Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman

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Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman
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Japanese cover of Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 1
AMONデビルマン黙示録
(AMON debiruman mokushiroku)
Genre Horror, Action
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Illustrated by Yu Kinutani
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Magazine Z
Original run August 1999April 2004
Volumes 6
Original video animation
Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman
Directed by Kenichi Takeshita
Toyo Ashida (general supervision)
Written by Ritsuko Hayasaka
Yu Kinutani (manga)
Studio Studio Live
Released May 24, 2000
Runtime 52 minutes
Manga
Devilman Mokushiroku: Strange days
Written by Go Nagai
Illustrated by Yu Kinutani
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Magazine Z
Published 2005
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Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman (AMON デビルマン黙示録 AMON debiruman mokushiroku?, translated and also known as Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman) is an action/horror manga created by Yu Kinutani, based on the Devilman manga originally created by renowned manga author and artist Go Nagai. The first volume (tankōbon) was published on January 21, 2000, and the final volume was released on April 24, 2004.

Plot[edit]

Fear runs rampant throughout Tokyo with the revelation that demons in fact exist amongst us. Paranoia and the darker side of humanity boils onto the streets as people turn on one another, suspecting that anyone could in fact be a demon hiding in human clothing. Amidst the growing tensions, tragedy strikes Akira causing his mind to snap. Retreating into his subconscious, this allows his devilish alter-ego Amon to break free from Akira's cage of flesh and wreak havoc on both human and demons alike.

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman is a re-imagining of the last chapters of the original Devilman manga. Where in the original, Devilman faces Satan after seeing his slain friend Miki Makimura's severed head, Amon sees Akira lose control of himself, and due to his sadness and depression from not being able to protect Miki, allows Amon to gain control of Akira and his powers again.

In Volume 2, we start to see the origins of both Amon, and Sirène, and see more of Earth under the demons' rule.

Characters[edit]

  • Amon: Known as the Lord of War, is one of the most powerful demons known. Lover to the demon, Sirene. Originally "trapped" within Akira Fudo, when Amon attempted to possess Akira, but due to Akira's pure heart, Amon loses control and remains sealed within Akira, giving Akira complete control over Amon's powers. He appears in the anime as a red humanoid demon with black fur and chiropteran wings on his head and back (possibly to symbolize the rivalry between Amon and Satan). He is killed by Akira in one on one combat after being savagely beaten by a flurry of punches.
  • Akira Fudo: The main protagonist of Devilman. He maintains the same role as he did in the original Devilman, but his appearance is more intimidating than in the original. After witnessing the brutal murder of Miki, Akira snaps and allows Amon to take control of him. Akira later defeats Amon in combat and rejects Satan instead of fighting him.
  • Sirène: Amon's lover and the main protagonist of the Cretacious era ark.
  • Ryo Asuka (Satan): Leader of all demons. Wields incredible psychic power, among other abilities. Satan is in love with Akira Fudo (based on the friendship gained as Ryo Asuka, Satan's human form). He appears as a twelve winged seraph, similar to the myth of Lucifer having twelve wings. The story ends with the two meeting face to face and, instead of fighting, Akira walks past him while Ryo looks back at him sadly.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga was originally published in the Kodansha's Magazine Z, from issue August 1999 (1999-08) to issue April 2004 (2004-04).[1]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 January 21, 2000 (2000-01-21) ISBN 4-06-349008-4
  • 1. kyōma sairin (兇魔再臨?)
  • 2. shi o matoi shimono (死を纏いしもの?)
  • 3. yottsu no ikimono... (4つの生き物…?)
  • 4. ni hiki no kemono (2匹の獣?)
  • 5. horobi no wazawai (滅びの災い?)
  • 6. saigo no shinpan (最後の審判?)
2 December 22, 2000 (2000-12-22) ISBN 4-06-349040-8
  • 1. kotonaru mono (異なる者?)
  • 2. horobi no nichi (滅びの日?)
  • 3. gishiki (儀式?)
  • 4. kaikō (邂逅?)
  • 5. akaki tsuki no namida (赤き月の涙?)
  • 6. kuroi tsubasa shiroi tsubasa (黒い翼・白い翼?)
  • 7. kemono no kokuin (獣の刻印?)
3 September 21, 2001 (2001-09-21) ISBN 4-06-349066-1
  • 1. ōinaru to (大いなる都?)
  • 2. fūin no tobira (封印の扉?)
  • 3. chi o horobosu mono domo (地を滅ぼす者ども?)
  • 4. ten kara no koe (天からの声?)
  • 5. sabaka reshi to (裁かれし都?)
  • 6. yorube nakimono (よるべなきもの?)
4 August 23, 2002 (2002-08-23) ISBN 4-06-349104-8
  • 1. sabaki shisha no matsuei (裁きし者の末裔?)
  • 2. inochi no mizu no izumi (命の水の泉?)
  • 3. tsubasa aru mono (翼ある者?)
  • 4. uruwashiki mukuro (麗しき骸?)
  • 5. nasu bekikoto (成すべきこと?)
  • 6. chi ni somarishi tenshi tachi (血に染まりし天使たち?)
  • 7. shūen no toki (終宴の時?)
  • 8. eien naru mono... (永遠なる者…?)
5 July 23, 2003 (2003-07-23) ISBN 4-06-349136-6
  • 1. yūkyū no hajimari (悠久の始まり?)
  • 2. akumu no omokage (悪夢の面影?)
  • 3. shinobi yoru kon ki kage (忍び寄る昏き影?)
  • 4. yami no naka kara (闇の中から?)
  • 5. yojire shi kage (捩れし影?)
  • 6. meimō no rengoku (迷妄の煉獄?)
  • 7. uruwashiki zetsubō (麗しき絶望?)
6 April 23, 2004 (2004-04-23) ISBN 4-06-349169-2
  • 1. akuma ka... ningen ka... (悪魔か…人間か…?)
  • 2. tada ai yueni (ただ愛ゆえに?)
  • 3. kanzen naru akuma (完全なる悪魔?)
  • 4. kadone no yami (カドネの闇?)
  • 5. ningen soshite akuma (人間そして悪魔?)
  • 6. mezame shi kemono (目覚めし獣?)
  • 7. saigo no koku, hajimari no koku (最後の刻、始まりの刻?)

Devilman Mokushiroku: Strange days[edit]

A sequel, titled Devilman Mokushiroku: Strange days (デビルマン黙示録 STRANGE DAYS)?), was also published in the same magazine in 2005.

No. Release date ISBN
1 July 22, 2005 (2005-07-22) ISBN 4-06-349214-1

OVA Adaptation[edit]

On May 24, 2000, a loose adaptation of the first Volume of Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman was released. Being based on Volume 1 of the manga (no other Volumes were released at the time), it's much shorter than the manga, and branches off in an entirely different direction shortly after Amon gains control of Akira Fudo at the end of Volume 1.

In the OVA, once Amon gains control and emerges for the first time, Amon begins to slaughter all those in his path, enemy and ally alike. Shortly after, Satan uses his psychic abilities to help Akira awaken within Amon, where Akira (as Devilman) battles Amon, and eventually defeats him. The OVA ends with Akira and Ryo Asuka (who is Satan in his human form) facing each other as if to fight (as they did in the original Devilman manga), as Akira slowly walks past him.

Staff of Amon: Apocalypse of Devilman (2000)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "fjの教祖様の既読・漫画・衣谷 遊" (in Japanese). Japan. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 

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