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YMMV / Diabolik Lovers

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  • Adaptation Displacement: The visual novel had become so iconic of the series that few remember it was originally a series of drama CDs.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Sakamaki brothers are closet homosexuals, according to this post
  • Americans Hate Tingle: A smash hit in Japan (and was even given a second season), widely loathed in many Western countries outside of very small fanbases.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Most fans hate the boys but others find them fascinating. The possibly most likeable characters are Azusa, Subaru and Shu. But usually, they are still hated for their utter Jerkass personalities and being assholes to Yui.
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  • Bile Fascination: Some people decided to check out the anime just because of how negative the reviews were.
  • Critic-Proof: The anime got horrible reviews and ratings yet apparently was popular enough for an English dub, a second season and even Latin Spanish and Portuguese dubs. Apparently, this is because trends in America are very favorable towards Bishonens and the fact that the episodes are relatively short in comparison to most 12-Episode Anime (each episode is 15 minutes as opposed to the usual 22-24 minutes). And to be fair, it has been theorized that the Mexican Spanish dub was created for the sole purpose of making a gateway for new voice actors and letting themselves get known (since the anime was a very cheap production due to both its low amount of characters and short duration of the episodes), as well as trying to renew interest in Spanish-dubbed anime (even though there is another anime doing that job).
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The horribleness of the male leads and Yui's Extreme Doormat behavior can cause this for some, to the point that many wish there was a Kill ’Em All ending.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: For those who loved the boys, in both fanart and fanfiction they toned down the boys' sadist traits, turning them into unreasonably sweet lovers and compete to win Yui's heart.
    • Surprisingly the parents, even Cordelia turned into misguided but loving family members to their sons.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: It's not a surprise that those who do look into the franchise in the West champion Subaru, Shu and Azusa as the top candidates for Yui's heart, given that Subaru and Azusa are the Token Good Teammates of their respective families, and that Azusa is the nicest vampire of the male cast by far. Shu's tragic backstory and development in further games gives him a leg up on a lot of the other vampires, to the point where he is the most popular capture target in Japan.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Dance with Devils in a certain way, since both deal with similar situations and the second season of Diabolik Lovers and the Dance with Devils anime aired at the exact same time. It should be pointed out, however, that while the second season of DL was very poorly received just like the first one, DWD at least managed to earn some moderate-to-positive reviews.
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  • Fetish Retardant: A lot of people find this too scary or disturbing to be sexy. Some even feel the game would've worked better as a straight-up horror story.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Just about the only character that is generally well liked and hasn't got a huge number of detractors is Azusa, as he is the only vampire not to insult or disrespect Yui and is by far the nicest vampire in the cast. However, this is only in the West; in his native Japan, Azusa regularly places low on popularity polls.
  • Ham and Cheese: It is generally agreed that the series would be far less enjoyable if it wasn't for the overly dramatic voice acting in the English dub, particularly Chris Patton's Ayato and Maggie Flecknoe's Yui. The Mexican Spanish dub is not a slouch in this as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Ayato is voiced by Ricardo Bautista, who previously voiced the Loser Protagonist Keitaro Urashima, who is abused by all the female cast. In this series, the roles are inverted and Keitaro is the abuser instead. Extra irony the ADR director is the same voice actress who voiced Naru.
    • Also from the Mexican dub, Laito's voice actor (Hugo Nuñez) previously voiced a British detective who fights against a guy named Light-o.
  • Narm:
    • Anytime Laito calls Yui a "little bitch" (bitch-chan). It's supposed to come off as domineering and humiliating with some sort of endearment attached to it, like the word "pet", but it really downplays Laito's Casanova image and comes off as hilarious instead.
    • The sequence from the first episode where Ayato drops Yui into the mansion pool. What was supposed to come off as an act of unnecessary cruelty became gut-bustingly hilarious to a whole other audience due to the fact that he tells her to call him "the best" while she's desperately fighting for air, and the fact that the whole scene is taken completely seriously. A similar sequence where Cordelia possessing Yui is thrown into a lake when she didn't know of Yui's inability to swim is treated along the same manner.
  • Never Live It Down: Although Rejet has an overwhelming number of other otome CDs and franchises that don't pander to masochists or feature solely dickish love interests, and the same goes for the rest of the otome industry, many curious Westerners stumbling onto the series for the first time think that this is the only type of CD they put out.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Occasionally, fans turned Yui into the total opposite of her canon self; she becomes horribly cruel to the boys, dumps the Sakamaki brothers and cheats on them, treats Reiji like a slave, and becomes the antagonist to fans' self inserts or OCs. Most fans pretend that she never existed and prefer to make their self inserts the main heroine.
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  • So Bad, It's Good: Yes, a lot of people found the anime to be really bad, but there is no denial that the English dub happens to be pretty well acted and the gorgeous art style. In fact, the English dub and art style are the only redeemable quality of this show.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The anime adaptation really tries to push Ayato as the main love interest, going as far as kissing Yui twice during the first season (Which, for an otome anime, is quite a lot of times). The problem being that their interactions through the first half of the series are limited at best, and in those he doesn't even bother to hide the fact that he sees her as nothing more than a toy for his enjoyment.
  • Uncanny Valley: The character designs are really gaudy.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Most of the love interests come across as this, even after their Freudian Excuse is revealed. Not even Yui get sympathy from some fans.


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