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Devilman: Tanjou-hen

Alternative Titles

English: Devilman: The Birth
Japanese: デビルマン 誕生編


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 1, 1987
Studios: Oh! Production
Source: Manga
Duration: 51 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.191 (scored by 8,951 users)
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Ranked: #29432
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Popularity: #3299
Members: 16,509
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Akira is just another normal kid in modern-day Tokyo, until an old friend of his, Ryo, shows up and turns his world upside down. Akira learns that there is an upcoming war of demons on humanity and he has just been enlisted for a major tour of duty. But the only way to fight a demon is with their power, so Akira and Ryo risk a dangerous ceremony in an attempt to create humanity's only hope: the powerful Devilman.


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Iida, Umanosuke
Director, Script
Wolskel, John
Sakamoto, Eizou
Theme Song Performance
Nagai, Go
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May 19, 2009
Sig15 (All reviews)
Devilman is just ridiculous. There is some horribly cheesy dialogue and a lot of people think its retarded, but i find it both funny AND awesome.
Jan 31, 2018
bibi-fan (All reviews)
For any fan of the recent Anime Devilman Crybaby and wondered if you should give this OVA a try, this review is for you. At this point, you’ve probably seen a couple “Devilman dub is gold” or “Devilman dub is a treasure.” The sheer quirkiness of some of the dialogue has made these videos become incredibly popular. After it being brought to your attention, you might wonder is Devilman: Tanjou-hen worth watching?

Story (5/10)

The story of Devilman: Tanjou-hen (also known as Devilman: The Birth) is much the same of the devilman you already know. Akira, young weak boy meets up with his good friend Ryo. Ryo read more
Mar 20, 2012
Donwun (All reviews)
This is one of the first animes i ever saw and considering it’s themes it’s clear to me now that when I began my anime journey this anime in particular probably had a profound effect on my young mind for both good and bad reasons.


Akira Fudou is your typical kind hearted high school student. He looks after cute little bunny rabbits while at school and has a nice girl friend (not dating) that he lives with since his parents are away on an excavation in the South Pole.

One day while walking home from school Ryo, an old friend from Akira’s childhood turns up out of read more
Jan 9, 2018
piogloogy (All reviews)
If you are a tad bit cracked in the head and you are a fervent Go Nagai fan like me, this film may be the most faithful interpretation of his work that you will ever see. While the film adds and subtracts
a tad bit of scenes, it is as if many of the panels and dialogue from the first volume of Devilman are literally animated onto the screen. The animation is a little wonky at times but is overall, very good for 1987. And true to Go "My Father Died" Nagai's work the film is sort of awkward and the dialogue is down right read more


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