Devilman Lady is a 1998 anime based on the manga Devilman Lady by Go Nagai. It deviates greatly from the manga, although not as much as the old Devilman anime from its source material. Chiaki Konaka was a writer for the show.
Jun Fudo is a beautiful supermodel who is idolized by many. She also has a dark secret that not even she knows about at first, for within her lie the genes that hold the next step in the evolution of mankind, the same blood as the beast-like superhumans that terrorize the city. Unlike the rest of them, however, Jun has managed to hold a tenuous grip onto her humanity, and she is recruited by the mysterious Lan Asuka, member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind. Jun, as Devil Lady, must now exterminate her own kind, but it is unclear how much longer can she keep her sanity in a situation she never chose to begin with.
The series was distributed by ADV Films, and was directed by Toshiki Hirano.
- Adaptational Villainy: Lan Asuka was an anti-hero in the manga, but in the anime, she's revealed to be the true main antagonist.
- A God Am I: Asuka proclaims herself the Child of God upon going One-Winged Angel.
- Amazon Chaser: Both Jason and Asuka are attracted to Jun because of her badass demon side.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Actually somewhat odd about this. Humans and Asuka tend to be shown accurately whilst nude. But Devil Beasts like Jun, Aoi, Hitomi and Kazumi are drawn with primary and secondary sexual characteristics missing, whether transformed or not.
- Bittersweet Ending: Jun defeats the Child of God at the expense of the lives of all of her friends, including her love interest Kazumi, whose gruesome death as she was absorbed into Jun she was forced to watch; and she lost both her arms. However, the last scene is a human child playing with a Devil Beast child, suggesting that humanity is accepting their successors without any more violence.
- Break the Cutie: Life really sucks for Kazumi.
- Bury Your Gays: Poor Kazumi, Juns Love Interest, dies at the hands of one of Satorus Devil Beasts.
- Chickification: In the manga, Jun is a former Olympic athlete who regularly lifts weights and swims. While she is at first horrified at the reveal of Devil Beasts and that she is a Devil Man, she quickly becomes accustomed to her role as a monster killer. She reacts like a regular person would in her situation. In the anime, Jun is a shy, timid model who has a hard time adjusting to being a Devil Man and doesn't want anything to do with hunting the Devil Beasts. She is a push-over compared to her manga counterpart and only displays a strong will and ferocity as Devilman Lady. Justified Trope in this case, as the anime has a vastly different tone and storyline than the manga, and the duality between Jun and her Devil Beast self is a major plot element.
- Creepy Child: Satoru, leader of the Devil Beasts, looks like a young kid with a cap.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted; Lan Asuka's rape of Jun Fudo is played as a horrifically cruel act that sends the victim into a Heroic BSoD; and as for the perpetrator, it is one of many acts that marks her as pure evil.
- Harping on About Harpies: Harpi is a dual reference, being a winged blue skinned harpy, but also having a crown of feathers like the real-life Harpia Eagle.
- Humans Are Bastards: With a few exceptions, humanity is portrayed in a very bad light. They're either Too Dumb to Live sheep, genocidal bastards, or Lan Asuka.
- Irony: In the anime, there a is a chameleon Devil Beast. However, a different Devil Beast lizard is the one who is a true shape-shifter. Though the chameleon can really only blend into backgrounds, like the animal.
- Monster of the Week: Jun fights the Devil Beasts in this manner, though it only lasts until Satoru makes his presence known.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Jason Bateman is this to Jun.
- Rape as Drama: Asuka, in her "angel" form, rapes Jun.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The series has a few generic reptiles and then specifically a chameleon, a DIFFERENT snake beast (cobra to be specific), and a lizard that can shape shift.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Kazumi's death
- Size Shifter: Most Devil Beasts will grow in size as a last resort or as a super form.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the manga, there is an American Devil Man named Jim Langer/Devilman Liger. In the anime, there is an American Scientist, and DM, Dr. Jason Bateman.
- Twisted Christmas: The eleventh episode (Called "Box") takes place on Christmas, and it is just dark and bitter as the rest of the series.
- When Trees Attack: Gender flipped from the manga, a woman Devil Beast is obsessed with getting pregnant and she begins absorbing people into her body in the hope of producing children.