Hey Grimms ❤
How’s life, love, and the pursuit of happiness?
I hope all is well and that you are ready for a first reaction manga post. Ages and ages ago I picked up volume 1 and 2 of Devils’ Line, pop them on my bookshelf, and of course never actually read a single page…
That finally changed!
The other day I sat down to read volume one, to decided if this will be a manga series I continue with. Obviously I never choose something that I think I won’t enjoy (I know for a fact there are people who do that for reviews and it annoys the crap out of me but that’s a complaint for another day) but just because it sounds promising doesn’t mean that it delivers.
Devils’ Line by Ryo Hanada sounded pretty darn good after I read the back of the cover for volume one:
“Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to guard of Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond- one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rul of never drinking human blood…”
Y’all I am honestly finding it difficult to find words…
Okay. Here’s the thing, I think that a lot of the troupes this story uses I have just outgrown. I didn’t realizes it until I started reading but the further I got into the story the more I started to notice that I couldn’t connect to the story because I am just not interested in certain themes at the heart of this manga.
For example Tsukasa is a college student who has never kissed a boy and is all naïve about love, men, and sex. She screams innocent, young maiden at the top of her lungs. Her blushes draw men across the globe to gaze upon her. So of course encounter one after a near fatal incident that could have cost her life, her virginity, or both Anzai ends up kissing her (of course not on purpose) and thus her first kiss has happened and the love story between the two begin.
At this point I’m getting a bit eye rolley. Not because there is anything wrong with this storyline but because I think I’ve seen this so many times that for me to still be engaged with it I feel like there has to be another level within the plot that really grabs my attention.
So far I haven’t really been roped into the whole, “secret vampire police force” thing. Honestly even after finishing the first volume I’m a little confused as to what is going on. Have the vampires always been apart of human society or is this a new thing? Also does the general population understand that vampires are around or is that kept under wraps? In the beginning of the story a character discusses watching a special claiming that a string of recent killings were committed by a vampire and another character brushes it off because it’s only being said by tabloids and not the real media.
So what’s the deal here?
Also who’s in charge of this vampire police force? Is it a government task force? Are vampires a world wide problem? I’m not sure if this is stuff that I’d find out in later volumes but I almost feel as if the personal relationship between Tsukasa and Anzai was pushed way to fast at the expense of laying the groundwork for the world they are occupying. I feel like I’m starting a story with no foundation and I’ve just popped up in the middle of something.
I am also still confused about how their need for blood actually works. Anzai takes tranquilizers so that he doesn’t crave blood but apparently they are addictive. Also how is he surviving without human blood? Does he drink animal blood? Gaaaaaahhhh!!!
Finally the lack of side characters is pretty tragic. There’s some girl in Tsukasa’s life that she has lunch with or something but honestly doesn’t bring much to the table and I completely forgot why she was even there. Anzai seems to have three people he associates with his boss, his doctor, and another chica vampire who is apparently in the plot solely to emphasis how maidenly Tsukasa is.
Actually that legit pissed me off. I’m going to need to go on a bit of a rant here so bare with me.
Juliana Lloyd is a vampire on Anzai’s squad who he was sleeping with until he met the great innocence that is Tsukasa. Juliana is a full vampire who exhibits the exact opposite traits of Tsukasa. She’s busty, not shy around men, comfortable in the fact she likes sex and not afraid to make the first move. Up until the point that Anzai starts hanging out with Tsukasa he is sleeping with Juliana but suddenly Tsukasa is in his life and he drops her like there’s no tomorrow.
And you know what whatever if he’s not into her anymore that’s fine. It happens but you don’t have to be a DICK about it and he 100% is. He doesn’t even make a clean break of things he just tells her they aren’t really dating and stops coming over. He also has the nerve to act like she’s the vulgar one. Ummm… she wasn’t having sex by herself you prick. As they say it takes two to tango. He doesn’t get to act all high and mighty as if he hasn’t been flouncing over to her house for who knows how long to get laid.
At least have the decency to be like, “Hey we may not have been officially dating but we have been sleeping together and that means something to me. So I just wanted to let you know that there’s someone else I’m interested in but I hope that we can still be friends and continue to work together.”
It’s that easy.
But no he doesn’t tell her any of that. He just continues to ignore her and act like she’s a nuisance. I’m sorry I cannot go along with this. I’m now on team Anzai’s a Giant Jerkface and could care less what happens with his love life. As far as I’m concerned he can go get crushed by a Juliana’s big boobies and suffocate to death. Honestly is it too much to ask for him to muster up a little tact?
Eventually I’ll read volume two because I did buy it but unless there are some big changes that really rope me in I don’t think this is a series I will continue. On the whole I think there are a lot of people who could really get into this series. For me personally my first impression is that Devils’ Line has a little of things that together really bug me and not enough of the things I love to balance it out, with that said though we each have our own deal breakers.
I realize that my deal breakers are not everyone’s deal breakers.
If any of the above things I mentioned are things you like to avoid then I’d give Devils’ Line a pass. Or if possible check it out from your library or a friend to test it out before committing to a purchase. If you have read the story comment below with your likes and dislikes ❤ It’s always better to have more perspectives!
Try to steer clear of spoilers though or at least warn people that they are coming. Check you later Grimms.