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: 7.091 (scored by 33147 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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Devil Survivor 2: Show Your Free Will, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Other: Take Your Way
Characters & Voice Actors
THE FOLLOWING IS A REVIEW PRIMARILY FOR THOSE WHOM HAVE PLAYED THE ORIGINAL DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 GAME FOR THE DS.
------WARNING SOME MINOR SPOILERS BELOW-------
Devil Survivor 2: The anime that had so much more potential (See Character).
Story: As with the Devil Survivor 2 game, the story is very much similar. After playing the game, I was very much curious as to which route the anime would take. Overall, I am not too pleased with the route taken. Many liberties were taken in the anime adaption which is generally fine. However, in the original DS2, the protagonist is able to see each person's ideals portrayed objectively. Therefore, the viewer was able to decide which ideals they favored the best. However, the writers for DS2 seemed to highly favor the idea of "everyone is equal" while sort of demonizing the idea of meritocracy. I think the idea of no ideal truly being correct would have made for an amazing anime. They seemed to be somewhat limited by the single season and the pacing was not to amazing (slow at first, gets better).
Art: The art stays true to its roots from the game. I think this is fantastic as you can see that the character art is the same, as well as the backgrounds which they had in the game. The fight scenes are also pretty good as well.
Sound: They music also stayed true to its roots... not necessarily a good thing. Game music doesn't always fit an anime. Although the opening theme song was magnificent. The ending theme wasn't to shabby either. As for character voices: occasionally cringe worthy.
Character: This is where the anime seriously lacks. Devil Survivor 2 (the game) is a game built around each character. Each character sort of represents a personality and each personaility is shown reacting different in the face of crisis. Each personality had different ideals when pushed to thought. Devil Survivor 2 The Animation barely develops these personalities. Some of these big characters get little screen time. Some just disappear altogether. This really messes with the story as well. I mean as an anime, it has decent generic characters but the characters in themselves are what made this game and what could have made this anime so much more. I get this is something else that can be blamed on the 13 episode limit.
Enjoyment: There are alot of scenes that just make you cringe in this anime. Things that scream "GOOD TRIUMPHS OVER EVIL" and "THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP". The anime starts off with a relatively slow pacing but near the end, speeds up. The anime seemed sort of crammed, but maybe that's just because I played the game. Towards the end, alot of familiar things to the game start showing up which I did like.
Overall: This game could have been so much more. With perhaps another season, more character development could have been made. The big conflict of ideals could have been explored and made more subjective. By the last few episodes, they really did try to take this approach. I really think this could have been the next big anime. But instead, a safe "people are good" approach was blatantly taken and a generic flavorless anime was born. I guess the game may have just spoiled me as I imagine that the anime may have been much much much more enjoyable if I hadn't known the world of demons and the struggle of the people that inhabit such a world.
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
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 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
Almost the same kind of genre, the difference is that the other worldly creatures can interact with their masters.
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.
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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