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DEVILMAN CRYBABY: EMOTIONAL AND HEARTBREAKING

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19. I was sleeping on this one for a long time and I finally decided to watch it only to be met by so many emotions. This one is definitely something everyone should watch. MINOR SPOILERS for the show ahead.

The show follows Akira Fudo a simple kind hearted boy who cries whenever he sees someone else crying as he feels sad for them. He is friends with Makimura Miki as her family adopted him after his family went abroad. Soon after he is asked by his childhood friend, cold hearted Ryo Asuka to join him at a party called Sabbath where allegedly humans are turned into demons. At the party which is a rave consisting of drugs, dubstep music and orgies. Soon enough Akira is possessed by the Demon Amon, though Akira’s strong human will eventually overpowers him allowing Akira to keep Amon’s body and strength while still retaining his human heart. This sets into motion a chain of events which lead to Akira learning more about his demon origins while battling with his demoniac tendencies as he helps Ryo’s plan to expose the demons.

The show mainly focuses on Akira’s battle with his demonical tendencies and him dealing with the emotional effect of them all as he kills demons and retains his identity as neither a human nor a devil but a Devilman. Each episode focuses on something different with one showing his killing nature, another of dealing with his trauma and so on. The show talks about the vices of humans and when Akira feels like he’s going out of control Ryo tells him, “Gambling, Alcohol, Women. Everyone has their vices. Indulge yourself in whatever you please, just turn yourself back to normal before the time comes for us to….” I won’t reveal the rest of the part but the main think is established, the vices of men are things that demons use to suppress themselves hence in reality these things aren’t humane at all. Humans use the traits of devils and indulge in such activities just for simple pleasure, that’s what Ryo meant. Akira is shown not to want to indulge in these vices but instead turn to violence against demons to satisfy his urges. At one point also goes through existential crisis at a time wondering who he is till he remembers that he is a Devilman. He also has to do some really heavy tasks that take a toll on his entire emotional well being.

The shows discusses some pretty dark themes through the other characters such as an athlete having an inferiority complex another blaming himself for the death of his friend but not being able to show his sadness. Then there are the themes of exploitation shared through the means of the paparazzo Nagasaki who’s job quite literally is said to be, ‘to photograph the naked bodies of young athletes.’ which in doing he also does some horrendous tasks. The other characters all serve as motivation to Akira and none of the characters introduced are just there for the sake of it like the rapper Wamu and his gang, who’s raps are really good to be honest, they show up in the first episode of the show and then come at the start of every episode and give us some sick raps and become a very integral part of the story later on. There’s also Miki who plays a big part in Akira’s life and helps progressing the story forward as she is the first one to accept Akira as a Devilman.

The ending of the show is sad and maybe satisfying to some viewers as it was to me honestly but I doubt everyone would share the same views. The show really puts forward the question of, “Does it really have to be us Vs them all the time ?” This is shown as people treat others as ‘outsiders’ in the show and don’t accept that there can be someone in between a human and a demon. Then it also puts forward the question of “what truly is a demon?” For me a true demon is someone with no humanity whatsoever in them left, creatures of pure evil led only by their desires. Let me know what you think about it after you watch the show. There is a lot is gore, violence and nudity so beware but there is some lovely music you should absolutely hear.

Rap:

Left all alone crying for others in a cruel world,
One party and into a whole new world I’m hurled,
Sitting at the sidelines someone had observed,
And now the strongest demon Amon has emerged.

Heart of a human still but my body has changed,
From my old self and world I now feel estranged,
But through all these desires I have maintained,
A clear mind that is in killing demons engaged.

I cry for others but I’m strong when it comes to me,
I only have one friend who knows the truth but he,
Is planning something bigger I can guarantee,
I don’t want to be a part I just want to be free.

Killing these demons like Tanjiro’s nichirin blade,
When they see me humans hide they’re afraid,
But against these demons I’m going to lead a crusade,
Because it is not a demon but a Devilman they have made.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn with your thoughts and if you have any ideas which I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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