Anime: Devil May Cry: The Animated Series

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Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is the anime of the Devil May Cry video game series created and owned by Capcom, and animated by Madhouse. It is a story that ran for twelve episodes and takes place between the first and fourth games of the video games.

The series follows half-demon Dante as he runs his supernatural Detective Agency, Devil May Cry, as a justification for carrying out his war against the Demon World. In addition to Trish and Lady, characters from the video game that the series is based upon, two new characters make an appearance. These are Morrison and Patty Lowell; Dante's informant and temporary ward, respectively.

The Devil May Cry animated series follows the tradition of the original animated series of Hellsing in that it chronicles primarily self-contained adventures before bringing them to a linked final conclusion at the end of the season. The animated series favors animation, music, and other elements of style over detailed plots or characterization.

The Devil May Cry animated series has received mixed reviews from fans with some believing the series works better as a self-contained work than attempting to adapt the video games on which it was based.


This anime contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the games, Dante is a wisecracking wild man, who always fights like he's having the time of his life. The anime made him far more laid back, and took away most of his personality quirks in the process. He also gripes more about not getting paid for his work, whereas several lines in the first game indicate that he's not that concerned about money.
  • All There in the Manual/Continuity Lockout: You will understand a lot more if you have played the games.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted, one demon is redeemed thanks to Dante's efforts.
  • Ascended Demon: Brad, thanks to The Power of Love.
  • Badass Longcoat: Just like in the games, Dante wears a red one.
    • Modeus and Baaru, the two apprentices of Sparda in episode 10, have these as well.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Dante trashes one.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • The episode "Wishes Come True." is a prime example of this.
    • Same applies to Elena Houston, the singer in the episode "Rock Queen." She wanted folks to become intoxicated with her singing? She got obsessively intoxicated fans.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Dante. He dispatches most demons with a bullet to the head or a single sword swing. The ones that are meant to be a huge threat generally only last a few seconds longer and don't even hurt him. The games and the show illustrate the difference between this and a Showy Invincible Hero: The fights in the games are a lot more spectacular.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Just like in the games, Dante never has to reload his guns.
  • Breath Weapon: The Big Bad has one.
  • Butt Monkey: Dante, to some extent. Also Isaac, the poor schmuck from episode 5.
  • Cat Scare: Played straight early on in the fourth episode.
    • And again the fifth.
  • Character Exaggeration: Dante is accused of being ridiculously over the top.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: One person in Episode 9, "Death Poker," does this.
  • Continuity Nod: The fact that Dante owes Lady a massive sum of cash is brought up numerous times. This debt is, of course, due to his wrecking of Lady's bike in Devil May Cry 3. There's even a bonus image in that game of Dante shrugging while Lady stares in shock to the only part left of her beloved bike.
    • The scar on Lady's leg also came from Devil May Cry 3, when her father stabbed her in the leg with her own bayonet.
  • Cool Car: Morrison's classic car. Dante's red convertible also counts, though Patty doesn't seem to think so.
  • Hand Cannon: Dante's custom Colt 1911's Ebony & Ivory.
    • Trish's Luce & Ombra are essentially her own versions of Dante's above mentioned custom pistols
  • Convection Schmonvection: It's funny how Patty and her mom can have a heartfelt reconciliation in a burning hotel without, y'know... roasting to death.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Dante, pinned to a cross by his own sword at the end of the penultimate episode, following the Once an Episode routine of the games.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A lot of Dante's fight scenes are like this.
  • Demon Slaying: Dante's primary occupation.
  • Depraved Homosexual: The warden of Devil's Prison.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Dante's love of strawberry sundaes is a reference to the first light novel that served as a prequel to the original game (until the third game went and kicked it out of canon).
    • The name "Tony Redgrave" inscribed on Ebony & Ivory is used as a plot point in episode 8 "Once Upon a Time".
  • Eldritch Abomination: Belphegor in the third episode, although despite all the build-up about how he'll devour the entire city, Dante beats him in about five seconds.
  • Fat Bastard: The warden of Devil's Prison.
  • Fight Unscene: Some fights, like the demon in the third episode and the final clash against the Big Bad, are underwhelming.
  • Flanderization: This is where it happens.
  • Harmful to Minors: Dante usually attempts to shield Patty from the gruesome battles he has with demons. He occasionally fails, though.
  • I Call It "Vera": Dante's pistols "Ebony & Ivory," Lady's rocket launcher "Kalina Ann," and "Luce & Ombra" for Trish's pistols.
  • I'm Melting: The demon in "Wishes Come True" does a particularly nasty version of this to its victims.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episodes are called "Missions" instead of "Episodes," and the last two are named "Showtime!" and "Stylish!" in reference to the games.
  • Idiot Ball: As noted below, the world would have come a lot less closer to destruction if Dante had just killed the demon he encountered in the first episode.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: So the final battle arrives, and Dante finally use Devil Trigger... for an instant, and all the viewers get is a hint to what it looks like.
  • Prison Rape: Strongly hinted that the warden of Devil's Prison gets up to this with the inmates.
  • Rule of Cool: This anime, like the games that it's based on, is almost made of it.
  • Senseless Violins: Dante often carries his sword in a guitar case.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Done intentionally by Dante in the first episode with a theatre backdrop to prevent Patty from witnessing the violent ongoings.
    "Sorry, honey, but this show isn't for kids."
  • Stripperiffic: Most of the show's female characters, to varying degrees.
  • Swipe Your Blade Off: Dante is occasionally shown doing this after slaying a demon. Other times the blood just sort of magically vanishes off his sword.