Akuma no Riddle – 02

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I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the sketchy guy who wears sunglasses in a dark office and is always rolling dice, talking to himself, and occasionally texting Azuma riddles. But despite the ridiculousness of its premise, the show is keeping me invested with it’s thick, threatening atmosphere, and a few interesting twists that surface this week.

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Four of the assassins decided to be fashionably late—literally, as there’s no apparent dress code for the Black Class—and a fifth waits all the way until the assassins’ orientation to introduce herself, and mention how she only sits on her own furniture. It’s weird quirks like that I hope to see more of as the other eleven girls besides Azuma come into focus (assuming they won’t start dying off right away).

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But first, Haru invites Isuke, whom we met last week, over for tea, which Isuke provides and is poison, of course; hoping to get a head start on the assassinating. But the first twist occurs: the poison doesn’t kill Haru. There’s some kind of spell (or curse) keeping her alive. When Azuma storms in we get a nice spot of hand-to-hand combat, but Azuma can’t close the deal, leading to the second twist: she’s never actually killed anyone. Furthermore, it seems as though a distant memory is keeping her from doing so.

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When Azuma arrives at the assassin’s meeting, she drops a third twist: she’s siding with Haru, and won’t let anyone hurt her. Events this week, and the emotions they stirred up, propelled her to abandon her original mission far earlier than we (and possibly Kaiba) thought she would. So, we’ve got a target who can’t be killed (or at least is determined not to be) and an assassin who can’t kill (or at least has considerable difficulty) surrounded by eleven assassins who can. The lines are drawn; let the battle commence.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Akuma no Riddle – 02”

  1. Or there could be a fourth twist, Haru’s is actually an assassin herself, and some freakish abomination to boot. Her tale of being a victim might no be entirely true, for all we know she could be the one responsible for killing her clan, or whoever those people were. All this is a guess based on Haru’s flashback scene, and how it gives me a twisted, ill vibe that something is not right about her sad, horrifying tale.

    1. I didn’t touch on this, but when Haru spoke about the “sacrifices” her clan made so she could live, it did cross my mind that she could have been the very one who killed them all.

      Frankly, I wouldn’t mind if that was indeed the case. We’ve already seen that Haru is not as weak and helpless as she looks.

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