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“Devilman Crybaby”: a modern twist on a forgotten series

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Kie Donovan is a long-time fan of animated media, with interests in both Japanese and American animation as a Japanese-American and a lover of the animated medium.

POTOMAC, Md.–So far, 2018 has been full of refreshing and exciting Netflix anime originals, like the fantastical murder mystery, B: The Beginning, the long-awaited fantasy series, Fate/Apocrypha and the hilarious adult comedy, Aggretsuko. But perhaps the most noteworthy of Netflix’s 2018 anime titles is Devilman Crybaby, which was an almost instant hit with American anime viewers.

Devilman Crybaby, directed by Masaaki Yuasa is a revamped version of Devilman, a ‘70s anime based on the manga series by author Go Nagai. Spanning ten episodes, it follows the adventures of high school student Akira Fudo (Griffin Burns), who gains demonic powers and navigates the shadowy dark world of monsters and demons with his childhood friend, Rio Asuka (Kyle McCarley).

But don’t let the -esque description deceive; Devilman Crybaby is far from appropriate for young children, with rather graphic depictions of sex and violence.

One of Devilman Crybaby’s strongest points is its bright, kinetic and unconventional style of animation–an identifying characteristic of Yuasa’s work, reflected in the similarly unusual visuals of big titles of his, most notably Space Dandy.

The series’ soundtrack was composed by Kensuke Ushio, a member of the Japanese band LAMA, who’s proved himself to have a knack for capturing the spirit of a show in its music. The series’ soundtrack achieves this in how electronic it is; this aspect of the series’ music attempts to add to the modern feel it wants to go for.

It’s difficult to bring old series into the modern light, as most people don’t tend to take interest in them. But Devilman Crybaby has done an exceptional job of matching its image to the times, allowing it to resonate with 21st century viewers.

Devilman Crybaby is available to watch on Netflix with a Netflix subscription.

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