Akira is just another normal kid in modern-day Tokyo, until an old friend of his, Ryo, shows up and turns his world upside down. Akira learns that there is an upcoming war of demons on humanity and he has just been enlisted for a major tour of duty. But the only way to fight a demon is with their power, so Akira and Ryo risk a dangerous ceremony in an attempt to create humanity’s only hope: the powerful Devilman.
summary by Mugs
Highs: OVA 4’s amazing fight scene; interesting character design
Lows: Not long enough for an expansive story; no real ending
One of the few anime I have seen that could be considered part of the horror genre, Devilman OVA is quite an interesting piece of work. The initial two OVAs begin by giving out almost all of the background information for the story. They play out largely like a standard good-guys-run-from-things-they-cannot-possibly-kill horror movie.
At the end of OVA 2 we see the emergence of our title character Devilman, and a brief fight ensues. OVA 3 begins with some more demon bashing action, and after a slight pause for some info on Akira’s human half we get to the gem of the series; Devilman has one of the greatest fights I have ever seen with the evil Silene. Everything about it just seems right and it’s the only reason the second two episodes are there. Devilman OVA‘s story is quite an interesting piece of work and is quite good for a four-part OVA. I don’t want to ruin too much but I can tell you that there are some nice thoughts here that I assume are much better fleshed out in the manga.
Probably the worst thing about this four-part OVA series is that there is no real ending to it. They resolve the minor problems but leave the larger issues untouched. The anime attempts to touch on some actual issues facing the world, namely the overpopulation of the human race. A few of my friends saw this as tacked on, but when you think about most Asian countries problem’s with overpopulation it becomes a valid concern.
Overall, this is a nice series that will entertain you for two hours.
Devilman OVAs can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE (Devilman: The Birth), and HERE ( Devilman: The Demon Bird). Each title appears to consist of 2 OVAs, for the total of 4, with total running time of 2 hours, as Mugs states.