Does the Devil May Cry Anime Live up to the Legacy of the Game?

Does the Devil May Cry Anime Live up to the Legacy of the Game

The Devil May Cry anime is based on the video game series that goes by the same name. It debuted on the WOWOW TV network in Japan in 2007. The anime show ran for 12 episodes and was produced by the anime studio Madhouse. The game franchise currently owns 5 games that were released consecutively one after another. The anime show has only one season, which was based on the storyline of the video games; Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 2.

In this article, we will try to examine what the Devil May Cry anime is all about and if it lives up to the legacy of the video game series.

Devil May Cry: Video game turned into a show

Devil May Cry: The Animated Series is the anime based on the video game series of the same name, created and owned by Capcom. The show’s story is based on the story of the first two video games of the franchise. The series follows the story of a half-demon called Dante, who runs a Supernatural Detective Agency or more precisely, a devil-hunting business: Devil May Cry.

Does the Devil May Cry Anime Live up to the Legacy of the Game
Dante in Devil May Cry anime. (Image courtesy Madhouse Studios)

Dante is a half-demon, who operates as a mercenary, mostly accepting jobs involving the supernatural. He does this as a justification for carrying out his war against the Demon World. Dante in a way is similar to the character of John Constantine, played by Keanu Reeves, as they both are tasked with sending the demons back to hell. Dante, while running his “business”- Devil May Cry, is required to spend his life in darkness and debt as he struggles financially and is bestowed with the responsibility of handling the influence of the Demonic Underworld on Earth.

Devil May Cry: The characters, plot, and where to watch?

The Devil May Cry anime, like the original Hellsing animated series, covers mostly self-contained experiences before bringing them to a linked climactic finale at the end of the season. The show prioritizes and excels in quality animation, beautiful music and background score, and other stylistic features above intricate narratives or characters.

Does the Devil May Cry Anime Live up to the Legacy of the Game
A scene from Devil May Cry. (Image courtesy Madhouse Studios)

The protagonist of the show is Dante, although there are some other characters drawn from the video games that have a significant role to play in the anime as well. The characters of Lady and Trish are drawn from the games and have a strong presence throughout the show. In addition to the two, two new characters make an appearance. These are Morrison and Patty Lowell; Dante’s informant and temporary ward, respectively.

Devil May Cry anime is available for viewers to watch on Hulu as well as Crunchyroll.

Does Devil May Cry anime live up to the game?

  • The Devil May Cry anime is based on the first two games of the franchise.
  • The episodes are self-contained in nature and everything is linked together in the season’s finale.
  • Oftentimes when video games and manga are made into an animated show, there is always the burden of living up to the quality of the manga or the game.
  • But, the Devil May Cry anime gained immense popularity as the video game franchise had already established a huge fandom.
  • The anime, although made with a significantly lower budget in 2007, exceeds the expectations of the viewers. 
Does the Devil May Cry Anime Live up to the Legacy of the Game
A scene from Devil May Cry. (Image courtesy Madhouse Studios)

The animation is top-class and the intro is eye-catching as well. Devil May Cry anime is best known for its slow pace but thrilling plot. Fans were excited to see the plot of the game being followed in the animated series and it can be deduced from its popularity and the love it received upon its release that the Devil May Cry anime does live to the video games and even exceeds the expectations to a great extent.

The viewers are hopeful that they will get to witness the remaining storyline of the video game in the form of an animated show in the near future, following the continuation of the plot from the rest of the video games from the series.

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