Japanese: DIABOLIK LOVERS
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Sep 16, 2013 to Dec 9, 2013
15 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 6.061 (scored by 7226 users)
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SynopsisKomori Yui is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school—a night school for entertainers and celebrities—due to her father's work. There are rumours that vampires exist among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Diabolik Lovers Anthology, Diabolik Lovers Prequel
Summary: Diabolik Lovers Recap
Characters & Voice Actors
I'll start this off by saying, if "Diabolik Lovers" is NOT your cup of tea and you know that, please look for the "Overall" section of this review where I will put down 3 vampire anime titles you may enjoy.
I normally don't review, but the sheer amount of negative reviews grabbed my attention. I can understand why people would negatively review this show, but the reason behind it seems ill informed. So, lets get on with this review, shall we?
It's a pretty simple story in the beginning, a girl gets sent to a mansion to live with six brothers who just so happen to be vampires. She has absolutely no idea why her father sent her to live with them and, although she wants to leave, she stays to figure out that reason.
Since the story is so basic why did I rate it an 8? Simple, it's not just about 6 vampires drinking this girl's blood, the plot is more complex than that. I'll admit, it takes quite awhile for the actual plot to pick up and make itself known, but there's tons of foreshadowing right off the bat. I don't believe I can say off the top of my head how much foreshadowing is actually there since there's just a huge amount of it. The way the story is told isn't exactly straightforward, you're learning about Yui's (the heroine's) life with her. Yes, there are times when it's just like one big puzzle and you have to put the pieces together. The writers don't treat you like you're an idiot, they act as though you have a functional brain and I actually like that. I've seen far too many shows in my life where the writers do spoon feed the plot to the viewer or the plot is just overly simple and I'm quite tired of those types of shows.
The art is pretty (especially the eyes), but the animation leaves a lot to be desired. I do have some major issues with the facial animations. Sometimes they just seem very dead. I vaguely remember one of the characters saying something about Yui's expression being filled with despair and then it cut to her face and her expression was very dull, quite neutral in fact.
The Japanese voice cast fit their characters to a tee. They all sound how they should and their emotion is pretty good. There are a few off-sounding lines here and there, but not horrible enough to really detract from your enjoyment.
The music, in my opinion, is superb. It is the primary reason I keep watching "Diabolik Lovers". The music really fits the atmosphere and is always very well placed.
All of the characters are unique in their own way. Even though the six brothers are all sadistic to an extent (this varies from character to character), they all have unique personalities and their own little quirks. You have Shuu, the eldest, he is the most laid-back out of all the brothers. Next you have Reiji, he's rather organized and well-mannered. Then there's Ayato, he's very arrogant. Next is Laito, he's the pervert of the series. Then there's Kanato, a very disturbed young man who's always seen with a teddy bear. The last and youngest of the brothers is Subaru, he's rather quiet and is considered a tsundere. The vampire characters are not at all like the vampires around now. These characters actually act like how I imagine a vampire would treat a human in real life.
Let's talk about Yui for a moment. Yui is very demure and religious. She isn't much else. Why? "Diabolik Lovers" was based on a game where the player could choose her personality, so they tried to keep her as much of a blank slate as possible. Now, I've seen in many reviews people are irritated with how she doesn't fight back as hard as she should when the vampires drink her blood. First and foremost, Yui is a human. There is not much, if anything, she can do against them other than run away since humans lack the physical strength to fight against a vampire, a being with superhuman strength. Lastly, if she tries anything, she'll be killed. They made this quite clear. I doubt Yui wants to die at such a young age.
I'll admit, I'm a woman and certain scenes of this anime make me feel ill and disturb me greatly. I actually primarily watched this anime for the music until episode 9 (when the plot starts shining through in my opinion). If that's the case then why rate it a 9? Simple, "Diabolik Lovers" is not a romance, it's not supposed to be happy and pooping rainbows everywhere. "Diabolik Lovers" is an anime with mature content that's targeted at a very specific audience and, to the general audience, it is supposed to evoke those emotions from you. If it didn't elicit those emotions from me, it's not doing its job. Since it did, it's doing its job and I'm glad about that. It's kind of like a horror, when you see one, you expect to be scared, right? If you don't get scared, then you cannot say you fully enjoyed the program. Why? A horror movie is supposed to generate terror and, if it doesn't do that, it's not scary, therefore, it's not doing what the people who created it intended it to do. But, alas, I digress.
The title of this anime is "Diabolik Lovers", I was expecting it to have scenes that would make me feel ill and/or disturbed. It did, therefore, the rating is a 9. The story and music were a huge plus.
I would NOT recommend this anime for someone who's under the age of 17 since there is mature content and one implied rape scene (I use "implied" very loosely since it's vague enough to the point where you can draw your own conclusion).
If "Diabolik Lovers" does not at all sound like your cup of tea or you know it isn't, here are a few suggestions.
1.) "Rosario +Vampire" - This is an ecchi whose plot is that a human gets accepted into a school full of monsters. If you want something that's generally light and fluffy, watch this.
2.) "Shik"i - A psychological horror with vampires. I recommend this if you want a realistic take on vampires.
3.) "Vampire Knight" - This anime has some similarities to "Diabolik Lovers" (this is my opinion and the similarities are not huge), but it is much lighter and perfectly acceptable for 13-year-olds. Recommended if you want something with vampires that are more fluffy than the ones in "Diabolik Lovers". read more
I was going to do a first impressions review of this show, but I've decided to play a different tune for this one. What seemed to be a harmless vampire romance at first glance, turned into something much more sinister that left my stomach turning.
The show follows Yui who ends up in a house full of vampires as she was directed to by her father. But now that she had fallen down the rabbit hole there is absolutely no escape for her. All the vampire brothers there keep her as their sadistic prisoner, each taking turns at torturing her. It's not surprising for vampires to take advantage of the living, but this show takes it to a whole other level by giving all the vampire characters absolutely no humanity. They literally torture her one by one and enjoy doing it. And of course, in typical vampire fashion there are sexual undertones, but this is no undertone, they underline rape quite clearly. I found myself being very angry by the end of the 5 episodes as it just turned from ugly to hideously uncomforting. I thought there would be at least one redeeming moment over the 5 episodes, but no. She is helpless, tries to get away, and is taken advantage of. It is disgusting.
Although there is something to be said about the vampire genre, about its inherent domination of vampire over victim, from the vast amounts of entertainment I've enjoyed from the genre I have never seen the vampire character lose its humanity and be truly happy raping and torturing someone. These characters laugh at how pathetic and helpless Yui is, and have no remorse for her emotional battery. You might try to argue that this is just showing the vampire genre for what it really is, but no it is not. The alluring factor of a vampire is that it has problems controlling its nature, but will do so out of love for another. These characters experience no love, and from the looks of it, never intend on opening up on the matter. But if they do open up, this show has already completely lost my interest. After 5 episodes of this filth I'm not willing to stick around to find out.
Perhaps I'm a bit frazzled, with the recent news of one club that promoted rape as some sort of controversial advertising. It seems like in both this anime and that article rape is some taboo but exhilarating thing. It makes me sick to my stomach that this anime can be coined as entertainment. I have no clue how the otome game plays, but I can imagine it has many of the same elements as the show, making this horrifying story interactive (and I don't want to imagine how it can be worse than this). The vampires refer to mortals (but let's be honest, they mean women) as empty containers meant for the use of the vampires. They even scoff at how Yui must be 'enjoying it' (because all women love rape right?). They have inherent mommy issues, and use every opportunity to belittle Yui with one character even calling her bitch-chan. I watched these first few episodes to get some sort of opinion, and I refuse to promote this sick entertainment in any redeeming light. I'm capped at 5 episodes, that's all my stomach can take.
Unless you like to see rape readily promoted as some sexual taboo then stay away from this anime. It's bad enough the game it was based on was popular enough to warrant an anime adaptation, the less promotion it gets the better. read more
Watch out: both of these series are absolute guilty pleasures. The main character is forced to live with several brothers she has never seen before. As always with (reverse) harems, all the boys want to be with her.
- Has triplets
- Step brothers
- Reverse harem
- Brothers Conflict (normal human world) x Diabolik Lovers (supernatural with vampires)
The main female from both series must live with a new family. She doesn't know what to expect from them. In BroCon, she meets 14 step brothers who are all talented and beautiful. We have a doctor/father-figure, lawyer/home-cook/caretaker, cross-dresser, game developer, hairstylist, Idol, voice actors, pro basketball player, florist/gardener, Monk/hostess, a student who goes to the same school as the heroine (her crush), and finally cute little brother. They all fall in love with her and have accepted her to their family. They will protect her. While in Diabolik Lovers, we have vampires who want her blood and have taken interests in her. They will do anything to her. Talented voice actors can be heard from both series. Both series are adapted from an otome visual novel and categorized as reverse harem.
both anime are about a girl forced into a situation by their father which leads them surrounded by a bunch of beautiful male testosterone
both have attractive males with each of their own unique personalities, to rival the others to compete for the 'beauty *passive/useless/quiet* in distress' in their own way
both are different in the way the surrounding boys 'act' upon the main protagonists feelings, where one is the stand alone same old harem, and the other is an S&M type, appealing to those types of audiences
they are similar in the bunch of beautiful handsome males surrounding a timid and standoffish girl, but the audience factor is different, you might like one if you like the other, but it depends.
*They are same but in BC guys are normal while in DL guys are vampires.
Female protagonist transferring into a giant mansion with a bunch of seductive - and sadistic - guys who are brothers. One is an unrequited sibling-love while the other is a dark shoujo romance. Both have a slow plot and zero character development though both are interesting shoujo shows.
Both anime series have so many similarities, it's unbelievable.
Of course, both series are reverse harems. Involving a girl - who's sweet personality is overdone and boring, making the brothers actually the most interesting characters in both series. Each episode brings out the same sort of outcome - another brother makes some sort of move on the uninteresting girls. Diabolik Lovers is more to suck the girl's blood. Brothers Conflict, more trying to win her heart. Either way, it's not all that exciting.
Eventually there is some lame "plot twist" although there really isn't a plot in either of them to begin with, but I guess there isn't much to complain about considering it really makes no difference.
But on a serious note - if you've "enjoyed" one of these, then you'll enjoy the other. Both these series are here purely for entertainment, we're here for the humour of it all - not for the plot.
Both are full of hot guys with different personality that will makes all of you fangirls go "kyaa"
Both have an innocent girl that out of place.
Both girl got into the situation because of her father.
Both are Shoujo genre anime.
-guy's after 1 girl
a little rapey
Both have the same romance, horror, reverse harem, vampire and the same setting where it is set in a school excursively for vampires, dissimilarities are that the female protagonist in one anime is not alone when dealing with vampires, while the female protagonist is all by herself and has to fend off them vampires.
Both these shoujo anime revolve around vampires and they obsessive love for the same girl. Both female protagonists are surrounded by the blood-thirsty boys and encounter them more than once.
What annoys me about these anime is that the spineless female protagonists can't do anything but be quiet and obey. They don't really stand up against the beautiful vampires and just let them do as they please. That alone gives the anime a certain boring atmosphere, I think.
Still, if you're into romantic vampire stories with a bit of sadism, these two will do just fine.
Both are about vampires with a human girl as the protagonist (at least in the beginning). Both have a darker atmosphere to them and have more than one love interest.
The same Vampire, supernatural, thriller and reverse harem genre.
Both have the same scenario where the female character were raise by an individuals whom were suppose to be very enemy of vampires, both have the same dark romance when there is a competition for female character's affection, in "Diabolik Lovers" the female character is all alone and has to fend herself against the very monsters that she's living with, while in Vampire Knight the female character has a childhood friend (also a vampire) who aides her in controlling the vampire hordes in the very school she lives in.
Both series have vampires including Gothic and Dark themes and settings.
One series has the sweet end of the deal in tone (Vampire Knight) while the other has the opposite resulting it having the bitter tone (Diabolik Lovers). So If you didn't like one of them you might like the other.
The only difference is that Vampire Knight is more action base (not all the time) and Diabolik Lovers has little to none but still good in its own way without it as much as Vampire Knight is good with action.
If you already watched one of the two give the other a try as an alternative if you enjoy the Gothic and Dark themes and settings including the twist of vampires.
If you haven't seen ether I'd recommend them if you like vampires.
Both have reverse harem ( one female lead and several guys around her )and both of them have vampires.
Opening Theme"Mr.SADISTIC NIGHT" by Ayato Sakamaki (Hikaru Midorikawa) & Shuu Sakamaki (Kousuke Toriumi)
Ending Theme"nightmare" by Yuki Hayashi
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