Bad Boys take Bad Medicine…

Bonnie Tyler once asked “Where have all the good men gone?” and she would have good right to if she saw Otome queens Rejet’s new project ‘Bad Medicine’.
I’ve talked about another one of Rejet’s creations, that being a certain ‘Diabolik Lovers’ before and if you remember the bounty of boys in that were suited to more…specific tastes. Well, it that seems to be the case for ‘Bad Medicine: Infectious Teachers’
That’s right, TEACHERS!

Good day class! Say hello to your new sadistic teachers!

Good day class! Say hello to your new sadistic teachers!

I’m totally a little late in delivering this news, but let’s do this anyway!
It seems that you – the protagonist – has severely broken some school rules, and now you have to take some special ‘guidance courses’. (this already sounds seedy, doesn’t it?)
You get the choice of six teachers, each one with a dark side.
There’s: The English teacher, Takahashi Hiroki
The Maths teacher, Terashima Takuma
The World History teacher, Takahashi Naozumi
The Chemistry teacher, Kashu Rem
The Civics teacher, Itou Kentarou
The Fine Arts teacher, Togo Kairi

…and guess what! Each one seems to carry a personal pain item with them! Well, maybe not ‘pain’ item, but each one has a recognisable item with them; Hiroki has his black gloves, Takuma has a cigarette, Naozumi has a one of those pointer things, Kashu has a set of handcuffs – with one restraint around his wrist, the other dangling free – Itou has a frickin’ whip and Togo has a small pair of scissors!
Bad Medicine is for PC, and you get Drama CDs of the characters, one side white for their normal personality and then a black one for their darker side.

A little snippet of the intro email detailing a bit of the story

A little snippet of the intro email detailing a bit of the story

Of course, because this is by Rejet the character design is just delicious. Each character they design has their own unique charm; be it the bags under Kanato’s eyes or the suspicious stains on Kashu’s lab coat. Each one is striking but not in an over-the-top way, and the eyes are just beautiful!
I have a thing for well-designed eyes, okay?
And that’s one of the reasons I love Rejet! But still, don’t take my word for it! Check out more information on the game and characters at Otome Jikan!

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?!