Autumn 2013: First Impressions – Diabolik Lovers
Right oh then, time to get things started. I normally prefer to finish up everything from the previous season before I start posting up First Impressions, but I really wanted to get this one out of the way. Kicking off the new season is a terrible rapey otome game adaptation – Diabolik Lovers.
I had pretty low expectations for this to start with, but I generally end up watching terrible otome game adaptations either because I like the art, seiyuu, premise, a character or some combination of any of those. However I can not find a single thing to latch onto with Diabolik Lovers. Even though the art is quite pretty, the characters are so repellent I struggled to finish the episode – not a single likeable creature in the cast! The lead female exists only to be tormented by the six vampire brothers, each of whom abuse her in some manner over the course of the episode – any sensible girl would have ran a mile after the first fella attempted to rape her, but no – our idiotic lead just sticks around and takes it all. Which of course is what she has to do if we are to have a show, but it still grates to watch her be such a doormat when subjected to what is essentially domestic abuse.
Rapey otoge stuff isn’t new, but Diabolik Lovers is so unrepentant in its portrayal of these boys as horrible people that it’s hard to watch. I was expecting it to be a bit silly and camp, being fully aware that the subject material is quite trashy and revelling in that fact, but Diabolik Lovers is pretty straight-laced and there isn’t really any levity or fun factor to make it an enjoyable watch. I’m sure some people out there must enjoy it (otherwise it would never had gotten an anime!), but it is just beyond me how you can find watching some poor teenage girl being verbally and physically abused by a group of teenage boys enjoyable.
On the positive side the artwork is nicely realised and the voice acting is all pretty decent, but the direction is a bit boring and the script is terrible. I had fully expected to pick this up, but not even I can stomach this show – avoid.