Anime A to Z: D – Devilman Crybaby. My Second Dropped Anime!

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.

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Listening to this guy speak was quite the trial. He almost did me in.

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.

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This was the scene that almost ended my watchthrough of Devilman Crybaby… twice.

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!

18 thoughts on “Anime A to Z: D – Devilman Crybaby. My Second Dropped Anime!

  1. Devilman Crybaby just didn’t do much for me in general. Sure it is violent and there is lots of sex in scenes but it actually was the story that I felt kind of meh about, that and the characters. They just kept telling me how nice Akira was and what a big heart he had rather than showing him do anything (other than cry) that would indicate he had that kind of personality. And part of that was pacing. Because this story just wanted to rush to the next overly sensationalised moment of sex or violence rather than actually develop any of its ideas.
    I get a lot of people loved it but for me it was very much an anime I can happily forget about.

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    1. Yeah I felt the same way for sure. Devilman was supposed to be this good guy, but you never really see that at all. The whole “before and after” didn’t feel like much, considering we barely knew him before anyways.

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  2. I get where you are coming from with this one but I’m surprised you even thought you might enjoy this one. One look at the OG Devilman OVA’s should have told you enough. Then there’s the fact that this director is famous for this particular visual style in series like Kaiba or Tatami Galaxy. I’ve passed on this one too just because the content, while being on paper exactly my kind of thing, in execution is completely unappealing.

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  3. I didn’t know what I was getting into with this one, either. I made the mistake of watching the first episode on my laptop in my parents’ living room (thank goodness I had my headphones on). The scenes with sexual content were incredibly gross and overdone to me, but it was just a weird enough plot that I kept going (I wanted to know what Ryo, the blonde, was actually researching) and I ended up really liking it by the end. But it took 8 episodes to get to the point where I was more than just strangely fascinated by it. There are people I would never, ever recommend this anime to, so I get why you might want to abandon it. It IS kind of extreme, but the last two episodes are so memorable. I even bought the ending song from ep. 9 after I finished!

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    1. The story was the one thing that kept me intrigued as long as I was. I still would consider myself mildly interested in what happens, but I just can’t justify sitting down and finishing it really. Too many moments I disliked and had thoughts of “why am I watching this instead of something else?”

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  4. WeeaBroDerek

    I actually really liked this one. I think it ultimately functions as commentary on human nature, and how it changes in dire situations. The style is very graphic and surreal, but I thought the music and sound design was excellent, as well.

    From a technical perspective, I don’t think it’s all that overrated at all. The only real criticism I had upon completion was that the story escalates a little too quickly; I would have like to see it stretched over another ep or two so certain elements could be better explained.

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    1. Hey, hope you’re doing well man!

      I think the story had merit. I guess surreal is one way to put it. It sure didn’t feel like any other anime I’ve ever watched. Just not a fan of the execution, both the animation and shock tactics.

      Considering it has an 8 rating on MAL, which puts it above an anime like Claymore, which also is dark / gritty / gory, I can’t think it’s anything but overrated.

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      1. WeeaBroDerek

        MAL is what it is, I guess. I think most series are either over or underrated on there, if that makes sense haha. I mean, my MAL ratings, Claymore (underrated) is in the same league as DarliFra (overrated), which is mildly offensive imo.

        Claymore IS pretty good. I have that one in my physical collection, but it’s more along the lines of something like Berserk than what Devilman was trying to do. Daring to be different is a double-edged blade. People either seem to love it or hate it, generally speaking.

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  5. I read the manga before Devilman Crybaby came out, and didn’t like it. The manga was a complete mess changing what it wanted to be every 2 volumes out a 5 volume manga. Not to forget the pacing was terrible, and the shoehorned in message about war. Ugh, it didn’t age well.

    Once I heard the buzz around Devilman Crybaby it caught my interest because it was getting positive buzz. So naturally I expected the anime took liberties with the source material, and improved it. Except it didn’t once someone told me it’s faithful to the manga, and I got confused at the buzz around it.

    Still haven’t seen this one, but intend too at some point in the future with my bro. We rather like seeing anime that provides us plenty to talk about no matter its quality. As for the content, well, when I’ve seen stuff Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijō about a young man who’s in love with his mother. It’s pretty difficult for me to get grossed by animated content anymore when things just reaching that kind of low for me XD.

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    1. Haha, well this is quite the “animated content”, Microsoft Paint inspired. Devilman to me felt more like a Western animation than Japanese anime, the way it was done. It didn’t feel like an anime if that makes sense.
      Anyways, I’ll look forward to your thoughts on this one too!

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