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A long time ago, the Earth was ruled by demons. The demons constantly fought each other for survival, but soon found themselves fighting a new race of beings: The first humans. The demons then became imprisoned in ice after a great cataclysm. They would remain there until the ice melted, after which it was said Satan would rise and lead them in Armageddon. That time has come.
Akira Fudo, who has become the Devilman, the only being who can fight demons; a being possessing the powers of a demon and a soul of a man.


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Cyborg 009 VS Devilman - Breakdown (Spin-Off)
Devilman (HIRATA Mitsuru) (Alternate Story)
Devilman G (Alternate Story)
Devilman Lady (Sequel)
Devilman Mokushiroku - Strange Days (Side Story)
Devilman Saga (Alternate Story)
Devilman Tai Getter Robo (Spin-Off)
Devilman Tai Yami no Teiou (Spin-Off)
Neo Devilman (Spin-Off)
Shin Devilman (Side Story)
Sirene-chan (Spin-Off)
Toujin Devilman (Spin-Off)
Violence Jack (Sequel)

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Latest Release(s)
c.Side Story: Fallen Angel by Anonymous Delivers over 5 years ago
c.Side Story: One Summer Day by Anonymous Delivers over 5 years ago
v.1-5 (end) by Anonymous K over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete, by Kodansha in 1972)
2 Volumes (Reprint, by Akita Shoten in 1972)
2 Volumes (Reprint, by Daitosha in 1989)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kodansha in 1993)
5 Volumes (Kanzen Fukkokuban, by Kodansha in 1993)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kodansha in 1997)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Daitosha in 1998)
3 Volumes (Deluxe Edition, by Kodansha in 2000)
1 Volume (Aizouban, by Kodansha in 2008)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kodansha in 2009)
4 Volumes (Kaiteiban, by Kodansha in 2012)

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Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (264 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 17th 2017, 7:23pm PST



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Original Publisher
Akita Shoten (1972)
Daitosha (1989, 1998)
Kodansha (1972, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2012)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Seven Seas (March 2018)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #485 increased(+208)
Monthly Pos #1102 increased(+241)
3 Month Pos #1625 decreased(-992)
6 Month Pos #915 increased(+444)
Year Pos #1766 increased(+1085)

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On 166 reading lists
On 348 wish lists
On 642 completed lists
On 22 unfinished lists
On 120 custom lists

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by shadowspark2
February 23rd, 2018, 5:52pm
With the recent release of Crybaby, I decided to check out the original work to get a more holistic understanding of the manga which inspired so many other authors. This 5 Volume work is indeed a classic and is very much still enjoyable today, but I hesitate to rate it any higher than a 7. It was, of course, influential at the time, and in terms of importance it is definitely a 10, but the story has not aged too well.
It's worth the read for anyone who really considers themselves a fan of manga as a medium due to its importance in the industry, but in the end, it simply isn't that enjoyable anymore. The recent adaptation of Devilman Crybaby is much better for anyone who simply wants to experience the story, and it even has several improvements over this; however, they both suffer from having a somewhat rushed ending and too short a runtime to really get you to connect to the characters.

The fate of Akira Fudo and those closest to him is a story worth going through, and while I believe that there are better manga out there, the twists and emotional moments of this one are still very hardhitting. I suggest watching Devilman Crybaby BEFORE reading this.
At only 10 episodes/5 volumes you really don't need more than 3 hours to consume either the manga or anime, and it is a story that deserves to be experienced at some point.

... Last updated on February 23rd, 2018, 5:55pm
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I recommend you read   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by achyif
January 8th, 2018, 7:11am
Surprisingly good despite being obviously dated. A classic, yet somehow there's been nothing quite like it since.

This is a story that I'll be thinking about every now and again.

... Last updated on January 9th, 2018, 12:21am
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by FormX
August 11th, 2013, 12:55am
It became really stupid, real fast, considering it was only 5 volumes.

It may have been an iconic starter for the fight evil by becoming evil type series, but more recent works are better.

There was a pretty good build up, and it seemed like the mangaka wanted to go somewhere with human nature, and then everything just went... splat.
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Dark thriller you need to read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ncrdrg
February 20th, 2011, 5:26pm
I read this manga based upon a recommendation on a forum. Wow! I'm not the the type of guy to like old mangas very much but Devilman really blew me away. The art is pretty dated but fits this dark manga quite well. It's very hard to let go as the story keeps you interested throughout all 5 volumes.

Hard to believe a 1972 manga could be so good.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2011, 4:56am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kaloo
February 18th, 2009, 7:03pm
While an enjoyable, and great piece of work it does suffer from a rather radical shift in tone midway through. Still the series is enjoyable and entertaining. You'll have a hard time putting it down and once you're done you'll wish there was more.
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What a ridiculous manga!   
Rating: N/A
by Laclongquan
May 8th, 2008, 7:16am
I dont hate it precisely. I just found its one characteristic so annoying I cant bear.


What a effing waste of bandwidth and time to dl and read this 5 volume piece of maulk.

But I guess fans of horror/tragedy manga will like it. It has one overwhelming quality of its genre after all: Irrationality.
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Dark, wierd, shocking   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Telengard
April 30th, 2008, 5:03pm
Read the whole set in one long sitting, and what a treat! The style of this manga was very off putting at first, but I gradually adjusted to it. It's fast paced and packed with action. The characters are drawn to be easily recognizable, but the very cartoon like style diminishes their impact somewhat. Don't be dissuaded by the amateurish looking art though, because the story is epic, and I don't use that word lightly. It made me think about the concept of absolute evil, and the evils done by man to his fellow man. I wondered about the nature of friendship, and the need to protect those close to one's self. The plot is magnificent, and progresses so quickly and dramatically that you may wonder if you've missed something. Highly recommended for all serious fans of horror, supernatural, and action.

... Last updated on April 30th, 2008, 5:15pm
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So glad   
Rating: N/A
February 14th, 2008, 8:37pm
So glad this has got good frequent scanlation now (the only Go Nagai series to do so, which is rather depressing).

Great series, bleak violent, philosophical and with 1940's-60's style art which gives it a resemblance to Astro Boy

... Last updated on March 24th, 2008, 12:10am
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Go Nagai's best work...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Megamx4
January 11th, 2008, 9:47am
I'm a huge fan of just about every Go Nagai series, but this is the definitive highlight of all his work in my eyes. Bloody, dark and always leaving you guessing. This is true horror at its finest!
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by Yadirs
June 8th, 2005, 7:45am
Simply one of the *MUST READ* mangas of ever...
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