Now for a rather… different otome game turned anime.
|The first anime of the fall season is here! …I guess all of the other bloggers were scared off by this. xD Actually, I’m a bit afraid that blogging this will show just how horrible of a person I am, but oh well. Here we go.|
First of all, let’s not sugar coat things. Diabolik Lovers certainly isn’t a fluffy, feel good romance anime. From what I’ve gotten out of the game, this isn’t about Yui living with these guys, ~true love~ helping solve their psychological problems and the messed up characters becoming better people in return. This is Yui living with 6 guys who all use and abuse her whenever and however they feel like, and Yui finding her own place in all of this (aka getting pushed to the point where she just doesn’t care how abnormal some of the romance is). The guys do all slowly get
unhealthily attached to her, but that’s not necessarily a good thing because then they get possessive and violent. Yes, the game had some guro scenes to it. Yes, there were rape (ish) scenes. I’m not even convinced that some some of the characters even necessarily ‘love’ Yui or give a damn about her well being (again, it seems to be about possession). And as you saw, there’s not really an escape for her. She just has to learn to deal with it.
There is romance, but this is definitely a dark, twisted romance. The brothers don’t really change on the inside, but I guess they get… nicer(?) as Yui becomes more obedient(?) I don’t know how to put it. But as you could see from the episode, these brothers are in absolutely no way “good people”. If you’re tired of vampires being portrayed in the media as majestic beings who are just misunderstood, then this show will give a different perspective on that. No, there isn’t a good lesson anywhere in this franchise, but it’s interesting.
Yep. You’re screwed, Yui.
As for the characters themselves, we have the flirty sadist, the angry sadist, the kichiku megane sadist… Er, I’m joking here (kind of), but the common trait all of the characters share is that they’re all sadists. They’re also all brothers, and they all have major issues for one reason or another (mostly because their parents are also terrible people, not that it really justifies all of their er, quirks). Ayato (the guy who calls Yui “chichinashi”), Kanato (the one with the teddy bear who looks like he doesn’t get much sleep) and Laito (the guy who calls Yui “bitch-chan”) are triplets from the same mother, Shu (the lazy one) and Reiji (the one with glasses) are from a different mother and Subaru (the one with anger problems) is from yet another mother. …Yeah, their father was kind of a manwhore, but he’s a powerful vampire manwhore, so what can you do. I’m sure the series will go into that.
Yui’s actually a pretty good heroine and as you saw from the episode, she actually has normal, human reactions to a bunch of guys basically assaulting her. For the sake of the plot, she has to become more of a masochist (or like I said earlier, stop caring about conventional relationships), but she’s definitely pretty strong. I’m also very pleased at the fact that she actually has a name, unlike what happened with Ema in Brothers Conflict. Imagine if they only went with her nicknames. We’d be stuck with Bitch-chan and Chichinashi. …Though I don’t know about the subs I watched. Ayato calling Yui “pancake” was so much… kinder than my translation for “chichinashi”.
Now the game is basically set up where there are just
S&M events between the Yui and a chosen character (unless you’re in the one character’s route where all of the plot seems to have been added in gradually as opposed to shoved in as last minute exposition like most of the others), with nothing really connecting them in between, so I’m curious as to how this show is going to pretend that it has a plot. Or more like, the game didn’t really have a plot, so I’m curious as if they’re going to ignore trying to have one entirely (minus the one unavoidable part of the story as to why Yui’s there), or if they’ll work one in subtly like they did this first episode. Otherwise though, I liked the art style they had here and Yui’s seiyuu (Suegara Rie; this is her first role and she was brilliant) fit my image of her character perfectly. The mood they had was great too, like when Yui was running down the halls trying to escape.
Er, I guess the appeal of this series for me isn’t swooning over abusive relationships and going “Kyaa~ I wish my boyfriend would cut me~”, but more of a “Pffftahahaha he’s stabbing her with a fork! Good luck with that, Yui.” To be perfectly honest, I’m enjoying the game mostly because I find it rather funny. …And then the rest of it is because of the combination of awesome acting and the dummy mic (Kaji Yuuki is absolutely brilliant. I thought he screamed a lot as Eren, but this is an entirely different level of rage). It doesn’t help that the game likes to take things to ridiculous extremes either. It’s hard to give examples without spoiling things that I’m pretty sure the anime will cover later, but terrible things pile up to the point where it just gets laughable. If a character has a trait that’s screwed up, they’re screwed up to the entire core of their being and the “plot” likes to give reminders every chance it gets. Yes, this kind of stuff is terrible in real life, but this is fiction. I guess what I’m trying to get at is that you don’t have to watch this if you’re completely appalled by it. From the looks of this first episode though, I’m definitely going to enjoy this. Let’s see how many of the events they can get away with animating~.
Teddy understands. Right, Teddy?