I just can't...
I thought that it would be another story and not a recap that made me t r i g g e r d all over again! Maybe it's because I hate the main ship, but I hated it! We got a few more songs, and Lindo's new song is weird but good, it's on my playlist now. My ship of the show personally is Rem X Riska, but whatever! Let us just let that slide by the fact that they are c o u s i n s. They were even raised like siblings which makes this creepier. In my opinion, this is different from Black Butler with the ship Ciel X Lizzy. They both grew up knowing they were going to get married in the future, and that is how they were raised. I just can't!
Also! In the movie, they cut out ALL of the ship moments between Rem and her. WHY?!? They never had their dance, they never had their kiss, and the ending song didn't feel like she even loved him, while in the anime it was a different story.
I was watching it with my Best Friend, and when Lindo kissed her forehead, she wiped the sweat off her brow, saying "Oh thank heavens, I thought they were going to kiss." And then they had a long, long, loooooong moment where they stared at each other, and I yelled at her, "Nooo! You just jinked it!" Low and behold they kissed as soon as I said that and let's just say no one in that neighboorhood could still be sleeping with how loud we screamed "NOOO!"
We then had a long discussion about how we are going to go yell at the creators-
I wish I could say that overall I'm...
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SPOILERS later in the review
Let me start of by saying that I love the series. I'm an avid lover of musicals, anime, and fantacy. Dance with Devils checks all those boxes.
This movie however.... lets just say its lucky I'm giving it a 1.5 instead of a 1. and the extra points are for the extra songs, thats it.
I will lead with the fact that this movie is VERY difficalt to find on the internet. While you can find the movie on youtube, none of them have english subtitles. I do not speak japanese, I figured out what was happening through context clues, the few words I do know in japanese (Brother, I, you, mom, demon, etc), and knowlage of what happens in the series.
This movie is like a twisted recap of the series. It follows the same events, but is partially narrated by a god of sorts (Again, idk most of what they did add in because I don't undertand japanese). They also skip a LOT of what happens in the series.
I loved the new songs, I was caught off guard by them, but in the end they fit. Though I am salty about Emo Liar not being in the movie while other original songs are there, but I guess I understand why.
The Spoilers are ahead
But the worst thing about this movie is the fact that they changed who Ritsuka ends up with. I'm assuming it was to keep with the otome game feel of things, but it was a bad choice in my oppinion.
Lots of people love Lindo, I love him as a character. But not as a love interest for Ritsuka. Even in the series I didn't like the idea of him being in love with her.
I have never had a more physicall need to throw up more than when Lindo and Ritsuka kissed at the end.
I understand that in anime (and otome), often times there is a love interest that is somehow related to the protag. That has never sat right with me.
Maybe if they were DISTANT cousins, I'd probably not hate on it as much (I'd still hate on it tho) but not only are they CLOSE cousins, they were also raised like siblings. So them ending up together at the end of the movie? No thanks. I would choose no romance over romance with Lindo.
In the end, its not a bad movie, it just has bad choices and confusing time skips (Then again the time skips probably make sense when you actually understand the language)