this show was batshit but so is anything nagai touches so it's true to source i guess! yuasa's interests are more character driven while imo, devilman's strengths lies in its grander statements on humanity. but he also gave us miki squared who far exceed manga miki so whatevs. big areola squad
So I knocked this one out over the past couple of days and I really enjoyed it. Devilman: Crybaby's first season gives us a highly stylistic (and ultra-graphic) story using the events of the Book of Revelations as its framework. Plenty of badass characters to go around; and the last two episodes are just visually and emotionally gorgeous.
I watched this straight through during a day I was sick in bed. There are better things I could have done with my time. A lot of people seem to be very into this, and it's a damn mystery to me. This is a serious case of viewers projecting beyond what the show actually provides, which is the sort of nihilism that might be exciting to a pretentious 12-year-old. The world ends and not a moment too soon: I was bored.
Man, what a mess. It remains fairly simple, albeit evocative, for most of its run, and then attempts to tackle too many topics across too many characters and too few episodes that it winds up collapsing under the weight of its own ambition. On top of that, its eventual ambitions sit ill-at-ease with the comic marriage of sex and gore that mostly dominates early on. But gorgeous, and admirable effort.
Apocalypse has never been so beautiful and satisfying for the eye. Yuasa just filled the empty spaces in Nagai's masterpiece and he did with his own goodness, some way syncretistically merging the cult serie with the previous he sketched from Matsumoto's Ping Pong. A solemn hymn to the childhood of whoever loved Devilman lies between the lines. You won't be failed this time.