After discovering the existence of demons in Tokyo, the original Cyborg crew led by Dr. Gilmore find themselves in conflict with Devilman, a strong demon believed to be in league with the war-profiteering terrorist organisation, Black Ghost. Meanwhile, a bigger threat emerges when Dr. Adams, a Black Ghost scientist unleashes his new line of high teen Cyborg models against 009 and his friends.
Cyborg 009 VS Devilman is a crossover anime which was announced separately as new works of Cyborg 009 (in March 2015) and Devilman (in April 2015). The two were later revealed to be a single work. It was screened in theaters for a two-week period beginning October 17, 2015, before being released as OVAs. Ishimori Production co-sponsored the production as part of the 50th anniversary of the Cyborg 009 manga.
Cyborg 009 vs Devilman is the latest offering in both the Cyborg 009 and Devilman franchise.
Some background first: A young Go Nagai (Devilman) initially worked with the creator of Cyborg 009, Shotaro Ishinomori as an assistant for about 2 years before his own professional debut. As such, Nagai had high respect for the legendary artist. This collaboration is born out of genuine love for both series.
On the surface, this might seem to be just a simple crossover between Cyborg 009 vs Devilman, but it's more than that. It actually involves a plot involving high teens cyborgs (Cyborgs that were made after 0013) that
are unleashed upon our heroes by Dr. Adams. Add Devilman and co to the mix, and you have a completely original story with completely original characters, and yet the OVA still manages to insert itself into both manga's canon, without hurting each other.
The art and animation is crisp and clear as day. It has a few QUALITY moments, but overall, the production value was good.
Sound was good too. The opening by JAM Project is particularly a joy to watch and listen to, , but the marvel-like ending was amazingly done. It was essentially a montage of scenes taken directly from the source material (The manga of both Cyborg 009 and Devilman).
This was one of my highly anticipated anime of the year, and I wasn't disappointed.
However the only negative thing I could think of is that this series was made for the fans of the original comics, and its appeal might be lost on newcomers to both franchises. That said, if you've never read Cyborg 009 or Devilman, I still suggest you do give it a try if you can find a subbed copy. (Unfortunately, the anime still is not subbed as of 2015)
As a fan of the Cyborg 009: The Cyborg soldier -series, I found this quite hard to watch and enjoy. Overall the movie itself looks good, however, it does look a little bit funny when the two art styles collide - they don't quite go together.
The characters unfortunately lack character and are just there to make you feel nostalgia - "oh my god! it's the whole crew!". It just didn't feel right; they all just pull off a move or two and then their role is pretty much done. So, character development is non-existing. It was also disappointing, that the whole voice crew (at least
the 009 side) was totally a re-cast and some of the voices didn't match the faces.
The plot itself seems forced and lacks surprises. The ending was quite underwhelming as well. And to those who liked the last fight I say: that was some silly shit. I MUST SPOIL THIS! The last move Joe/009 pulls off should have killed him, since it pretty much is the same thing that gets him dead in the cyborg soldier -series. I would let it slide if this was taking place in another universe, but it isn't; The movie clearly takes place between the Mythos arc and the last arc of Cyborg Soldier (with the human clones, Zattan/Zartan etc.), which brings me to another weird point.
For some reason this movie takes the original characters from the Mythos arc and Artemis is not present at all and is replaced with the original Helena; However they used the same model which is used as the design of the 5 cloned sisters in the CS series so it got me confused a little bit, since during the arc that takes place after the movie should include all the cloned sisters, that look exactly the same as Helena (though she shouldn't be confused with Helen in CS). Thus this movie can and can't be placed in between those arcs. They should've used another design for her since most of the other characters (including her brother Apollo) got their appearance re-touched - it could have saved some people from the confusion, if they haven't seen or read the versions before CS. In short, it was disappointing not to see Artemis, since on my opinion she is a lot more interesting character than her original counter part Helena.
Overall it was fun to look at but it doesn't give me the impression to encourage other fans of the series to watch this. A good try, but nope.
Cyborg 009 vs Devilman is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I'm a fan of the Devilman series, and it feels underrepresented in this crossover as compared to Cyborg 009. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is unfamiliar with the source material as you're only given very condensed introductions of both to establish where the story takes place in each respective timeline. If you're familiar with both, you should be able to pick up on it, but if this is the first time you're seeing either you will be completely lost.
It is very much "I Clapped: The Crossover" but I will admit
that I did find it to be enjoyable at times. However, as previously mentioned, I felt Devilman was given a bit of the short end of the stick in this crossover and that it favored the Cyborg 009 cast. Episode 1 was the best, episode 2 was just okay, and episode 3 completely fell apart in my opinion.
Story: The story is simple enough. The Cyborgs become aware of the demon presence in Tokyo and theorize that Black Ghost is behind it so they set out to investigate.
Art: It's neat to see the blue style of Devilman applied to this version of his story and I thought the Cyborg 009 cast translated nicely as well. There is modifications to most to give the crossover its own flair and I didn't mind any.
Sound: I really enjoyed the intro and outro themes performed by The Jam Project. Other than that, nothing really stuck out to me. The VA's do a fine job as well.
Character: There's no sort of character development, as mentioned earlier, the crossover expects you to be familiar with the cast. I also felt Ryou was particularly underutilized, which is a shame. It plucks the characters from specific points in their timelines, so I would keep that in mind.
Enjoyment/Overall: I would say this is worth a look if you're a fan of one of the series'. The characters mix about as well as oil/water so it's interesting to watch on that merit alone.
It's fun to see both back at it and until Devilman: Crybaby was announced there was no real indication you'd be seeing either for a while again. However, the plot really fell apart for me at the end and the lack of Devilman's characters dampened my enjoyment a bit. However it's still a pretty easy watch overall for a fan of either series.
For a more visual and in-depth review, check out this Youtube video: /watch?v=5yRjCHjfidw
If you do not know nor seen either of Devilman and Cyborg 009, then you should look up the source material since this crossover will only give you a short introduction.
Not to mention that this crossover is special as it both series are hardly owned by the same company or person. The few things they do share is their message of war and that their authors where buddies and some times assistans on different projects.
This story is straight forward, as both series tend to be. The cyborg team notice demons where spotted
in Japan. They go investigate. Devilman does he usual brutal hunt for said demons. Cyborgs discover a plot to merge demons with cyborgs and they stumble across Devilman. They fight, retreat and both goes separately to the villains and team up at the last act. It feels like it's more focused on the Cyborg and they give them more of a chance. However, it's understandable since they not only cover most of the cast, but they drive the plot forward.
One thing I do give it credit for is that they do fight seriously against each other. This is not like other crossover with 'vs' in the title just so that they can have a friendly sparing. Furthermore, unlike other crossover, we have tie but with only a hair breeze.
The side plot is welcomed as this is 3 OVA episodes.
The Design for both cyborgs and demons are on point of each respected series. Cyborg team does look like the 2000 but with some redesigns. Devilman himself is the best of them all as he is now bigger and more intimidating than before. His design is a mix between the 70's and late 80's Devilman. The only problem is the humans where both Akira and Ryou looks too shounen, and the final villain or boss which is rather dull.
Anything beside the opening and ending is not that noticeable. Some tracks do sound the same, but they are good samples for reviews.
The opening and the ending is a duality with the opening have the energetic of Cyborg 009 while ending is more rock/Devilman.
The new voice actors for each character in Japanese are fine, with the exception of 006 who originally voiced Ryou in the previous Devilman OVAs.
The dub is also okay, although expect names to be pronounced differently and Devilman to sound like a bear.
By far this is the best part of the crossover. Most character act as they did in the source material, probably even better. Unlike the rest of the Cyborg movies, where they sit on the bench most of the time, they act as a team even with their leader not around.
Devilman character are entertaining as always and do a good job with the time they are on screen.
You will be satisfied if you are either on team cyborg or on team Devilman. With Devilmans brutality, he will make guts and blood rain from an open fresh wound.
Cyborg team spirit, they will act with each other and do funny lines while they are at it.
This is not supposed to be deep or anything, just plain fun with a message of holding on to your humanity.
This crossover was great, but mostly bittersweet when you consider the possibilities for expanding the series for newer generation. However, if this crossover does help other projects, crossovers or even Devilman related, then this crossover might see more important than what it is right now. But I doubt it since Production I.G are already making another cyborg movie and no further news after one year of its release.
Go watch it if you want to see cyborgs fighting demons, OR SEE DEVILMAN WRECK SOME SHIT!
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