Amon: Apocalypse of DevilMan (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
What They Say
Amon:Apocalypse of DevilMan is the third Devilman OAV to be made. This was made for pay-per-view TV in japan and aired in late 2000. The OAV takes place a number of years after the original 2 OAVs. Akira (DevilMan), is losing the fight against the demons. Things have finally reached the breaking point, and some people have become hysterical, rioting and even killing people because they believe that demons are all around them disguised as humans. A lot of people went very insane. In the show Akira loses it, and the demon Amon that he merged with in the first OAV, literally frees himself from Akira?s body. Amon, unlike Akira has no sense of compassion whatsoever. He is a demon in the truest sense of the word. I don?t want to give away any spoilers, but one of the things Amon does is not for the squeamish, and is rather disturbing. In fact ill say this now, if graphic violence does bother you, I would not recommend getting this disc. I will say that the violence shown does serve a purpose however, and makes you feel very sorry for the characters in this show. The only downside to this OAV is they didn?t finish the story. It ends right before the final battle that takes place in the manga. Here?s hoping they decide to make another OAV to actually finish off the DevilMan story.
The animation is very good, again this is a fairly recently made OAV, so im sure it had a decent sized budget. The transfer itself is outstanding. Much of the show takes place at night, with two or 3 scenes taking place in daylight, and I didn?t notice anything wrong with the way the transfer looks. The audio is in 5.1 Dolby digital. Everything sounds good, with no audio dropouts.
The box art is very nice looking with a Manga style sketchy looking drawing of Devilman and Amon on the front, and a very nice looking cover on the back. It has what looks like shards of glass or a mirror with spots of blood on the surface, and each shard has a different shot of animation on it. The menus are nice looking but fairly basic. The main menu has a nice looking static image of DevilMan with selections for Play Movie, Chapters, Audio, Interviews, Nirasawa World, and Special.
This disc is full of extras! It really makes me wish I knew more Japanese than a few phrases. And knew how to read Katakana, and Kanji. First of we have the interview section. The first selection is text interviews with the Voce Actors/Actresses (all in Kanji of course). Next up is Text interviews with members of the staff. Next, we have 44 character sketches that can be browsed through. And finally in this section, have a video interview showing members of the animation staff at work in their offices.
Next up on the main menu Nirasawa World. This section contains an illustration gallery containing 12 character designs, a few of which were not used in the OAV. In this section is also a figure gallery showing off pictures of the action figures made for this OAV. Lastly, we have Nirasawa world. An interview with the sculpter who designed the DevilMan resign statues. This clocks in at about 8 minutes long. In the last section, Special, we have 2 commercials, one is the PPV commercial promoting the show, and the other is promoting the Fewture action figures. Next we have a feature on Go Nagai?s Works. A very interesting look at the works of Go Nagai from 1972 to the present, it talks about his original Manga work on Devilman, to the 70?s T.V series, up through the DevilMan Lady Manga/T.V series, and this OAV. It even has an interview with Go Nagai! The last Special feature has an interview between Kenichi Takesita and Yasushi Nirasawa.
I highly recommend this disc if you are a fan of DevilMan. Even if you?re not its worth checking out if you can stomach the strong violence.
Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1502 Drive
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: A+
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Amon Saga