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Devil Man - Volume 1: The Birth (1987)
"Debiruman: Tanjou hen" (original title)

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Normal life in modern day Tokyo is unexpectedly disrupted for a young high school kid called Akira. First his parents go missing, then his pet rabbit is viciously slaughtered and finally ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Hayami ...
Akira (voice)
Alan Marriott ...
Akira (1994) (voice)
Yû Mizushima ...
Ryo (voice)
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Ryo (1994) (voice)
Jun Konomaki ...
Miki (voice)
Larissa Murray ...
Miki (1994) (voice) (as Laura Kelly)
Masako Ikeda ...
Sumiko (voice)
Mikio Terashima ...
Asuka (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Thug (voice)
Sukekiyo Kameyama ...
Thug (voice)
Kohji Matsuda ...
(voice)
Koji Matsuda ...
(voice)
Naoya Uchida ...
Thug (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
Walla (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Walla (voice)
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Normal life in modern day Tokyo is unexpectedly disrupted for a young high school kid called Akira. First his parents go missing, then his pet rabbit is viciously slaughtered and finally his best friend, Ryo Asuka, reveals a terrifying secret--something that guarantees that Akira's life can never be the same again. Ryo's dead archaeologist father left him a dark and sinister legacy, knowledge of which may only condemn Ryo in the same way it condemned his father--to an eternal sentence of suffering and torment. However, Ryo understands that his legacy also has the power to salvage the human race from torturous damnation at the hands of demons. But whoever kills a demon must become a demon and only one who is pure of heart can possess the body of a demon--only one like Akira! Written by Anonymous

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1 November 1987 (Japan)  »

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Previously released in subtitled form by L.A. Hero/Dark Image Entertainment. See more »

Quotes

Akira: Miki, let me introduce you to Ryo, from my old school. He was my best friend.
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Followed by Devil Man - Volume 2: Demon Bird (1990) See more »

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Interesting , violent, mean and gory.
21 August 2005 | by (victoria bc) – See all my reviews

This is not a happy cartoon.It is mean spirited,over the top violent,tonnes of great gore, and by todays standards not that well animated. So why the 8 ? Well it is a very interesting story and had a lot of potential,and the story line suites its darkness and violence very well...And I think it shocked me a little.

I think it is important to watch 1 and 2 together, as the first half of volume one is story not action orientated.

A group of archaeologists find cave full of Demons that ruled the Earth millions of years ago. A teen-aged schoolboy attempts a ritual which will give him demonic powers, and with it the power to save the world.Things do not quite work out the way he thought.The end of vol 1 is a cliffhanger just so you are warned.


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