If you missed my recap/review of ep 1 – check here
If you missed my recap/review of ep 2 – check here
So here we go, the finale episode and crushing climax of Cyborg 009 vs Devilman, and what a finale it is! For the most part this episode is very battle-filled including a battle bewteen 009 and Lilith, The good cyborg team vs the bad cyborg team, Devilman Vs Atun, and more – it’s like Dragonball Z levels of battling here.
I mentioned Atun, which is basically the “final boss” of this show. Created by the nefarious Dr. Adams – a Black Ghost scientist, Atun is the ultimate in demon creation – taking the power of a cybernetic body and infusing it with a demon possession – basically combining the powers of both Devilman and 009 all in one convenient package.
In the demon’s past, Atun knew of, and was a contemorary of the demon Amon (Devilman’s demon side). However, never able to prove himself stronger, Atun bore a grudge against Amon. Many years after the demons reappeared on Earth, Atun came into contact with Dr. Adams who was trying to create more and more powerful cyborgs after the failure of the Mythos line of cyborgs. With the Cyborg Daemon project, Atun could grow more powerful than before, hopefully being able to best his rival and perhaps gain even more power.
so of course Atun gets his comeuppance and all is right in the world leaving the characters to once again part ways. Looking back on the interactions between characters, I really wish they worked together a bit more since they sort of acted independently until the absolute end of the series, but there’s always hope for another season at some point, especially seeing that we are graced with not one, but two stingers for a continued story.
I haven’t really mentioned at all here the quality of the English dub, which is pretty good. considering this was a Netflix exclusive they got the likes of Johnny Yong Bosch as 009, Wendee Lee as Lilith and Spike Spencer as 002. The rest of the cast is pretty familiar, but it’s been a while since I’ve kept up with anime dub studio stuff, so some of the names are ones I’m not super familiar with. As many of you know I actually don’t mind subs or dubs in many situations, but prefer dubs if I have a choice since I sometimes like to multitask while I watch movies and TV. This isn’t like the best of the best or anything, but it’s good and sounds good.
- Akira Fudo/Devilman: Bryce Papenbrook
- Joe Shimamura/009: Johnny Yong Bosch
- Ivan Whisky/001: Christine Marie Cabanos
- Jet Link/002: Spike Spencer
- Francoise Arnoul/003: Stephanie Sheh
- Albert Heinrich/004: Michael Sinterniklaas
- Geronimo Junior/005: Keith Silverstein
- Chang Changku/006: Joe Ochman
- Great Britain/007: Tony Azzolino
- Pyunma/008: Steve Staley
- Dr. Isaac Gilmore: Dave Mallow
- Miki Makimura: Cristina Valenzuela
- Ryo Asuka: Chris Smith
- Edward/0014: Kyle McCarley
- Eva/0015: Lindsay Torrance
- Abel/0017: Dorothy Elias-Fahn
- Seth/0018: Griffin Burns
- Dr. Adams: Michael McConnohie
- Lilith: Wendee Lee
- Apollo: Doug Erholtz
- Helena: Christine Marie Cabanos
- Jinmen: Jamieson Price
- Sacchan: Erin Fitzgerald
So was it perfect? always coherent? a masterpiece? the answer to all three of these are a resounding no, but it is VERY fun, entertaining, and exciting enough to spend a few hours with on Netflix especially if you just finished Devilman Crybaby and want to quench your thirst for that character yet again. I’m happy that both franchises are represented so well, seen as equal and complimenting each other – and I’m glad this lead to even more anime in BOTH franchises.
Netflix has again and again proven itself to be one of my more favorite anime licencors as of late due to their risk-taking and choice of shows that would have been deemed a stupid idea to bring over in the past. Funding all sorts of cult-classic stuff like Devilman and Cyborg 009 and somehow making them very popular franchises after years of being dormant shows it’s power in the TV industry. Now I really wish they’d get behind some other classic stuff like Harlock or Gundam, that would be awesome!
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