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The Devil Lady Vol. 1: The Awakening (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Horror Anime
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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Jun has always been different from everyone else-the life of a fashion model is unlike anything else in the world. But she has no idea how different she is...until a mysterious stalker throws her head-first into a brutal confrontation with the supernatural! From Go Nagai, the master of animated horror, comes a harrowing odyssey through the twisted maze that is Jun's new life. By day a beautiful, shy fashion plate. By night a terrifying vision of demonic power. It's full-tilt gothic horror as Jun, as the Devil Lady, does battle with a demonic army threatening to destroy mankind.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Promises More Than It Delivers by Calafragious June 11, 2004 - 11:45 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This review covers the entire 26 episodes of "Devil Lady."

She's a supermodel who transforms into a demon -- how much better could it get? As the previous reviewer noted, this is a Go Nagai show, and his usual interests and fetishes are well in evidence as the story goes along. As a whole, I think the show doesn't do justice to its interesting and engaging premise -- for me, the most intriguing of all the various "Devilman" stories.

The subtle character development and ambiguous relationships of the show's first half tend to flatten out after episode 13, replaced by progressively more overt lesbianism and psychosexual obsession among the main characters -- as well as a lot more shouting and screaming. The story ends in something of a bloody mess, with several new characters introduced at the last minute -- usually a sign of story breakdown -- and all the nonsensical apocalyptic trappings we've grown to expect from the --yawn-- end of the world again. You really want to see Jun enjoy herself as the powerful and awesome Devil Lady, but somehow she just can't seem to figure out how, and always ends up in various embarassing and conflicted situations.

The animation, unfortunately, is definitely old-school; this is a show that could have benifited immensely from today's computer-rendering. For those who enjoy such scenes, Jun's spectacular clothes-ripping transformations tend to be particularly disappointing. All that said, the show has good characters and it held my interest all the way through. Just don't take it all too seriously, okay?

Not So Go (Nagai) by hamano September 5, 2003 - 12:41 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This review applies to Vol. 1 through 3, which I have so far rented. Don't be discouraged by the name Go Nagai associated with this excellent series. Nagai is best known for campy sexy action (Cutey Honey)and turgid apocalyptic shock horror (the original Devilman). In fact, this is a spinoff of Devilman (the Japanese title is "The Devilman Lady") but owes more to its writers and directors than Go Nagai.

The stories are rather episodic (typical monster-of-the-week format) but there is a sustained atmosphere of dread associated with the main character's fear of completely losing her humanity. The music is classic horror done really well throughout. You'll be strongly reminded of the original Vampire Princess Miyu OVA's, and the EMMY winning Scully-centric episodes from the X-Files.

To top it off, Jun's voice is done by Junko Iwao, who does the sugary sweet high-pitched voices for Tomoyo on Cardcaptor Sakura and, confusingly, Sakura on Betterman. If you know those voices, it's a treat to hear Iwao grunting and snarling as she goes into action as the beastly DevilLady. Iwao's regular voice acting as human Jun is also very well done.

The animation is a bit crude, especially compared to a show like SoulTaker, but if you like a well written and atmospheric show, put this on your rental queue.

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(Average 5.99)
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