Shoujo Saturday: Akuma no Riddle by Yun Kōga





This week I’m going over a series that is viewed as a topic that is not a politically accepted topic in most circles, but since I care little about politics and even less for the people behind it I’m going to cover this series anyway. It’s Akuma no Riddle, by Yun Kōga.

Plot Synopsis: At the private girls’ boarding school, Myōjō Academy, thirteen girls are transferred into the academy’s “10th Year Black Class” (10年黒組 Jū-nen Kuro-gumi). Of these thirteen students, twelve are assassins from various backgrounds who are all tasked with assassinating the remaining student, a girl named Haru Ichinose. If they succeed, they will be granted any wish they desire, but if they fail, they are expelled from the class. One of the assassins, Tokaku Azuma, develops feelings for Haru and defects to her side, resolving to protect her from the other assassins.

Plot: It’s pretty intense, as is to be expected when the story revolves around assassination. Tokaku is a pretty emotionless person and is very confused by her interest in Haru, so it’s pretty interesting to see her development over the course of the story. Needless to say that the other characters are just as interesting, especially Haru, who despite being the Genki girl in an otherwise really dark series, has her own darkness that we have yet to learn about.

Art: This is more in the style of Shonen artwork, but it’s not aimed at males necessarily. Expect plenty of blood and violence in the art of this series.

Music: The music in this series is amazing, I love the opening theme and soundtrack. However my favorite part is that a different member of Black Class sings a ending theme each episode. My personal favorites are Haru’s and the one where all of Black Class sings together.

Overall: For those who like a romance story with plenty of action.

For those who like: Romance, Action, Ass kicking female leads, Lots of violence.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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