What? No- Stop- Yui! No- What?
I have to many issues with what just happened.
HOW AWKWARD WAS THE TIMING OF THE UNRAVELING OF THE STORY – Why so rushed? Why not one more extra episode so that things panned out better?!?!
This episode… Clunky. Random. Unexpected. And they really just threw in a handful of random cards into a delicately crafted game of poker. Then everyone in the game just kinda lost. *flips table*
Since Cordelia has fully taken over Yui’s body, she’s going to take revenge on Karl (her husband) and so one by one, each of the Sakamaki brothers show up and Cordelia kinda bitch rants until she tells Richter to kill her sons. It’s then and there that Richter turns on her because she’s in her “less than pristine” form and his real goal was to utilize Cordelia’s heart in order to take over the family as the head even though Shu points out that Richter doesn’t hold up to Karl at all. As a result, Karl takes Cordelia/Yui as hostage. Ten points for Ayato for arriving to save Yui… BUT LIKE THERE’S JUST A RANDOM SWORD COLLECTION AROUND THE HOUSE (cause we’re vampire and swords are gothic and cool and stuff =.=) Ayato and Karl have a sword fight and Ayato gets stabbed in the shoulder. Then the shock of Ayato being stabbed brings Yui back to the surface of her consciousness (Yay Ayato X Yui)
REALLY THIS NEXT MOMENT IS SO MELODRAMATIC -> in a scene with absolutely no background music, and just random gasping by the other vampires, Yui decides to stab herself… but seriously, I did it happen in slow motion or did it happen super quickly because I felt like it was overly dramatized. There wasn’t even blood when Yui stabbed herself. And when Richter tries to kill Yui once and for all, Ayato gives Richter a fatal stab of a sword…
I really felt like there was WAYYYY too much packed into this episode. They could have slowed down the events or slowed down the dialogue. Everything just came at once. Cordelia talks. Then Reiji. Then Subaru. Then Richter. Then Cordelia. Then Richter. Then Ayato. Let’s just let everyone finish talking and then we’ll get to the dramatic stabbing scene so we can get all the action done before the fifteen minute mark! I mean, this climax was not at all climactic.
Okay somehow, stabbing herself has earned some respect or at least sympathy from the other brothers around her. Maybe it’s because this is the first act of selflessness that they’ve all ever experienced or witnessed in their lives… Rie Suegara (Yui’s voice actress) should get an award for her fantastic impression of Cordelia. Initially I thought they subbed Akane Tomonaga into Yui’s character, but it’s just absolutely fantastic to see Suegara’s talents flourish.
ON TO THE NEXT EPISODE
FINALE FINALE! TIME FOR THE FINALE!
So after all that plot action, Yui’s undergoing a transformation from human to vampire; problem is, no human has ever survived the transformation. However, this time, it’s different because Yui has Cordelia’s heart already. While Subaru, Ayato and Shu are hashing out Yui’s condition for us, Reiji is trying to figure out a way to save her and Raito’s tailed Richter down to the basement to where Cordelia’s dress was hidden.
Apparently the power of a sacrificial bride is really something, it’ll give you enough power to become head of a vampire family… and Richter stays all mysterious so we don’t actually find out the point of his plans. As Raito burns Cordelia’s dress and Richter with it, we actually see the Sakamaki brothers working together for once and for those of you who haven’t played the games, you probably have no idea what Kanato pulled out of his precious Teddy – it was the ashes of Cordelia’s original body. Ew. The ashes, a part of Cordelia, complete the potion that Reiji has created to kill (or trap) Cordelia so that Yui can stay in control. And back to Raito – what is that green fire and why does it have the ability to kill vampires? I have so many vampire questions… Raito gets pretty fricking awesome at the end.
SWEETEST MOMENT EVER – after Ayato administers the potion to Yui via mouth to mouth, he awakens her by calling her name. HER ACTUAL NAME. Ayato’s voice actor, Hikaru Midorikawa’s voice is just SO PERFECT for this moment. The tone and the emotion, it’s just absolutely perfect.
I guess all the brothers are pretty happy that she’s alive and I guess they’ve gotten use to her presence around the house so she’s achieved a status of “liked” or at least “tolerated” – but maybe more since she claims to be thirsty upon awakening. So the conclusion hints to us that Yui’s made a thorough transition to a vampire. I really wonder if Yui and Ayato get together in the end after the end. IN the epilogue after all the credits and character snapshots, Ayato hands Yui her cross and the series finishes with the door (that had its locks broken in episode 1) being chained tight once more.
I’m pretty glad that they reworked the plot in the story to accommodate the short number of episodes in a season. However, maybe if they paced things quicker at the beginning of the series, they wouldn’t have had to cram the monologue, villain reveal, climactic fight and stab all in the penultimate episode. Overall I think if you’re a fan of the episode, you’ll likely enjoy this anime. It lightly scrapes the top of the bulk of the visual novel storylines and it gives you some very nice angles of your favourite vampires and favourite couples. But if you didn’t play the games or you have no prior knowledge of the individual otome game routes, you might find yourself a little lost with a hell of a lot of questions. For regular anime watchers, you probably didn’t see much plot proper plot or character development in the individual Sakamaki brothers or even in Yui. I really think that when producers make otome games into anime, they know that a large chunk of the viewership will probably be diehard fangirls that will love the series no matter what you do with it mainly for the reason of seeing more of their favourite characters interact with each other. So all you guys who are slamming on your friends who are girls or girlfriends for fangirling over Diabolik Lovers, just chillax. This fan phase will pass soon when new otome games come out and all your female otome loving friends will move onto hotter new bishounen show up.
So what did you guys think of Diabolik Lovers in general? Did you guys like how Yui turned out in the end? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! And can I just point out one thing? – YUI FINALLY SMILED AT THE VERY END. WHOO. No more tragic and sad heroine human snack girl. I would really like to see how she interacts with the guys after now that she’s also a vampire ufufufu. Hope you guys enjoyed reviewing Diabolik Lovers with me.
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