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Devil May Cry: Complete Series [Blu-ray] [Import]
デビルメイクライ Devil May Cry 全12話 北米版ブルーレイ
音声 : 日本語 / 英語
字幕 : 英語
リージョンコード : Code A＊国コードなし (ほぼ全ての国内向けブルーレイプレイヤーで視聴可能です)
Blu-ray 2枚組 字幕Off可能です。
Mission:01 Devil May Cry
Mission:02 Highway Star
Mission:03 Not Love
Mission:04 Rolling Thunder
Mission:05 In Private
Mission:06 Rock Queen
Mission:07 Wishes Come True
Mission:08 Once Upon a Time
Mission:09 Death Poker
Mission:10 The Last Promise
I am a longtime fan of the Devil May Cry video game series, I have been playing them since the first one came out and I was only ten years old. This is a must-have for any fan of the series, and a pretty good anime for those who have never played it before.
The animation is slick and stylish, which fits the series well, but it is noticeable that this was not originally formatted for HD. That being said, it is still a pretty show. The characters' heads are almost comically small at times, although that may just be the design style more than poor animation. The demon design does lack some of the creativity of the games, falling more into typical anime demon styles. The fights are very well animated and some of the settings (especially for the final two episodes) are very cool.
The soundtrack is great, especially the opening song. Very moody and fitting. The Dolby 5.1 track sounds fantastic and gives a near-perfect range of volume. I watched the dubbed version (listening to character I grew up with in Japanese is just wrong) and the voice acting is what you'd expect. Reuben Langdon reprises his role as Dante (under the name Justin Cause) and does a solid job. Some of his lines are corny, but that's because Dante loves cheesy one-liners. Some of the more dramatic lines fall a bit flat, mostly because Dante as a character has a hard time with anything serious. The rest of the cast does their jobs, but nothing overly terrible nor excellent.
Fans of the series may be a little disappointed that the story is disconnected from the games for the most part. But it's nice that the plot is completely self-contained so there aren't any loose ends for non-gamers. It is also nice that they give viewers a bit of backstory on characters for the non-gamer viewers (touching a bit on Sparda, Trish, etc.) and doesn't expect them to have prior knowledge. Each episode has it's own arc, but there are hints and pieces of the overarching story in most of the episodes. Dante goes through little character development, but his relationship to Patty as the series carries on and getting to see a bit of his soft side is great. I understand that no enemy gives him a big enough threat to necessitate it, but I was a little bit disappointed in the lack of Devil Trigger.
I love Devil May Cry, but I also know that it is not a perfect experience. Fans and anime-lovers alike wouldn't feel robbed in this purchase, since it comes at a very reasonable price.
It's been about 4-5 years now since I started playing any of the Devil may cry games, But by GOD*, the anime version is good! (*& I don't mean any sissy Greek/Norse gods either), & For those who are unfamiliar with Dante, here's a summery:
He's a 'professional' Demon hunter with A huge sword & 2 guns that never run out of lead.
Has a partner Devil Demon huntress (Trish), & a rival Huntress (Lady), whom he owes ... some 6+ digit amount to...
Has a strange love for Pizza & Strawberry sundaes...
He's extremely hot when not wearing a shirt. ;).... Anyways.....
1)Why is it good? 2)what edition is the most Stylish? Read on....
1)The PLOT:...(actually it's just 5 of my favorite episodes, but it's still something)....
The opening of the 1st episode, 'Devil May Cry', starts out seeing Dante going into a bar, ordering a strawberry sundae, & inquiring about rumored demon activity in the area... right around the place he entered actually. Sure enough, the bar-tender & his patrons are all demons, & a cool DMC style fight scene breaks out... & I haven't even gotten to the main plot yet!
Next day, back at his office, He gets a request to escort a young orphaned girl called Patty to a mansion so she can claim her lost inheritance, A simple job, so why are so many demons after her?
Ep. 5 'In Private'(AKA What every DMC fan should watch before wishing Dante was real & living in their neighborhood):
The horrid tale of a normal man's encounter with Dante, as seen from his vantage-point: He's trying to steal my girl!, He just took on the entire mafia!, He kills demons without even flinching!, He just lost more cash to some 'Lady' playing poker then I'll ever see after working 60 years! (Ok, I added that last one, so what?).
Although Dante isn't the main focus point, this is probably the best episode of the 12... or at least the funniest.
Ep. 4 'Rolling Thunder': this episode is actually about the first meeting of Lady & Trish. The episode mainly focuses on Lady, looking for a demon who controls lightning, & getting into one heck of a fight with Trish.
Ep. 9 'Death Poker' (Yes, that is a stupid name. Even so this was a pretty cool episode):
Lately the world's best card players are dropping like flies after loosing a mysterious figure known only as 'King'. Dante, in the course of accepting a job to find out why, somehow gets a invitation to a high class casino/cruise ship, where a poker tournament is being held. What hope does world's worst gambler have to keep from loosing long enough to find out who 'King' really is? Maybe you shouldn't bet on the outcome just yet...
& Ep. 8 'Once Upon A Time':... This is the most interesting of the 12 episodes, as it tells about something they won't even talk about in the games: Dante's Past. While lounging around his office one day, a man comes in & starts to refer to Dante as 'Anthony'. Anthony or 'Tony', is the name on Dante's twin guns, A name no one in Dante's current life even knew he went by, so how should this strange man know? The man claims to have known him & his mother way back from when he was a child, & he invites him over for a drink, to catch up on old times,& to 'clear' his & his mother's name of a nearly 20 year old crime... involving demons... Even if Dante isn't the right guy, It's up to him to get rid of any devils lurking around the town, or face a repeat of the disaster from 20 years before.
2)THE VERSIONS IT'S AVAILABLE ON, & what one is the best?:
Although my review is for the blu-ray, I also have the 3-volume standard DVD's (with 4 episodes each), & a nice Hong-Kong import copy(Fear not! Bootlegs are your friend!). All have the English & Japanese dubs, & subtitles, But comparing the visual quality & bonus content of the series on each of the versions I mentioned, here's my results:
Blu-ray, POSITIVES: 2-discs loaded with 12 episodes + more extras then Ebony & Ivory are loaded with lead, The picture & sound are great (but I don't see any difference then the normal DVD version).
DOWNSIDE: I have a older, 'small' screen TV... On the menu screen I have to squint or walk right up to the set to see what episode I want to play. But if your TV is bigger then you are, this probably won't effect you.
Standard 3 DVD Edition, POSITIVES: The sound & visuals are just as good as Blu-ray (I have a old TV, so there may be a difference with newer models). The menu screen has big lettering & episodes can be selected squint-free, even from a distance.
DOWNSIDE: I have to get up every 4 episodes & change the disc, There aren't as many DVD bonuses then on the collected version(s). Set takes up the space of 3 DVD cases instead of one... (But considering I bought the same series 3 times, this really isn't a issue).
The Import version, POSITIVES: All 12 episodes are on 1 disc, so I can happily sit in a brain-dead trance & not move most of the day during a Dante marathon, & it has cooler back cover art then all the other editions mentioned.
DOWNSIDES: The picture gets a bit fuzzy during the opening/ending themes, The DVD menu makes it hard to find the right episode, & there aren't any extras...(But it's the first set I bought, so I'm kinda nostalgic about it =)
Conclusion: Blu-ray wins for people who like lots of extras &/or want to see the entire cut scene collection from the 1st video game... without having to make it past that damn spider, Phantom.
The collection of 3 DVD's are the best choice for people with older TV sets, & they don't give a *Bleep* about extras.
& The Hong-kong Import is for people like me, who ran out of gift-cards & had to buy it from whatever Chinese import shop they can find... actually it was the ONLY place I could find the DMC series at (big retailers suck in Michigan).
Here ends my review Of the series & quality of the editions I own, So maybe it'll help you choose what edition you want to own!
The story is based on the Capcom video game Devil May Cry series but viewers don't need to play the game to enjoy the anime. It is telling the adventures of a devil hunter Dante & his friends. Each episode is short but sweet with awesome music & interesting story.
Dante is as cocky & stylish as ever in the anime but there are many episode will show his sensational side. All of the supporting characters are also well written & well developed. Viewer can easily feel the friendship & bonding between the characters as the story goes. Fans of the Devil May Cry game will love the details of the anime; like the episode about Trish & Lady that will make all the fans smile.
I totally love this anime series; the only problem I can find in it is that it is way too short (20-25 minute episode with only 12 episodes). I wish Capcom will have the same production company to make another season of Devil May Cry anime, I will be the first one to buy it!