Devil May Cry follows the story of the demon hunter known as Dante. As a half demon, half human, he uses his trusty sword Rebellion and his two guns Ebony and Ivory to take on missions. Dante owns and runs "Devil May Cry," a business that specializes in hunting and killing demon-related problems.
Devil May Cry is a very strange anime. It does its thing nicely for a bit but then goes and ruins it with some silly nonsense. I have no idea why or how that happened. I mean, the games are pretty consistently decent, so why isn't this show the same?
Let's start with that totally unnecessary thing called story. Honestly, you might as well forget about it, as you won't be getting any for about 9 episodes in a row. No joke—this is essentially a slice-of-life series about Dante being cool. And before you ask the obvious question—yes, it has less of a story than the
series of action games the setting is based on. Furthermore, at several points you get an impression that some general plot is about to emerge (it eventually does, but already after you lose all hope for it), but the very next moment you have your expectations shattered without any back thought. You could probably even watch episodes 2–9 out of order without noticing any substantial difference. For that exact reason, you shouldn't worry about spoilers when discussing this anime, since it's impossible to spoil something that is either immediately obvious or completely non-existing. "4" is a generous mark here, owing mostly to the universe created by DMC game series.
Oh yeah, Dante. As I mentioned earlier, everything in this series is about showing Dante in the process of being cool. He's so cool he transcends the meaning of the word "cool", like the living embodiment of coolness never seen since the cool came to cool town. He always has that swag going, and his sense of fashion oozes style. Obviously, he only eats the coolest food in existence: pizza, strawberry sundae, beer—nothing else. He has megacool overpowered weapons—because dramatic stakes are for pussies. And even his name is cool. Unsurprisingly, every time he's up for a job, he always does it single-handedly—be it a bike race, gambling, or slaughtering a several-stories-tall demon in seconds—with that detached facial expression that drives home the point of his towering superiority. Yet he always fails to complete his primary objective because he's too damn righteous. How impossibly cool! And even during that, he appears to be utterly bored by stuff happening around him. One Punch Man too popular for you? Take a look at this gem then: DMC did the "overpowered MC is bored by flaccid antagonists" shtick 8 years before the bald guy. Hellsing Ultimate has too much of that annoying character development? DMC should be right up your boat—it doesn't have any.
On the topic of characters, the entire cast is mainly there to support Dante by... looking deliberately uncool in comparison. First, we have Morrison, who is old-fashioned, intelligent, and an exemplary gentleman, almost a polar opposite of Dante. Then there's Patty, the token loli moeblob comic relief character whose significance is never shown despite screenwiter's best efforts (which fail spectacularly, I must add). A notable character is Lady, who is almost as cool as Dante, but still not quite up to his level; this, however, doesn't prevent her from being more successful at her job. But hey, if Dante doesn't do it, it must not be very cool, right? Also, there is Trish, who is between Lady and Dante on the scale on coolness and never gets any screen time. Lastly, there is that typical small fry antagonist who behaves like a character significant for the plot, although you wouldn't ever want him to be. The plot twist is that he actually is. You have to be a man and brace yourself. Or, if you're a woman, become a man and then brace yourself.
I can't say much about sound and visuals. Both seem to be quite fitting and high quality in general, but as for animation, some scenes could have definitely be animated better (as in, actually animated—you'll get it when you see it), and music lacks variety somewhat—almost all of it is mere variations on the three dominant themes.
All in all, DMC is the kind of show you'd want for some simple braindead entertainment when you've run out of more entertaining stuff. Don't expect anything beyond that, as otherwise you'll be disappointed in no time. Just get your beverage of choice, a pack of suitable snacks, and press play. Alternatively, go play Quake 3 deathmatch—it has just about the same amount of plot with ten times the action and thrill.
If you’ve never heard of Devil May Cry before and are looking for a good action anime, this is not it. If you’re a fan of the video games and want to see more stylish ass-kickery, prepare to be disappointed.
Story: Dante is running his business, performing mundane tasks for clients like demon-slaying, saving the world, the usual. Almost every episode starts and concludes one of Dante’s assigned cases, involving nasty monsters that inevitably end up dead. There is some cheap drama that focuses on a young girl whom Dante saved and a loser demon who wants to become a god, but you’re not seriously
here for the plot are you?
Art: The art style is able to create a dark, gothic atmosphere where Dante spills plenty of demon blood. However, it is not enough to keep you tense at all since fight scenes are way too short. Battles involve more talking than fighting and tend to be settled with one stroke (by guess who). There is a significant lack of spectacularly choreographed fight sequences as seen in the games, which will no doubt be a major letdown. Animation quality is only mediocre for when there is actually action. If you're hoping Dante will pull devil trigger, unleash some insane combos, or wield his other devil arms, guess what? He won't!
Oh and yes, Trish and Lady are in this, but they’re drawn rather unattractively. No eye candy here.
Sound: Some heavy rock, some gothic choir tracks, all very forgettable. Seems even the lowliest of demons can speak Japanese. Voice acting and sound effects are acceptable, but nothing noteworthy.
Characters: Here it is, the reason you may be considering this anime: to see Dante kick plenty of ass. And here is also the show’s main failure: Dante is simply overpowered. Yes we know he’s super cool and skilled, but he faces absolutely no challenging adversaries at all. This entire anime is a series of totally one sided fights like I've never seen. Dante spends some time cracking jokes, his opponent says something stupid like “I stand a chance!”, and then Dante proceeds with delivering the pain. Except not in a spectacular, SSSmoking SSSick fashion. More like finishing it with one bullet from Ebony/Ivory or a couple swings of Rebellion. For fans of the games, this is a major kick to the balls and won’t leave you satisfied at all.
Oh, and apparently Dante loves eating strawberry sundaes on sunny afternoons, while getting bossed around by a precocious little girl. Who would've thought.
Enjoyment: I loved the video games for their dramatic fight sequences, challenging bosses, cheesy humor and impossible physics. What the anime tries to duplicate, it does so without success. Dante is not so much kicking ass in this show as he is absentmindedly swatting flies. Your time would be better spent trying/ replaying the DMC video games. Except DMC2, let’s just forget that ever existed.
Devil May Cry: The Animated Series: Is it Worth It or Worst?
A Devil May Cry Game into an Anime? Really? H-How? H-How did you make this game into an anime. I-I-- (sigh)... Alright... Just, let me review this anime...
Devil May Cry: The Animated Series... Is by far, THE WORST ANIME THAT I'VE WATCHED IN MY LIFE... FROM MADHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT?! REALLY? THE ONE WHO GAVES US DEATH NOTE, AND KISEIJUU COMES WITH THIS HORRIFYING PIECE OF S... Ahh... Fuu-- (sigh) okay... Okay... Settle down, Vaas... Just... Let me... Just me relax and focus on my review... Okay (Inhaling) (Exhaling)...
Alright, let me review this, I was so
shocked when my beloved video game franchise, Devil May Cry, became an anime. And, the most shockingly thing that I've been seen when I watch this English dub is that, it was came from MadHouse Entertainment! I mean, come on... At first I was like, "Hmm... MadHouse? What more could I ask for? It was like, the best anime corporations out there, there's nothing hideous when I watch this anime, right? Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is going to be a BLAST." And then, when I watch it from first to the last, I-- I don't know... I don't freaking know what am I going to say to both CAPCOM (the gaming developers of Devil May Cry) and MadHouse about this... this... SELLOUT ANIME BASED FROM THE VIDEO GAME CRAP...
I hate this adaptations, and this is main example why the adaptation is so cruel, is so vile and worst.
Okay, let's start with the Storyline shall we? (SPOILER ALERT) So it goes like this, there was man named Dante and a girl named Patty who stays in the Devil May Cry shop to search for her missing mother. Then, it also explains how Lady and Trish met (and that's why Trish and Lady became friends in the game; Devil May Cry 4), and wanted to kill all those who were in Dante's way, especially Sid, the main antagonist of the story who looks like a beggar at first but now he's a demon jackass. Oh, and by the way, this anime is CANON, meaning this anime is also set on the same universe on the game itself. So... As I checked on the storyline, it's just plain and simple, and also, there are no memorable things here in this anime, besides how Lady and Trish met, how Dante spoke profanity (which is kinda weird though), and Baul and Modeous' Appearances as Sparda's Protegees.
But you know what is worst in this anime? A Lot actually, like those Demon Fights with Dante which you think you'd expected longer and hardcore, well, I'd say, NOPE, it's not fun and I'd rather watch "Shingeki No Kyojin", "Naruto", or even the longest fight between Goku and Cell in "Dragon Ball Z" than wasting my time on this climatic... or should I say "Boring" Climatic Sequence. And also, really? On the episode where it sets on the Opera House, when Dante says to Patty "Sorry kid, but this following sequence is FOR ADULTS ONLY." You also showed her any kinds of fighting and gore against those demons you've been facing with even the fight is sets behind the curtain... Really? Dante from the Anime World, a word of advice, Instead of telling her that, why don't you tell her to get out of the opera house because it's "...FOR ADULTS ONLY"... Really, Dante? Is this is how you treat that kid like that? "Dante's Has No Son or Daughter Maybe That Was Acceptable, right?" F--- NO!! He already looks like older now and a little mature, maybe he knows what is Good Values and Right Conduct. What is he? A Half-Demon, Half-Human with No Brain?
Nope... I don't like it... Why? Because Dante, from my view, is kinda thin, what is he? Is he taking some dope or something? What's wrong with him? The Only Dante I Know is he has a Good Shape and With A Nice F-----G Abs #NoHomo... WHY DON'T YOU DO THAT IN THE ANIME?! And also, Lady is so Hideous... Much worst to Dante's look in DmC: Devil May Cry game. So, when my boner was about to engage, instead, my boner retreats... Trish... I don't know, but for me, she looks fine though so I accept that...
And as for the other minor characters... I have no problems at all... Besides, they're just another bunch of anime characters from the DMC universe. Except they're new and not on the game. Because if they are existed in the game, I would just flipped myself over because of those hideous looks starting from Lady to Dante...
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Dante, speaks profanity, which is UNACCEPTABLE, but maintains its cool just like in the game. Lady, has the worst shape but her character maintains it, and Trish, which is also acceptable. Appearantly, those characters are just good enough... Except Sid, I don't like his face. PERIOD. Maybe next time, try Ver--... No... No... Not here in this anime... Oh how about this... NEXT TIME... TRY MAKING A ANTAGONIST THAT LOOKS LIKE VERGIL AND FIGHTS LIKE VERGIL EXCEPT IT'S A DIFFERENT NAME, how about that?
Fun Part of the story? I'd say... Hmm... Wait... Give me more minutes to think...
(More Minutes Later)
Nope, I don't enjoy it... Oh wait... There's One... That was closing my Windows Media Player which contain the Episodes from Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, shutting down my PC, and go to sleep like it was just a dream... or a nightmare perhaps...
In my opinion... It's enough to play Devil May Cry games except watching this anime. I'm sorry, I don't like this and I wanted to have more time to watch any other animes besides this anime toilet... So, if you want to watch this anime, I RECOMMENDED YOU TO WATCH "DEATH NOTE" or "PARASYTE -THE MAXIM-". Two of the most well recommended anime shows from MadHouse Entertainment.
Parasyte -The Maxim- is maybe the best choice to devour Devil May Cry: The Animated Series onto it's roots. Why? Parasyte has the best battle out there and it has a great storyline with a well character development. So I recommend to watch that instead of this hideous anime adaptation based on the game.
So my final verdict is 3/10... It almost gone out to 2 or pathetic score. But because Dante's jokes that are kinda funny, and the explaination on how Lady and Trish turns out into good friends from DMC4, i guess that's enough to cover it...
I'm not surprised one bit. No, really I'm not. It's a video game to anime/movie translation. Normally, these types of projects are horrible anyway. I'm sure many people know that this is based on the game of the same name, as it followed Dante completing missions by exterminating demons in some very stylish ways. Unfortunately, although the demon killing is present in the series. The greatness that was found in the games is completely lost. Those out there who sat through the Street Fighter Alpha series, Fatal Fury movies, or heaven forbid Art of Fighting. More than likely shouldn't be surprised and already have an
idea on just how often the mark is missed. The only thing surprising to me is that the fans didn't outright obliterate this bullshit on release date like they did Street Fighter: Generations.
Video game to anime are mainly meant for one particular fan base, and that is fans of the games. However, as a fan of the game myself. I can tell you that this series doesn't do the game any justice at all, and as an anime, Devil May Cry is pretty much unwatchable. Devil May Cry has almost nothing to offer.
There's a dumpster load of reasons to hate this series. Right from the very beginning, I knew this series was going to be bad because Dante was given a chibi character named Patty to baby sit. This character along with many others serves absolutely no purpose, except to provide small repeated comedy relief which was never funny to begin with, and this is among the cliches that are present in this series.
The characters are incredibly bland, and the secondary characters make appearances for no reason other than to squeeze in popular faces from the video game. Outside of the way they fight, the viewer can forget about learning anything about them. The secondary characters who make their appearances are Trish and Lady: two female fighters that aren't even slightly developed, with only very small hints about them thrown out there.
Dante is a decent character sort of yet he's very lame as well. He deals out death packing his usual two pistols with a large sword, but his full abilities are never fully displayed. Even fans of the game should come away disappointed here. Try to imagine Ryu from Street Fighter never using his ultimate attack, which would be the "Hadoken", and you will get the picture. In addition, I find nothing cool about a character whom fights demons, but loses to children and everybody in grown up games. Plus, has a love for cherry sundaes? It just comes off weird to me. Instead, he should be drinking beer, some fuckin' robust, full bodied, imperial stouts or some shit.
The direction is atrocious. The series utilizes an episodic format which happens to become quite repetitive and very predictable. Clients would appear to Dante requesting his services, and each episode ends with some type of battle with a demon. Hints at a greater plot are mentioned very early. Only to be completely dropped and never mentioned again.
Giving a tad bit of credit where it's due. Some of the villains are somewhat interesting with decent abilities, but every last one of them are poorly used in delivering good battles. The action sequences are very boring and lack a lot of imagination. Many of the fight scenes either consist of off screen and unseen action, or are decided in one move victories. This also includes demons that are heavily hyped in to being real threats. The battles are colossal disappointments, and they are cut too short for an action oriented fan whom has binged on a lot of action anime to really be pleased. There are too many action titles out there that very far surpasses this, and I'm talking titles that pre-date this at least a decade. The ending is every bit as unsatisfying, bland, and nonsensical, as every thing that came before it. This series is almost a bigger waste of time than Hell Girl, and that's saying a lot.
Devil May Cry at least stands out with its production values. It definitely looks pretty, and it smoothly blends in 3-D with CG. The artwork brings the Madhouse flavor with scantily clad chicks almost baring it all, and the character designs are very faithful to their video game counterparts. I didn't find any of the designs for the demons to be impressive. Only passable at the very best.
The soundtrack contains a real good opening theme, which is titled "d.m.c.", and quite honestly displays the best animation in the series. Plus, the ending theme is a nice song performed by Rin Oikawa called "I'll Be Your Home", but it's not worth sitting through 20+ minutes of bad anime to hear it. The voice work from the English cast was fine to me. Dante at times delivered some profanity filled lines, which were kind of funny. I can't comment on the Japanese cast, because I would never sit through this more than once.
Devil May Cry is a nightmare for the anime vet and non fans of the game; but as a fan of the game, all this series does is make me want to play through the games for two reasons. Number one: to remind me that Devil May Cry really is a cool and entertaining franchise. Number two: to cleanse my mind of the vacuous tripe I've wasted my time on. I would say avoid this shit, but since it has a high rating I'm probably wasting my time.
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