DRAMAtical Murder

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 5.7  (434)

DRAMAtical Murder is a Japanese anime television series produced by animation studio NAZ and directed by Kazuya Miura. The series originally aired on Tokyo MX and other stations in Japan from July to September 2014, and was later licensed for streaming in North America by Sentai Filmworks.

The anime is based on a visual novel of the same title created by Nitro+chiral and released in 2012. The story is set in the near future on the remote island of Midorijima, where a virtual reality combat game called "Rhyme" has become wildly popular. The game is played using a device called "AllMate", which is a personal digital assistant in the form of a cute animal.

The protagonist of the story is Aoba Seragaki, a young man who works part-time in a junk shop and has an AllMate named Ren, who takes the form of a blue rabbit. Aoba is content with his quiet life, but his peaceful existence is shattered when he is dragged into the harsh world of Rhyme battles and the criminal underworld that surrounds it.

One day, Aoba is attacked by a mysterious figure known as "Morphine", who tries to force him into participating in a dangerous Rhyme match. Aoba is saved by a group of underground Rhyme fighters known as "Benishigure", who take him under their wing and introduce him to the world of Rhyme battles.

As Aoba becomes more involved in the Rhyme scene, he discovers that there are hidden forces at work on Midorijima that seek to control the island and its inhabitants. He must unravel a web of secrets and conspiracies while also trying to protect his friends and the people he cares about.

The characters in DRAMAtical Murder are complex and multi-faceted, with their own motivations and secrets. Aoba is a gentle soul who is thrust into a violent world against his will, and struggles to reconcile his peaceful nature with the harsh realities of Rhyme battles and criminal activity. His AllMate Ren is a source of comfort and support, but also harbors a dark secret that threatens to tear Aoba's world apart.

The members of Benishigure are a ragtag bunch of fighters with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Koujaku is a charismatic and flamboyant Rhyme fighter with a troubled past, while Noiz is a cold and aloof hacker who is feared by many in the Rhyme community. Mink is a mysterious figure who leads a criminal organization called "Scraps", and has a complicated relationship with Aoba that slowly unfolds over the course of the series.

The animation style in DRAMAtical Murder is sleek and modern, with a vibrant color palette and fluid action sequences. The virtual reality world of Rhyme battles is particularly impressive, with vividly imagined landscapes and imaginative creatures that capture the excitement and energy of the game.

In addition to its action-packed storyline, DRAMAtical Murder also explores deeper themes of identity, memory, and the nature of consciousness. The concept of AllMates as personal digital assistants blurs the line between technology and humanity, and raises questions about the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Overall, DRAMAtical Murder is a thrilling and thought-provoking anime series that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. With its engaging characters, intricate storyline, and stunning animation, it is a must-watch for fans of virtual reality gaming, cyberpunk, and crime drama.

DRAMAtical Murder is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on July 6, 2014.

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12. Data12Dawn
September 21, 2014
Aoba performs Scrap on himself to speak with Ren, realizing what he's done for him all this time. The two then take on Toue in a Rhyme battle to free Midorijima from his grip!
11. Data11Fixer
September 14, 2014
The sender of the Silent Oath demos is revealed. After, Aoba encounters Virus and Trip, who explain the mind boggling truth of his existence and power.
10. Data10Faith
September 7, 2014
Aoba accompanies Mink to Oval Tower alone. Though disliking Mink's methods, he plays along to ensure success, finding out through Scrap where Mink's ruthlessness comes from.
9. Data09Echt
August 31, 2014
As Koujaku and Noiz rest, Clear finally reveals his face to Aoba and the two go to scout the Oval Tower. Then, they are attacked by masked figures that seem to know Clear.
8. Data08Reply
August 24, 2014
After a misunderstanding and a food spree, Noiz and Aoba are ambushed by Morphine. As Noiz turns to attack him, Aoba has to employ Scrap to save Noiz from himself.
7. Data07Distance
August 17, 2014
Aoba and Koujaku enter Platinum Jail, only for Koujaku to follow a man into a club. As the man, Ryuho, brings up Koujaku's past, Aoba must use Scrap to save his best friend.
6. Data06Revelation
August 10, 2014
Tae finally explains that she was a neuroplasticity researcher in Toue's labs two decades ago, informing the group about her duties, why she left, and Toue's ominous goals.
5. Data05Error
August 3, 2014
Aoba wakes up in Scratch's hideout, and Mink offers to help find Tae if Aoba will obey him. The group tracks Tae to a warehouse, where they fight a familiar face.
4. Data04Disappearance
July 27, 2014
As Clear asks Aoba about mortality, Tae's tie to a larger plot is exposed. When Mizuki and Dry Juice vanish, there's no time to react before Aoba realizes Tae is gone too!
3. Data03Presage
July 20, 2014
After work, Aoba enters his room to find a stranger going through his computer. Later, that same guy, Noiz, visits the junk shop, but Aoba gets a call that Tae is in trouble!
2. Data02Crack
July 13, 2014
In the wake of the Rhyme battle, Aoba is left with a headache and missing memory. Koujaku comes to visit, and a strange man named Clear drops in front of the junk shop.
1. Data_01_Login
July 6, 2014
For a young man who dislikes hassles, Aoba has to handle quite a few; the most pressing of which is that things are changing in his town - and he's in the middle of it.
Where to Watch DRAMAtical Murder
DRAMAtical Murder is available for streaming on the Sentai Filmworks website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch DRAMAtical Murder on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 6, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (434)