It’s finally here, people! What’s finally here, you may ask. Well, y’all better listen up because the first episode of the anime adaptation of DRAMAtical Murder has aired!
What is DRAMAtical Murder some of you might ask, and why do you spell it that way? Well, to answer the second question, I don’t really know – I saw it typed that way a few times and so assumed it was the proper way to type it. Now for the first question, DRAMAtical Murder is a BL (Boy’s love) visual novel from the company Nitro+ Chiral, who also made Lamento: Beyond the Void, Sweet Pool and Togainu No Chi – which also got an anime. The story follows Aoba Seragaki, a youth who enjoys living his simple, peaceful life until he gets accidentally caught up in a popular virtual reality fighting simulator known as ‘Rhyme’ and everything changes for him.
Trust me, it’s a lot more interesting and in-depth than I make it sound!
Naturally, as in any visual novel you follow certain routes for each character and the story changes and develops for whoever you get. Each route has a good end and a bad end, and I must give praise to DRAMAtical Murder for it’s bad endings! They really punch your heart!
As I mentioned before, another one of Nitro+ Chiral’s games got an anime; the bloody, darker Togainu no Chi. Sadly, the anime didn’t really work out near the end, with the story ending kinda abruptly. I think it would have been better if they had decided on one character’s ending for the conclusion…
Now while I haven’t played either game (I’ve only watched videos on Youtube, like the cool kids do) I did just watch the first episode of the DRAMAtical Murder anime, and I must say it was pretty darn good! The animation was nice, Aoba seems to be a fine leading character and while certain plot points were brought up and some left unexplained I’m certain they’ll be explained later in the series.
So, if BL’s your thing, and if you’re a DRAMAtical Murder fan or not, check out the anime! Although, watch out for Aoba’s fashion sense. While I love the guy, I have never had such a love/hate relationship with someone’s outfit!