YMMV / Devilman

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Unsurprising, knowing most video stores. The OVA is well known for its incredible brutality and the dub is full of swearing. The 1972 anime on the other hand was aimed to kids, having lots of changes in comparison with the original manga. See Lighter and Softer for more detail.
  • Apocalypse Wow: In the live action film, the end of the world is visually stunning.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Devilman No Uta, the Japanese opening of the original anime series. Its remix for Crybaby is just as good.
    • The 80's OVA's have really nice and haunting music throughout, which is a breath of fresh air if you don't to hear a J-Pop or J-Rock playing.
    • Anthem's "Show Must Go On" and "Light It Up" in the Devilman: The Birth and Demon Bird OVAs.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Creepy Cute: Some consider Psychogenie to be this.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Jinmen. For crying out loud, out of all the characters in this series.. He even has a M.U.G.E.N character.
    • Sirene, who would later become something of a Breakout Villain in no small part due to her memorable design. Go Nagai himself ended up being quite fond of her.
  • Fan Nickname: Ultimate Devilman for Devilman Grimoire.
    • Due to a notoriously mistranslated subtitled version of the 1972 anime, DEBIRU-Man has become a popular nickname for the title character.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Downplayed, but fans would like to forget/ignore the tidbit where Ryo/Satan claims that he fell in love with Akira because of his female side (for Values Dissonance reason).
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the anime incarnation, Devilman starts suspecting that Miki may be under attack because she's growing weaker and her usually "beautiful incarnate" is growing pale and clammier, with every other human character blaming some mild illness. Since in the 1976 Devilman isn't Akira Fudo anymore, but a powerful superman wearing the looks of a mere human, makes perfect sense: Devilman has no knowledge of human illnesses, as the Demon Tribe is composed by strong, battle-fit specimens, and the very idea of the girl he loves growing ill with no apparent reason is enough to make him restless, worried and confused.
    • In the OVA first episode, Akira looks at Ryo at their first meeting and paused for several seconds until he recognized him. The scene went on so long that it came off Narm and ridiculously hilarious. This could had been intentional as the manga revealed all of Ryo's childhood memories are fake, implanted by Psycho Jenny as Ryo himself is literally Satan in disguise, and Psycho Jenny also modified Akira's memories to connect with Ryo. Thus, Akira and Ryo never spend time together or even met until that moment. Granted the third and final OVA episode was never made, but this would explained the long pause from Akira.
  • Fridge Horror: In Devilman Grimoire, actually. Remember how, in the original Devilman, Miki and Tare were horribly murdered by a psychotic lynch mob consisting of their own neighbors, because they thought she was a witch? When one considers that the cast is pretty much the same in Grimoire (with a few additions), it stands to reason that the Makimuras' neighbors most likely are also the same people. Which then leads to the realization that the whole neighborhood is a ticking time bomb, ready to go off under the right conditions. It doesn't help that Miki goes around announcing to anyone who's willing to listen that she is a witch.
    • Then again, as of the latest chapters in Grimoire, Miki herself is now a Devilman, so killing her just became that much more difficult.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the opening of the original anime, while fighting a giant demon snake, the snake bites the lower half of Devilman's body. Akira lost the lower half of his body when he died at the end of the story.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Between Akira and Ryo. Made more complicated by the fact Ryo is in reality the hermaphrodite Satan. On the other hand, Satan is outright stated to be in love with Akira, and the world ending and being recreated over and over again, is a way by God to punish him, by Satan watching Akira's suffering repeat itself.
  • Ho Yay: The OVAs play this up. For example, Akira is so happy at the sight of Ryo that Miki literally begins to be jealous of Akira and even asks "is he more important for you because he is more handsome?". Moreover, Ryo soon tries to drive her away with a knife, saying "there is no need for women".
    • Also the multiple and overly long stares between Akira and Ryo fuel this to the roof (the English dub unintentionally take this Up to Eleven with this scene).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Ryo is an amnesiac Satan and is in love with Akira.
    • Miki's death.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ryo/Satan.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm:
    • Satan's immortal line: "For, you see, I am a hermaphrodite."
    • The live-action movie is filled with this.
    • Ryo looks incredibly cute... and silly when he puts the Devilman mask on himself and tries to convince Akira to become him.
    • The finale to the Devilman vs. Amon fight in the OVA. Devilman grabbing Amon by an impaling arm and punching him in the face? Awesome. Punch a second time? Still pretty cool. Fast forward, high speed punching with reused footage looped over and over again? Hilarious.
    • Not to mention Devilman's incredibly lame design from the 70s series. It's actually surprising that anyone thought it looked cool at the time.
    • Ryo's plan for turning Akira into Devilman involves gathering a bunch of hippies together in his basement. It Makes Sense in Context, yes, but it's hard to take the line "These people here are rogue hippies I've gathered together" seriously.
    • The art style takes a bit of getting used to, and could even be described as 'cute', which makes it a bit jarring when everything starts going to hell and ends up just looking silly.
  • Narm Charm: The original anime can also be enjoyed this way. Depending on the viewer, its campy qualities can be a positive.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene in which Akira puts on the Devilman mask and sees the demon world, are rather psychedelic and ugly enough, reminding a very strong acid bad trip.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The 70s anime series adaptation. While its cheesiness (you know it's goofy when Devilman wears a speedo) and repetitive plot structure were quite standard for children's anime of the time, these same elements make it quite dated to a modern audience. This is especially noticeable when you compare it to the manga, which is dated in its own ways (like Nagai's crude art), but which has overall stood the test of time far better thanks to its much darker and more ambitious story.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The battle with Jinmen.
    • The Wham Shot of Miki's severed head on a pike, leading to Akira's Despair Event Horizon.
    • Satan crying over Akira's mangled corpse in the ending.
  • Snark Bait: The Live Action movie, which was the winner of the first Bunshun Kiichigo Awards (The Japanese answer of the Golden Raspberry Award).
  • So Bad, It's Good: The English dub of the OVAs. You can't help but wonder who the hell was in charge of the script and the casting, and yet there's also no denying that the dub provides a lot of laughs, even if it's for all the wrong reasons.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The story is genuinely a criticism of militarism and how fear and hatred bring only tragedy.
  • Special Effects Failure: The movie version suffers from this. Though, considering it was made in 2004, the CGI was rather impressive for it's time.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Depending on the reader and viewer of the original manga, Ryo can come off as an incredibly selfish person when Miki is near Akira as if he hates her presence just by existing. His severe Lack of Empathy when Miki is killed seem to prove how much he disregards her life while Akira is mourning for her. Shin Devilman and the Deluxe edition do change this and show Ryo lamenting what happens even as his pride keeps him from stopping. Though many agree that he's a saint compared to how he is in Crybaby, where nearly all his sympathetic traits are removed, save for his love for Akira.
  • Values Dissonance: Ryo's reasoning for falling in love with Akira because he's a hermaphrodite wouldn't cross well for some, especially LGBT, people today. Not surprising since the manga came out in the 70s.
  • Values Resonance: The manga's themes of War Is Hell, and its anti-discrimination and anti-xenophobia stance, has arguably become even more powerful today.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The two OVAs are absolutely gorgeous, with some excellent animation quality across the board and some extremely impressive segments of animation, such as Siren and Devilman's fight during the second OVA. It's a shame a third one was never made.
    • The CGI in the live action film. While subpar by today's standards, the film won an award for best visual effects. The end of the world is the best example.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While the original anime is for kids, it can still be pretty violent by modern day standards, and while there's not as much nudity, its still there to some degree that some people probably feel is too much for kids to see.


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