Otome Game Review: Diabolik Lovers Haunted Dark Bridal


Intro: Kotomori Yui’s dad is sent to Europe by the Church and he sends Yui to some “relatives” at the famous “haunted mansion” where she meets 6 vampires who aren’t sparkly….

The system has 3 parts per character: Dark, Maniac, Ecstacy-or 30 chapters per character PLUS an additional epilogue. From the guides I used it’s best to choose all the love choices so you can quickly unlock the Best End and then get the Do S & Do M over with to finally unlock the Heaven end.

I’ll be combining all the parts cuz you don’t want to read pages of text and I don’t want to type pages of text 😛

*Final thoughts below

2016-07-21-183947Rip EardrumsKanato: The yangire who loves Teddy and sweets, hates waiting, women, and lies. I thought he was the shota but NOPE he’s 17 and one of the triplets.

Which is more disturbing when he loses his shit when Yui’s “late” with his frenchtoast so he stabs her with a fork…and blows up at her for everything else he doesn’t like.

When he realizes Cordelia’s (his mom) heart was put into Yui’s-so like incest?? he doesn’t need Teddie anymore when he can have both! (Bc Teddie was filled w/ mommy’s ashes)

Yui tries to answer to what he wants to hear but he
sees through it and “punishes” her for that as well as for talking to other guys…eventually she succumbs to the pleasure when he drinks her blood so like Idk think she really loved him because in almost every ending, she NTRs him claiming his absence made her horny.

There were parts where he’s like I’ll help you clean or look at this flower but then twisted 2016-07-21-184008it into some BDSM-but doesn’t that require CONSENT? Several times she says STOP but he twists her words to make her say she enjoys it like wtaf?

I pitied him because Cordelia did such a great job raising him-but that doesn’t give him the right to abuse someone because of le tragic past. Compared to Ayato, Kanato loved Yui(mothercon it may be).


Yes, strangle me more senpai

Ayato: Finds it hilarious to pour hot wax on Yui and throw darts at her. Unlike Kanato, this guy went full on rape mode but thankfully Reiji walked in to stop it.

Guy has an awful past but again this doesn’t allow you to treat others like dirt. A few times it seemed like he could be redeemed (when he saved her from Kanato) BUT then he goes and strangles her like wtf.

Cordelia’s (his mom) like one of those narcissistic reality tv women who needs to be #1 and “dat Beatrice bitch better not show me up!”Which backfires on her because lol she never thought that how she raised her son would turn him into this selfish guy who wanted to be the best like no one ever was! Not only that, but Ayato freaking hates her.

So it’s near impossible for him to love someone. Maybe you think Ayato loved Yui but I call bullshit. Sorry, but if Yui acknowledges that this is just lust between them and that only she loves him there’s no way he magically loved her. NOPE.

tumblr_nnpv77x3z41tc1368o3_1280Laito: It kills me to see two of my biases voice assholes. I did my best to focus on Hirakawa’s velvety voice but every time he said “Bitchchan” I just *sigh* Here’s the thing: Laito crosses the line. He had sex with his MOM. Like wtf.

So as you can imagine, the way things go down with Yui are really disgusting. I was hoping he was Do-M but NOPE gotta make him both at the same time! As such, I felt sick to my stomach because after he fucked Cordelia and she ran to him going “Save me I need to have sex with Karl!” poor guy broke.

Now he equates love with killing said person you love. Like the ultimate 告白。Yui tries to kill herself when she realizes Laito just wants Cordelia to take over her so he can kill her again or smt?

Things spiraled down into having sex in front of mommy’s grave, raping while stabbing Yui because U LIKE IT, having his brides attack Yui and then deciding NOPE because seeing her covered in blood is so damn hot (ಠ_ಠ)

Excuse me while I scrub my brain from Laito. Hirakawa’s voice is too lovely for this.



Reiji: I saw the megane and thought my savior!!! It’s a trap. This douchebag is the biggest twat to ever be conceived and I doubt anyone will ever top this mega-douche-fedora-reddit-user.

Unlike the bro’s who at the least had pasts that could illustrate why they were the way they are, Reiji has nothing. Like I said, I don’t believe a tragic past=excuse to abuse someone, but the fact that Reiji didn’t have even that is why he has become the number 1 dick of all time.

His mom Beatrice liked Shuu over him so he raged and hired a vampire hunter to kill her but lol she wanted to die all along! As you can imagine, Reiji was pissed because YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO SUFFER BITCH so guess what? He’s been working on a drug TO WAKE THE DEAD SO HE CAN KILL HER AGAIN LIKE WTAF?!

Plot twist: the vampire hunter was Yui’s dad, Richter-except he ain’t her real dad cuz she was some unwanted babe the stork flew in. Apparently she was just lying around because this is when Richter put Cordelia’s ❤ in Yui….

tumblr_nne8c4snbj1tc1368o3_1280After horrific “experiments” done on Yui, Cordelia is done with Reiji’s shit and takes over Yui. Like it can’t get any worse we find out she’s been watching her own sons screw Yui….and Reiji wants to marry Cordelia.

His aniki, Karl, married Cordelia and she <3’s Karl. But Karl only wanted her powerful bloodline passed down to his children. So Reijii’s forever screwed over and because Cordelia’s a pimp, he becomes Do-M for her and then plot twist 2: Cordelia planned this whole thing out to have Yui brought to the mansion.

This route was balls.

2016-08-09-201151Shuu: The oldest of the Sakamaki bros. <3’s music and making the least amount of effort in life. When he makes it clear he has no intention of turning her into a sack of blood, Yui’s like FREEDOM. If she can get on his good side he might help her escape!

She has to work hard to get him to even acknowledge her: saving him from drowning when he goes for a nap in the bath lol, getting him to attend classes, etc. and for someone who’s soooo lazy he certainly teases her a lot.

The one thing that pissed me off was there was a point where Shu left her on her own in the city and she didn’t escape! Oh well, she awakens as a super sadist when he asks her to lick his wounds (ew wtf) and she finds out “I like ur pained face”

Shu was friends with a shota named Edgar but he was burned to death when Reiji set his village on fire. So now Shu has PTSD and when Yui’s cooking, he flips out when he sees the flame on the stove and kisses her. By this point, Yui’s all YOLO and they bang the next day.

Reiji’s all ANGST and destroys the food she prepared for Shu and she tells him what happened and says “She wants to step on his head” which makes her aroused WTAF lol and here is where Shu realizes he cares about Yui as a person and doesn’t want her to be hurt if she remains with him. HOLY SHIT IT TOOK 4 ROUTES JUST FOR SOME ACTUAL ROMANCE

2016-08-09-201140His bro just couldn’t handle not being # 1 so he kills Yui in one route then Shu kills Reiji. He turns her into a vampire cuz somehow she survived the blow? He kills his cousins cuz he’s the ruler now and Yui is the Dark Queen  In another, Reiji and Shu nice boat themselves when Shu finds some a diary entry about how Reiji killed Edgar like a boss.

In the last, there’s a portal in the forest so they were never in Japan to begin with. WUT. They move to Transylvania and live in peace.

Shu wasn’t an ass and didn’t want another human to get close to him cuz his psycho dick bro would kill her. But he fell in love with her so it all worked out!

2016-08-09-201400Subaru: Youngest Sakamaki bro and HNNNNNNNGGGG he is the sweetest, most precious cinnamon roll angel in this entire game. Like if he wasn’t here (and Shu), this game would have no soul.

While the others find it amusing when they hurt Yui by drinking her blood, Subaru immediately stops and tries to amend for what happened. Poor guy tries to act tough and all but the moment he notices Yui’s uncomfortable or in pain he does everything he can to make the situation better. And to make it even better, he’s a TSUNDERE!

Shu is more of the smexy suggestive guy whereas Subaru don’t know wtf he doing. Because of this it’s so hilarious when he gets flustered over everything and he tries to apologize:


In other words, to apologize, I’ll show you my body.

Unlike every other guy who has mommy issues, Subaru has daddy issues. His mom Christa was sadly forced to be Karl’s bride and forced to have his child. She’s constantly having flashbacks of her rape so the poor woman begs her child to kill her with a silver knife. It got so bad that I had to honestly lower the volume because of the poor woman screaming at Subaru to kill her-but he could never bring himself to do it.

As you can imagine, that’s a lot of shit for a child to deal with. Thus, he violently smashes stuff. Thankfully, he’s a cinnamon roll and doesn’t hurt Yui and tbh, other than Shu, Subaru was the only one who actually CARED about Yui.

You can argue that Kanato did-he does, in a mothercon way. But Shu and Subaru are the only two who don’t get hung up on all the Cordelia mess and appreciate and love Yui for herself.

So after Yui and him realize they like each other and bang in his coffin (beds are old school) he goes off to free his mother like he should’ve done a looooong ass time ago.

End 1: For some dumbass reason after killing Christa he’s like omg we gotta go….but you 2016-08-09-201345know, it’s cool when your cousins killed Cordelia and all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ End 2: Subaru kills Christa but is upset that he can’t face daddy so Yui says if he drinks his blood he’ll go super saiyan. He tells her he’s already over 9000 and that he’ll drink from no one else. End 3:He dies so Yui goes beserk because Cordelia’s like TIME TO RISE MUWHAHAHA but because Subaru wouldn’t want that to happen she fucking nice boats herself.

I’ve a huge bias for tsunderes so I enjoyed this guy’s route more than Shu’s.

Final Thoughts: 

Experimenting with BDSM the game.


I’d never have played this if not for my friend in Japan who sent it to me for my B-day. She loves this game so I decided why not? This isn’t for those looking for romance. Just like Amnesia, the main plot of this is darker and focused on other things.

Where this differs from most otoge is that it tries to implement elements of BDSM. However, as everyone knows, it requires consent. Before I get into that:

One of the biggest reasons I didn’t want to play this game was because of the fans. I’ve rarely met an understanding fan of Dialovers who doesn’t immediately shit in my face because I don’t love the anime/game/etc and don’t agree with them.

Excuse me? This is not how you increase your fanbase or make others want to listen to your reasons. There have to be Dialovers fans out there that aren’t like this. 

Being able to critique something you love doesn’t make you a bad fan. This video argues the point perfectly. And I HIGHLY suggest all of you watch it-not just Dialover fans but all fans of anything.

I’m not here to insult you as a fan of this series at all. I’m here to critique the game and yet there are some fans out there who immediately take it as some form of personal attack. It’s not. Calm down.

I’ll talk about the positives first:

Yui holy crap girl. The anime is a lie. I couldn’t finish the show because this poor girl doesn’t stick up for herself but in the game she does. I’m surprised at how daring she was. Like damn. Though there are also plenty of times where she’s so terrified that she resorts to self-preservation and cowers.

Once she realized she liked those sexy times tho….


Dummy Head Mic: If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically heaven

The problem is that I don’t self-insert into otome game heroines (or any characters) and I’d never want to be her. Personally, I’ve never been bitten by a sexy vampire, but constantly reading how “painful” “horrible” etc it felt to be bitten is just NOPE. Yui later starts to derive pleasure from it but I can’t wrap my head around that. Then again, different strokes for different folks?

So the only time I actually was like ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)‎  with the dummy mic was in Subaru and Shu’s routes because that was the only time she wasn’t being stabbed/strangled/yelled at/raped/etc….

Subaru and Shu: Tsundelicious and Moecake.

Art: Need I say anything?

Music: Haunting, gorgeous, and fit the game perfectly. Wasn’t a big fan of the ED song but liked the OP because that right there will tell you that you’re not playing no fluffy otoge.


The fandom need to calm their tits and stop attacking those who don’t agree with them. It was because of this that I was so put off by picking up the game!!!

2 of the 6 guys were assholes. While I do understand that some of them have really fucked up pasts, that in no way excuses any kind of abuse of another human being.

But Leaf it’s just a game! Yeah….but when you start to think “how romantic” 


Don’t get me wrong: do what you want with your life so long as you aren’t hurting others/yourself. You want to try BDSM? Go for it. Just make sure your partner is consenting. 

The Dialover fandom are convinced that’s what this game is. I agree to a point. I definitely can see it. The glaring problem is for the majority of the routes, Yui isn’t consenting. She screams, begs, cries, for them to stop.

BDSM is all about consent and making sure the other person is willing.

Yui becomes so used to their treatment that she turns pain into pleasure. And a lot of the situations were similar to Stockholm syndrome

She’s trapped in a house of vampires and does what she can to please them in order to escape their torture but they still force themselves on her, experiment on her, etc. When they show her any kindness, she equates that to feelings of love later on.

The exception would be Shu. He never attacks her so I was able to get behind the fact that she did enjoy it when he bit her and she loved him because she wasn’t forced to adapt to it. I also can get behind Subaru.

Yes, it’s just a game, I understand. But we also need to understand that if we start denying the fact that Yui’s terrified and hurting in the very beginning of the game until she’s forced to “adapt” than we’re denying that there’s abuse in this.

And romanticizing it.

I’ve read so many posts about fans discussing how when Ayato strangles Yui it’s love. Or when Kanato threatens to turn her into one of his wax dolls, or when Laito forces himself on her, it’s love.


If this weren’t a bunch of ikeman would the fans still say the same? What if it was a bunch of old men? Or, crazy idea! What if they were in Yui’s situation? Because I know I’d be scared to death.

My friend who gave me the game? She loves the first game because of the dummy mic and it’s darker and has more mature themes. But she did say that the fans are taking it way too far.

And guess what? Apparently the second game goes so over the line that even she even admitted she won’t touch it ever again.


If you’re curious about the game pick it up. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Japanese because if there’s one good thing the fans have done rofl is translated the script. Go find it if you want but remember you gotta go buy a copy of the game first. If you want to play it, you can buy it from CDJapan. If you use my link you can help support my blog. I sincerely appreciate it.

I didn’t even know about this until I stumbled across it on accident so THANK YOU. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to get nearly 50% done on my own though so like holy crap I guess I’ve been improving in Japanese.

No, I don’t hate the game. I don’t like it but I’d only say hate when the rabid fandom is involved. 


The only saving grace was honestly the support I had on twitter and Subaru and Shu. I liked Kanato as well when he calmed the fuck down. Personally, this isn’t my kind of game. I’d guess I’d coin it as “Different” but lol romantic it was NOT.

Want a darker otoge with romance? Give Nameless or Sweet Fuse a try. I also recommend Amnesia Memories because as dark as it was, I had fun with it and highly prefer this to Diabolik Lovers.

Or if you want super depressing get Hakuoki! ^^

I shall not be playing any more of this franchise.

To the fandom: If you’re someone who gets easily butthurt over other opinions please don’t comment on my review. If you still want to please be courteous and respectful. Differing opinions are great and if you want to discuss yours please feel free so long as you’re respectful. And I in turn, shall be respectful to you. Thank you.

Have you played this? Did you watch the anime? What did you think? Any recommendations?

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53 thoughts on “Otome Game Review: Diabolik Lovers Haunted Dark Bridal

  1. randomlynormalaya

    Congrats on finishing the game! I’ve started the game a long time ago, but picked Laito as the first guy. I couldn’t get past him calling me Bitch-chan all the time, so I kinda…gave up on the game. Might pick it up sometime soon just for Shu and Subaru though! I’ve been hearing everywhere that they’re the saving graces of this game.

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    1. CandieCane

      Hallelujah! As someone who bumped into the anime, I was told that the games handled the characters better.

      Sad to see that wasn’t exactly the case. However, I will say that when I did watch the anime I was so angry I wanted to burn my tv.

      When I talked about it with fandom members though I didn’t get backlash. Hell, diehard fans actually AGREED with me!

      Also! I am convinced Laito McRaperson mcraped Yui in the anime. :/

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      1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author


        I’m so glad you had a good experience with the fandom! I wish more people did so this is great to hear 🙂 If you are ever curious and want to play it, the game has been translated into English on wiki but you do have to purchase a copy of the game. I hope you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!


  2. Krystallina

    I don’t get why this series is one of the most requested in English. I mean, it has name recognition, but do a little research and find something that sounds good and appeals to a wide audience. I just have a feeling, if this was licensed, this is going to be one of those cases of requestor’s remorse (is that a thing?) and then people will complain about how dark and creepy it is. So many other titles I’d rather play.

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      I agree Krystallina. The only ones who won’t bash this game is the fandom and some people who found the different aspects unique.
      So many reviewers would have a lot to say about this game and it wouldn’t be a positive thing.
      And then the whole world will see that and go “So that’s what otome games are then? Abusive shit?”
      I really hope this doesn’t get picked up for localization.

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      1. crystaliterose

        I agree too. I’m afraid(and i’m sure rejet is too) that if DL gets brought over it might get a lot of backlash that it might affect any other games with such elements getting ported over. It happened before, it can happen again.

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      2. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

        Hi, crystaliterose!
        Yeah, that’s what I’m really worried about. I can understand that there are a lot of people out there who are curious about the game and even some who are curious about otoge but if this gets released, I can only imagine how pissed off the Dialover fandom is going to be.
        Reviewers are going to be pointing out these grievous flaws and it’s going to spark a rabid fandom war and we might never get another otoge in English….at least not for a while.


      3. crystaliterose

        Yeah, they might as well shoot themselves in the foot with regards to bringing over rejet games(even the okay ones!). That’s why i was so pissed with the petitions asking for it, and even tweeting rejet’s twitter begging for it(please just don’t)

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      4. crystaliterose

        Haha i’m not too great on localizations bc i’ve been playing that long on Japanese console, plus, i understand japanese so i’ll just stick with that for my own playing haha.

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      5. crystaliterose

        Haha, that was BAD. Which makes me real worried for the rest coming over…since i’m quite anal over speech context and characterisation. I was so disappointed at Barkuouki too wwwww

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      6. crystaliterose

        Yeah, it just sounds really weird. Granted honorifics are hard to localize as compared to our “Mr and Ms”, but I’m sure there’s a way around it. Like the importance of how “surname-san” moves to calling by first name, it’s odd in English unless you understand the concept of the social bubble in Jp but I digress…anyway, even though I will never touch localized games, I at least want those who will buy to get a fair and accurate experience.

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  3. crystaliterose

    I’ve played a few incarnations, actually liked it(mainly the characterisation, not so much the plot), but am critical enough of it not to recommend it. The fandom seems to put it on such a pedestal and their behavior can make me sick to the stomach. Thanks for an good review, one that can objectively review its good and bad points yet be civil and polite about both.

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Thank you, crystaliterose, for being so kind and openminded. I can agree with you that I did like the characterization. It’s dark and delves into the psychology of the most twisted characters. It’s different.
      But like you said, the fandom is unfortunately putting this too high up to acknowledge any flaws it has and alienating potential fans.
      Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a good day! ^^


  4. Sena

    Congrats on finishing the game!

    Uh yeah…I wouldn’t touch the second game. Just from experience. I haven’t even finished it yet because I need to take (long) breaks from it but they took things very far in that game; to an area I did not like. Which is a shame because the Mukamis are kind of interesting…but the routes just sucked. I didn’t love the first game but I liked the psychology aspect of it enough that I wanted to play more of the series but…it was a mistake to purchase more of the games before playing through the earlier ones because I’m not sure if I’ll ever play them all so they’re just sitting on my shelf as I try to finish up the second game (I think I have…the first four games?). Ironically I think I did the harder to sit through routes already but I just haven’t had the motivation to continue…

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Thank you, Sena!
      Ouch, sounds like my friend was right on the mark then.
      I agree. I’m interested in the psychology of the characters, kind of like with Nameless and Amnesia, but obviously those two were much more fun and redeemable.
      Oh lol that stinks. Well now you know what you like then? If you ever do decide to pick up the game again I hope somehow it’s a better experience rofl but tbh, even tho Subaru and Shu were much better, they still didn’t make the game for me.


      1. Sena

        Yeah, I believe so….I wanted to like the game because the Mukamis but yeah…it’s just too much. More fool me for investing more in the series at the time when I was so behind in my playing. I naively thought that they wouldn’t make more games after the fourth one hahahahaha

        Amnesia is still a series I really like but I haven’t played Nameless yet. I think I played the trial but I didn’t actually get the whole game yet since I have so much on the backlog. Was that the Korean one from Cheritz?

        Thanks, friend. I honestly just want to get through it. I’m slowly trying to clean up all my unfinished games but it’s a slow process. More Blood is being juggled next to Amnesia World as I figure which one I want to tackle next but I also have new games I’m planning on starting so…whenever that is I guess I can update you? Although I’m not sure my opinion will change much honestly…

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  5. HijackedCat

    Congrats on finishing it, 30 chapters per guy is huge! 🎆🎇🎉🎊
    Man I’ve heard so much about this game (from both sides) and seen so much shitstorm, I decided to just sit in the fence. I’ll admit you made me kinda curious about it now (^_^;)
    Not sure it’s enough to try it anytime soon tho, I value my sanity a lot (⌒_⌒;)
    I’ve heard a lot of good about Subaru&Shu, but I wonder if it’s enough to make up for the other dudes. I’ve heard some are really extreme. But I won’t judge until I play.
    I also don’t think we can judge the game by the anime, which I haven’t watched yet, but do agree with you if she didn’t agree/consent to it then it’s abuse, no matter what latter on she accepts. Anyone would accept if it’d mean hurting less, it’s how abuse victims act.
    You say the second game is even worse? 😱 Wow, now I’m curious how much worse it can get, but at the same time I do not want to know (´・_・`)
    I applaud you for finishing it, and actually being very neutral about it, while still being logical with your feelings/thoughts about it, I know how hard that can be! 👏👏👏

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Thank you so much, Cat!
      Tbh, I can’t recommend this game if you’re just okay with Subaru and Shu because the other routes are disgusting-especially Laito’s.
      I can see why some fans like it-it’s a darker game, there’s a dummy head mic, and I guess for some it turns them on??? Lol, but considering we both have unfortunately dealt with scary situations before, I don’t think you’d enjoy this game either. However, who knows? You might.
      This game has so many triggers so keep that in mind. Though it’s not R18 it certainly doesn’t hold back with implied rape and situations that don’t show anything.
      Thanks again for reading and honestly I didn’t like this game and I didn’t like how Yui was treated. The 2 neutral routes weren’t worth the $ my friend spent on this for my B-day, though I do appreciate the sentiment from her, and I finally played it rofl.


      1. HijackedCat

        My pleasure! (〃 ̄ω ̄〃ゞ
        Woa that sounds brutal (⊙_☉)
        Yeah, considering my allergy to abuse (mental or physical) I might hate it, really. I guess I have a M side that still would like to try it, but at the same time…◔_◔
        I’ll confess why I didn’t like Ikki in Amnesia was what I perceived as forcefulness & also that some ends he got rape-y (’益’)
        Poor Yui, she and some other heroines really need a retreat for abused, going out on dates with cute girls, eating tasty things and buying clothes, she really deserves it ༶ඬ༝ඬ༶
        At least your friend did it with good intentions, and now you can further say what you like and don’t like ٩(●ᴗ●)۶

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      2. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

        Haha for reals tho. I really don’t think people with triggers would like this game but then again, who knows?
        I was able to enjoy some elements but overall just couldn’t stomach Yui’s treatment and the fandom and defense of the guy’s behavior.


      3. HijackedCat

        I try to stay far away from fandoms as much as I can, so I haven’t seen how bad they’re or can be, and truthfully don’t want to know if they’re vicious. Not gonna talk about what I haven’t played or seen, but I’m sure there’s nice people in the fandom too (´w`*)
        TBH, there’s fantasies and then there’s reality, and we can totally put both aside in terms of media. But, sometimes we still do get a toll from it (´エ`;)

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  6. Shuu

    Guess you got through it! Although I really hope your friend doesn’t send you the continuation to play…. I really loved your criticism of the characters, even the ones I love a lot, and that was pretty hilarious. I can totally understand all the hate there. Despite being a huge fan, I never want this game to be localised due to the massive controversy it’s going to get if its done, and I don’t want to think about it.

    However, being in Rejet hell has made Hirarin’s ero lines such as Laito have a special place in my heart now. ლ(๏‿๏ ◝ლ)

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Hi, Shuu!
      Thank you haha I’m glad I was able to review this without going over board ^^ I agree with you on this getting localized-I don’t think the criticism it would garner would do well for the fandom and future otoge localizations.
      Thanks so much for reading! ^^


  7. Hinano

    Pretty sure it’s like a right of passage for everyone who reviews this game to get harassment and death threats – to perfectly fit the theme of abuse! 😂

    Jokes aside, sadly Kanato got worse in More Fanfiction and they made Subaru even MORE Tsun so nothing to look forward to. That said from what I heard all the other games/FDs they mad everyone sweet babycakes and constantly change the characters to fit what the “fans” want…so honestly who even knows what anyone’s personality is anymore. Reiji turned into a moeblob in More Blood so yea lol.

    You’re probably better off stopping here and not bothering with the other games. I was pretty much done after MB.

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Haha omg right? I’ve already gotten anonymous death threat on tumblr and DM’s on twitter. Pretty hilarious, really lol.
      Damn….so they really did turn to writing for the fans then?
      Thanks so much for reading, Hinano and don’t worry-I don’t plan on ever playing the other games 😛


  8. dragonise

    ah ah don’t worry all fan are not like this! but i can understand you!! a lot are just so… stupid! in france it’s like that and more bad xD
    lot of girls like diabolik lovers without playing at the game! just with the anime version… but omg the anime is just a big shit… i just watch 6 ep of the 1 season and can’t continue cause it’s was just so bad… for teenagers who need sexe and strange thing! for the second season i just watch 1 ep… i stop cause the design was so bad and story as usual a big shit xD.

    i play at few games of diabolik lovers and i just like play for mukami!! (yuma!!) cause mukami characters are just a little better! there are not relate by blood but they look more like family than sakamaki >__<

    yui is just so stupid… i play with carla another new characters… and he was… he had principe all along and just when it's finish he throw everything like 180° just for yui and one chapter before he was like human are shit and not strong… and after ohhh human are interesting… well guy… whyyyyyyyyy you change so quickly at the end xD

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Hi dragonise!
      Haha so you’re from France? Awesome!
      Yeah the anime was terrible and it’s so funny to see so many “fans” haven’t played the game but act like it’s their life.
      I heard the Mukami’s are better so that’s good to know! ^^
      Thanks so much for reading and it’s so good to see that there are some decent fans haha


  9. EL

    Hey, glad to see you made it through the game (≧∇≦)/ Yes, honestly I personally found Shu’s route to be the best (cos for some reason I never felt like Kondo really fits Subaru’s chara??). Guess this is why Shu, followed by Subaru always tops the character rankings.

    I’m actually a huge fan of the series. I’ve played every single game, bought multiple books, CDs and goods related to this, and while it isn’t the best, sweetest otoge out there, I feel there’s a lot of excessive drama surrounding it too. Fans who get overly-defensive for the charas, and also haters who constantly spill shit about the series, although there’s probably more of the former. I just want to say that whatever pleasure or love as implied, it is exaggerated and it is fantasy. Please don’t take it too hard either :/ I’m sorry some fans take it too far and can’t clearly draw the line, but a lot of things in DL make it a dark but really interesting game for me, and it sucks to see fans making things shit for others.

    Anyway, while the second game was bad (it’s definitely the worse game of the franchise), the 3rd game (Vandead Carnival) is a lot more fun! There’s a lot more dating, better pacing and the mini-games are cute too. A lot of people stop after the 2nd game because it’s bad, but VC is really pretty enjoyable. Also, 100% skip the anime (and stage play)~ don’t think anyone that isn’t a hardcore fan should ever watch those haha.

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Hi El!
      Oh that’s cool! I’m so glad my moecakes got the better rankings XD
      I can def see why a lot of people like this series-it’s diff and mature but like you said, the fans are def insane over this. I don’t agree with the huge hate that some people give this series because they’re just doing that to shit on the fans, but the fans also are doing the same to those who don’t like the games -_-
      I’m glad you enjoy the franchise and that VC is better but I don’t see myself playing any more of this series.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! ^^


  10. Reare Noella

    Hello again, leaf 😀 after a busy school life, finally managed to sneak n read a post or two from the otome community. (God I missed so much news :’)). I agree about the game has so much twisted n abusive love story (isn’t love? Nah) n Shu n Subaru is really the angels of the game.

    I mean, Ayato is somewhat understandable since his childhood was taken by him so I can relate the oresama thing. Kanato… Was weird af. My friend played him n liked him very much even though I hate him. But in other DL games, he was a lot better. I absolutely hate Laito (I mean yeah he was raped by his mom n became a hentai bastard but it just doesnt *click* with me) n Reiji, whom i refer as megane bastard, is the jerkface among the bros.

    Subaru is my fav n I really like him since he is always so sweet n really cares for yui from the start ❤ n Shu is like the diamond in the game bcause he has the most pure heart among the bros (both him n subaru are actually the pure bunch) I have played the other DL games n my all time fav will always be Subaru n Shu..

    The DL fanbase in my country is strong n I'm suprised the fact that Singapore n Indonesia is REALLY strong. I just had a slight argument with a Singaporean DL fangirl about Kanato (about Cordelia ashes n how he burn her and stuff into Teddy) and she kinda… Yells? Saying that I dont understand Kanato and his childhood. I just ended up saying "k" n left. I mean they need to calm their (tits- how Malaysian n Singaporean way of saying things *dirty jokes imply here, sorry not sorry) down. I mean there are things that should n shouldn't stand up. Sorry for the tl;dr text n happy one year anniversary for the blog 😀 hope to see more of yr reviews soon since everything you type is relatable af.

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Hi Reare!! I was wondering where you went haha so good to see you again! I hope school is going well for you!
      And yep, there were a ton of new announcements recently so I hope you enjoy finding out the exciting news!
      Yea I can agree. I did like some of the characters but the game was too much. Haha “megane bastard” omg he is one!!
      Ouch that stinks. Those fans are just really immature. And don’t worry-I didn’t think I’d be using crass language but what do you know haha, I guess it’s easier to do so online personally. So feel free to say whatever you wish! I don’t mind at all 🙂
      And np don’t worry at all I love reading everyone’s comments and thank you soooo much!
      Awww Reare you are way too kind! I shall do my best! Thank you so much and good luck with school! ^^

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      1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

        Hi, crystaliterose!
        I didn’t know how else to contact you but my brother was messing with my computer and he said he deleted your comment on my Motivation for Japanese post. I’m so sorry about that and he was sorry too.
        I apologize for the inconvenience.


      2. Reare Noella

        Yeah, even I’m surprised but then again… jpop, kpop, otome, anime and other bunch of east asian entertainment industry had already spread the HUGE vibe years ago I’m not really surprised, only about 10% lol.

        I didn’t know how to react on how strong the DL fan base there, tbh. I mean, I live in Malaysia but not KL so I didn’t really know how strong the fan base in Malaysia until I step foot in KL during an animax festival or something a few years back (prob 2014 or 2013) and just recently I went to Universal World in Sentosa with my friends and met one of my friends housemate (she studying there, in Nanyang) who is a dedicated and loyal fan girl (her words not mine) and we were talking about Haunted Dark Bridal and fall into an argument saying (her exact words) “Siao lah u, u tak paham perasaan Kanato, what do you know? Gila.” in a very rude matter.

        But I didn’t take her seriously. XD

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      3. crystaliterose

        Eeeeee she’s the gila monster. bodoh kambing peh onli. Good thing SG i don’t see such things or man i will rub all my ‘actually played the games and i have the cartridge and my jlpt cert to prove it’ award all over their face

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      4. Reare Noella

        Haha, feels nice to know i’m not the only one thinking about that lol in my mind i was monologing “eiiii buak perempuan ni….. nak saja tampar”. Sometimes, playing the underdog doesn’t make me happy, there are just some time that I really really wanted to rub my jlpt too, even though I’m NOT that fluent but hey at least I can understand japanese XD

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  11. Bánh

    I’m also dont like DiaLov because of the fandom. The only things I like is … they never change their personality :v There’s too much game that bad boy meet good girl and change but like, hell no, personality cant change that easily, especially to their kind of past.

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  12. Eleanor

    Your review was so on point!!! Ah, Shuu is my favorite character~ I haven’t played Subaru yet, though. I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. I only played Shuu’s route in MB as well, and it wasn’t that bad but he got screwed over in the bad ends.

    I don’t really see the game as a romance… There’s just so much abuse, especially in the bad ends of course. Though I enjoyed Reiji’s Manservant ending because I felt like it was sweet revenge. >:D The tokuten drama CDs are also hilarious; if you ever get a chance to listen to them, the Vampire Juice and Karaoke ones are pretty funny but also feel a bit like fanfiction because the boys are so toned down.

    The fandom is a bit scary, especially on Tumblr… I do my best to avoid rabid fangirls/boys…

    Thanks for the review!

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Awww, thank you so much, Eleanor!
      I don’t believe you missed anything with Shuu, because asking you to go and play his route just for him wasn’t worth it 😛 Still, know that he was of the few who treated Yui as a person haha
      OOOO really? I thought the drama cds would be really….out there as well

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      1. Eleanor

        I only like the tokutens; the official drama CDs (at least, the original ones that came out before the game) weren’t that great, nor am I a fan of the “Versus” series. There’s one CD where the characters switch bodies due to falling down (stairs I think?) so Yui tries to switch them back using a hammer XD

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