Synonyms: Devil man, Debiruman
Published: Jun 11, 1972 to Jun 24, 1973
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Score: 8.011 (scored by 1912 users)
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SynopsisDemons 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.
Related MangaCharacter: Violence Jack
Sequel: Devilman Lady
Spin-off: Neo Devilman, Devilman vs Getter Robo, Silene-chan, Devilman vs Yami no Teiou
Side story: Amon: The Darkside of Devilman, Shin Devilman
Alternative version: Devilman G
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!!!
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.
Chapters 1-3 (score: 6/10)
It starts with a scene from ages past about demons roaming the land and a mystical being appearing and condensing them into a... something. Then it cuts off from that and goes to Akira.
Right at the start, you can see how characterization is dreadful, it shows just a stupid scene apparently trying to tell how Akira and Miki are extremelly cliché, then goes right into the story with Ryo. It presents what the story is gonna be all about, which is actually a fantastic idea. Demons are coming back after thousands of year buried in ice, even referencing Dante's Divine Comedy. Its all well explained in these first chapters what happened to them, how they are, what they're capable of, and what they intend.
Then Ryo tells Akira to merge with a demon to be able to fight them. Decent start, what could go wrong?
Chapters 4-11 (score: 1/10)
Trainwreck. After Akira becomes Devilman, it becomes episodic demon fighting, with lots of asspulled ridiculous powers that were never presented before (I mean, fighting with eyebrows? firing lightinings with them? are you kidding me?). Devilman will be fighting random demons that appear out of nowhere, with failed attempts at drama by introducing a new character and killing her off in the next pages, showing the flat love interest going through peril, and all that serves no purpose AT ALL to the story that's coming in the next stage, it's all pointless, absolutely. Why waste so much time with this? It does not provide any characterization, nor any plot development in the slightest.
Chapters 12-19 (score: 7/10)
THIS is where something finally happens. Remember how the synopsis is about saving humanity from demons? So, this is where they actually do something besides a few of them appearing out of nowhere to fight Devilman. I have to say, without spoiling, that this part has great strategizing and twists, it's really the best part of the story, but it still suffers from a few things:
1 - Pacing. It's all rushed, has timeskips and a few plot devices to try making things faster. Maybe if it hadn't wasted 8 chapters on nothing, the pacing could've been much better on this stage.
2 - Pointlessness. It introduces big demons and a sphere of light (it's possible to deduce what it is, could've been used greatly) that are forgotten later on.
3 - It fails to pass the message. It tries telling about the malice of humanity, but it lacks the drama necessary for it to be meaningful. Akira will be shedding a tear, but the reader won't feel a thing, because the characters are flat and don't feel human at all.
When you reach chapter 19, you'll probably be wondering "how the hell is this gonna end in 1 chapter?" There you go.
Chapter 20 (score: 2/10)
Were you expecting an epic final fight? A mindblowing conclusion? Well, think again. Not only it's extremelly rushed, it fails to explain some stuff that is going on. A sphere of light appears doing something that doesn't make sense, is it the same one that was presented earlier? And what is that in the background of the last page? Is it that same light? What is going on there? No answers.
And the last dialogue, that actually presents some relevant information (which is why I gave it a 2 instead of 1), also adds a new one that makes you wonder if the demons are retarded, because something they did thousands of years ago doesn't follow any logic.
Remember the beginning of the first chapter that showed that scene from ages past? What happened there is never explained too.
ART (score: 5/10)
The artwork is very inconsistent. You see, in the first chapter you'll be seeing the scene from ages past about the demons, and that's very well drawn.
But when it gets to Akira story, you see how shitty it gets. Character designs are all cartoonish, not fitting at all for a story about demons and gore, there's a lot of lazyness such as drawing floating heads to avoid drawing backgrounds and bodies.
Then why did I give it a score 5? Because sometimes it's awesome. In the 3rd stage of the story there are cities, explosions and stuff, and it's all detailed. So by balancing the shit parts with the good ones, it comes out a 5.
CHARACTER (score: 2/10)
Ryou turned out to be well written by the end, truly a good character, with past, goals, morals and development. Not a single one of the other characters is like that.
Akira is one-dimensional and inconsistent right at the start. Ryou says he's a good person with a kind heart - never given a second dimension to back that up - but then Akira will be going all "fuck yeah, I'll become Devilman and go on a rampage on those demons". Then he becomes violent because of the demon inside him, but later on he becomes reasonable again for no reason. Poorly developed, with no second dimension and inconsistent first dimension.
Miki is a cliché zero-dimensional character that doesn't do anything besides trying to be a love interest and make drama.
And the side characters? There's Miki's parents and brother, which are as flat as possible, and... Well, anybody else? The demons? Most get no characterization at all, and the ones who get are only hazy pasts and exist only as devices to fight Akira in the second stage of the story.
ENJOYMENT (score: 5/10)
I really, really wanted to like this manga. It had a fantastic concept, but as soon as I reached the second volume, it started to be a pain to continue reading. Thankfully chapters 12-19 saved this, or the enjoyment value would be around 2. read more
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.
If you look at the first half of Devilman, it's almost identical to Parasyte...only it's the older one. Parasyte is basically Devilman.
The main Character in each manga have the same situation by losing their humanity and merging with another creature and fighting for minkind.
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.
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.
The stories in both series (especially in regards to Berserk's Golden Age arc) are almost identical (involving demons, hell, the sacrifice of one's humanity for power, and the like). Both Akira Fudo (Devilman) and Guts (Berserk) are (relatively) mundane individuals who are hired by white-haired bishonens (Ryo in Devilman, Griffith in Berserk) to fight for them, earning infamous reputations. Both also have EXTREMELY dark endings (just of the Golden Age arc with Berserk), that involve betrayal and loss. The series do differ in their protagonists though, with Akira being pure-hearted and kind and Guts being cynical and cruel.
Miura has stated that one of the main inspirations for Berserk was the work of Go Nagai, with Devilman being the one that likely inspired him the most. Both feature creative monster designs and a good insight into the ugliness of human nature. The friendship and development of Akira and Ryo, leading to a large plot twist, is something easily comparable to the friendship that Guts and Griffith felt, along with the twist from the events of the Eclipse.
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