Before I start this first impression I have a serious question
- Am I just forcing the BL interaction between the characters because I like yaoi or is it really there?
Sometimes I wonder if it’s just in my head because I’ll be watching anime with my brother and he’s all ok about stuff and then I’ll be like, Did you see that? That was totally yaoi and I’ll say why and he’ll just be like no -__- what have you done, you’ve ruined it (haha)
Because seriously, a lot of the anime I’ve watched recently have that feel. Or maybe the BL really is there and I’m unconsciously gravitating towards those types of shows…Anyways, the reason I decided to watch Devils and Realist was because I’m a reader of the manga and I noticed the anime was complete so no delays what-so-ever (at least on the episode’s part). The roku/internet connection (not sure which is at fault here) is another thing…
William Twining, a brilliant aristocrat high schooler and self proclaimed realist, finds out that his school’s tuition has gone unpaid. On his next break, he heads home intent on finding out what the problem is only to find that his family is now bankrupt thanks to his uncle who has mysteriously gone missing. Left with only an empty mansion and one butler named Kevin Cecil, William scours his mansion to find something of value. Instead, what he finds is a secret room in his basement where he accidentally summons a demon named Dantalion who claims he is a descendant of Solomon.
Now, on top of finding a way to raise his family’s financial status and staying in school, William also has to worry about the demons coming after him because he is the “Elector”, the human who has the ability to choose the next temporary ruler of Hell while Lucifer sleeps.
Ok, to start off I just want to say that I really like William. He’s a character to admire. Instead of panicking or thinking of taking a break from school (or even asking someone for help), William immediately tries to solve ‘his’ problems on his own. He knows he doesn’t have money so he actively seeks out scholarships even though that might be seen as negative and even contemplates skipping another grade (confidence!).
When he finds out that Dantalion paid for his tuition it grates on his nerves because he doesn’t want to be indebted to a demon (but readily accepts the idea of a patron who funds students with great potential because he’s obviously got more than enough potential).
He sticks to his ideas, not being swayed even though he’s being constantly attacked by demons and even the Church. And just him being so stubborn as a realist is very entertaining. I love the explanations that he comes up with when it concerns demons. The way he can be so lazy at times, trying to get out of certain activities even though he’s a prefect and supposed to set an example.
Just his confidence is great (๑￫‿￩๑)
So far I have no complaints about his character. I want to see more and I will because I can (though probably not today, tomorrow, haha)
So that was my William is awesome rant but the other characters are also pretty interesting. There’s Dantalion and Sytry who are both demons running for Hell’s throne. Both are close to William and are constantly trying to trick him into choosing them to be the next ruler of Hell (if you choose me I’ll do X-thing for you). Of course William always resists.
A few things have been revealed about both of them (like what kind of demons they are, who they serve, what they control, stuff like that) but it looks like the more important thing going on with them is that they crave for William’s approval (of their existence) because he’s a direct descendant of Solomon and therefore has his soul. However, that’s not going so well because (1) William refuses to believe in the supernatural and (2) he remembers nothing of his past life. And then reason 1 isn’t helping him remember either.
There are also other characters introduced like Cameo (another candidate for Hell’s throne) and Kevin (William’s last remaining butler and new school pastor) but I won’t talk about them because there’s not much of the anime that makes them mysterious or interesting yet.
Pacing is going rather well, don’t have complaints there. I like how the school setting is incorporated into the story (main setting). It’s not like other anime that introduce it for an episode and then it’s gone. The plot is introduced since episode 1 so you know the show is basically going to be about demons trying to get their paws on William because he’s the Elector. The art is great, animation is really good, and the music decent. There haven’t been any songs that have really caught my attention yet though.
Also, it’s nothing too bad but William’s voice is not what I expected. It’s a bit deeper than I thought it’d be but there seems to be a range for him. Like his voice will be deeper in some moments than in others (I prefer when it’s not which is usually when he’s shouting in his head or being cute and stuff). I thought I’d get used to his voice by now since it’s almost been 5 episodes but I guess I’m still feeling off about it. That’s the only one that really bothered me.
Will definitely continue because I’ve yet to see anything I’m really dissatisfied with and it feels like there’s intense yaoi feels (He belongs to me!)