Devilman (1972–1973)
"Debiruman" (original title)

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Young school boy Akira Fudo and his father travel to the Himalayas on vacation and his father is killed. Akira is then possessed by Devilman in attempt to bring misery and torment to humans... See full summary »

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Young school boy Akira Fudo and his father travel to the Himalayas on vacation and his father is killed. Akira is then possessed by Devilman in attempt to bring misery and torment to humans in Japan. He does not count on falling in love with Miki Makimura and betrays the Demon Family. Lord Zenon sends demons to kill Devilman for betraying them, but fails. Written by Gavin Nelson

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This series contains 39 episodes:
  • 1) Rebirth of the Devil clan


  • 2) Monster SILENE


  • 3) Monster GERUGE


  • 4) The devil general ZANNIN


  • 5) The Sleeping beauty ZORUDOBA


  • 6) ROKOFURU'S head


  • 7) The horrible dummy master ZURU


  • 8) IYAMON and BAUU


  • 9) The brainwave monster GONDOROMA


  • 10) The monster GANDE, the walking eye


  • 11) The red monster flower RAHURERU


  • 12) The fire monster FAIAMU


  • 13) The arrogant MAMEIMU


  • 14) Challange to the Ice Kingdom


  • 15) The monster EBAIN, having a thousand hands


  • 16) The monster JENI, living in the dark


  • 17) The stamp monster DAGON


  • 18) The silver MOYAKO


  • 19) The monster ADARU, the dummy project


  • 20) Goodbye, the monster DORANGO


  • 21) The monster DORA likes the human


  • 22) The monster MUGA-RU, the illusion magician


  • 23) The monster BERA, the Tibet monster


  • 24) The monster JAKON, the living ghost


  • 25) The devil general MUZAN, the attack of school


  • 26) The silver monster LALA


  • 27) The monster JUERU, the desires beyond the limits


  • 28) The monster MINIYON, the devil locket


  • 29) The monster KENETOSU, the secret necklace


  • 30) The monster FAIZEL, the crazy shadow


  • 31) The monster KIRUSUKII, the pure red tornado


  • 32) The monster AURORA, the shining prison


  • 33) The monster WEZASU, the sun's rebellion


  • 34) The monster ARURON, the horrible dress


  • 35) The Devil Marshal REIKOKU, the frozen school


  • 36)The monster MAGUDORA, the flying lava


  • 37) The monster UDODOU, the angry trees


  • 38) The monster DORIMOON, the moon is the hell


  • 39) The monster GODO, the God's miracle


  • 40) Memorial Episode


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Followed by Majingâ Zetto tai Debiruman (1973) See more »

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Evil has never been this child friendly
22 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The character of devilman has featured in a number of manga, OVAs and movies. This is however an anime version produced for children under close censorship. This has none of the extreme violence of later versions or the books. The characters are younger and the situations are less obviously adult. Their is an innocence about this "devilman" which is wholly deceptive. The innocence extends to the child like drawings of subsidiary characters and the bright colours. It sometimes looks like it was drawn by a child.

Beneath the colourful surface of this formulaic anime is something much darker. The character of devilman is more nihilistic than any other version, in this he is wholly demonic and only interested in saving one human his love, Miki. The title sequence describes him as a hero of justice but that could not be further from the truth, he thinks nothing of picking up a car full of screaming people and throwing it at a demon foe.

His monster enemies are brilliantly designed and have bizarre plans to attack devilman which lead to some incredible psychedelic sequences. There is a surreal bent to the entire production which pays little attention to narrative cohesion. Some sequences seem to have been guest directed by Seijun Suzuki or Jodorowsky. There are also some incredibly transgressive moments that jump out from the normal childishness. Devilman whips a female demon on the nipple until she provides him with information. Every demon seems to have some deviant sexuality or air of androgyny. The school devilman attends in human form is a hotbed of institutionalised paedophilia.

In conclusion, this is a great show for anyone in love with 70s Japanese retro cool. But, fans of the OVA and manga may be shocked by the difference in characters and animation and lack of an ongoing storyline.


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