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What's Red, But Isn't Red? (赤いのに赤くないのは?, Akai no ni, Akakunai no wa?) is the third episode of the Riddle Story of Devil anime series.

Plot Overview

As Tokaku Azuma continued to rip up her Advance Kill Notice, she threatened the other assassins in the room that they'd have to go through her if any one of them attempted to kill Haru Ichinose. Nio regained her composure as the others questioned if Tokaku abandoning the assignment all together was permitted by the rules. Nio quickly phoned the woman seen in a previous episode, who gave Tokaku permission to assume the role of Haru's "protector", and she noted this was an expected turn of events. With this, Nio ended the orientation.

The next morning in Dorm Room #5, Otoya Takechi and Shiena Kenmochi were awoken by Shiena's alarm clock which caused Otoya to slam her hand down on the nightstand, missing the alarm clock and smashing Shiena's glasses instead. After a brief banter over Shiena's missing spare glasses (during which it is implied Otoya took them) Otoya skillfully sliced up a magazine with her scissors to create a message for her Advance Kill Notice that read:

"TO HARU-CHAn"
"coming to TAke your LIFE"


In Dorm Room #1, Tokaku watched over Haru as she wondered how she was going to protect her, or even if she should just kill Haru now to get it over with. She was interrupted by Haru talking in her sleep about her mom, then chewing on her blanket, which made Tokaku firmly wake her up. Later, the pair walked to school when Otoya suddenly made an appearance and asked to walk with Haru, to which the latter happily agreed.

In the classroom, while the others were distracted by Sumireko Hanabusa's extravagant desk, Haru reached into her own desk to find Otoya's Advance Kill Notice as Otoya quietly watched her reaction. Tokaku took notice of Haru's sudden change in disposition, but before she could do anything Mr. Mizorogi entered the room. In the bathroom during a break between classes, Haru firmly resolved that she wouldn't tell Tokaku about the Advance Kill Notice because she didn't want anyone else to die for her sake, and that she would survive it on her own.

While she waited for Haru to come out of the bathroom, Tokaku received a text from Kaiba with his third riddle:

"What's Red, But Isn't Red?"


Later, Class Black had their first Biology lesson in the botanical garden. During the lesson, Mr. Mizorogi heard and pointed out a bird call, the Bull Finch which would later prove to be very important. Otoya then enthusiastically talked with Haruin an effort to get close to her, claiming they had many things in common. An annoyed Tokaku interrupted the exchange, telling Otoya to leave; however, Haru jumped to her defense and stated she was happy they had so much in common.

That night, an angry but concerned Tokaku scolded Haru for believing in Otoya's lies, and said she only claimed to have so much in common with Haru to get her to let her guard down in order to kill her. Tokaku then explained Class Black's rules, but Haru tried to reason that since Tokaku had decided to protect her, then it could be possible that Otoya might want to do the same. She further explained if she could get everyone in the class to be friends with her, then no one had to die and they could all graduate together.

In the botanical garden, Otoya placed a butterfly in a spider’s web and seemed to unsettlingly enjoy watching it get eaten before Nio Hashiri appeared behind her. Nio informed Oyota they needed to discuss what her wish would be should she succeed in assassinating Haru. Otoya answered she wants "Serial Killer Insurance"- i.e. the freedom to kill as she pleases without the worry of being arrested. Nio agreed to this wish.

The following day during lunch, Otoya attempted to chat with Mahiru Banba about the charms Haru gifted to the both of them, but Mahiru mimed an invisible box around the charm and said she "locked it away". This action confused Otoya and prompted her to say that maybe she should talk to Mahiru after the sun had set, but then with a sinister aura implied she and Mahiru had a lot more in common, which shocked Mahiru. Otoya explained that she and Mahiru understood the true value of the charm, before being interrupted by Haru and Tokaku.

That evening, Tokaku texted Kaiba an update, and thought to herself how she planned to protect Haru whenever she received an Advance Kill Notice, but then quickly realized that she might've already gotten one. Tokaku ran to where Haru last was in the classroom but she had already left to go with Otoya to the botanical garden.

At the botanical garden, Otoya gifted Haru with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for the phone charm. Then, in a flirtatious manner, Otoya said she's happy to have Haru "all to herself" for a change, and asked if Haru felt unsafe without Tokaku around to protect her from the assassins. Before Haru is able to answer, Otoya reassured her that she can protect her too now, then revealed that she knew Haru received an Advance Kill Notice and claimed it had been sent by her roommate Shiena.

Otoya explained that she shattered Shiena's glasses in order to protect Haru, but this all proved to be a distraction as Otoya suddenly shoved the bouquet of flowers into Haru's face, and revealed they are a type of flower called Gelsemium Elegans which contains a debilitating neurotoxin.

Still trying to locate Haru, Tokaku ended up in their shared dorm room. Otoya met her there and claimed she saw Haru and Shiena go into the basement, which resulted in Tokaku getting locked in as a trap.

At the same time, as some of the other members of Class Black shared a communal bath together and some conversation, Suzu Shuto told them about Otoya; she is a serial killer nicknamed "21st Century Jack the Ripper" that exclusively murders women in order to feel sexual gratification. Shiena was disturbed and upset over this revelation, as suddenly Tokaku dropped into the room from the vent and demanded to know what she did with Haru. Shiena quickly answered that the Notice hadn't come from her, but from Otoya.

Back at the botanical garden, Otoya had bound and gagged Haru and removed most of her clothing, and disturbingly rambled to her about how she planned to take her time in torturing Haru. She continued to ramble, before she ecstatically proclaimed how beautiful Haru's scars were, and how she had never had dotted lines to cut along before. She punctuated that remark by stabbing a scar on Haru's thigh with a pair of scissors, much to Otoya's sexual delight. Otoya then received a call from an angry Tokaku, who demanded to know where they were. Miffed, Otoya taunted Tokaku by twisting her scissors in Haru's thigh, which caused Haru to scream against her ball gag. Haru managed to get away by kicking Otoya when she became distracted, which caused the scissors Otoya was holding to drop down and cut through the binds on Haru's legs. Still on the line, Tokaku yelled into the phone and overheard a bird, the Bull Finch, and realized that Haru and Otoya were in the botanical garden.

Haru managed to free herself from the binds on her hands, and removed the ball-gag from her mouth as Otoya, now wielding a pair of large saws, found her. Two gunshots suddenly rang out, one grazing Otoya's cheek, as Otoya saw Tokaku. The two then briefly fought, culminating with Otoya gaining the upper hand which allowed her to nearly stab Tokaku in the eye with her saw, only to be interrupted by Haru using the Gelsemium Elegans flowers from before to render Otoya unconscious with an apology.

Otoya awoke the next morning, still in the botanical garden, with Nio hovering over her. She gleefully informed Otoya her 48 hours were up and she was expelled as per the rules. Otoya tried to desperately protest, and even offered to give up the chance for the reward just to kill Haru. Nio rejected it, and an angered Otoya used her scissors to slice off part of Nio's uniform, which revealed something on Nio's body that horrified Otoya.

In the classroom, Mr. Mizorogi informed the attending members of Class Black that Otoya had transferred out of the class, evident by the vase of mountain lilies on her desk. He also noted that Tokaku, Haru, and Nio were tardy. In Dorm Room #1, Tokaku watched over a recovering Haru, and promised she was safe as she clutched her hand.

Characters

In order of appearance:
Tokaku Azuma Anime ID
Nio Hashiri Anime ID
Kouko Kaminaga Anime ID
Suzu Shuto Anime ID
Tokaku Azuma
東 兎角
Nio Hashiri
走り 鳰
Shinya Banba
番場 真夜
(non-speaking)
Kouko Kaminaga
神長 香子
Suzu Shuto
首藤 涼
Haruki Sagae Anime ID
Isuke Inukai Anime ID
Shiena Kenmochi Anime ID
Otoya Takechi Anime ID
Sumireko Hanabusa Anime ID
Haruki Sagae
寒河江 春紀
Isuke Inukai
犬飼 伊介
Shiena Kenmochi
剣持 しえな
Otoya Takechi
武智 乙哉
Sumireko Hanabusa
英 純恋子
Chitaru Namatame Anime ID
Hitsugi Kirigaya Anime ID
Haru Ichinose Anime ID
Chitaru Namatame
生田目 千足
Hitsugi Kirigaya
桐ヶ谷 柩
Meichi Yuri
目一 百合
Haru Ichinose
一ノ瀬 晴
Ataru Mizorogi
溝呂木 辺
Mahiru Banba Anime ID
Kaiba
カイバ
Mahiru Banba
番場 真昼

Differences Between the Manga and Anime

Chapter 09

  • The secret orientation ends after Tokaku declares herself as Haru's protector; there is no discussion about whether this is in line with Class Black's rules.

Chapter 10

  • Otoya does not use magazine clippings to spell her message in her Advance Notice, and simply writes the note instead.
  • Tokaku notices immediately when Haru finds Otoya's Advance Notice in her desk and tells her not to touch it, saying it was meant for her. Otoya says she could be right and that she meant to place the letter in Tokaku's desk.
  • There is a flashback to Otoya discussing her reward with Nio should she succeed, and tells her she will be giving her Advance Notice the next morning. In the anime this conversation does not take place until after Otoya has already given notice.
  • When Otoya is talking to Mahiru about the phone strap Haru gave her, she takes the strap from her and teasingly holds it out of reach which greatly upsets Mahiru. Sumireko intervenes to return the strap to Mahiru and reprimand Otoya for bullying.
  • Tokaku is seen staring at the Advance Notice and thinking to herself that Otoya has bad handwriting.

Chapter 11

  • Mahiru approaches Sumireko to thank her for standing up for her earlier, and Sumireko asks if they could have lunch together. Mahiru nervously declines which visibly surprises Sumireko and leaves her disappointed.
  • Chitaru and Hitsugi have a conversation about their reasons for joining Class Black; this conversation does not happen until a later episode of the anime.
  • Mr. Mizorogi does not hold a biology lesson in the botanical garden; the scene in which Otoya asks Haru about her birthday and favorite foods takes place in the classroom instead.

Chapter 12

  • Nio visits the director's office to ask her if Tokaku is permitted to assume the role of Haru's guardian; they had this conversation over the phone during the orientation at the beginning of the episode.
  • There's a scene in which Otoya gives Mr. Mizorogi a flower arrangement she made with flowers she cut from the botanical garden. In the same scene she playfully teases Shiena, which prompts Shiena to very seriously state that she will never forgive people who bully.
  • During class, Otoya passes Haru a note asking if she would like to go to the botanical garden with her, to which Haru happily agrees. This angers Tokaku and she has Haru exchange phone numbers with her, then tells Haru to contact her if anything happens.
  • Otoya does not claim the Advance Notice was from Shiena as both Haru and Tokaku already know that Otoya had sent it. She also does not knock Haru out using the flowers or lock Tokaku in the basement.
  • In the botanical garden, Otoya does not bind and gag Haru or remove her clothing. She simply attacks Haru after telling her that beautiful things must die while they are still beautiful.

Chapter 13

  • Tokaku doesn't call to find out where Otoya is; she simply goes to get Haru when it's time for dinner since she knew she was at the botanical garden.
  • Otoya fights Tokaku using her scissors instead of hand saws.
  • While hiding, Haru comes across a poisonous herb garden where she obtains the flowers she uses to render Otoya unconscious.

Full Episode Cast & Staff

Cast

Morgan Berry as
Tokaku Azuma
Carli Mosier as
Haruki Sagae
Bryn Apprill as
Sumireko Hanabusa
Alexis Tipton as
Haru Ichinose
Lauren Landa as
Nio Hashiri
Jamie Marchi as
Isuke Inukai
Monica Rial as
Chitaru Namatame
Ricco Fajardo as
Ataru Mizorogi
Clarine Harp as
Kouko Kaminaga
Anastasia Muñoz as
Shiena Kenmochi
Natalie Hoover as
Hitsugi Kirigaya
Robert McCollum as
Kaiba
Michelle Rojas as
Suzu Shuto
Colleen Clinkenbeard as
Otoya Takechi
Rachel Robinson as
Meichi Yuri
Mikaela Krantz as
Mahiru Banba

Minor Roles

Kristen McGuire Terri Doty




Staff

Director:
Caitlin Glass
Assistant Producer:
Zach Bolton
Script:
Blair Rowan
Clifford Chapin
Head Writer:
John Burgmeier
Executive Producer:
Gen Fukunaga
Production Assistants:
Monica Kester
Sarah Alys Lindholm
Producers:
Justin Cook
Michael Harcourt
Subtitling:
Ashley Hayward
Ben Phillips
Brandy Richmond
Emily Walker
Freddie Arnold
Hailey Ard
Jonathan Castleman
Sara Bachmeyer




Companies

Broadcaster:
Animax Asia
Internet Streaming:
AnimeLab (Australia & New Zealand)
Crunchyroll
FUNimation
Distributor:
Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Licensed By:
Anime Limited (UK & Ireland)
FUNimation

Cast

Ayaka Suwa as
Tokaku Azuma
Fumiko Uchimura as
Haruki Sagae
Miho Arakawa as
Sumireko Hanabusa
Hisako Kanemoto as
Haru Ichinose
Yoshino Nanjō as
Nio Hashiri
Azumi Asakura as
Isuke Inukai
Sachika Misawa as
Chitaru Namatame
Takahiro Sakurai as
Ataru Mizorogi
Haruka Yoshimura as
Kouko Kaminaga
Yuki Yamada as
Shiena Kenmochi
Mami Uchida as
Hitsugi Kirigaya
Tomokazu Sugita as
Kaiba
Chika Anzai as
Suzu Shuto
Manami Numakura as
Otoya Takechi
Yoshiko Sakakibara as
Meichi Yuri
Yuka Ōtsubo as
Mahiru Banba




Staff

Director:
Keizō Kusakawa
Script:
Ayuna Fujisaki
Kiyoko Yoshimura (eps)
Masahiro Yokotani
Episode Directors:
Kazunobu Shimizu (Ep 02)
Shingo Tamaki (Ep 01, 10)
Music:
Yoshiaki Fujisawa
Series Composition:
Kiyoko Yoshimura
Storyboard:
Keizō Kusakawa (credits)
Shingo Tamaki (credits)
Takayuki Inagaki (credits)
Yoshino Honda (OP)
Unit Directors:
Keizō Kusakawa (credits)
Shingo Tamaki (credits)
Takayuki Inagaki (credits)
Yoshino Honda (OP)
Character Design:
Naomi Ide
Art Director:
Masatoshi Muto
Animation Directors:
Kazuyuki Ikai (credits)
Mayuko Matsumoto (Ep 01)
Naomi Ide (credits)
Shingo Tamaki (Ep 10)
Shōko Maruyama (Ep 02)
Tsubomi Benibara (Ep 01)
Director of Photography:
Yasuyuki Itō
Action Director:
Takayuki Sano
Chief Animation Director:
Naomi Ide
Sound Director:
Yoshikazu Iwanami
Producers:
Atsushi Aitani
Gorō Shinjuku
Hiroyuki Tajima
Jun Fukuda
Mika Shimizu
Takeshi Kikuya
Teppei Nojima
Tomohito Nagase
Toshihiro Maeda
Animation Producer:
Akihiro Sekiyama
Assistant Animation Directors:
Kazuhisa Kosuge (credits)
Kei Ōhashi (Ep 02)
Masanori Aoyama (Ep 02)
Satomi Miyazaki (Ep 02)
Shingo Tamaki (Ep 05)
Associate Producers:
Asako Suzuki
Fusae Yasuno
Nozomi Kawabata
Sachi Aiba
Color Design:
Ryōta Nakata
Hand-to-Hand Fighting Supervision:
Akira Otsuka
Assistant Chief Animation Directors:
Kazuhisa Kosuge (Ep 01)
Makoto Kohara (credits)
Masakazu Ishikawa (Ep 01, 02)
Mayuko Matsumoto (Ep 02-12)
Chief Producers:
Hirō Maruyama
Hiroshi Mizuno
Takahiro Sasaki
Editing:
Toshihiko Kojima
Key Animation:
Akane Ogawa (Ep 03)
Akira Otsuka (Ep 01)
Akira Watanabe (Ep 04)
Asami Nakatani (Ep 03)
Fujio Inose (Ep 03)
Hirotaka Nii (credits)
Hiroyuki Yoshii (Ep 01)
Kazuhisa Kosuge (Ep 01)
Kazunori Ozawa (credits)
Kyōsuke Maeda (Ep 03)
Makoto Iino (Ep 01)
Masato Okada (Ep 03)
Masayuki Nonaka (OP)
Miho Ogawa (Ep 03)
Miki Konno (Ep 03)
Sayaka Tokunaga (Ep 03)
Sayuri Tanaka (Ep 03)
Shingo Tamaki (credits)
Shunpei Mochizuki (Ep 03)
Tatsuo Nakajima (Ep 01)
Tatsuya Mizuno (Ep 01)
Tomoko Sato (Ep 04)
Tsurugi Kato (Ep 10)
Yoshie Anzai (Ep 04)
Yoshimi Imagawa (Ep 04)
Yoshino Honda (Ep 01)
Yuichiro Mizutani (Ep 03)
Music Producer:
Yoshifumi Yarimizu
Prop Design:
Sayaka Tokunaga
Weapons Supervision:
Akira Otsuka
Planning:
Fumihiko Kimura
Keiichi Hosoji
Makoto Kohara
Noboru Yamada
Takeshi Yasuda
Tsuneo Takechi
Yoko Furukawa
Yoshikazu Kumagai
Sound Effects:
Yasumasa Koyama
Music Composition Producer:
Akihiro Tomita (OP)




Companies

2nd Key Animation:
A-Line
Ace Company
AI
Art Box
Asahi Production
BEEP
Big Bang
Big Owl
CL Corporation
A-Line
Ace Company
AI
Art Box
Asahi Production
BEEP
Big Bang
Big Owl
CL Corporation
CLC
Core
D-Motion
Doga Kobo
drop
G&G Direction
GK Entertainment
Graphinica
Hayashi
HEBARAKI
J-Cube
Jumondo
Kagura
M.S.J Musashino Production
MK Seoul
Muses
Nakamura Production
Rising Force
Studio 4°C
Studio DEEN
Studio Izena
Studio Mark
Studio TAG
SynergySP
Synod
TAP
TYO Animations
Backgrounds:
Art Rain
Studio Beam
Studio Jack
Animation Production:
Diomedéa
Digital Paint:
Ace Company
AI
Anitus Kōbe
Asahi Production
BEEP
Big Owl
D-Motion
FAI
Hanil Animation
Hayashi
J&K
J-Cube
Jumondo
M.S.J Musashino Production
Muses
Rising Force
Studio Elle
Studio Gash
Studio Gimlet
Studio Kuma
Synod
TAP
Triple A
UEC
White Line
YABES
In-Between Animation:
Ace Company
AI
Asahi Production
BEEP
Big Owl
D-Motion
FAI
Hanil Animation
Hayashi
J&K
J-Cube
Jumondo
M.S.J Musashino Production
Studio Kuma
Synod
TAP
Triple A
White Line
YABES
Key Animation:
Synod
Photography:
Diomedéa Photography Dept.
Video Editing:
Imagica
Music Production:
Pony Canyon
Production:
Akuma No Riddle Partners
Mainichi Broadcasting System
Pony Canyon
Tokyo Broadcasting System
Offline Editing:
Diomedéa
Sound Production:
Dax Production

Trivia

  • Riddle Story of Devil Episode 03 Screencap (165)
    Commercial Insert Information: "Myojo Private School Botanical Garden - Under the purview of the college and a treasure trove of various plants, the GELSEMIUM ELEGANS is an evergreen shrub of the Gelsemiaceae family."
  • Kaiba's After Credits Message: "It's said that a teacher's favorite student are not the ones who excel, but often the ones who struggle the most. However in the end, nothing tops competency! Yo, Tokaku, do you truly comprehend why you were enrolled in Class Black?"
  • The flowers put on Otoya's desk are called "mountain lilies", or "yamayuri" (山百合) in Japan. They are said to mean "joy of life", indicating Otoya's love for her serial killer life style, or possibly ironic as she kills people.

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