DRAMAtical Murder Episode 1 Recap – “Data_01_Login”
Aoba works in a Junk Shop literally named Mediocrity (subtle!). But there seems to be something more about him; something hidden. Then he gets involved against his will in the popular online cyber game “Rhyme.” Based on a Boy’s Love visual novel and game.
What happens this episode:
Aoba and his talking dog Ren (at first I thought his computer was talking to him XD) are sent to deliver a package. Along the way we learn that no one can leave this island without express permission from the government. We also run into Aoba’s friend Senjaku, a hair stylist who saved Aoba from bullies when he was a kid. Aoba was being bullied for having long girl-like hair.
On the way home some thugs corner him. Aoba is in a difficult position because he doesn’t belong to any particular group, and is therefore classified as a “No Mark.” The thugs begin to harass him, but Mizuki, a leader of the Dry Juice (pff) gang, and old friend of Aoba, smacks them around. Mizuki warns Aoba about people who play Rhyme and then disappearing completely. Only one person has ever returned, and he didn’t know who he was or what happened to him.
Aoba notices the light show of a Rhyme match between two combatants. There he meets up with Virus and Trip, two almost identical looking guys who tell him he should start fighting in Rhyme. Aoba declines and a police squadron breaks up the Rhyme match before it can go any further. The police appear to be led by a detective called Akushima.
Making a delivery the next day, Aoba and Ren and caught in a Rhyme trap, and they have to fight an online battle. Ren has his own “online mode” which is him in human form. Aoba wins the fight swiftly but his personality seems to shift sharply halfway through to someone else…
I’m not really sure what happened in the last minute or so of the episode. Did he trigger a different personality while inside Rhyme? Or a different person altogether? Besides that, I can’t say that I didn’t like it. It has an interesting style in animation and in delivery. I’m also intrigued to find out more about the two silent figures we met in this episode – the giant guy with the motorcycle and the figure with the gas mask and umbrella. The characters as a whole may be the usuals, but they at the very least have their own distinct personalities.
The music also sets it apart from the crop. The opening theme is a smooth swanky club lounge track, as is most of the soundtrack. It kind of feels like I picked up some house music from Paris during the 2000’s. It’s not the anime staple to say the least.
While I’m not usually one for game adaptations, this one looks interesting, at least at the offset. It all depends on the road it travels down the next few episodes, but for now I’m in. I’m also not a veteran in terms of Boy’s Love series, so this could be a good intro to the genre.