Doki Doki Literature Club! (ドキドキ文学クラブ！) is a twelve-episode anime television series animated by Madhouse,
based on the game of the same name. The anime was released on September 22, 2019, as a way to promote the game. The series is directed by Rintaro and Takashi Watanabe.
Serena is invited by her cheerful childhood sweetheart, Sayori, to join their high school's literature club as a remedy for her insular nature. Serena reluctantly agrees to her proposal and meets the other members of the club: the assertive Natsuki, the shy Yuri, and the bubbly club president Monika. Serena soon starts to love writing and sharing poems with her new club-mates and deepens her relationships with them. As the club prepares for the school's upcoming cultural festival, Sayori, Yuri, and Natsuki start to act weird. Soon, Sayori confesses her love for her and reveals to Serena hat she suffers from depression. Realizing that something has happened to her, Serena rushes to Sayori's home, where he discovers that she has hanged herself. The next day, Monika takes Sayori's place and brings Serena back to the club. During the day, the normally calm and shy Yuri becomes gradually unstable, possessive, and prone to self-harm. Yuri's decline insanity culminates in the act of giving Serena a "poem" that is indecipherable and covered in blood and other bodily fluids. When Monika seems to be callously dismissing this anomalous behavior, Natsuki secretly passes Serena a message under the guise of a poem that begs her to seek help for Yuri, only to be immediately manipulated into telling Serena to disregard the message and devote her attention solely to Monika. Later, Yuri ejects Monika and Natsuki from the room and privately confesses her love for Serena. After that, Yuri commits suicide by repeatedly stabbing herself. Due to the shock of the scene, Serena passes out and wakes up at the end of the weekend. Natsuki returns upon the weekend's conclusion, but is horrified and nauseated by the sight of Yuri's body and flees the scene. Monika appears and apologizes to Serena for locking her inside the school, unknowingly. Serena goes to leave, only to get knocked out by Monika. Waking up, Serena finds himself placed in a room with Monika seated across from him. Monika reveals that she is a self-aware video game character who has the ability to manipulate and delete other character files, which she used to alter the behavior of her club-mates in an unsuccessful bid to make them unlikable and prevent their confessions of love to him. This also reveals that Serena (in-game) and everything else isn't real. She expresses her loneliness from being relegated to a fruitless supporting role within an empty world where her only company had been "autonomous personalities" designed only to fall in love with the protagonist, and she confesses her own love not to the protagonist character, but directly to the player. Serena decides to end this loop and deletes Monika's character file. Monika initially lashes out at Serena, but ultimately forgives them and remorsefully repents by restoring the game and the characters excluding herself.
Alex- The Main Protagonist, A Lovable Friend, very very very nice
Sayori - A talkative and cheery girl. She can be very clumsy, noted for finding ways to accidentally hurt herself or to drop things.
Yuri - A normally shy, generous, polite, apologetic, very intelligent, mature, eloquent, and passionate person.
Natsuki - A brash, blunt, cranky, and seemingly arrogant girl at first, with a cute, softer interior as a result of insecurity.
Monika - A smart, confident, and athletic girl. She is not as talkative as the other girls, but this is implied to not be through choice.
Season 1 (2016)
- Welcome to the Literature Club! (文学クラブへようこそ！)
- Cupcakes and Poems (カップケーキと詩)
- Left Hanging (ぶら下がり)
- Too Close For Comfort (不安です)
- Natsuki ’s Manga Closet (なつきのマンガクローゼ)
- Yuri's Confession (リリーの告白)
- Trial and Error (裁判とエラー)
- Snap of the Neck (ネックスナップ)
- The Reveal (明らかにする)
- Just Monika (ただモニカ)
- "Do you feel the same way?" ("同じ気持ちですか？")
- POWER OFF (電源を切る)
- One. By. One They Fall Apart. (彼らは一つずつばらばらになるだけ.)
- Monika After Story (trailer)
- Monika After Story: Help Im Stuck with Monika! (モニカで立ち往生私を助けて!)
- Monika After Story: Sharing Feelings (感情を分かち合う)
- Monika After Story: I Love You. (わたしは、あなたを愛しています)
- Monika After Story: Regrets (後悔)
- Monika After Story: Self Aware (自己認識)
- Monika After Story: Self Aware PT.2: Alex's Fake Sadness Breakdown (自己認識PT.2:MCの偽の悲しみの内訳)
Season 2 Trailers (2017 - 2018)
Doki Doki Literature Club: A Brand New Day (Trailer)
Season 1 Designs Are Changed To The Original Design in Season 2