ReviewBen Butzow (pestulio07)
(Published: December 7, 2015 @ 0900)
It’s always fun to see something you love become so popular, that it spreads to other forms of media.
With video games, however, that can get dicey. It isn’t a secret that video game movie adaptations are almost always garbage. There have been no shortage of horrible television shows based off of them either (Donkey Kong Country, Mortal Kombat, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, etc.).
I’m happy to say that this is not the case with the 2007 anime series, “Devil May Cry.” There are too many anime shows nowadays that have taken a lazy attitude towards animation and storytelling. DMC’s dark, Gothic art style transfers very well to the small screen. Colors pop vibrantly, lines are crisp and clean, and solid voice acting backs up the very enjoyable, one-off stories.
The single-season show follows Dante’s demon hunting exploits alongside old and new supporting characters. Chronologically, the show takes place between DMC 1 and 4, and is considered official canon. Trish (DMC1) and Lady (DMC2) occasionally return, and new characters Patty (a young, stubborn orphan in Dante’s care), and Morrison (Dante’s bounty hunting agent/contact) provide plenty of opportunity for Dante to kick ass. There isn’t much of an overarching story, so each episode can be watched by itself without a continuity issue. The last few episodes, however, do build towards a very satisfying final confrontation.
Dante’s character is voiced by Reuben Langdon, who has been the voice actor for every Dante appearance, since DMC3 (including all cameo appearances in other games). He fits the character very well, giving off a stoic, silent, snarky demeanor. The supporting voice cast isn’t by any means poor, but they don’t really offer anything to write home about.
One of my favorite things about anime is how great the theme music usually is. DMC is no exception. “[d.m.c.]” the first song on the soundtrack (fittingly), works very well with the show, as does the remainder of the OST. Expect a lot of hard rock guitar during the fight scenes, along with eerie ambiance music, almost reminiscent of Castlevania: SoTN at times. Couple this with harsh, powerful gunshots, and sharp sword slices, and the sound goes a long way in keeping the theme of the games.
Now for the best part: The animation. In an era of cheap, cookie cutter animation, it’s always refreshing to see some real heart put into the visuals. Fight scenes are smooth, bloody, and certainly shiny. All highlights and lighter shades, are done in such a way that the animation glistens- as if wet. It gives the entire show a gleam that I haven’t seen in many anime shows.
As the final episode ends, it definitely left me wanting more. But there is something to be said for a single, self-contained series. Many of my favorite animes are condensed to one season, and it definitely helps keep the idea of the show from going stale. Either way, Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is a great adaptation of a great series of video games.
Interested? Well here’s the cherry on top: The whole show is online for free! Funimation has the English dubbed version. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, no credit card info required.
As far as I’m concerned, this show is as sweet as a strawberry sundae.
Do you… uhh… you see what I did there?