First Diabolik Lovers Vampire Anime Trailer Released

The official website for the anime adaptation of Rejet’s Diabolik Lovers PSP game and drama CD has released the TV show’s first trailer. The video features the opening theme song from the original game, “Mayonaka no Kyoen (Midnight Pleasure)”. The anime will begin this autumn.

The story revolves around six sadistic vampire brothers and Yui Komori, an optimistic girl who is troubled by her ability to see ghosts. Due to her father’s work, Yui transfers to a night school, and is sent to stay with the Sakamaki brothers.

The series is being directed by Shinobu Tagashira (animation director on Hunter X Hunter and D.C. ~Da Capo~) at ZEXCS studio (D.C. ~Da Capo~, Flowers of Evil). Yuuko Yahiro (B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time) is the character designer, Seiko Nagatsu (Mokke) is the scriptwriter for the series and Yuki Hayashi (Robotics;Notes) is the composer.

The voice of Yui Komori has yet to be announced, but the six Sakamaki brothers have already been revealed.

  • Hikaru Midorikawa (Clannad) as Ayato Sakamaki
  • Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan) as Kanato Sakamaki
  • Daisuke Hirakawa (The Familiar of Zero F) as Raito Sakamaki
  • Kousuke Toriumi (Naruto) as Shu Sakamaki
  • Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann) as Reiji Sakamaki
  • Takashi Kondo (Blade of the Immortal) as Subaru Sakamaki

Vampire Franchise Diabolik Lovers Gets Anime

It was announced at the Rejet Fes 2013 Viva La Revolution event that an anime adaptation of the drama CD and PSP game franchise, Diabolik Lovers, has been green-lit.

The story revolves around the six sadistic Sakamaki brothers, who happen to be vampires, and Yui Komori, a girl who can see ghosts. When Yui’s father is called away for work, she transfers to a night school and is sent to stay with the Sakamaki brothers. Each one of the brothers wants to suck her blood, and they become obsessed with Yui.

Left to right: Subaru, Shu, Kanato, Ayato, Raito and Reiji

Subaru will be voiced by Takashi Kondo (Blade of the Immortal), Shu will be voiced by Kousuke Toriumi (Black Butler), Kanato – Yuuki Kaji (Blue Exorcist), Ayato – Hikaru Midorikawa (Clannad), Raito – Daisuke Hirakawa (The Familiar of Zero F) and Reiji – Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann).

Noboru Yamaguchi Will Not Be Resuming The Familiar of Zero Light Novels Next Year

Light novel author Noboru Yamaguchi will not be able to continue writing The Familiar of Zero (Zero no Tsukaima) series early next year as he had promised, due to his re-admittance to hospital for another surgery. He wrote a message on Twitter promising he would continue writing when he returned to full health no matter what, and apologised to fans for the wait. He also thanked everyone for their words of encouragement.

Yamaguchi had previously struggled with cancer that had, at first, seemed inoperable; in an unrelated gallstone surgery, the tumour was found to have shrunk, and he reported in August that the surgery to remove it had occurred without incident. 

The Familiar of Zero series began back in 2004, and Yamaguchi had planned to end the final arc of the light novels this year before his cancer diagnosis and subsequent operation. The light novels inspired multiple anime adaptations, the fourth and final of which, The Familiar of Zero F, was released in January this year.