After Powers of Darkness, I felt a thirst -pardon me a ‘craving’- for more vampiric entertainment in my life. Enter in Diabolik Lovers II: More Blood with a collection of some of the meanest bloodsuckers around and in their midst, the young Yui Komori whose bombarded by the amorous attentions of the Mukami brothers. She’s taken from the Sakamaki brothers and finds herself having to deal with an entirely new set of vampires who may not have her best interests at heart.
Yui Komori is the protagonist for the second season of Diabolik Lovers and I must say, I feel sorry for the girl. During a drive with the Sakamaki brothers, she’s kidnapped by the four Mukami brothers and taken to their home. She’s told she will remain with them from then on and to them, she’s nothing more than livestock to them. Basically, a sheep among wolves where the brothers feed on her at their convenience.
Throughout the second season the name ‘Eve’ keeps popping up and Yui has a repeated dream of an apple tree above her. The tree starts out blooming, but in her dreams begins to slowly fade away. During her captivity, the brothers constantly refer to her as ‘Eve’ and how they need her blood to turn into Adam. The Mukami brothers don’t seem too please with Yui being taken from their midst, but neither do they seem to be in a hurry to take her back either.
Diabolik Lovers is a mixed bag and sometimes I’m not even sure if the anime knows what it wants to be. While it’s not gory in any sense, the characterization of the vampires presented doesn’t leave alot to be desired. Even Yui herself is a sheep most of the time, barely speaking more than a few sentences each episode. She barely tries, if at all, to push one of the brother’s away if they choose to feed on her.
The Mukami and Sakamaki brothers are dismissive of Yui, barely concerned about her wants and desires unless she’s on the cusp of death. They rarely refer to her by her name, instead substituting it for demeaning nicknames like ‘Little Piggy’ or ‘Masochist Kitty’. The brothers are rarely likable, with only a few exceptions here and there who are hardly saints but don’t treat Yui nearly as badly as the rest. Other times it’s common to see Yui forced up against a wall, choked, locked up, and bitten when one of the vampires need to feed.
If anything, Diabolik Lovers made me crack up laughing more than it should since it’s not a comedy. I found the overtop situations and overreactions of the brothers hilarious most of the time, especially when they would throw tantrums over not getting what they wanted. Other times I grew annoyed with their lack of decency towards Yui, many times hoping a few hunters would roll-up in a 1967 Impala to take care of these bloodsuckers. I kept hoping at least one or two of the vampires would take it upon themselves to show genuine kindness to Yui or at least defend her from the others. It never happened and even when Yui came back into the hands of the Sakamaki brothers, they accused her of leaving even though she’d been kidnapped.
The content of the overarching storyline is non-existent and rarely has time to develop. Not including the opening and closing credits, each episode of Diabolik Lovers is barely eleven minutes long. There is hardly enough time to do proper character introductions, development, or make any progress with each episode. The small snippets of character backstory I received were scattered around in flashbacks and were decent. They were intriguing and made use of the little time each episode has, but these little snippets were few in number.
The downside is – well quite frankly – Diabolik Lovers is a stunningly beautiful anime with a good soundtrack. I hate to say it, but I stopped to watch the opening and closing credits almost every episode. The opening credits sold me a promise of a gritty experience with gorgeous bloodsuckers who have a little humanity. While it didn’t deliver that, it still left me with hope for something better. The artwork of the anime is truly gorgeous too with colors that are vibrant and bring life to the characters.
Diabolik Lovers felt confused for the most part like it didn’t know what it wanted to be. A reverse harem with hot vampires wandering about and one mistress? An anime with vampires who have lost their humanity and only see humans as packets of blood? The rare times the plot would come forward, it was so convoluted I didn’t understand what was going on or situations felt like they were coming out of left field.
Regardless, I probably laughed more than anything else. Just because Diabolik Lovers ended up being so terrible it was hilarious. I liked the soundtrack and the visuals, but it did little to satisfy the vampiric entertainment I craved. It’s a semi-decent watch, it just lacks substance to make it worth viewing more than once.