Devilman: Crybaby is an anime series written by Ichiro Okouchi, directed by the famous Masaaki Yuasa,
musically composed by Kensuke Ushio, and produced by Eunyoung Choi, Science Saru, and Netflix. It ran for 10 episodes, all of which dropped at once on January 5, 2018 on Netflix's streaming service. It's based on a manga of the same name from the 1970's by the legendary mangaka Go Nagai, and is actually a re-adaptation, as there was a short OVA created in the 1970's.
In the series, Akira Fudo is informed by his best friend, Ryo Asuka, that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Believing that the only way to defeat the demons is to incorporate their powers, Ryo suggests to Akira that he unite with a demon. Succeeding in doing so, Akira transforms into Devilman, possessing the powers of a demon but retaining the soul of a human.
The series is more of a direct anime adaptation of its source material than previous works, covering the entire span of the manga. However, many alterations were made to the plot, such as a modern setting and different characterizations.
Why It Rocks
- Great animation.
- Excellent music, courtesy of Kensuke Ushio.
- Incredibly inventive art style, color design, and camera angels, the trademark style of Masaaki Yuasa.
- Good voice acting in both sub and dub.
- Devilman: Crybaby possesses interesting themes of nhilism and hopelessness that you don't often see in anime, especially in this day and age.
- THE FINAL EPISODE!
- Being on Netflix, the creators of the show didn't have to hold back when it comes to sex and violence; if they did have to hold back, then it would have harmed the quality of the series tremendously.
- The story might be too dark for some people, and others, at first glance, might even see it as being edgy just for the sake of being edgy.
- The story is a little bit too short and seems kind of rushed, albeit not to it's absolute detriment, for the themes it's trying to present.