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Diabolik Lovers episode 1 – Fedora-wearing rapists are so sexy

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Are you a woman who enjoys the idea of being raped by a series of self-righteous men wearing fedoras? Does being mentally, physically, and sexually assaulted with no hope of escape make your panties wet? Does being called a bitch and having men comment on your boobs like there are literally no other parts of your body that matter turn you on? Then I recommend organising a night out with the denizens of Reddit’s Mens Rights board, or maybe a pickup artists forum. But wait, those men aren’t totemo sexushii anime boys. They’re real people with things like body odour and chest hair. Thankfully a solution has appeared: You can just watch Diabolik Lovers!

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The plot involves a teenage girl JUST LIKE YOU, YOU’RE A TEENAGE GIRL OH EM GEE THAT COULD BE ME VISITING THIS MANSION AND GETTING RAPED BY MEN WEARING FEDORAS KYAA moving to a fancy old mansion on behest of her father. There she meets a bunch of guys who, despite being rich enough to own a mansion, are not able to afford shirts with more than one button around the navel. Originally she’s worried about their predicament and how their inability to button their shirts could be why they have no body heat. However it turns out they have no body heat because they are all dead inside.

They follow the standard sexual predator kidnapper routine by cutting off all her communication to the outside world, threatening her with violence if she doesn’t comply, and then gangbang her at the end of the episode. We’ve got a while to wait before the next episode, but I assume what happens is she isn’t seen for the next 14 years until her skeleton is found in a basement and racists see the TV news report and blame it on foreigners. But not me, no! When I watch these news reports about girls being taken hostage and being used as sexual slaves, I’m too busy furiously masturbating!

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Look, I know a lot of otome games are like this. And hey, I have a masochistic streak too (I did watch Diabolik Lovers after all doh ho ho). But sometimes it’s worth calling this stuff out for how truly fucked up it really is. I’ve probably set off a bajillion trigger warnings writing this post and I feel kinda gross even writing it. But this is literally what the show is about. It’s about a girl being locked in a house and sexually assaulted by a bunch of guys, created for the purpose of girls getting off to it.

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59 Comments

  1. mwp
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Girls are fucked up.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      Have you seen the stuff guys like? You know, like how trying to make you get off to Saya no Uta is something the creators think will sell more copies?

      • mwp
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

        I can’t get off to Saya no Uta, Saya no Uta is all about pure love and clarity, I can’t get off to something that genuine. (You wish I was kidding, too.)

    • Mans
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

      B-But it made it sell more copies! And Saya no Uta is one of the few VN’s where the sex scenes felt like they had something to do with the story and weren’t just slapped afterwards.

      About Diabolik Lovers, I may watch it just to laugh at it like I did with Amnesia last winter, but if it’s as bad as you say it may not even be possible to do that.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:47 am | Permalink

        If you can bust a nut to Saya no Uta, then you’ve clearly been to the darker corners of the internet, and it’s changed you.

  2. Cobrah
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I’m glad that first tag exists now.

  3. Amarrez
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I sample otome-type shows because I like to think it gives me a look as to how girls see harem shows. Well, to be fair, I got more (somewhat guilty) laughs out of this than Brother’s Conflict. I might actually watch the next episode to find out what happened to Bitch-chan.

  4. Raiphin
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I’m still watching Brothers Conflict in hopes of getting a School Days ending out of the deal (I can dream) and because I like animated animu boys dancing.

    This show made me feel kind of ill.

    Also, just from a writing viewpoint……isn’t 6 sadistic vampires a really narrow niche to plumb…?

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Eh, apparently girls love them rape fantasies.

      • Raiphin
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        damn. missed that memo somehow.

        one thing I have noticed is there’s a lot of terrible shoujo crap I can read in manga form just fine, and then once it gets animated I’m either bored senseless or queasy.
        I feel like ep2 may defang the boys a bit,but I’m not exactly sure what that will improve.

    • j
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      This type of otome/romance content where guys are outright abusive/rapists is marketed so hard to girls.
      it’s not like every single girl out there naturally wants to be insulted and injured and put in danger by the person she loves. So it worries me. I couldn’t go anywhere near a book shop or some ladies’ website last year without getting that awful piece of 50 shades of crap pushed in my face. Meanwhile many actually well-written books with romance and erotica portrayed in a non-crazy way got no attention from press and marketing. But shit likes 50 shades is supposedly what women should buy. And godforbid we got something about a woman dominating a man that would not be marketed at all and it would be considered manhating.

      tl;dr not this shit again, some girls might like it but they’re really pushing this shit on us.

  5. ANON
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    can we safely say that a man wrote the script for this?

    • BwackNinja
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

      If Wikipedia is to be trusted:
      Written by: Seiko Nagatsu [1]

      “Seiko (聖子, 青子, 晴子, 清子, 正子 etc. Seiko?) is a Japanese given name, almost exclusively used for female.” [2]

      That would be a no. And unless Shinobu is a boy’s name and no one told me, the director is female too. You’ll have to dig deeper if you want to blame men for everything.

      [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabolik_Lovers
      [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiko_%28given_name%29

    • Posted September 17, 2013 at 3:11 am | Permalink

      no we can’t safely say that – anidb lists both the script writer and director as women and the translating the japanese wiki page for the director also states that the director is a woman

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      pfft, I find this suggestion funny. Not sure you’ve ever looked at the kind of stuff that happens in Otome games lately. Plenty of girls getting raped as punishment for making the wrong move in the game.

      • Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        Are those games translated? Please tell me they are!

      • Scamp
        Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        Some have been legally released, but as for fan-translations I’m sure some google-fu will help you out there.

  6. Erif
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    You just don’t like mainstream anime, Scamp.

    • Daaaaaan
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      >fujobait/otoge adaptation
      >mainstream in any way

      does the words ‘vocal minority’ and ‘big niche’ ring a bell?

      • fEast91
        Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        sarcasm

        You seem to have lost it.

  7. Irenesharda
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    I’m a woman, an anime fan, and I like a vampire story. I liked this anime for all of 3 minutes. I was with it with the girl, who’s actually not that bad as females anime characters go, and then the first guy showed up and spoke. At that moment, I knew this show was going straight into the dropped pile. There’s only so much I can take for otome game romance shows. I found some interesting parts to Amnesia, I am trudging through Brothers Conflict, but this show crossed the line in episode 1, and it’s not even your standard half-hour show! So yeah, this is a no go for me.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      You can’t really blame the girl for any of the issues so far. She did make an effort to escape, and tried to get out pretty quickly once she realised what was up. I’m certain she’ll turn into a wet blanket lead later who will team up with her sexy rapists later but who am I to judge

  8. Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I feel really, really bad for whoever actually enjoys this.

  9. Posted September 17, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    B-but otome games aren’t that bad, usually their anime versions are shit!
    I can’t speak for this particular one, of course, but I was really surprised by how good Hakuoki was and how normal its heroine can be, if I choose the right answers. There always are some romanchiku rapisto character (in Hakuouki it was Kazama, in Amnesia it was Toma and so on), but he’s usually one option from the bunch available.
    But yeah, girls love them rape fantasies, just look at how known and liked are Mayu Shinjo works, despite the fact that she draws ugly guys. Or how popular love through rape is in yaoi genre.
    That said, how DARE you insult them fine men in fedoras!

    • Raiphin
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      Glad to hear Hakuoki was better than its adaptation….I don’t have the time/interest to play otome games but was always curious about them and yeah, the adaptations tend to be….not so good.

      2nded on Mayu Shinjo being strangely popular while also horrifying.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, most of the otome game adaptations I’ve seen aren’t terrible because of all the rape. It’s more to do with the fact they’re just terrible plot, characters, writing etc.

      • Kiraly
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

        They tend to have better plot than the equivalent romance VN/LN adaptations for guys, which is in great part because they actually have a beginning, a middle and an END. I’ll take Hiiro no Kakera over Date A Live any day.

        I’d say they even have better characters, but I’m biased because being a girl makes me feel galgame characters are aliens from planet Perfect or something. Who the fuck ACTS like that?

        And regarding the rape fantasies: I’ll bet you anything all but maybe one of these dudes is actually a nice guy and a perfect husband, once the girt ‘tames’ the, and deals with their inevitably tragic pasts.

        …uhh, anyway, I think I sort of like this. I’m always up for creepy as fuck sexy vampires. (I blame that on growing up with Anne Rice novels.) Well, as long as they stay creepy don’t go into full-on sappy otome game romance mode.

        *cough* And you have no ground to complain, Scamp. You like Senjougahara.

      • Scamp
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

        lol actually a ‘nice guy’ if you get to know him beyond the raping and the insulting and all that. Somehow that excuse doesn’t sit too well with me~

        With Senjogahara, there’s never any real doubt that Arararagi is actually in any danger with her. It’s consensual sadism, which is totally ok and hot. Diabolik Lovers is closer to Future Diary, but there it’s always very clear with its depiction of Yuno as being a crazed psychopath you should be afraid of, not as her being sexy and this being a hot scenario. Some people may happily interpret it as such, but not the show itself.

      • Kiraly
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

        I mostly got the impression that the guys were intended to be creepy psychopaths (isn’t that the selling point?), which is why I’m up for it. I’ll probably drop it once the sap starts, if it starts (it probably will). Or maybe not, I have a way or torturing myself with these types of series (I finished Amnesia!)

        And you know how it is with the verbal abuse, they don’t actually “know her”, and she still has a lot of work ahead being perfectly nice and turning them into the perfect partner! Like in Every. Shoujo. Ever.

        Remember Red Data Girl? It took about 3 episodes for the asshole to drop the snark and become a loyal bodyguard type. And then he was the perfect boyfriend because she ‘conquered’ him.

      • Scamp
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

        I’m agreeing with that, but also saying that it’s Not Cool and Not A Good Trope. The whole pure woman taming the wild man thing

      • raiphin
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

        Date A Live(anime) was dumb, but Hiiro no kakera(anime) bored me to tears. I’d rather be annoyed/shocked/angry than bored…but that’s a personal preference, certainly.

  10. Ryu
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Brace yourself for a swarm of VRAs screeching about misvampry.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      You know, I bet those terms have been used unironically

  11. j
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Was this otome created 100% by women?
    Because I could swear the japanese version of creepy MRA’s were involved funding this shit.
    The show could redeem itself in only one way: If the girl flipped out and gave every single of those abusive guys a slow, horrible death. Or possibly, an army of women ran in and did it for her, I’m not picky.

    • j
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      Seriously if any girl (or guy) manage to watch this without wishing death on those guys I worry about their mental wellbeing. Look the dude in the screenshot is wearing a fucking fedora and everything.

      • Scamp
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

        The fedora is my favourite part. It really does feel like it was written by an MRA. “No look women really do like men in fedoras who call women bitches”

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted September 20, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

      I say Integra Hellsing would be perfect for the role. A crowd of rapist fedora wearing vampires obliterated by a badass virgin who dons outrageous hats on a regular basis… oh, the irony!

    • Kiraly
      Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Err, those abusive guys are vampires. Like ‘yummy, our relative delivered us lunch!’ vampires. Having them be any other way would just be silly.

      This episode would have been downright perfect if we didn’t know this was the adaptation of a romance game and that she will eventually fall in love with one of them.

  12. Posted September 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I’ve reviewed the game on my blog about a year ago.
    From an otome gamer pov, I only enjoyed it for the dummy head parts with the voice actors rather than all the gross shit that they did. The triplets are the worst (+BDSM tea douche Reiji) and only Shu and Subaru ever really loved the heroine (though she still had to put up with their shit.) They all have psychological issues, mostly with their moms so you can guess how that’s gonna turn out.

    but yea the ridiculous amount of abuse was so absurd that at a point I just started laughing at how ridiculous it was. though during Laito’s route my laughter turned into “I hope this ends soon cause….”

    p.s. the director of the games is actually a man. (Iwasaki Daisuke)

    • raiphin
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      I had to look up Laito and then discovered he was the Fedora jerk and thought, ‘ah, but of course.’

      really, I know that ‘bitch’ means kind of a different slang thing in Japanese (….sort of….) but WOW what a turn off.

      • Posted September 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        the bitch slang in japanese refers to like “bitch as in female dog in heat”. so when he calls her bitch-chan it’s because she’s basically like blow up sex doll to him (and his brothers.) it’s pretty much the equivalent of calling her a slut. (Which the brothers actually DO call her various times in the game but using the word 淫乱)

      • raiphin
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

        yeah, it comes up in Watamote too for popular/slutty(percieved) girls, and was in Panty and Stocking too. But it still takes me out of a show. :/

    • Scamp
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Interesting to hear the director is a dude. I remember hearing about the editor in chief of a yaoi publication being a dude who had to OK everything that went into his mag. Due to classic glass ceiling, they couldn’t even comprehend hiring a woman in that position, so he was left looking at all this hardcore gay porn because he was in charge.

      • Kiraly
        Posted September 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

        Urobuchi also supervised a BL VN from Nitro+ (Sweet Pool I think it was called?). I heard it was very disgusting. I’m waiting for a 100% patch to read this gem.

      • derp
        Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

        Kiraly – Sweet Pool is not as disgusting as one would be lead to believe. That in itself is basically a myth propagated by squeamish little girls. Even though it is known as the BL version of Saya no Uta, more of an emphasis is placed on the heavy atmosphere and relationship the main couple share rather than OMG GORE!1111.

  13. luffyluffy
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Is it too much to hope for that Double Score will get animated? : (

  14. Shikamaru
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Just watched this episode. Now I’m in a really bad mood. This is wrong. This is really sick. Fuck this. Series like this makes me feel ashamed to be a anime fan.

  15. Someone Else
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    While I was watching, I almost forgot that it was an anime I downloaded off from horriblesubs. I thought it was a hentai anime the way everything is presented

    Anyways I actually watched Amnesia up to episode 4 because the time traveling setting intrigued me, but dropped it because it was very boring to watch and the heroine was literally dumb.

    Then I watched the first episode of brothers conflict and then dropped it because the heroine was a total idiot. All the guys too, if it was some slap stick comedy it would be fine but it wasn’t (or was it?)

    It seems my problem for these adaptations are usually from the characters seem to look like they are acting a bad play with very serious and straight faces, the funny factor is completely removed and then left with the bad parts. It makes it really hard to watch

    As for diabolik lovers, the heroine at least tried to escape and knew she was in danger. At least she has a bit of common sense and tried to think what to do on that situation, so I might give this a chance

    • Scamp
      Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      >otome game adaptations

      One day there will be a good one. It took a hell of a long time before Steins;Gate came along and proved not all VN adaptations are shite (fuck off Key fans) so I’m sure otome games will reach that point sometime soon.

      • Sataniel
        Posted September 20, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        But KyoAni’s adaptations of key’s stuff are good adaptations because they are better than source material.

      • Kiraly
        Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

        Hakuouki should have been it, considering they chose to adapt the path that was a historical thriller.

        But >otome game adaptations

      • derp
        Posted September 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        The thing is though, there aren’t many otoge that really deserve an anime. Black Wolves Saga (which coincidentally, comes from the same company that made Diabolik Wifebeaters) would have been an ideal project; furryshit accusations aside, it’s a dark sort of fairytale set in the medieval ages with political intrigue galore.

  16. Johnny Joestar
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Yeah, this looks like shit.

  17. HenryIsHot
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the recommendation, although personally I usually take off my panties when there’s any chance of them getting wet so this stuff doesn’t actually make them wet. Also, I’m sure some men get off to seeing a girl they think is hot being raped.

    But yeah I’ll definitely watch it during the weekend.

  18. Posted September 20, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I don’t know what is with reverse harem animes these days, but most of the girls are DUMB. Hakuouki, Amnesia, Brother’s Conflict and now Diabolik Lovers. Gosh, I wish they have a character with brains like Haruka in Ouran. :( Guess cause they probably based off of otome games.

    Still watching this since it’s rare for me to see reverse harems. Usually more harems than reverse harems.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 20, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      I didn’t think there was really anything wrong with what the girl in Diabolik Lovers did. As soon as she realised shit was fucked, she tried to get out but was locked in. She tried contacting someone but was stopped. Not much more she could do.

      • Kiraly
        Posted September 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        If the summary said this was an adaptation of a screwed-up horror novel then this episode would have been pretty awesome.

    • Posted September 21, 2013 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      I disagree. I think her reaction are too SLOW. Makes her a possible rape target. Seriously in Hakuouki, Amnesia and Brother’s Conflict the main girl for some reason are all SLOW. I get the feeling that SLOW characters makes them pure and innocent. :(

  19. Johnny Joestar
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    So. Dropped? Or are you going to let the torment continue?

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