Diabolik Lovers Part 2: I came for the blood, I stayed for the boys

I’ve finished it! The Diabolik Lovers anime series, that is. In my last post I vented my own opinions about the characters – well, the Sakamaki brothers, anyway – but I hadn’t finished watching the series so any opinion of mine wasn’t totally valid. But now I have finished all 12 episodes, thanks to being unable to sleep last night because of stupid ‘love’ issues (ugh, if only life was an anime, or even better, an otome game! *wink*) So now I can put together a more informed opinion, of which could be better if I had actually played the game.

The brothers are like cake: they look so damn good but are really evil!

The brothers are like cake: they look so damn good but are really evil!

So, remember how before I told you the Sakamaki brothers were all super jerks? Well, I don’t know what happened but around episode 6 something seemed to change; They didn’t seem as bad as before. Of course, they were still quite unsettling and cruel, but they were somewhat…nicer? I don’t think it was a case of me adjusting to their personalities, I mean I hadn’t watched it for some time, so I think the characters did start to mellow out. Even Reiji, king of arrogance, wasn’t so bad! You even saw a distinct change in main vampire Ayato, who actually started to act really sweet near the end!(Honestly, You all make me question my morals! I’m looking at you here, Ayato!)
Even Yui begins to change, growing a little bit of backbone and being more forceful towards the brothers – It’s all in vain, mind you, but you can’t fault a girl for trying!
Now Subaru, He’s amazing! Out of them all he is the only one who isn’t a super jerk, he just plays the strong, silent and distant card and you should love him for it. That’s an order! Subaru should be your favourite, then maybe Ayato because of his sudden sweetening. I cannot deny Kanato. I mean, who could hate mentally unstable, and creepy gothic ‘shota’ types?!
Of course, like other dating games-turned-anime before it (Togainu no chi, Uta no Prince Sama, etc.) Diabolik Lovers doesn’t have a concrete ending, due to the fact that the game had multiple endings based on which character you picked, but I think they handled the ending well for what they could do.

I have a weakness for red hair, white hair, green eyes, red eyes...bloody hell!

I have a weakness for red hair, white hair, green eyes, red eyes…bloody hell!

Diabolik lovers spoke to a lot of my interests, and like I said before the character design is just beautiful. The characters themselves are quite diverse and sometimes difficult to handle, which makes them even more interesting! Diabolik Lovers knows what it’s going for and it hits the target!
Seriously, It has found a place in my heart and I do not regret a single second I spent with it. I really want to play the game! Don’t knock it ’til you try it, bro!
There will be no vampire puns here!

Now, I have to go and buy some Subaru merchandise!

They should get to know us better, right Teddy?

They should get to know us better, right Teddy?

Diabolik Lovers – for all your sexy vampire jerk needs!

I’d heard of the Otome game Diabolik Lovers before, and I even did a little bit research into it – by which I mean I looked up someone’s description of each character’s route. Even back then the whole thing sounded creepy to me and so I decided to file it deep at the back of my mind. That was some time ago, and now future me has stumbled upon the anime adaption. So, what did I do? Naturally I started watching it, thinking that maybe the anime would be somewhat sweeter than it’s origin (like how Togainu No Chi was diluted as anime and denied a concrete ending, yet Keisuke still had to die!)
Oh, silly nieve me!

The main character, Yui. Isn't she cute?!

The main character, Yui. Isn’t she cute?!

Yui Komori transfers to a new high school and due to some arrangements ends up living in a dorm with the six super sadistic Sakamaki brothers (that’s right, there’s six of the buggers!) Ayato, Reiji, Shu, Kanato, Raito and Subaru. Not long after stepping foot into the Sakamaki manor Yui is attacked by Ayato who states that he is “going to take her.”
We’re off to a great start!
Luckily another brother, Reiji shows up to stop this but not because he is concerned or anything – he’d prefer it if they continued in Ayato’s room instead of in the manor foyer. Manners are important, kids!
After the introductions, the discovery of the vampirism and the threats Yui is resigned to her fate at the hands of these sexy super jerks and that’s all I’m saying for now (I’m only on episode six!)

Sounds fun so far, huh?
No. No it doesn’t.
My main problem with Diabolik Lovers? The brother’s personalities! They are all arrogant, emotionally unstable (have you seen Kanato?!) Insert swear words here creeps! Now, I love a bit of mental instability as much as the next creep, but when mixed with violent and sadistic vampires things can get a little disturbing. The abuse rate towards Yui – both physical and mental – is worryingly high each episode and most of the time you want to upper cut every Sakamaki brother and cuddle Yui while comforting her.
So why is this series so alluring?!
I haven’t played the game and only watched five of the fifteen minute episodes, yet I feel drawn back to it.
Don’t get me wrong; Diabolik Lovers is very popular and the character design is absolutely beautiful! The eye design is so unique! Stupid sexy Vampires, making me question my morals…
Perhaps the reason it’s so popular and compelling is the sole fact that it’s different.
Most Otome games give you some sweet fluffy candyfloss to dissolve in your mouth and feel satisfied at the lovely romance you’ve cultivated.
Diabolik Lovers poisons the candyfloss and bites your tongue, letting the thick blood slide down your throat while smirking coldly.

Diabolik Lovers: Not for the faint of heart – or those who don’t like vampire jerks – and you may feel a little slimy afterwards, but it’s an experience I won’t ever regret.
Now, I going to book some therapy sessions…

What do you mean by mentally unstable?!

What do you mean by mentally unstable?!

Forging a deal with my heart…and my wallet!

In my last post I addressed the arrival of the 3DS game Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (which I now have! Updates to come at a later date!) Now I’d like to draw your attention to another range of Otome games, only available on iPhone and iPad, sadly.

One of the titles is My Forged Wedding, in which you – the main character, of course! – arrive in Tokyo to find a job via your hat-wearing uncle. However when you arrive there a complete stranger asks a strange request of you – to pretend to be his wife for a month!                                                                                                                                                                                                     You get the choice of 5 lovely guys – Takao Maruyama, Yamoto Kougami, Takamasa Saeki, Kajima Yuta and Ren Shibasaki (Yamoto appearing to be the favourite) of who you get to spend month married to! Naturally the game’s ending depends on the choices you make throughout the story but there’s no room for heartbreak here, as you have the choice of getting two endings: a happy ending and a super happy ending! No bad ends, which mean there’s no chance of the game going all Corpse Party on you if suck at romance! (Which you must admit, would be an interesting plot twist…)

I never really considered getting married...but this is seriously a one-month trial!

I never really considered getting married…but this is seriously a one-month trial!

I may have said that they were “lovely guys” before, but as I scroll down the screenshots on google images (because I’m so original!) they actually seem to be rather…human. A sample of some of the dialogue:

— “I never thought it would turn me on so much seeing you play mommy.” (mommy, seriously?!)   

 

 — “You have to wear the apron over your naked body!” (We are NOT doing kinky   kitchen play!)

 

They don’t seem to play out the typical dream bishonen part, which perhaps is one of the reasons My Forged Wedding is so popular. That, and the more mature factor of the game. Sadly I can’t say more about these characters as I haven’t played the game! But I do think My Forged Wedding is a Otome game worth checking out! Now…I need to get myself an iPad…

Yes. Yes I do.

Yes. Yes I do.

                                                                          

 

Samurais are stepping into the UK!

Raising Star games company has been known for drawing attention to obscure titles, their main one being the Harvest Moon franchise. Now, they set to break the mould of UK gaming by releasing their new title  Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi

Mmmm...Samurai...

Mmmm…Samurai…

 

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi follows the story of Chizuru Yukimura searching for her missing father. She happens upon a band of samurai soldiers known as the Shinsengumi, who are sworn to serve the Shogen. They’re also looking for Chizuru’s father. She decides to join them, and uncover the mystery surrounding her father, and perhaps find love amongst these rough devils. What makes Hakuoki so special is the fact that it’s an Otome game for the 3DS. That’s right. A OTOME game. Here, in the UK.

The CG shots even look divine!

The CG shots even look divine!

Otome games (translated as ‘Maiden’ games) are dating sims aimed at girls. While they may not be totally uncommon in Japan, English released ones are practically a myth! Most Otome games are mainly found online (and most of them are indie) so having one released on a console is amazing! Is this the start of a new movement for females? Will we finally have the chance to enjoy being romanced by lovely 2D guys, samurai or not? Because I’m certainly not complaining!

On a less impressive note, JAST USA will not be releasing the major Otome franchise Starry Sky, due to certain issues with prices and voice acting.  The company say that they believe fans would enjoy the option of having the original Japanese voice overs as well as the English ones. Does anyone actually care? Shouldn’t fans be willing to give a little leeway on this matter if it means getting the games released over here?! C’mon guys, think! THINK!

It’s all in the glasses…

He's so fab-u-lous!!!

He’s so fab-u-lous!!!

Is it just me, or is the most charming thing about Rei Ryugazaki from Free! his glasses? Don’t get me wrong, I love Rei-chan, but I find his glasses just so…alluring! Maybe it’s because of the colour contrast? Rei’s colours seem to be purple and blue (his main is purple, after all!) but his glasses are red! Such an effective technique!

I’ve always had a weakness for glasses, I don’t always go for the ‘glasses’ character, but if I see a character I already liked in glasses then it’s like ‘woah’! I call it SSF – ‘Specific Spectacal Fetish’.

In my opinion, the beautiful Grell is nothing without his red specs!

In my opinion, the beautiful Grell is nothing without his red specs!

‘Glasses’ are a staple for any series aiming for that moe factor! But they also provide so much more! They can make a character’s expression sinister if the light is reflected off them, hide revealing eyes, or just make someone cuter/cooler!

Boy character’s that wear glasses are known as ‘megane’ (I believe) and girl characters are ‘Meganekko’. They are normally sweet, quiet, gentle and smart, or the cool, intellectual type – although more characters are starting to break out of this troupe! I’ve noticed that ‘glasses’ boys are mainly used as ‘fetish tools’ (that sounds really harsh! XD) in otome and boy’s love media. Girls, we just can’t win! >_<