense, which is probably its greatest weakness, but then again, this didn’t really affect my total enjoyment at all. In fact, I loved it, and with each and every new episode, I came to love it even more. It could have been longer, way longer, in my opinion, but even as it is, it was an awesome show, with awesome characters that I’m pretty sure most of you enjoyed as well.

Also, I shouldn’t forget about the fandom of Akuma no Riddle. Honestly, this show has one of the most hilarious and great fandoms of all-time. Just check Tumblr for Akuma no Riddle stuff, and you will come across themes such as, sexy granny Suzu, Tokaku’s endless love for curry, and my personal favorite, the “Ojou-nator”. Really, I had so much fun reading what the fans came up with~

31 thoughts on “Anime Review: Akuma no Riddle

  1. I wondering if this was one of the shows you've missed lately. I should have known better. 😛

    But now that it's over, I'll need you to show me where I should look to next for some yuri. 😉


  2. I'd miss Brynhildr and such, but never my precious Akuma no Riddle. You should know me better 😉

    I think there won't be any “real” yuri show next season…


  3. now we are left with inugami-san to nekoyama-san which is almost over. then we must wait for hanayamata to come out. now heres to hoping that more yuri mangas will get animes


  4. I just started watching the show, ill rather watch the anime all at once than wait each week, and i am wondering if the chances are high for this show and sakura trick receiving a season 2. Just would like to share, Citris and sakura trick are the embodiment of yuri for me.


  5. Sexy ladies beating each other up while occasionally snuggling. All I wanted and exactly what I got.

    Seen this kind of ending once before. The controversial opinion was also the same as it was then. Unfortunately for me I let things get out of hand this time and it hurt me.

    Anyway, a fav of mine for 2014, regardless of the headache I got.


  6. Also, we shouldn't forget about the Kantai Collection anime that will air soon, but in this case as well, we don't know how much yuri to expect…


  7. I was almost sure that at least Hitsugi, Chitaru and Hanabusa were dead, but I'm quite happy that they aren't.
    Well, I was also convinced that Haru and Nio died in the last episode, but oh well 😛


  8. I think in Akuma no Riddles case, this is highly unlikely to happen.
    The story is over already, so there is no need for a second season.
    Sakura Trick on the other hand has still some room left for a second season, but I don't know how well it did in Japan, so I can't tell you how likely this to happen.


  9. I think the little yuri we got alone, makes this one of my favorites of 2014, but I also know, that this season, there were better shows story-wise.

    Ah well, all I'm hoping for now, are tons of doujinshi and I already know that isya is making one~


  10. Oh yes, that one was announced some time ago, but I still don't really know what to expect.
    At least the author of the manga is a yuri one, so I guess we can get our hoped up.


  11. is the ova confirmed? i looked it up but got no results and i hate to say it but i had high expectations for this anime ans was kinda let down, KINDA. it looks like to be going downhill from here in the yuri content for the rest of the year. I dont think Hanayamata is going to have anything big just some subtext 😦 looks like the only option is to create a yuri dance in hopes of getting more content out there 😉


  12. Yes the OVA is confirmed and it will air this December, so we'll have to wait a little for it.
    So you're creating a yuri dance in hopes of getting more yuri content this year?
    Tell me the moves, I wanna help too 😛


  13. The manga adds subtext about Shienna (The girl with the glasses who got nothing in the anime), since she blushes and her heart rate starts going up when she sees Chituri and explains her backstory.


  14. I read the chapter and now I'm wondering whether the Special that will air in December will tell that story or whether it will tell a completely new story, maybe something that happens after the incidents of the anime.
    Hopefully there will be some yuri subtext at least… 😛


  15. If I write a review about this anime I'll also score 10/10 for music. I like ED11, ED6, ED7 and ED8, also the OP. This story is really waste, since it was supposed be better.


  16. I was wondering if you might know anything about there being an English version of the actual Manga? I've seen multiple pictures of English one but upon looking into it I couldn't find anything other then some pictures. So as it stands I am unsure of whether they have an English publisher or are planning to get one..


  17. I totally agree with you Lena K, the level of Yuri in this show should have been way higher! If it was, this would have probably been one of the best Yuri animes ever. Akuma and Ichonise were sooooooo cute together! Just wish more PDA between them both ! I hope there will be a sequel for this show cause honestly this show could have gone up a bit longer!! But, oh well! Amazing show! The characters were also pretty good!


  18. Really got a kick out of this show, it flew by although the last two episodes did drag a little. Azuma is a great action hero, and the other side characters are all excellent. Potential for a great live action actioner with this anime.

    But it was definitely flawed, wasn’t a big fan of the ending. I felt they needed to mix up the whole assassin trying to kill Haru by throwing in a few extra episodes, maybe one on Azuma past and maybe one or two episodes about the assassin’s hanging around as friends. Something just to change the flow of the show for a while just to give the audience a breather.

    Also a bit of gore and more violent action wouldn’t have gone amiss imo. The Yuri was massively let down, why not build up Azuma and Haru romance over a episode or two at the beginning. Definitely don’t be looking at this show for Yuri action cause it’s very weak. Shame as they had potential with Azuma and Haru, but it felt more like a big sister protecting her little sister for me.

    But overall a very watchable action anime, could have done with some brutal killings and more yuri action. The last two episodes I found the weakest of the show, but it’s well worth checking out. 7.5/10


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