Akuma no Riddle Episode 2: Target
First of all, it seems like “forgiveness” really is the answer to that question – while it’ll certainly be a recurring concept throughout the show, I wonder if that’s what the titular “riddle” is. Although in turn, that would make the dice bastard the “devil”, and somehow I just can’t see him playing too big a role in this – even though he definitely knows more than he’s letting on to Tokaku, he seems more like an overseer or a supervisor rather than the mastermind behind it all. Though who knows? I’m sure this show’s got many twists and revelations left to surprise us with.
I’m sure one of those twists involves Haru, and Omoikane’s comments last week on Haru being a trained assassin herself are starting to seem plausible. What she revealed to Tokaku this week was probably just the tip of the iceberg – and there’s already something ominous in the fact that she’s resistant to drugs. Up until now, I was willing to assume that the many scars littered throughout her body were just due to attempts on her life… but I’m not so sure any more. Perhaps the most worrying thing right now is that we currently have two different versions of how Haru’s family died. According to Haru herself, they died trying to protect her from whoever’s after her life (apparently there are lots of people) and her desire to graduate and keep a smile on is to honour their memories and what they died for. But Nio made it sound like Haru killed them herself in cold blood – no, that’s exactly what she said. It didn’t seem like she was lying, either. I do still want to believe in the happy, innocent Haru, though – I don’t want her to be faking it at all. But the only way she would be both genuinely bubbly and genuinely bloodthirsty… would be if she had a split personality, wouldn’t it?
More new assassin classmates turned up, and yet the only two I can remember apart from Tokaku are Nio and Inukai Isuke. Isuke must really want a wish if she was willing to jump the gun even while everyone else were still acting like students – I’m actually surprised she drugged that tea, though I suppose it’s just like Haru to drink it without any hesitation. To be honest, it’s the sort of thing you don’t really expect just because it’s so clichéd – and because Isuke could have killed her in a hundred other imaginative ways. I’m not sure why she had to try to fill up the bath with hot water and stick her in there – couldn’t she just have slit her throat right there? Or do the assassins have to make it look like it was some sort of accident?
At least we know that this whole thing is somewhat institutionalized. It seems like the assassins can’t get any outsiders involved, and if they fail to succeed they’ll have to drop out. I’m surprised they have procedures for everything – they even have to tell Haru before they try to kill her, meaning they can’t just jump her at random like I expected them to. And from what I could tell (correct me if I’m wrong) it seems like each of them only has one shot at it, which will now make Tokaku’s job a bit easier. While her exact motives for wanting to protect Haru are a bit dubious at this point (can we just chalk it down to yuri love?) it’s nice to know that Tokaku’s not interested in killing her any more. I just hope she doesn’t backstab her at the end.
Finally, I wonder what other limitations the assassins have – especially whether they’re allowed to kill Tokaku or not now that she’s defected. Isuke could have done so, and yet she walked away. And in return, is Tokaku allowed to kill them – or rather, is she even capable of killing them?