Devilman Crybaby

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Devilman Crybaby
Devilman-crybaby-visual.png
Key visual
GenreDark fantasy[1]
Original net animation
Directed byMasaaki Yuasa
Produced byShintaku Yōhei
Kazuko Nagai
Eunyoung Choi
Written byIchirō Ōkouchi
Music byKensuke Ushio
StudioScience Saru
Licensed byNetflix
ReleasedJanuary 5, 2018
Runtime25 minutes
Episodes10 (List of episodes)
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Devilman Crybaby (stylized as DEVILMAN crybaby) is a Japanese anime series based on Go Nagai's manga Devilman. It was directed by Masaaki Yuasa and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, and premiered on January 5, 2018, available for worldwide streaming on Netflix as an original series.

Plot[edit]

In the series, Akira Fudo is informed by his best friend, Ryo Asuka, that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Believing that the only way to defeat the demons is to incorporate their powers, Ryo suggests to Akira that he unite with a demon. Succeeding in doing so, Akira transforms into Devilman, possessing the powers of a demon but retaining the soul of a human.

The series is more of a direct anime adaptation of its source material than previous works, covering the entire span of the manga. However, many alterations were made to the plot, such as a modern setting, the addition of original characters, and different characterizations.

Cast and characters[edit]

Akira Fudo (不動明)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama,[2] Satoshi Yamazaki (child) (Japanese); Griffin Burns[3] (English)
The main protagonist of the series, Akira is a kind and overly sensitive young man who is prone to crying when seeing others in pain. After reuniting with his childhood friend Ryo, he becomes Devilman after the demon Amon fails to possess his body, giving Akira full control over his power as the titular Devilman. Akira's transition caused him to adopt some traits of Amon's personality, the demon's courage, cunning, and arrogance while retaining his empathy. Despite initially working with Ryo to stop the demons, Akira eventually finds himself betrayed with his exposure causing the deaths of his friends at the hands of a xenophobic mob. It was only after learning Ryo's true identity and plan that Akira ended their friendship and went to war with Satan in an attempt to save humanity, only to be killed in the final battle.
Ryo Asuka (飛鳥了)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase,[2] Akira Fujimura (child) (Japanese); Kyle McCarley[3] (English)
A child prodigy and Akira's best friend, Ryo recruits Akira to his cause of exposing the existence of demons to the world. Cold and calculating, Ryo will do whatever he feels is necessary to accomplish his goals while also protecting Akira's secret. He is later revealed to be the reincarnation of the series antagonist Satan, explaining his intention to wipe out humanity and defeat God while claiming that he made Akira a Devilman so they can live in the new world together. After Akira ends their friendship, Ryo leads the genocide of humanity and easily overpowers both the forces of mankind and the Devilman army. Ryo eventually kills Akira, admitting his feelings for Akira before realizing what he had done and mourns his friend as the angels descend to initiate a time loop that will result in everything being reset and repeated.
Miki Makimura (牧村美樹)
Voiced by: Megumi Han[2] (Japanese); Cristina Vee[3] (English)
A popular track star and Akira's childhood friend, Miki is a kindhearted girl who cares for Akira. She displays a strong and independent attitude and is not afraid to speak her mind. Unlike previous versions of the character, Miki and her younger brother are half-Japanese on their mother's side and half-French American on their father's.
Miki "Miko" Kuroda (ミーコ/黒田ミキ)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu[2] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh[3] (English)
A childhood friend of Akira and Miki, Miko has repressed feelings of anger and jealousy towards Miki due to their long history of doing a track together. These feelings eventually allow her to remain herself after being possessed by a spider demon following a rave, becoming a Devilman. As a Devilman, Miko became self-confident enough to freely speak out her mind as she openly resented Miki in front of her friends. She eventually joins Akira and Koda after finding the latter hiding out near the stadium. She later saves Akira's life after Koda's betrayal and is asked to look after everyone in the Makimura's home following Ryo's betrayal. After an insane mob attacks them, Miki and Miko attempt to escape in the cover of darkness but are spotted by a group of armed men who open fire of them. Badly injured by gunfire, Miko commits suicide while trying to buy time for Miki to escape. Her Devilman transformation resembles that of a Black Widow Spider.
Silene (シレーヌ, Shirēnu)
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka[2] (Japanese); Cindy Robinson[3] (English)
A lover of Amon and one of Satan's feared warriors, Silene is a harpy-like demon who seeks vengeance against Akira for subverting Amon's consciousness while attempting to seduce the former in hopes of reviving Amon.
Kaim (カイム, Kaimu)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama[2] (Japanese); Joe Ochman[3] (English)
Silene's partner and a fellow demon, Kaim investigates Amon's disappearance and learns of Akira's power. He is in love with Silene and is not afraid to share these feelings towards her, though she mainly dismisses them. Unlike most of the demons in Satan's army, Kaim is calm and patient in most situations and looks down upon other demons for their lack of control and insatiable bloodlust.
Jinmen (ジンメン)
Voiced by: Akio Hirose[2] (Japanese); Michael Sorich[3] (English)
A large sadistic turtle demon that incorporates the souls and faces of whoever he devours onto his shell, Jinmen stalks Akira's mother back home to Japan and murders her, devouring her and adding her to his shell. Unlike previous portrayals of the character, he possesses Akira's father and slaughters a bus full of people rather than a train.
Xenon (ゼノン, Zenon)
Voiced by: Avu-chan (Queen Bee)[2]
A giant, three-faced demon general and Satan's second in command alongside Psycho Jenny, who leads the attack in Japan. He is one of the few demons who can overpower Akira and attempted to have Ryo killed, resulting in his own death and his subordinates as retaliation from the Demons loyal to Satan.
Psycho Jenny (サイコジェニー, Saiko Jenī)
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (Japanese); Cindy Robinson (English)
A demon shaped like a grinning woman's head with comparatively tiny arms and legs, Jenny possesses psychic powers that allowed her to be fully aware of the world's looped timeline. Jenny initially assumed human form to pose as Ryo's guardian and secretary until he was ready to fully awaken as Satan, using her powers to complete the transition. Jenny remains by Ryo's side until she was killed by humans when they developed the means to shield themselves from her psychic powers.
Koji Nagasaki (長崎光司)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[2] (Japanese); Doug Erholtz[3] (English)
A sleazy journalist who lures high school girls to swimsuit photoshoots to make a living. He hopes to use Miki in his latest shoot though is sidelined by either her or Akira at every opportunity. After witnessing Akira transform into Devilman, he becomes determined to release the footage to the public before being murdered by Ryo after a demon attack.
Wamu (ワム)
Voiced by: Ken the 390[2] (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch[3] (English)
A rapper and gang leader who has feelings for Miki, and was initially Akira's rival before the two come to respect one another. He and Gabi are the only gang members to remain by Miki's side as they are attacked by the mob, with Wamu fending them off with a machine gun to buy Miki and Miko enough time to escape before being stabbed to death with a pickaxe.
Gabi (ガビ)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura[2] (Japanese); Ben Pronsky[4] (English)
A member of Wam's gang, Gabi is a headstrong young man who is not afraid of confrontation. Gabi is the only gang member to assist Wamu in defending the Makimura home as it is besieged by a paranoid mob and is stabbed to death by the mob after initially being stabbed by fellow gang member Babo.
Mayuta "Kukun" (ククン/マユタ)
Voiced by: Young Dais[2] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein[4] (English)
A member of Wamu's gang, he takes an interest in Miko Kuroda and the two start dating; however, he is killed when she becomes a Devilman.
Babo (バボ)
Voiced by: Hannya[2]
A member of Wamu's gang, Babo is often seen with the gang but never speaks unless it is to rap. He ultimately betrays the gang after he and Hie lead a paranoid Mob to the Makimura residence after learning Akira is a Devilman. He stabs Gabi after the later lets his guard down and looks in silence as Gabi is repeatedly stabbed to death by the mob. He is last seen parading around the Makimura house with the rest of the mob with the dismembered body parts of his friends until Akira incinerates them for murdering Miki.
Hie (ヒエ)
Voiced by: Afra[2]
A member of Wamu's gang, his long hair often covers his eyes and he never speaks. He is shown to initially loyal to Wamu and is friends and was not afraid to stand up to anyone who threatened them. He along with Babo betrays the gang and lead an insane mob to Miki's house. He partakes in the hunt for Miki and Miko after their escape. He attempts to execute Miko until she takes his weapon and eventually kills herself in an attempt to buy Miki time to escape. He is last seen parading around the burning home before being incinerated by Akira.
Moyuru Koda (幸田 燃寛)
Voiced by: Junya Hirano[2] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook[4] (English)
A gay national track star and Devilman who is saved by Akira, only to eventually join the demons and ends up being killed by Akira.
Taro Makimura (牧村太郎)
Voiced by: Eri Inagawa[2] (Japanese); Dorothy Elias-Fahn[4] (English)
Miki's younger brother who is obsessed with the 1972 Devilman series, but ultimately becomes a demon himself and has killed his mother by the time the boy's father Noel found them. Taro ends up being gunned down by soldiers despite Noel's attempts to convince the soldiers to spare him.
Noel Makimura (牧村ノエル)
Voiced by: Masato Obara[2] (Japanese); Christopher Corey Smith[4] (English)
Miki's father, who is French American. Noel is a kind man who considers Akira a member of his family due to his parents' absence. After his wife Akiko discovers her son is a demon and tells Noel she is leaving the city to protect him, Noel goes out in search of them. He eventually discovers Taro devouring Akiko and considers killing him but ultimately relents, ending up being gunned down by soldiers while pleading with them to spare his son.
Akiko Makimura (牧村亜樹子)
Voiced by: Sayaka Kobayashi[2] (Japanese); Anne Yatco[4] (English)
Miki's mother, who discovers that Taro is a demon and ends up being killed by him.
Tako (たこ)
The Makimura Family's pet black cat. Tako is possessed by a demon towards the end of the series, but manages to overpower it and becomes a Feline Devilman, dubbed 'Devilcat', a form he reveals after the mob attempts to kill him. As Devilcat, Tako gains the ability to use a glowing orb on his tail to blind opponents but ultimately dies after being hit by Satan's telepathic blades.

Production and release[edit]

Devilman Crybaby was first announced in March 2017. In August, it was revealed that the anime would have ten episodes.[5] It premiered on January 5, 2018 on Netflix. Masaaki Yuasa directed the anime, with Ichirō Ōkouchi writing the script and Eunyoung Choi serving as animation producer.[6]

The Original Net Anime is made with Adobe Animate, but instead of being flash-animated, it is hand-drawn animated.

Episodes[edit]

All episodes were written by Ichirō Ōkouchi and originally released on January 5, 2018. In intertitles, the episodes are ennumerated with Roman numerals.

No. Title Storyboarder(s) Episode director Animation supervisor(s)
1"I Need You"
(おまえが必要なんだ)
Masaaki YuasaMasaaki YuasaTomohisa Shimoyama
Akira Fudo, a high school student, is often ridiculed by his peers for his lack of athleticism and sympathetic temperament. His only friend is his longtime crush Miki Makimura; he lives with her and her family while his parents, who are doctors, are traveling abroad. One day while walking home from school, Akira attempts to defend Miki from a local gang led by rapper Wamu. He is rescued by his childhood friend Ryo Asuka, a child prodigy and American university professor. Ryo reveals to Akira that his recent expedition to the Amazon rainforest revealed the existence of a race of demons, polymorphic creatures that assimilate other lifeforms to evolve and adapt. While on his expedition, Ryo found that his Russian colleague Dr. Fikira had become possessed by a demon; the doctor self-immolated to end his own suffering while Ryo watched. Ryo explains that similar events have transpired worldwide and that the world's governments are suppressing the truth; seeking Akira's help to expose the demons' existence, Ryo takes Akira to a hedonistic rave called Sabbath, where he suspects demons will be lurking. Akira, inadvertently drugged and believing them to merely be looking for demons, is horrified when Ryo begins slashing people with a broken bottle; the violence causes several demons to appear, and they massacre the remaining humans while Ryo films. Injured by a demon himself, Ryo cries out to a powerful demon named Amon, ordering him to devour Akira, but Akira's will overpowers Amon, transforming him into Devilman and allowing him to slaughter the demons.
2"One Hand is Enough"
(片手で十分だ)
Masaaki YuasaKatsunori ShibataTakashi Kojima
Akira's body has been physically altered by his demonic encounter, lending him strength, athleticism, and popularity, but he has no memory of becoming Devilman. While walking home with Miki, Akira returns to the docks and confronts Wamu and his gang to recover Miki’s bag. He easily overpowers them with his newfound strength, but begins to suffer flashbacks of the previous night and seeks out Ryo after remembering he was injured. Finding Ryo at his penthouse, Akira learns that he retained his conscious mind while gaining traces of Amon's personality and power, rendering him neither human nor demon. Before returning home, Akira asks Ryo to kill him if he should lose control of himself. The next day Akira discovers Miki secretly talking to a sleazy modeling agent Nagasaki and cuts their call short before telling her that the man is taking advantage of her. Later, Akira and Ryo go in search of demons so that Ryo can film Akira fighting them as Devilman. While Akira is able to kill all the demons, Nagasaki, who is also a struggling journalist, has secretly filmed Akira's transformation with the intent of releasing it to the public.
3"Believe Me!"
(オレは撮ったんだ!)
Juan Manuel Laguna, Abel GóngoraTōru YoshidaTetsuro Uetake
After getting rejected by his editor while attempting to sell the footage of Akira's transformation into Devilman, a desperate Nagasaki decides to use Miki for the photoshoot he had planned. Akira and Ryo find Nagasaki’s address and travel to his home to find and destroy the footage, where they learn that Nagasaki lives with his mother; Ryo pays her to cover any damages while warning her not to go upstairs following their search. Silene and Kaim, associates of Amon, learns of Akira's transition and plot to reawaken Amon so he can subvert his host. Miki secretly sneaks out of the house to meet Nagasaki for the photoshoot, but she begins to have second thoughts and attempts to leave. But Nagasaki is revealed to be possessed by Gelmer, who transferred himself into Miki's body as part of Kaim's plan to lure in Akira. Akira and Ryo arrive to find Nagasaki unconscious; Ryo kills Gelmer after removing him from Miki's body, then murders Nagasaki; attempting to access her son's computer, Nagasaki's mother detonates a bomb hidden within it by Ryo, which kills her as well. When Ryo tries to convince him that Miki cannot be trusted and must die as well, Akira refuses to allow it; the resulting standoff is cut short by a phone call.
4"Come, Akira"
(明、来て)
Tomohisa ShimoyamaTomohisa ShimoyamaTomohisa Shimoyama
Akira's mother is calling him, assuring him she will be home soon. Agreeing not to kill Miki, Ryo warns Akira not to trust any human. The next day, Miki vaguely recalls Akira saving her the other night, but Akira assures her that she only imagined it. When Akira's parents arrive in Japan, Akira's father has been possessed by the demon Jinmen; he slaughters everyone on an airport bus before killing his own wife. Akira and Ryo, at the airport to meet her, notice their bus has been delayed and follow her cell phone signal to an empty hangar, where they find Akira’s father under Jinmen's control. The demon uses the still-conscious faces of his victims, his mother included, to antagonize and torment Akira. Noticing his father trying to suppress Jinmen’s influence, Akira tries to get through to him, the ensuing internal struggle leads Jinmen to sever the top half of his own head to silence Akira's father. Ryo opens fire on Jinmen, trying to convince Akira that his parents are dead and that he must kill Jinmen himself. Only after his mother assures him that killing Jinmen is alright can Akira bring himself to do it; traumatized by his parents' deaths, Akira breaks down in tears.
5"Beautiful Silene"
(シレーヌ、君は美しい)
Kiyotaka OshiyamaKiyotaka OshiyamaKiyotaka Oshiyama
As Akira's attraction to Miki begins to affect him deeply, his dreams become more and more sexual in nature. After waking from an intense erotic dream, he visits Ryo, who gives him money to properly vent his frustrations. Akira wanders into a red light district and is seduced by Silene, who has disguised herself as a working girl; she offers him sex for free, and he accepts. He quickly becomes wary when she asks him for his name, and his refusal to answer provokes her into assuming her true demonic form. While Silene attempts to reawaken Amon, Akira retains superiority over Amon, and he assumes his Devilman form; in the ensuing battle, both violent and sexual, Akira dominates Silene, leading the watching Kaim to intervene on Silene's behalf. Finally disclosing his long-suppressed feelings for her, he decapitates himself so the mortally wounded Silene can fuse onto his headless body to continue fighting. The powerful charge Silene delivers nearly kills Akira; confident of her victory, Silene dies on her feet without delivering a killing blow. The next morning, Ryo finds Akira in the shipyard where the fight ended. Beholding the deceased, fused form of Kaim and Silene, Akira begins to wonder if demons are capable of love.
6"Neither Demon Nor Human"
(悪魔でも人間でもない)
Keisuke ShinoharaKeisuke ShinoharaNaoya Wada
Famous trackstar Moyuru Koda, himself a Devilman, is haunted by the memory of accidentally devouring his boyfriend during sex. Akira and Ryo come to suspect Koda's true nature after learning of the circumstances of the death of Koda’s boyfriend, so Ryo plans to expose Koda as a Devilman at an upcoming unisex track meet. Fearing Koda may transform if exposed, Akira is skeptical of the plan; he attempts to share his identity with Koda at the track meet and fails. To ensure the plan's success, Ryo drugs Koda's water, forcing him to involuntarily transform in public and kill most of the other runners. Akira manages to help Koda escape against Ryo’s advice, but the damage has been done, and the revelation of the existence of demons spreads quickly to the corners of the world, triggering a global panic.
7"Weak Humans, Wise Demons"
(人間は弱く、悪魔は賢い)
Pyeon-Gang HoAyataka TanemuraKen Obata, Atsuko Hikimoto, Yūko Kobayashi, Masumi Hattori, Kenji Hattori, Daisuke Takemoto, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Atsushi Aono
Koda, now a fugitive, takes refuge near the stadium with Akira to keep him company; Akira attempts to convince Koda that they should work together to find other Devilmen unaffiliated with the Demons, but Koda insists against being involved. They are soon joined by Miki "Miko" Kuroda, another Devilman and a friend of Akira’s from track. Across the world, humanity begins turning on itself after the demons openly declare war; disgusted by the events and Ryo's apathy toward the chaos he has caused, Akira autonomously begins trying to rescue demons and attempting to convince them to become Devilmen, with no success. Mrs. Makimura soon discovers that Taro is a demon and flees by car to protect him, leaving her husband a farewell text. Wamu and his gang take refuge at the Makimura residence with Miki and her father to avoid the violence in the city. Mr. Makimura soon leaves to search for his wife and son, making Akira vow to protect Miki in his absence. At the same time, the United States sends a Navy fleet towards Russia, believing the demons to be a Russian bioweapon. A group of disguised demons attempts to nuke Russia, but they are abruptly consumed by a spherical light that encompasses a massive section of the planet. As Ryo witnesses the growing light on television, he screams, hiding his face and covering his ears in fear.
8"I Must Know Myself"
(オレはオレを知らなくてはならない)
Katsunori ShibataKatsunori ShibataTomomi Kawatsuma, Shōko Nishigaki, Kiyotaka Oshiyama
Wanting to know the reasons behind his own actions and motives, Ryo returns to the Amazon rainforest again to uncover more about himself and the true nature of his past. Back in Japan, Miki's father Noel searches for his missing wife and son in the city; both the mentally unstable citizens and police force come close to killing him. Pinging Taro's phone location thanks to the help of Akira via Ryo, Noel finds the demonically possessed Taro eating his mother's corpse. Unable to kill his son, Noel ultimately relents and attempts to protect Taro from the military before they are gunned down. Akira finds the family and carries them away as he burys them on a hill outside of town, he is ambushed by a demon general named Zennon; he is saved only by the intervention of the demoness Psycho Jenny. As Miko gets him to safety, Jenny uncovers the hiding Koda, who aligns himself with the demons. Akira and Miko soon return to the Makimura house to inform Maki of her family's deaths, with Akira empathic to Miki's sadness. That night, Ryo uses an emergency broadcast to the entire world to lie about the origin of demons, implying that people dissatisfied with society eventually evolve into demons and demanding that anyone acting even slightly different should be killed to prevent them from becoming demons. He shows edited footage of Akira transforming into Devilman to the world, appalling Akira through his sudden betrayal and turning the worldwide panic into a fully-fledged genocide.
9"Go to Hell, You Mortals"
(地獄へ墜ちろ、人間ども)
Masaaki YuasaTakashi KojimaTakashi Kojima

When the broadcast ends, Akira is immediately threatened by Wamu and his gang, who draw their weapons on him; they relent when Miki reiterates her continuing trust in him, and ask him to leave. While Wamu and fellow gang member Gabi choose to stay and to look after Miki with Miko, the other two gang members Hie and Babo betray them by leading an insane mob to the Makimura home. The mob, who believe that they are all demons in disguise, set Miki's home on fire and kill Wamu and Gabi. Miko sacrifices herself to hold off the pursuing mob with her Devilman form; while Miki escapes on foot, she is quickly caught and stabbed to death. Meanwhile, while searching for Ryo, Akira finds himself protecting innocent people from being stoned by a mob; after he convinces the mob to stop, Koda and several other demons appear and slaughter them all. Escaping Koda, Akira decides to return to the Makimura residence while realizing his feelings for Miki; when he arrives, he finds the house in flames, with the mob parading in the street with his friends' dismembered body parts impaled on pikes. Seeing Miki's head on one of them, Akira is overcome by rage and sadness; denouncing the mob as the real demons, he avenges her by incinerating them all.

A post-credits scene, dream-like and peaceful, shows Akira riding his motorcycle; Miki sits behind him, her arms wrapped lovingly around him.
10"Crybaby"
(泣き虫)
Masaaki YuasaMasaaki YuasaNaoya Wada

A broken Akira confronts Ryo on the cliffs they played on as children, carrying Miki’s severed head with him; he demands to know why Ryo betrayed him and humanity. Ryo reveals his true identity as the fallen angel Satan, who was exiled to earth for defying God; there, he discovered the demons and grew to approve of their simple and competitive nature to weed out weakness. When God's angels descended on Earth and devastated it, the bodies of Satan and the demons were destroyed, but their souls endured their physical destruction, and they eventually regained their strength and corporeal forms in the present. Having reincarnated as Ryo and gradually regained his memories through Psycho Jenny, Satan explains that his apocalypse is meant to exterminate humanity for defiling the world, and that he plans to declare war against God afterward. Satan also reveals that he made Akira a Devilman to allow him to survive in the world to come, as his way of thanking Akira for being by his side when he was human. An infuriated Akira refuses to join Satan's cause and ends their friendship, vowing to attack with an army of Devilmen and kill Satan the next time they meet. Akira returns to the Makimura family's burial site and lays Miki and their friends to rest. He then gathers the other Devilmen to fight Satan’s army after the resulting nuclear holocaust runs its course, defending the final bastion of humanity on Earth from the demons. After killing Koda for his betrayal, Akira battles Satan across the planet. Even after the other Devilmen sacrifice themselves to give Akira more power, Satan ultimately cleaves off Akira's lower half. With humanity finally obliterated and the earth a devastated ruin, the victorious Satan and Akira alone are left. When Satan realizes Akira has died of his wounds, he is overwhelmed by the same emotions he previously denounced as a weakness. Utterly devastated by his murder of the only person he ever loved, he cradles Akira's lifeless body as the angels of God descend, ravaging the earth once again.

In a post-credits scene, the molten Earth cools, becoming green and blue once again as a second moon forms in the sky.

Reception[edit]

Devilman Crybaby has received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences. The series received 88% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics.[7]

Allegra Frank of Polygon referred to the series as Netflix's first anime masterpiece, praising the visuals, tone and use of humor through the show writing, "It’s a peak example of director Yuasa’s brand of balancing surrealist art and a real love for young people. The combination makes the show much easier to consume, and every tonal change stands out the more so for it. There’s something striking about an anime that can toe this fine line with such seeming ease."[8] Eric Thurm of Decider magazine gave the series a more lukewarm review, describing it as the "grossest show on TV", but still recommended that readers at least watch a couple of episodes for Yuasa's unique art style.[9]

The Japan Times contributing writer Matt Schley gave the series four stars out of a possible five writing, "The 10-episode “Crybaby” starts off strong and ends with a bang, but sags a bit in the middle, and the series’ ambition occasionally exceeds its production values — and there's some pretty cringe-worthy English voice acting in the Japanese-language version. But if “Crybaby” presages what's to come from Netflix's investment in anime, it's going to be an interesting year for the medium."[10]

Rob Salkowitz of Forbes wrote a very positive review of the anime stating, "If you can stomach the extreme visuals and neck-snapping tonal shifts, Devilman Crybaby will leave fans of contemporary adult-oriented animation wondering what the hell they just saw, mostly in a good way. If not, it’s a binge that will leave you wanting to purge."[11]

Mike Toole of Anime News Network reviewed the series giving both the sub and dubbed version a rating of B+ praising the animation style and the unique way the classic characters are presented, but criticized the series for losing much of its story structure in the middle of the series. In the review Toole writes, "DEVILMAN crybaby is both a thorough depiction of Go Nagai's dark, violent story and a fresh angle at the same time—purists might complain that the geniuses at Science SARU get too creative and goofy with the classic look of Nagai's blocky and muscular characters, but the remarkably creative visuals will keep your interest any time the story starts to waver."[12]

The series was awarded Anime of The Year at the Crunchyroll's 2018 Anime Awards, along with Yuasa being awarded Best Director.[13]

References[edit]

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