Diabolik Lovers: Episode 1 [First Impressions]
Okay. Enough with the caps and drawl. I was so overwhelmed by this episode – and I was so excited that the new episode aired. As Brothers Conflict is coming to an end, Diabolik came at the right time to fill the void.
The episode started really solemn; timed pangs from a piano, an out the window view of nature – trees, the clouds. I half-expected the heroine, Yui Komori, to start narrating. Otherwise, I like how the tone and atmosphere of the anime was set.
She gets out the car and goes up to the big, iron gates; gazing at the mansion surrounded by lush vegetation and forests of trees on either sides. She goes up the pathway to the door and, about to reach for the doorknob, the door opens on its own. There are flashes of lightening – which I half-expected.
The first bish vampire she meets is Ayato. He was sleeping on the couch, and she felt his skin and we know vampire flesh is cold and, thinking he was dead, she pressed her ear to his chest to check his heartbeat. There was none. In shock, she got her phone out to phone the hospital and he snatched her phone and got up slowly.
“Damn, you’re noisy,” he said. Then told her she should be quiet because it’s not her house.
So the first thing I notice about Ayato, he’s aggressive and doesn’t try to make a good first impression – or one at all. He grabbed her and threw her beneath him and was about to bite her when Reiji came in.
As expected from a gorgeous, lovely, sexy man in glasses; he tried to get a hold of the situation – find out who she is, why she was sent there; so on and so forth. Basically, after that, the other vampire brothers are introduced.
There is Kanato, the one with the teddy bear who I thought would have been more innocent than he actually is. Raito, a cool…pimp-ish kind of character, who likes calling Yui a bitch. Real friendly, that Raito. I like Ayato’s name for her better: Pancake. One of them should call her Kitten.
Then there’s Subaru. Very aggressive but beautiful. I just realized his tattered shirt. Says so much about his character – even more than his harsh tone and rough body language. But you’re still beautiful *licks screen*
Shu, the oldest brother, and the one who knew about Yui coming to live there but was too nonchalant to mention it to Reiji. I guess he and Reiji are the same when it comes to level-headedness but I think he transcends that. He is the enlightened one.
After the meet and greet, things started to get really weird for Yui and they freaked her out with their gang-rape threat. She’s human, warm-blooded and the perfect treat. They all want a taste. I’m sure both Shu and Reiji can ignore it, but that doesn’t ease the realization that these are blood-hungry, insatiable males and Ayato has already proclaimed himself to be her First EVERYTHING.
She ran away from them but just to tease her, they kept teleporting to where she was to freak her out. A door that had chains and a padlock on it mysteriously shattered and she went into that room; which turned out to be the attic.
Outside the glass doors was a mysterious woman who, after looking at Yui, must have put her in some state of shock because her heart began beating faster and her chest felt tight. She found her dad’s diary and an old photo of her as a baby, her dad holding her in his arms. In the background, it seems he was standing in front of the same mansion she’s now at.
She read a few lines from his diary and found out that she is actually, not his daughter. The brothers then came in and decided to scare her some more, threatening that if she left; she was as good as dead.
And that was the end of the episode – after some other chatter.
WELL!! I loved the first episode. I was a little shocked that it was only fifteen minutes in length; actually fourteen minutes when you exclude the credits. I was robbed of my extra five minutes of watching them torture her so sweetly!!
Seriously though, I like the characters, their different personalities. I like Yui. I like her a lot. I loved that as each character was introduced, an instant feel was given as to what sort of personality each has. Diabolik Lovers doesn’t hide – in the least – what it’s going to be about. And thank the gods I didn’t see any crazy saliva when all that tongue action was going on. If that had been present, it would be more than enough to make me drop it. I had too much of it in Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge to try and stomach it for another series.
And the art. I really like it. Although I was thinking they’d be similar in design to what the Amnesia characters were like. That would have been so perfect but I still like how the characters look.
Anyway, that beind said. Lovely first episode. Lovely bishies. Lovely femal protagonist. Except the butler. He’s so creepy. He just comes out of the shadows, without a word, then slides right back into the comfort of the darkness.
Why was Yui sent there? I think she might be a half-vampire. Just like Yuki in Vampire Knight. She didn’t come to the realization that she was a vampire until much later when Kaname awakened that power.
I’ll most definitely keep watching this and blogging about it.
Don’t let me down Diablo!!