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Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman

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Genre: Action
Company: Dynamic Productions
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 5/24/2000

The fight against the demon horde has broken out into full scale war. It can no longer be kept hidden that demons walk the earth trying to reclaim the earth for their own. Only one man can stand up to them: Akira… or more importantly his alter ego the powerful Devilman. Yet before he can turn his attention to the demonic invasion, Devilman must tend to the increasingly powerful feel of great evil inside him. The source of his power is looking for escape… and God help all if Amon awakens.

summary by Mugs

 

Reviewed: 04/15/2005 by
Grade: 77% av-Mugs

Highs: Action sequences; continuation of the story, finally

Lows: Secondary character development or lack thereof

Fair warning: there are only two ways to enjoy this anime. The first is to have some background information on the series by having watched the other OVA, the television series or read any of the manga. The second way is if you just like lots of blood and fighting. Beware that those are the only ways; almost nothing is explained in this anime, and you will not have a clue as to what is going on otherwise.

This OVA is quite short and has a very disjointed feel to it. What that means is there are a lot of flashbacks and dream sequences, not to mention visual representations of what is going on in Akira’s mind. It’s not too hard to decipher what is going on, however, and it is a nice, little ride. The basic premise is Devilman kills demons; that’s pretty much it. The show delves a little into the concept of humanity, as one would expect from a show about a guy bonded with a demon. But don’t look for anything too deep. Character development besides Akira’s is null with some characters like Satan appearing for a minute or less and having no impact on the plot at all.

The action sequences make up a good portion of the show and luckily they look good and are satisfying for that dark part in everyone. This is one very bloody anime, and if you don’t have the stomach for it you will really not find much to like here. The violence seems to be the big selling point for the anime. They did a good job for the budget they had to work with, but don’t be looking for Ghibli quality.

All in all I can recommend this if you know what to expect or if you like straight-up action anime. Either way will work, but I really do not see a lover of twisting plots or a fully fleshed-out cast liking this one.

 

Reviewed: 07/29/2002 by
Grade: 73% av-Kain

Highs: Fight scenes kick butt; animation is crisp and fluid

Lows: Not enough explanation of events; some unnecessary gory scenes

If Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman has confirmed anything, it’s this: Nagai Go is one messed-up sonuvabitch. I mean that in a good way. He has two qualities that make him notorious in the industry: 1) he’s undoubtedly a master of horror/action, and 2) his anime will offend just about everyone. It’s nice to be remembered for something, I suppose.

Let me save some of you the trouble of reading the rest of this review: if you have even a remotely weak stomach toward gore and decapitation, then don’t even bother watching this OVA. Nagai Go spares no one, and Amon only backs this up; children, women… it doesn’t matter. Body parts fly with alarming frequency. For those who are unfamiliar with Devilman, much of what happens will have no meaning. Unfortunately, this applies to a lot of the violence regardless of how familiar one is with the story.

As with many anime of the action genre, this anime showcases some sweet animation and art. The action is superb, especially the fight scenes between the demons. I don’t often mention this when I review anime, but Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman has some of the best sound effects around. From the crunching of bones to the tearing of flesh (I told you this anime is brutal) to the slightest, random footsteps, every sound pierces the eardrums with exquisite detail and realism. In this case, that may not be a good thing.

Expectedly, Amon: The Apocalypse of Devilman is an action-saturated anime that hardly lets the viewer up to breathe. Unexpectedly, there is a story behind it all that does require a modicum of thought. If you’re the type of person who could perform an autopsy while munching on a ham and cheese sandwich, then perhaps this is your show.


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