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.
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!
It's a very pretty What If We Re-did the Series with non-3D animation today for fans of both series otherwise lacking in pretty much any plot of any kind outside of a few tropic elements that are such boring beats in the "story" progression.
The art is quite beautiful. The environments are beautiful. The character designs (given the typical visual upgrade tweaks) are great. Yes, they recycled the designs for the enemies. Color me completely unsurprised. They're still drawn really well. Also, I really like the way the Cyborg costumes were redone. I don't really get the point of the colored lights other than aesthetics, which
doesn't strike me like an important thing to add to a military outfit, particularly given that you don't want your enemy to know that you're doing something. On top of that, they seem to light up for power usage at random times. Still, the lights looked really neat and the entire OVA is quite nice to watch from a visual perspective. I have to wonder if all the budget was spent on the art rather than the writing, which I guess is fine if this was meant to help pitch the idea of a new "Cyborg 009" series (which I'm all for).
The Devilman art wasn't the greatest, though. I think there was a good contrast between human world and demon world, and they went the "make everything look really grotesque" route, which most demon/horror stories do, but it didn't mesh well with the clean lines of the "Cyborg 009" content. And the female demon's design was rather pathetic and completely unoriginal. I see a dozen of those things everywhere. Ooh her boobs turn into mouths. Ooh she's a succubus. How creative. They're also some of the most generic looking demons I've seen. Grotesque, sure, I guess, in a weird, kind of cheap old fantasy way. I'd probably laugh if I cared more for them because of how honestly kind of silly their designs are.
I'm not a fan of the "Devilman" series; I don't hate it, I've just never read or watched any of it. But I really think this is more of a thing for "Cyborg 009" fans than "Devilman" fans. There's just a lot more screen time given to the "Cyborg 009" elements than there is for the "Devilman" content. Admittedly, the "Cyborg 009" part has substantially more characters than the "Devilman" side, so even though there really isn't any character development or relationship focus (outside Devilman and his girlfriend(?)), the simple fact that we have to be reminded who each character is means that we spend a lot more time with the various members of the "Cyborg 009" section, including not only the 9 titular cyborgs, the Doctor, and cameos of Black Ghost, but also 5 enemy cyborgs and a rogue scientist. Whereas the DM people get the titular protagonist, his sister, his gf, his sniper friend, and a couple one-off demons.
Having said all that, I am curious about the Devilman side, enough to watch the series. There's just not much there other than character presence. It really feels like most team-up stories: a tactic to sell more by pulling from multiple fanbases. And it follows pretty much every generic team-up story. Two different parties fight each other, realize they're facing the same enemy, big infodump on each other's capabilities, they band together, beat the enemy, then part ways with someone talking about humanity or friendship. I wasn't expecting anything truly extraordinary on that front, but since the rest of the story is so lackluster, this doesn't really help. The old series are pretty corny, but it's hard to watch a scientist maniacally laughing for an extended period of time while nothing really happens (and it's a REALLY long time) without wondering why the heck you're not watching something else.
I don't get the ending. I really don't get it. I thought they were going to do the generic possession thing and then that didn't work out like it normally does, and... I mean it didn't make sense. I'm still confused how they actually defeat the enemy. Or what happened to Eva. There's a lot of deux ex machina in this and I'm concerned that it's because they ran out of time, so they squished them all together and just said "okay now let's do this" without looking behind them much. Your brain while watching this: "Okay now that's a thing. Okay now that's a... What? Why? Okay then." And so. Much. Random. Nudity.
I don't know how to feel about this OVA. I liked episode 1 and part of episode 2. Episode 3 is basically a train wreck. A very pretty-looking trainwreck. But a trainwreck. If you want to see "Cyborg 009" in modern animation that isn't 3D, this is the thing for you. The art is, as I said, very nice. If you want to see a good "Cyborg 009" story... well, keep waiting, I guess. And "Devilman" fans, I guess I'm sorry this happened? There's a great bit for you in episode 1 but you're kind of out of luck otherwise. Frankly I think both series deserved new series of their own, not... this.
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