Devil May Cry Anime Vol. 1

First came the video game, then came the novel, the manga, and now the anime. Set the between the first and fourth games, the 12-episode "Devil May Cry" anime series brings the return of the half-devil Dante, as well as Trish and Lady.

In the series, Dante runs his devil-hunting business, Devil May Cry, while struggling under constant financial debt and a never ending search for strawberry sundaes. There are also two new regular characters -- Dante's agent Morrison who visits frequently, and Patty Lowell, a young orphan girl he saved in the first episode, who also visits frequently, quite annoyingly actually.
Character design and animation is done beautifully, though I would have loved to have seen some of Dante's fight combos incorporated in the anime. In addition, character design for the demons could have been escalated. They just seemed to ordinary. Voice acting is done perfectly and the soundtrack is a nice complement to the series. Though some elements are done well, the DMC anime was missing one crucial part of the equation -- a solid plot. This would turn out to be the major contributing factor to the downfall of the anime. Something substantial makes its way to episode 10 through 12, but it was too little too late. An enjoyable series nevertheless, but you may want to set your bar a little lower before venturing in this high profile franchise.

No comments: