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Feature 5.0
Video 7.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 2.0
Total 5.0
Distributor: Jamie Kirk
Running Time:
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
Mark Arnold

5.0


Devil May Cry the Animated Series v3

Devil May Cry has spawned four best selling games across multiple consoles. It has been met with near universal acclaim and also introduced gamers to one of the coolest protagonists of the last decade or so. Yes, Dante with his dual pistols, massive sword and cocky attitude embodies cool like no other. So it makes sense that its creators would want to capitalise on this, and an anime series seems like the perfect jumping off point. So here we have Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, featuring Dante and his cohorts Trish and Lady, doing what they do best. Hunting demons while trading snappy one liners.

This set includes the final four episodes of the series, which culminates with the final battle between Dante and the demon Sid. The last two episodes round out the plot arc of the series whereas the first two are standalones like most of the series episodes. The standalones involve Dante hunting for a demon at a high stakes poker game, and Dante being challenged to a fight by a power hungry warrior.  These episodes are standard fare, and follow the same framework, Dante gets job, investigates and beats down on a demon. For such interesting source material, Devil May Cry never really gets going as a series.

The series differs a little from the games, which is also where the series begins to falter. The main change is Dante. Sure Dante is still very cool, but they seemed to have made him a little more buffoon like for the series. So we get Dante the incompetent gambler, who loves pizzas and strawberry Sundaes like a regular ninja turtle. We still get to see him kick all kinds of ass, but these little changes do nothing to really service the series. Next we have the addition of Patty, a little kid that Dante saves that becomes part of the series. She is mostly there to argue with Dante about childish things and seems like she was shoehorned in for no particular reason.

Apart from this the episodes are just a little boring. The fight scenes arenít particularly well staged, which is something you wouldnít expect coming from a series based on a game with such spectacular combat. Most of the stories arenít all that interesting either. The final two episodes kick things up to high gear, which is something the rest of the series could have dealt with. The most disappointing aspect is that it never really lives up to the standard of the games, and certainly doesnít do the characters justice.

Devil May Cry could have been a stand out series, but it falls short of the mark. It has interesting characters to work with, but just doesnít fulfil their potential. As such if you are a Devil May Cry fan you might as well just replay the videogames. If you are an anime fan, there are many series about demon hunting that are preferable to watch. Dante may be one cool dude, but he canít save this series from being anything more than a mediocre adaptation.

The special features in this disc include some footage of Devil May Cry 4, some trailers and the clean opening and closing from the series.






 
 



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