Having sold 7 million copies of their Playstation game franchise Devil May Cry, it seems Capcom figured this would be a good time to turn it into an anime. The result is a very bloody 12 episode action series that has started airing on WOWOW, Thursday nights at 23:00 JST.
The direction is handled by Itagaki Shin, previously failing miserably with Black Cat and not making too good of an impression with the recent 6th (onsen) episode of Gurren-Lagann, so only the gods know where it will end up. Most likely with a terrible ending. Our dubious saviour takes the shape of Inoue Toshiki, in charge of series composition, who has a solid list of credits on great shows like, uh… on shows like SumomoMomomo, Tenjou Tenge and Kiba. Yeah. Well, he also managed to squeeze out Death Note and Galaxy Angel, so we might get lucky.
Since the games were apparently (I haven’t touched them) about shooting demons with big guns, the anime obviously had to turn out the same way, so we’re treated to a fancy trench coat-wearing hero called Dante, who likes nothing better than to run around with his two big guns (and a sword!) and squash evil demons. Realizing this doesn’t make for a very good plot, the producers gave Dante an office and he calls himself an “Odd Job Man”. From the first episode and its preview, we can surmise that it will be episodic, where random people show up at his doorstep and ask him to perform a mission, followed by Dante smashing demons with lots of blood squirting. I’m afraid I also have to inform you that he’s accompanied by a blonde little girl for no good reason whatsoever, other than to please people like, well, me.
Production quality is high, with excellent and smooth animation by Madhouse, aired in pleasant HD along with 5.1 channel sound, to enable you the bloodiest possible experience. The most interesting aspect of Devil May Cry lies in the voice cast, however. This is practically an all-star cast, featuring none other than Morikawa Toshiyuki as Dante. You’re bound to have heard him as Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII at least. His loli sidekick is played by Fukuen Misato (Yin in Darker than Black), and later episodes are likely to flesh out the rest of the character gallery, played by Ootsuka Akio (Batou in GITS:SAC), Tanaka Atsuko (Major Kusanagi in GITS:SAC), and Orikasa Fumiko (Rukia in Bleach), while the first episode also featured Yukana (CC in Code Geass) and Hisakawa Aya (Youko in Juuni Kokki).
Those of you who are familiar with the games may find this a terrible show, since there are likely to be things that are different in the anime, while those of you who loved Hellsing may say it’s a rip off, but as a complete DMC virgin and Hellsing hater, I found Devil May Cry to be fairly entertaining. It is a dark, gory action show with a weak episodic plot, but it’s still decent enough to keep me hooked until I’ve had my fill of voice acting, and I can’t wait to see what particular vocal performance we’ll get from Fumiko this time. I do get the feeling it’s more of a marketing trick for the upcoming 4th game than an attempt at making a golden anime legend, though.
Reminds me of: Hellsing