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The supernatural has been alluring to humanity for as long as we could dream. Some of the more lasting folklore transcends culture, with one of the most infamous examples being the vampire. Ever since Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula popularized the romanticized form, vampires have become cool, dangerous, and sexy. Today’s topic, Guro Dere, adds in the much-needed aspects of a vampire being adorably cute, along with unbelievably masochistic.

A quick disclaimer before we begin, however: Guro Dere is an untranslated visual novel, and as such, I’ve used a machine translator to build my interpretation of the plot. I’m pretty confident I have the basics understood, especially since it’s not a complicated story, but I’d advise you to take my comments on the plot with a grain of salt anyway.


Guro Dere is a late 2012 nukige guro visual novel from developer/publisher CYCLET. The game unfortunately has no official or fan translation, and in light of such an event, I’ve ran through with a machine translator to ascertain the context of the story behind the awesome guro sex here. Guro Dere tells a tale of bloody love between vampire and man. Our hero, Kazuto, was merely a child when he met the fugacious Ilmi Blomberg, a strange European woman wandering the forests alone. Tending to the frightened young Kazuto, Ilmi plays with him and eases his tensions, letting him play the hero and fight her. The two part ways when Kazuto is helped back to the path he wandered from, eventually reuniting with his parents. Fast forward 10 years and Kazuto is living alone in his home country of Japan as a young adult, or perhaps late teens. Upon walking down the street one day, he runs into that woman from 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the reunion occurs just as she’s about to be hit by a truck.

Kazuto shoves her to safety after which, Ilmi wakes Kazuto and confesses that she was, in fact, searching for him for the past 10 years. Ever since their chance encounter in the forest, she’d fallen madly in love with him and eventually made her way to Japan in search of romance. After suspiciously being fine in the wake of being hit by a truck in Ilmi’s place, Kazuto takes Ilmi home and the passion breaks loose; however, Kazuto feels a strange sensation after cumming and passes out. As it turns out, Kazuto goes on a bit of a violent sexual rampage after he ejaculates.

I’ll stop there before spoiling too much about the context you need to enjoy the sex scenes, but with that information, you can interpret most dialogue through tone and situation. The game generally does a lot to visually clue you into what’s going on, which is nice. There’s a couple of little tidbits such as the bat tattoos on Ilmi’s arm, representing how many times she can die and revive herself, but I don’t think missing out on elements like that detracts from the scenarios in any way.


There’ew only 3 major characters in Guro Dere: the aforementioned Kazuto and Ilmi, along with Alexandra, Ilmi’s witch friend. Alexandra, whom Ilmi refers to as Dora, is a little blue haired girl dressed up in an easily recognizable witch attire. Ilmi initially describes her as a dragon before simply calling out her name as loud as she can to summon her. Dora has been called in by Ilmi to help alleviate Kazuto’s newfound violent disposition, much to Ilmi’s disappointment. It’s very cute how she pulls her broad-brimmed pointed hand down over her face when she’s embarrassed and her general disposition towards aggression and accusation keeps her up with Ilmi in terms of excitement.

The game only has one decision that divides the game sex wise between Ilmi and Dora: either side with Ilmi and enjoy lots of extreme sex, or follow Dora’s commands and let her try to cure Kazuto of his newfound bloodlust. Dora’s route is a bit tamer and more fantasy-themed, with her simply getting raped after you magically receive two dicks for example, or her giving you some footjob as she’s charged herself with magic. She has amusing moments of mind break when the rigorous thrusting of Kazuto eventually forces her to give into pleasure, though she  does come back to her senses. Both routes are fun in their own way, but if you’re here for the gore, then Ilmi is the way to go.


Right off the bat, you can tell Guro Dere is a modern visual novel with better production values; Ilmi looks beautiful and is animated in her dialogue cutouts, with blinking eyes and other such animations. She has a variety of expressions, all of which are sweet with the glistening in her eyes. Dora is appropriately cute, with the same expressions as Ilmi, along with a shy pose of her grabbing her witch hat and pulling it down to cover her face, which is absolutely adorable. Both characters bob during dialogue when they’re excited, making them feel much more alive, which really packs a punch for Ilmi given how often she’s dying. The emphasis on energy and life in the animation helps keep each violent death fresh. One of the nicest little details in animation is the inclusion of heavy breath during the sex. A small cloud escaping from the girl’s mouth authentically highlights the anticipation of sex far better better than you’d expect. It’s not all great though, as some of the sex CGs can look a bit wonky, but they’re often not bad enough to detract from the fucking.


The visuals look great and the sound design backs that up. There’s some catchy music in this game, ranging from bubbly beats reminiscent of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, to more action-oriented songs that sport some intense guitar work. It’s all coated in a lighthearted timbre that suits the game. The actual sound effects are also worthy of praise, with the distinct sound of traffic, thumps when hitting or using furniture, and magical hums when Dora is casting a spell. Guro Dere‘s presentation is a sum of its parts, where all these little details build up to make engaging and appealing settings. Voice work is also quite nice; the girls’ moans and gasps are arousing, with Ilmi specifically bringing a smile to my face, especially when she’s so nonchalant about dying. The biggest drawback in the art department is the blood. It looks fine in a lot of areas, but it’s mixed in with this blood-splattered overlay that looks pretty cheap and lazy. It’s most noticeable when Ilmi is decapitated once again, which naturally causes blood to flow everywhere, but the splatters look super flat, not shaping to the contours of the object it’s resting on.


Guro Dere is a pretty short visual novel, so it lays on the blood and viscera hard and fast. Within the first thirty minutes of playing, you’re treated to erotic, grotesque messes and gargled bloody chokes. Ilmi is suffocating on her own blood, torn in half, her chest caved in, and all other sorts of nonsense. It’s wonderfully disgusting, and the voice actress does a great job emphasizing this with her coughs and gurgles; when Ilmi is vomiting blood, I’m fully convinced by the vocal performance.

Dora has some good scenes as well, such as her trying to calm the beast within Kazuto, only to be overpowered and raped. There’s some amusing dialogue in that scenario, wherein Dora is complaining about how much it hurts, but Ilmi simply helps her along because pain is pleasure to her. There’s also the slight inclusion of mind break, as Dora learns to love the dick, but uses magic afterward to restore her virginity in order to keep herself pure. Her route has a lot more anal focus, with plenty of blood as she’s too tight.


Guro Dere delivers on the guro and the deredere with a great premise and characters. It’s a lovely game on the eyes, with nice effects and sickening gore. Ilmi and Dora are both lovable characters with amusing interaction; their sex and violence is all played in a pretty light-hearted manner, and, in my opinion, Ilmi steals the show with her lovestruck, masochist personality. It’s not as graphic as I would’ve liked, but with the lighter and more comedic depiction of raping, maiming, and killing, it’s tonally appropriate. It’s a shame there’s no English translation, but with some interpreting help from a machine, you can pretty easily get the gist of the plot. After all, this adventure is all for the fucking.

You can pick up Guro Dere along with other CYCLET games from their own website or on DLsite.

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