Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Horror, Demons, Supernatural, Possession
First Aired: Winter 2018, 10 episodes
Summary: Akira Fudo is informed by his best friend Ryou Asuka that the demons will revive and reclaim the world from the humans. As the humans do not stand a chance against the supernatural power of the demons, Ryou suggests fusing with a demon. Akira becomes Devilman, with the power of a demon and the heart of a human.
Devilman is some of the most intense storytelling I have witnessed in a while. Watching the first episode gives you the perfect example of what the series has in store. The graphic imagery is a lot to handle, but it makes sense for the show. I love the shifts in animation for some of the scenes that add to the dark events transpiring. The characters are another positive, from Fudo’s development to the rapping minor characters that add to the story. If I had to choose a negative from the series, it would have to be the English voice acting, which didn’t do it for me. Fudo’s voice reminded me of the standard English male protagonist dub and didn’t fit the character. I’m always open to listening in both English and Japanese, but Devilman was better in Japanese.
You might enjoy this if: You can handle extreme visuals and tonal change. The series is intense in more ways than I can explain but director Yuasa uses the intensity in an appropriate manner to tell his story.
You might not like it if: You don’t want to watch a significant amount of blood and sexuality through a drug-inspired lens. There are several graphic scenes that involve all manner of imagery not appropriate for children.
Note to the Viewer: Devilman is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, well known for his unique art style that peppers surrealist art with a standard animation style. If you appreciate his style, you should watch some of his other work. In addition to anime series runs, he has directed individual episodes of series that had a surreal tone, including the Adventure Time episode “Food Chain” and Space Dandy’s “Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Baby”.
AMV – Unstoppable by Abunai AMV
(Warning, the AMV contains some spoilers and a lot of violence)