Protagonist obliviousness at it’s finest.
|So someone decided that the past 6 episodes of Diabolik Lovers were confusing and needed a recap episode (actually, it’s probably more to have it slow down for the rest of the season’s anime, but I like my version better), so there will be no abusive vampires this week.
Well, Kojou survived. The fact that his blood transferred back into his body too makes things seem like even less of a big deal than just the fact that his head reattached. Though with this, you really have to wonder just how much it would take to kill Kojou. Generally, removing someone’s head is a pretty fatal thing, and even among other immortal creatures like the stereotypical zombie. With this, he does seem like a rather large threat then, since not even Kojou seems to know what will kill him or not. Going by how the original 4th Primogenitor (seemed to have) died, maybe the typical stab through the heart would kill him though? If so, maybe Kojou isn’t so invulnerable, since he doesn’t seem to have an awful lot of combat experience yet, and probably couldn’t beat someone with more talent who knew where to aim. Who knows though.
Even Kojou’s powers under control didn’t seem that impressive. It’s possible because he was a bit reluctant to fight (or that his powers aren’t fully realized, or… something), but it was more of a close match than the one sided victory I was expecting. This could have been due to the anime’s take on things (maybe the description of what happened in the novel was more awe-inspiring), but Kojou fighting here wasn’t as impressive as the rumours would have led one to believe. He even needed Yukina’s help to finish the battle. So maybe it’s a little disappointing, but despite my complaints, I’m more okay with this than I may sound. It’s Kojou’s first real fight of the show, for one thing. Plus if he was overpowered from the beginning (with only maybe 3 real threats in the form of the other Primogenitors), it might make things less interesting due to there being less of a struggle.
Rudolf uses Flash!
As for the villain party this time, Kojou hit the nail on the head with his statement about Rudolf being in the right, but going about things in the wrong way. The fact that Rudolf just let Yukina go in the last episode had me under the impression that he secretly had depth to his character, but I guess the real answer behind that is that he just doesn’t like thinking things through. The fact that Kojou went “wait and let’s get the arm back through better methods” and Rudolf’s answer being “lolno, screw you guys” made it hard to take Rudolf’s character seriously anymore. There were options that didn’t involve trying to destroy an entire island. Who knows why Rudolf didn’t take them. At least the fact that Kojou pointed out that they had the technology to make things work brought about a kind of awareness to the ridiculousness of the situation. Rudolf was just someone who just wanted to destroy things for the hell of it, and was just ignoring the sane solutions. This wasn’t just the author doing things for the sake of drama. …Okay it was, but again, there was a level of awareness there which makes things more acceptable in a way.
So finally, Kojou gets his first blood and of course, Yukina was totally okay with it
because this isn’t Diabolik Lovers. Are you shipping this yet? Because the plot demands that you do so. While I’ve given up and decided to go along with this, I still have mixed feelings about this couple though. Or not really mixed feelings about the pairing itself. I’m glad things are happening on this level and that both parties seem to be aware of their attraction to the other (…for the most part). But at the same time, if this is the obvious OTP then what the heck is Asagi still doing here? Why is Kojou still acting like a dumbass harem lead? I’m sure these questions will be solved with time, but if the plot is going to set him up with Yukina while still trying to pull off a harem, this could get annoying pretty fast. Yes, Yukina resorted to violence again, but I’m totally with her in this case. Kojou was asking for it. Though I guess there was kind of a compliment in there, that Kojou finds Yukina arousing. …Yep.
At least it’s comforting to know that Yukina was sent there on purpose, and that she’s acting exactly how they figured she would act. It would be pretty ridiculous if they got mad for her actions. Especially after being the ones to send an impressionable teenage girl to do this job when someone with less hormones could have been there instead. …Or at least I assume the talking bird was from the Lion King Organization and with the intent of the entire organization behind it, since Yukina’s magical vibrating spear was repaired. I guess this raises questions about Yaze as well, since he obviously knows more about Kojou than Kojou thinks he knows.
Well, things happened and I assume this is the end of the first arc. If there’s going to be a plot developing from any of this, I assume it will be because either Kojou is now a real vampire, or because he defended the island. So as long as something comes out of this, I’ll feel okay about these first 4 episodes. I’m actually rather happy with how the two main characters have progressed, since that seems to be the main focus of the show, but I’m still a little let down about the action this episode. Perhaps it’s not the fact that it was a close battle so much as the fact that I was kind of hoping for some Prisma Illya kind of action (like, the Archer battle, which proved that Silver Link can do nice looking battles if they try). Or maybe they have some other overly badass scene in the future that Silver Link is saving the budget for.
…Or they can spend all of their budget on this, I guess.