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.