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Devils Line – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Eclipse」 by 蒼井翔太 (Aoi Shouta)

「Line.1ダークサイド」 (Line 1 Daaku Saido)
“Line.1 Dark Side”

Even though I knew exactly what I was getting into before starting the episode, it was still a little embarrassing to watch even with no one else in the room.

General Impressions

For those of you who don’t know what Devils Line is about, I would implore you go and read our Spring 2018 Preview for a brief synopsis. In a nutshell, the story revolves around Vampires and their constant struggle to contain their latent vampiric urges. Specifically, they literally lose their shit when anywhere near human blood. And when I say anywhere, I mean it in the strongest essence of the word. Have a cut on your lip? Scraped your elbow on that brick wall? Allergies drying out your nose and making it bleed? Vampires in this show will literally be ready to kabedon you against the wall and drink to their heart’s content. Unfortunately, this typically also involves getting rough with the person who has that sweet, sweet liquid flowing out of them and unfortunately, vampires don’t know how to go easy when their blood-lust maxes out.

Now, for those of you who are still here, I have to admit that the story of Devils Line is actually not that bad if you’re looking for a human-vampire romance that has to deal with all the stigmas and taboos of a cross-species relationship between our main characters Anzai the half human/vampire and Tsukasa the extremely understanding human. Because once you take away all the fighting and gratuitous amounts of blood that flies around since vampires are involved, your left with a rather cute love story that just won’t let you go once it has its grips around you. It might be tough to catch it now with how heavy handed everything was throughout this first episode, but if this follows the source material, there’s a lot of subtle nods to segregation as well as trying to fit in when you (and everyone else) knows your different than them.

That said, I don’t think the promise of good things to come may be enough to keep people on the fence watching. With some rough in-between animation and some real awkward action scenes (which I was hoping would be a lot cooler animated), I’d feel a little awkward recommending this show to anyone besides those who literally have nothing else to watch.

In any case, I bid those of you who watch it good luck and for readers who read the source material, I’m curious if you’re going to stick around for what’s coming next.

See you guys later!

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「そっと溶けてゆくように」 (Sotto Toekete Yuku you Ni) by 宮野真守 (Mamoru Miyano)

Preview

April 9, 2018 at 12:41 am
9 comments »
  • April 9, 2018 at 5:20 amAngelus

    I think the thing putting me off this show the most is the ugly character designs. OK, so I know not everyone in the world is a supermodel, but Tsukasa is past homely in my eyes. Still, the “just one little scratch and I might rip you apart” thing could make for an interesting relationship dynamic, so I’ll give it another few episodes.

    • April 9, 2018 at 7:07 amSpike

      Yeah I couldn’t get past the fact that some of the background characters had the strangest eyes… like they were shocked or surprised or something, wondering what they are reacting to only to find that’s just the way they look.

      Is this another Chinese production because those tend to have crap design like this.

      • April 9, 2018 at 7:57 amAngelus

        As far as I can see, the lead staff members are all Japanese, as are all the outsourced companies except possibly one, Green Grass Factory, which I couldn’t find any info on.

      • April 9, 2018 at 8:09 amzztop

        The source manga art isn’t the prettiest – the designs could get very wonky at times.

  • April 9, 2018 at 6:59 amguardian enzo

    You had me with the excerpt.

  • April 9, 2018 at 7:45 amephemeralred

    It followed manga pretty well and it looks good so far.

    For those who havent read this, give it three episode chance, it gets SO MUCH better pretty soon :D

  • April 9, 2018 at 11:40 amPuffles

    Show looks fine to me, but then I’m old. I enjoyed the episode, it had a decent set-up and finish with a good hook into the next one. Still only ep 1 though.

    Btw, when you say “literally lose their shit”…. literally literally?

  • April 9, 2018 at 5:17 pmsouma

    http://randomc.net/image/Devils%20Line/Devils%20Line%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

    It really reminds me of staz from blood lad, he also had that panda eyes.

  • April 15, 2018 at 6:57 pmmike

    OMG, this is a tsukihime rip-off

    dude !!,

    blond vamipre hunting vampires
    dude with weird eyes hunting vampires too