This series is a complete remake of the original Maou Dante, with new designs an a story slightly inspired by the 2002 anime. This time, the story spans longer, the character design is different, and all unanswered questions left when the original series was interrupted, are responded. This time, Maou Dante has a proper ending.
This remake of Nagai Go's controversial and one of his earliest works 'Maou Dante' is supposed to be a completed story, since the original was not only incomplete, but stopped right before the final climax of the story. So two questions would arise here - how good is this as a remake, and did this version do justice to the original one with its ending?
As a remake, it is a lot better than the original in my opinion. If you have read the original one (which I recommend you do before starting this one), one key aspect you'll notice is that the "twist" that was
revealed there quite late in the story, is actually what this remake version starts with. The very first few chapters show us the concept of demons and gods in this side of Nagai Go's Devilman universe. Now this technically means all the surprises are gone and what we go through is a linear story. This is not bad, and actually works good for this story. The "truth" which is revealed early in the story gives us a better understanding of certain characters, which is much needed since only a few characters get good buildup here, and the rest of the casts which are not central get ignored most of the time.
The story is one of the most controversial one Nagai Go has ever written, and for readers who are religiously highly sensitive, might find it hurtful to their beliefs. The concept of gods, demons, devils, good and evil - everything is controversial here. As a revenge story, you might feel conflicted on the matter of who to support. But this IS a Nagai Go story, so you should know what you're getting into. If you intend this to be your first entry into Nagai Go universe, I'll suggest don't start with this. 'Go' with Go's well-known titles first.
Controversial or not, one thing is certain — Nagai Go knows how to make a story enjoyable. Like his other manga, you can see lines and lines of dialogues, and then suddenly get bombarded with pages of just battles, bereft of a single word. This change in pace gives the reader a sort of refreshing feeling and not get bored. His artwork also got a lot better in this version than the original one, and some of the two page panels feel like another page from Berserk manga.
Now, this version is supposed to answer all unanswered questions and give us a perfect end to the story. So, did it keep its promise?
Well, there really weren't that much unanswered questions left to begin with. But whatever was left, it cleared out all, so that's good. The ending did give the story a completion, but I'll say don't get too much hyped out about it. It's not exactly a tremendously good one, but at least it's satisfying.