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Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is the anime of theDevil 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.
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.
His complaints about money are most often in relation to his debt, either not being able to pay it off or being put under more. He still cares about little more than slaying demons, pizza, and sundaes, but it's the others constantly breathing down his neck for money that's got him belly-aching.
And then when you add in the implications that he's intentionally keeping himself indebted to others so they stay close to him, his gratuitous amounts of grumbling might be to strengthen the facade.
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.
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.
Out-of-Character Moment: Dante in Episode 10 of the anime. Right after Dante kills Modeus's older brother Baal (who he'd been warned not to fight for the entirety of the episode up until then), Modeus explains that he'd given up fighting for his brother's sake after vowing to stay true to himself. What does Dante do then? Taunt him and call his wanting to avenge Baal "pathetic" which causes Modeus to charge (with tears in his eyes). Placing Dante and Vergil into Modeus and Baal's roles makes him come off as extremely hypocritical.
Not really an OOC moment because Dante and Vergil's case was completely different. The only similarity was that both cases involved the death of a brother. Vergil "died" because he wouldn't listen to Dante and ended up spitefully slicing Dante's hand to prevent his rescue as he tumbled to hell. Baal died because he was mad at Dante's father and picked a fight with Dante when he couldn't find Sparda (someone Dante already barely acknowledges or accepts on most days). Dante was most likely referring to how stupid it was for Modeus to throw his life away by fighting a battle he could never win in hopes of avenging a brother who basically threw his life away as well. Dante states the same thing to the gang leader in the second episode of the anime, once again referring to the idiocy of avenging his brother; His brother died street racing a demon who ended up killing him... trying to obtain vengeance against that demon would only lead to the gang leader's death as well.
To be fair, though, Dante keeps his sword in a guitar case most times he's using it.
Two people's perception of Dante actually becomes a plot point in one episode. A woman views him as very cool, and encourages her boyfriend to be more like him. The boyfriend, however, thinks Dante looks dangerous. So while Dante is an unusual sight, his appearance probably keeps people away.
You Can't Thwart Stage One: Unfortunately. The Big Bad is unsealed mostly because Dante didn't just shoot the guy from Episode 1, nor did he do that in every other episode the guy appeared in.
Of course, Sid didn't really show his real teeth until the end of the series, anyway. Up until Showtime, he was just a harmless demon with basically no real power to speak of, apart from his cunning. Plus, while the viewers saw Sid's machinations prior to the final episode, Dante didn't actually run into the guy until after Sid's plan was completed. Other characters did, like Patty, but not Dante.