Vampires fighting over a girl. A pack of wolves rear their heads. Is this a follow-up to Twilight? No, I wish it were. This is Diabolik Lovers More, Blood. And I’m happy I’m done watching this.
Diabolik Lovers More, Blood is the second season of Diabolik Lovers and the latest entry into the franchise. The Diabolik Lovers franchise is built around a series of visual novel games made for the PSP and PS Vita. Additionally, the series is popular enough to have spawned two stage plays. Diabolik Lovers series is about a girl choosing a love interest amongst brothers who happen to be vampires. The user plays out the visual novel based on how they respond to the scenarios.
So what is Diabolik Lovers More, Blood about? Well, in the first series, the protagonist, Yui winds up captive of the six brothers who all pursue her as the sacrificial bride. As this second season starts, Yui is still residing in the house with the six Sakamaki brothers with each still trying to court her for themselves. Now enter four new brothers, the Mukamis. Unlike the Sakamakis, the Mukamis are only half blood vampires and want Yui to become their “Eve”. With her as the “Eve”, they will be able to find which brother will become the “Adam” and reveal great power. Meanwhile the Sakamakis want her back. Mix in some meddling wolves and there you have it.
What we have is a vampire-based reverse harem anime. One girl is being pursued by two groups of brothers who have taken turns holding her captive. Each episode has drawn out melodramatic moments of interaction between Yui and one of the brothers taking up the majority of the episode. Also, every episode has an uncomfortable blood-sucking scene. In the scene, one brother takes blood from her while talking about it like something other than blood and the scene is composed as if something else is being taken. Yeah, it is just weird and unpleasant. And it seems to be a quota of at least one occurrence per episode.
Diabolik Lovers More, Blood is short. Each episode is around 12 minutes long. Once you account for the opening and closing animation and the teaser for the next episode, you only have about 10 minutes left. And those 10 minutes drug on. The parts of the episode where they tried to develop plot felt like twice as long. The queezy, over-sensualized blood sucking felt like it took up about 2-3 minutes an episode but felt like at least 5. Everything about it felt awkward and poorly paced. Avoid.
Picture Quality: 3.5/5
Sentai presents Diabolik Lovers More, Blood with a pleasing transfer. The animation looks crisp throughout and doesn’t suffer noticeably from any artifacts. The colors stay bright in many scenes and hold a moody tint cleanly when it fits the scene.
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Now on the audio front, Diabolik Lovers More, Blood comes with two audio tracks. Both the English and the Japanese comes with a perfectly satisfactory DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. Nothing in it will blow you away, but everything appropriate for this series is there. Dialog is clean and the score sounds appropriately powerful and is allowed to set the mood effectively.
Packaging and Special Features: 2/5
This is pretty basic. Sentai provids Diabolik Lovers More, Blood with a Clean Opening Animation and Clean Closing Animation. As far as packaging, Sentai has provided us with a basic blu-ray case for the one disc and disc art. Overall pretty basic, but not surprising for a season set of a basic anime.
Yeah, no. I almost left that sentiment for the entirety of my review. But that would be unfair to the readers. Sure, there are those that will like this kind of thing. Harem anime isn’t for me. Neither are visual novel based animes. But even within the confines of those two parameters, I felt that Diabolik Lovers More, Blood was poorly paced and tonally inconsistent. Not to mention not a pleasant watch. But, I acknowledge that there must be fans of this. The franchise has six games and well-received screenplays. Not to mention this is the second season for a reason.
For those who are fans of the franchise, they know what they are getting into. Those fans will be pleased with the presentation. The technical aspects are solid and did bump up my overall score. The extras are pretty much nonexistent and packaging is essentially just standard. So those fans will be happy. I can’t imagine the uninitiated really enjoying this release, though. This is for fans of the franchise only. The rest, you can find ones that will probably scratch your itch better. I watched it so you don’t have to.
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