Valentine’s Day may have long come and gone, BUT THE LOVING NEVER STOPS IN THE SAKAMAKI HOUSEHOLD.
CUE BLOOD RED MOON.
To recap quickly, Yui has turned into Cordelia after touching the bloodstained dress that Richter has secretly kept stored somewhere in the house. Cordelia, now in control, starts off the episode by chatting it up with Richter.
We also learn about their deep, dark past.
Oh god! What wincestuous plot is this?! Although I might’ve guessed, considering the fact that Richter was supposedly the Sakamaki brothers’ uncle…
Ok. We have now firmly established this fact.
Right. Okay. Now that we have firmly established the HORRIFYING TRUE NATURE of their relationship, let’s move on.
I’m a little bit confused on the timeline here now. So, in the flashbacks, we have several scenes where we see little kid Ayato and the rest of the siblings. In the same scenes, we observe Richter romancing Cordelia. If this is correct, then that must have happened quite a while back, and all these events that everyone is so pissed about is HUNDREDS OF YEARS IN THE PAST. I’m not fully positive how the timeframe for all these events in the past could work out though, given the fact that all the vampires are immortal and Cordelia was killed when they were adults. There could be some time gaps there.
Regardless of narrative consistency though, we know fully know that their relationship is 9000% TRAGIC.
Anyways, continuing on. Cordelia tries to soothe his broken vampire heart.
After some more back-and-forth remarks, Ayato barges in.
Ayato demands an explanation. Cordelia, who is way too troubled by his presence, asks Richter to explain it to him while she walks off. The show then cuts back to the flashback of Cordelia’s death, except now from Richter’s point of view.
Ok. So the plan was to remove her heart and implant it in another body. Given the current state of things, that body is Yui. All the siblings love her blood because they all have intense mommy issues. Now, I have absolutely NO idea how any of this occurred at any point either during or before the story. But okay.
I like the dramatic use of roses during the stabbing scene. Adds a nice touch. Not sure if the anime was intentionally using the rose to symbolize anything other than just dramatic effect, but if you looked at that scene under a Freudian lens (always the best lens), then you got some thrusting, stabbed, deflowering, bloody bedsheets…
CLEARLY, THIS WAS CORDELIA’S FIRST.
After the flashback, we skip forward a bit. Cordelia is standing out on the dock (there was a lake here?!), and Ayato has come to confront her.
To ring in her rebirth, Cordelia takes this opportunity to taunt Ayato.
Ayato, of course, rises to the bait.
Cordelia remains unfazed.
Not that it really helps her, since it turns out she forgot one important thing…
So, aside from the fact that Cordelia has complete motor control over Yui’s body and therefore this shouldn’t be a problem, Cordelia starts drowning. Somehow, Yui then takes over, and manages to find the dock (so she CAN swim?!) and pulls herself up, gasping for air.
After she recovers, Yui asks Ayato the most logical question:
This is his response.
I’m not sure if he answered Yui’s question, but I’m so hot and bothered now I couldn’t care less. And in need of a new pair of pants.
Luckily, Laito and Kanato arrive on the scene to clear things up.
Thank goodness they arrived to help explain things to her.
Ayato, however, is slightly less than pleased at the prospect of having to share Yui with his brothers.
Yui — quite understandably — flees the scene.
After sprinting back to her room, she grabs up the knife Subaru gave her to protect herself (she’s absolutely terrified, as I’m sure you can imagine) from the Sakamaki brothers who are now absolutely rabid for her blood. AND WHO’S THERE TO GREET HER?! SUBARU HIMSELF! Although any hope of having him on her “side” quickly evaporates…
Subaru, like Ayato, then gives her a proper greeting.
SUBARU, FORGET YUI — SUCK ME DRY INSTEAD!
After this passionate display of love and affection, Subaru notices the knife in Yui’s hand. In a mocking tone, he asks Yui if she is now afraid of them.
Once again, the response in this episode is an absolute non-sequitur.
I think we’ve now set the record for answers to questions (or just sequences of actions) that make absolutely no sense in a single episode.
After her impassioned response (very reminiscent of her response to Laito a while back), Subaru takes his leave. However, Yui is not left alone for long — Richter then pops in for a friendly little chat.
Leave it to Richter to tell it like a boss.
After this revelation, Yui’s heart is reeling. She doesn’t want to be the source of strife in the household! Whatever will she do?! Luckily, the show has this covered.
CUE BLOOD MOON.
CUE CORDELIA RE-APPEARANCE.
CUE DRAMATIC NARRATION.
ALL HAIL CORDELIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, from the beginning of my run blogging Diabolik Lovers until now the style of my posts have been changing. In the beginning, lots of it was filled with marked revulsion of many of the things Yui was put through. Many of the “blood-drinking” scenes make me legitimately uncomfortable. As a consequence, I wrote them up as ridiculously as possible, in an attempt to lampoon and distance myself from the show — enjoying it sort of as this horrifically so-terrible-it’s-enjoyable type of show.
While this is fine and all (my roommate is actually a bad movie connoisseur, and does similar things all the time), as time has gone on, my feelings have shifted somewhat. I no longer am filled with the same sense of revulsion during the scenes where Cordelia is essentially raped (although they still are not my thing), and consequently I’ve started seeing it less and less in that type of light. As a result, my commentary has shifted more to cynical observations in an attempt to keep some of the humor in these posts alive (because the show is still is pretty crazy), while becoming a little bit more “matter-of-fact” in each episode’s synopsis. I also have found myself taking different parts of the premise (like facts about the timeline, character relationships, world consistency) quite a bit more seriously. Probably by the end of the series, I’ll be sufficiently used to the tropes used in these types of shows that I could probably go on to watch something similar without too much hassle. It’s also led to some interest in getting back into BL, and I’m currently considering trying to watch and blog Junjou Romantica in the coming month or so.
To me, all these are positive things, rather than a sort of “disenfranchisement” (e.g., no longer taking pleasure in watching Samurai Flamenco because the plots twists and such become stale and boring). When I started this project, the intent was to become sufficiently “exposed” to the…should we call it “rape fantasy and/or abuse”? SM?…genre so that I could judge it on it’s own terms rather than on my (very biased) ones. In other words, to be a good cultural relativist (although not an ethical one). Considering the progress I’ve made on this so far, I’d say watching and blogging about Diabolik Lovers has been a big success. I also think that I’ve reached a point where I can say that Diabolik Lovers is not really that good no matter how you really look at it — from a literary perspective to an “otaku” one. But I’ll probably get to that when I finally finish up the show.