Behold. Plot convenience.
|I apologize for the extreme lateness of this post. Working two retail jobs with the holiday rush is really draining this year for some reason. Thank goodness this will all be over in a week or so. OTL|
Once again, this show proved my assumptions wrong. I guess the other girls didn’t have Cordelia’s heart in them after all and Yui’s other awakening was about her turning into a vampire. …This still doesn’t explain why Richter told Yui that she was just some insignificant girl who happened to be there by chance, since she’s apparently the only one who’s ever had the heart. Nor did this even explain why she had the heart in the first place. Or how long she’s had it. Or what the vial that Kanato pulled out was about. Obviously those who have played the game knew what all of that meant, but for anyone else, it was probably very confusing.
That was a horrible ending. Well, this was a thing that happened. No, really, that ending was pretty bad. Not only was it probably confusing to those unfamiliar with the game, but it was pretty anticlimactic and rushed. Reiji’s magical medicine that came out of nowhere got rid of the main villain with little to no effort. Laito just kind of left Richter to die in a fire without even bothering to make sure that he actually died too. …I assume that Richter did die, considering how injured he was, but after Cordelia, you’d think that they would bother to double check or something. Also, I realize that it was some kind of magical fire going on, but wouldn’t leaving it unattended possibly burn down the rest of the house? What was that white rose even about? Oh well. I guess the important thing here is that the brothers are all (probably) nicer to Yui now. I mean, Ayato gave her back her rosary. That (probably) means something. …Of course, this new attitude came rather fast and had little to no in-between development at all, but I guess it’s the end result that matters. I’d also think that it’s safe to say that Yui’s a vampire, since they kept talking about an awakening and she mentioned how she was thirsty when she woke up. I imagine that they left this ambiguous so they could maybe change her back to being human if hell freezes over and this somehow gets another season. Since apparently the sequel game, Yui is still human.
Maybe her new (probable) vampireism why they’re (probably) treating her kinder? Or maybe because she stabbed herself for them? In any case, the ending monologues by the brothers was probably an attempt at recreating the DHM recordings that were in the game. …And failing miserably, since they weren’t actually DHM recordings. (DHM standing for “dummy head microphone”. …Basically, it creates a high quality recording and makes it sound like the voices are right beside you/wherever. It’s pretty awesome.) They probably could have ended in something more
worthwhile conclusive than the 6 characters talking, but it’s over and done with now. I’m not going to dwell on this.
So this show had a lot of questionable content, but it was really unavoidable. After the first episode, the content should have been pretty clear, so I don’t know why people were expecting anything different. It’s kind of like watching a Gundam series and then complaining that there are robots in it. Or in a slightly less kid-friendly comparison that’s probably more on par with themes in DiaLovers, complaining that there’s an NTR porn scene in an NTR-based hentai. Maybe the figurative anime here would have been better without the robots or NTR, but then you’re complaining about what’s supposed to be the main selling point of the series. …Abuse is not everyone’s cup of tea and I don’t think anyone expects it to be, but if you don’t like it in anime, you certainly don’t have to watch it. Just like if you don’t like NTR, you would avoid those hentai. The Diabolik Lovers franchise completely based on abusive relationships/guro/whatever (…though milage may vary as to how appealing this is). Take that away from the series and you’re ignoring the reason why the games exist in the first place.
…Or maybe that last sentence should have been “take that completely away from the series” since the anime seriously lightened/ignored a LOT of the content that made DiaLovers a Cero D (17+) game. The guys all still treated Yui horribly (because where would this series be without that), but they could have been WAYYY worse. Cordelia could have been a lot worse. Though taking away some of that content doesn’t seem like the best thing the series could have done, since the anime wasn’t as good without it. There wasn’t much of a plot in the first place, but the episodes were almost the exact same formula, only substituting a different brother. This anime didn’t really have much else to it, so with the content lightened, this anime just felt really… empty. Maybe this could have all been solved if they had hired more competent writers. It probably could have worked if the plot didn’t keep contradicting itself every other episode.
Though all of that begin said, I actually enjoyed this train wreck more than any other otome game adaptation this year (with the exception of UtaPri, which was great despite the unnecessary BL intonations). The topic of the show didn’t appeal to everyone, and the writing was pretty bad, but the fact that Yui actually had a name and personality made all of the difference. Her decisions had more impact to them, since we actually knew enough about her as a character for them to matter. …Not that we really knew a lot about her character, but it’s still more compared to the heroines from Brothers Conflict or Amnesia. And while she made some pretty bad decisions when it came to living with the brothers, the fact that she actually had a personality made up for a lot of that. …So overall, this was a pretty bad anime plot-wise (and theme-wise), but it had some nice looking animation and it was slightly more enjoyable than a lot of the other otome game based anime that came out this year.
The next season doesn’t seem to have any otoge turned anime, but after the train wrecks this year, perhaps it’s for the better.