May it be said that this horror of an adapted anime has forever ruined my picture of DMMD. Anyone who gives this anime a decent score is just going easy on it. This anime is not a ten, not a seven or even the lowest score to ever be conceived of on MAL, a six. No, this is far worse.
What I was hoping for was, alas, too much. I feel sorry for previous fans of the series, as this does no justice to the original VN. Honestly, I think you should never remove the "L" from "BL", as the original
had some plot points revolving around the romance between characters. I understand what the producers were trying to do here, which was acquire a new demographic. What a mistake.
In doing this, along with the short amount of episodes, they stripped the characters of any real feeling. You couldn't get attached to them because they didn't get a chance. Noiz, for example, was reduced to a background prop after his arc ended and Clear's began. There was no development because it wasn't long enough. ( Aside from Aoba using Scrap on them. ) The only character I really even liked was Clear. Every time an arc was finished Aoba stuffed that character into Glitter like he was building his own harem or something. I didn't like this at all, although I can understand why they did this. ( Basically so every character could achieve their "happy ends". )
The animation was mediocre at best. It seemed very rushed, especially towards the beginning. Near the end it was somewhat decent, but I've definitely seen better.
As for the sound, I'm pretty satisfied with it. It sets the mood fairly well in most parts. Probably the anime's only redeeming quality.
Okay, plot! Pretty much the same as the VN, which, mind you I found mildly boring too. This isn't really the anime's fault, but yeah, it's especially boring in the beginning. There were some plot holes, some of which the anime was at fault for due to not enough episodes. There were some pretty original ideas here and there, but without the romance there's really nothing all that amazing.
In conclusion, this anime sucks. I didn't enjoy it by any means. It was aimed at the wrong demographic, was rushed, had a low budget and not enough episodes to flush it all out. I think this anime would've been a lot better with more of a budget and more episodes. I recommend the VN if you're interested in it, but not the anime unless you're really bored. (or are a hardcore fan of the VN.)
NOTE: I'm not a professional at all. If you have a criticism of this review please tell me, it would really help! :)
DRAMAtical Murder is an anime adapted from a BL visual novel originally created by the company Nitro+ who also made things like Steins;Gate and Chaos Head. Similarly to those and other stories done by Nitro+, it has a very sci-fi and futuristic feeling to it. And despite the original material involving gay rape sex scenes (though I haven't played the original game so I can't compare them more than this), this is tuned down to a PG-13 rating which never delves farther in the shounen-ai element than a simple kiss and gay sexual innuendos galore.
DMMd begins with Seragaki Aoba, a man of around 20 years
old. The story is told from his perspective as he meets different people, both ones he already knew and strangers. He begins to discover something big going on in his city involving gangs, a digital game called "Rhyme," and some of the people around him. Aoba, of course, is also strongly involved in this growing plot whether he knows it or not at first. The initial setup is basically your typical VN setup where you follow the protagonist as you meet the other important and not so important characters.
One of the biggest problems I had with DMMd is just how poorly timed its twists and reveals are. Aoba knows almost nothing that is going on about the main story at first or much that happened prior to Episode 1. Unfortunately, it takes almost half of the 12 episodes for the show to actually give you any idea what is going to happen. And that first half is incredibly boring since all it does is introduce you to some characters who really aren't all that likable. When they do finally reveal the real intent of the plot, it is very predictable and generic. This show is chock full of generic tropes.
As for the characters, they could not be less interesting if they tried. Clear is the only character I ever cared about in the slightest (he's a great singer imo) but even still the show developed him and everyone else very poorly. Everything from Aoba's character design (his huge sweatshirt is just disgusting to look at for 12 episodes) to the typical personalities of all the other main characters just made for an extremely boring and annoying cast. Aoba is your typical main lead who doesn't want to hurt anyone and is just lead through the story by everyone else. Koujaku is his best friend who sticks with him through thick and thin despite not really mattering at all in the story. Clear is the mysterious, strange one who also ends up a little unimportant in the story. Noiz is a hacker who's quiet and arrogant. And Mink is really only important towards the end with almost no personality or development to his character. The villains are one dimensional as are most of the small amount of side characters making for one of the worst character casts I've seen in an anime.
The art is noticeably cheap. The budget seems to be low from the start, you just kind of have to laugh at how rushed episode 3 was, and aside from some nice climactic scenes in the last couple episodes, the entire show just looks terrible. Aside from Aoba's design the other main characters do have pretty good and unique designs. The one aspect of DMMd that wasn't terrible was the soundtrack. Though it didn't stand out at all early on, the later episodes towards the climax of the show really added some great rock tracks that really improved some scenes. Still, this was only apparent towards the end and for much of the show, there is a noticeable lack of any background music. While this can work in some shows, with its futuristic setting DMMd felt very empty because of it.
This show just has almost nothing to offer. A bad character cast, animation that is so terrible you can see the individual frames used in most running sequences, a decent soundtrack that needed its better tracks to be used more often, and a generic and silly story full of terrible gay sexual innuendos. One of the worst shows I've seen in a while, I certainly don't recommend this show.
The plot may be difficult to follow, but when it all finally clicks into place you end up sitting there like "HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THIS?" Don't give up on Dramatical Murder just because you don't understand what is going on in the first episode. Or the second...Or third...Or...Well you get the point (Amnesia fans understand the struggle).
Each time I clicked 'next episode', I felt as if someone rammed something into my brain and started picking on it : "Oh look..You've seen this character before. Haven't you? Ohhhh he seemed suspicious! I knew it! I knew it!". In
essence the author did an amazing job at trowing javelins at my imagination through plot twists. You'll never know what will happen next.
In reference to the art...Well hella. The detail of the landscape is quite similar to Durarara or Cross Ange (basically a 'society in the future' landscape). However, it has it's own 'high' to it. When you watch, notice that most of the city is animated as if behind a block of ice. It's blurry, shiny and magnificent. But the blurriness foreshadows the instability of perfection created by humans in Dramatical Murder. And the characters...Well they're all completely (and I mean totally) to die for. Each of the (significant or insignificant) characters have incredibly beautiful eyes that pierce straight through your anime/manga-loving heart. But...That's not all that captivated me when it came down to their looks. All of them were unique in a million different ways. You need to see it to understand.
Characters? Characters...Yes...Well...I need you to promise me something ok? Have tissues near (Not just for tears if you know what I mean). The moment I laid my eyes on Aoba and Ren, I needed more. Aoba is the main character, and let me tell you... Everyone wants, loves and adores Aoba (For whatever reason). However...His personality pivots between Kaneki-ken (and his struggle to remain human) and Mikado Ryuugamine (who fights to stay a simple human despite his curiosity). He is beyond special and so is his Grandma and his dog, and all his friends ( :D ).
But I don't want to be too specific, or i'll spoil everything for you.
In general the characters were all quite well developed (Even supporting characters had a unique personality that made them stand out). Each radiated a different side of humanity. They all had their fears, goals, grudges and dreams that eventually lead them to Aoba. I bet you'll find yourself in at lest one of them.
I don't know If I motivated you to watch DM, but please consider it. It's a work of art. You will remember the names of the characters even if it's a 12 episode anime.
"DRAMAtical Murder" was a train wreck of an anime, sullying the video game's name.
When I first heard that "DRAMAtical Murder" was becoming an anime, I was so excited, I couldn't stop thinking about it. What I was met with, however, was a show consisting of average animation, bland plot lines, and no romance whatsoever.
Voicing Aoba is Kisaichi, Atsushi, known for his role of Aizawa, Yuuichi (Kanon). He is not very popular in the anime world, but his voice is pretty nice. He did a wonderful job of voicing Aoba regularly, and then digging deep to bring out Aoba's "dark" side. Most of the voices
were too deep for my tastes, but they all sounded so good.
To be specific, the thing I hated most about the anime was the actual animation. When I expected something to rival the video game, I received awkward expressions, still panels, and just all around derps. The animation got better as the anime started to close, but it was still disappointing. Another sad fact was the no romance! This anime turned out to be like another "Togainu no Chi." All the romance was taken out. However, the anime did redeem itself at the end, but that alone cannot make up for the mistakes it had in all the episodes up to eleven.
I recommend playing the gmae instead of watching the anime, even though it has its good point. This anime is either a hit or miss; love or hate. Some players of the game will love it, while others will shake their head in dismay, just questioning why Nitro+ ever let this happen.
Story - 6
The story is good, in a sense that it has potential. However, the anime never really elaborated on the story. I'm not sure whether they did this on purpose because of the preexisting fan base, or not. In any case, some elaboration would have been nice.
Art - 3
Again I say the animation was very badly done. The game's art was very good, and it was quite a disappointment that it dropped down to such a level.
Music - 8
At first I didn't like the music, but as I continued watching, the techno grew on me. I still feel that the opening song needs to be a little faster, but that's just me being nit-picky. All in all, the music fit very well, and the soundtracks played were nice and soothing. I especially enjoyed Clear's Jellyfish Song.
Character - 7
I got to meet a lot of different characters and learn about their back stories, but I felt like something was missing. There are still a lot of plot holes in all the characters, but overall each one was very enjoyable.
Enjoyment - 5
I actually started losing interest about halfway through. It became a chore to watch, but I couldn't stop because I had already watched over five episodes, and needed to write a review. Some moments were really nice for me, but those were few and far in between. I do have to say that the last episode was the best out of all the others.
Overall - 5.8
This anime had a lot of potential and showed promise, but studio NAZ didn't really do anything with it. Instead, it's left to sit on its heels. But as I said, this anime is either a hit or a miss, so while I didn't enjoy it very much, others may love it.
As a fan of the original DRAMAtical Murder games, I had some high hopes for the anime adaptation of them. The trailer looked nice, the characters were all there, and even though there wouldn't be any of the fanservice and sex that made the games what they were, everyone was rejoicing at the announcement of this anime. And then all of our hopes were crushed after the first few episodes. Our beloved DRAMAtical Murder was turned into a trainwreck.
I won't really go into the actual story since there's a synopsis already written, but basically the protagonist and his "friends" have to beat the bad
guy who, as usual, is some rich old man who owns a giant corporation. This has been done many times but DRAMAtical Murder actually tried to make it seem interesting and action-packed. Despite the game doing this without any big flaws, the anime made it feel extremely rushed. So, by the time they actually got to the antagonist, it wasn't memorable or even remotely exciting.
The animation in this show is atrocious. In fact, it was so bad in one particular episode that they actually remade the ENTIRE episode with better animation. What little action scenes they had looked sloppy and they felt like nothing was really happening. The only art that was considered good were the backgrounds.
The opening sounds terrible and so does the ending. The music in the episodes was so forgettable that I legitimately forgot that this anime HAD music in it.
If you've ever played one of the DMMD games, you know and love every character in them. You got to know practically everything about them and you felt like you grew up with them. Hell, you even saw them naked at one point. The anime does the complete opposite. You never feel a connection with a character and you certainly don't see them develop.
To be honest, I only watched every episode because I was a fan of the games and already knew what would happen. While there were some parts that I enjoyed because they happened in the games and I was happy to see them (poorly) animated, overall I couldn't really enjoy this anime in it's entirety very much.
I tried so hard to like this anime, I really did. There was hardly any character development and the art made it difficult to even watch. If you want to get into DRAMAtical Murder, I really would not recommend watching the anime first. Play the games, and if you want to see how vastly superior the games are to it's anime adaptation, then go ahead.
Before I begin let me just say that the low scores are for the anime only. For those of you who don't know, this show was derived from an explicit yaoi dating simulator. The visual novel featured 12 different endings. There was usually a good, and at least one bad for every character. There was also a specific ending for Virus and Trip as well. The true end to the game was meant to be the true end to the anime. If you haven't played the game and don't mind gorgeous and explicit yaoi boy sex, I recommend you forget about what you
watched, and invest the 30 or so hours into Dramatical Murder...then invest another 10 or so into Reconnect to get the full background of the characters lives. I will just say that I absolutely love this game. Nitro+Chiral are yaoi game masters and I have to at least give the anime writers credit for trying to fit this entire game into a 12 episode arc.
Story: Honestly the story is very complicated. It starts with Aoba working in a shop, then meeting up with the boyfriend squad, then going after Toue who is trying to take over the world. It is very elaborate and also extremely engaging. The problem with the show is they tried to fit 30+ hours of story into 12 episodes. This caused the story to lose its magic and become somewhat of a mess. I understand the writers were trying to give each character's arc an episode, but some required much more for people who haven't played the game to come to love these characters. It was dissapointing. In my opinion, most of the people who wanted to watch this show in the first place were probably yaoi fans, so taking that aspect out all together made me really feel like I was jipped. I understand the anime is on TV so we won't get any hentai (sadly), but I was at least hoping for maybe a less linear storyline so I could see all of my favorite moments from the game acted out and not just thrown together. I wanted to see the bad endings as well but that's just me (And just BTW, taking out the bad ends means there were absolutely NO dramatical murders in the show...lol)...Also bad form with Virus and Trip only being in the show for like 2 minutes lol
Animation: ........I'm sorry, but it is made fun of a lot because it is really bad. The dialogue is terrible as well, but the animation doesn't even hold a candle to the game. I feel really bad talking so much shit, but I just feel like this show could have done so much more. The only characters who looked even remotely okay were Clear and Ren. The Rhyme worlds were okay and Oval Tower and Glitter were okay but the guard dogs were so laughable...I just don't understand the need to change miniscule things like that.
Sound: To be fair, some of the dialougue in the game was laughable as well, that was a lot of the fun of playing it, but here, it's like they were trying to put things in there to mess with us gamers...(I.E. I'm going inside you, Aoba dropping to the ground in front of Ryuuhou, etc...) Maybe it was supposed to be funny, but I just found it annoying lol. I was also disappointed in the opening and ending themes. I WISH they would have used the themes from the game! Most were gorgeous. The voice acting was well done, mostly because these voice actors are very good, but like I said, the dialogue was laughable so the feeling you did get became muddled.
Characters: I adore these characters. All are different and unique including Sei, Toue, and Virus and Trip. The problem, again, is that each were only given one episode for you to get to know them. It makes for 2 dimensional characters when they should be 3 dimentional. Each character's arc you should fall in love with them along with Aoba. You should fall in love with Aoba as well...also I thought it was funny how they portrayed Mink. He's one of the most extreme individuals in the game, and they made him into a puppy in the show. Again, bad form.
Overall, I'm sorry to the people that like the show. I just know how much better it could have been and it makes me sad it was nowhere near that caliber. I highly recommend the game (and any game by NC) but this show sadly missed the mark this time.
Forgive me for the bad English, i am spanish.
Dramatical murder, is a visual novel that contains a lot of yaoi and explicit scenes.
I played all the visual novel, with all the routes and bad and good endings and i simply love it. I am one of the fandom of Dmmd and when i saw the announcement of the anime i was happy and also scared. Why? Because i have seen what they did to Togainu no chi. But i was expecting that nitro+chiral realized about the quality of their last anime and they would fixed it, i was wrong... VERY WRONG.
I have one question,
if you had a visual novel that is a hentai, and it's very famous because of his scenes +18, would you remove all the hentai to make a simply anime of romance? I would not. Dramatical murder is a HARD YAOI, you can't remove all the yaoi stuff and make it an only shonen ai anime...
I know that the history in the visual novel is good and very entertaining, but in the anime they destroy the story mixing all the routes, it seems like Aoba is a slut who have five hot boys at home in love with him and they don't even realize that the others are also in love with Aoba.
Why? Why dmmd that is characterized by having one of the most beautiful art in the yaoi visual novels had to finish like this?
Poor animation, with a horrible attempt to reach the art of the visual novel. Also, it contains errors that makes you want to facepalm, like the young Aoba with brown hair. Really, was that necessary?
I didn't really care about the sound, but it was decent.
The characters were mediocre because we can't see a lot of them in the anime, but their stories are very sad, beautiful and they are totally worth it to read in the visual novel. But in the anime, the stories of every character are showed in a very short time and i didn't enjoyed it like in the novel.
I almost dropped the anime at the episode 3, but i continued it because i wanted to see what they were doing with one of my favorites visual novel. I watched all the anime bored and in the same time very angry.
Don't misunderstand me, i really love dramatical murder, i am one his enormous fandom, but, that's why i am so severe with the anime. I was expecting something that i could remember for years and i would like to re watch and re watch again like the novel, but it totally disappointed me.
Thanks for reading this review.
DRAMAtical murder is a masterpiece.
Despite the fact that this anime is based on a BL game, it was completely normal, without BL scenes, and i'm glad about it.
As a 12-episode anime, i expected that it would not have a completed plot, that it would not give importance to the characters and it would just be in hurry. But no, everything was in a perfect quantity and quality.
To be more exact:
The plot is interesting and enought to fill these 12 episodes of perfection.
The best part of the anime. All of the characters have something special, as special as their past. Each of
them has a personality which makes you love them, and they are showing you how strong the bonds of friendship can be. All of the characters have a special bond with Aoba and that makes the anime one of the best. Each character has an episode dedicated to him, so that the viewers can develop their opinion about them, understand their importance for the story and make at least one of them their favourite, the one who makes the difference.
The sound is perfect. During the 'Rhyme', during the fights, even during the silent moments, and of course the little details.
I think the best part of sound is the 'Jellifish song', the song Clear likes to sing. It's a unique melody, full of feelings, a detail but at the same time a jewel in the anime, all sung by an amazing voice (I really want to congratulate the producers for this song)
The delight i took from art can't be explained with simple words. Everything is planned with a unique way, especially the characters. They are all so beautiful, Aoba, Clear, Koujaku, Ren, Rei and even Noiz, despite the fact that he is full of piercings, i think that he is one of the most handsome men in the anime. Being able to make all the characters so handsome and cute is such a great accomplishment for an anime.
To sum up, DRAMAtical murder is an anime with amazing characters, all important with their own way, helpfull and kind. Their personality, combined with the art makes them to stand up, the plot linked them and made this anime one of my top 5.
I find it disturbing that the players of the game say bad things about this anime, only because it has not BL in it.
So, I recommed it to the ones who don't like the game, and of course anyone else who likes cute and emotional characters and an interesting plot.
This show is way to "Fabulous" for my blood, it's something ZooLander would watch, and that guy is a Fictional Movie Character. To be real, it's something a Gay Person would watch. (I mean that with respect, so if you are Gay then this show is for you.) There is so much emphases with the Gay Struggle, and the Interpersonal Relationships the Main character has with his male counterparts. With this in mind, It doesn't surprise me that this show has very little views in comparison to other shows. Oh, and also, this show has a late 80's-early 90's feel to it, it's as if
it was meant to be in that time line, and now you are seeing it modernized in HD like it's some HD Remaster. It's more a Men on Men type of anime. Something you'd watch late night old fashion time. 5/10
Firstly, this is a pretty short anime- only 12 episodes. It only took me one day to finish it, but to be honest, I don't know what I just watched;;
The story itself isn't that bad. Aoba's special ability was quite original (correct me if I'm wrong please- this is just based on the anime I've watched). However, the story was quite big. Although the idea was decent, I felt like 12 episodes wasn't enough to go into enough detail.
Even after I finished watching it, it just felt like a storm passed super quickly- too much to process in only 12 episodes.
OH! and I really
liked the futuristic setting with the super advanced technology. That was really interested. I wish I had an allmate.
AHAAHAHA you have to admit.... the characters were pretty good looking. I guess they were a bit bland with no special or unique feature; but, at least they were nicely drawn~ I also really liked how Aoba's grandma was drawn! She kind of reminded me of a toned down version of Dola from Laputa!!
The background was nicely drawn too.
The sound actually put me off after the first episode. The OP felt quite out of place, and even after 12 episodes, I still don't like it. But I guess that's just my personal opinion. The background music and sound effects didn't really support the plot. It wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good- it was just decent enough to bear.
They were gooooood looking~ Despite only being 12 episodes long, there was a fair amount of character development. This is probably because each episode seemed to be focused around Aoba getting to know the characters (you'll find out what this means when you watch the anime).
Most of the characters weren't well developed enough for me to get emotionally attached. But, they all had likeable personalities.
The anime was decent. The story started out slow, but progressed faster towards the end. I don't know how to word this... it was enjoyable but not? The ideas were fresh and interesting. But, if I had a whole queue of anime to watch, this one would be my lowest priority.
I guess I only finished it because it was 12 episodes and seemed like a quick anime.
There are probably people who like it and people who don't. If you're into hot guys, technology, and a tiny bit of supernatural(?) then try watching it :) BUT! don't just walk away after the first episode. Like I said, the story starts of slow.
P.S. I just found out that it's based off a BL visual novel. I wish they had more romance in the anime :( There was no romance whatsoever... kind of disappointing;;
I'n my opinion, I believe this is one of the best anime I've seen by far in a very long time. Great story line, excellent character development throughout the series, and an interesting bunch of personalities all around.
The only thing disappointing is I believe this anime would of been better with 25 episodes instead.
I feel that things were slightly rushed since originally this was a game before the anime and manga adaptation.
The game is a lot darker, touchy-feely, and longer than the anime, but I can appreciate that since it's suppose to appeal to a wider audience than just BL/or Yaoi fan-girl.
amazing anime totally worth watching!
Let's get logged into a futuristic cyber world where gangs and mind controllers control the universe along with the "Blue Fox" : "Aoba Seragaki" and his friends as he saves his homeland(island) from an incoming cyber attack.
Story: Frankly this type of a futuristic story is very hard to combine no doubt that the mangaka and the producers succeeded on that. You see this blue haired cute dude in a futuristic pair of boots, on the first impression he looks strong and a lone wolf but not essentially. He works in a Junk Shop to fair for his grandma and himself. Little did he know
that some of the gangs in the area is being threatened by a combo called "Morphine" which progresses the story from there. The story is so confusing at first- it took me about 4 episodes to accumulate what's going on but in the end you get used to it. There's that RPG feeling in there, you have those fancy shops and colours, robotic familiars and etc which brings out many nostalgic feelings i had from PC game called "Remember me". This one has some awesome plot twists which usually lefts you curious at the end of the episode. Most people left the audience since it was Yaoi i expect? However don't confuse friendships with men as Shounen Ai nor Yaoi- men too get emotional and need men to men hugs LOL (just kidding i dunno really hehe)
Art:It is superb- i just loved Aoba's suit and shoes and his hair style. The pink headphones merges well with it. All characters are drawn perfectly to suit their personalties or martial art or cyber obsession. Although i noticed that some stereotypical character's were altered no doubt to give more "fanservice" however i wouldn't conclude that disappointing. The artistic flare in here was creative just like in "Karneval" but even more than compared to it. All the needed creative elements to fabricate a cyber story is in here. The battle art looked common but still interesting. I liked very much how the scenery had been drawn it's so calm and serene. I liked the Outro to the next episode very much- those multitude of voices playing and text screening at the same time shows how the mind can function when it's distracted.
Sound:Music was done by Hayashi Yuki who created superb emotional piano pieces and other tracks to suit the mood of certain events in this anime.(He also did Diabolik Lovers) The Seiyus did extremely well on this although at some point you feel that all voices are same except for Aoba and Sei. The Openings and Endings suits the story and the atmosphere completely more than it should have which makes it appetizing.
Character:I liked that Aoba's character. It was such a normal every day character which you "Want" to see everyday and that he has an ulterior personality which is totally unpredictable. His peers are unique with unusual talents and tragedian pasts- without giving out spoilers it's hard to describe the intensity as Aoba somehow gets involved with them, personally inside their own tainted emotional states. Since this is futuristic no doubt that you find robots- the special sensual thing i noticed in the main chara is that he never makes anybody lonely, never discriminates anybody just because they don't have relative human bodies. Characters like Koujaku should be appreciated since those personalties represents or give out true friendship which in most cases our whole world lacks. This unique clash of personalties clashing together creates an ultimate story to put it simply.
Enjoyment: I'm going to give this an 8, As I did very much enjoy it. You don't find that many enjoyable anime these days with all the stuff going on is relatively superb like the story, usually at some point the story goes good but the music or the art sucks- and that looses a point. This show would have been more famous if it had a twenty four or more episodes. The awesomeness oozes from the 8 or 9th episode. Most of them left me in uncontrollable tears. The first few episodes gives out Aoba's life- it's so calm and well "normal" it gives out that change than other anime- instead of anything out of the place happening i enjoyed the easy paces episodes so much.
Overall: Aoba's compassion is so majestic that you think kindness at least "exists" in the anime world. The whole setting is philosophical- Ren- means restraint whilst Noise" and Clear" are totally opposites. "Rhyme" is also somewhat involved here. "Morphine" is a drug which implicit painlessness. Combine them together and you get them as as sources of distraction and elements of calming the mind(you'll understand how mind is important after you've watched this) Anyway this one of those anime which you want to cuddle with on a Saturday night sipping a mug of coffee(however on my case i drank medicine while watching this- Still added the required taste. There's a Visual Novel of this- i guess it's worth playing depending that the anime is good and was abled to satisfy the audience. Since There was a controversy that it was "Yaoi" didn't see 75% of Yaoi in the anime- there were let's-make-it-yaoi BUT stay-neutral elements in here, I don't know about the Visual Novel- so play it to know that!
This is my first review ever, so be warned I'm new to this stuff
As a person who has played the Visual Novel and is a fan of it, when I heard DRAMAtical Murder (DMMD) was getting an anime adaptation I was quite excited. Well I'm just gonna get straight to the review
I am a huge sucker for mystery/game anime and DMMD definitely caught my interest. I've also never quite seen a concept as interesting has this in a while. Though by the end of the show, anime-only watchers are pretty much guaranteed to be confused and would have to go to the source material
to answer unresolved issues. An 8 is really pushing my bias but it'll do.
Oh NAZ, how you messed up the beauty of the game. Although NAZ did stay close to the original designs of characters they felt very sloppy. Close up shots were fine, but zoom out to show a group of people and everything looks like they got some kindergartner to trace over the original art. Animation however, was pretty much horrendous. NAZ can barely pull off decent animation with one show, but they decided to jump the train and animation DMMD and Re:_Hamatora, which was a huge mistake. Before they attempt this they need bigger budgets and more effort. One compliment I will give to the animation is the use of CGI in the show. It generally fits in and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, which is quite the feat in anime. Mediocre at best, with a 5.
The music is one of the better aspects of the show. A variety of electronic/techno tracks done by GoatBed, who if you did not know made the original music for the VN, along with few orchestral pieces really fit the show. Although I can't recall many of them they set the moods for their respective scenes and didn't feel out of place. The opening was ok, and requires a specific taste to enjoy, and the endings overall were pretty nice, especially during the episodic part of the show. 7/10
12 episodes is not enough to develop the large cast this show has, and hindered the show a lot. While some characters got nice development such as Aoba, Ren, and Clear, most of the cast was left behind and never really changed. I'm not saying that only the 3 previously mentioned are the only ones who developed, but those three got the amount they needed. This is honestly where my bias comes in the most because despite the fact the characters were pretty much horrible, I still liked them. None of them (with the exception of Mink) were annoying or disliked by me but they didn't really go out of their way to develop the cast. 24 episodes would've brought this score up for sure. A fair 6.
Bias. The one reason I liked this show as much as I do. The show was pretty much a train wreck, but for a VN reader I enjoyed it much more than I should had. I was waiting for some of my favorite scene from the VN to be animated and squealed when they finally showed up. Probably wouldn't rewatch, but sure did enjoy it all the way through. 9/10
DRAMAtical Murder is not an anime for anyone, and will mostly appeal to those who have gone through the VN. However I suggest you give DMMD a try if:
-You like a nice mystery
-You don't mind bad animation
-You like Free!, mostly because of all the yaoi undertones in both shows.
I would suggest you stay away from this anime if:
-You like having well developed characters
-You mind being confused the entire way through
-You must require good animation
-Bishies are not your thing.
6.5/10 from a critical standpoint but if my enjoyment were to be factored in the score would go up to a 7/10, but I still give it a 9/10 on my personal list, just because I enjoyed it that much.
I had low expectations of DRAMAtical Murder going into it. I was expecting it was going to be average, maybe even above that. Well, it didn't even do that much. I'm going to do my best to be fair in this review, but this anime is VERY rough around the edges. Let me try to explain.
The story of DRAMAtical has some serious problems. To begin with, the story has no rising action, or climax to speak of. At no point was I excited or blown away by where the story was going, or what it was trying to do. There are a lot of characters
whose main purpose is to deliver plot. DRAMAtical Murder does a lot of "Tell, don't show." There were moments of potential, but never go any further beyond that.
The art style of DRAMAtical Murder is probably its strongest point. The art style isn't bad to look at. It does lack its own flair and style, but as a viewer, it certainly wasn't ugly. Animation wise though, this anime is very lacking. The action scenes are poorly directed, making it hard to tell what exactly is going on. The show also relies on CGI in heavy action scenes. They try to hide the CGI with characters moving fast with a lot of flashy explosions, which again makes it hard to follow. In terms of actual animation, there isn't a lot in the actual show. There is a lot of scenes with characters being completely still and just moving their mouths. There were also a few scenes where the characters were running, but looked very strange and inhuman. Overall, the art style is fine at best, with animation leaving much to be desired.
The overall sound direction of the show is alright. The music works for this kind of show, but nothing memorable. It just simply does it job.
When discussing the sub and dub of this anime, the choice is easy. I watched about half in sub and half in dub. If you are going to watch this, don't even try the dub. Don't. The dubs voice acting is mediocre at best, but the big issue is the writing. Some scenes seriousness or tension is completely destroyed by the clown show that the writing of the dub delivers. Watch the sub, as it is better in every way possible.
The characters of this anime... oh boy. Most are flat, uninteresting, which surprises me to be honest as most of them get DECENT development. Everyone in the main group gets one episode dedicated to them. These episodes were appreciated in making our main cast more human. The problem though is the way the anime handles actually handling these scenes. Basically, our main character mind-fu**s them and helps them with the power of friendship. OH, and the "friendship" in this anime is often forced at times. Most of the main cast has no chemistry, and often feels very fake and rushed. The main character literally gets beat and assaulted a number of times by one of his "friends" and he just takes it. SORRY, WHAT? And then later on they become homies and go on missions together. I don't understand how this group of pretty men formed this "Yaoi Force."
We havn't even gotten to the villains yet. Well, surprise surprise, they also are awful. The main bad guy is your average I'M EVIL BECAUSE I WANT POWER AND MONEY. Other villains include uninteresting henchmen, or enemy gangs whose soul purpose is to move the plot forward while not bringing anything new or interesting to the table. Needless to say, the characters of DRAMAtical Murder need significant changes.
So as you can probably tell, I didn't like this anime. I actually fell asleep during an episode I was so uninterested and bored. This is only the second anime to do that, the first being DragonBall GT. I actually kinda liked that more to be honest.
Anyway, getting back on topic, I don't recommend anyone watches this anime. There are plenty of BETTER shows out there that deserve your time.
This concludes my review of DRAMAtical Murder.
Thank you for reading my review! If you have any positive or negative feedback regarding the writing of this review, please feel free to send me a message. Id appreciate it.
this is not a good adaptation,don't watch the anime.......ok fine here is the actual review
Aoba our main protagonist with blue hair and a talking gay robo dog live in a city full with gangs and robots,then one day a really bad gang comes and fucks shit up.
now aoba and his friends must stop these bad peeps,on this quest are:
Noiz,the gay supermodel who eats pizza everyday and is a kinky fuck who likes being bitten on his dick cus he can't feel things.
Koujaku, aoba's childhood friend who cuts hair and gets a nosebleed when they first fucked (oops spoilers)
Clear, the robot jellyfish with a gasmask thing
the one with the fancy bird and tough gang
and the previously mentioned gay dog robot who (btw spoilers again for ren's ending) takes the body of aoba's dead brother and then has sex with him,in the body of aoba's brother....naisu
the first thing they screwed up is the animation,it is awful,just,awful.
but well that is normal with most anime adaptions for games.
oh and there is no BL in this except for a short kiss between noiz and aoba so if you wanna watch it just for the yaoi go watch a playthrough or something
My review is based on me trying to like it for 10 episodes, giving up at the end of 11th and fast-forwarding the 12th. I simply couldn't watch it anymore.
It doesn't exist. At all. First 4 episodes just slam you with introducing all the characters and the world. Then in a very predictable way Aoba's (main character) grandmother is getting kidnapped and we deal with it for about 2 episodes. Next 4 episodes are very character-focused, so if you happen to dislike one, you're in bad luck because this anime doesn't really care to make things interesting if you don't like someone, and the
main hero does everything in his power to ruin your rooting for him. Also the structure is very-very repetitive: first part - a little bit of build-up, second - Aoba diving into someone's mind and "fixing" that someone. After these "bottled" episodes, the story (it feels wrong to call this a story, honestly) picks up with Aoba wanting to get his revenge on Toue, the villain. Then, for some reason, we spend a whole lot of time with Aoba's pet and his story is pretty confusing as it was. Only after all that the story finally picks up again.
I have no idea why they thought it's okay to have only 3-4 episodes with the actual story in it and not just character exploration, which is a hit or miss as pretty much every character is one-dimensional no matter how many minutes he explains his feelings.
The world of the anime, all the gangs and their names that are thrown at you all the time are not explained in any way. Why not to devote an episode to show off your world, including gangs, Rhyme and all the other stuff? You have a police-man character, which is a total waste. Why not to have an episode specifically about this guy running around the gangs and improving the state of your lore and world? Nope. We'd rather make an episode about a dog turning into a half-naked man.
What is Rhyme? Why is the main heroes forced to play it and how come some punks on the street make him play? How advanced the technology is? What is the gameplay of this Rhyme game? What exactly is that "Pleasure land" that Toue created and how it works? So many questions, but the writers would rather have me listen to Aoba talking to his artificial dog.
I read that this anime is an adaptation of a yaio game (why there's no yaoi, then?) or a book, it's pretty shady as they've changed up the titles... nonetheless, it really does feel like a yaio game, not a proper anime. And I don't have anything against yaoi, I like it when it's done right, but this here is simply an excuse to make something for the female audience that would seem compelling.
I've not had many problems with it, but episodes 10-12 were very poorly animated. I almost never dislike art in the anime and I am very accepting, but those two episodes were a pain to watch.
The original soundtrack is one of the few things that are good in this anime. That only goes for the original soundtrack, because opening and ending theme seem fun at first, but they get very and very annoying when you listen to them more than once. OT and ET create this weird atmosphere of emptiness and it feels quite off with what this anime is about. Not fun to listen to, doesn't help the atmosphere - a fail.
However, as I said, the original music is very nice and I especially want to point out the little song of Clear. I would want to listen to those again.
The anime introduces a lot of characters very quickly (and it's annoying), but I grew to like only two: Clear and Noiz. There were two episodes centered on these two characters and it was one and only time when I was engaged and wanted to get more. I'd be happy, if these two characters were instead of Aoba.
Speaking of Aoba, he seems fun at the beggining, but he gets boring very quickly. I would rather have his evil side as the main character. This would have not only stirred up anime's story in the interesting direction, but would have changed the whole dynamic of the show.
There are also many side-characters, which are either flat or annoying, sometimes both.
Two of the mains, Mink and Koujaku, are almost laughable, I have to say. Koujaku is just a boring "daddy", which acts stupid and initiates fights just because. Mink is pretty much the same. And Ren... oh, that one is just bad. The whole dog-thingy was fun for a few episodes, but there's a lot that is very shady about it.
I truly enjoyed every moment of Clear and Noiz. They are very fun characters and they were making this anime, at least, somewhat bearable and interesting. Other than that, I was bored and I was not able to force myself to finish up 12th episode. The more they tried to have some story, the more frustrating I became.
I'm not sure why yaoi game/book gets an adaptation that doesn't have any yaoi in it (except one scene, which evolves into nothing). The story is non-existent, most characters are one-dimensional and very "a hit or miss" and it's just very forgettable.
On the one hand, I disliked this anime....and on the other, I liked it sort of. The main issue with this anime is the plot/storyline. Early on, it seemed to be going somewhere interesting and then it sort of veered off and tried to have a lot of twists and turns that winded up not making much sense or were way too transparent. When it finally decides to get back to the main plot, it feels a bit....weak. The idea is good but for an anime of only 12 episodes, you need to utilize all the episodes you have and not try to rush things
in a few episodes. The final battle leaves a lot to be desired...in fact it is rather anticlimactic and there were, imo, far better battles early on in the season.
Where this anime does excel, for the most part anyway, is the characters. All 5 of the main characters are incredibly interesting. Aoba, is the lead, and he isn't my favorite but he is compassionate and compelling enough where you want to root for him.
Mink to me is the character who is sort of one dimensional in his time on the screen. Even with a backstory and development, Mink left more to be desired but at the same time he has the most defined and structured personality of all 5 mains.
The latter 3 are my favorites and precisely why I loved this anime, despite the poor storyline.
Clear is the standout because he is so eccentric and just...a freak. From his initial intro and his overall look, this dude just leaves an impression on you and I loved Clear so much. Especially with his backstory...Clear is my boo.
Koujaku was someone I was a bit eh with at first but as the season went on, I grew to love him. His loyalty and dedication to Aoba is what compelled me to care but his backstory cut my deep and I was ready to jump into my screen and hug him. Such a big teddy bear hidden underneath such angst and aggression.
But Noiz...Noiz is my favorite and the best. He is not one of many words but his actions and mannerisms are precisely what make Noiz so interesting. As you learn more about him, you get to see why he is the way he is. I loved every scene with him and out of the 5, Noiz is definitely the most defined and multifaceted character with Koujaku and Clear as a close 2nd.
(Ren is also a standout as well even if he is not my favorite).
Really watch this anime for the characters. Ignore the plot...half the time it doesn't make sense and the other half it feels rushed. I would watch again just for the characters and I wish for a sequel.
There is a hint of boy's love/shounen-ai romance...It was established early on literally in one scene(a kiss) and then never mentioned again. Which was disappointing really.
However, there are more subtle boy's love moments between the characters as well throughout the season. But this could have been way better had they just let them go for it.
All in all, I rated it highly in spite of its story and it wasn't a bad watch....just not a something i'd easily say was one of my favorites.
So, my overall thought (after playing the game and watching countless of letplays and reviews on Youtube) was that this Anime had so much potential and the producers took a crap on that chance.
I'm a very big fan of Yaoi and Yuri in general, but after watching the first few episodes I kind of lost interest in the Anime. But, after months of procrastinating I finally finished it and I must say; It was kind of mediocre.
I give this Anime: A six.
Because of the lack of good animation, the mediocre work put into it and some of the art in the anime looks really strange.
Compared to the game, I actually liked the art in the game. Oh and... Let's not forget the lack of: ROMANCE!
But, the characters and music was really good. Took a bit of time to get out of my "what-the-hell-are-you" moment, when I first saw the characters. But after I played the game and watched all of those letplays of it: DRAMAtical Murder is now my favorite yaoi game.
The Anime unfortunately is a whole other story. I loved the characters, voiceacting and the music wasn't bad either, since I enjoy techno and dubstep. But the overall work put into the Anime's animation and plotline, is a complete joke.
I've played both of the DMMD games, and the game series alone is fabulous. I stopped watching the anime mid-way because I didn't want my love of the games to be soiled by an anime adaption that basically gave an episode per character and stripped them down of most of their characteristics. The animation was sometimes laughably bad, but hey what do you expect. I've mainly given up on BL game anime adaptions (Togainu no Chi, and now this), since I feel like they never have the budget they really deserve to actually make it good. If you're new to DMMD and like the general
gist of it, I'd highly recommend you play the games (though beware they are quite graphic, especially compared to this anime). I think the only reason I gave this series a "decent" rating was that I actually knew what was going on since I played the first game before watching the series. Otherwise i'd be so clueless.