Ranked #922

Devilman (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Devilman
Synonyms: Devil man, Debiruman
Japanese: デビルマン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 53
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 11, 1972 to Jun 24, 1973
Authors: Nagai, Go (Story & Art)


Score: 7.991 (scored by 2767 users)
Ranked: #9222
Popularity: #815
Members: 6,096
Favorites: 462
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Demons exist and their power is beyond what humans can fathom. In fact they are so strong that humans do not stand a chance against them in a fight. The only thing strong enough to defeat a demon is another demon and it is trough this logic that Ryo Asuka hatches the plan to have his good-hearted friend Akira Fudo possessed by a demon. If a person is of pure of heart then he might be able to control the demon that posses him and thereby acquire power equal to a demon. After raising some hell in a club the plan works and Akira is possessed by the powerful demon known as Amon. Now Akira is mankind's sole champion of justice against the hidden demon menace that has plagued humanity since the dawn of time.

(Source: ANN)


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Apr 11, 2015
Considered to be author's most iconic work, Devilman has created certain standards for works to come after it and could be considered a pioneer in that respect. However, it is questionable how well can it cope with tastes of today and not be cast aside as a mere superheroic work with horror elements.

One of weakest and probably most prominent aspects is its artwork; which could repel readers immediately on the basis of its visuals. However, there is more than it meets the eye in this clunky and out-of-place cartoonish style. Emotional overtones simply ooze out of panels, while anatomical accuracy is sacrificed for the sake read more
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Oct 15, 2009
What can I say? I love DEVILMAN!!!!

The story is epic! Demons lived on Earth many years ago, before being chased out by cavemen, God and the Angels, before Satan betrays them and saves several demons! Akira and Ryu two best friends decide to prevent the apocalypse to be caused by the demons! In that moment...both their lives change forever as Akira turns into DEVILMAN!!!

The series is filled with violence, gore, nudity, destruction and some disturbing images. The series is filled with great characters, awesome story lines, and some pretty incredible stuff!

What are ya waiting for? Go read DEVILMAN!!!!

Then check out its sequel...Jack...VIOLENCE JACK!!!
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Jun 28, 2013
Devilman, well-known for its gory death scenes, actually has a pretty interesting concept behind it. Unfortunately, its execution doesn't live up to it. Considering the few amount of reviews about this, and none very detailed, I'm leaving this one here.

STORY (score: 6/10)
Divided into 5 volumes, with 4 chapters each, its plot can actually be seen in four different stages for better reviewing this trainwreck. Yes, in a series where the parts actually build up and pay off this is a wrong method, but that's not the case of a bipolar series like this. So the stages are: chapters 1-3, then 4-11, 12-19 and 20 alone.

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Aug 23, 2012
Well, i just finished reading Devilman and I'm quite intrigued with Nagai. I had never read anything by him, but as soon as I learned that he's one of those authors that (re)defined several manga genres, I decided to read him, starting with Devilman.

This manga is about a war between humans and demons. In Devilman these demons were the dominanting species living on earth before humans. They are suddently trapped in ice during an ice age, without demons to prey on humans, humanity is able to develop into current society. Devilman's plot starts when demons are discovered to be alive in the ice, and start read more
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Manga: Berserk
Well I'll refrain myself from spoiling the two (Spoilers for decades old manga? Surely everyone already knows the spoilers)
Miura himself claims he's a big fan of Go Nagai and had influences from his manga.

As for the manga:
Both have deep roots in mythology and share a great deal of themes. Among them: friendship, corruption, and betrayal.
If you only read the first Devilman series you might see the similarities with Berserk and also notice the major turning point of both series are very much alike.
The more of Devilman you read the more and more similarities you'll notice.

The characters: /> Akira/Amon and Guts: Both (at some point or another) sacrifice some of their humanity to become stronger. (It's spoilers to say, but the more you read of each the more similarities you'll pick up)
Several characters and Caska: If you read Devilman and the backstories you notice Caska is a combination of several traits of the woman present in the Devilman series.
Asuka and Griffith: Both are at one point or another best friends with the main character. Both also are one of the main reasons the main character is able to gain strength. They also share the trait of the (HUGE SPOILER).

Also, the relationship between the main character and the "best friend" can occasionally (and in some cases undeniably) be described as homosexual in nature (one could argue against this but no matter the case the bonds extend far beyond comradery and friendship). There are plenty of actions both "best friends" take out of jealousy over the main character's affections. Read more into both series and you'll find them. read more 
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Both stories involve creatures which take over people's minds and bodies and can morph them in monstrous ways, and a protagonist who manages to retain his human personality despite being one of these hosts. Both protagonist's have to deal with this fact while keeping their identity secret and struggling not to lose their humanity. 
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Manga: Maou Dante
Both series are written by Go Nagai & explore similar themes of paranoia, justification of sins, the weakness of humanity, corruption of religion & demons seeking to rid of humans for the safety of their race & the well being of their planet. Mao Dante is an incomplete rough draft for the Devilman series, while Devilman fully expresses it's story themes at its best. 
reportRecommended by THEAnimeHERO
Manga: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 1: Phantom Blood
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood and Devilman are extremely similar story wise, both being about a young boy and their defiant friend finding out about a mysterious mask which will grant a person with a supernatural power, then later haven grown up, the main characters will have to deal with the consequences brought by the powers of the mask. 
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Manga: Zetman
To me, it seems that Zetman is a modern spin on the themes originally used in Devilman. Both feature a main character who fights off an invasion of superhuman creatures while at the same time fighting to keep their humanity. 
reportRecommended by NoBadsign
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Same techniques were used. If you ever read devilman first, you will not be suprised with death note. 
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New 'Devilman' Anime Announced for Fall 2015

A new Devilman anime, based on the manga of the same name written by Go Nagai, has been announced by Dynamic Planning. It will be produced by Actas (Girls und Panzer...read more

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