Devilman Crybaby, 2018
Signed up the 30/03/2017
Love doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as love. Therefore, there’s no sorrow. That’s what I thought
Devilman Crybaby is dark fantasy horror series based on the manga by Go Nagai.
Akira Fudo is an unassuming high school kid who is often teased for being too sensitive but despite this he is a happy individual living in a comfortable home. The mundane safety of his everyday life is abruptly ended when an old childhood friend Ryo Asuka comes crashing into his life and asks Akira to help him prove the existence of demons. During the investigation a horrific incident occurs where multiple demons awaken all at once & kill countless innocent people. It is during this ordeal Akira is able to unite his spirit with that of one of the most powerful demons, Amon, & gain the ability to transform into the demonic hero Devilman. As the threat of a demon invasion into the human world becomes an ever more apparent threat Akira is forced to use his unholy Devilman abilities to protect the Earth.
Devilman Crybaby on the surface has all the right ingredients to be considered a masterpiece as it boasts brilliantly animated visuals that range from psychedelic to beautifully bleak. From the infamous nightclub scene we are made aware right away as the audience that this show is going to be an R-rated no holds barred roller-coaster. However what the series possesses in it's bravery to be as explicit as possible & stunning animation it lacks in actual depth. Devilman Crybaby ultimately fails to live up to its expectation to be a great story because it fails to provide any sort of coherent plot or character development for the main characters in the show. Almost immediately as soon characters are introduced in an episode they die in the most gruesome manner the writers thought appropriate for the sole purpose of shock effect and we as the viewer do not get any time to actually become emotionally invested in any of the events that are transpiring
This issue of providing some sort of character development and foundation for the series could have been rectified if the pacing of the series wasn’t so blisteringly fast and more episodes had been commissioned to flesh out a more fully developed story line. That is not to say the entire show is bad it still manages to convey the nihilistic themes of the source material by showcasing that human beings are just as evil as the demons they fear especially when all semblance of law and order is lost within society. A series which showed that it could have become a modern classic ultimately fails to live up to its potential by relying on shock value rather then good storytelling. While undoubtedly a work of art from a purely visual standpoint Devilman Crybaby can only be described as being the epitome of style over substance.
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