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 series. 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 begin with this totally alien concept called the story. Of which you won't be getting any for about 9 episodes in a row (yes, out of 12 total). No joke—this is essentially a slice-of-life series about Dante showing off. And before you ask the obvious question—yes, it has less of a story than the action games
the setting is taken from. Furthermore—just to tease you—at several points you get an impression that some general plot is about to emerge (it eventually does, but already after you have lost all hope for it), but the very next moment you have your expectations casually ruined once again. You could probably even watch episodes 2–9 in any order without disturbing the narrative. For that exact reason you shouldn't worry about spoilers when discussing this series, as it's virtually impossible to spoil anything of substance. 4 points for story is me being generous here, owing it mostly to the universe created by the DMC game series.
Oh yeah, Dante. As I mentioned earlier, everything in this series is about showing Dante in the process of, uh... being cool? He tries so hard he transcends the meaning of the word "cool", being 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—none of your chump gourmet garbage. He has the coolest, totally overpowered weapons—because dramatic stakes are for pussies. 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 mere seconds—always with that detached facial expression which serves to drive home the point of his towering superiority. Yet he always fails to complete his primary objective because he's too damn righteous. Ermagerd, what an impossibly cool dude! And even during all that action, he appears to be utterly bored, almost depressed by it. 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 everyone's favorite baldy. Hellsing Ultimate has too much of that annoying character development? DMC should be right up your alley—it doesn't have any of that. Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached peak shallow.
On the topic of characters, the entire cast is mainly there to support Dante by... being glorified foils, 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 presence is never justified despite screenwriter's best efforts (which fail spectacularly, I must add). A notable character is Lady, who is also very cool—but still not quite there. This, however, doesn't prevent her from being far more capable at her job. But hey, if Dante doesn't bother doing the thing, it must not be very cool after all, right? There's also Trish, who is somewhere between Lady and Dante on the scale on coolness and never gets any screen time. The distribution of screen time in general seems to be decided by a coin toss, befitting the interchangeable, meandering nature of the side-characters. (That said, I gotta give some credit to designs and the fact that they're occasionally entertaining (if only because they try so hard) and evoke memories of better-written characters from the action anime of the days past; really makes you wish they were put in the more capable hands.) Lastly, there is that typical cartoony small fry antagonist who behaves like a plot-significant character despite being an obnoxious eyesore. The great plot twist (gasp!) is that he actually ends up being significant. At that point you'll just have to be a man and brace yourself. If you're a woman, become a man and then brace yourself.
I can't say much about sound and visuals. They're generally well-made and adequate for the subject matter; some scenes could have definitely been animated better (as in actually animated rather than panned across the screen), and the 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 the more entertaining content to watch. Don't expect anything beyond that, as you'll be met with nothing but disappointment. Just get your beverage of choice, a pack of favorite snacks, press play, and tune out. Alternatively, go play the original games and forget the anime adaptation ever existed.
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.
Can you name a single video game that was turned into a movie that wasn't an extremely terrible film that failed in all regards? Now can you name a good videogame that was turned into an anime that wasn't terrible? Alright...you can probably name a whole bunch, alot from the choose-your-own-adventure genres. However Devil May Cry is more like a terrible video game movie. If you've ever played, or seen someone play, Devil May Cry then you know the style of the game quite well. The quality and feel of the anime is nothing like that of the original videogame.
Lame. That single, bland word perfectly describes the storyline of this anime. I wonder sometimes what the storywriters were thinking when they sat down to write this anime. They clearly didn't put any heart or soul into this, and I hope that they had other projects that they deemed more important than this. The real storyline begins in about episode 4-5. When you have 12 episodes to tell a story in, and you spend the first third of the anime doing self contained episodes you know that you're off to a terrible start. Even the story that they decide to throw in is terrible and quickly forgettable.
Art: Some people praise the art, I however find it terrible to anything it tries to do. The art is very clunky, the people seem to be squares and triangles and circles thrown together, the fluidity of the people is nonexistant. Anyone who's seen the game knows what Dante looks like, and in the anime version he loses everything that makes him so cool in the game. I got a very generic feeling from the art, it didn't seem that they were taking any risks, they were just doing the same old things over and over and the art seemed really stale.
Sound: The sound is good, the effects are good, the music is good. I believe with almost absolute certainty that they took a lot of the music from the game itself and I found it was the single thing that I was connecting with as I watched with.
Character: On the outside Dante is a badass. A pizza-eating, Strawberry Sundae drinking badass. And on the inside? Well...he's a badass. And he's lazy. He will beat up anyone, especially demons, because they piss him off. And while he's exorcising the demons and doing whatever it is he does he doesn't seem to care at all. Cause nothing is more badass than killing bad guys while not seeming to care about it at all. Now....as the writers sat down they must have thought "hmm...how exactly do we make a better anime when the main character is a rude, pizza-eating badass?" and some guy went "OH! MY! GOD! We add....a CUTE LITTLE GIRL! Who talks a lot and is a central part of the storyline so basically Dante is forced to stick beside her...people will LOVE IT!" However...it doesn't work because it's been done a thousand times before, and it was original 10 years ago....and it was fresh then too. But now it's not. They also throw in characters from the games, but it feels forced and is quite annoying for anyone who's played the games.
Enjoyment: Honestly, after episode 4 I stopped paying attention at all. I really, really didn't care after episode 6. After episode 8 I could barely sit through each episode. So I can honestly say that I didn't enjoy this anime at all. At all.
I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone who enjoys the game series. It's such a huge disappointment if you're expecting it to be the game. However some people might really enjoy this anime, however I've never met anyone who enjoyed it. The only good point is that it's only 12 episodes, so even if you hate it it's only 4 hours of your life....that you'll never get back.
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...
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