If there’s one thing anime does rights, it’s creating beautiful demon waifus! Take your pick of your favourite demon girl: sweet and innocent, sexy and busty, or straight up S&M girls obsessed with their MC. A hefty handful of them are right here in all their adorable and evil glory.
From horror to slice-of-life comedies, you can find the horns, the devil tails, the swords, and the magic of a demon girl in high school, fantasy world, and future dystopia.
This ranking will show you the best of the best demons girl. I’m sure there are ones you already know and love and maybe some new ones that will become your new “Best Girl.”
Best Demon Girl Anime
23. Nozomi Gokuraku
From A Centaur’s Life, where mythological creatures take humanity’s place in evolution, Nozomi is an imp girl who is a little rough around the edges and is often mistaken for a boy.
Friends with the calm and collected satyr, Kyouko Naraku, and the sweet-hearted centaur herself, Himeno Kimihara, this light-hearted anime follows their friends and families through their day-to-day lives as students, daughters, and best friends.
22. Himari Noihara
Himari “The Crimson Blade of Noihara” is the title character of Omamori Himari, also OmaHima for short.
She is a bakeneko, a cat demon who is kind of almost everyone she meets and is incredible loyal to her ancestor’s sworn oath to protect the Amakawa Family, one of the twelve Demon Slayer families who once showed them mercy.
However, this also results in serving 16-year-old Yuto Amakawa, who has forgotten his lineage to fight demon being known as ayakashi who know want to kill him, but he is also allergic to cats, including his new cat demon protector.
What an unfortunate pair they make.
Jashin-chan from Dropkick on My Devil! is a serpent girl that was forcibly summoned from Hell to Earth by human Yurine Hanazono for no good reason at all (thanks Yurine-san).
With the power of regeneration, her signature dropkick, and the ability to throw dice down on whatever number she wants, Jashin-chan spends every day trying to kill Yurine, hoping it will return her to Hell while Yurine decides to take it upon herself to punish Jashin-chan for her hellish sins in a fun, callous, and bloody manner.
Judging quittances from both Heaven and Hell, what could possibly go wrong?
20. Mao/Demon Lord
Mao’s from Endro~! starts in the future, being defeated by the hero Yulia “Yusha” Chardiet and her friends and sealed away with Yusha’s magic spell.
But, when the spell goes wrong, the Demon Lord ends up in the past as a petite demon girl named Mao and Yusha’s magic teacher. It’s there that Mao plans to sabotage Yusha’s school life, so she never becomes the hero in the future that defeats her.
19. Youko Shiragami
Youko Shiragami from Actually, I am… (My Monster Secret in America) is an adorable yet airheaded second-year high school student and secretly half-vampire, but has to keep this a secret, or she can’t go to normal school.
So, it’s just her luck that the MC, Asahi Kuromine, discovers her true identity and is notoriously known for not being about to keep secrets. Poor Youko. It also doesn’t help that Asahi keeps uncovering other classmates’ secrets and overcomplicated Youko’s situation. Poor, poor Youko.
Latina from (heads up from title mouthful) If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord is the titled 8-year-old demon that is left abandoned in a forest with a broken horn and criminal markings.
On the border of death, Latina is found by the MC, Dale, a skilled and kind-hearted adventurer.
Dale takes her back to his home and adopts her, and the two of them go on a journey through parenthood, becoming a family, and Latina’s mysterious past and criminal lineage that could threaten their new lives together.
17. Lala Satalin Deviluke
Lala from To Love-Ru is the First Princess of Planet Deviluke. Her family rules the galaxy and runs away to Earth to escape her suitors and responsibility to the throne.
She and her cute devil tail end up naked in the bathtub of high school student Rito Yuki, who quickly engages herself with him, much to his dismay, so she doesn’t have to go home. Planet Deviluke and Rito Yuki aren’t too happy about that and will go to great lengths to get their princess back.
16. Rachnera Archnera
Rachnera “Rachnee” Arachnera from Monster Musume is an Arachne: top half human, bottom half spider.
She hates and fears humans for selling her off, abusing her, and using her webbing her money.
Kimihito Kurusu, a normal student who lives in his parents’ house, accidentally becomes a volunteer for a non-human exchange program and these two’s paths cross when she is the sixth girl to move in and, hopefully, with Kimihito’s kindness and modesty, her hatred for humans can change.
Moroha the “Monster Killer” from Yasahime: Princess Half-Demon, the sequel spin-off series of Inuyasha.
Moroha is the only daughter of the titled character and a quarter-yokai.
She is a bunter hunter who kills other yokai and sells their parts to other yokai.
Moroha is a supportive role for the twin sisters, Towa and Setsuna, the titled half-demon princesses who were separated as children and reunited 10-years-later and go on an adventure to uncover why they were separated and lost memories while Moroha, their cousin, joins them to find her missing parents.
14. Ririchiyo Shirakiin
Ririchiyo Shirakiin is the main character of Inu x Boku SS.
She is an Atavist, a human with yokai ancestors, and can transform into her yokai form to access her bloodline powers to fight dangerous yokai that are after Atavist.
Due to her isolated and cruel childhood, Ririchiyo escapes to the high-end, high-security Maison de Ayakashi, also known as Ayakashikan, that protect fellow Atavists and ends up with Soshi Miketsukami, a Secret Service bodyguard.
Wiene from Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, also known as DanMachi, a show very inspired by role-playing games that takes place in a world where gods come down for entertainment with adventurers who explore and fight monsters in Dungeons.
14-year-old Bell Cranel is a solo adventurer who becomes a member of the goddess Hestia’s Familia and would go on to find Wiene, a dragon vouvire girl born within a Dungeon, and fights to protect her despite her being a monster he is meant to fight.
12. Kyoko Machi
Kyoko Machi is a supporting character in Interviews with Monster Girls, where demi-humans or demis have been accepted into modern human society.
Kyoko is a dullahan, a being like the Headless Horseman. Her head is detached from her body, and her neck is a green flame.
Kyoko, along with a vampire, an ice woman, and a mathematics teacher succubus, get help from the MC human biology teacher, Tetsuo Takahashi, who has private studies with them, hoping to understand more about demis.
11. Yuko Yoshida/Shamiko
Yuko “Shadow Mistress Yuko/Shamiko” Yoshida is the main character of The Demon Girl Next Door.
She is an ordinary 15-year-old high school girl who wakes up one morning with horns and a tail and learns that she is a demon girl, a descendant of the cursed Dark Clan, and has to defeat a magical girl named Momo Chiyoda and use her blood to break the curse.
Rem from Death Note is a Shinigami, a death god who gives Misa Amane a Death Note and acts as a sort of guide to her in helping the main character, the perfect boy and student prodigy, Light Yagami.
He is the new user of the Death Note, which has the power to kill whoever’s name he writes in it. With the Death Note in his hands, Light decides to use it to rid the world of criminals.
9. Touka Kirishima
Touka “Rabbit” Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul and, as the title would state, is a ghoul and earns her alias name from the bunny masks she wears when hunting.
She is equally as kind as she is, full of rage from being raised like a bird trapped in a cage.
Touka is a supporting character to Ken Kaneki, the main character who went on a date with the beautiful Rize Kamishiro only to discover that she is a ghoul and tries to eat him.
He managed to survive, but Rize’s organs were transferred to him. Ken becomes a half-ghoul and begins his struggle in the new world of ghouls and making to eat human flesh to live.
8. Clara Valac
Clara Valace from Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun is an energetic oddball demon student with bright, lime green hair and one of Iruma Suzuki’s best friends.
When Iruma Suzuki is sold by his parents and adopted by Demon Lord Sullivan, he enrolls at Babyls Demon School. It’s there that Iruma tries to hide the fact that he’s a human. It’s also there that he meets the silly and fun-loving Clara and begins the climb up the popularity ladder.
Albedo from Overlord is a succubus and the Overseer of the Floor Guardians.
The story takes place in 2126 and follows Satoru Suzuki an ordinary man playing a DMMORPG
before he was transported to the New World and trapped inside this new game, unable to log out.
Satoru becomes Ainz Ooal Gown and explores the world to solve what happened to him and how he can return home and realizes he has the unique ability to change in-game mechanics.
When he meets Albedo, Ainz Ooal Gown jokingly rewrites her character to in love with him, unaware that this makes Albedo become utterly obsessed with him.
Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is the said dragon maid. She is a hard-working and outgoing dragon who can transform into a human girl.
When Tohru is attacked and ends up in the mountains of the Human World, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. A drunken computer programmer named Kobayashi saves Tohru’s life and offers her a place to stay. With the ability to transform into a human, Tohru shows up the next morning to repay her debt as Kobayashi’s housemaid.
5. Ai Enma
Ai Enma from Hell Girl is titled character. She is a yokai and acts the anti-heroine with hime-cute black hair, pale skin, blood-red eyes, and black school uniform.
Ai is the vessel of revenge. The series will follow a variety of people with completely different lifestyles, friends, and family that all struggle situations where they want to take revenge on a person that is causing them pain or harm. They will ask “Hell Girl” for help is delivering revenge, and she will present them a straw doll with a red thread around its neck. I
f they pull the red thread, Ai will send the person of revenge straight to Hell. However, when the person themselves reach the end of their life, they too will be sent to Hell for all eternity.
4. Nezuko Kamado
Nezuko Kamado from Demon Slayer was formerly a human until her, and her family were attacked and killed by a demon named Muzan Kibutsuji and turned her into a demon herself.
But, she never lost her humanity and wears a bamboo mouthpiece to stop herself from devouring humans and fights to protect them from other demons alongside her surviving brother, Tanjiro, who becomes a Demon Slayer in search for a cure to turn his little sister back into a human.
3. Zero Two
Darling in the Franxx is a future, post-apocalyptic dystopia where children are raised as “parasite” to partner together to fight Klaxosaurs by piloting mechas called Franxx that threaten to destroy the last of humanity.
Zero Two is a wild card. She has horns and Klaxosaur blood and is feared as the “Partner Killer.” She doesn’t bat an eye at the end of human life but hates Klaxosaur even more. She finds herself taking an interest in fellow pilot Hiro and becomes his new partner and “darling.”
2. Rias Gremory
Rias Gremory from High School DxD is a pure-blooded devil, heiress of the Gremory Clan after her older brother, and feared by other devils as the “Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess.”
Even disguised as a normal human, Rias is place on a pedestal. At school, she is President of the Occult Research Club, the school’s number one beauty, and one of Kuoh Academy’s Two Great Ladies.
Rias is also the one that saves the main character, Issei Hyoudou, and brings him back to life as a devil when his new girlfriend reveals herself as a fallen angel and kills him. Now, Issei joins Rias peerage as her servant and “Pawn.”
Ram from Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World tends to get overshadowed by her sister, Rem, the Queen of “Best Girls,” but fans know not to sleep on Ram’s character unless they want to get their eardrums destroyed by an all-out Al Fura.
She is a single-horned Oni, a magic prodigy, and one of the twin maids of Roswaal L Mathers. Unlike her sweet-natured sister, Ram is very blunt, opinionative, and hard to please, but gives tough love to those she cares about and extremely loyal and kind when you’ve earned it.
Re:Zero follows a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) named Subaru Natsuki who is suddenly transported into a fantasy world of Lugnica and is killed shortly after befriending and helping out a young elf named Emilia and discovered after dying that Subaru can return “Return by Death.”
He can come back to an unspecified point in time and is able to meet Emilia again and desires to help her become the new Queen of Lugnica.
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Top 27 Best Demon Anime: The Ultimate List (2021)
As the world begins to open up (somewhat), you’ve gotta start making the best choices for you and yours. Maybe the angel on your shoulder is telling you not to change anything and keep on with your sourdough baking and Animal Crossing islands. But maybe the demon on your shoulder is telling you to change things up and start some new anime.
On the chance that the latter is proving to be your Siren’s Call in a slowly vaccinating world, here’s a list of the top 27 best Demon Anime (in no particular order).
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Demon Slayer (2019)
Demon Slayer has one of the most unique takes on demons in anime. Although the show’s demonic lore follows the trends of, “demons are evil and anti-human,” this anime adds nuance and depth to the mythology and the demonic characters. While watching, you’ll find demons who are more human, compassionate, courageous, and empathetic than the “good guys.” You’ll find yourself wondering: if these demonic characters are the scourges of the world and a danger to all, then maybe the societal idea of “goodness” is one that needs to be adjusted.
Or, if you’re not wanting to tussle with the philosophical questions of “good” and “evil,” perhaps you’re looking for a show that displays a healthy and loving brother-sister/human-demon relationship.
Or, perhaps you’re specifically looking for a show with beautiful, hand-drawn animation, a stunning soundtrack made by the magical genius Yuki Kajiura (.hack//Sign, Aquarian Age, Sword Art Online), and a wide cast of characters you can sink your teeth into and love.
If you’re looking for any of these things, then Demon Slayer can tick all those boxes.
(Also, Nezuko is the best character. Change my mind.)
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The “Medicine Seller” is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across Feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called “mononoke” to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it. He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work—an extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it.”
Not only does it exist in a class all its own in that it’s a spinoff of a different show (Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror), but it’s one that goes, “Demons mean horror, right?” and runs with it. It’s not the type of horror anime that will necessarily give you nightmares, but it will make your skin crawl with discomfort and uncertainty and your brain whirl with possibilities.
The story is broken into five different arcs that focus on a different supernatural spirit (again, with that Japanese folklore! Gotta love it), but delves into their mythos in unique and surprising ways. Twist you would’ve never seen coming will play out across the screen, and I won’t be held accountable if you start shouting to yourself in your room.
The art (from style to color to inspirations) is stunning and unique.
The soundtrack (if you can call it that)? God-tier. The way the show plays with sound to skew your expectations will make you rethink everything you thought you once knew about music.
Although this may be a bit of an oddity on this list, don’t pass it up. If you give it a chance, you’ll either love it, or be terrified over its execution (or even both! It’s giving like that).
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When it comes to demon anime, most otaku won’t hesitate to mention Inuyasha as a must-see. When Kagome Higurashi accidentally falls through a portal that takes her 500 years into the past (Feudal Era Japan), she ends up meeting a kaleidoscope of characters—demonic and human alike. Even though the grand majority of demons they come across have been tainted by their own negative emotions or by the Shikon Jewel shards (which, you could argue, then means their “villainy” is Kagome’s fault, as she’s the one who broke the jewel), the ones who are “good” elevate the whole show to a higher level.
It’s the side characters who are the ones you remember—the ones who stick with you long after the final credits roll. Sure, there are the demons in the main cast (Inuyasha, Shippō, Kirara, Kōga) that are memorable and hilarious, but the fact that Rumiko Takahashi (artist and author) then spent so much time on the hundreds of side characters as well…it’s masterful.
And it makes you think so much more widely than just the mainstream plot of Kagome’s journey, too. This show makes you question if perhaps, painting all demons with one brush is really the best course of action, or if—in fact—judging an individual on their deeds, rather than their species, is smarter.
Not to mention that Inuyasha, as a series, is a gift that keeps on giving; the sequel, Yasha-hime was released in late 2020, and follows the adventures of the Inuyasha protagonists’ children. So, if you don’t want the adventures in Feudal Japan to end, they don’t have to. Fall in love (again) with the characters you already know and love, as well as with some you’ve yet to meet, as well.
Chrono Crusade (2003)
“Set in New York during the 1920s, Chrono Crusade follows the story of Rosette Christopher, and her demon partner Chrono. As members of the Magdalene Order, they travel around the country eliminating demonic threats to society, while Rosette searches for her lost brother, Joshua.”
“Demons are evil, and humans are good,” you say!
If you say that, you’re wrong…
…at least that’s the case, when it comes to Chrono Crusade! This anime proves that sometimes, the true demons in your life are the humans you associate with. Sometimes, labeling a demon as such is a too-cruel-for-words misnomer. For example, Chrono, the demonic main character, is actually the textbook definition of a cinnamon roll; very little “demon-y” attributes here. In fact, despite (accidentally) being to blame for a lot of events of the series, the only crime Chrono committed was one of naivety/trusting the wrong person. And then he spent the course of the show trying to fix his mistakes.
Although there are humans in Chrono Crusade who are “good” (fewer of them than the in-media Church would have you believe) and there are demons who are “bad,” the show—through its animation, plot, and character arcs—argues that these labels are slapped onto some truly undeserving individuals, ones who are only into unfortunate situations.
Also, who doesn’t want to watch Chrono and Rosetta become everything to one another?
(i’m not crying, you’re crying)
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Blue Exorcist/Ao no Exorcist (2011)
If you’re looking for demons that might feature in the Judeo-Christian Bible, look no further. The main character is literally Satan’s son.
You don’t get more Biblical than that.
Ao no Exorcist is another one on this list that makes you question whether or not demons are truly bad creatures. Sure, when left to their own devices in this universe, they may wreak havoc and murder people (to the point where an entire school to train Exorcists was built)—All right. Perhaps my love of Rin Okumura has blinded me to the faults of demons in this universe. But, in my defense, he’s just so easy to love! He’s a relatable, down-to-earth individual who is trying to navigate through his changed circumstances (let’s see you get slapped in the face with some half-demon heritage as your foster father is being murdered by your biological father), but he also doesn’t let the chaos of his life get him down for very long. And, adding to his relatability, the depiction of his relationship with his younger, twin brother is goals.
Their bond is unbreakable and pure, solidified by loyalty and love, but despite this, they still act like siblings. They both feel pent-up jealousy for the other for things outside of their control/that they feel they lack, and although their relationship is never 100% friendly, it is always positive.
tl;dr: If you’re looking for a story featuring familial love and how that concept tussles with ideas of duty and lineages, Ao no Exorcist is a show I highly recommend checking out.
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Jujutsu Kaisen (2020)
“Negative human emotions—regret, bitterness, shame—are the source of all curses that infest the world and hide in everyday life, leading to death in the worst cases. Yuji Itadori, a particularly strong young man, attempts to save a friend from a curse and awakens to new, cursed powers after eating a finger from a very powerful curse. Because only a curse can eliminate another curse, Yuji’s career as a cursed person who must exorcise curses has now begun.”
Jujutsu Kaisen is a new anime (it just finished its first season!) that unexpectedly came for my heart. With a wacky cast, this show does something that few others have managed: the plot will spin you to dizzying highs and drag you to terrifying lows, all mixed in with comedic elements, fan-service, and The Hottest Blue-Eyed Man To Ever Be Drawn™. Although this sounds like a recipe for disaster, somehow, it works.
And Itadori’s role as a vessel for a dangerous curse/demon throws philosophical stakes into the plot as well. Just because he has a demon inside of him that wants to subjugate humanity and destroy the world doesn’t mean that he’s evil, right? So then, is it right for him to have to die to take the demon with him and save the world from its machinations?
(I hope the answer is no, but we’ll have to see how the show progresses!)
Not to mention that the animation is top-tier (MAPPA Studios, you never disappoint!) and the characterization is unmatched; particularly that of the female characters. Not only do many of them pass The Bechdel Test, but they then go on to discuss gender inequality and how much harder they have to work in order to receive even a shred of the recognition that the male characters are gifted.
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Trigger Warning: gore, body horror, prostitution, disturbing images
“A young ronin named Hyakkimaru—along with a young urchin, Dororo—must face multiple demons in Sengoku-era Japan who have stolen his various body parts in order to get them back.”
The demons in Dororo are not nice. They are not friendly. They will not let you pass go and collect $200; instead, they will eat you and laugh over whatever remains of your corpse.
Dororo’s demons stand paramount out of the others on this list in that they are definitively evil. Their goal is to cause harm, full stop. Because the breadth of their cruelty-for-cruelty’s-sake is hard for most viewers to sympathize with, it paints them in a distant light, as if they’re saying, “We’ll far outlive the humans on the planet, so why not let them entertain us while they’re here?”
Additionally, short of the immediate pain of those demons when they’re killed by Hyakkimaru, the demons as a unit don’t appear bothered about being killed; in fact, on the rare occasions when a demon’s death leads to an emotional outbreak, said outbreak typically comes from the humans.
And that’s frightening. A creature that is so far beyond death to not fear it is, in my opinion, a true nightmare.
However, horrifying demonic entities aren’t all that Dororo offers. It also offers questions about humanity and what a life is worth; is a person actually a person if they’re missing body parts? Is a murderer a person? And, at the same time, it will make you question war, as it paints very realistic (animated) images of it and the widespread toll it takes on the world.
Finally—and most distressingly—it depicts a very clear Trolly Problem. If the death of one will save thousands, should that person roll over and die?
I’ve watched this show twice now, and I’m no closer to finding an answer.
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Yu Yu Hakusho (1992)
Wrapping back around to the loveable demons, Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the best demon anime shows from its era. It’s the perfect encapsulation of the 90s, from the style of dress to the humor, and even the animation style.
At the start of the story, Yusuke Urameshi is a normal, fourteen-year-old delinquent who, in an uncharacteristic act of heroism, sacrifices his life to save a child. However, he’s then informed by the Grim Reaper (an advocate of The Spirit Realm, which is a parallel to Hell, except more bureaucratic) that it wasn’t actually his time to die, and that if he wants to come back to life, he’ll have to become a Spirit Detective (sort of like a cop for The Spirit Realm).
Of course, things don’t stay that clear-cut. Within his first mission, Yusuke manages to rope two demons into his crew and start a wild adventure that leads him into finding so. Many. More. Demons. (And many humans who he has amazing, relatable, and wholesome relationships with as well—I’m looking at you, Keiko and Genkai.)
But back to the demons.
Yusuke even ends up in a Demon Tournament. We’re talking demon fans, demon audience members, demon family members, demon opponents . . . Honestly, this show may, in fact, have the largest amount of demons per capita (if capita is episodes, of course).
If you’re looking for a show with more demons than you could possibly remember or notice, this is definitely the one to pick up. In fact, even characters you thought you knew might surprise you!
MAJOR SPOILER: Yusuke Urameshi himself. You thought he was a human boy? You thought wrong.
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Kamisama Kiss/Kamisama Hajimemashite (2012)
One of the most definitively shojo shows on this list, Kamisama Kiss has everything a fan of the genre might be looking for: romance, humor, character depth, multiple love interests, and general tomfoolery.
And yes, before you ask, much of said tomfoolery comes at the hands of the demons in this show. They fall into one of two categories: they are either of the more friendly variety, or they won’t hesitate to murder anyone who looks at them wrong. (It’s always extremes on a spectrum, isn’t it?) Yet, despite the potential for murder, the show is generally relaxing and fun entertainment.
The humor in Kamisama Kiss is laugh-out-loud funny without ever crossing over into trite or overly-gag-filled. Despite this show having so many demons (many of which are pulled from Japanese lore, which is always a fun time), the humor grounds this show in such a way that you could imagine yourself in the main character’s shoes (minus the supernatural elements, of course).
From the first episode, where Nanami is tricked into become a god and taking over a semi-dilapidated shrine and its fox yōkai groundskeeper (who she is definitely going to fall in love with, come on), you’re invested. The art style is stunning and crisp while still evoking feelings of popular artistic styles, which meshes beautifully with the Japanese-centric and Japanese-inspired soundtrack.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted comedy that will leave you with warm feelings and a smile on your face, look no further. And, because it’s not as deep as others on this list, it holds extremely high re-watch value.
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“Priests are paragons of virtue, and demons are evil.” Saiyuki takes that belief and says, “Hmm . . . I think not.” The premise is based on Journey to the West, but, as this is anime, there have been some . . . adjustments.
“Saiyuki is the story of four punk-like heroes: the monk Genjyo Sanzo, the monkey king Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo, and the man who turned into a demon Cho Hakkai. They have been dispatched by the Sanbutsushin (the Three Aspects of Buddha, who relay the orders of heaven) to travel to India to stop the possible resurrection of the Ox-Demon-King, Gyumaoh as well as halt the “Minus Wave,” a forbidden mix of magic and technology that is infecting all of the demons in Shangri-La with madness.”
It’s almost the same story if you squint?
All right, it’s quite different but no less entertaining for its differences.
I may be betraying quite a few others on this list, but Saiyuki has my favorite demons in all of anime. Son Goku (yes, pulled from the same myth that has given us Goku from Dragon Ball), Sha Gojyo, and Cho Hakkai are hilarious. Although some of their jokes haven’t aged well (some very terrible and outdated “no homo” situations, unfortunately), the ones that still land well will have you howling at your screen.
And demons aside, Genjyo Sanzo is absolutely everything you would never want in a monk. He smokes, he drinks, he curses, he uses a gun and has next-to-zero patience, but at the same time, his devotion to his religion is staggeringly deep. He’s a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a contradictory priest wrapping.
tl;dr: Saiyuki is “Four idiotic himbos travel West in a dragon-turned-jeep in an attempt to save the world from rampaging demons.” (Admit it, you laughed.)
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Although demons are of unparalleled power and importance politically, environmentally, and mentally (for their human hosts) in Naruto, they don’t play a terribly active role in the forefront of the events o. But to make a list of demon anime and not have Naruto on it would be a crime.
There’s a reason why this show, one of the Shonen Jump Big Three, is still so popular nearly twenty years later (wow, that number made me feel old). Naruto has so much to offer to all of its viewers. There’s comedy, tragedy, drama, political intrigue, backstabbing, etc. If you gave me a list of anime tropes, I’m sure I could point out a fair few that exist in the show.
And don’t even get me started on the fighting sequences. Absolutely. Stunning.
One of the wonderful things about all of them is that, unlike other shonen anime that can ultimately be boiled down to, “I punched you harder, so I won,” Naruto’s characters frequently think on their feet mid-battle, which turns the bouts into, “Who, in this moment, is most successfully and creatively using their abilities to their fullest potential?” Because the battles are scripted through this lens, each fight is unique and awe-inspiring. They set a precedent for all fights that were produced concurrently and after.
Now, I could wax poetic about Naruto for a solid ten thousand words, but I’ll instead free you with this: I’m not sure how you could’ve possibly missed Naruto unless you’re brand new to anime, but in case you’re in that 1%, check this show out.
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The Promised Neverland/Yakusoku no Neverland (2019)
Trigger Warning: body mutilation
The beginning of The Promised Neverland wastes no time in drawing a thick line in the sand: Demons Eat Children And That Is Bad. I mean, that’s pretty simple. Easy to get behind.
So then, of course, the second season of this anime decides to tip that on its side. Not to go into too much detail (to avoid spoilers!), but just as the events at the end of season one broadened the horizons of Emma and Co., their changed circumstances are quick to let them know that some things they considered Fact are not what they seem.
Of course, the music and animation for this show are of paramount excellence, weaving together as a visual and aural force powerful enough to practically be their own main characters. The small details, in-universe and out-, are what make this show a cut above the rest. Checking out the first season on this random Tuesday might be one of the best things you do for yourself this week.
(Fair warning, if you’ve finished season one and have access to the manga, I highly recommend reading that for season two, as the anime inexplicably skips a significant chunk of content.)
And yet, this list would be lacking without The Promised Neverland on it, perceived faults and all.
Stream it on Hulu Here
Seven Deadly Sins/Nanatsu no Taizai (2014)
In Seven Deadly Sins, the appearance of demons really sucker-punches you in the face. Demons are mentioned briefly as beings that once existed who were sealed away, but then, they return to start a full-blown demon war.
Yet clearly, not all of them were sealed. Although this is a slight spoiler, the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas, is a demon. Although he managed to avoid having his body locked into the demon realm, he chose to seal away his demon side and embrace his humanity.
And yet, does Meliodas’s rejection of his demon powers mean that he is no longer a demon at all? What is it that makes a person a demon: their blood? Their actions? Their powers? It’s questions like these you’ll find yourself asking while watching this show.
And the cast! This show does not want for a fully-fleshed out cast. In the first season, you meet most of the Sins. Then, the second season introduces Camelot and the Demons, but does so in a way that allows for you to feel like you’re getting decent screen time with all of the new additions. (Case in point, my younger sister has watched a sum total of one episode, and yet, she can recognize and name more than half of the main players.)
There are a great many reasons to watch Seven Deadly Sins, and I’m positive if you give it a shot, you’ll enjoy what I’ve presented and more.
Stream Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix
Although never expressly called “demons” in the show, Noragami is another anime wherein the very existence of said creatures forms much of the backbone for the universe. There are good demons, bad demons, apathetic demons, and everything in between, which means that there’s a number of different facets to play with when it comes to the character motivations.
And yet, this show is so much more than the lore. It’s the idea of paving your own way and making your own connections, that’s right: it’s found family time.
Jokes aside, Noragami hammers home the idea that a found family can be just as real as a blood one. To the characters in this show, particularly the main three (Yato, Hiyori, and Yukine), it doesn’t matter who’s a fallen god, who’s a demon, and who’s a human; their differences aren’t what makes them strong. Instead, it’s their connections to each other that give them power. And it’s this strength and faith in one another that allows the trio to save one another over and over and over again, even when the deck is stacked heavily against them.
This show also explores ideas of bonds in life and bonds in death, and how the connections you’ve made and actions you’ve taken while in life don’t just stop when you die. It’s powerful, it’s poignant, and it might utterly shatter your worldview before rebuilding it anew. It’s beautiful.
If you’ve been sleeping on Noragami, wake up.
Stream it on Hulu Here
D. Gray Man (2006)
Perhaps one of the more underrated shows on this list, D. Gray Man is definitely one to check out. Although it may seem like a generic shonen anime on the surface (and does follow a number of those tropes), it also offers something many other shonen anime doesn’t: extreme character depth outside of “must get stronger to protect my loved ones” and realistic powerups. Although it has a bit of a slow start, the payoff for giving it the space to breathe and find its footing is unparalleled. The music, the art style (I could write a multi-page essay on the artists’ use of color alone), the character arcs, and the later pacing is memorable to the extreme.
Unfortunately, the anime was cancelled after 126 episodes, but the manga exists for those fans who love the show and want to experience it to its intended conclusion. And it’s still ongoing, so you can catch up with the backlog and then wait for new content like the rest of us poor souls.
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Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji (2008)
Attractive, demonic butlers. Contracts where the currency is your soul. An intelligent main character who acts more like a puppeteer than a preteen. Victorian high societal politics. If any of these sound interesting, Black Butler is the show for you.
“In Ciel Phantomhive’s past lies a secret tragedy that enveloped him in perennial darkness—during one of his bleakest moments, he formed a contract with Sebastian, a demon, bargaining his soul in exchange for vengeance upon those who wronged him. Today, Sebastian is the perfect servant to carry out his master’s orders—all the while anticipating the delicious meal he will eventually make of Ciel’s soul. As the two work to unravel the mystery behind Ciel’s chain of misfortunes, a bond forms between them that neither heaven nor hell can tear apart.”
That squeal you heard when you uttered the words, “Black Butler?” That was me, shattering windows in an attempt to curb my desire to gush ad nauseum about this show. Its plot is unique to the extreme and bolstered by how realistic its art style makes the setting feel. It takes place in Victorian Era London and can easily boast a well-drawn art style with clean, uniquely designed characters with depth and understandable motivations. And the soundtrack???? Near-perfection. Here, listen.
Not to mention that Ciel is a one-of-a-kind main character. Although he’s only a child, he’s so committed to his revenge and he doesn’t let people look down on him. It’s exciting to have such a young protagonist who is vengeful, unashamed of his goals, and willing to use his skills to manipulate London High Society to do his bidding.
On the one hand, Ciel’s ability to do so speaks to a frightening amount of intelligence, but also a lonely existence. When the only person who truly understands you is the demon that’s waiting to consume your soul, can you say you’re being fulfilled?
And Sebastian? Oh, he’s one hell of a butler.
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Phantom Thief Jeanne/Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (1999)
(Same creator as Searching for a Full Moon, which was highlighted in our picks for the best fantasy anime shows.)
Is it wacky? Yes. Will it make you cry? Quite possibly.
It’s anime, so of course, it’s going to toe the line of oddities, but Phantom Thief Jeanne really sort of leans into the idea of oddities while still managing to keep it serious. Yes, let’s give the not-so-normal high-schooler who has been mostly abandoned by her parents a mission from God to stop demons from overtaking humanity! But the only way to stop them…is to exorcise them from works of art?
Phantom Thief Jeanne gives you all the fun things you know and expect from a magical-girl anime (even if the monsters Maron fights are unique) and uses those things as a tool to discuss fantastical representations of Angels and Demons in a way that remains enjoyable and memorable.
And no shojo would be complete without genre-specific romance; you can watch Maron deal with relationship woes during the day, and thievery at night. Definitely meant for younger audiences who may still be of the belief that good and evil are black and white opposites without any gray areas in between. But for all that Maron is a thief, she’s also loyal, friendly, understanding, and a genuinely stannable role model for those watching the show.
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3×3 Eyes (1991)
Trigger Warning: gore, violence
“3X3 Eyes is the story of a young man named Yakumo Fuuji, who through a strange series of events becomes the immortal slave of the last of a race of 3-Eyed demons. The demon absorbs his soul to save his life, making him immortal in the process. Now, he begins a journey with the female demon, Pai, in an attempt to find a way of becoming human. Of course, there are many complications along the way, not the least of which being that the demon is a female with a split personality, one achingly cute and the other being no-nonsense destructive power, and the romances that develop between.”
Although the animation for this series consists solely of seven episodes across two OVAs, the manga spans far and wide, with a story arc to match. Although this one may be unfamiliar to most readers, it remains near-and-dear to my heart. It was one of the first stories I watched that dealt with relatively “adult” themes and depictions, as well as grotesque and vivid violence (characteristic of 80s media, when the manga began serialization). 3×3 Eyes was awe-inspiring, terrifying, and eye-opening.
Not to mention that this story, following two people who are weak and strong in turns and who only wish to protect the other . . . it was heartbreakingly real to teen-me. Remove the demons and you’d be stuck with two teens blundering through their lives towards a destination that never felt real.
(Real-life parallel…puberty and that post-high school life. There, I said it.)
The OVAs give you just enough to taste the story and get a feel for the characters, as well as leave you wanting more. They’re fast-paced without lots of explanation, which means they have more time to delve into the idea of humanity and what it might mean to try and retrieve that which has been lost.
Perhaps this show only made the list for the nostalgia factor, but I doubt you’ll be disappointed if you check this out.
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle/Maoujou de Oyasumi (2020)
I. Relate. To. Suya. So. Much.
The world is collapsing around my ears? Perhaps I could sleep, and when I wake up, it’ll be better.
Suya, upon being kidnapped, doesn’t panic or worry about it too much. Instead, she’s angry that the Demon Lord has he’s given her subpar sleeping materials. In this situation, what would any self-respecting princess do?
Murder anything that might increase the quality of these furnishings. Heading down a life of chaos in order to catch those sweet Zzzs? That’s my girl. She’s driven and easy to relate to.
Luckily, as this anime doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s a perfect one to relax to. Soothing voice actors, low-stakes obstacles, and a lively art style, this show is perfect for scratching that stress-itch that appears after working those long, ten-hour days.
Stream it on Funimation
Devil is a Part-Timer/Hataraku Maou-sama! (2013)
Another one that skews more towards comedy than actual plot on this list, The Devil is a Part-Timer is another show that has fun playing with the genre it’s meant to inhabit. Hands down one of the wackiest premises (but not besting Phantom Thief Jeanne), this show follows the demon lord, Satan, who flees his magical land in the middle of a war, only to end up in the human world.
With no clout, little magic, and no way of living, said demon lord decides he needs to find a way to survive in this new world . . . meaning he fakes an identity as Sadao Maou, gets a job at fantasy-McDonalds, and becomes determined to climb the corporate ladder.
Yet, despite how silly it might seem on the surface, The Devil is a Part-Timer is yet another anime that asks you to tussle with the idea about what is truly demonic and what is human; are those two things truly that different? Perhaps they’re just two sides to the same coin. Sadao shows more compassion and empathy for his coworkers and the random humans he encounters than the so-called “good” guys, to the point where more than a few of them switch sides and ally with him.
(You know you’re doing something wrong when your allies find literal Satan to be the better choice.)
This show is full of humor and mostly ignores romance; it knows what it does and it knows how to do it well. Why deviate from the path if it works? If you’re looking for a show that will rope you in with laughter and then stab you in the feels with emotional growth, look no further.
Also, Sadao named his bike Dullhan. Is there anything better?
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The Betrayal Knows My Name/Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (2010)
“Growing up as an orphan, Yuki Sakurai questions his reason for living and ability to see a person’s painful memory by simply touching them. After receiving anonymous notes telling him to die, Yuki is unable to shake off the nagging feeling forming inside of him. Unbeknownst to him, he is being watched, both by people who want to harm him and those who want to protect him.
One foggy night, Yuki’s life is saved by a beautiful man with silver eyes and jet black hair—a man he has never met before yet seems familiar. With the arrival of this mysterious stranger, Yuki’s forgotten past has been awakened and the purpose of his existence has appeared before him.“
The Betrayal Knows My Name follows Yuki Sakurai and Luka Crosszeria, who were lovers in Yuki’s past life (during which he was female).
Get yourself a partner that will follow you through all of your lifetimes and reincarnations, am I right?
But, in all seriousness, despite how integral their mysterious love connection is, the story stands on its own merit. It doesn’t pull any punches from the outset, making Yuki deal with some of the most negative human emotions and yet come out on the other side of the ordeal innocent and willing to believe in others. (Yes, Yuki is a worthy challenger for Chrono’s cinnamon roll title.)
Through a series of events (and a long-lost brother!), Yuki ends up with a found family of demon hunters (some of which are demons who work on their side). And this family he’s found? So well characterized. Rather than 2D side characters who have as much plot weight as window dressing, they breathe so much additional life into this story, highlighting how Yuki is finding different types of love (romantic and familial).
Watch it on Amazon Prime
Trigger Warning: body mutilation, blood, gore, violence
“When a shapeshifting demon with a thirst for human flesh, known as “youma,” arrives in Raki’s village, a lone woman with silver eyes walks into town with only a sword upon her back. She is a “Claymore,” a being manufactured as half-human and half-youma, for the express purpose of exterminating these monsters. After Raki’s family is killed, the Claymore saves his life, but he is subsequently banished from his home. With nowhere else to go, Raki finds the Claymore, known as Clare, and decides to follow her on her journeys.”
Perhaps it’s the unique art style or perhaps it really does come down to the subject matter, but Claymore sits as an anime that’s a cut above the rest. It’s grim, it’s dark, and in most cases, feels viscerally hopeless. The resigned acceptance Clare exudes at her eventual fate—murder at the hands of a trusted friend—is evident in almost every scene. She knows she’s a tool meant to be disposed of at the proper time. The only light in her life is Raki, who proves to be her most loyal companion. He takes the role of Clare’s late-mother figure, who was willing to burn down the world, no matter the cost to her or others, in order to make sure Clare was safe.
However, this show stays relatively realistic (within the guidelines of its own narrative rules) and doesn’t leave the task of being Clare’s optimism solely on the shoulders of a child. As the story delves further into Clare’s organization and shines light on other Claymores, her support network grows.
As has been said before, it takes a village to raise a child. Although there is no village and no child, the adage still works to explain Clare’s emotional journey in Claymore.
It’s also one of WatchMojo.com’s top 10 darkest fantasy anime shows.
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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan/Nuraihyon no Mago (2010)
Don’t let the (amazing, yet simple!!!) art style confuse you. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan has more depth than people would, perhaps, attribute to a show that looks like it’s “meant for children.” Another slow starter, this show introduces the viewer to a wide cast of characters (many, again, based in Japanese lore) through the lens of Rikio. They support him—mostly—in his determination to remove himself from the clan’s dealings, no matter that it would leave them somewhat in a lurch.
And the same can be said for Rikio.
It’s inspiring, in a way, to watch as Rikio goes from wanting to distance himself from his demon genetics to embracing them in order to protect his family. Seeing the growth of a reluctant protagonist who grows into his own is always a treat, and Rikio’s journey doesn’t disappoint. Wary though he may have been about following in his family’s footsteps, the moment it became a choice between his family’s safety and his wishes, his true values shined through.
I just love this little bean, okay?
Also, any show Jun Fukuyama (Rikio’s voice actor) is in is bound to be good.
Stream it on Hulu Here
Berserk/Kenpuu Denki Berserk (1997)
Trigger Warning: violence, gore, rape, assault
DISCLAIMER: This is about the 1997 version, not the 2016 one!
If the series description and trigger warnings didn’t make it clear, Berserk deals with heavy themes and events. Grimdark doesn’t begin to cover some of the stuff that occurs in this show. And yet, in a strange way, that’s part of the show’s charm (if you can call it that). The show knows that life isn’t easy—that sometimes, people have to fight for their survival no matter the cost to others—and it refuses to shy away from that fact.
It’s shown even more so with the main character. Despite his fighting prowess and large stature, Guts is so very, painfully, human in his actions. He doesn’t know the right answer to succeed in life, and he hopes that his actions are enough to make his existence worthwhile. All he knows how to do is put one foot in front of the other on his path and hope that his choices are the right ones . . . except, in a world where “right” and “wrong” aren’t as delineated as black and white, his only option is to flounder towards an uncertain future.
As all humans do.
Buy Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video
Natsume’s Book of Friends/Natsume Yuujinchou (2008)
Would you like to cry? Yes or yes? This was the warning I was given, and I didn’t listen. And, I absolutely cried.
The story of Natsume’s Book of Friends is more atmosphere and characterization than plot, and its widespread resonance with its audience is unparalleled because of this. Natsume is the protagonist who has the powers and doesn’t want them . . . but, since he’s stuck with them anyway, he might as well use them for good.
When you look at a character and reduce them to their base parts, and when those base parts are, “Let me help others so that they don’t suffer like I do,” you’ve found someone who is the closest one can get to “perfect.”
(Yes, this boy is joining the Cinnamon Roll Ranks™.)
From the revolving cast of characters (hello again, Japanese folklore!) with their own desires and motivations, as well as the simplistic art and music that allow for the heart of the show to take up, Natsume’s Book of Friends is a masterpiece.
If you’re looking for a show that will make you feel the wild gamut of emotions, you should immediately queue up Natsume’s Book of Friends.
Stream it on Crunchyroll Here
Ushio to Tora (2015)
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Ushio to Tora…and then Ushio threw a punch at his father, only to receive one back.
I was hooked. I don’t think I want to examine what it says about me that seeing a father and son come to blows—as a way of showing their affection—got me all giddy. But it did a ton of customization in a scant amount of time, and I was here for Ushio’s adventures.
Also, thank goodness that Ushio has half a brain on him. When he entered the basement and found the feral-looking demon who threatened to eat him, he turned around and left.
Which other shonen protagonists will leave to avoid danger? Think on it. I’ll wait.
Despite its 2015 release, Ushio to Tora feels old in that nostalgic way that you want to use as a blanket on sad days. Despite the high stakes of having released a bunch of demons (oops), the tone of the show is familiar, as if it’s telling you to sit back, relax, and trust it to show you a good time. (And you know it’ll be a good time because MAPPA [the studio behind Yuri on Ice and Punch Line] touches it with their genius hands.)
Stream it on Hulu Here
The Morose Mononokean/Fukigen na Mononokean (2016)
The Morose Mononokean exists in a similar space to Natsume’s Book of Friends. But where you might expect another atmospheric show which will gleefully rip your heart out in a long, drawn-out procedure, The Morose Mononokean’s shorter episode span (26 over two seasons), forces a quicker and more engaging pace from the first episode.
Perhaps the creators knew that some of their audience would be coming from Natsume, so they decided to just jump into the action.
Or, perhaps, the natures of Hanae and Abeno allowed them to make the most of their shorter space: when the two protagonists are working towards the same goal from page one (in this case, both of them want to help demons), it really puts a rush order on things.
Whatever the reason, it’s this speed that allows for the short-lived character-driven plot (centering on Abeno) to gain screen time midway through the first season, while also giving the show space to develop Hanae and Abeno’s friendship from boss and employee to trusted friends.
Oh, and although this isn’t a Boy’s Love anime—or, even a romance at all—the undertones are there, and they are impeccable (if that’s something that interests you)!
Watch it on Crunchyroll Here
Honorable mentions: High School DxD, The Misfit of Demon King Academy, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, and Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood.
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English: The Devil Lady
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 1998 to May 8, 1999
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:40 (JST)
Licensors:ADV Films, Discotek Media
Genres:ActionAction, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Official Site, AnimeDB, AnimeNewsNetwork, Wikipedia
Chiaki J. Konaka
10 October 1998 – 9 May 1999
Jun Fudo, a beautiful and popular fashion model has her life turned upside down after a fateful night. After receiving a call from a mysterious woman named Lan Asuka to come to warehouse she is attacked by a werewolf-like Devil Beast and the stress from the event causes her transformation into a similar being but with a human's intelligence called a Devilman. A mysterious disease called the Devil Beast Syndrome has been sweeping across the world turning people into either Devil Beasts or Devilmen. Jun is forcibly recruited by Asuka to fight and kill other Devil Beasts as the newly dubbed Devilman Lady.
- Jun Fudo: An introverted model who is forced by Asuka to become Devilman Lady in order to combat the devil-beasts.
- Lan Asuka: A cruel government official working for the Human Alliance, an organization tasked with the destruction of the devil-beasts.
- Kazumi Takiura: Jun's friend and fellow model. Her appearance is inspired by Miki Makimura from the original Devilman.
- Jason Bates: An American Samuelson Institute scientist who himself is a Devilman. He desires to be as powerful as Devilman Lady.
- Satoru: A young boy who leads the Crusaders, the strongest of the Devil Beasts. He is the main antagonist of the latter half of the series.
- Kiyoshi Maeda: Lan's assistant.
- Katsumi Seta: Ground Self-Defense Soldier under Yamazaki.
- Masayoshi Yamazaki: H.A. secret Military commander.
- Todd Kimbol: A researcher of the Samuelson Institute and a Bear-type Devilman.
- Tatsuya Yuasa: Jun's manager.
- Chika: A fan of Kazumi's who became her friend and later a Devilman.
- Takae: A Devilman who leads a group of girls and is in a relationship with Takeshi.
- Takeshi Maki: A Devilman with a strong sense of justice. His design is based on the manga and anime versions of Akira Fudo.
- Chiyoko: A girl who lives in the mountains with her grandparents. She later becomes a Devilman with psychic powers.
- Director: Toshiki Hirano
- Script: Chiaki J. Konaka, Keiichi Hasegawa, Kenji Konuta, Masano Akahoshi, Sadayuki Murai
- Storyboard: Akihiro Enomoto, Hideaki Oba, Hideki Tonokatsu, Hitoyuki Matsui, Kazuyoshi Yokota, Keitaro Ganei, Setsuo Takase, Shigeto Makino, Toshiki Hirano, Yasuhiro Geshi
- Music: Toshiyuki Watanabe
- Original creator: Go Nagai
- Character Design: Shinobu Nishioka
- Art Director: Toru Koga
- Animation Director: Akira Nakamura, Eisuke Yamaguchi, Hideo Maru, Ichiro Ogawa, Natsumi Ogawa, Nobusuke Terajima, Seizo Toma, Shinobu Nishioka, Shinsuke Terasawa, Tetsuya Yanagisawa, Tomokazu Tokoro, Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Yasuhide Maruyama
- Sound Director: Katsuyoshi Kobayashi
- Director of Photography: Motoaki Ikegami
- Producer: Hiroki Horio, Hiroshi Morotomi, Yasumichi Ozaki
- Color Coordination: Kumiko Nakayama
- Design: Satoshi Ishino
- Editing: Masatoshi Tsurubuchi
- Guest Character Design: Toshimitsu Kobayashi
- Monster Design: Hiroshi Maruyama (cooperation), Masahiko Yoda
- Music producer: Hideyuki Fujii
- Planning: Yasu Tokuhara
- Production manager: Yudo Ohishi
- Series Creation: Chiaki J. Konaka
- Sound Effects: Masakazu Yokoyama
- Special Effects: Yoshimi Hayashi
- "Devilman Lady Main Theme" by Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus
- "Lose Heart" by Legolgel
- "Rebirth ~Megami Tensei~" by Yukari Tamura
- "Lose Heart" by LEGOLGEL
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Not to be confused with She devil or Devil Woman (disambiguation).
Devil Lady, known in Japan as Devilman Lady (Japanese: デビルマンレディー, Hepburn: Debiruman Redī), is a 1997 manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai, and the sequel to Devilman. It was originally serialized by Kodansha from January 1997 to July 2000 in the magazine Weekly Morning, and later collected in 17 volumes. The story follows Jun Fudo, a model who can transform into the powerful Devil Lady and protects humanity from devil beasts and their creations.
The manga was adapted into a twenty-six episode anime series by TMS Entertainment in 1998−1999, which was released in the US by ADV Films in 2003–2004, and later available through streaming by Midnight Pulp. A manga crossover with Cutie Honey, another Nagai series, was published in 2013 under the title Cutie Honey vs. Devilman Lady.
Set in Japan after the events of Devilman, the story follows Jun Fudo, a teacher and former athlete who lives alone with her younger brother, Hikaru, while their father is away in the United States. For reasons unknown to her, Jun begins to experience unusual nightmares which cause her to have animalistic sexual urges. One day, she and some students are attacked by a group of demons during a school trip. The demons kill the male students and rape the female students. In the conflict, she transforms into a Devilman, killing the demons with her newfound strength. After that, a woman named Lan Asuka appears and says she was the one who awakened the beast within Jun.
Confused by her transformation, Lan Asuka, and her father's sudden appearance and experience, things became too complicated for Jun to understand. Through Professor Fudo's knowledge, he tells a tale of a strange phenomenon that occurred in shantytowns years ago. It was known as the "Devil Beast Syndrome" in which its inhabitants would transform into demons and rape women before eating them with no memories or intelligence of their previous lives and additionally giving them enhanced strength with other abilities.
Professor Fudo does not believe that their "Devil Beast Syndrome" transformation was supernatural, but was actually the next stage of human evolution, calling it "Nature's way of dealing with mankind's overpopulation". He also says that few people were genetically engineered to retain their conscience should the "Devil Beast Syndrome" occur in them, Jun being one of them. With Jun now becoming the Devilman Lady, she fights for the sake of humanity to protect them from the devil beasts and their creations.
Jun, along with Asuka, fight several demons and become close friends. One day Jun investigates the Grumech Embassy she is put through a demonic ritual that opens the Gates of Hell and Jun falls to Hell. Here she meets a mysterious man who introduces himself as Akira Fudo. Jun recognizes Akira to be the man who she saw before in her visions. As Akira explains he is from a past that no longer exist, as God wiped the Earth out after Akira and Satan's battle at the end of Devilman. He offers to acts as guide on Jun's journey through Hell during which the two fall in love and have sex. Through their descent through Hell they also face other characters from Akira's past, including Silene/Sirene and Kaim. Once they reach the lowest point of Hell, they realize that the demon king is there frozen in ice, but Satan is nowhere to be found. On their way back Akira tells Jun about his past with Satan. However, when they reach the surface, Akira cannot follow Jun to the world. She promises to never forget him and leaves.
After Jun returns to world several things change, parts of the past is altered. Events that led her falling to Hell are missing. She keeps communicating with Akira through the Devilman Ghost custome she made, but she slowly forgets his name. The only person she really feels close to Asuka who revealed to be her half-sibling. She starts really opening up to her without knowing that she actually killed their mother with her supernatural powers.
In later chapters after the leader of the mysterious Cult of Dante, Ryo Utsugi awakens the great demon lord Zennon by fusing with him and releases Hell's inhabitants into the world including demons, Devilman, and humans held in Hell, chaos and carnage breaks loose on Earth once again and the great battle between God's army and demonic forces is drawing closer and closer.
Asuka seduces and impregnates Jun while possessing a male form. Later revealed that he was born a male, but chose to hide himself in a female form from the eyes of God. After Jun is forced to give birth in her giant devilman form to a full grown Akira Fudo, Asuka finally reveals the truth to Jun with the help of Psycho Jenny restoring her sealed memories. The half-siblings are actually two halves of Satan who split himself in order to escape the time loop God throw him into and to be able to bring back Akira from Hell. After learning this, Jun fuses together with Asuka becoming Satan once again. Akira arrives this exact minute to witness the transformation and to greets his old friend/enemy. This time however, Akira joins Satan in his fight against God's army approaching Earth. As Satan puts it, the Akira who was reborn to Hell is different than Akira who was born to Earth, and he now understand Satan's quest against God.
Leading God's army is Archangel Michael, Satan's twin. When Akira notices this, Satan describes himself and his twin as right and the left hand of God. Same powers, but different functions.
We don't get see who wins the battle between the two forces at the end. The manga end with Satan telling Akira that true hope lies on the other side of the battle as they are launching their attack. We are left with a final shot of Earth with humanity once again exterminated and the age of "myth" drawing upon earth once again.
Jun Fudo is a supermodel who is idolized by many. She also has a secret that not even she knows about at first, for within her lie the genes that hold the next step in the evolution of mankind, the same blood as the beast-like superhumans that terrorize the city. Unlike the rest of them, however, Jun has managed to hold a tenuous grip onto her humanity, and she is recruited by the mysterious Lan Asuka, member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind. Jun, as Devil Lady, must now exterminate her own kind, but it is unclear how much longer can she keep her sanity in a situation she never chose to begin with. The story of the anime differs significantly from the manga, despite having similar beginnings - devils are not mystical beings but the next step of humanity's evolution. Unlike the manga, Devilman does not appear.
- Jun Fudo (不動 ジュン, Fudo Jun) / Devil Lady Voiced by: Junko Iwao (Japanese); Shawn Sides (English)
- Jun is a successful supermodel in Tokyo when the story begins. She is a quiet and timid person who seems to avoid most social interactions, with two exceptions: she is generally open with her manager and very friendly with an aspiring teen model named Kazumi who now lives with her following the gruesome death of her parents from a beast attack. She is found by a woman named Lan Asuka, who forces her to confront a werewolf-like monster called a devil beast. As it tears into Jun, her powers awaken and she becomes a devil beast herself. She defeats the beast with her powers and reverts to her human form. Asuka speaks of her membership with a military unit known as the Human Alliance, whose purpose is to hunt down and kill all those who are affected with Devil Beast Syndrome. Asuka gives Jun an ultimatum; if Jun does not hunt for them, she will be hunted by them. Jun has no choice but to obey Asuka from that point on. However, she finds that it is not only Asuka's ultimatum that keeps her following Asuka's orders, but also something about Asuka that she cannot defy. As the series progresses, she becomes more independent.
- Lan Asuka (アスカ 蘭, Asuka Ran)Voiced by: Kaoru Shimamura (Japanese); Siân Rees-Cleland (English)
- Asuka is the woman who scouted Jun for the Human Alliance, and is a high-ranking government official. She is a cold, aggressive, and manipulative woman, who cares nothing for the people who work for her. When she forces Jun to confront the devil beast Wolver, she has no concern for Jun's survival; her theory that Jun is a devil beast was based only on a hunch. As the series progresses, however, even though she remains cold towards Jun, she starts to care about Jun's safety. She seems to have different intentions from her organization and does a great deal of work without their knowledge. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States to an American mother and a Japanese father. At the end of the anime, it is revealed that she is intersex and a powerful Devil Beast herself, who engineered the hunt for the Devil Beasts only to weed out the competition for when she can take over the world. She is mostly a female equivalent of Ryo from Devilman, but unlike him, is not a fallen angel.
- Akira Fudo (不動 明, Fudo Akira) / Devilman / Devil Mask
- Akira Fudo appears for the first time as an ethereal being in Lan Asuka's room accusing her that she was the reincarnation of Satan. Jun later meets him in Hell as Devilman, and he joins with her in the fight against Ryo. He only appears in the manga, but the supporting character Takeshi Maki is based on Akira Fudo, though.
- Ryo Utsugi (宇津木 涼, Utsugi Ryō) / Dante
- In this storyline, Ryo Utsugi is the re-incarnation of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Only appears in the manga.
- Aoi Kurosaki (黒崎 あおい, Kurosaki Aoi)Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (Japanese); Laura Bussinger (English)
- Aoi Kurosaki makes her first appearance in the 3rd Volume of the manga while in the anime she appears in episode 5 and she is described as Jun's old classmate and mortal enemy during their high school years while competing for the Olympics, as no matter how hard Jun tries to win, Aoi is faster. However, she is actually in love with Jun and the only way she thinks to express it is through rivalry. Her transformation into a devil beast started gradually when she was still young, as a result of her hatred for her step-father who sexually abused her and her own mother who ignored the abuse and also abused her as well. However, the devil beast had a personality of its own and would tease and mock Aoi. She distinctively has a manly body complete with short hair, appearing to that of a teenage boy-(but with women's breasts).
- Vlava is the deity of a fictitious European country. He resembles a lot to the Cretan minotaur with having a head which looks like the head of a cow. When Vlava and his followers descend to hell with Jun, he meets with Jinmen and forms an alliance with him to eliminate Devilman, who is protecting Jun. He is killed by Devilman in hell. Later on in the story, he reappears on Earth and joins with Dante's Devil Beast army.
- Devil Lady
- Jun's alter ego, Devil Lady, is the exact opposite of Jun. She is loud, violent, and temperamental. Her unforgiving and aggressive nature tends to make all of her battles very graphic. As Devil Lady, all of her senses are greatly increased and she has night vision. Her ability to heal is also highly amplified, bordering on regeneration. Her strength allows her to bend and twist steel girders, without struggle. She is able to fly via large wings that unfold from her back, and she can generate high-voltage electric currents to destroy her enemies instantly and form blades of energy around her arms or elbows to neatly slice through almost anything. Her most powerful ability is the giga-effect, which allows her to become a giant and fight other devil beasts that have grown in the same regard; while in this form, she can fly, and emit electricity from her hands similar to Great Mazinger's Thunder Break. In her empowered form, she can turn the wings on her head into razor sharp blades. Aside from the way she can retain her human conscious, her giga-effect ability is what many people and devil-beasts alike are after.
- Kazumi Takiura (滝浦 和美, Takiura Kazumi)Voiced by: Kazusa Murai (Japanese); Camille Chen (English)
- Kazumi is a young high school girl, an aspiring teen model, and an avid fan of Jun's, who she admires and laters meets during an audition when she entered the wrong building. They become close friends, with Jun acting as a big sister and mentor. Kazumi's parents are brutally killed by devil beasts who also try to kill Kazumi because they consider Jun a traitor and seek to punish her by targeting people close to Jun. However, Kazumi is spared when Jun in her Devil Lady persona dispatches the demons, saving her life; but due to the death of her parents, she temporarily goes to stay with relatives for the time being. The now orphaned Kazumi is later taken in by Jun with open arms, and is unaware of Jun's night life, although she strongly suspects something is wrong. As the series progresses, the relationship between Kazumi and Jun gradually progresses into a romantic one.
- Dr. Jason Bates (ジェイソン・ベイツ, Jeison Beitsu)Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao (Japanese); J. Hudson Brownlee (English)
- Bates is a scientist working at the Samuelson Labs in New Jersey, and is the current head of all Devil-beast research. He visits Japan to witness Jun's battles for this research, he expresses his views that the Devil-beasts are not evil and how he sympathizes with them. Later during Jun's battle with a Devil-beast in a television studio, she is saved by Bates, a Devil-man like Jun. Bates is the first devil beast before Jun to retain human faculties and to be used for the side of humans; while in this form, he possesses immense strength, two sharp horns on his head similar to Gaiking's, and can gain the physical attributes of other devil beasts by consuming their blood. However, unlike Jun, initially he lacks the giga-effect ability, and he sometimes acts as though he would prefer to give in to his beast side and run amok like all of the others.
- Kiyoshi Maeda (前田 清, Maeda Kiyoshi)Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese); Britt Baker (English)
- He is Asuka's personal secretary and also Jun's driver. Although he works for Asuka, he is more morally concerned with Jun's status not only as a human but also her demon side and he tries to help her as much as he can. As the storyline progresses, he ends up getting caught in a conspiracy that may end up getting him killed and a shocking truth is revealed as he learns more of Lan Asuka's past and the future that she will unleash.
- Tatsuya Yuasa (湯浅 辰也, Yuasa Tatsuya)Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (Japanese); Ryan Rutledge (English)
- Yuasa is Jun's long time modeling agent who has been there for her when she goes for auditions. He has a wife and daughter who loves him. After Jun's first devilman experience, Yuasa started to get worried about Jun. As the story progresses, Yuasa feelings for Jun grew and is falling for her.
- Satoru (サトル)Voiced by: Mami Koyama (Japanese); J. Shanon Weaver (English)
- A child who acts as the leader and organizer of the more militant Devil-Beasts whose intention is the genocide of all humans. Satoru is a clever and dangerous foe who Jun has underestimated several times. He considers Jun a traitor to his kind and he will use all of his resources to make her life a living nightmare. Unlike other characters in the series he is not referred to by name. Although he first appears in episode 3, he does not return until episode 14, assuming the role of the main antagonist up until the final episodes. His powers include morphing into a butterfly, a highly resilient body, butterfly wings, summoning crow guardians, levitation, mind control, and disabling electronics by thought.
- Devil Beasts
- Also referred to as demons and beast creatures, the devil beasts are highly evolved carnivorous predators that have evolved from humans. Devil beasts can morph into humans when not actively hunting and can become stronger by consuming them. Some devil beasts can become much larger in size, this being referred to as the giga effect in the series and is caused by chemical reactions via electrical pulses in sensory organs.
- Also referred to as demons and beast creatures, the devil beasts are highly evolved carnivorous predators that have evolved from humans. Devil beasts can morph into humans when not actively hunting and can become stronger by consuming them. Some devil beasts can become much larger in size, this being referred to as the giga effect in the series and is caused by chemical reactions via electrical pulses in sensory organs.
Classifications as per the anime's official trading cards are next to the names in parentheses.
- Wilber (Wolf Beast): appears in episodes 1 and 2. Powers include sharp claws and in his giga effect form an extra set of arms in the rib cage.
- Kazar (Flying Beast): appears in episode 2. Powers include a beetle shell armed with very strong pincers and spear-like centipede legs. He is revived in episode 20 by Naperius.
- Legzaimo (Insect Beast): appears in episode 3. Powers include summoning carnivorous earwigs and large rat fangs. He is revived in episode 20 by Naperius.
- Harpi (Bird Beast): She appears in episodes 3 and 14. One of the few Devil Beasts who can talk while transformed, works as an assassin for Satoru. Powers include flight and razor sharp talons. She resembles Silene from the original Devilman series and OVAs, being a blue-skinned, white-feathered harpy. She is revived in episode 20 by Naperius.
- Germ (Plant Beast): appears in episode 4. Powers include extensible tentacles and emitting massive amounts of carbon dioxide. Her real name is Noriko Oda. She heavily resembles Biollante from the Godzilla movies.
- Marmiga (Shark Beast): appears in episode 5. Powers include fast swimming, sharp teeth, a powerful tail, and mouth tentacles. Her real name is Aoi Kurosaki, she is a swimming champion.
- Fayrace (Cat Beast): appears in episode 6. Powers include sharp claws and three whip-like tails. Her real name as a human is Hitomi Konno, a friend of Jun.
- Airial (Weasel Beast): appears in episode 7. Resembles an anthropomorphic insectoid weasel with giant scythes. Powers include scythe blades for arms, speed, high jumping, a powerful tail, and can morph into his giga effect form after absorbing massive amounts of water.
- Spargel (Dinosaur Beast): appears in episode 8. Powers include two tyrannosaurus-like heads near his face, high jumping, and four arms armed with sharp claws. He is revived in episode 20 by Naperius.
- Argos (Eyeball Beast): appears in episode 9. Powers include flying eye probes from his body and a high resistance to pain. He has a serious fear of being watched and is easily burnt. Inspired by the mythical Greek creature Argos.
- Flame (Flame Beast): appears in episode 10. Powers include a fiery body, levitation, changing her size, telekinesis, and an extremely high resistance to pain. She will die if she stops emitting her flames. Her human identity is Remi Takashima.
- Kilner (Chameleon Beast): appears in episode 11. Powers include wall crawling, a long tongue and tail ideal for coiling and whipping, speed, a resistance to projectiles, camouflage similar to a chameleon, and in his giga effect form can emit electrical surges. As a human, he was known as Tachibana.
- Faces (Faces Beast): appears in episode 12. Powers include speed, large bladed arms, can attach faces to his body to morph into his giga effect form, and in his giga effect form a second set of jaws on the abdomen and can emit slicing shockwaves from his extra blades on his arms. His human absorbing powers are very similar to those of Jinmen in the Devilman OVAs.
- Jain (Snake Beast): appears in episode 13. Powers include a blood draining forked tongue, mind control saliva, and speed.
- Agito: appears in episode 14. Powers include a large set of jaws on the abdomen and the shoulders and scythe-like arms. His jaws heavily resemble those of Dragonsaurus from Grendizer, Getter Robot G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu.
- Krahn: appears in episode 14. His only known powers are constricting octopus arms.
- Guardian Crows (Crow Beasts): They first appear in episode 14. They serve as Satoru's bodyguards and possess extremely fast flight and invisibility. When not in battle they can shape-shift into normal crows as well as humans.
- Tangrof (Frog Beast): appears in episode 16. Is in Giga form by default. Powers include coiling tongues, acidic saliva, and an explosive resistant jawed tail.
- Imotail (Lizard Beast): appears in episode 16. Powers include disguising herself as humans, a coiling tail that can be controlled even after being detached, and wall crawling.
- Chika: appears in episodes 18 to 21. Powers include sharp claws and speed. Unlike most devil beasts she and her friends have control over their transformations and are only hostile in self-defense instead of being mindless killers. She looks like a nekomimi (human with cat ears) by default, but can turn into a full-on anthropomorph feline with fur covering her body and a tail. She is friends with Jun and dies protecting the other Devil Beast children from the human taskforce hunting Devil Beasts.
- Takeshi Maki: appears in episodes 19 to 25. His only known power is emitting electricity. He serves as an ex-py of Akira from the original Devilman and his devil beast form is mix between the manga and television series versions of Devilman.; like Chiko and her friends he has control over his transformation and is not a mindless killer.
- Megawamu: appears in episode 19. His only known power is his centipede-like spear legs.
- Chiyoko: appears in episode 24. Her only known powers are a weak form of telepathy and an eye inside of her forehead that can be used for hypnosis and emit small sonic bursts. Unlike other devil beasts she does not full transform, primarily by influence through Jun.
Four bird-like devil beasts commanded by Satoru in the last third of the series with each possessing the ability to control a specific element. In episode 23 all four of them fuse with Satoru to become Giga Satoru.
- Andrus (Eagle Beast): first appears in episode 17 and has the elemental ability of fire. He has a beaked eagle head and a feathered body, with his human face located on his chest. When untransformed, he has the alias of Higa Noboru. When he discusses his devil beast powers with Satoru one can see him painting an incomplete model of Mazinger Z.
- Marfus (Vulture Beast): first appears in episode 19 and has the elemental ability of lightning. Other powers include activating innate devil beast transformations in humans that would otherwise not have them. He has a mostly human face but a body covered by feathers. His real name is Kotura Kasumi.
- Napelius (Swan Beast): first appears in episode 19 and has the elemental ability of ice. Other powers include reviving dead devil beasts and regeneration. Unlike Andrus and Storus, she has a human face with bird-beak like horns. As a human her name is Izumi Kogure.
- Storus (Owl Beast): first appears in episode 19 and has the elemental ability of wind. He heavily resembles an owl with a human face on his chest and goes by the human name of Kitano Yuichi.
- Giga Satoru: first appears in episode 23. Powers include flight, explosive fire balls from the hands, energy covered metal spears, and can summon a sword that emits fire.
The Devilman Ladymanga was written and illustrated by Go Nagai, and was serialized from January 1997 to July 2000 in the manga magazine Weekly Morning. It was later collected in 17 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha from July 1997 to August 2000. The manga was published in Italy by d/visual.
A twenty-six episode anime series adaptation was produced by the animation studio TMS Entertainment, and was directed by Toshiki Hirano and written by Chiaki J. Konaka, with art direction by Toru Koga, character designs by Shinobu Nishioka, and monster designs by Hiroshi Maruyama. It aired in Japan on MBS TV from October 11, 1998 to May 9, 1999.ADV Films announced it had licensed the series in July 2002, with the first volume being released on January 7, 2003. Midnight Pulp started streaming the series on June 21, 2019. The Devil Lady anime's storyline is almost completely different from the manga, featuring only two characters from the original manga, Jun Fudo and Lan Asuka.
When creating the Devil Lady anime, many concepts and characters were changed from the original manga, which was more violent and sexually oriented. Jun, as a character is tougher and braver than in the original manga - she stands up for herself and does not often need others to save her, while in the manga; she is often a damsel in distress. She is also a teacher by profession. The character Kazumi also never appeared in the original manga, her looks are based upon the character Miki Makimura, Akira Fudo's female friend in the Devilman series.
Jun's two forms are also a tribute to both versions of Devilman. While her regular sized form is similar to Devilman (including satyr-like hairy legs) as he appears in the original manga, her Giga Effect form is a tribute to the 1972 anime version. In giga mode, she is a giant as tall as classic giant robots or monsters of the 70s, sports turquoise skin and yellow eyes, and does not have any body hair, which are all elements taken from the television version of Devilman.
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|October 11, 1998 (1998-10-11)|
|Jun Fudo just seems to be going through the motions in her photo shoot, although the photographer seems to think she is doing wonderfully. Jun is later attacked by a werewolf which awakened the Devil Lady in Jun. After fighting the werewolf Jun meets Lan Asuka, a mysterious woman and member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind.|
|October 18, 1998 (1998-10-18)|
|Jun is called upon to handle more than she ever imagined. She exhibits abilities that were unimaginable by the Human Alliance (HA), to meet an unexpected challenge. Jun still cannot believe what is happening and wonders if it was all just a nightmare.|
|October 25, 1998 (1998-10-25)|
|The devil-beasts cannot understand why Jun holds onto her inferior human side, and now seek to punish her for it. They find out about those close to Jun, picking Kazumi Takiura as an easy target. While Jun is able to find out in time to save Kazumi, she is unable to stop the beasts from brutally killing Kazumi's parents.|
|November 1, 1998 (1998-11-01)|
|Jun is still reeling from previous incidents, and reflects on how she was different from others. She falls into self-pity, as she is seemingly being held captive by the HA, the very organization that utilizes her to destroy other beasts. Jun is leery of people in shadows, thanks to her last encounter. A new beast with an unusual characteristic is discovered.|
|November 8, 1998 (1998-11-08)|
|Thanks to Asuka, Jun has an unplanned reunion with an old friend from high school, Aoi Kurosaki. Their friendship did not last as Jun and her ex-classmate had a difference of opinion on what the relationship should be. Meanwhile, Kazumi feels a little left out, however Jun's encounter only strengthens her bond with Kazumi.|
|November 15, 1998 (1998-11-15)|
|Jun experiences a love-hate relationship firsthand, when she meets Hitomi Konno, a competitive supermodel who idolizes her and loves cats.|
|November 22, 1998 (1998-11-22)|
|With each transformation, there is an increased risk that Jun will lose her human side. Recent events take Jun's thoughts back to the story her grandfather told her about the Grim Reaper hoping she would go to bed, leading only for Jun's curiosity to increase.|
|November 29, 1998 (1998-11-29)|
|The HA continues their attempt to keep the general population from discovering the devil-beast phenomenon. A broadcaster attempts to release the news of the devil-beasts. Jun is introduced to Dr. Jason Bates, an American from the Samuelson Lab. Jason has come to observe the giga-effect, which transforms the devil beasts into giants. He does not believe that beasts are inherently evil and that devil-beasts can hold on to their human soul. Jun's confrontation with the broadcaster does not go as planned, as a devil-beast in a television studio nearly kills her. However she is saved by Jason, revealed to be a devilman just like Jun.|
|December 6, 1998 (1998-12-06)|
|Jun dwells upon her previous failure and the disappointments of Asuka and Jason. While looking into a store window, Jun feels someone watching her. Jun finds herself in the park in a photo shoot. Kazumi is interviewed and photographed. She also meets Shiro Sakazawa, a private investigator who has an interest in what happened to her family. Those around Jun begin to question her sanity when she seems to continually feel watched.|
|December 13, 1998 (1998-12-13)|
|A large fire at the Sakura Housing Complex looks suspicious, as firemen are surprised to find a survivor in the rubble. Jun disagrees with Asuka upon believing that the survivor is a devil-beast since survival would have been impossible otherwise, especially much to the fact that this survivor is a child. The Biochemical Investigations Team decides to study the child to find out the truth. Kazumi reviews a videotape that was sent by Sakazawa, remembering his earlier comment she wonders about Jun. Moreover, Jun's frequent and sudden departures don't help Kazumi's confidence in their relationship.|
|December 20, 1998 (1998-12-20)|
|A department store executive disappears after being falsely accused. Unfortunately, he is not the only one who disappears. Jun is called in to handle this situation in an all too public department store building, all just in time for Christmas.|
|January 10, 1999 (1999-01-10)|
|Jun has recurring visions of a devil-beast world. After running into Jason in the streets, Jason invites her to a cavern bar, where he accuses her of enjoying the kill, and yet calls her weak mentally and physically. The authorities are finding victims with their face missing, while Jason still obsesses over Jun's and some of the other devil-beasts' ability to manifest the giga-effect. Asuka's orders reflect her belief that devil-beasts in the giga-effect are no longer in control, endangering Jun's life.|
|January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)|
|Jun has a photo shoot with inexperienced model Takai, a high school student that is more intimate than usual. Jun shows interest in a phone call that Tatsuya Yuasa receives during the photo shoot. After the photo shoot, Jun acts inappropriately with Takai and shows regret. Jun later sees Sakazawa speaking to Kazumi and Yuasa in separate incidences. She concludes the man is a nuisance. Asuka picks up Jun and tells her they are going for a ride in the country. She tells Jun they have found a victim with one-third of the blood drained from the body.|
|January 24, 1999 (1999-01-24)|
|Sakazawa remembers his life before the beast obsession. Kazumi goes missing and Jun becomes focused on finding her. Meanwhile, Kazumi realizes she has been used, but is not quite sure for what. The HA has their hands full with another beast, and receives unexpected help from Jason. The battle between the beast factions now begins to accelerate.|
|January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31)|
|Kazumi's conversation after a photo shoot plants the seeds of remembrance regarding her parents' death. Bodies begin to show up on top of lamp posts, utility poles and other odd places. Sakazawa's warnings replay through Kazumi's mind. Crows show up in the oddest places. Kiyoshi Maeda chauffeurs Jun while Asuka is away doing more research on the devil-beasts. Kazumi once again becomes noticed by the devil-beasts.|
|February 7, 1999 (1999-02-07)|
|The dead bodies on top of traffic posts continue. The HA begins to have trouble keeping the secret of the devil-beasts. Maeda gets directly involved in the fight against devil-beasts. Kazumi's voice is a godsend to Jun.|
|February 14, 1999 (1999-02-14)|
|Satoru continues to recruit beasts to his cause, and his statement that Jun is hated by the humans seems to be manifesting itself. Also, Jun appears to be losing control of her beast side. She calms down and regains her human consciousness when Asuka returns.|
|February 21, 1999 (1999-02-21)|
|The battle between humans and devil-beasts is worsening. And Asuka's behavior is drawing the attention of the HA.|
|February 28, 1999 (1999-02-28)|
|Kazumi is still getting used to the idea of the beasts in the open. She worries about being able to trust other devil beast other than Jun. Yuasa is surprised to see Maeda after their last conversation, and Maeda becomes more suspicious of Asuka. The battle with the beast is no longer a secret, as Yuasa and Jun temporarily relive a normal work day. Yuasa's wife and daughter, Satomi and Mayu evacuate to a train, however a beast appears and wrecks the train. It is up to Jun to come and save Mayu from the beast.|
|March 7, 1999 (1999-03-07)|
|In America, Asuka gets a new private secretary, Captain Izume Kogure. Jun grudgingly meets some old acquaintances as well as a new more powerful associate of Satoru's recruited devil-beasts. Maeda discovers Asuka's secret past. Jun and Satoru have a battle of the wills.|
|March 21, 1999 (1999-03-21)|
|Maeda discovers the truth about the RNA Transmutation Inoculation and informs Jun. Kazumi becomes closer to her new friends, but still wants to be with Jun.|
|April 11, 1999 (1999-04-11)|
|Jun receives help from an unexpected source, that of Kazumi, when defeat is imminent. Kazumi remembers her first meeting with Jun. Hostility increases between humans and the devil-beasts, as Satoru continues to round up his army. Izumi is concerned about Asuka. Jun inspires a fond childhood memory in Kazumi, causing Kazumi to want to help Jun in any way she can.|
|April 18, 1999 (1999-04-18)|
|Jun is legendary among the gentler beasts as the champion of their kind. Kazumi's influence inspires hope in her recently found friends. They expect Jun to rescue them. Asuka's plan becomes more apparent. Jun faces a beast with unexpected strength.|
|April 25, 1999 (1999-04-25)|
|Jun befriends a new young companion who understands Jun's past too well. Unfortunately, Chiyoko does not understand why Jun had to do all that she did. She does not understand the fine line that Jun must not cross.|
|May 2, 1999 (1999-05-02)|
|Beasts are being kept like prisoners and Kyoko, Misaki, Takae and Takeshi try to avoid extermination in the beast prison. Asuka sends a not so friendly welcoming party when Jun returns to Tokyo.|
|May 9, 1999 (1999-05-09)|
|Asuka was revealed to be the child of God and she appears all over the world to make everyone accept that fact. Jun awakes in a place and sees all of the demons trapped in a tower forged of demon bodies, she also finds Kazumi trapped in the tower. Jun decides to forge her soul with the force from the Demons, which Kazumi also lets her absorb her in order to help in the final battle with Asuka.|
Cutie Honey vs. Devilman Lady
Cutie Honey vs. Devilman Lady, a crossover manga between Devil Lady and another series of Nagai's, Cutie Honey, was written and illustrated by Nagai and published by Akita Shoten in Champion Red Ichigo from June 5–October 4, 2013. The series was collected in a single tankōbon volume on December 20, 2013.
On June 12, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Culture listed Devilman Lady among 38 anime and manga titles banned in China.
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22 Best Demon Girls In Anime: Our Favorite Characters List
Demon girls, vampire girls, succubae girls. Girls embedded with satanic spirits.
Girls with split personalities & genetic supernatural enhancements. Girls who are crazy, or evil… A whole lotta devilish girls.
They’ve been a staple of anime since the beginning. And these demons may be as old as time, or still so young that they’re attending High School. It doesn’t matter.
If they’re demonic in some way, I’m game to rank ‘em. Let’s get to it!
22. Mina ‘Pinky’ Ashido
Anime: My Hero Academia
Her jet-black sclera, yellow irises, lilac skin, and purple hair help Mina to really stand out.
This is a side effect of her Quirk (power) which allows her to excrete corrosive acids. Mina is quirky (b-dum tss) and her esoteric design reflects this naturally.
Easily a cult fan favorite due to her excitable personality.
21. Nelliel Tu Oderschvank
The first time we meet Nel, she’s a childlike arrancar wearing a chibi hollow-headpiece and red face paint.
However her true form is a tall mature woman with dark narrow eyes and a more demonic hollow-helmet.
She became an unexpected fan favorite not long after her re-introduction as the Tres Espada.
Despite her transformation, Nel retains the childlike personality that made her endearing, adding an additional sophisticated and logical dimension to her in the process.
20. Rena Ryuuguu
Anime: Higurashi: When They Cry
Kind, caring Rena loves cute things.
Her catchphrase (kaaii) is reserved for when she sees anything so adorable, she loses herself. Can demons do that?
She’s susceptible to teasing and mocking, always quick to self-doubt. Which is surprising for any kind of evil.
But she loves board games and playing with her friends in summers. She also loves meat cleavers, especially while murdering.
19. Scanty Demon
Anime: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
The elder sister of the similarly seductive Kneesocks Demon, Scanty is a real stickler for rules and manners.
Nothing makes her happier than a polite masochist to torture.
She can also transform her underwear into the akimbo handguns, Double Gold Lacytanga. Her oddly sensual design and overt demonic presence (it’s even her last name) make Scanty stand out.
With apologies to her twin sister, of course.
Animated gorgeously by Studio Trigger – like the other characters in this anime – Scanty will make you squirm and feel guilty in the process. Lovely.
Anime: C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control is an isekai, if instead of being transformed to another world, you were simply given a huge bank account and therefore access to that world.
It’s Capitalism: The Anime. And it’s god-damn beautiful.
Characters fight with Assets in the Financial District. And for newcomers, Assets are demon-like creatures of various moe design.
Q is my favorite Asset due to her design and Kuudere personality. She can cannibalize time and space withing a set zone at a cost.
Didn’t think you’d see MONEY as a character on this list, did you?
17. Rias Gremory
Anime: Highschool DxD
Everybody’s Harem Ecchi Canon Waifu.
She’s the descendant of a long line of sublime, purebred devils. A genius, an oppai queen… Oh!
And the inheritor of the Power of Destruction, a devastating energy release that can obliterate matter of both incorporeal and corporeal substance. So that’s something.
Rias has been a fan favourite in the anime community for over a decade now, in possibly the most popular harem anime out there.
Here’s an overlooked series from nearly two decades ago.
This Berserk-inspired female-centric shounen tale of demonic combat features strong characters and a stellar production quality.
On a path of revenge, Clare is a Claymore; those who hunt Yoma, monstrous demons, with namesake swords.
Whereas most of the Claymore Organization members go half-Yoma to counter the strength of their enemies, Clare goes quarter-Yoma to retain her humanity and forger her own strength through determination.
With pale blond hair, a delicate physique, and a piercing demonic stare, watch as Clare battles her way trough Yomi, Awakened Ones, and other adversaries to slay Priscilla.
Such an iconic forgotten gem. Times are changing!
Anime: Elfen Lied
The first legendary five minutes of Elfen Lied follow Lucy emerging from confinement to telekinetically dissemble, brutalize, and torture the staff that kept her prisoner… before diving into the ocean.
Now suffering from amnesia, and a personality akin to that of a child’s, she finds shelter with two altruist college students.
They take care of her as she learns how to live in a society. Little do any of them realize what they’ve accepted into their home. Nor what it’s capable of.
Lucy is a God-tier runner of bloodbaths. Elfen Lied grew its reputation off the sadistic, horrific actions of Lucy and those who hunt her.
And, all the while, she acts moe and cute!
Needless to say, she gets a ton of ticks on my Demonic Checklist.
Everyone’s favorite policewoman vampire.
Seras is introduced when Alucard shoots her attacker through his chest. And her chest.
This would have killed her instantly, were it not for the fact Alucard is an immortal vampire offering her a place as his new minion.
Originally resenting her new form, she gradually accepts her vampirism, eventually becoming something more than her or Alucard had ever expected.
Hellsing: Abridged is a wonderful reimagining of the cult horror classic, with Studio Madhouse yet again revitalizing an outdated show to all-new heights.
I wasn’t a fan of Seras when I watched the first adaptation, but Ultimate firmly secured her as an A+ demonic powerhouse.
Sporting a straight-from-Hot-Topic skull mask and wielding two hand-scythes, Ebisu is a small force to be reckoned with.
One of the first times we see the mysterious, androgynous mage is when she has her fingers & face bitten off.
Not a great look.
From then on, Ebisu is frequently used for macabre comedic relief due to the insanity and amnesia the scarring incident afflicted her with.
That doesn’t stop her from being badass though. I won’t spoil what her smoke (power) is, but trust me when I say it’s pretty monstrous.
Dorohedoro is a zany, disturbing trip through magical squalor. The characters are brilliantly written and lovable, even the villains. Yet Ebisu is the best character, naturally.
12. Miki Kuroda
Anime: Devilman: Crybaby
Miko is a running track star alongside her close friend Miki Makimura.
However at some point Makimura started outrunning her. Soon she was being outperformed in every way by the kind yet competent girl, and given the name ‘Miko’.
Now stripped of even her own name, Miki is determined to keep up with and someday surpass her friend.
She achieves her goals eventually, but at a demonic, tragic price.
This anime is one of the best out there if you’re looking for pure, hedonistic evil depicted on the screen. Constantly shocking.
11. Sunako Kirishiki
WHERE ARE HER EYES!? DEAR GOD, WHERE –
Uh. Sunako Kirishiki looks thirteen but is so old she can’t recall; one-hundred years old, at least.
She’s a soft spoken, delicate woman who needs to stay out of the sun due to her genetic disorder.
She absolutely loves literature, particularly the works of Seishin Muroi, and spends a lot of her time wishing for peace and prosperity.
Sunako is a perfect example of when scary looks can conceal a timid soul.
Studio Daume’s anime take on Stephen King’s Salem Lot is a disturbing, eerie, powerful take on mass hysteria, conflict, and prejudice.
Shiki doesn’t hold any punches all the way to the last episode. Consistently frightening, and emotionally jarring. We need more anime like Shiki.
10. Ai Enma
Anime: Hell Girl
True to her namesake, Enma sports a suitably Hellish appearance with long black hair and dark red piercing eyes.
You see, there’s a rumor going around. If you go on a certain website at midnight, and type a person’s name down, they’ll be sent to Hell.
The ferryman, Ai Enma, won’t judge you. She won’t even judge the victim. She’ll just kindly kill and take them away.
The only catch is: using the website condemns you to Hell after death.
Enma is a tragic complex deity with a fascinating backstory. Her powers include teleportation, illusions, and being cute as Hell.
9. Zero Two
Anime: Darling in the FranXX
Studio Trigger’s Neo Gurren Lagann / Neon Genesis Evangelion hybrid finished airing to mixed reception.
The twists and hectic twirls of later episodes put a lot of people off. But I’ve gotta say, I enjoyed the ride a lot.
Zero Two, on the other hand, is hated by her coworkers and fellow students.
She possesses little red horns and due to her genetics being shared by the enemy, she’s the only one of the group to have a single digit codename. She was given the nickname ‘Teammate Killer’ due to her low mech-pilot compatibility rate.
The ‘myth’ states that riding with her three times will most certainly lead to your death. Not saying I disagree.
All in all, 02 is a tough one to handle. She’s arrogant, egotistic, assertive, and very proud.
Anime: Re: Zero
Rem is the blue haired other half of the twin demon maids, Rem and Ram, and the better of the two. Fight me.
She’s polite, well-mannered, intelligent, and loyal.
Well, Rem doesn’t think so.
Rem isn’t a huge fan of herself. She opens up to Subaru about the inferiority complex she suffers from due to her respectable sister, and subsequently kickstarts a powerful relationship between the two of them.
In season one we saw a lot of Rem. We got to see her cute side, diplomatic side, vulnerable side, and oni evil side.
And I can’t wait to see any other sides she might have in season two!
7. Nezuko Kamado
Anime: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Kimetsu no Yaiba begins with Tanjirou Kamado returning home to find his family slaughtered. And to find his sister, Nezuko Kamado, transformed into a demonic being.
Nezuko took the anime community by storm in 2019 with Ufotable’s gorgeous adaptation.
In need of protecting yet not a damsel in distress, Nezuko is half cute little sister and half demonic demon.
Still love her, though.
Anime: Deadman Wonderland
An unusual, childlike albino girl wearing a skinsuit and oversized mittens.
Shiro is adorable.
She’s also the genocidal Wretched Egg; a multi-personality devoid of remorse, hellbent on destruction and termination.
She’s spent her life inside a prison, mostly alone, but with reasonable come-and-go privileges.
Ultimately she’s an enigma, alright. And decoding her is a fascinating yet horrific rollercoaster filled to the brim with gore.
The only female member of the exclusive, illusive Godhand.
Slan, the Whore Princess of the Uterine Sea, is attractive.
But an otherwise considerably repulsive being.
She can take many forms – a creature amassed out of guts and intestines, a giantess with large onyx feathered wings – and for sure she’s sadistic with a capital ‘S’.
Slan is an iconic demon, in attitude and action. And possibly the most frightening out of any on this list.
4. Touka Kirishima
Anime: Tokyo Ghoul
Touka is a ghoul, a vampire-like demon reliant on humans for sustenance.
Referred to often as ‘Rabbit’ for her stylized mask and tendency to bounce around hunting at night, she spends her days at school or as a waitress. Not too demonic but eh, she’s got a life.
Touka is the one to help our protagonist, Kaneki, with adjusting to his new life as a ghoul. Even if that job comes with some reluctance.
She doesn’t like getting close to people, with very few exceptions. But opens up throughout the series to become one of the best female Tokyo Ghoul characters.
3. Shiki Ryougi
Anime: The Garden of Sinners
Following a two-year coma, Shiki has eyes capable of perceiving death.
She can track the cause of an object or person’s death, therefore diverting it. Inside her mind reside two personalities: a kind female one (Shiki), and a brutally cold male one (SHIKI).
She’s an incredibly complex character, always at the edge of a killing spree yet restrained by her own personal philosophy.
Her design is simple yet gorgeously brought to life by Studio Ufotable.
I fall slightly more in love with the elaborate collection of pixels before me every time she overcomes an obstacle and a variation of her theme song kicks in.
2. Suruga Kanbaru
Like most of the characters of the Monogatari franchise, Kanbaru is dealing with quite a few inner demons.
Her inferiority complex and envy, compounded with a ‘Monkey’s Paw’ capable of granting wishes at a cost, causes her to transform and lash out.
Her arcs concern Kanbaru conquering her own insecurities in classic Nisioisin dialogue-heavy sections of revealing vulnerability.
Lesbian, fujoshi, basketball-star, masochistic lolicon. Surugu Kanbaru is many things, but not without flaws. And that is why she’s amazing.
1. Celty Sturluson
Celty is an Irish Dullahan, living in Ikebukuro whilst searching for her missing head.
The Headless Rider has replaced her horse with a motorbike, and her armor for spandex. And looks amazing.
She can manipulate shadows into objects, giving her great versatility in combat too.
If you watch enough you’ll see her design matches her personality; subdued, mysterious, yet energetic and fun.
By far the cutest demonic girl out there, proving that you don’t even need to have a head (let alone a face) to be primetime waifu material.
Kafka was playing games in utero, and writing lists even longer. He has published numerous books and video essays, and is currently a student at university.
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