「倒錯と禁断のカドリール」 (Tousaku to Kindan no Kadoriiru)
“Depravity and the Forbidden Quadrille”
And when I mean musical twist, I mean – there are parts of this episode that just breaks out into song with cinematics. It definitely took me by surprise. Normally I find the soundtrack and music an extremely crucial part of any show because it sets the tone, changes the mood and sometimes, you might really find a song you like. Dance with Devils is a hit and miss for me in the sense that, I find the songs catchy and very J-pop-like, however at the same time, it disrupts the flow of the scene. The beginning gives this haunting, dark atmosphere that’s immediately broken by a slice-of-life scene with the main character singing her way to school. It does make you think a bit about what you’re getting yourself into, but either way, I still find the songs alright for a weekly production in conjunction with Elements Garden (the music studio). Could be better, but not every budget is a Disney musical budget.
Now for the show itself…
The premise is simple enough and nothing we haven’t already seen before. There’s a mediocre student named Tachibana Ritsuka (Akaneya Himika) – seriously, so average that I couldn’t even remember her name right after finishing the episode. She lives with her mother and shortly arriving at school one day, she gets summoned by the Student Council. The Student Council is headed by Student President, Kaginuki Rem (Saito Soma) along with Nanashiro Mage (Kimura Subaru), Natsumezaka Shiki (Hirakawa Daisuke) and Sogami Urie (Kondou Takashi) rounding it up. The audience learns very quickly that the Student Council are not just students but they have supernatural powers that Ritsuka has the ability to negate (with her necklace). Later that day, Ritsuka’s house gets broken into and ransacked to which she calls the police. When she comes back later with the police, the house is restored to normal, but much to her disappointment, her mother is nowhere to be seen. While walking to her friend’s house, the burglars whom broke into Ritsuka’s house earlier find her and just as something bad is about to happen… *bum bum dum*, Rem comes to the rescue! The burglars reveal their true identities as vampires, but they’re no match for Rem because he is – after all, a devil. Rem invites Ritsuka back home with him and that’s where our story begins. Oh! And of course, Ritsuka has a hot brother by the name of Tachibana Lindo (Hatano Wataru) who is studying aboard but rushes to come back after he hears about his mother.
So I know the synopsis of the setting sounds like a lot is going on but in a nutshell – we have an average girl who happens to be “special” and finds herself standing between vampires and devils. The devils are 4 students in her school and her brother is probably going to hate them (for some reason). Not at all complicated and very straight forward if all you’re watching for is plot. And there is definitely more going on here than your typical dark, supernatural romance series. Compared to DIABOLIK LOVERS (and I think I’m seriously the only one watching that anime…), Dance with Devils has a bit more to offer in terms of setting and storyline. I don’t know how deep the series will go down the romance or angst route, but it seems like there will be a good amount of that too. From first impressions, I don’t expect this series to blow me away or really branch out of stereotypes, but I’ll stick around to see what it has to offer in terms of music and OST.
When I first started this series, it really felt like an adaptation from a visual novel or game. Turns out that the series is an original but is made in collaboration with a game developer named Rejet. The story is certainly formatted like a game – with the introduction of the possible routes, the setting, the problem at large and this girl who is not actually all that average. It’s also animated by Brain’s Base which I honestly was expecting a bit more from; some of the frames looked a bit jagged and especially Rem’s lips. That could be his character design but it’ll take a while to get used to; compared to the fluidity that I’ve seen in recent anime, Dance with Devils is not the most pleasing to the eye. However, it’s very similar to the style they’ve taken with AMNESIA and Brothers Conflict so they have experience with the visual novel-type anime. I’m still expecting more so here’s hoping that it gets better over time – or at least the plot does.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: It’s like a musical… but in anime form o_o with a very stereotypical plot line and characters =X #DancewithDevils
OP: 「覚醒のAir」 (Kakusei no Air) by 羽多野渉 (Wataru Hatano)