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Watch & Learn: DEVIL LADY #1

You'll never yawn more over ultra-violence...

I don't want to bother asking about how this might relate to DEVIL MAN.
I don't want to bother asking about how this might relate to DEVIL MAN.

Back when I was watching CLAYMORE, I kept remarking on how it looked so much like a terrible late nite OAVs but was actually a quality show in execution. DEVIL LADY isn’t an OAV but, holy shit, does it fit that kind of schlock's bill to a T. I can just so easily picture the 3:00 AM infomercial telling me how “this ain’t my daddy’s cartoons” and the shrink-wrapped VHS copy that’s surely got a big, red “18+ ONLY!” sticker on it. In other words, this is just gore and nudity that actually manages to titillate you even less than the milder stuff because there’s not much of any craft behind it. It’s not shocking, it’s not scary… and without those shocks and scares, you can’t really give the bare bones plot a pass for being “minimalistic.” The gargoyle's hollow, and there’s just nothing interesting inside it.

You know what? Most times, I aim to get these reviews up to a certain word count, but I feel like the effort would be about as productive as “reviewing” a hang nail. I could certainly lavish a lot of text on describing the qualities of the pain - - I might even compare it to other hang nails I’ve had, so as to establish some scale of unpleasantness - - but I’d really rather just snip it off and move on.

So there you go. Thumbs down on DEVIL LADY. That’s it my take. You'll never yawn more over ultra-violence then you will here.

Watch this episode "Beast" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Oct. 21, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.

Never heard of this one, and if Tom doesn't even want to write a full W&L then I probly don't need to.

ComicMan24on Oct. 21, 2011 at 8:13 a.m.

Looks like something I won't like so I will pass.

Doppelgameron Oct. 21, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.

That image is potentially very disturbing, as with many things from Japan of late... *runs away*

blaakmawfon Oct. 21, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.

I'll take your word for it.

PenguinDuston Oct. 21, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.

One of your best W&L's yet. If you don't like it, no need to beat around the bush and rack up the word count. In and out, we can all move on with our lives now.

Still, I might check this out still just because it's Go Nagai.

@Doppelgamer: this one isn't really "of late" since it came out in 1998.

ZombiePieon Oct. 21, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.

I do not think this is the show for me.

Darokion Oct. 21, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

@PenguinDust said:

Still, I might check this out still just because it's Go Nagai.

@Doppelgamer: this one isn't really "of late" since it came out in 1998.

Might want to stretch back a little further to stuff like Getter Robo which was actually decent, he had a BAD stretch for a while where this came out of.

SantaBlaon Oct. 22, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.

I didn't actually enjoy the first episode either, but things got better past the initial episodes but it's only a Go Nagai work in name.

@PenguinDust: The Devilman Lady manga is by Go Nagai, but the anime has a completely different plot. I don't know how many times I must say it, but Go Nagai is a manga artist, and he isn't involved (or rarely) in the anime productions based on his concepts or mangas. His company, Dynamic Planning sells concepts to anime studios as in "take this concept, and do whatever you want with it". (Which Toei profited the most from; Devilman pants) The anime Devilman Lady is completely different from the manga, with toned down sex, violence and gore. Even the characters differ. In the manga, Jun is a body builder, but in the anime, she's just a model. We're not talking about directors taking freedom with the source material, we're talking about an entirely new project.

The person behind Devilman Lady's anime script is none other thanChiaki J. Konaka and the director, Toshiki Hirano, who's known for his work on Vampire Princess Miyu.

@Daroki: Getter Robo is not a Go Nagai work. Apart from initializing the concept, he had very little to do with it. It was mostly his assistant, Ken Ishikawa who did all the work (all the manga versions of it).

zaldaron Oct. 23, 2011 at 8:44 p.m. must not have liked this one at all...amazing. That was actually quite fun to read.

Doppelgameron Nov. 11, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.

@PenguinDust said:

@Doppelgamer: this one isn't really "of late" since it came out in 1998.

Well, I was actually referring to roughly the last decade, which is when I began to watch anime less due to the content they were producing. Of late means something different, depending on a person's age, I suppose.

Obsidian609on Dec. 16, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.

I watched it and didn't care for it too much. Personally you are better off reading the manga.

Sinestro2828on April 15, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.

Personally Devil Lady is one of my fave animes, and while I respect the great Go Nagai, I personally feel the show's storyline was superior to the original manga adaptation, especially since the show doesn't betray its original premise by trying to tie in the events of the older Devilman series and Demon Lord Dante into its own continuity. The Devil Beasts and Devilmen remain the result of human evolution gone awry, and the supporting cast, like Kasumi, Maeda, Yoshida, etc, add much more to the story, unlike in the manga where most of the characters have no presence except for Jun and Asuka. Satoru and his minions also serve as excellent villains, very creepy. Basically, I like it because it has its own story and doesn't transform into a mere forced Devilman sequel as it progresses, Jun and Asuka are very much their own characters in every sense of the word (can't elaborate further without giving away spoilers about the manga).

Overall, its a more believable and sensible storyline while still being dark, grim, and outlandish in classic Nagai horror fashion (though with a stronger psychological edge to go along with the blood and guts), and the monster designs kickass, especially when Jun goes Giga, and even the design of Aoi Kurosaki, one of the few original manga characters brought back for the show, is much better looking than before.

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A anime adaptation of Go Nagai's Devilman Lady Manga. The anime is not as violent as the manga and is more psychological.

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