So I said during my Impressions that if I survived this series, then it was going to get a review. No ifs, ands, or buts. Well, I survived. And now, you’re all doomed.
Diabolik Lovers is a 12 episode Romance/Supernatural series based on the dating sim game of the same name. Both Haunted Dark Bridal and More Blood are from Idea Factory for the PlayStation Portable. One was released in 2012 and the second was released in October of 2013. The anime from studio Zexcs and director Shinobu Tagashira aired during the Fall 2013 season. As of this review, it was announced that Sentai Filmworks was the American licensor, and no other licensing announcements from other regions have been made. However, it is up for legal streaming on Crunchyroll.
Yui Komori has always been an ordinary high school student - excluding the fact that as a child, strange, supernatural things happened to her. However, she has always been able to maintain a positive outlook on life. In her second year of high school, Yui's father, a priest, moves somewhere else due to work. Yui is forced by these events to move to a new town and a night school for the wealthy and famous. Furthermore, the house she must stay in is called "the haunted house" by everyone else, and Yui is suddenly living with six brothers who aren't exactly human. The six Sakamaki brothers are sadistic vampires that have only one thing in common with each other, the desire to drink Yui’s blood. However, there’s a darker secret lurking in the house’s walls. One that Yui will soon discover and the Sakamaki brothers will wish had died forever.
Zexcs has be a rather interesting studio as of late. Last year around this time I reviewed Say I love you, then after this past spring season Flowers of Evil was my favorite and got a review. It’s safe to say that you can’t really predict what this studio will do since the styles of these three shows alone (Diabolik included) are different from each other. What Diabolik Lovers brings to the table is wonderful animation and, probably, some of the better CGI use I’ve seen as of late. I think that’s actually one of the first times I’ve complimented this.... It feels weird to compliment it. The animation does have it’s clever moments too. Instead of typical on screen text or title cards to tell of the episode you’re watching, we get a clock showing us which episode we’re on using the hands. It’s a really nice touch. As for the music, a mix of eerie orchestral tracks are what fill the Sakamaki household. The ending theme follows a similar pattern with a simple orchestral sound and simple animation. Seeing as how the ending theme lasts only 30 seconds, this works. Credit is certainly due for the opening theme Mr. Sadistic Night. Not only does it fit the show really well, but it’s performed by two of the Sakamaki brothers, Hikaru Midorikawa (Ayato) and Kousuke Toriumi (Shu). Overall, no real complaints about the animation or music.
|For a normal-ish guy, he's kinda..... Odd|
|Calls himself "Yours Truly," must be a swell guy...|
|Oh Raito.... You.... You deviant you....|
|Please Sentai? For me?|
|The only moderately nice guy out of the six.|
|Still not sure why this happened early on...|
Next time, we attempt to watch something a little more light hearted... And fail. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating - 4/10 Still better than Amnesia...