i like to use dmmd as my main example for a thing i call ‘character anime’, basically when creators have a ton of gr8 ocs they like and look cool and want to put them all into one story, creating the plot around that afterwards. what you get is a weird thing where the designs dont really go together or look like they should belong in the same show. they try to ground it in some solid reality and it just feels more disjointed. obviously this is what could only turn out of dmmd given it was some doujin game or whatever made into a show, so every character has to appeal to a slightly different taste while still being bishie samefaced.
now obviously there is a place for that kind of thing and it can be done right by being self aware and embracing itself (think overwatch), but i watched some dmmd to try undertanding it and just….its not a good show… the only good thing to come out of it was that goddamn cake