Japanese: DIABOLIK LOVERS
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 16, 2013 to Dec 9, 2013
15 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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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
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This series....or rather this abomination is what I would call a trainwreck that never had itself on rail. Visual novels aren’t easy to adapt. In fact, recent years has shown that many anime series never lives up to its original material that result in disappointed fans. However, there are also some VN adaptations that are so horrid, so atrocious, so dreadful, so disastrous, so unappealing that it can be in a category of its own. Diabolik Lovers belongs to the category for failure with all its rights. This show is something of a tragedy - an anime adaptation that is almost an insult to the brain to watch.
Diabolik Lovers is an anime series adapted from the visual novel of the same name. Zexcs handles its production and from one of their more recent notorious series known as Aku no Hana (Flowers of Evil), it’s their chance to step up to the plate again. But only this time, we deal not with a gym clothes but instead with vampires.
The series begins with a young girl named Yui Komori who we know almost nothing about. Well, on the surface, we know that she seems to be a normal girl with a sweet personality. However, I would describe Yui as an empty doll. Why? Well it’s because she is constantly being played by the guys of this show. She takes the role of a toy and the boys just loves to have their play time. Of course, the guys that plays with her aren’t exactly normal. No in fact, they are vampires. They view Yui as a meal nearly every time their eyes are set on her. She is their happy meal and they’re loving it.
Yui also gets treated by the vampire boys as almost a dog on a leash. In essence, she becomes exactly what a frail girl is - helpless, pathetic, and unresisting. On various occasions, she tries to get out of her situation typically involving rape-like scenarios but finds it ever so difficult to do so. It’s a story gone wrong with Yui being the heroine. No matter how girlish she is, there’s no limit on her stupidity and how she deals with her new lifestyle. Whether it’s at home or at school, she submits to her tormentors without ever trying to escape. To make matters worse, she even compliments on the guys in hopes of getting a break. The result though? Vampire rape, hickeys, and blood scars.
As an anime series aimed at a female audience, I suppose the guys have some appealing features. Most of them are designed to look aristocrats and behaves as such. In their minds, they are the masters of the mansion and Yui is their dog. The only difference is that instead of the guys feeding them, it’s the other way around. Most of them have contrasting personalities ranging from Shu’s laziness, Reiji’s demanding attitude, Ayato’s aggressiveness, Kanato’s unstable mind, and Raito’s sadism. Regardless their differences though, they all want one thing: Yui’s blood.
The construction of the story is absolutely ridiculous. There is almost no plot development or characterization; there is never in fact any character development since all of them sees Yui as food with their vampiric eyes. Most of the early episodes focuses on the guys whom each gets his chance to spend some time with Yui. These usually end up with Yui losing blood and crying herself to tears. Are we supposed to feel sorry for the girl? Perhaps but with what she’s doing, there’s a complete sense of hopelessness for her. Each of the guys also seems to have some sort of history as demonstrated by occasional flashback scenes played throughout the series. Unfortunately, it’s never really fully explored so it’s up to viewers to guess in their heads. The story itself also assumed contain a form of romance but usually comes out in an atrocious way that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Artwork wise, there’s nothing really special with the way the characters are designed besides their outfits. Their eyes reflects those of a vampires so some of them are noticeable. The mansion the characters live in has some artistic value with an English-like architectural design. Unfortunately, the atmosphere of the series obliterates any sense of artistic value since it twists around the idea of sexual abuse.
The soundtrack is mediocre at best with an eerie like background. The way the show handles itself hardly comes as any special in terms of OST because most of the time, you’ll be listening Yui fighting for her life and screaming her lungs out. The screams she lets out is a cry for help but no one ever comes. I do give some credit to the ED song though as it creates a sense of darkness. Additionally, the show’s sadistic voice tones of Ayato and Raito gets the job done in that field.
Diabolik Lovers is the perfect example of how to not adapt a shoujo anime series based off a game. The shows’ sadism and vampire rape tones is almost an insult to viewers itself. Yui is one of those characters that is unbearable to watch. At various times, I found myself siding with the vampires since they at least have a control of their characters’ degree. Oh and the humor? It’s blend as dry paint. It tries to add some humor to its dialogues but this comes out as awkward and senseless. Thank goodness each episode is less than the typical 24 minutes or I would of screamed my lungs out for it to be over. Ultimately, I did stick around the show to see how it developed or ended. Unfortunately, it proves once again just how much of an abomination it really is.
If you are considering watching "Diabolik Lovers" and you're sensitive to rape, dubious content etc., then do NOT press "play".
The story is overall ridiculous; there are so many plotholes it hurts, the resolution is utterly stupid, and almost nothing gets explained. The main female character, Yui, is treated in such an awful way it's actually painful to think about it. She gets molested and told that she's worthless basically every time any of the vampire brothers talks to her. Even more so, not only Yui does absolutely nothing to stand up for herself (which could be explained by saying she didn't want to get killed, fair enough), she starts CARING for the psychopatic brothers. Obviously though, she's not the worst character in this anime, oh no. It's the vampires who basically abuse Yui throughout these 12 episodes who bother me the most. I get the idea of picturing vampires as they are: cold, heartless, not caring about anything and treating humans as food, but it's so sexualized and romanticized that it completely misses the point! Even though they were supposed to be hot and mysterious, something went horribly wrong, because they came out just horny and gross.
The opening wasn't anything special, I'll just mention it included scenes of Yui getting bitten by everyone (what a shocker). I suppose the judgement of the song should be left to the viewers because it's mostly the matter of one's music taste.
The art was actually pretty good (maybe except Subaru's eye on his fringe) and I feel upset that it was completely wasted on this piece.
"Diabolik Lovers" made me feel uncomfortable and was the most unenjoyable anime I have ever seen. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wants to have a nice time.
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.
Two stories with extremily passive main characters surrounded by handsome guys that all wish to have her.
- Has triplets
- Step brothers
- Reverse harem
- Brothers Conflict (normal human world) x Diabolik Lovers (supernatural with vampires)
One girl, many boys.
Tsubaki is little similar to boys from Diabolik Lovers.
Both is about girl who must live with new family, and residents fall in love with her .
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 of the anime are same. Both the anime has Thriller, Horror, Romance stuff. Both of the main characters wanna leave by the girl blood. Diabolik lovers is a Harem anime while vampire knight have some Harem parts. If you like vampire knight you will definitely like Diabolik lovers.
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.
Both series have your fill of supernatural dark romance that centers around a human girl (until the end) with love triangles and competition
Opening Theme"Mr.SADISTIC NIGHT" by Ayato Sakamaki (Hikaru Midorikawa) & Shuu Sakamaki (Kousuke Toriumi) (eps 1-11)
Ending Theme#1: "nightmare" by Yuki Hayashi (eps 1-12)
#2: "Mr.SADISTIC NIGHT" by Ayato Sakamaki (Hikaru Midorikawa) & Shuu Sakamaki (Kousuke Toriumi) (ep 12)
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