English: Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Synonyms: DS2A, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2
Japanese: デビルサバイバー２ THE ANIMATION
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.081 (scored by 37713 users)
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SynopsisMysterious invaders called the Septentriones arrive in Japan and begin attacking the country on a Sunday. To fight back, the heroes in Devil Survivor 2 signed a pact with the devil to become the Thirteen Devil Messengers. The Septentriones show up at least once a day and you have a time limit of seven days to defeat them.
(Source: Megami Tensei Wikia)
BackgroundNo background has been added for this series yet.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Devil Survivor 2: Show Your Free Will, Devil Survivor 2: The Animation
Other: Take Your Way
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||Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
Note: Spoilers are in this review. I tried my best, but I can't really give a good critique without implementing them.
Furthermore, I could not avoid comparing this to the game. Still, I reviewed this on its own merits. I have played Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker for the 3DS for 100+ hours, so I have a good grasp on the game’s strengths and weaknesses.
I’ve sometimes wondered why Shin Megami Tensei games don’t get adaptations, but then a bit of thinking always leads me to the answer: many of them would be the same. See, since the core SMT series typically boasts multiple endings, the studio would have to adapt one, and the one it chooses to adapt would be the Neutral route, as that would probably have the most story. This is why we see more linear games (plotwise) like Persona 4 get adaptations. Devil Survivor 2, the second in the Devil Survivor branch of SMT games, has a tone right in between SMT and Persona. The game is considerably more lighthearted than its parent series and its predecessor, and even though it has multiple routes, they’re very similar to each other. So, how does the anime adaptation work out? Not well, I’m afraid.
Devil Survivor 2 the Animation is based on a manga that is based on the game. It follows the main character, renamed Hibiki Kuze, a bunny-eared hoodie wearing high schooler. After signing up for a macabre site, Nicaea, that promises to show death videos, or clips of people dying, the world seems to turn upside down; a subway train crashes, monsters only describable as demons pop out of peoples phones, and mysterious invaders called the Septentriones threaten the balance of the world itself. Hibiki, who has a greater potential than others, can summon stronger demons like Byakko; as a result, he and his friends are forcibly enlisted into the government agency JP’s (pronounced Jips) to fight against these monsters. Hibiki often comes into conflict with the cold and ruthless leader of JP’s, Yamato Hotsuin. He also comes into contact with a number of different people, most noticeably the Anguished One, an enigmatic being who knows more than he’s letting on and is decidedly not human.
The plot of the original game was never its strong suit (with plenty of dumb anime tropes and stuff like "The Dragon Stream"), and for the most part, the anime doesn’t strengthen it. Urgency and despair are rarely felt, despite it being a Shin Megami Tensei title; honestly, this doesn’t play out as anything other than a disaster-based anime, much like films such as Twister and San Andreas. Where the game did excel, however, was with its characters. A total of 14 main characters rounded out a robust cast in the game, and each character had enough time to be fleshed out. Even Hibiki bucked the trend by being a rather witty hero, calling people tsundere, nicknaming them, and flirting with everyone to no end. The cast was creative.
The anime doesn’t do that. Almost every character is reduced to a singular trait or trope, or even less so.
Daichi? Good friend of Hibiki, and dumb comic relief (A recurring gag has him yelling "My Demons are weak!" which gets old fast).
Io? Dandere who seems to like Hibiki.
Characters like Joe, Otome, Airi, Jungo, Hinako, and Keita don’t even get an iota of development to make you give half a shit about them. Joe's a guy, Otome's a doctor, Hinako dances, whatever. Not a shred of their personality or motivations are retained from the game. The most we get is maybe one or two stills (quite literally stills, not even a scene) worth of flashback for Airi and a short scene for Makoto. Hibiki might be one of the worst off; after having such a creative personality in the game, and then having the voice actor to be able to match (Hiroshi Kamiya, who also did the manic Araragi from the Monogatari series). Hibiki is reduced to nothing more than a serious shounen hero who wants to save everyone. Hooray for a generic hero.
And, well, it also doesn’t really help that pretty much everyone dies in an extremely haphazard manner. In the game, Death Videos were supposed to be avoided by arriving in a timely fashion. And while the game had time to let you feel the weight of your incompetence, no such element exists in the anime other than Hibiki beating himself about it, as you can't connect to many, if any, of the characters. In one of the early episodes, the character Keita is introduced, only to die in that same episode. The end of the series gets particularly dumb, when pretty much everyone dies in rapid succession.
(Incidentally, during a fight with the Anguished One, Yamato avoids getting killed. Somehow. Despite being exploded upon. Never explained.)
As far as characterization goes, it’s not an entire wash. The Anguished One is roughly the same as his game counterpart, but the clear “winner” is definitely Yamato, who’s roughly the same as he is in the game. However, he’s significantly more ruthless in this anime than he is in the game, and that produces mixed results. On the one hand, Yamato is permitted extra development even over the game, especially through his childhood and his interactions with politicians that led him to his meritocracy beliefs. On the other hand, Yamato is hard to sympathize with on almost any level; the game, which allowed you to join him in his quest for a meritocracy, included a few light moments, made him a much less “evil” character than he is in the anime.
It’s because of this overall weak characterization that prevents the extremely talented voice cast from reaching their full potential. There’s a dynamite Japanese voice cast featuring a very strong list of A-list seiyuus, but bland characters can’t really be saved by good voice acting. No one performance is bad (far from it!), but the only one who stands out is Junichi Suwabe as Yamato, even if his great performance only serves to make Yamato more unlikable.
Ultimately, all of this can be attributed to rushing, only highlighting the plot points. A playthrough of a route, even quickly, can take around 15 hours, and while not all of that is plot all the time, everything feels stuffed into this 6 and a half hour adaptation which focuses only on the major plot points. If I had to appreciate the plot in any way (besides them somehow paying a lot of attention to the fusion recipes: they were all correct!) it would be the fight with Lugh, which was much plainer in the game.
Thankfully, we have some strong animation here. Maybe after seeing a bunch of semi-static sprites all of the time in the game lowered my standards, but the animation is always clean and consistent. A-1 manages to make the demons look terrifying, and the character models by Durarara!! and Danmachi artist Suzuhito Yasuda are brought to life here, with a focus on details. While other aspects of the anime may be suspect, Seiji Kishi does a great job of directing this series, and the cinematography is quite well done.
The fight scenes are a mixed bag, much like the Persona 4 animation; like that, it feels like glorified Pokemon, which is definitely not what Shin Megami Tensei is. To its credit, the fight scenes look pretty enough, but their length, choreography, and character interactions (which is mostly reduced to yelling stuff like “Go Byakko!”) leaves plenty to be desired.
You shouldn’t have much of a reason, if any at all, to watch this anime unless you’ve played the game (or fall into a group where you don’t own a 3DS but like the SMT and Persona series). Maybe for morbid curiosity, but not much else. My main reason to watch this was to experience the Japanese cast, which is unavailable to me unless I buy a Japanese 3DS and a Japanese version of Record Breaker, but thanks to the uninspired characters, even that isn’t a good enough reason. I’d recommend you skip this series. It has its strengths, but its weaknesses far outstrip them. But buy Record Breaker if you have a 3DS.
Story - 4
Art/Animation - 7
Sound - 7
Character - 3
Enjoyment - 5
Overall: 5.1 (Rounded to 5)
EDIT 6/29/2015: Made a dumbass mistake that Otome was a nurse. Sexism is alive, folks. Corrected to doctor. read more
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation is an adaptation of a well received game from Atlus's famous franchise Shin Megami Tensei. The game is one of my favourites and I enjoyed it thoroughly. But this anime adapatation is a downer, to say the least.
The story is quite simple, the world will end in seven days, demons have appeared in Tokyo, there is a website that tells you when your friends will die, each day there is a boss. Now, that premise works well on a videogame, since everyday there are lots of optional events you can do, like a free battle, talking to a party member, training, etc.
The one thing that they handled horribly was the pacing. The game isn't long, but not short either, but there was no possible way 7 days of gameplay could fit into 13 chapters. As a result, the pacing was too rushed, with boss battles every two chapters or so and little time to develop the characters and story. And since they couldn't spend too long on anything, most of the battles are won by asspulls, like stronger demons out of nowhere or the power of friendship. The moral dispute between the characters is handled poorly because there is no development.
Since it also strayed from the original source, many important characters were reduced to mere fodder. The 13 summoners are your party members, each with interesting personalities, roles and skills. But only a few are explored and the rest, well...don't expect more than 10 minutes of screen time. One of the problems when adapting rpgs with silent heros is giving them personality. In game, they are a reflection of what you think, YOU decide what to do. The game gives you the fun of choice, but in the anime, the hero is given a personality and a name. Hibiki Kuze is the name given to the silent bunny hero from the game. To be straight, he is the epitome of a generic, boring shonen hero. That, and he is insanely OP, him being the biggest plot device from the anime.
The soundtrack is good and the art and animation are bearable. The opening was nothing too special but I enjoyed the ending. Being a fangirl of the game I set my expectations too high only to be disappointed by a rushed mess of an adaptation.
The main reason my score is relatively high is because my husbando Yamato appears and was developed more than the others at least. And also because I'm biased.
So, if you aren't already a fan of the game, this anime isn't for you. But if you watched it and thought it was bearable, you should play the game.
Neon Genesis Evangeli- I mean, Devil Survivor 2 the Animation, is a great example of an adaptation from a video game to television gone wrong. Having beaten the video game myself, this anime adaptation was a severe disappointment from start to finish in many off-putting ways. The writing in this anime is childish as it constantly uses well-known clichés, character archetypes who never develop past their cardboard cut-out selves, spills melodrama all over the floor, and everything feels rushed and unconvincing. It is rather, to put it simply, a monstrosity. Now, the story of the video game wasn’t exactly original nor was it interesting, so I wasn’t expecting the anime to have a storyline to be on a whole different tier. However the anime definitely could had improved on the overarching story in various ways. Unfortunately, the anime never really improves anything throughout its entirety and leaves off a trail of poor writing everywhere.
The story starts out when a colossal, unnatural disaster hits Japan which pushes civilians and society into desperation, as any major disaster in real life would. Soon, invaders called Septentriones appear and humans must defeat every one of them using demons they can summon in order to survive. Wait a minute, doesn’t this premise sound a bit familiar? Devil Survivor 2 borrows a lot of the same concept from Neon Genesis Evangelion. However the video game managed to blend in its own traditional and original aspects of the Megami Tensei franchise, (Devil Survivor belongs to the Megami Tensei franchise), thereby allowing the game to hold onto its charm. The same can’t be said for the anime adaptation. Unlike the video game, the anime sheds off every inch of strategy in every battle, and replaces it with random attacks that seem to serve no purpose other than for eye-candy and to weakly move the plot forward. The result is mainly dull action and boring battle scenes.
One of the first problems that appear in the anime is that it never really genuinely shows how such a monumental impact is affecting the civilians and society. In Devil Survivor 2’s case, world-building is essential in order to allow the viewer to sink in the necessary details so that important aspects such as pacing and plot and character development feel natural. World-building in this anime’s case could had provided more details on the nature of the post-apocalyptic setting, what the order of society is currently like, how various civilians are holding up, the government’s reaction, etc. Unfortunately, the viewer gets none of this in a genuine manner but gets instead various plot devices that jump out of nowhere which feel jarring, unnatural, and in certain cases, make for unconvincing writing in both story and character-wise.
Enter Hibiki, the main protagonist. He encompasses everything that many other battle shounen protagonists there ever were. He is the hero who jumps straight into action without rational thought. He is the hero who has to save everyone simply because he has the power to summon stronger demons than anyone else. By the way, why Hibiki has been granted this special power while almost everyone else has been left with much weaker demons is never explained until the last remaining few episodes. Even then, the reasoning for this special power is as cliché as it can get. The unexplained unique powers he acquires acts as plenty of plot devices, as Hibiki manages to defeat foes left and right with the help of his powerful demons, and without any convincing struggles. To hurt the writing further, for the first few episodes, this power is the only reason that drives him to become the typical hero that he is and jumps into every battle he can get his hands on. When Hibiki lacks such motivation for his heroic behaviors, he comes off as a very unconvincing character and becomes hard for the viewer to sympathize or understand with. Other characters beside Hibiki also never properly develop, and this makes for much unfruitful viewing containing melodrama and rushed events. In fact, the majority of the characters are hardly even realized, it’s as if they were put into the anime simply to fill up more cast and time and amount to nothing more.
On top of this, well-known clichés pretty much plague many parts of the anime. One notable cliché and theme used throughout the anime is… the power of emotions. Yes, screaming out loud while also screaming cliché lines can save the day in this anime.
Devil Survivor 2 the Animation was very disappointing. There is not much of a single redeeming aspect about this anime. Cliches, bland characters, overdramatic scenes due to poor development, weak narratives and overall plot really plague this anime, ultimately coming off childish and dull. And to those who played the game and hoped for a faithful adaptation in terms of story, you will be disappointed. To make it worse for the video game fans as well as for the rest of the Megami Tensei franchise fans, a lot of the Megami Tensei aspects seen in this anime are terribly realized. The anime breaks the laws of the MegaTen universe, such as how Hibiki can somehow summon Byakko as his first demon in the first episode, a high-level demon in the video game. It was also disappointing how the Demon Fusion was actually introduced in the last episode, and it didn’t help that it was intertwined with horrifying writing. Also, did I mention that Jungo is the most awkward character I’ve ever seen in any anime?
The video game is very fun and addicting. This adaptation can leave one with the impression of the exact opposite. read more
I was very excited when I heard a Devil Survivor 2 anime was in the works, having recently played and loved the DS game on which it's based. Watching it now, I can say that my feelings for the anime are overall good, if somewhat more mixed than I had anticipated. I'm certainly enjoying it, but there are a few places it seems to fall a little flat.
The anime looks and sounds great. The art is solid; the characters and demons look exactly as they do in the game and the animation is never not satisfying in the action sequences. The voice actors all fit the characters, who were unvoiced in the game, well. Nothing too jarring. The music doesn't do anything wrong and the OP and ED are both pleasant if not overwhelmingly memorable.
The story and the characters are where it falters some, and it's largely because it has too much to do in too little time. The game on which it's based is a 50 or so plus hour RPG that takes multiple playthroughs to explore everything. To fit it all into 13 24 minute episodes means gutting out so much of the build up and character development that the game had going for it. This makes the characters seem rather lifeless compared to how energetic and enjoyable they are in the game and also limits the scope of the story some. Devil Survivor 2 could be a surprisingly lighthearted and often humorous game, something that made the stark revelations about the fate of the world and characters hold more gravity. Without the time to build all that, the story becomes somewhat deflating. It's just not as much fun as it should be.
I love the characters in Devil Survivor 2, and seeing them fully animated is a lot of fun. Without something like the Fate system in the game to develop them and make their bonds with the main character mean something, a lot of what makes them fun is left out though. It's not just that though; the anime changed a few things it probably shouldn't have. Joe, who is a part of the group since day one in the game and provides so much refreshing whimsy is reduced to a minor supporting role. Io seems completely different; she smiled a lot more and just came across as a lot less weak. Other characters who can get fully developed in the game are simply killed off prematurely.
Worst somehow is Hibiki though, surprisingly. He was your ordinary silent protagonist in the game, but how events unfolded did depend on how he acted. In my first playthrough he never missed an opportunity to joke around, was brash, aloof and quick to side with JP's. The anime version could be different from that though, and probably picked the worst way possible to play him, reducing him to your average mopey shounen protagonist. To make matters worse, the anime decided to make him more powerful than his friends and the other characters from the start. In the game, he and his friends are noticed because they're resourceful and because it's a Strategy RPG and he's able to use his intelligence to win difficult fights and become stronger for them. Having him become the focus from the start because he's "the one" seems much more hollow and moreover pushes his friends more out of focus than they should be, especially since they were the focus of the game.
All that said, the anime is certainly not torture for fans of the game. No, it's actually quite enjoyable to see all the familiar demons pop up and fight. It's especially satisfying to see how the very familiar Septentrion fights, the boss fights in the game, are handled. It's not difficult to enjoy the anime, even as I see where it goes wrong and some of the places where it decides to diverge from the game's story are interesting.
If you haven't played Devil Survivor 2, I would definitely recommend that over the anime. The anime on it own isn't bad though. For a non-fan, I'd probably deduct 1-3 points from my overall score, depending on tastes. The characters aren't going to come across as what they could be not having the time they needed to grow, and the same goes for a lot of the plot development. Still, there's a lot to like, I think. The animation is nice, the action satisfying and the core plot intriguing enough. I've yet to be bored with it at the least.
Update: Having seen the series to completion now, I had to dock a point from my initial score. I still think the anime looks great and has more than enough moments to justify a watch, but it really just kept making increasingly poor decisions in regards to story progression. There came a point where I found it harder to separate out the experience I had with the anime from that of the game and it cut into my overall enjoyment. Characters and even whole important themes and events from the game are discarded with increasing frequency just leaving it feeling fractured, while the mood is kept more grim than it needed to be, the amusing sequences of the game cut short, skipped over or drained of fun. Meanwhile, the cool stuff it does do slows down considerably--the last few Septentrion fights aren't as interesting or involving and for some reason the show decides to keep the number of unique demons we see in action very limited.
I said before that fans would enjoy this, but I don't know anymore. If you can effectively separate out the good experience of the game as you watch, the anime can still be rewarding with the right expectations. If not, I can see this being a quite frustrating watch. And for non-fans, who don't know how the characters should have properly been developed, the experience is still probably worse. I almost want to say a seven is being generous, but at the same time I'm glad a great game like Devil Survivor 2 got an anime adaption. I just really wish it had been a better one. read more
Both are adaptions of Shin Megami Tensei games that revolve around demon summoning and an awesome protagonist.
Okay, so, we have all these really normal high school kids, right? What if gigantic amounts of bad shit went down, culminating in them obtaining super demon-summoning powers? Sounds silly, yes? Take it up with Atlus, that's the basic premise of both these shows. There's a good amount of mystery going on here, and the general atmosphere is pretty dark and eerie. (Although Persona 4 is most certainly the cheerier of the two.)
Both series are adaptations of a Shin Megami Tensei Game by Atlus. Also, Seiji Kishi is the director of both anime adaptation series.
Students dealing with deaths that can be predicted through some kind of mechanism. These kids can also summon beings used for fighting.
They have a very similar ambiance, feeling and are both adaptation of similar Shin Megami Tensei games. Persona 4, though, is much better.
Not only are both the series from the Shin Megami Tensei franchise but they also share that feeling of supernatural mystery. These mysteries surrounds the origins of the series as well as the characters.
In fact, the characters' cast from both series are small but contain big mysteries. Among other things, there's the usage of beasts/avatars produced by summoning of their owners. These summoned beasts fights on the behalf of their owners from both series to gain dominance; super power backgrounds.
Both series' characters also have similar age ranges and features similar artwork.
They also contain action and are directed by Seiji Kishi.
Both are anime adaptatiosn of Shin Megami Tensei games, which means they both have a similar "dark" vibe to them with a dark storyline.
A lot of demons will be the same in both games since they're part of the same franchise, for example: Pixie.
Both games ARE EXCELLENT and Persona 4 animation was good.
Kishi Seiji is the director of both anime. Adapted from famous Shin Megami Tensei JRPGs with same name.
Both anime focuses on bonds of friendship, in which can make you stronger. Demons are involved, either in a good or a bad way.
Human main antagonist are shown at the end of both anime, suggesting that humans caused the chaos in the first place.
Both anime are videogame adaptation of two of Atlus' awesome game. Persona 4's from the Persona series (obviously) while Devil Survivor sorta follows Shin Megami Tensei. And for those who are unaware, SMT follows the strict "chosen one fights demons WITH demons to save the world" formula.
This means that both series have ties to demons (or technically, mythological creatures).
P4's more concerned about bonds, while DS2 is a little darker and edgier.
Persona 4 adapted the game right, now we'll see if DS2 can do it too :D
Both have mysterious killings. Both anime have the same kind of dark ambient, and in both anime, there are a group of teenagers that fight with a kind of demons by also using demons.
Both stories are Action filled yet comedic animes with some mystery surrounding it.
Both of the anime are adapted from games, Protagonist in both stories are fighting monsters per say, by using a summoned avatar, which is Life is at stake. Both series have the same feel in terms of the story.
Both Shin Megami Tensei titles.
Both have a focus on the bonds between characters and how this fuels their powers.
Both protagonists have similar powers, in the form of summoning Personas or Demons.
Both have similar underlying themes.
Both focus on the fact that the protagonists have a limited amount of time to accomplish what they need to accomplish.
Both made by the same studio and also both based off of Shin Megami Tensei Games. You may even see some of the previous "Demons" in Devil Survivor are also "Personas" in Persona.
"Dude, you're so way dead unless you do something to change it," your cellphone suddenly tells you. "Oh, and don't worry about the whole supporting cast having more interesting personalities than you, the main character. They get no screentime, anyway. BTW, the world is totally ending, so have fun with that!"
Both anime are about survival and the approach of humans to a dangerous situation with teenage main characters.
Mirai Nikki has a psychological approach with action elements, Devil Survivor 2 has philosophical elements about the destiny of mankind.
Also some characters have traits in common.
Both series involves around a city in which there is strange supernatural phenomenon taking place. The usage of cell phones is a part of those phenomenons.
The setting also features a game-like scenario where survival is the key. In other words, lives are at stakes and there are no second chances.
The series also has action, drama, and deals with how the main characters must overcome obstacles in order to survive.
Both have contenders fighting for their lives using mobile devices that foretell future events of fatality.
Devil Survivor takes it on a new level, where demon summoning apps are even taken into play.
Protagonists of the two anime series must use some sort of a future telling device to prevent themselves from dying.
Supernatural events occur a lot through out the story.
Along the animes, many gory violent scenes occur.
Both have an element where you can predict future deaths using your phone.
(Well more specific is in Devil Survivor 2, it's a phone app)
It's a similar idea as it's survival, but rather than it being a Battle Royale, people/humanity are clubbing together to defeat demons. So it's a new story to enjoy!
Use phones to tell future. The future could be changed if you react to it. Once phone is destroyed stuff happens.
Devil survivor has demon summonings, both a survival anime.
Devil survivor 2's protagonist is strong unlike future diary.
In general, both series has a similar background with a supernatural feeling. The characters from both series also gets caught up in various events that changes their lives.
Both series' setting also are similar in a metro like city. In fact, both series starts off at a setting involving a train/subway station.
Both series has supernatural elements so expect some elements to be not so normal. There is action from what that comes from.
Finally, the visuals from Durarara!! and DS2 shares somewhat similar designs in terms of their characters and settings.
Art looks quite like the characters.
The characters personalities is the same.
Same supernatural with demons.
I just can't help it - the tree main characters seem to be really similar to me.
(Mikado/Hibiki, Masaomi/Daichi, Anri/Io)
- Same producers: Mainichi Broadcasting.
- Supernatural with Demons.
- Same setting in the First Impressions: Metro like city, train/subway station.
- Similarities Main Character and the Personalities is the same.
Ryuugamine Mikado = Kuze Hibiki
Kida Masaomi = Shijima Daichi
Sonohara Anri = Nitta Io
Each female main character (Anri / Io) attends the same school as 2 each male main character (Mikado & Masaomi / Hibiki & Daichi) which are friends .
The three main-ish characters are very similar in both, especially the female protagonist.
Both involves creatures from another world to cause chaos in man's world.
Both involves a group of individuals who control such other worldly creatures to fight their own kind.
Both also has that gov't conspiracy thing going on.
In one anime a person may have 2 or more other worldly creature in his disposal, while in the other anime.........we're yet to find out.
People in control of their other worldly creatures uses cellphones to control them, while in the other anime they have special cards and sometime their pet may question their master's intention.
Both are about Humanity suddenly being invaded by unknown monsters
Both series can have a monster in a technology made for humanity to fight back
The same scenario where mankind is in danger of being overrun by beings from another dimension and the one who can stop them are people who uses the same inter-dimension being to fight them off.
+ The world is invaded by demons and the humans must team up with partner-creatures in order to fight against them and against other humans when disputes break out
+ Sawashiro Miyuki voices a character in both shows that initially gets the main character involved in everything
- Devil Survivor involves much more fighting against unknown supernatural creatures, while Z/X Ignition involves fighting more against humans and their partners with less of a imminent threat to the planet
Both involve creatures from another world that cause chaos in man's world. Both as well involve groups of people who control worldly creatures from another place to fight others.
Both series feature Japan being invaded by a group of extraterrestrial creatures and a group of teenagers that are employed to fight them using creatures similar to them by a clandestine government organization that is using the alien invasion to further their own hidden agenda.
Both work for a secret government and the main character has to fight demons to protect the world.
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, is Basically trying to be NGE in a lot of ways.
The OST by itself is NGE!. Yes NGE without Mecha.
I'm gonna make it short and say the only thing that makes DS2 original is nothing.
The fans might get mad at me. But i enjoyed the show, and i see NGE is makes the show good.
Powerful inhuman entities are attacking the earth, and advanced technological means are the only way to stop them.
A young male protagonist is thrust into the fray of battle because he is more capable than anyone else with this advanced technology.
The main company in charge of combat pushes adolescents past their breaking points, and show almost no regard for individual lives.
A limited amount of monster are attacking the city/world. They come solely after the monster before them was killed. If you don't defeat it, something terrible will occur! that's what both anime are about.
Believe it or not, Devil Survivor 2 and Digimon Tamers are probably the closest anime in terms of similar themes you'll find.
In both of the shows, creatures are appearing out of no where in Japan and causing havoc. In DS2, the ones who take care of these are the summoners, while in DT they are the tamers. In DS2 they use a variation of demons from folklore, stories and the such, while in Digimon Tamer it gets to the point where the enemies are based on folklore and legends as well. In DS2, you can almost consider the demons to be 'digital' as well as how they were effected by a virus in the system where in DT, it also occurs in and digimon is short for digitial monsters. There are plenty more similarities.
The main difference between the two is the target audience. DT is aimed towards the younger and children while DS2 is more along the lines of teenagers.
In essence, there exists supernatural beings that are from another world/dimension that threatens the people that resides in their respective series. These beings have their special abilities.
Some of the people from both series have partners/summonings of their own and are able to combat these beings.
The main male protagonist from both series strives to make the most of his life and with his partner often tries to help others along with his friends. There is also action, drama, and other strange supernatural phenomenon going on in both series.
Both are about kids that fight against monsters who are a menace to the world controlling other monsters. The story gets pretty dark very quickly. The organizations who intervene in the story, the JPs (Devil Survivor) and Hypnos (Digimon), are very similar. Some of the monsters of both series are based on mythology.
Three ordinary kids, two boys and one girl, that all of a sudden have mysterious beasts that they can control and use to fight other mysterious beasts in order to protect their city. Not to mention just the overall feel of it. I would say that Devil Survivor 2 is more mature, but that's about it.
Opening Theme"Take Your Way" by livetune adding Fukase (from SEKAI NO OWARI) (eps 1-8, 11-12)
Ending Theme#1: "Be" by Song Riders (eps 1-9, 11-13)
#2: "Each and All" by livetune adding Rin Oikawa (from Q;Indivi) (ep 10)