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* TheGreatSerpent: A gigantic demon snake large enough to chomp on Devilman shows up in the original anime's OP.


* ClingyJealousGirl: Miki is turned UpToEleven. The series introduces a romantic rival for Miki in the form of Lala, the Silver Demon.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: Miki is turned UpToEleven.Miki. The series introduces a romantic rival for Miki in the form of Lala, the Silver Demon.

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** Miki herself: not only she survives this time, but one of the reasons Devilman falls with him is because, when he was acting as "Akira turned into a bully" dishing punches around and whipping random dudes with a belt, Miki found herself fed up with him and stopped him. Akira-as-Devilman is instantly smitten with a plucky, kind, beautiful girl willing to call out the strongest warrior of the Demon Tribe and starts thinking that humanity can't be that bad.


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** However, despite a completely different music and wording, the meaning is the same: a quick recap of who is Devilman, what he wanted to do and how love and kindness redeemed him.


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** Mixed with ValueDissonance, if not outright BlueAndOrangeMorality: the Demon Tribe lives by a strict "Might makes right" ruleset, enough to consider acceptable for tribesmen slaughter themselves to choose who's the strongest and most able to carry a certain mission. Until Miki calls him out, he can't even understand what's the harm in his action. He's the strongest among his now human peers, he has the right to put them in line or even kill them if he sees fit.


* MsFanservice: Lala. Occasionally Miki too, although in both cases they're never seen in anything less than undergarments or swimsuits. Miki gets a few [[BathtubScene]]s, but nothing explicit is shown.

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* MsFanservice: Lala. Occasionally Miki too, although in both cases they're never seen in anything less than undergarments or swimsuits. Miki gets a few [[BathtubScene]]s, {{Bathtub Scene}}s, but nothing explicit is shown.


''Devilman'' is an anime based on the manga ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' by Creator/GoNagai. Aired from 1972 to 1973 on Tokyo's NET (now Creator/TVAsahi) and affiliated stations across Japan, it premiered shortly after the manga's beginning and was produced roughly at the same time, but its story deviated completely from the start and only portrayed Devilman in a very vague light. Masaki Tsuji, a well-known screenwriter and novelist and a fan of Nagai's work, worked with him to adapt the storyline for television. The series was fairly popular in its day (its highest-rated episode rated 15.5%) but was soon overshadowed by the anime version of Nagai's ''Mazinger Z'', which premiered late the same year on rival channel Creator/FujiTelevision.

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''Devilman'' is an anime based on the manga ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' by Creator/GoNagai. Aired from 1972 to 1973 on Tokyo's NET (now Creator/TVAsahi) and affiliated stations across Japan, it premiered shortly after the manga's beginning and was produced roughly at the same time, but its story [[AdaptationDeviation deviated completely completely]] from the start and only portrayed Devilman in a very vague light. Masaki Tsuji, a well-known screenwriter and novelist and a fan of Nagai's work, worked with him to adapt the storyline for television. The series was fairly popular in its day (its highest-rated episode rated 15.5%) but was soon overshadowed by the anime version of Nagai's ''Mazinger Z'', which premiered late the same year on rival channel Creator/FujiTelevision.


** Akira is also a CrazyJealousGuy when other guys flirt with Miki, especially earlier in the show, and will often react violently to this.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Episode three, when Akira gives a group of classmates a severe beating with his belt for allegedly giving Miki "strange looks."

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Episode three, when Akira gives a group of classmates a severe beating with his belt for allegedly giving leering at Miki "strange looks." (they weren't; they were only crushing on her from a distance and Miki didn't even notice). When he's hauled into the principal's office, Akira declares his intention was to ''kill'' the boys, and probably would have if Miki hadn't stepped in.


* MsFanservice: Lala. Occasionally Miki too, although in both cases they're never seen in anything less than undergarments or swimsuits.

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* MsFanservice: Lala. Occasionally Miki too, although in both cases they're never seen in anything less than undergarments or swimsuits. Miki gets a few [[BathtubScene]]s, but nothing explicit is shown.



* VocalEvolution: In the TV series pilot, Miki is voiced by Creator/RihokoYoshida, one of the most in-demand voice actresses of the '70s and '80s. The series ultimately gave the role to Sumie Sakai, who is primarily known for her live-action work but also has a handful of voice roles to her credit of which Miki is undoubtedly the most prominent.

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* VocalEvolution: In the TV series pilot, Miki is voiced by Creator/RihokoYoshida, one of the most in-demand voice actresses of the '70s and '80s. The series ultimately gave the role to Sumie Sakai, who is primarily known for her live-action work but also has a handful of voice roles to her credit of which her Go Nagai roles - Miki is undoubtedly and Yukiko-hime in ''[[Manga/DororonEnmaKun]]'' - are the most prominent.best known.


* CompositeCharacter: Although Zennon retains his true form from the manga, his shadowed form makes him look like the eponymous ''Manga/MaoDante''.

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* CompositeCharacter: Although Zennon retains his true form from the manga, his shadowed form makes him look like the eponymous ''Manga/MaoDante''.''Manga/DemonLordDante''.

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* MurderousMannequin: Adal is the main villain of Episode 19. He's a demonic spider who takes possession of mannequins as if they were marionettes. Adal's mannequins can (drastically) shapeshift into a human's appearance, [[TheShadowKnows although their shadows don't change along]], and have an identity separate from the demon. For years, Adal's been replacing people in key positions with his mannequins, but they all burn up when Devilman kills him.


** While the show is LighterAndSofter than the manga in most other respects, TV Devilman's origin story is surprisingly darker than in the manga. In the manga Akira merges with a demon, gaining its powers and the ability to transform at will. In the anime, a demon kills Akira and enters his body, essentially stealing his identity. For the rest of the show, Akira is just a disguise that a demon wears. Not even Miki knows the secret until the final episode (and even then, she doesn't quite understand, thinking the demon God changed Akira into Devilman).

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** While the show is LighterAndSofter than the manga in most other respects, TV Devilman's origin story is surprisingly darker than in the manga. In the manga Akira merges with a demon, gaining its powers and the ability to transform at will. In the anime, a demon kills Akira and enters his body, essentially stealing his identity. For the rest of the show, Akira is just a disguise that a demon wears. Not even Miki knows the secret until the final episode (and even then, she doesn't quite understand, thinking the demon God changed Akira into Devilman). An alternate interpretation can be applied where Akira is Devilman's host (in a similar manner to hosts in the Franchise/UltraSeries and other popular Tokusatsu shows of the same decade) but this still doesn't avoid the fact that he's at the very least a (mostly?) dead man walking.


* TooDumbToLive: Lala. So much so that she giggles and acts cutesy even while her demon BFF, Aurora, is talking about how dumb she is ''right in front of her.''

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* TooDumbToLive: Lala. So much so that she giggles and acts cutesy even while her demon BFF, Aurora, is talking about how dumb she is ''right ''[[ImStandingRightHere right in front of her.'']]''

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* BigBad: Demon Lord Zenon, as in the manga, is the leader of the demon army, and is the one sending out minions after Akira/Devilman to punish him for defecting. He is also the sole leader as {{Satan}} is AdaptedOut.

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Surprisingly, there is ''another'' Devilman manga penned by Mitsuru Hiruta using the anime as the basis of the story, but with slight differences (Akira being SparedByAdaptation for example), and generally BloodierAndGorier despite its LighterAndSofter premise.


The series was aired in Italy in the 1980s and became extremely popular there. It is now available in the United States in an subtitled-only release from Discotek Media.

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The Perhaps due to a combination of its themes and its age, the ''Devilman'' TV series is not as well known outside Japan as later iterations of the franchise, as its only TV broadcast in the West was aired in Italy in (where it achieved great popularity) during the 1980s and became extremely popular there. 1980s. It is now available in the United States in an a subtitled-only release from Discotek Media.


''Devilman'' is an anime based on the manga ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' by Creator/GoNagai. Aired from 1972 to 1973 on Tokyo's NET (now Creator/TVAsahi) and affiliated stations across Japan, it premiered shortly after the manga's beginning and was produced roughly at the same time, but its story deviated completely from the start and only portrayed Devilman in a very vague light. Masaki Tsuji, a well-known screenwriter and novelist and a fan of Nagai's work, worked with him to adapt the storyline for television. The series was fairly popular in its day (its highest-rated episode rated 15.5%) but was soon overshadowed by the anime version of Nagai's ''Mazinger Z'', which premiered late the same year on rival channel ''Creator/FujiTelevision''.

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''Devilman'' is an anime based on the manga ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' by Creator/GoNagai. Aired from 1972 to 1973 on Tokyo's NET (now Creator/TVAsahi) and affiliated stations across Japan, it premiered shortly after the manga's beginning and was produced roughly at the same time, but its story deviated completely from the start and only portrayed Devilman in a very vague light. Masaki Tsuji, a well-known screenwriter and novelist and a fan of Nagai's work, worked with him to adapt the storyline for television. The series was fairly popular in its day (its highest-rated episode rated 15.5%) but was soon overshadowed by the anime version of Nagai's ''Mazinger Z'', which premiered late the same year on rival channel ''Creator/FujiTelevision''.Creator/FujiTelevision.

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