Riddle – Story of Devil #01 — Brought to You By Crest

March 31st, 2014

 

Smile!

Pre-air on Nico. Actual broadcast begins on Thursday. Since this was ~20 minutes, I assume it’ll be getting its OP and ED then.

Impressions:

I was gearing myself up to be especially sarcastic for these opening episodes since I’m getting a bit tired of railing on about exposition, so when this went the “speedlines over stills” route within the first thirty seconds, all I could think was “Holy butts, man! They’re moving so fast, it just looks like they’re standing still but look at all that speeeeeeed.” Then I felt a little disgusted with myself. Then I started wondering if they used their chins to kill, and pondering how long I could survive a drinking game where you had to drink every time one of them makes an evil grin (twice if they were transported to the Neon Dimension during it) and started feeling a little better.

That I’m talking about the grinning instead of any kind of assassining should give you a decent idea of how the episode went. There was very little attempted murder, only grinning. The closest thing to anybody doing anything is when the legendary moonchild of yore had a door slammed into her face because she knocked on it and then apparently stood with her face half a foot away. To cover their bases, they made sure to have some shower scenes and obvious panty shots. And that’s basically all that happened. The lead is your standard sullen broody type and she’s partnered with your standard oblivious moron who apparently smells nice. And they’re roomates. And there are other people too. Premise working for ya yet!?

So to sum up, it’s a lot of supposed assassins and one flower child grinning at each other, so the direction is what I’d call a little bit silly. The sound guy was doing what he could and an admirable job at times even, and it held back from a nonstop flood of exposition, but what it did share wasn’t any less stupid for it. There’s just less of a bad thing, and the only promise of things to come is more grinning.

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9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Fellow says:

    Personally, I found the entire thing hilarious. I don’t know if it was trying to be serious or not but it got quite a few laughs out of me either way. Can’t wait for my next weekly dose of wacky grins shown behind annoying filters.

  • The Phantom says:

    Other than everyone looking EEEVVVVVVVIIILLLL, this was a borefest, nothing bloody happened and the leads are annoying me already.

    If next episode is a not a fucking bloodbath I will drop this outright.

  • Grin says:

    well… yeah the manga is all about angst, evil grins, shocked reaction faces and close to zero action.
    More like, most of the characters here seem like they’re born 5 minutes ago for the sole purpose of playing the ENEMY role.

  • Kitsu says:

    The manga dont have angst, I remember more comedy scene than sad one.
    Also they all have background, and hall of them are friends so if you are wrong

  • algorithm says:

    It’s kinda sad how your best reviews all happen at the beginning of the season while you always end up with crap no one cares about, not even you.

  • algorithm says:

    Sounds like SnK.

  • anon999 says:

    Is this supposed to appeal to someone? Because all I felt was outright boredom when the characters kept yapping about stuff.

  • anise_punter says:

    Not gonna lie, was kind of expecting an oddly-colored neco arc theme for the site today

  • Aroduc says:

    I’m not a great fan of April 1st on the internet.