IMDB: Devilman: Crybaby – 2018
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
The series opens with a slightly touching scene of two very young boys and a mangy, dying cat. One of the boys (who we later know as Akira) wants to save the cat. The other boy (who we later come to know as Ryo) wants to kill it knowing that it will die shortly anyway. Skip ahead just a little, and we see young Akira, on his knees in the rain sobbing over what we can assume is the dead body of the cat. This one scene, really sets the relationship between these two for the whole show, but not until a few episodes in, does it click.
Skipping ahead into the high school years, Rio has gone off to do study elsewhere, and Akira is just a shy little unassuming kid who has become a little bit of a protector to young track runner Miko. But Ryo comes home with a desperate need to have Akira by his side as he explains that demons have come back to earth, and they are attracted to the depravity of humans. Little does Akira know, he is going to have a much closer understanding of how that all works, as he merges with a demon but maintains control. He becomes a Devilman.
As the infestation becomes more prevalent, more and more devilment begin to appear, and the fear from the humans drives them to do what they do best. Just start killing anyone who is different to them. What we don’t find out to theist episode of the season however is that there is something much, much bigger at play.
I had both high an low expectations for the first season of this series. High because of the premise of a half demon human fighting for the humans against the might of the demon apocalypse, and low because these sorts of shows tend to go go to far and make it just straight rubbish viewing.
It both did and didn’t meet those expectations.
The show itself was good. The scenes of a “sexual nature” were appropriately tasteful for the setting and the scenes they were in. The horror, well it might be horror to people whose age can be counted on two hands, but I just didn’t feel it at all. It was really, really tame. The animation was great, not to the point of being realistic (but that wasn’t the plan for this show). And the soundtrack, to be honest I have just sat here for the last couple of minutes, and tried to think of a single spot of music that accompanied this, and can come up with the credit sequences.
The bit I was most disappointed in was quite literally the last episode, the story points it brought in here, to me is the common mistake and bringing something much too big, too important into a first season. But I guess we’ll see how it plays out in the next one.