DIABOLIK LOVERS – 01
I have the best luck in the world because not only do I get to kick off this season’s anime introductions, I get to start it off with DIABOLIK LOVERS. In a nutshell, my reactions for this episode resembled my reactions while reading 50 Shades of Grey… but with vampires.
And no… that’s not necessarily a good thing. A lot of people said that this show was right up my alley and although I was very apprehensive about it, I gave it a shot. It’s definitely not as bad as I anticipated because god forbid the female protagonist is actually quite cute and not lacking in personality. The story starts off like any other – Komori Yui (Suegara Rie) is dropped off at the entrance of an old building by her father. As she’s walking, it starts to rain and she enters this dark, dingy looking house and finds no one. Typical. When she starts looking around, she finds herself suddenly surrounded by 6 men. In order of oldest to youngest: Sakamaki Shuu (Toriumi Kousuke), Sakamaki Reiji (Konishi Katsuyuki), Sakamaki Ayato (Midorikawa Hikaru), Sakamaki Kanato (Kaji Yuki), Sakamaki Raito (Hirakawa Daisuke) and Sakamaki Subaru (Kondo Takashi). They’re all brothers and they also happen to be (surprise surprise) vampires. This is not a spoiler, I kid you not. Anyway, Yui spends most of the episode learning more about herself than anything else. She finds out that her father is not actually her biological father. She also hears that she’s going to be a bride to one of these 6 brothers (I don’t pity her) and she’s also going to live with them! That’s the basis of the story for you right there and if you haven’t guessed by the screen caps, there’s lots of licking, neck-action and teasing.
So what can I say about this episode?
As the target audience of this type of game/anime, I honestly have to say that it’s not that bad. Trust me, it can be a lot worse and the plot is rather simple, straight to the point and doesn’t beat around the bush. I like that. Yui also has half a brain from what I can tell and although she has some of the same tendencies as other reverse harem protagonists (not talking, super passive), she’s not boring to watch. I wish she had a bit more spunk, but if most girls can relate to the quiet, cute and timid female, then that’s where your general audience is. That being said, the vampires are all stereotypically smart, confident, tall, dark and handsome. They each have their “quirks” but I think underneath that shallow exterior, all of them are kind of carbon copies of one another. They like her, they want her blood and aside from Shuu – every one of them just feels very generic. However, that’s not bad either if that’s the type of guy that most females are attracted to. *raises her hand* Vampires just have this sexy, mysterious appeal that makes these shows worth watching even when I know it doesn’t have nearly has much potential as the other fall anime. I have a soft spot for vampires because I used to be on that bandwagon – not so much anymore but I’ll still give it an episode or two to prove itself.
If you haven’t noticed, this show probably has more “action” than other reverse harems. It does source from an otome game and the bits and pieces that I’ve seen – makes my skin crawl *shivers* I was expecting some neck shots and sucking, but not so quickly off the get go. The way Raito calls Yui “b*tch” doesn’t sit well with me either. It’s almost too much foreplay and not the type that I’d like to see from the first episode. The way that the brothers act as a group resembles gang rape and to be honest, people might like that (while others might find that disgusting and difficult to watch). So what you get out of this anime is really all about expectations and keep in mind that its source material is not the most original or creative. I don’t have high hopes for this series in terms of plot or development, but I would keep watching just to see far they can take the innuendos and if Yui even ends up with a guy at all. Like all stories of this nature, Yui also has a past that the brothers nor she know about. Her father seems to have all the answers but who knows where he is. Perhaps she’s a supernatural creature herself?
With that, I am giving this series at least an episode or two more to prove itself. It’s not so terrible that I’d drop it immediately, and it exceeds my expectations for an adaptation of this type. It also has vampires, hot guys, some mystery elements, and it’s all tied up nicely in only 15 minutes a week. That’s right folks; this series is only given half-episodes. Just a forewarning though – watching this alone at night reminds me of Tomoko from Watamote and I swear… I’m bare no resemblance to her at all!
ED: 「nightmare」 by 林ゆうき (Hayashi Yuuki)