All The Drama
Half entertaining, half exasperating
I’m reviewing episodes 11 and 12 together because the latter one doesn’t have much happening in it and isn’t worth a separate post.
Cordelia is once again in Yui’s body and happily flirting with Richter when Reiji comes across them. He’s not pleased and what follows is him and Cordelia trying to piss each other off with sensitive information which somehow leads to Cordelia propositioning him. While Richter watches.
I suppose we’ve already established that he likes to watch.
Anyway, Reiji turns her down, calling her a ‘corrupt woman of loose morals’. I don’t think he’s got room to talk but he does get slapped for it which is very satisfying after episodes after episode of the boys getting away with their shit. Unfortunately, Cordelia is as much of a jerk as the rest so it’s not like I want to root for her either.
The rest of the boys except Ayato then show up, all of them displeased by this new turn of events. Subaru even tries to attack Richter but is easily rebuffed. Cordelia gives Richter the silver knife and tells him to kill them all but surprisingly, he turns on her immediately. I admit that I didn’t see that coming – he always seemed smitten with her. But yeah, he just says Cordelia is useless to him as she is and that he only needs her heart (which is in Yui) to depose his brother and become head of the family.
Yeah, that came outta nowhere.
Alas, his attack on Cordelia is interrupted by Ayato who’s concerned about Yui, not Cordelia. Well, concern is the wrong word. Creepily possessive is more accurate. He fails epically though – Richter kicks his ass and then stabs him through. This somehow jolts Yui out of the possession and she then proceeds to take the silver knife and stab herself-
Sorry, my mind just blanked out at this part.
Yeah, she essentially kills herself so that no one else will be hurt that way.
Well wow, what a fucking saint.
But does she even stay dead? Of course not. We’ll get to that in a bit.
After Yui collapses, Ayato stabs Richter. He goes to Yui but Cordelia takes over long enough to say that the awakening will soon be complete. Y’know, I thought it had been complete last time…and also the time before that…but no because plot reasons.
The injured Richter manages to limp his way to the secret room where Cordelia’s dress – which is called dangerous but who knows why or how – is being kept. Raito follows him and after a cryptic conversation where we learn shit, he burns down both Richter and the dress. Of course, dear Richy seems supremely unbothered while burning alive and Raito leaves before confirming his death so it’s entirely likely that he survived.
Meanwhile, the rest of the guys are gathered around a dying Yui. She’s the first vessel to ‘endure’ the awakening process for so long and once she dies, Cordelia really will be back. But Reiji conveniently has a compound lying around that can kill her for good so long as they can add a piece of her to it. And Kanato conveniently has something of her – hair? blood? – hidden inside his creepy teddy bear so that’s a problem solved right there.
They give the completed product to her and she wakes up, confused and thirsty, while her faithful sextet all wait on her hand and foot.
Yeah, no. But I still got the impression that that scene was meant to be…sweet. Or at least nice.
But hey, they remedy any and all decency the vampires may have shown for those few final minutes by including an after-credits sequence that consists of nothing but each of the sick bastards looking at the screen and explicitly describing how they’d like to torment you.
It’s over. I’m free.
Dobby is freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
As the above section has made obvious, I am by no means pleased by this episode but it was marginally less painful that most of the previous episodes because there was a blissful lack of Yui/Bloodsucker interaction. Cordelia is also a terrible character but at least she had a personality even if it was the kind that made me want to burn her alongside her sons and step-sons.
The ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered too but clearly, the show doesn’t care about them so why should I?
All I know is that it’s over, I made it through the season, entertained you guys with my ranting and survived with my sanity intact. Those are some worthy accomplishments, yes?
I’m not saying this is a worthless anime. No story is worthless, not really. But this was very much not my thing. I actually like vampire stories and interspecies romance but Diabolik Lovers did absolutely nothing for me. I hate every single one of the characters, the dialogue is ridiculous, the drama is contrived and everything just made me roll my eyes or scream to the void.
So yeah, not a show for me.
But oddly enough, I’m glad I saw it because it was one hell of an experience.
There will be a full review at some point. Brace yourselves.
Another won the horror anime poll. As for the second series, I was torn between Psychic Detective Yakumo and School Live! but in the end, School Live! proved too tempting to resist.
I won’t start posting them until next week though.