Edit Anime Information
What would you like to edit?

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
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Oh! Production
Source: Manga
Duration: 51 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.161 (scored by 5,177 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #29022
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3597
Members: 9,109
Favorites: 105
Ranked #2902Popularity #3597Members 9,109
Add to List
Episodes: /1
buy from CD Japan


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.


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors


Iida, Umanosuke
Director, Script
Wolskel, John
Sakamoto, Eizou
Theme Song Performance
Kawai, Kenji

Edit Opening Theme

No opening themes have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding an opening theme here.

Edit Ending Theme

No ending themes have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding an ending theme here.

More reviewsReviews

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.
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
Nov 1, 2013
Shura-shurato (All reviews)
well....i´ll guess it was COMPLETLY my mistake that i took this anime quite ´lightly´ back in 1999,as a 13 year old to find this kind of anime in a bargain bin on vhs and at first it din´t look that scared, till i watched it afterwards, in those days it was like `anime´s forbidden fruit´ to younger kids .
The ´anime master of horror´ Go Nagai ( with respect ofc)
seemed already made a t.v series of devilman in the 1970´s and a movie called Devilman v.s Mazinger Z wich both i never saw aired and over the decades made short horrorstorie´s or ova´s like read more
Feb 13, 2016
Cooltaff12 (All reviews)
For a more visual version of this review, check out this Youtube video: /watch?v=zwiD1Eyk5kk

Back when the original TV series was airing, there wasn't any real adaptation of Devilman. Sure the original TV series existed, but it went on a different path than the manga. However in 1987, we finally saw an OVA that promised us to follow more closely to the manga.

Was it any good? Well, it depends on how you watch it. If you watch it with knowing what Devilman is about, then you have an interesting and entertaining adaptation. But if you watch it as an introduction to Devilman, it might just read more


Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Devilman: The Birth Episode 1 Discussion
ballistique - Feb 10, 2009
15 replies by Touka__Kirishima »»
Nov 27, 12:40 AM

Recent Featured Articles

15 of the Best Adult Anime of All Time

15 of the Best Adult Anime of All Time

You've always known that anime is a medium that breaks down boundaries. Now, we're going to be taking a look at the best adult anime which push things beyond the limit!
Top 15 Anime Demon & Devil Characters

Top 15 Anime Demon & Devil Characters

Anime demons and devils are arguably some of the coolest types of boys and girls in anime.