Wandering blindly through Netflix and looking for something new and incredible to watch? Then you will enjoy Devilman Crybaby. Following the new anime season of winter 2018 and looking for a decent title amongst the bunch? Then you’re going to like this. Been a fan of the highly illustrious Go Nagai and his incredible works such as Cutie Honey, Mazinger Z, Violence Jack, or just the Devilman franchise itself? Then you are definitely going to LOVE THIS!
The premise of Devilman Crybaby is that demons exist and their power is beyond what humans can fathom and the only thing strong enough to defeat a demon is another demon and it is through this logic that Ryo Asuka hatches the plan to have his good-hearted friend Akira Fudo possessed by a demon with the theory that If a person is of pure of heart then he might be able to control the demon that possesses him and thereby acquire power equal to a demon. Now becoming a Devilman, Akira and Ryo sets off to eradicate the demons off the face of the earth one, killing one demon at a time.
Given this is a work directed and produced by Masaaki Yuasa, who gave us works such as Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short Walk on Girl, Lu over The Wall, and Space Dandy; Devilman Crybaby was obviously going to be a work of visual eye-candy. The designs of all the characters stand out as you can immediately identify who exactly is whom and they contrast well with the art style, color schemes, and given environments.
The music is not bad either as each episode opens with the incredibly catchy, ear-gasmic, EDM-fest music that is MAN HUMAN by DENKI GROOVE that does such an incredible job of leaving you with much feelings of excitement. Outside of this, throughout the series, viewers are treated to various scenes of freestyle rap as well as a modernized version of the original Devilman theme music so it’s safe to say that the series pulls through quite well in the visuals and audio/musical department.
There are heaps to enjoy about this like the gripping drama that burdens the characters, the heart-wrenching tragedies, the thrills of the killing and action scenes scattered throughout the show, the war between demons and humans as well as the grand plan of the main antagonist that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Fans of the original Devilman series and its various adaptations and spin-offs will get a lot out of nostalgia and familiarity out of this Original Net Animation as aspects of the original are carried over such as the central protagonist being the meek Akira Fudo who gets possessed by the frightening demon Amon, having the body of a demon but the heart of a human makes Akira a “Devilman” rather than demon, Akira’s best friend Ryo is clad in white clothing, blue eyes, and blonde hair while harbouring a cold and cruel personality, and Maki Makimura is Akira’s love interest.
Aside from the main cast of the series, there are nods to the Devilman franchise itself and other iconic demons also make their appearance such as the beautiful demon Sirene alongside the demon Kaim who bears un-reciprocated feelings for her, Zannon who is a towering entity that commands a horde of demons, the turtle who carries multiple faces on its shell, and more others so this is definitely a treat to those who aren’t newcomers to the franchise.
As super-duper awesome and over-all fantastic as this all sounds, Devilman Crybaby does carry heavy amounts of violence, gore, nudity, drug use, and sexual implications if not flat out sexual content so this would be a show where you pop a cold one with the boys but you don’t exactly make an exception and include little Timmy or something you don’t share during the family dinners when someone asks about what shows you’ve been into lately.
With a rating of R+, a timely total of 3 and a half hours of fun, and a running style that’s far more ridiculous than even the Naruto run. Brace yourself for the demonic, erotic, bloody roller coaster ride that is Devilman Crybaby.
Check out the trailer for Devilman Crybaby here.
Story – 3.5/5
Characters – 4/5
Visuals – 4/5
Audio – 4/5
Overall – 4.5/5
Watch – ✓
Drop – ✕
3 episodes – ✕