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.
Salvato is invited by his cheerful childhood sweetheart, Sayori, to join their high school's literature club as a remedy for his insular nature. Salvato 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. Salvato soon starts to love writing and sharing poems with his new club-mates and deepens his 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 him and reveals to Salvato hat she suffers from depression. Realizing that something has happened to her, Salvato rushes to Sayori's home, where he discovers that she has hanged herself. The next day, Monika takes Sayori's place and brings Salvato 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 Salvato 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 Salvato a message under the guise of a poem that begs him to seek help for Yuri, only to be immediately manipulated into telling Salvato to disregard the message and devote his attention solely to Monika. Later, Yuri ejects Monika and Natsuki from the room and privately confesses her love for Salvato. After that, Yuri commits suicide by repeatedly stabbing herself. Due to the shock of the scene, Salvato 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 Salvato for locking him inside the school, unknowingly. Salvato goes to leave, only to get knocked out by Monika. Waking up, Salvato 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 Salvato (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. Salvato decides to end this loop and deletes Monika's character file. Monika initially lashes out at Salvato, but ultimately forgives them and remorsefully repents by restoring the game and the characters excluding herself.
Salvato - A blunt and mean kid who can be easily scared.
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.
- 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)