D – Devilman Crybaby. You know, I really don’t do enough research when picking these anime. This was a serious case of “I had no idea what I was getting myself into”. Then again, maybe I like that about my methods.
I made it through 4 full episodes, and stopped partway through episode 5. I feel like I deserve some credit for making it even that far – I actually stopped partway through the first episode twice before psyching myself up enough to get through it.
So Devilman Crybaby now joins that ranks of my dropped list, along with Divine Gate. That’s 2 / 362 anime dropped. Dropping an anime isn’t something I do often, although I don’t count it as dropped if I stop during or after the first episode alone, like I did with 3-gatsu no Lion. So Divine Gate isn’t alone anymore! How did this happen?
I’ll get to that, but first I’ll say that Devilman Crybaby is a very odd case.
You see, the story was actually pretty good. Interesting enough to keep me watching. I liked the premise. Not super creative, but from what I did see I liked the way the anime was playing out. I also love overpowered characters, which I believe Devilman was, although I won’t know how overpowered he is for sure because I dropped the anime.
I thought that the blonde guy was a cool character. The cold, calculated type who is always brandishing a firearm. That’s about all I have to say about him though.
I didn’t like how Crybaby turned into Devilman and his character instantly changed (if you haven’t noticed, I don’t remember their names at all). I mean, I guess it makes sense that he would instantly change considering he has a devil living in his body or whatever. The part that got me was how supposedly his “Crybaby” side is still controlling the body / mind, but he started acting like a completely different character. I just don’t understand the logic behind the whole change.
Speaking of which, I wasn’t a fan of how everyone around him just seems to accept that he completely changed overnight. Not sure if this was supposed to be comedy. The first few episodes felt rushed, so I couldn’t get a good feel on what the anime was really trying to accomplish.
Anyways, those aren’t the reasons for why I dropped Devilman Crybaby. They aren’t nearly enough to deter me, I could have easily continued if those were my biggest issues.
The reason I dropped Devilman Crybaby was because it was too disgusting for me.
Disgusting animation, and disgusting overly sexual scenes.
At first, it was a serious struggle to get through episode 1. The animation, which looks like it was done in MS Paint, was unbearable. Like I mentioned, I actually stopped partway through episode 1 multiple times. Finally I got through, and the story managed to pique my interest just enough to allow me to suffer through the animation. I never thought I would complain about animation in an anime, because it’s not something I really notice or look at from a review perspective. Unless it’s horrid, as I’ve learned with Devilman Crybaby.
And then the sex. It really was the straw that broke the camels back. A big straw, mind you.
Normally with anime I try to look at fan service / sexual content and evaluate how it fits into the anime, and whether or not I feel it adds to the story. From this perspective I can see an argument for all the sexual content, assuming this is supposed to be a very gritty anime. But I just didn’t like it, at all. Many scenes just disgusted me, especially thanks to the awful animation. I get that the anime is trying to be edgy / dark / gritty. The thing is, I figured that out pretty early on when the blonde dude and Crybaby went to that nightclub. The anime didn’t need to keep reminding me every episode with more sexual content and whatnot. Gore doesn’t really bother me, but I noticed the anime really pushing that too.
I think the biggest shame with this “anime”, aside from it’s vomit-inducing animation, is that it had a decent story and still kept trying to prove itself as dark / edgy.
Devilman Crybaby just tried too hard. Except with the animation.
I am surprised to see the rating for this anime so high on MyAnimeList.
Personally, I think Devilman Crybaby’s rating on MAL is highly overrated.
I’m just glad I decided to move on when I did. Another 5 episodes of this anime might have done me in.
That’s all for this post.
Up next, anime E!
I’ve actually already started watching it, and wow I think I have stumbled upon one of those hidden gems I was hoping for! Can’t wait to write about it!
Until next time.
Thanks for reading!