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