Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know this show premiered all the way back in January and some of you are wondering why I didn’t check it out then.
Well, first off, I had more shows in the winter season I was into more and to be honest, I wasn’t that eager to check this show and I decided to wait for a better time to do that…..and hey, what’s not a better time than on October? Very close to Halloween and there’s been so much praise on it considering that Masaaki Yuasa is the director of this project under his studio, Science SARU, and recently he has been popping up with recent movies like Lu Over The Wall and Night is Short, Walk on Girl.
And now 9 months later, I see what’s in the devil’s details with this show.
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.
So yeah, I did forget to mention that this is a Netflix Exclusive anime and not one of those delaycasts that shows up from their original TV airing 3-6 months later. It’s an official Netflix anime with everything all the bells and whistles and from what happened in there……you know why this wouldn’t fly on any Japanese TV station. There is a good amount of nudity, gore, blood, sex, masturbation,and violence in here. I mean, there would’ve been so much blurs or white lines that block all that shit.
OK, now that I said that, you might think it’s all about that when it has more going for it than surface value.
So I know that this is an adaptation of the manga created by Go Nagai only thing is it’s been updated for modern times and while I can’t speak for the manga (well, I never do that anyway; I’m an anime-only watcher), this came out very, very wonderfully and even when I didn’t have much expectation coming in, this absolutely shook me from start to finish and I enjoyed the pace of it. I did heard that it slows down in the middle and yet I’m fine with it slowing down to go for more in-depth into these characters and for a show that’s 10 episodes, they have done a good job getting to know and empathize these characters although I’ll say if you get attached to them…….well, you’re fucked.
Oh, and I did look up spoilers before watching it but that was like a few months before watching this and even though I did, the last couple of episodes just got me shook and yes, you know I’m referring to episode 9. Just…..fuck.
I’m keeping this spoiler-free but yeah, people are going to die in very gruesome, fucked-up ways and it is heartbreaking and tragic and once again, it’ll leave you shook and it works. It also helps that I actually like and care about these characters and show concern when shit goes down. Oh, and while some deaths may be heartbreaking, it doesn’t treat it like a throwaway death or make it cheap, gratuitous schlock when it happens.
Speaking of characters, Akira Fudo is our main character as the Devilman and as the title said above, he often cries a lot not because he feels sad but for someone else’s sadness. Yeah, a bit weird but you can say that he’s very empathetic and caring of others. With Ryo Asuka, well…….he’s the cold and stoic motherfucker that doesn’t give a shit about humans or anybody and while I see why he keeps it that way and get his motives (well, until the end) but he’s the one character I never had much of a full emotional investment. Miki Makimura, on the other hand……yeah, she’s definitely one that I was invested in character-wise and while she may be the childhood friend/crush of Akira, her strong-will and kind heart did make her a favorite character. Other characters like Miko, Wamu and his gang did grew on me in later episodes as at first, I was iffy on them but they really had some highlights.
Now with the animation and since I said that Masaaki Yuasa is involved in this, you know what the animation and art style is going to be with its very unique, kinetic and visceral style. The colors work well in here from its bright atmosphere to when it gets dark and gray as hell. I will say with the humans having some demon powers or blood in there, their running looks like if it came from an Hanna-Barbera cartoon from the 1970s. Not a diss but I just noticed it running those track scenes. Oh and let’s not forget the amounts of nudity and sex (straight and gay sex) in there.
Overall, the music is definitely en fuego in all parts from its opening “MAN HUMAN (DEVILMAN crybaby Ver.)” by Denki Groove and its electronic, thrilling vibe makes intense and groovy and the music score from the club scenes, the orchestral pieces and even the rapping scenes are all excellent. Although the ending music is just mainly continuation of the score and the one used in Episode 9, “Konya dake (今夜だけ)” by Takkyuu to Tabibito is very befitting to that episode and the animation sequence following the end credits of that.
The performances in the English dub that easily caught my ears and eyes are Griffin Burns as the lead Akira, Cherami Leigh as Miko, Johnny Yong Bosch as Wamu and of course, there’s Cristina Vee as Miki. Overall, this is a good dub and yeah, that’s it.
FINAL VERDICT: Devilman Crybaby is that one show that is so genuinely great that it is also something that I’m not planning on re-watching any time soon. Now, this show plays that dark fantasy angle right with it’s own unique animation, working the impact right on what will happen and doesn’t make those moments too tacky or needlessly grotesque but it’s something that you would watch on a special occasion. Hence, why I watched it in October. This is not only a top Netflix anime this year (top 3 – Aggretsuko is still #1 on that and Dragon Pilot #2), but a top 10 contender for yours truly. This is indeed a great anime, especially for those being fans of the original manga and of Yuasa as well.
DEVILMAN CRYBABY is only available streaming on NETFLIX. A home video release hasn’t been slated as of yet nor who is going to license it. (Some might say Aniplex USA but I said that about Seven Deadly Sins [that reminds me that sequel is on there now. I need to get on that.] on its first season and Funimation got that.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and…….oh yeah…….199 reviews down and it is…….TIME!!
DEVILMAN CRYBABY – animated by SCIENCE SARU / streaming on NETFLIX