Three devil girls Aira, Shima, and Hana live in the human world. Leading a dazzling school life with efforts and friendships, they aim to be idols. It's a heart-bumping anime climbing that stairs... Not! They don't know the answer to "What is Idol?" and weaver in the road to becoming an idol with trials and errors. Rocket-sensei will kindly (and sometimes strictly) lead them to become real idols in an unique way... for sure.
It was inevitable that I would eventually write a review, but who could have guessed this would have been my first? Well, here we are. Let's get it over with. Before we begin, I should clarify that I don't hate this anime. I'll explain this further shortly.
So, Devidol! is the sequel to the KochinPa! series, which follows the lives of the main cast of devil idols - Aira, Hana, and Shima. Now, what sets this apart from other idol and SoL anime is the - for lack of better wording - perplexing choice of animation style. This is really what drew me towards the series
to begin with. It has an amateurish MMD aesthetic which is sure to alienate many viewers, and I can't fault them for how they feel. These visuals are complemented by the series' quirky and charming style of humour, unlike the kind found in most other anime.
The voice acting in particular feels less scripted. In the first episode, the girls play this game where they have to guess the name of an idol group based on an image related to them, but instead of coming up with serious guesses the girls just come up with silly names. They sounded like they were improvising, based on how they laughed and talked over each other, and this made the scene feel more close to home. I admit I may be biased here, as I do tend to favour improvised and awkward comedy over scripted and near perfect comedy.
If I had to compare Devidol! to something else, I would probably compare it to Kizuna Ai's videos which she uploads to her main YouTube channel - A.I.Channel. In fact, I could even compare it to some podcasts too. Devidol! just has that relaxing vibe to it and it feels like something I could watch when I need to wind down after work. It has a strangely intimate atmosphere and I highly respect that.
All that said, I'm left questioning why it was even made to begin with. We didn't need an anime like this when Kizuna Ai is more than enough to scratch that itch. Even stranger, Devidol! is an eleven episode TV series. Why eleven episodes? They easily achieved everything they set out to in just one episode, so I can't find justification in completing this series.
That's really all I have to say about this bizarre anime. Devidol! is a strange anime for sure, but I'm certain there are equally strange people who will find enjoyment in it, and that fact alone makes me happy. Thank you for taking the time to read this attempt at a review, and I hope you have a wonderful day. 'Till next time, goodbye.