Devilman: The Birth Review
If all you had to do to save mankind was to let a demon into your body, would you? In November 1987 Akira was scared, but if it meant saving the world... he was willing to do it.
Directing this 50-minute anime/action/horror is Umanosuke Iida.
Some of the voice cast is: Show Hayami as Akira Fudou/Devilman, Yuu Mizushima as Ryou Asuka and Jun Takanomaki as Miki Makimura.
Akira's life was like everyone else's. He lived in Tokyo, went to school and hung out with his friends. All that changed the day an old friend, Ryou, showed up out of nowhere and told Akira he had to leave with him right now! Ryou tells Akira that there is a war coming. A war between humanity and... demons. Thing is, Ryou knows of a way for humanity to fight the war with the same level of power as the demons. All Akira has to do is let a demon inside of him and control it. If successful, Akira will gain the demon's power and he just might be able to save humanity.
Alright animaniacs, time for some schooling. Devilman originally started out as a Manga back in 1972, which was written by Go Nagai. Over time, Devilman has produced a 39 episode anime series (Devilman 1972), 2 more mangas, 3 novels and 3 OVA's. There have even been a couple of crossover events like Mazinger Z Vs. Devilman (1973) and Cyborg 009 VS Devilman (2015) along with a live-action movie called Devilman (2004). So if you're looking to kill some time with Devilman, there's plenty of stuff to keep you busy.
The story was written by Umanosuke Iida and based off of the manga by Go Nagai. This anime marks the directorial debut of Umanosuke Iida who then followed it up with the sequel Devilman: The Demon Bird (1990). This one is definitely a streamlined origin story. You get introduced to Akira (the main character) and a few other people. Then some backstory on the demon race and before you know it... demons are coming out of the woodwork and Devilman is going to town on them. The weird, but cool thing about this one is the story doesn't really have a "main" bad guy. This one is seriously all about Devilman coming into our world and showing how much of a badass he is. The only problem I had with this one is the ending felt abrupt. There's a huge fight scene in the end and the main character is standing there looking at all of his carnage and... boom credits. It doesn't hurt anything as far as the anime or the story. It was just weird was all. Other than that I really enjoyed everything else.
As far as the playthrough goes, things start out a bit slow for a second as people are being introduced. The main character is being built up and backstory is being given, but then things kick off and it doesn't slow down after that. Between the interesting backstory and all of the fight scenes, it held my attention with no problem. Oh, and the intro to the anime was really cool to watch. It's a quick intro to the demon world and it's filled with some killer visuals.
Yeah, it's an 87' piece, but the animation looks good. I'm not sure if it was my copy but some of the scenes got a bit blurry from time to time. Other that that, everything flowed well and the characters looked good. Something that caught my attention was the amount of different looking demons. There is a ton of imagination used in creating a bunch of different looking ones instead of going with one generic template to fill in the background while a cool looking one is up front.
For those that don't like twisted or gory anime... this one is not for you! For those of you still interested: Expect to see boobs morphing into mouths with teeth and heads being crushed or exploding. Of course, when you have this level of carnage you have to expect to see blood, then a bit more blood and then a ton of blood. The end of the anime was the best!
Side note: For Devilman fans, there's a new series coming out on Netflix called Devilman Crybaby and it's scheduled to hit Spring 2018. If you're curious, there's a teaser trailer floating around you can go check out.
Overall, I had never seen Devilman before and now I'm glad I did. If you haven't, you should change that.
It's rated R for violence, language, and nudity.