Yay childhood trauma.
|The sequel (or is it a fan disk? I haven’t really looked into it) of Diabolik Lovers is out already, but… I JUST finished Ayato’s route. That took me what, a month? A month and a half? I think I’ll hold off on -More Blood- until I finish this game and BroCon Brilliant Blue.|
This is the part in the series where they take all of these horrible characters, give them tragic backstories, and make you feel sorry for them in hopes that it makes you overlook the fact that they’re all sadistic asshats. Actually, this kind of worked with me in the game, and I did feel sorry for some of the characters. There’s definitely a difference between reading that things happen and then actually hearing them acted out. Plus, these characters grew up rather secluded from regular society, so it’s not like they had very good influences. Or in Shu’s case, if they did have good influences, someone else in the family would go to screw everyone over. Though some of the brothers have better reasons for their actions than others… and unfortunately, the anime doesn’t do a very good job at portraying any of them, despite this being the episode for that. I guess the important thing you take out of this is the fact that these characters had a terrible childhood and apparently vampires are pretty bad all around when it comes to parenting.
Like I’ve said in earlier posts, Shu’s problem was that he was given a little too much attention. I guess we’re just supposed to assume as viewers that he became lazy due to what happened with Edgar or something, since that’s all they really gave us. (And not the fact that he had everything done for him.) Reiji, was given next to no attention. …Which really doesn’t explain why he’s such a sadistic person, but it does explain why he would hate Shu, despite Shu never doing anything wrong. As for Subaru, he hates the world because he… failed to kill his mother? Or it’s probably more self-loathing that he takes out on the world. Actually, Christina (Subaru’s mother) is the best parent here, despite the fact that she told her very young and impressionable son to murder her. …She has her own (rather valid) reasons for that.
As for Ayato, his problems growing up were actually portrayed pretty well. Things were less harsh than the game, but Cordelia’s bitchiness shone through wonderfully. Yes, this is why Ayato grew up to be a massive oresama who just does whatever he wants. He has to be number one after all. Other people don’t matter. Actually, Cordelia has her own issues, but I assume the next episode will go into them, so I’ll hold off on talking about them here. Unfortunately though, some things can’t be talked about without mentioning others, so I’ll explain Cordelia’s motives in the spoiler paragraphs below. Actually, this show is super intent on staying PG 13 for whatever reason, so Laito and Kanato’s reasons for growing into psychopaths were completely ignored. They’re in the spoiler tag below too, and I highly doubt that the anime will ever explain this due to the nature of the whole thing.
Long story short, the brothers weren’t the first generation of vampires with issues, and they could all probably benefit from a good counselling session or a hug or something. Though of course, this franchise wouldn’t fulfill the marketing appeal it set out there of being a do-S game if things were solved like that. So we’ll just have to deal with the brothers taking out all of their mommy issues on Yui.
It’s safe to assume that everything in this episode actually happened. Though that raises the question as to why Yui saw it in the first place. Or why Yui sees Cordelia in places she shouldn’t be, considering that she’s dead (if you haven’t caught on yet from the blood stained dress that appears every so often). There’s also the question as to how Yui sustained an injury from the memory. …Actually, even I don’t know the answer to the last one (or why Yui saw some things that were unrelated to her… situation). Maybe they’ll go into that when they explain what Yui is doing there in the first place.
…Cordelia may be my favourite character, if only for how hilarious her logic is. Laito and Kanato’s route flashbacks were pretty funny in the game(…and also sad/pitiable, obviously. It was a weird mix of emotions). She was totally a bitch to Ayato, but maybe with his constant studies, he wasn’t around for the NTR show Cordelia would put on. …Though I doubt it, considering her character. ANYWAYS, this episode sucked in terms of how well it explained things from the game, but it was a good episode in terms of the anime. More plot happened than the rest of the episodes put together almost. Since the character introductions are done now, I wonder if the anime will incorporate more plot too. The next episode is certainly plot-centric, if the preview is to be believed.