At the behest of her father, Yui Komori goes to live in a secluded mansion, home to the six Sakamaki brothers—Shuu, Reiji, Ayato, Kanato, Laito, and Subaru—a family of vampires. Though at first the siblings are confused as to why the girl has arrived, they soon realize that she is to be their new "sacrificial bride," not to mention their other, more carnal intentions for her. After meeting the brothers, Yui quickly begins to question why her father would have sent her here and why she feels a strange, new pain in her chest. With each brother more sadistic than the last, Yui's life as a captive takes a harrowing turn in her new home. As her days turn into endless nights, and each brother vows to make her his own, Yui falls deeper and deeper into madness and ecstasy.
I just marathoned this abomination (which wasn't too difficult considering each episode is under 14 min) and first of all, men: if you hate women and like to see them abused you will love this show, ladies: if you are masochists you will also love this show. If these descriptions do not fit you, you will just be vomiting your brain cells out the entire time.
From reading the summary, you would (obviously) think this story would evolve to the brilliant anime equivalent of the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel but no. Let's go through this using the provided elements.
Alright, I KNOW the art is pretty. It was why I clicked on the cursed show. A bunch of pretty boys with awesome gradient hair. This is how the creators (satan) draw you in. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. You will be coasting on the art for 3 or so hours telling yourself the plot will get better. Spoiler alert: it doesn't. The plot is a giant lie. You keep waiting for it to pop up and when it does in the 3rd or 2nd to last episode you wonder why they even bothered to add one in because it is god awful. I laughed bitterly at my naivety. What you will be getting is 3 hours of continuous blood draining, she is bitten by like 3 of the brothers per episode and miraculously, she does not develop anemia or pass out regularly from blood loss even though the boys go HARD in the blood. Also she never has any marks on her neck when the next guy has a go unless it is valuable for them to notice (eg. "oh I see so-and-so has already been here, what a guy..."). There was even a scene where one vampire bit her then when he went to bite her again the previous marks were already gone. What else can I say about the story, nothing else happens.
Sound: Alright, prepare for a buttload of awkward sucking sounds. Even when they are licking her neck there is slurping sounds, as if they can't contain their vampiric saliva and have to constantly be sucking it back, it is horrifying. I can't comment on the music because it was not memorable. As for the voices, very nice selection, good choice of voice actors if anything (I am being genuine), sometimes it masks the horrible words coming from their mouths (only not really). As for the dialogue... just a repeat of moans and comments on the flavour of her blood, etc.
Characters: Our main girl is a mediocre dunce who is having a really difficult time realizing these dudes are just scumbags. Every time she approaches a guy she is shocked that he soon after sucks her blood. She has no spine so she usually lets him have his way with her after which she runs off scared only to come back and repeat the process. One vampire, the only tolerable one, even gives her the opportunity to leave but she stays to try and figure out the plot (haha fool). As for the guys: scumbags with varying levels of sociopathic and sadistic tendencies. One character lays around all episode sounding tired while another with bipolar schizophrenia (and most inclined to be a serial killer of the bunch) stabs the crap out of his potatoes while laughing maniacally. Each of the 5 brothers are drawn to her but there is only one romantic connection really (and it's with the most rape-y of the vampires, of course) and it is also quite pathetic and shallow (this can be considered our character development). There is not any meaningful interaction between the boys and our heroine other than blood letting and beating around the bush pretending there is a plot (yet she still cares about them). One guy even comes up with a misogynistic nickname for the main character on the spot that is so offensive and out of nowhere I almost spit out my beverage. It doesn't help that he uses it like 7,000,000,000 (+/-) times over the course of the anime. None of the characters are especially likeable, they are all quite horrible and I wanted them all to die.
Enjoyment: You will laugh, you will cry, you may stab yourself through the chest with a silver knife. Regardless, you WILL wonder how you managed to watch all 12 episodes in one sitting (I hate myself). My final spoken word as the last episode came to an end was a incredulous "what" because I literally had no idea what happened in the end.
Disregarding all math that would give the correctly balanced final rating, I throw all numbers out the window and give it a 2. It could have borderlined on a 3 thanks to the art but "dreadful" suits this anime much better than "poor". Only use this anime as a tool of revenge.read more
(It says I only watched 1/12 episodes but I finished most of it, couldn't force myself to watch last few though; so I'd say this review holds valid.)
I'm not going to lie, I watched this because I love reverse harems, and I *ehem* adore nicely drawn male characters. But this?! This is an insult to all my brain cells.
The plot isn't even worth mentioning because there isn't any. This anime is so pointless and consists of the female walking around getting her blood drained like 5 million times. How is she not dead? This anime is rate r because there are a lot of potential rape scenes. The girl and some vampire always looks like they will engage in some non-consensual borderline sexual activity. There's no real development in anything. So in conclusion? The plot sucked, was lacking.
The characters were the ones that made me feel my IQ points slip. We don't know much about the characters and can really only distinguish them by the clothing, really, and as the story drags on we don't learn much either.
The female protagonist in here is just so STUPID. I yell WTF at least six times an episode and have to resist the urge to beat the shiii out of the characters at least seven. The girl has no personality and there's no character development at all. She's a walking blood bank. She's a self degrading, masochistic, idiotic, helpless, useless, vulnerable, terrible main character that gets borderline raped every so often. You know those useless girl characters that go KYYAAAAA, well here you go.
The guys aren't even worth mentioning. Those hot sadistic mature males in all other animes are not here. Here lies a bunch of cocky ass, jerkwads. Need I say more?
I mean if you're a masochistic being yourself and once in a while like to feel angst and watch horrible anime, hey, do your thing and watch this, nobody's going to judge you.
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. 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.
It seems like in this anime, 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
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