English: Devilman: The Birth
Japanese: デビルマン 誕生編
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 1, 1987
Duration: 51 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.211 (scored by 3043 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Mar 20, 2012
Akira Fudou is your typical kind hearted high school student. He looks after cute little bunny rabbits while at school and has a nice girl friend (not dating) that he lives with since his parents are away on an excavation in the South Pole.
One day while walking home from school Ryo, an old friend from Akira’s childhood turns up out of the blue and demands that Akira follow him as he has something very important to discuss with him.
After Akira agrees to hear him out Ryo starts to explain the horrifying details of what had recently become of his father who was a scientist.
Ryo’s father seemed to have gone mad after investigating the existence of demons.
At this point I should mention this first movie is somewot slow placed while the foundation of the story is being laid down. It’s a bit of a drag but stick with it as things start to spice up soon enough.
Ryo takes Akira back to his father’s study where a lot of his research is being kept. Here Akira gets to actually SEE some of the crazy revelations Ryo’s father discovered.
After that, all hell breaks loose…..why…because due to their snooping around with demon research / artefact’s, they get the attention of actual demons who start to chase them down.
So after some more entertaining chase / demon encounters Ryo & Akira come to the realisation that the world will soon become exposed to the threat of a global demon outbreak…..so the question is what can they do to stop it…
Well that’s the best part which I am not going to spoil for you…let’s just say it involves performing a certain ritual that involves alcohol, debauchery and violence.
Since the name of this anime is Devilman it should be obvious at some point someone or something will become the Devilman….and no surprise to anyone who has seen the cover art who it’s going to be.
So after DEVILMAN IS BORN true insanity ensues and Holy Shit the last 10 minutes of this anime is hardcore violence at its best.
So yeah, in summary the first half of this anime is mostly explanation and build up for the last 15 minutes of pure awesomeness…..It was kinda worth the wait but sadly just after it starts getting really interesting its over……and at the time I watched this there was no way for me to know there was a part II so I was like Goddamn it I wanna know what happens next!
Then luckily for me 2 weeks later (at the time 1993) on Channel 4 part two was broadcast….which I have also reviewed
Keeping in mind this is late 80’s animation it is pretty decent…I mean the character designs look a bit cutesy at first but when the demons get involved things change quite dramatically.
The standout thing for me in this movie is the strange opening sequence, the return to the strange opening sequence in the middle of the movie and the super gory action sequence at the end.
Compared to today’s standards it’s not top notch but I feel it has still aged pretty well and is still very watchable.
I like the music in Devilman…its got a melancholy feel to it. The English dub is really quite comical to me but not in a bad way…I mean, re-watching this now I can understand why some people may find it korny but overall I think it works out very well. Devilman in particular say’s some really funny shite when he’s killing demons…certainly not the sweet boy Akira he was before.
Overall sound is pretty decent…compared to the original Jap language it’s a bit spicier which worked out well enough in my opinion
Devilman has an extremely small cast, which works in its favour. There’s pretty much Akira / Devilman, Ryo, Miki (barely) and the various demons Akira and Ryo have to face.
For such a short anime I think the characters are developed well enough…In particular you get good foundation for Akira’s character which is the most important thing.
I enjoy this anime on two levels, the first being nostalgia. I remember how confused and weird I felt about rooting for a demon to suceed…..this was way before the more recently accepted anti-hero boom we are surrounded by today.
The second level is the action in this anime is pretty hardcore, animated decently, barebone and VERY enjoyable to watch.
It’s a short fun crazy ride… I have enjoyed this title for many years and overall still find it of a high standard even after all these years.
Value / Final Thoughts
Over time Demon protagonist’s have become more common place in movies (Hellboy) and especially in anime, to name a few: Hellsing, Vampire hunter D, Inu Yasha, the cast of Saiyuki, Chrono from Chrono Crusade etc. So Devilman kinda loses the anti-hero shock value it had around the original time it was made.
But like I said before being very young and coming from a Christian upbringing in particular made this anime quite the shell-shocker.
I was hesitant to write this review at first as I did feel a lot of my praise for it would come from nostalgia but after re-watching it I am now reassured it is actually a quality title that still holds up to this very day
It’s short and sweet, thought provoking and many do hail it as a cult classic.
Surprisingly though I found more reviews for this anime on IMDB that on various anime sites….however the manga is vastly more popular than the anime incarnations.
Planet Tyro Rating: Solid B
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Nov 1, 2013
The ´anime master of horror´ Go Nagai ( with respect ofc)
seemed already made a t.v series of devilman in the 1970´s and a movie called Devilman v.s Mazinger Z wich both i never saw aired and over the decades made short horrorstorie´s or ova´s like Violence Jack that was some sort of culthits among older animefans like this one . The story itself to me was quite interesting ( although the 1st 5 min or so with the demonic slaughter intro made me a bit wondering), it was´nt too complex luckely, though it really started to be very dark for me .Animationwise it´s sooo 80´s u can´t miss it with some faults here and there as usual but at parts well made, i like handmade anime its just how u look at it today.Furtheron in the story after some gruesome scene´s some Makai ( demons) turn up to silence the two protagonists and at that point the late 80´s tracks start to kick off, but only for moment, moving on to the last 15 min of the ova. After seeing some good action scene´s and saw the explenation of the story, i remember the bit in the rockdisco where a socalled´ ritual supposed to be held , and that one of the two protagonists wanted to start to kicking it off by slashing everybody for a certain reason ( no i´m not gonna spoil THAT much) and well.... the violence was soo damn filty, soo much red and soo much brutal demonslaughter i almost choked out for a minute and was totally scared afterwards, i hardly slept . i had had first some sort of filthy disgust against akira ( the main person) because WHY had he killed those demons so brutal and inhumane, but seeing the 2nd ova part even how sickminded and terrified i was i understood part of why he turned into a sickening demon, together with the ova series and short movie wich came years later, that are overall softer somewhat. but man oh man did i had a harsh time with ths one, thumbs up read more
Mar 24, 2014
Art - it is horror, straight into the face of a demon.
Sound - there are monsters at every turn, voices from every shadow.
Character - you'll find fear turn into insanity.
Thoughts - this anime is scary as hell. Don't get caught by the monsters.
May 19, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Devilman is similar to other anime. There is one driving plot and characters have common traits, but Devilman has a special predicament that makes it irresistible. It has the scary demon theme, the insertion and deletion of fear, the cold hard sweat of anticipation and excitement. There are demons planning to take over the world. One man's normal life is shattered and there is no return. After pushed by his friend, he has to accept the job as Devilman. It is a dangerous ritual right at the demons' lair. He who fights the demons for eternity, slipped into darkness, protecting the world from destruction, this is Devilman. You'll find it very enjoyable. read more
May 19, 2009
Apr 20, 2008
Mar 7, 2014
After being disappointed with the Devilman sequels, I've come back to write a review for Birth, the only good movie in the series. This movie had great concepts and shock factor. Akira was just a normal guy, but with his friend Ryou, they discovered the demons. Together, they have to evade the attack of the demons while finding the chance for Akira to do the ritual to become Devilman and fight them. It's like one of those scary movies. The demon attacks are scary, you run away, they come from the ground, branch, everywhere and try to grab you. That car chase was intense, the demons were busting Ryou's car and Ryou and Akira had to shoot them with guns. That was extremely exciting. Then after becoming Devilman, Akira gets to kick ass, even for a short time, it was showing real power. This Devilman movie was very MEMORABLE, EXCITING, and SCARY. Would love to rewatch anytime. read more
Dec 18, 2012
Pretty good origin of the character. Though it can seem a little long-winded and you can't help but feel that there should be a little more of Devilman himself in it.
Gory as hell...if you like that sort of thing. I personally do, but it may not be to everybody's taste.
What you'd really expect for it's time. You'll either love or hate Devilman's voice.
Some depth there. Main character's human form and his love interest pretty typical for the genre in it's time.
Loved it. Love the backstory. The concept. The Protaganist. Everything. Started to get a little impatient from waiting to see the 'hero' in action though.....but when I did I enjoyed it.....though I will admit the action didn't last as long as I would've wanted it to.....considering three 45 minutes or so of build up to it.
Didn't know much about the character before but after this I can't wait to see more. A great introduction to the franchise.....and if you like the idea of Japan's answer to Ghost Rider......then I strongly recommend it.
Aug 5, 2012
Akira is your typical high school teen,one day after recieving a beating from thugs he gets an unexpected visit from his old friend Ryo who seems visibly on edge and insist that akira comes with him . Ryu tell akira about how his father commited suicide when he was driven to madness due to a strange demonic artifact and his research into the demonic realm.
Akira then learns about the demons past and how they intend to take over the world once again and that the only way to fight a demon is with a merger of human and demon in order to acquire the demons powers.Ryo tells akira that for a demon to posses a human without the human being taken over by it ,the person must be pure of heart and that akira is the perfect choice.And so the two put in place the retual for demons merger but can they fuse with the demons without being controlled themselves ?.
Develman isnt for everyone,those that like a more deep and complex plot wont be able to appreciate this as it is pretty straightforward.The animation carried an eighties charm that I really liked but younger viewers probably wont.There was some nice dose of violence and gore along with some unintentional humour from the diologue.Overall quite entertaining. read more