It’s been quite awhile since I’ve finished watching Diabolik Lovers…
Well, I’m just going to pick up about where I left off, which means it’s time for me to give my long overdue review! In case you’ve forgotten what I originally thought of the series, you can remind yourself here. This is probably going to be a very rant-like post, but I’ll do my best to tone it down a bit, okay? ^.^’
First, I need to get this off of my chest before I continue: this series is messed up. Seriously messed up. I can not, in my right mind, understand why this was ever turned into an anime. I can’t even understand how it got made into an otoge! However, putting all of that aside, I somehow managed to watch the entire series with
vain hopes that it would turn out better. *sighs* But not all turned out to be that bad, right? *still hopeful to the end*
I’ll start off with the heroine, Yui. Honestly, she was pretty annoying. And stupid. Stupid because she didn’t run away when Subaru told her that she had a PERFECT opportunity to do so. She kept trying to run away beforehand and then when she can actually do it safely and properly, she goes, “Uhhhhh, nope, teehee! Imma stay here!” *argh* I was also a bit confused about how she survived at the end. She stabs herself in the heart (which is actually Cordelia’s) to kill Cordelia which also means killing herself. She then somehow, with the help of one of Reiji’s potions, manages to survive and more than likely becomes a vampire herself. I don’t know, maybe it’s explained better in the games, but I’m not going to bother with that. lol
Shuu‘s up next. He was pretty much exactly like I thought he would be, a lazy bum. He was passable as a character. He didn’t have any ridiculous names for her and I think he would have grown up to be a very sweet person if not for his childhood. I get the feeling that he bit her and spoke a bit harshly to her more for his own sake than for hers. I get the feeling he won the dart game to try to help her a bit.
Continuing on with Reiji now. Talk about someone with a very high opinion of themselves. He could have been worse, but I still didn’t like him. His nickname of “servant” is one of the milder ones, but it strangely suits his style and the way he treats her (not that that’s a good thing). He is very talented with potions though, since he was able to save Yui’s life.
What to say about Raito. I think I dislike him second most out of all the brothers. Besides calling her “Bitch-chan” all the time, he really didn’t do anything else other than try to “sweet-talk” Yui and act like her stalker. Well, he did kill Richter in the end, so I guess he does deserve some credit there.
Kanato was the creepiest, hands down. So what I thought was just a strange teddy bear turned out to be his mom’s, Cordelia’s, ashes. Um, what? Good thing he hung onto her ashes, though, since they were needed for Reiji’s potion. I really couldn’t like him, even less than Raito. And after 12.5 episodes, I still don’t understand his under-eye shadows…
Finishing up with the triplets comes Ayato. He ended up being Yui’s lover boy. In the very least, he is her main lover boy, since he seems to be somewhat alright with sharing. He seemed to be very tsundere: he called her “Chichinashi” only to get her attention, in my opinion. He wanted Yui to notice him no matter what kind of attention it was. I didn’t really like him, but he wasn’t the worst possible option.
Last of the brothers, it’s now Subaru‘s turn. He didn’t turn out as bad as I thought he would. Actually, he was also a passable character. Like Shuu, I think he tried to push Yui away and acted mean to her more for his own sake. I mean, he even gave her a means to defend herself and even told her when she had an opportunity to run away.
Besides the opening theme song (which was pretty good), one of the few things I really liked about this anime was the way they used a clock to show which episode it was. The pastel colors were also a nice touch. It made the anime very nice to watch visually, in addition to the nice art. I’m still surprised that this even made it past the “idea” stage of the production process. I will say that they did an excellent job casting the seiyuu, too. Which made it even more disappointing that I didn’t like the actual story. *sad* While it was not definitely not my cup of tea, I’m sure there are those who really enjoyed this series. To each his own, right?
So, did you enjoy the series? Not enjoy it? Didn’t even bother to watch it? Let me know below!
Until next time,