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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''.

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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.


''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.

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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.year on rival channel ''Creator/FujiTelevision''.


* OffModel: The animation in the Komatsubara- and Araki-overseen episodes is fairly good for its day, but several of the other animation directors were Off Model to various degrees, perhaps none worse than Masamune Ochiai.

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* OffModel: The animation in the Kazuo Komatsubara- and Shingo Araki-overseen episodes is fairly good for its day, but several of the other animation directors were Off Model to various degrees, perhaps none worse than Masamune Ochiai.


** An episode of ''Devilman'' also features a girl strongly resembling Sayaka from ''Manga/MazingerZ''.

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** An episode of ''Devilman'' also features a girl strongly resembling Sayaka from ''Manga/MazingerZ''.''Anime/MazingerZ''.

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** An episode of ''Devilman'' also features a girl strongly resembling Sayaka from ''Manga/MazingerZ''.


* MsFanservice: Lala.

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


* LighterAndSofter: The series in comparison with the manga. Lots of changes to the story were made, the violence and nudity were considerably toned down, lots of comic relief was included, [[spoiler: and most [[SparedByAdaptation of the characters who died at the end of the manga are still alive in the last chapter of the first anime series]], which also has a BitterSweetEnding instead of the tragic conclusion of the manga - Akira and Miki are safe, as are most of the other main characters, but Zennon is still very much alive and has plenty of demons left at his disposal.]]

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* LighterAndSofter: The series in comparison with the manga. Lots of changes to the story were made, the violence and nudity were considerably toned down, lots of comic relief was included, [[spoiler: and most [[SparedByAdaptation of the characters who died at the end of the manga are still alive in the last chapter of the first anime series]], episode]], which also has a BitterSweetEnding instead of the tragic conclusion of the manga - Akira and Miki are safe, as are most of the other main characters, but Zennon is still very much alive and has plenty of demons left at his disposal.]]


* AdaptationalVillainy: The lead, as according to Nagai this series is a full EvilVersusEvil instead of the GreyAndGreyMorality it was in the manga.



* DarkerAndEdgier: 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).



* SlapSlapKiss: At least in this series, Miki Makimura may be the original {{Tsundere}}. In the first episode alone, she slaps Akira across the face twice for getting out of line, and later begs his forgiveness and hugs him joyfully after he forgives her.

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At least in this series, Miki Makimura may be the original {{Tsundere}}. In the first episode alone, she slaps Akira across the face twice for getting out of line, and later begs his forgiveness and hugs him joyfully after he forgives her.

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