YMMV / DRAMAtical Murder

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Mink deserved to be pushed off a cliff or is he a Jerkass Woobie who knows what he is doing is bad? Be careful when discussing this though.
    • One interpretation, of growing popularity, states that Mink's actions can be somewhat excused, based on the fact that he wasn't aware he was doing these things to an actual human being. You can argue that Mink believes Aoba was a demon pretending to be human, which makes sense given Mink's main source of information was prisoners who were more familiar with Aoba's alternate persona, who was cruel, sadistic, and abuses his powers for his own amusement. Mink's resulting actions are him attempting to control the Necessary Evil he believes he'll need to fight Toue, and when Desire really does surface he comes to believe Aoba is possessed rather then an actual demon, which is why he shifts to trying to be kinder to him. This is backed up in Mink's bad ending in RE:Connect, where he outright states he believes Aoba is possessed, and in his insane grief, that cutting off Aoba's head will save him.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Mink. Either he's the worst Bastard Boyfriend ever, an unredeemable piece of shit and the worst love interest for Aoba out of all his prospect boyfriends, or he's a Jerkass Woobie who's deeply damaged due to his Dark and Troubled Past and his being more sympathetic in RE:Connect is enough to forgive his deeds, or at least understand where he came from.
    • Virus and Trip. Some adore them, others are downright disgusted by them.
  • Broken Base:
    • When the first game was first announced, a part of the N+C fandom berated the visual designs, which is Lighter and Softer than Chiral's previous works. This has since died down when the actual game was released and the whole fandom found out that the game is still a dark-themed title.
    • Just shortly after the trailers of the anime were release, many fans were excited to see the whole thing animated, there are some who were afraid that it was going to turn out bad just like what happened with Togainu no Chi's anime adaptation. This has died down, as the anime is actually decent but of course, it was widely agreed that the visual novel is far more superior.
    • The fan-made English translation patch. While all the fans who aren't proficient in Japanese are pleased to be able to finally understand the game, many remain angry on how the translation was completely mangled (dialogue and context-wise) in Mink's route, and this applies for both games. To add, this was done deliberately to alter his characterization, his development, and how Aoba perceives him throughout the story, which would then affect how the players see Mink and his relationship with Aoba as a whole. Even some of the fans who are not fond of Mink are not pleased since they wanted to form a proper opinion on Mink based on an unbiased translation.
  • Cross Over Ship: Aoba is sometimes paired with Super Sonico, probably due to both being characters of Cash Cow Franchises made by Nitro+ and has anime adaptations being aired at the same year. Some part of the fandom likes to make crossovers of them due to their 'large assets' (see Memetic Mutation).
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Virus and Trip. They kidnap Aoba, rape and mentally torture him on a daily basis, just for fun and to show much they love him. And yet they're still one of the most popular characters.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Mizuki, despite appearing in very few scenes and not having his own route (up until RE:Code), he's one of the more popular characters. Virus and Trip, and Sei qualify as well.
    • Takahashi, the Megane assistant of Toue is also loved by fans despite being an anime-only character.
    • Kou, the Bishounen Beni-Shigure member has a lot of recognition from the fandom, despite his only known trait is that he loves dogs.
    • Theo, Noiz's younger brother who appears in Drama CD Vol. 4, exploded in popularity almost immediately after his official design was revealed.
  • Epileptic Trees: There is a popular fan theory that stated Aoba is a Composite Character of the previous Nitro+Chiral protagonists. This can be seen from Aoba's traits, such as having Konoe's voice-related abilities, being sickly like Youji, and being a result of an experiment like Akira. Additionally some fans even called out DMMD as a Composite Series to the other Nitro+Chiral games.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Try to mention anything about Mink, or whether Aoba developed Stockholm Syndrome in his route or not. Just try.
    • While it became quite popular, some of more seasoned fans of the visual novel will get angry if the joke "You fuck the dog." is mentioned.
    • Any post (mostly fanart) where Mink is deliberately excluded while the rest of the main cast are shown will incite enraged reactions.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: While Aoba gets shipped with nearly everyone. It doesn't stop the fandom from shipping the other characters with each other. Popular non-Aoba ships happen to be Koujaku/Noiz, Noiz/Clear, Mink/Clear, Koujaku/Mizuki, Virus/Trip, Beni/Tori, and more.
  • Foe Yay: Noiz and Koujaku's Hot-Blooded fighting can be seen like this.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Everyone.
  • Love to Hate: Virus and Trip.
    • Also Mink to an extent.
  • Memetic Loser: Koujaku, from having a bloody nose during his sex scene with Aoba to overall being a really Adorkable boyfriend around him has lead him becoming one.
  • Memetic Mutation: There's a page for it now.
  • Moe:
    • Toddler Aoba.
    • Koujaku's Adorkable personality can fall into this.
  • Narm:
    • Many fans have pointed out when Toue says how he'd like to find a way to dramatically murder someone, it was in no way elaborated on. The thought-to-be Title Drop was so incongruous, fans have made fun of it.
    • All the Off Model shots in the anime, especially in the third episode.
    • Everything about the English dub. Most of the lines are completely changed from the original dialogue. As a result, they end up sounding completely off and hilarious in scenes that are meant to be serious, the stilted voice acting also contributing to this. The dialogue also sounds painfully awkward even in the comedic scenes.
  • Polished Port: The Playstation Vita port. The contents that replaced the sexual content and violence are really good. Aside from Mizuki finally getting his own route (in which is good and solid), some RE:Connect content got its way in this port, additionally, the Ho Yay contents got more and more Heartwarming.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: RE:Connect and the drama CD has done this to Mink, as many had changed their opinion from hating him to loving him, or at the very least, understand and appreciate his character a bit more. That being said, he remains to be a controversial character, and there is still a sizable portion of the fandom that continue to outwardly show their hate towards him. However, it is a lot smaller compared to when the first game was released.
  • The Scrappy: Mink. If raping Aoba and continually abusing him wasn't bad enough, he is the least romantic. In a BL game (even if it is a N+C BL game).
    • It's a double standard even in the context of the game. Specifically, Mink is reviled for his rape and abuse of Aoba, but Virus and Trip not only get a pass, but are wildly popular and are many people's favorite characters. This might be because Virus and Trip are unapologetically evil and abusive (and catering to non-con related kinks without any excuses), while Mink is a Troubled Abuser and lots of players have (for very understandable reasons) problems with a trope that involves having sympathy for a character who treats his/her love interest badly, even if their Dark and Troubled Past is a good one.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Mizuki/Sei is a pretty popular ship despite them never appearing in a scene together.
  • Squick: Virus and Trip's respective sex scenes, in both games.
  • What The Hell Costuming Department: A lot of the jokes within the fandom involve poking fun of the clothes that the characters are wearing, with Virus and Trip's outfits in a flashback of RE:Connect being the biggest targets. Considering how they're wearing a vest-like sweater with spiderweb-like holes at the chest area over a dress shirt and a hoodie, it's no wonder why.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: After clips of the English dub of the anime was leaked, the fandom's reaction after listening to the clips was this. While the voices of majority of the cast are tolerable at best, almost all were appalled at Aoba's voice. It does not help that he is the protagonist, and that he has most of the lines in the anime.
  • The Woobie: All of the main characters at one point. Even Mink.
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