Devil Survivor 2: The Animation

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Devil Survivor 2:
The Animation
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation English DVD Volume Cover.png
Cover of the Complete Collection DVD volume released by Sentai Filmworks in North America on July 1, 2014 featuring Hibiki Kuze.
デビルサバイバーツー ジ・アニメーション
(Debiru Sabaibā Tsū Ji Animēshon)
Genre Action, Drama, Supernatural[1]
Manga
Written by Makoto Uezu
Illustrated by Haruto Shiota
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Gangan
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
Original run December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)October 18, 2014 (2014-10-18)
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Seiji Kishi
Produced by Yasuo Suda
Written by Makoto Uezu
Music by Kōtarō Nakagawa
Studio Bridge
Licensed by
Hanabee Entertainment
Network MBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS, Niconico
English network
Original run April 4, 2013 (2013-04-04)June 27, 2013 (2013-06-27)
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation:
Cetus's Prequel
Written by Katsumi Amagawa
Published by Kodansha Box
Published June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
Other books
  • Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Character Archives
  • Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Creator Works
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Devil Survivor 2: The Animation (Japanese: デビルサバイバーツー ジ・アニメーション Hepburn: Debiru Sabaibā Tsū Ji Animēshon?) is a 2013 anime series based on the 2011 Nintendo DS video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 by Atlus. The series was directed by Seiji Kishi, with series composition by Makoto Uezu, based on the original story by Atlus and animated by Bridge. The series stars voice actors Hiroshi Kamiya as Hibiki Kuze along with Nobuhiko Okamoto, Aya Uchida, Junichi Suwabe and Takahiro Sakurai. When a mysterious calamity plunges the world into a state of chaos, Hibiki Kuze and his friends Daichi Shijima and Io Nitta are suddenly thrown from their normal lives into a battle of survival against creatures called Septentriones seeking to bring the world to ruin. Gaining the ability to summon demons from a cell phone app, Hibiki and his friends team up with an organization known as the JP's to help protect Japan and above all else—survive.

The thirteen episode series premiered in Japan on MBS on April 4, 2013 and was subsequently licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America, Hanabee Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand and by MVM Entertainment in the United Kingdom for home video releases. A manga adaptation was serialized in Monthly GFantasy between December 2012 and October 2014. A light novel prequel was also published by Kodansha Box. In addition, two supplementary books and three Drama CDs along with a host of other merchandise were released. Critics praised the series for its animation and visuals especially as they evoked the themes employed in the plot. While portrayal of the fictional apocalypse was compared to actual natural disasters in Japan's past, the series was described as having a compacted and less than compelling plot.

Plot[edit]

After writing high school mock exams on Sunday afternoon, Hibiki Kuze and Daichi Shijima register themselves for the popular Nicaea[J 1] video website which claims to predict the death of a friend. The website soon turns out to be much more than meets the eye when it predicts their deaths before they are killed in a train accident at the Shibuya Subway Station. However Hibiki, Daichi and classmate Io Nitta accept Nicaea's offer for a second chance at life and a Demon Summoning App[J 2] is forcefully downloaded onto their phones and inadvertently allows them to summon demons which protect them from carnivorous monsters in the wrecked station. The trio soon discovers the sudden apocalyptic state of the world and seek refuge in Roppongi. A strange creature called Dubhe (ドゥベ Duube?) suddenly appears and attacks the refugees, only to be destroyed by Hibiki and his demon, Byakko.[a] After the battle, the trio are apprehended by the Japan Meteorological Agency, Geomagnetism Research Department - JP's[J 3] led by Yamato Hotsuin who enlists their aid defeating the six remaining Septentriones[J 4] in the following days to prevent the end of the world.[b]

In the meantime, Yamato orders Hibiki, Daichi and Io along with Hinako Kujou and Keita Wakui on a mission to search for missing JP's scientist Fumi Kanno, which results in Keita's death.[c] Merak (メラク Meraku?) later appears that Monday which leads to a devastating battle in Osaka.[d] Afterwards Hibiki leaves with the Resistance leader, Ronaldo Kuriki after the latter warns him of Yamato's meritocratic plans for the future as opposed to his own egalitarian outlook. Meanwhile Io and Daichi receive Hibiki's death clip and race to the Resistance headquarters in a desperate attempt to save him.[e] However when Airi Ban and Jungo Torii attempt to recapture the headquarters for the JP's, the sudden manifestation of Phecda (フェクダ Fekuda?) catches everyone off-guard and almost results in Hibiki's death if not for Yamato. In the aftermath, Yamato and Ronaldo fiercely debate over their ideals and each try to win the support of Hibiki.[f] Alcor also joins the fray and reveals that Nicaea and the Demon Summoning App were his creations that were meant to aid humanity in their time of peril.[g]

On Wednesday a collaborative effort by the JP's, Resistance and demon summoners result in the destruction of Megrez (メグレズ Megurezu?) albeit at the cost of Ronaldo, Yuzuru Akie and Otome Yanagiya's lives. While Hibiki struggles to cope with their deaths, Alcor reveals an entity called Polaris (ポラリス Porarisu?) to be responsible for the recent events. Further elaborating its attempt to restore the natural order of existence by using the "Void" phenomenon to erase the current artificial reality and hence sent the Septentriones to destroy the spiritual barriers protecting Japan from it.[h] The next day Hinako and Airi are coordinated by the JP's to defeat Alioth (アリオト Arioto?). However the creature's massive outer shell plummets from the sky and crushes the city, which prompts another clash of ideals between Hibiki and Yamato.[i] Mizar (ミザール Mizaaru?) appears on Friday and the JP's use Io as a spiritual medium to summon the demon, Lugh, which Yamato uses to evoke the Dragon Stream[J 5] and defeat Mizar. Lugh then possesses Io and attempts to kill Yamato for its imprisonment but Hibiki intervenes with the Dragon Stream and separates Io from its possession.[j]

The last Septentrione, Benetnasch (ベネトナシュ Benetonashu?) appears on Saturday and eradicates the remaining spiritual barriers with ease. Fumi, Airi, Jungo and Hinako put up a valiant effort against the creature but are killed when Yamato neglects them. An enraged Hibiki then enters the fight and ultimately destroys Benetnasch with Yamato and Daichi's help.[k] In the aftermath, Alcor chooses to support Hibiki's ideal and is killed along with Makoto by Yamato. Yamato then activates the Transport Terminal to meet Polaris. However Io and Daichi sacrifice their lives to allow Hibiki's pursuit while the Void erases the last traces of the world.[l] In another dimension, Hibiki and Yamato conclude their debate in stark disagreement. After a fierce demonic showdown Hibiki defeats Yamato and asks Polaris to restore the world to its previous state. Hibiki then finds himself one week in the past with his revived friends and recalls the events of the past week with Yamato and Alcor. As the world resumes its daily existence, Alcor expresses his optimism for the future while Hibiki asserts humanity's will to keep on living.[m]

Main characters[edit]

Hibiki Kuze (久世 響希 Kuze Hibiki)

Hibiki is granted the ability to summon demons from the Demon Summoning App thanks to Nicaea after experiencing a train accident on his way home from taking mock exams. With his newfound power he finds himself intertwined in a battle of survival against the Septentriones who seek to destroy the world while initially unaware of the choices he will be forced to make in the days ahead.[2] He is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya in Japanese[3] and by Patrick Poole in the English dub.[4] Kamiya did not express any opinions on Hibiki's character. However he was very clear to point out that despite the series being called Devil Survivor 2, it is not a sequel to a previous series but rather "an independent story all its own".[5]

Daichi Shijima (志島 大地 Shijima Daichi)

Daichi is Hibiki's best friend and was with him during the train accident where he was also granted the power of summoning demons from Nicaea.[6] He is voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto in Japanese[3] and by Greg Ayres in the English dub.[4] Okamoto praised the visual effects of the nighttime battle scenes, calling them "very beautiful".[5]

Io Nitta (新田 維緒 Nitta Io)

Io is an extremely beautiful and intelligent senior at the same high school attended by Hibiki and Daichi. She was also granted the power of demon summoning by Nicaea after being involved in the train accident.[7] She is voiced by Aya Uchida in Japanese[3] and by Jessica Boone in the English dub.[4] Uchida remarked that players of the original Devil Survivor 2 video game would be able to enjoy the various viewpoints presented in the series. She also felt that the audience would be able to greatly empathize with the characters since they are presented in a way that begs the question, "What would you do if you found yourself in that situation?"[5]

Yamato Hotsuin (峰津院 大和 Hotsuin Yamato)

Yamato is the director of the Japan Meteorological Agency, Geomagnetism Research Department which was established by his own Hotsuin family. He is a level-headed thinker and able to maintain composure in most situations.[8] He is voiced by Junichi Suwabe in Japanese[3] and by John Gremillion in the English dub.[4] Suwabe praised the cohesiveness of the music, video and dialogue of the series. He also noted that Yamato's most appealing trait is his strength.[5]

Anguished One (憂う者 Ureumono) / "Alcor"

A mysterious white-haired individual who appears to Hibiki and Yamato at various times during the week.[9] He is the creator of the Nicaea website and the Demon Summoning App.[10] Also known as "Alcor", he is the 8th Septentrione.[11] He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese[3] and by Illich Guardiola in the English dub.[4] Sakurai described Alcor's enigmatic appeal as laying in the aspect of being part of something larger than himself. He also joked that his favorite character apart from his own was "Hinako Kujou" and described her clothing as "erotic". He went on to praise the animation style, describing it as "powerful and immersive".[5]

Production[edit]

Director Seiji Kishi compared the destruction depicted in the anime to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan.

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation was produced by the Bridge animation studio of Japan using a team henceforth known as the Devil Survivor 2: The Animation Committee.[3] The series was directed by veteran anime director Seiji Kishi best known for directing the anime adaptation of Atlus's 2008 video game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.[12] During production Kishi remarked that the calamity of which the story describes was reminiscent of the Great East Japan Earthquake which struck in 2011.[13] He also praised the animated depictions of Suzuhito Yasuda's character designs. Makoto Uezu was selected as both the script writer and series composer for the anime. In an interview Uezu commented that he had been a huge fan of the Megami Tensei series since his childhood and that his interests in the occult and electronic technology aided in the composition. Uezu further remarked that the story followed a "hard path" whereby the heroes were forced into making difficult choices at key points in the plot whilst the characters simultaneously explored sensitive issues related to human ethics and morality.[13]

The series' character designs were drawn by Etsushi Sajima and were based on the original designs by Suzuhito Yasuda which received praise from Director Kishi.[13] The original designs of the Septentriones were created by Mohiro Kitoh who remarked that since he was not directly engaged in the production process, he had to wait until the finished product was released before he could see the animated versions of his designs.[14] The other half of the series' creatures i.e. the various devils (demons) used were designed by Hiroyuki Kanbe, while prop designs were done by Hatsue Nakayama and color designs were done by Keiichi Funada. Finally leaving Kazuto Shimoyama to oversee this area of production as the art director.[3]

The musical score was composed by Kōtarō Nakagawa. Nakagawa was initially surprised to have been offered to be the musical composer but took up the role as a challenge.[14] In addition to Nagakawa, Sound Direction was done by Satoki Iida along with Sound Effects by Iki Okuda. Other staff members included Assistant Director Yoshimichi Hirai, Animation Designer Eriko Ito, Composite Director Katsufumi Sato, CG Director Yuji Koshida and Ayumu Takahashi as the series Editor and Yasuo Suda who filled the role as producer of the series.[3]

Release[edit]

The thirteen-episode series premiered on the Animeism programming block of MBS on April 4, 2013 during the 26:05 (02:05 JST) time slot. This technically resulted in the episodes airing on the days following the ones scheduled.[15] The anime was later aired on TBS, CBC and BS-TBS with online streaming on the Japanese Niconico website.[16] The series was acquired by Crunchyroll for online simulcast streaming with English subtitles in the territories of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, and Scandinavia.[17][18] The Anime Network and Hulu later picked up the series for streaming on their online services. The series was also digitally released on Xbox Video and the PlayStation Store.[1]

On June 19, 2013, Pony Canyon began releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD volumes in Japan—with the first volume including the first episode and a bonus CD featuring the first Original Soundtrack for the series.[19] The following volumes each contained two episodes with all but the fifth and sixth volumes containing bonus discs of which included a three volume Drama CD series. The seventh and final DVD and Blu-ray volume was released on December 18, 2013 while all Limited Edition volumes were distributed with a bonus poster featuring characters from the series.[20] Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for distribution through selected digital outlets and a home video release in North America.[1][21][22][23] The company released the series in its entirety on DVD format on July 1, 2014 with English and Japanese audio options along with English subtitles.[24][25] Hanabee Entertainment later licensed the series for a home media release in Australia and New Zealand.[26] The company released the complete series on a single DVD volume on September 3, 2014.[27] MVM Entertainment also obtained the series for distribution in the United Kingdom[28] and released it on a single DVD set on October 20, 2014.[29][30] Pony Canyon will release the entire series on a Blu-ray box set in Japan on January 30, 2015.[31] Sentai Filmworks will follow their 2014 DVD release with a Blu-ray format release in North America on April 21, 2015.[32]

Media[edit]

Music and audio[edit]

"Take Your Way"
Cover of the "Take Your Way" single.
Single by Livetune feat. Fukase
Released June 5, 2013 (2013-06-05)
Format CD / DVD single
Recorded 2013
Genre J-pop
Length 04:36
Label Toy's Factory
Producer(s) Kz
Livetune singles chronology
"Transfer"
(2012)
"Take Your Way"
(2013)
Music video
"「Take Your Way」" on YouTube

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation uses three pieces of theme music: one opening theme, one closing theme and one insert song. The theme sequences are not used consistently throughout the series since the episode producers decided to prioritize story-telling to their use which helped keep the plot within thirteen episodes.[33] The anime debuted with "Take Your Way" by Livetune feat. Fukase as the opening theme for the first eight episodes and then from the eleventh.[34] The theme is not played, but credited in both the ninth[35] and tenth[36] episodes. The closing theme is "Be" by Song Riders and is used from the first through ninth episodes and then from the eleventh.[34] The insert song titled "Each and All" by Livetune feat. Rin Oikawa also doubled as the closing theme of the tenth episode.[37] The musical score for the series was composed by Kōtarō Nakagawa.[3]

Song Riders released "Be" on May 22, 2013.[38] This was followed by the release of Livetune's "Take Your Way" single on June 5, 2013.[39][40] "Take Your Way" sold 9,776 copies in its first week, ranking number 12 on the Oricon Singles Chart.[41] The song went on to become the number 1 single for the 23rd week of 2013.[42][43] The official "Take Your Way" music video features visuals and direction by Fantasia Utomaro.[44] The first soundtrack album was bundled with the first Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series and released in Japan on June 19, 2013.[19] The second soundtrack album was released in a similar manner, being bundled with the third Blu-ray and DVD volume and released on August 21, 2013.[45]

A bi-weekly internet radio show hosted by Syuta Morishima, the voice of the in-game "Nicaea" AITycho, was broadcast between April 4 and July 11, 2013 on the Hibiki Radio and Sound Springs stations.[46] In addition, three drama CD's were released. They were bundled together with the second, fourth and seventh Blu-ray and DVD volume releases of the series on July 17, 2013,[47] September 19, 2013[48] and December 18, 2013[49] respectively. The CD's collectively tell parts of a story titled, "Hibiki-kun! Go for it!" (がんばれヒビキくん! Ganbare Hibiki-kun!?).

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly GFantasy magazine.[50] It is illustrated by Haruto Shiota and written by Makoto Uezu; based on the original Devil Survivor 2 story by Atlus.[51] The manga made its debut in the January 2013 issue of GFantasy which was published in Japan on December 18, 2012.[52] It ran for twenty-five chapters and ended in the November 2014 issue which was published on October 18, 2014.[53][54] The chapters have since been collected and released into three tankōbon volumes as of March 27, 2014.[55]

Volumes[edit]

No. Release date ISBN
1 March 27, 2013[56] ISBN 978-4757539327
  1. Sunday's Melancholy ① (憂鬱の日曜日① Yūutsu no Nichiyōbi (1)?)
  2. Sunday's Melancholy ② (憂鬱の日曜日② Yūutsu no Nichiyōbi (2)?)
  3. Monday's Turmoil ① (激動の月曜日① Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (1)?)
  4. Monday's Turmoil ② (激動の月曜日② Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (2)?)
Hibiki Kuze and Daichi Shijima meet up after taking high school mock exams. Daichi introduces Hibiki to a website called Nicaea which claims to predict when a friend will die. However when Nicaea predicts their deaths during a train wreck, it installs a Demon Summoning App on their phones and allows them and classmate Io Nitta to escape from a horde of carnivorous demons by summoning their own. At the same time a mysterious calamity throws the world into disaster and as the trio takes refuge in the city, they are attacked by Dubhe. However Hibiki manages to defeat the creature using Byakko. Afterwards they are arrested by an organization known as the JP's and its director Yamato Hotsuin and captain Makoto Sako explain the world's situation and try to recruit Hibiki to their cause of defeating the six remaining Septentriones. Hibiki declines and Makoto takes them to a refugee shelter. However when rogue Itsumade demons attack the shelter, Hibiki protects the terrified refugees with Byakko and resolves to use his power to protect others and decides to aid the JP's along with Daichi and Io. Afterwards, Yamato tasks them with finding the scientist Dr. Fumi Kanno. Meanwhile another organization begins to move.
2 September 27, 2013[57] ISBN 978-4757540774
  1. Monday's Turmoil ③ (激動の月曜日③ Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (3)?)
  2. Monday's Turmoil ④ (激動の月曜日④ Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (4)?)
  3. Monday's Turmoil ⑤ (激動の月曜日⑤ Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (5)?)
Yamato dispatches Hibiki, Daichi and Io to the Osaka area to search for Dr. Kanno and they team up with fellow summoners Hinako Kujou and Keita Wakui. However Keita leaves the group in favor of hunting rogue demons. Afterwards the JP's' Osaka firewalls come under the attack of a highly skilled hacker. At the same time Hinako receives Keita's death clip and Yamato has them stop the hacker at Festivalgate. Keita also comes under a demon attack at Festivalgate and just barely escapes death when Hibiki and the others arrive on the scene. As they begin battling the demons, Yamato buys them some time by using the "Almadel" virus to slow the demons. However when they shockingly discover the hacker to be Dr. Kanno herself, a sentient and powerful demon called Botis stops them in their tracks. While Hibiki and Keita seemingly stop Botis, Daichi damages the hacking computer. While the group begins a premature celebration, Botis has Dr. Kanno turn the Almadel against the JP's and then proceeds to attack the group, killing Keita in the process. At the same time, the Almadel destroys the JP's' firewalls and weakens their defenses which allows Septentrione known as Merak to appear in the city.
3 March 27, 2014[55] ISBN 978-4757542679
  1. Monday's Turmoil ⑥ (激動の月曜日⑥ Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (6)?)
  2. Monday's Turmoil ⑦ (激動の月曜日⑦ Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (7)?)
  3. Monday's Turmoil ⑧ (激動の月曜日⑧ Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (8)?)
Keita's untimely death shocks the demon summoners and sends Hibiki into a depression despite being called to protect the spiritual barrier at the Tsūtenkaku tower. While Merak slowly advances towards the tower, it wipes out the Japanese military and numerous JP's defensive summoners in a massive ice attack towards the tower. The increasing casualties push Hibiki over the edge and he disobeys Yamato's order to fight on the front-lines, arriving just in time to save Hinako and the other summoners from Merak's bombs. However the situation quickly reverses when Byakko gets taken down and Hinako and the JP's summoners lay down their lives to protect Hibiki. On the verge of breaking down, Alcor approaches Hibiki and informs him that Io had taken his place at the final defensive line. Meanwhile, Io summons the powerful Kikuri-hime demon and valiantly faces Merak at the tower with the JP's summoners. As Merak prepares to attack the tower at point blank range though, Hibiki and Byakko arrive and defeat it. In the aftermath, the JP's Nogoya branch gets taken over by a man named Ronaldo Kuriki who approaches Hibiki and warns him of the danger that is Yamato. Afterwards the JP's report that Hibiki had mysteriously vanished.
4 December 27, 2014[58] ISBN 978-4757545243
  1. Tuesday's Disquiet ① (不穏の火曜日① Fuon no Kaiyōbi (1)?)
  2. Tuesday's Disquiet ② (不穏の火曜日② Fuon no Kaiyōbi (2)?)
  3. Tuesday's Disquiet ③ (不穏の火曜日③ Fuon no Kaiyōbi (3)?)

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format

  1. Wednesday's Changes ① (変容の水曜日① Hen'yō no Suiyōbi (1)?)
  2. Wednesday's Changes ② (変容の水曜日② Hen'yō no Suiyōbi (2)?)
  3. Thursday's Shock ① (衝撃の木曜日① Shōgeki no Mokuyōbi (1)?)
  4. Thursday's Shock ② (衝撃の木曜日② Shōgeki no Mokuyōbi (2)?)
  5. Friday's Partings ① (送別の金曜日① Sōbetsu no Kin'yōbi (1)?)
  6. Friday's Partings ② (送別の金曜日② Sōbetsu no Kin'yōbi (2)?)
  7. A Saturday Towards (Coexistence) ① (それぞれの土曜日① Sorezore no Doyōbi (1)?)
  8. A Saturday Towards (Coexistence) ② (それぞれの土曜日② Sorezore no Doyōbi (2)?)
  9. A Saturday Towards (Coexistence) ③ (それぞれの土曜日③ Sorezore no Doyōbi (3)?)
  10. Sunday's Fruition ① (結実の日曜日① Ketsujitsu no Nichiyōbi (1)?)
  11. Sunday's Fruition ② (結実の日曜日② Ketsujitsu no Nichiyōbi (2)?)
  12. Sunday's Fruition ③ (結実の日曜日③ Ketsujitsu no Nichiyōbi (3)?)

Books[edit]

A light novel written by Katsumi Amagawa titled "Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel" was published by Kodansha Box on June 3, 2013.[59] The events of the novel take place before the anime and depict a younger Yamato as Director of JP's and his preparation for the coming apocalypse.[60] A supplementary book titled "Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Character Archives" was published by Square Enix on June 27, 2013.[61] The book contained character biographies in addition to commentaries by Seiji Kishi and Makoto Uezu.[62] Another book titled "Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Creator Works" was published by Pony Canyon in Japan on August 9, 2013.[63] This book contained broad interviews from most of the animation staff, including photos and a behind-the-scene look at the animation process and at the Devil Survivor 2 world.[63]

Merchandising[edit]

Numerous products including figurines and mobile phone accessories among other things were released in response to the anime.[64] A set of 16 posters was released by Pos x Pos Collection on October 18, 2013.[65]

Reception[edit]

The apocalypse which occurs in the adaptation reminded Anime News Network reviewer Rebecca Silverman of descriptions of the devastation caused by the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake.

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation received mixed reviews from critics. Rebecca Silverman of the Anime News Network described the first episode as "not feeling like a game adaptation [but rather] an exciting survival tale with high stakes and a few moments of very real fear" with "a lot to take in and think about."[66] She went on to praise the designs of the demons and the background, saying that the "transformation from the everyday world to one of total chaos and destruction is both swift and impressive". She also called the captured image of a modern apocalypse as "very effective" since it reminded her of the Great Kanto Earthquake.[66] In her full series review, Silverman praised the animation including the dark colors employed for the environments and the way in which they seamlessly brought the dark themes associated with an apocalypse together for an emotional impact. Silverman also noted that while the anime differs from the style used in Persona 4: The Animation, compaction of the game's story into thirteen episodes "never feels rushed, but it can be a little cramped."[33]

Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku had less praise for the adaptation—calling it "painfully run-of-the-mill" due to the clichéd "Teenagers summoning monsters to save the world".[67] He added that the adaptation possessed "no compelling mysteries nor are there deeper psychological dilemmas being explored.", as there were with Persona 4: The Animation.[67] In his full review, Eisenbeis explained that the very premise of the characters encountering a new monster each episode and defeating it by acquiring new abilities or through teamwork was "hardly compelling."[68] Eisenbeis also noted on the political drama between the major factions in the series during which debates were mostly centered around the "conflicting ideas on how exactly the world should work." He further elaborated on the "woefully underdeveloped" characters who were given just enough back-story to provide some level of solidarity. However he praised the excellent conception of the series' main villain (or antihero) Yamato Hotsuin who "gets a ton of development." This was due to much of the series' run time being spent on Yamato's influences "than all the other characters combined."[68]

Andy Hanley of the UK Anime Network was quick to note that much of the inspiration for Devil Survivor 2: The Animation's story-telling stemmed from the success of Persona 4: The Animation's playbook.[69] Hanley went on to describe the immense amount of plot that was packed into the first episode, noting that "while some series would have spent half a dozen episodes explaining the nuances of the setting, plot and characters, Devil Survivor 2 is truly an "in at the deep end" experience." He noted that while the compacted plot had the downside of leaving "the series open to being labelled as shallow" it was "actually very effective in keeping the viewer engaged [since] there's always something going on." Hanley also commented on the visual appeal which made the less than spectacular battles "feel satisfying and fit in with the broad aesthetic of the show, which looks and sounds good for all its visual quirks."[69]

The first episode earned an audience approval rating of 1.4% in Osaka's Kansai area and 1.9% in Tokyo's Kantō area during its premiere on April 4 and 5 in those regions respectively.[70][71] The first Japanese DVD volume of the series sold 1,933 copies in its first week, ranking number 7 on the Oricon DVD Chart.[72] Its second volume ranked 12, selling 844 copies in its first week,[73] while its third debuted at number 23 with 721 copies.[74] Its sixth volume ranked at number 13 and sold 648 copies.[75] The second Japanese Blu-ray volume of the series sold 1,488 copies in its first week, ranking number 9 on the Oricon Blu-ray Chart,[76] while the sixth volume debuted at number 10 and sold 1,200 copies.[77]

Notes and references[edit]

Japanese
  1. ^ ニカイア Nikaia?
  2. ^ 悪魔召喚アプリ Akuma Shōkan Apuri?
  3. ^ 気象庁・指定地磁気調査部、「ジプス」 Kishōchō. Shitei Chijiki Chōsa bu, 'Jipusu'?
  4. ^ セプテントリオン Seputentorion?
  5. ^ 龍脈 Ryumyaku?
Episodes

The titles listed here are used in Sentai Filmwork's North American DVD release.

  1. ^ Melancholy Sunday
  2. ^ Monday of Upheaval I
  3. ^ Monday of Upheaval II
  4. ^ Monday of Upheaval III
  5. ^ Tuesday of Turbulence I
  6. ^ Tuesday of Turbulence II
  7. ^ Wednesday of Transformations I
  8. ^ Wednesday of Transformations II
  9. ^ Thursday of Shock
  10. ^ Friday of Farewells
  11. ^ Saturday of Variances
  12. ^ Sunday of Realization I
  13. ^ Sunday of Realization II
References
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