Akuma no Riddle Episode 2: Target

Vantage

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  1. Wanderer says:

    Isuke doesn’t slit throats. After the last episode I ended up looking up the manga, and there’s a fairly significant amount of her backstory that was omitted from this episode explaining some of her behavior, motivations, and the origin of her name.

    As for the assassin’s rules, people seem to be having difficulty understanding this. What they have is a card that once they have delivered it to Haru, they have 48 hours in which to kill her. They can make as many attempts within that 48 hours as they want, in as many ways as they want, so long as it doesn’t end up inolving someone who isn’t a member of the black class. Once those 48 hours are over, if they have not succeeded in killing Haru, they do not get another card. That card is their “one chance.” They will immediately be expelled and removed from the school at that point.

    As for Haru, as far as I can tell she is genuine. The manga thus far hasn’t revealed everything about her (in fact it hasn’t revealed much more than you’ve seen thus far), but she has never broken character. She is resistant to pain and drugs simply because the many many many times she has been hurt, nearly killed, hospitalized, etc. have caused her to build up resistances to those things. And she has chosen to live her life being happy, despite everything that happens to her. She doesn’t deny the bad things, but she refuses to let them destroy who she chooses to be. If that is an act, it is one I’ve been unable to spot any holes in through 19 chapters of the manga.

    PS: I personally wouldn’t trust Nio as far as I could throw her. I am by no means going to take her word for what Haru may or may not have done.

    • Vantage says:

      I see… 48 hours seems like a huge window of opportunity, especially if they can try as many times as they want within that time frame. If that card is what grants them “permission” to target Haru, then the fact that Tokaku’s torn hers up means she really has defected for good, and can’t actually kill her (unless she doesn’t want a wish I suppose).

      As painfully tragic as it is for Haru to have built up resistances in that sort of way, it does beg the question of why she’s still alive. If people have carried out countless attempts on her life to the point she’s resistant to pain, it’s a miracle she isn’t dead yet. Reminds me of Fidel Castro!

      Nio seems like she’s done some research on all of her classmates, which makes me think it’s not just a baseless claim. She started mentioning something about the pocky girl’s family too, which clearly struck a nerve.

      • Wanderer says:

        Oh I’m sure Nio knows a great deal. She has the same “scent” as the other assassins, and she works for that school as the interface between it’s headmaster and the rest of the black class. Just judging from the amount of knowledge she has, the way she acts, and the fact that she doesn’t seem particularly skilled in physical combat, I’d say she specializes in information management. But she’s still an assassin, or she wouldn’t have that scent. I’d say what most likely is that she manipulates information to get people killed. She knew Sagae Haruki’s weak point was her family, so she used the fact that Haru’s family is all dead and presented it in a way to make Haru a more appealing target for Haruki.

        That’s my judgement on it, anyway. It’s not like they take the time to spell all this out anywhere, so I’m interpreting from things I’ve seen about the characters, but I think it adds up.

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