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
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.101 (scored by 30133 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
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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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Devil Survivor 2: Show Your Free Will, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Characters & Voice Actors
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.
They both start in a metro station, Tokyo and their protagonists(so far) are two boys(which are friends) and a girl.
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.
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)
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