MAL synopsis: “Daß ich erkenne, was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält, schau’ alle Wirkenskraft und Samen, und thu’ nicht mehr in Worten kramen.”
“That I realize what keeps the world together at heart, look at all effectualness and seeds and don’t rummage in words anymore.”
At a street that looks nostalgic, in Shikou Village.
Ritsuka Tachibana, a second year high schooler who attends Shikou Gakuen.
She spends a peaceful school life with her mother Maria, but the balance will collapse one day—.
Is that a person or a devil?
Dance with Devils is definitely one of the anime that got lots of attention months before the Fall season and here it finally is ! Most of you following me are probably aware that Dance with Devils comes as an original animation project from Rejet, most famous for their “how-to-get-your-blood-sucked-by-sadistic-abusive-vampires” guide, commonly known as Diabolik Lovers and the whole hype and reluctance going around Dance with Devils comes from that. However, fear not! As first episode, it doesn’t seem like the story wants to take that direction and between the guys, there is currently only one obvious potential DiaLover-candidate, but to what degree that’s still to see.
I must mention this, I did not expect to enjoy the first episode this much. Not particularly because of the story it tries to tell, but because of the freakin musical-ish parts! MUSICAL! My face was a mix between (´｡✪ω✪｡｀) and ✧(๑✪д✪)۶ㅂ٩(✪д✪๑)✧ during the singing parts and the almost-“theatrical” and fairytale-ish feeling it has is to praise. It’s definitely unique to see something like this in an anime and I seriously hope it won’t stop only at the first episode with it.
Putting “fangirling over awesome vocals” to a side here, storywise it seems more plot oriented than most reverse harem shows which usually follow the “fluff-cute-fluff-sexy-fluff-angsty backstory-fluff-sexy” formula (not all but a good portion of them). I am aware that it’s still fast to judge this after only one episode though. If I got to think about a huge disappointment when everything just turned into a “what am I watching ?” moment after a spectacular first episode, La Storia dell’Arcana Famiglia would be a very good example of it. Dance with Devils, for what we can assume till now, focuses on the hunting and retrieval of a “grimoire” which grants the power to control the world and more to whoever owns/uses it. Our heroine, Ritsuka, might unawaringly have the key to find and/or use this grimoire, which everybody in her family but her is aware of, so ultimately it might turn into something like “whoever owns Ritsuka, owns the grimoire by default” kind of story.
Characters wise, weirdly enough, I am curious about every guy and I look forward to an explanation to their powers/demon selves and what are they exactly doing in the human world playing humans. Is it because they needed to find the heroine? Or for another reason? Anyway, I find Lindo (his name reminds me of chocolate…I felt like eating chocolate everytime I heard it!) and his role being the most intriguing and I can’t wait for his entrance. As for Ritsuka, she’s definitely not annoying and unlike Yui from Diabolik Lovers she seems to have a lot more guts and common sense; though she was fast in leaving without even hearing the reason she was called by the student council to begin with, but I call that “plot convenience” rather than being her fault. Also, the dog in the picture is also going to change into a bishie right? It usually happens. XD
And this guy is not actually her brother right? That usually happens too, mostly in this case where it seems that the main “triangle” is going to happen between Lindo and Rem, which, looking into it deeper, could symbolize the 2 sides of good and evil.
What about you? Did you start watching this yet? Planning to? What are your thoughts on it generally? Can’t wait for some feedback!