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''Maō Dante'' or ''Demon Lord Dante'' is a 1971 {{manga}} by Creator/GoNagai. Remakes of the manga were released in 1994 and 2002. A [[TwelveEpisodeAnime 13-episode]] {{anime}} was released in 2002. Unfortunately, the animation of that series was extremely poor, the story was filled with plot holes, and to get it worse, the English dubbed version was dreadful at best.

Many themes from ''Maō Dante'' recur in other works by Nagai, including ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' and ''Manga/DevilmanLady''. In fact, ''Devilman'' came into being because Toei wanted to make a LighterAndSofter version of Dante.

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!!Tropes:

* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Lamia]] to [[spoiler:Medusa]].
* BattleOfTheStillFrames: the majority of the anime's action sequences were this.
* EyeBeams: [[spoiler:Dante]] starts using these out of nowhere in the last episode.
* FanService: This is written by Creator/GoNagai, so it's expected to pop out here and there.
* [[spoiler:GodIsEvil]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Ironically, most [[spoiler:demons]] get this treatment, especially [[spoiler:Medusa]] in her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* HijackingCthulhu: The title demon tricks Ryo into freeing it, then rewards the boy by eating him. But somehow, Ryo's personality survives this, taking over Dante's body and displacing its previous human identity [[spoiler: [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] ]].
* HotbloodedSideburns: Subverted. Ryo, while having sideburns, actually starts out more half-boiled [[spoiler:until he encounters Dante]].
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:God]] speaks to his followers via a pillar of light.
* LighterAndSofter: The anime, ironically, is this compared to {{Devilman}}. While the latter is set in a {{CrapsackWorld}} where the only truly good person is the main character, Dante's world is actually pretty nice with one of the few downsides being that [[spoiler:the modern day humans are actually just apes that inhabit pieces of God's essence, making them essentially God.]]
** As the anime progresses, it would seem that this would be remedied. [[spoiler:Sort of, but not in the way you would think; after God regains the ectoplasm that he had planted into the apes, modern humanity starts reverting back into the mind of said apes and start killing eachother]] which, while still dark, tosses out the {{HumansAreTheRealMonsters}} trope that Devilman established.
* LostInTranslation: Official subs have... questionable quality. Prime example is calling Beelzebub "Veil Zebub". His demon form is even a giant fly.
* MaleGaze: Comes up during {{Fanservice}} parts. Shower scenes come to mind.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Dante and Medusa are combinations between dinosaurs, mechas, humans and even God's pure power. Typical cooking, right?
* PowerOfLove: In the final episode [[spoiler:Ryou and Saori's]] mutual love destroys the BigBad. Subverted in that it also [[spoiler:seemingly[[labelnote:note]]it's all left a bit vague[[/labelnote]] destroys the world, kills everyone else, and puts them in the roles of Adam and Eve of the new world]].
* RapeAsDrama: While it was never shown on screen, one can guess how [[spoiler:Lamia]] impregnated dozens of kidnapped women in her dimension/lair. Scene with them hanging down naked and pregnant from her nets.
* {{Satan}}: One of the sealed Demon Lords. [[spoiler:He's actually a pretty nice guy]].

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