The protagonist Akira Fudo learns from his best friend, Ryo Asuka, that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Ryo tells Akira that the only way to defeat the demons is to incorporate their supernatural powers, and suggests that he unite with a demon himself. Akira succeeds in transforming into Devilman, who possesses both the powers of a demon and the soul of a human. The battle of Devilman and Akira Fudo begins.
First review! Woo! I am fresh, I mean finished 10 minutes ago fresh, from binging all ten episodes in one sitting. So I may come back and update this review because I'm still processing the entire experience. I don't even know where to start with Devilman: Crybaby, but I guess I should start by saying this is not easy to watch. This is not a series for everyone. It's not the faint of heart, I had a bit of a hard time at certain parts myself. From here I'll break it down into sections because that seems to be the thing to do. Animation: I absolutely love the animation. It knows when to be mind bendingly surreal, and when to tone it down to show the reality of the situation. I like the general art style as well. It's like the style of old 80s/90s OVAs, made with today's budgets and tools. That being said, I could easily see how someone could see this and think it looks terrible. The visual style is going to be an immediate turn off for some people. The only reason I don't put the animation at a 10/10 is there's some spots where it's obvious corners were cut and time was saved. To me though it's visually stunning, and there's certain frames an sequences seared into my brain forever. Sound: I don't think I can say anything about the soundtrack that the soundtrack doesn't say for itself. It's amazing, I love everything about it. The voice acting is great, very emotive without being annoying. Special shout-out to whoever did the writing and voice acting for the rappers, I'll be googling you as soon as I'm done writing this review. Characters: I don't actually have a whole lot to say here, just that the characters felt like poeple. Real actual people who could exist independently of their screen time. I simply have nothing bad to say here. It's impressive given they only had 10 episodes to work with. Story: Well now that I've made it seem like I was going to endlessly praise Devilman: Crybaby, this is where it gets muddy and why I saved it for last. It starts off as a very entertaining, if somewhat dark, monster of the week series. Then about half way through it very quickly turns into a whole different beast which I won't get into because soilers. It was very abrubt, very jarring, which I do think worked. It felt like everything changed drastically in an instant because that's what happened. That's not going to work for some though. My mixed feelings regard the series message, or messages as I feel it has multiple messages some of which conflict with each other. It's anti-war, but revels in violence. It's overly sexual but shows sex as dirty and off-putting. One second it's showing you people are nasty, brutal, paranoid, qucik to turn on and devour each other. The next second it's showing you that people are good and understanding. Without spoiling, the ending is going to really work for some and not work at all for others. I'm going to be completely honest, I have no idea what this ending is trying to say. The ending confused me. Not in the sense I don't know what happened, I know exactly what happened. I just don't know what it wants to say with that ending. The story is ?/10 for me, because I honestly don't know how I feel about it. I'm going to give it a 9/10, because it's not often I question my feelings on a series so much and that's something in and of itself. Conclusion: Devilman: Crybaby is stylish, trippy, silly, grotesque, sexual, violent, very dark, almost off-putting, and it accomplishes all this without being "edgy". It left me wanting to question it and own thoughts and reactions to the series. It's a series with something to say, but I think different viewers will hear a different message. It came off as very nihilistic and bleak to me, which conflicts with my personal beliefs but I still enjoyed it immensely. Maybe I love it because it conflicts with my beliefs. This is not going to be for everyone, and will probably be a love it or hate it nowhere in-between kind of thing. It can be very hard to watch. It's the kind of series I want to watch again to really dig into it, but something I'm not sure I'm willing to sit though again. I'm very glad I did so at least once though. Well that was a lot more words than I planned on typing, but I guess I had a lot to say. I hope this review is helpful to someone, I might start writing more reviews or this might be my only one ever. I dunno.
May Contain Spoilers I finished this anime last night and it has left me feeling thoroughly grossed out, angry and depressed. To be fair, I didn't really know what to expect from this Netflix original as I went into it blind but I did not enjoy it. I hated the art style and it was very graphic - to the point where I felt uncomfortable watching it as it was borderline pornographic. All the violence made me feel uncomfortable too - I actually hated all the pointless death and it made me angry when good characters died. The plot at times also left me feeling confused. One moment the world is fighting demons, then each other, then Devilmen who look like demons are fighting other demons - it gets a bit muddied as to who is who. And it's all pointless as everyone dies. Sigh. Thankfully I never have to watch it again.
(spoilers, kinda) (this is my first review, also sorry for any grammer mistakes) I've got to be honest this show isn't that great. Personally I thought it was an interesting idea, but it just falls on it's face. Theres no way you could have told this story in just 10 episodes and made it good. It just kinda feels like someone gave the show an R rating before production even started so some of the scenes with nudity feel just kinda added in. Anyway those are just nickpicks now lets start. Story The story I find was quiet intriguing at first. I'm a sucker for anything that might have Catholic mythology mixed in with the plot. (I do realize that this is a remake and I haven't seen the original so I won't be comparing the two) The first half I found was entertaining as it drew me in, but as more time progressed I found that the story became more and more jumbled. Non of the plot twisted suprised me and as time went on I cared less and less adout the characters. In some episodes almost nothing would happend and then almost all the relevant characters died in the span of two episodes. I had just become so numb by the end of it that I didn't even care when the main character died. Although I thought that some of the ideas were exacuted alright it wasn't enough it keep me interested. Sound The opening of this show is amazing and it always got me in a good mood before the episode. The music is great really sticks out Animation The fights scenes are really wear the animation shines. I found them nice and snappy, but I would soon realize why that was. Almost all of the other normal scenes really cut corners with the animation and its pretty noticeable. Limbs would be unproportional to the body, sometimes it would look choppy, perspective shots were pourly done, and don't even get me started on the running animations. There were times when I would be laughing so hard at the animation that I missed some of the plot. I do give it one thing it was very entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Characters Characters range to being mildly interesting to down right annoying. The ones that annoyed me the most were the rappers and the little brother. All the others are alright, though I never really got attached any of them do to how little sceen time they got. Also I found that they would sometimes acts unnaturally or wouldn't have strange reacations. Overall despite everything I think the shows true fault is its 10 episodes. It left next to no time to really flesh out most of the supporting cast, the story started to get confusing toward the end with it trying to cram everthing in and most of all the fights were very short only really lasting 4 to 6 minuets. I really feel like this could have been better with a few more episodes to work out its problems. I did however really enjoy show even with its faults. I will certainly go and check out the original because of this show.
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