Yui Komori, still held captive by the Sakamaki brothers—pureblood vampires after her blood—experiences yet more bizarre twists to her life following her stay at their household. Though haunted by enigmatic dreams, Yui soon deciphers their meaning when caught in a car crash, which subsequently leads to meeting four new vampires: the Mukami brothers, Ruki, Azusa, Kou, and Yuuma, who themselves capture the bewildered girl.
Yui later awakens in the Mukami mansion, where the brothers reveal their plans for her: she is their "Eve," and her blood will find the "Adam" among them; together, they will have the power to rule the world. However, with the Sakamaki brothers hot on their heels, things might not go quite as smoothly as they had imagined.
Ok, so, only me finds that comma in-between “more” and “blood” to be awfully distracting? Like what does it mean? “More” Diabolik Lovers, version “Blood”?
(WARNING. THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS)
Anyway! With no further ado, let me get into this. I have a confession to make: this season has become a freakin guilty pleasure for me. It’s still bad, consistency committed suicide like any other sense of ethics and morales I could expect, but goddamn it, it’s painful to say that I actually did come to like the Mukami brothers…or some parts of them at least.
This second season makes me actually re-think the rating
that I gave to the first season because they used to be both 3 on MAL for me, but I genuinely think that this one actually TRIED to make sense in some parts, so the first season went to a 2 instead. It’s like when stuff start getting fairly nice and then somebody in the staff went like NOPE, WE HAD A LACK OF BITING THIS EPISODE!
…ლ(ಠ_ಠ ლ）Why can’t you people just accept exposition and development for what they are rather than shove “I’m a bad bad vampire” down my throat? And MOSTLY when it comes to the Mukami brothers! The whole “biting is hot” thing going on in this show has become a running gag from the first season and yet this one still insists on it. Insists even when it makes no sense to. All the Eve&Adam bulshit to a side and also ignoring that Yui was supposed to be a vampire by this time (huge plothole but I guess the original otome game didn’t give shit about it and continued from a state when Yui never actually had the whole issue with the Sakamaki-mom), I thought that the Mukami brothers would have brought a ray of light into my life, as ex-humans and everybody having went through very nasty things. I expected them to try and understand how Yui is feeling, yet I was thoroughly disappointed.
You know? I am starting to believe that if I would have forgotten most story of the first season, I think this second season would have been more consistent x2. Yet the fast pacing (15 minutes/episode) definitely played to its disadvantage. The Mukami brothers are definitely more likable than half the Sakamaki’s; for one, I just can’t stand Reiji and Kanato; Shu is a saint, Subaru is kinda cute if he drops the anger issues, while Ayato is…sometimes…remotely… actually a nice guy if he would drop his badass egocentric vampire act. The Mukami brothers? Still somehow douchebags when they remember they have to act like evil vampires, safe for Azusa. Azusa is an angel. ( ´͈ ॢꇴ `͈ॢ)･*♡
Unfortunately, besides the “Eve” nonsense which I refuse to even get into, the rest of the story is not devoid of plot holes and incoherences. During the first season (which is why I would have preferred to forget it…) one of the vampires (I think it was Reiji and then Laito when he chased after her) has implied that Yui wasn’t going to be able to escape from the Sakamaki’s; not only because they would have killed her if she tried, but also because they would have been able to find her anyway with their vampire senses…Yeah, well, the Mukami brothers stole her right from under their noses and nobody used their awesome teleportation skills and spider senses to actually do something to stop it. Then when she was gone, they were all butthurt about Yui’s disappearance, not striking them as odd at all that everything was plain weird.┐(￣ヘ￣)┌
By the end, the whole story was, once again, about Yui getting bitten over and over, the Mukami brothers fighting the Sakamakis using Yui as a tool to trigger jealousy, Mukami brothers’ angsty past stories, Yui being a b**ch not even caring who bites her anymore (I’m actually quoting Shu here) and PLOTTWIST: 2 more people for Yui to get kidnapped and abused by. Just marvelous! Diabolik Lovers is getting a third season! My! I’m just speechless!
One last thing: Karlheinz butting in all this to trigger the Eve-game is just a reason to bring in the Mukami brothers, right? Right. (And I know the “he wanted it so one of the vampires would have become Adam and so, would be able to eventually kill Karl, but I don’t remember the anime ever clarifying that, so to me, it’s still a sin).
I would like to concentrate on the Mukami brothers for this section. I’m very confused about them and it’s really not even their faults. They are genuinely the ruined potential of this anime. As I said before, as ex-humans I expected them to understand a lot of things that the Sakamaki brothers could never manage to grasp and to a certain extent I got what I wanted. They are the first heart-warming “family” that I’ve seen in this show. It was amazing how they actually eat together and take care of eachother like Yuma making sure Azusa eats properly; it was something that moved me deeply because I really didn’t expect to see “warmness” in Diabolik Lovers. They actually even share some of their interests and thoughts with the heroine (even though in the end it didn’t matter, because Yui kept being as blank as a board, but anyway…), however that gets ruined when they suddenly “remember” that they’re vampires and as vampires they MUST BITE and be TOTAL DOUCHEBAGS! …excepting Azusa.
Talking about Azusa now, he is actually the character with the most consistency. As much as I tried to justify the Sakamaki brothers with their pasts, I never managed to actually put my finger on all of them and their actions. I understand what they went through and I understand the enviroment they kept living in and I also understand that people develop differently even when they’re exposed to the same enviroment (which explains Shu and Subaru), but I kept having this strong feeling that most of them were all just excuses in the end. Azusa is that guy that instead of getting angry at the world, he got “angry” at himself and nothing of what he does is inconsistent with his past or with himself, at least how he was portrayed at the beginning.
Then there’s Ruki. He is the first character in Diabolik Lovers who showed actual struggle! It’s the first time that I see despair visually expressed on the face of a vampire in this show. Even if Ruki’s feelings came out of nowhere, my expectations were really low, so it really took me by surprise. His fear, his confusion of seeing the heroine fainted with anemia. His feelings of “impureness” , that he’s not able to become Adam, are fascinating. The reaction of the other Mukami brothers to Ruki and the well-being of the heroine was also something that surprised me. They were still not being consistent by randomly switching between their vampire “pride” and human “nice” selves, but it was fresh.
For the rest…
Yui = doll. ✔
Sakamaki brothers = generally douchebags ✔
Kou = doucheba-…*spares him the last g for his angsty past that he still seems to suffer deeply about*✔
Yuma = averagely douchy. (I think he’s a type that barks more than anything) ✔
Morikubo Showtaro in the last 5 minutes of the show = OMFG I JUST HAD TO MENTION IT. ✔
Animation & Soundtrack
Opening– never skipped it. It’s just that awesome. I’m in love with their vocals.
Ending-forgettable this time.
Rest of the OST was mostly recycled from last season, but still gives me the chills everytime.
..fairly good. The bleak colors still do their jobs, though it’s nothing amazing. The characters don’t really move a lot and there are a lot of closeups instead.
Third season upcoming? I’m half horrified and half curious because, despite everything, I still want to see what end Ruki’s conclusion regarding the heroine is going to go and for how long is it going to work. And then, Morikubo Showtaro. I said everything.
I just thought a question towards this show. Why did this got a sequel, when the first season was the utter definition of reverse harem done wrong on so many levels, with almost no redeeming quality to it or any rewatching value, or, the amount of budget or sales this get? It's like there are shows that deserve a sequel (example Spice and Wolf and Panty and Stocking), and there and others that do not deserve it for a lot of reason (Example Infinite Stratos and Tokyo Ghoul, even Maken-ki!). This, right here in front of your eyes and body, is the definition of an
anime series that should have never existed at all. It literally deserves a lot of credit and wish to not exist because there's nothing going forward to it regardless of the things it delivered, or to continue, that's what I am going to say. Yes, if you want to know, I love reverse harems to a degree, I love them a lot to an extension, however this show is cringey as fuck and it's ebola fest. Even as a girl, I just quickly see no reason for this show to be made in the first place and/or have a sequel, there's literally many reasons to it, and its the same problem with season 1, but worse. I mean literally I never had a hatred so big this season, than this awfully done sequel worse than Tokyo Ghoul Root A.
Overall Start and Story:
Basically going to the simple terms without explaining about the story, the show is basically just as bad as the first season, however its just your cringey as fuck logic that they attempted to add, and then the same old same old "Oh let me suck your blood" idea. Not that I have anything against this, but in this type of series, it's just awful and so unappealing and pathetic as fuck. The dialogue as always is so untolerable, usually making me feel like my cells are burning to death. I mean I have seen bad shows this season, but nothing tops this one show. Yes, Diabolik Lovers More Blood wins for the most cringey as fuck dialogue in this season, probably of the year. Also the fact that the romance of this is just so awful done and presented, forced, and just cringey, just really a matter of trying too much that it causes my eyes bleed out of hatred for this. Not to mention that if you want something with a story, you're not going to find anything in here. In this case onward Diabolik Lovers is just a show only worth for the pleasing of the sexy husbando choosing, and that's probably the only purpose this anime has to deliver. Literally I will say that much as a credit. At least that would be a bonus for the anime for going across, and that's not even a nice accomplishment.
As for the characters, I will personally say this. I hate all of them. Yes, even the male characters and the female protagonist, as I said on the previous statement, the show only pleases the audience by simply having vampire men that will please the females (even though I am a female, but the way they do it is just no) with their sexy abs and their personalities, then again, these guys are just cringe worthy towards my own soul that it even disgusts me why I have to even bother watching them doing this type of shit, on and I'm not against this, but the way they presented it was so messed up that it makes me wanna go and hit the fan a lot of the times. As for the female protagonist? Once again I will say it since the last time I talked about this show, the female protagonist is only used for the sake of seeing the male leads sucking their blood, which in my personal opinion I find it disturbing and unappealing. I will say that at least because season 1 was the same thing as always. She does nothing but to serve that purpose. Only to serve to the male protagonist with her blood. That's it. The only thing I can remember from all of them would be their different designs, that's the only thing I can remember from them and nothing more.
The only thing I could praise from the show and giving some points would be the Artstyle since I love the texture they took and the color like season 1. Usually the artstyle goes for my personal taste with that base of color, however for the animation? It's just inconsistent, and also very terrible in very different ways. I will say that at least, so at least that department gets some points at least, not even an accomplishment to my eyes.
For the Opening song I will say I did liked it a little bit, some points here because that's the second nice thing about the show. The visuals for it seems very fitting with the music and it doesn't look just as bad as the actual show. Overall the Opening is nothing new but I guess it was nice to listen to. That and the fact that I enjoyed that more than the show.
As for the sound, nothing special in particular as the usual. It just goes into the generic and unmemorable soundtrack and a few that are just unbareable. Just saying the least here. Sound department? Not saying much either over here.
Characters voicing was pretty average at best, not like I wouldn't care but they at least put some sort of effort into it at least. That's another point here at least.
Overall Opinion about Diabolik Lovers More Blood:
This show is classified as one of the few potential worst shows or even worst harems I have ever seen in my entire experience in the anime community at the moment. Not only I ask why it got a second season. I'm mainly asking why this show had to exist in the fucking first place. The only purpose for this anime is nothing more but for the self indulgence and also the pandering of the female audience for them to get a dose of their husbandos, with a cringe worthy story, bland but sexy male cast, a useless female protagonist, generic and unmemorable music except for the Opening, and average art. I personally will say this right now, I personally now think that the reverse harems like these are far worse than the normal or average ecchi/harems shows. I really will say that and that's quite a bonus for the whole ecchi harem genre shows (except for a very few I've seen that they're on the same level as this, but majority wins).
If you want to have a series just for sexy husbandos and pandering, go for this one actually, other than that, don't you dare go towards this abysmal of an anime I call "Cancer Lovers".
How to have a great night with your fellow nerd friends:
step 1.) skip this damn anime
step 2.) if you happen to fail step one, get yourself some alcohol. This author recommends a dash of malibu coconut rum mixed with some cola.
step 3.) play the following drinking game; http://missfrancesxd.tumblr.com/post/102982668560/diabolik-lovers-drinking-game
Additional rules, in case you really want to forget you ever watched this cinematic crafted piece of well polished but poorly constructed trash can;
1. Drink when:
* Yui is being called any downgrading nickname (e.g. Pancake, Masochistic Kitten)
* Every time you make a noise in suffering because something unfortunate happened.
* For some reason or another, characters are suddenly in
the shot, but you have not been made aware they actually moved to this very location. (Also works for when they leave a shot without explanation).
2. When your friend leaves for whatever reason, keep counting how many sips they have missed. If they missed too many, they have to down a whole glass in one go.
3. Once you start this anime and you are drinking, you have to finish it within this very session. (Suffer, then find your salvation.)
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REVIEW (it's mandatory, here we go)
[ Story ]
There is none, plus the ending is left open for when a third season might be made. Hopefully never, expectation tragically happening.
[ Art ]
It's okay. Screenshots look fine. Animation is non-existent. You really got to exercise your noodles and imagine them jumping from a car. Fantastic. The anime is full with opportunities for brain growth. It's like I am playing Brain Academy all over again.
[ Sound ]
Voice actors are nice, but they unfortunately have bad lines. You are allowed to blame the alcohol, but I don't remember anything of the songs or background music.
[ Character ]
Designs are nice. Characterization could be better. Every new vampire is introduced and has an episode dedicated to them. Following this pattern of events precisely:
1.) They are an asshole
2.) We see their tragic backstory with help of a neat montage of a flashback
3.) You are supposed to pity them
4.) Yui feels sympathy for them despite the fact she did not experience this flashback
5.) You do not care
[ Enjoyment ]
Nobody wanted to watch this sober. Even with some alcohol, there were moments I wanted to commit sudoku. I had an existential crisis-- maybe five, actually. Perhaps the best part of this experience was walking away and returning to being told you have to down the whole glass of malibu cola you had left.
[ Overall ]
We do not recommend this experience, especially if you are not of legal drinking age, but I am a simple drunk reviewer on MyAnimeList.com with a personal vendetta against these god forsaken vampires.
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I am not very sober, but that's how life is. Suck you laAaAaater
This season was, again, outstanding, that's what I give it.
#1 reason I love this season of the series, the story. The plot of the story, even though I've never played the game, is breathe taking. It captures the imagination of the viewers and they can't stop watching.
#2 is the characters. Each character plays a great roles surrounding the heroine of this story. She has a way of changing each and every one of them in their daily lives. It's not just about them drinking her blood it's more to it than that.
#3 is the music & art. The music they use for each episode is
outstanding and fitting to each scene. The art is also incredible. Just beautiful.
#4 is the enjoyment. I found that once I or anyone who starts watching this series will enjoy this series from beginning to end no matter how boring they think it is.
Overall this series and 2nd season was just amazing. Can't wait for more Diabolik Lovers.