And now, for something different. After 3 reviews of lighthearted shows, it’s time for a dark, gloomy and epic show, that only the strong willed can endure.
95% by Cryssoberyl, 5% by me.
La Mujer Demonio (Spanish)
デビルマン レディー (Japanese)
Genres: adventure, drama, horror, supernatural
Themes: demons, yuri
Objectionable content: Intense (graphic depictions of sex, drug use, or bloodshed)
Number of episodes: 26
Plot Summary: Fudo Jun is a beautiful supermodel who is idolized by many. She also has a dark secret that not even she knows about at first, for within her veins run the genes that hold the next step in the evolution of mankind. The same blood as the beastlike superhumans that terrorize the city. Unlike the rest of them, though, Jun has managed to hold a tenuous grip onto her humanity, and she is recruited by the mysterious Asuka Ran, member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind. Jun, as Devilman Lady, must now exterminate her own kind, but how much longer can she keep her sanity in a situation she never chose in the first place.
Wikipedia: Jun Fudo (不動ジュン, Fudo Jun?) Voiced by: Junko Iwao (Japanese), Shawn Sides (English)
Jun is a successful and very well-endowed supermodel in Tokyo when the story begins. She is found by a woman, Lan Asuka who forces her to confront a werewolf-like monster called a Devil-beast. As it tears into Jun, her own powers awaken within her and she becomes a Devil-beast herself. She defeats the beast with her new powers and reverts back to her human form. Asuka then tells her that she is a member of a military unit known as the Human Alliance whose purpose is to hunt down and kill all those who are affected with Devil Beast Syndrome. Asuka gives Jun an ultimatum; if Jun doesn’t hunt for them, she will be hunted by them. Jun has no choice but to obey Asuka from that point on. Jun is a very quiet and timid person who seems to avoid most social interactions, with two exceptions. She is generally open with her manager and very friendly with an aspiring teen model named Kazumi. As the series progresses she becomes much more independent. She also has the same last named as Akira Fudo, the protaganist from the original Devilman series.
Devil Lady/Devilman Lady
Jun’s alter ego, Devil Lady is the exact opposite of Jun. She is loud, violent, and temperamental. Her unforgiving and aggressive nature tends to make all of her battles very graphic. As Devil Lady all of her senses are greatly increased and she has night vision. Her ability to heal is also highly amplified, bordering on regeneration. Her strength allows her to bend and twist steel girders, without struggle. She is able to fly via large wings that unfold from her back. She can generate high voltage electric currents to destroy her enemies instantly and form blades of energy around her arms or elbows to neatly slice through almost anything. Her most powerful ability is the giga-effect, which allows her to become a giant and fight other devil-beasts that has grown immensely. Aside from the way she can retain her human conscious, her giga-effect ability is what many people and devil-beasts alike are after.
Lan Asuka (アスカ蘭, Asuka Lan?) Voiced by: Kaoru Shimamura (Japanese), Siân Rees-Cleland (English)
Asuka is the woman who scouted Jun for the Human Alliance, and is a high-ranking government official. She is a cold, aggressive, and manipulative woman, who cares nothing for the people who work under her. When she forced Jun to confront the Devil-beast Wolver, she had no concern for Jun’s survival, her theory that Jun was a Devil-beast was based only on a hunch. As the series progresses, even though she is cruel to Jun, she cares about Jun’s safety. She seems to have different intentions from her organization and does a great deal of work without their knowledge.
Kazumi Takiura (滝浦和美, Takiura Kazumi?) Voiced by: Kazusa Murai (Japanese), Camille Chen (English)
Kazumi is a young and aspiring teen model and fan of Jun’s, who she laters meets during an audition when she entered the wrong building. They become close friends, with Jun acting as a big sister or mentor.
There are of course many other characters, but these 3 are the most important and the ones whom you’ll pay attention to during the series.
Devil Lady is a dark, tragic and morbid at the same time. However, it is also thought a provoking show about the evolution of humanity and how it might go horribly, horribly astray. Government agencies, civil unrest, gory monster battles, religious overtones, psychological suspense…all that and more are mixed in. In the center of this maelstrom is Jun, a beautiful and gentle woman who struggles with the “ability” to transform into a demonic “Beast”.
Although the overall story is extremely convoluted, it’s still fairly well-executed; the show pulls plot twists and cliffhangers very effectively, and you will be impatient to see just what kind of hell the show has in store for Jun next. For her part, Jun is a wonderful character. She is a mature, intelligent and kindhearted woman who grows admirably and realistically as the show goes on. A virtual doormat as the story opens, Jun’s “Beast” self is at first nothing but a raging inhuman berserker, slaughtering rogue Beasts without thought or reason.
However, as time and the story unfold, both sides of Jun become mixed together in positive ways. Jun the woman becomes stronger, more forceful, more determined, and more self-confident, while Jun’s Beast self gains Jun’s human mind and compassionate heart. She’s an enjoyable character that you will feel for and care about…which can make it hard, for (as stated above) this series will keep you wondering about just how awful things are going to get for her.
The show has a slow start with a kind of, “Monster of the Day” type setting. It picks up later on. The thing is that 90% of these monsters have a tragic origin and end, making each kill depressing. Heck, even the ending is bittersweet if you stop and think about it, but it’s simply it’s just too good to deny and it’ll keep you wanting more.
In conclusion, this show is not for everyone and only meant for those who like dark and gloomy shows with lots of violence and a deep and involving story. I myself held back at first, but once I gave it a chance, I never turned back and went on till the end.
Thank you and have a nice day.