Devilman: Tanjou-hen

Devilman: The Birth

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Japanese: デビルマン 誕生編
English: Devilman: The Birth
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 1, 1987
Studios: Oh! Production
Source: Manga
Genres: HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: GoreGore, MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 50 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.201 (scored by 1679316,793 users)
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Ranked: #36792
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Popularity: #3974
Members: 31,931
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Akira Fudou leads the life of a typical high school student. After a chance encounter with school bullies, he is rescued by his childhood friend Ryou Asuka. Ryou and Akira catch up over the course of an afternoon that ends with them crashing a party at a nightclub. Initially uncomfortable with the environment, Akira is shocked when violence provokes some of the club's partygoers to transform into demonic monsters. He and Ryou are only saved from the encounter thanks to the intervention of a great demon known as Amon. Amon possesses Akira, and the two together form the powerful Devilman⁠—a being that, due to the influence of Akira's strong empathy for his fellow man, is resolved to keep the human race safe from the threats of demonkind.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Professor Asuka

Terashima, Mikio




Uchida, Naoya

Fudou, Kaori

Ikeda, Masako

Fudou, Reijirou

Tsukayama, Masane


Iida, Umanosuke
Director, Script
Nagai, Go
Script, Original Creator
Wolskel, John
Sakamoto, Eizou
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Nov 29, 2023
This OVA is faithful to the manga and features plenty of bloody demon fight scenes, male and female nudity, and enough gore to fill a dump truck. Although the show has some rough spots and unsettling writing at the beginning, it ended up being better than expected, at least among gory action movies.

Devilman begins slowly with tension building, but the first episode lacks substance until the end. In terms of the storyline, the episode mishandles Akira's moral dilemma. It is tragic to merge with a demon to save the Earth, but the chosen method is completely out of character. Despite a slow start, the movie ...
Feb 2, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Devilman: The Birth is the first of 3 80's/90's OVA's that adapt roughly the same material as Netflix's terrible Devilman Crybaby. This OVA is somehow both worse and better than Crybaby at the same time, and I'll explain how. First of all the artwork/animation is actually quite good. Despite being made in the late 80's the anime still looks good today because the character designs are very detailed, unlike the 2018 Crybaby. Unfortunately, BECAUSE the art is more detailed, when something very violent/gory happens it makes you sick to your stomach, more so than Crybaby made you feel with its lack of detail in the ...
Oct 21, 2020
Honesty this movie(dub that is) is ironically one of the funniest things ive seen. Just the line delivery is so over the top that it carries the movie. The pacing is actually pretty decent tho but that probably due to short running time. A lot of things bugged me tho like how the music never fit any of the scenes. I had a hard time telling if a scene was supposed to be scary, badass, funny, or sad because all the music cant empahaise anything and when it can the voice acting ruined it. The characters were kinda forgettable and the story was really ...

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