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Devilman
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Manga volume 1 cover, featuring Akira Fudou (front) and Devilman (back)
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デビルマン
(Debiruman)
Genre
  • Apocalyptic
  • Dark fantasy
  • Superhero
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run June 11, 1972June 24, 1973
Volumes 5 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Masayuki Akehi
  • Tomoharu Katsumata
Produced by
  • Ken Ariga
  • Yoshifumi Hatano
Written by Masaki Tsuji
Music by Goh Misawa
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Discotek Media
Network NET (now TV Asahi)
Original run July 8, 1972April 7, 1973
Episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Manga
Shin Devilman
Written by Yasutaka Nagai
Illustrated by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Verotik
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Magazine Special
Original run May 25, 1979May 8, 1981
Volumes 1
Novel series
Shin Devilman
Written by Yasutaka Nagai
Illustrated by Go Nagai
Published by Asahi Sonorama
Imprint Sonorama Bunko
Original run May 13, 1981March 31, 1982
Volumes 4
Novel
Devilman: The Birth
Written by Yasutaka Nagai
Illustrated by Kazuo Komatsubara
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Male
Published July 7, 1987
Original video animation
Devilman: The Birth
Devilman: Demon Bird Sirène
Directed by Umanosuke Iida
Produced by
  • Toshio Tanaka
  • Ryohei Suzuki
  • Katsuhiko Hasegawa
  • Koichi Murata
Written by
  • Go Nagai
  • Umanosuke Iida
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Oh! Production
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Discotek Media
Manga Entertainment
Released November 1, 1987 (The Birth)
February 25, 1990 (Demon Bird Sirène)
Runtime 50 minutes
Episodes 2
Novel series
Devilman: The Novel
Written by Yasutaka Nagai
Illustrated by Go Nagai
Published by MediaWorks
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run May 25, 1999August 25, 1999
Volumes 4
Manga
Neo Devilman
Written by Various (anthology)
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Original run June 21, 1999February 21, 2000
Volumes 3
Manga
Demon Knight
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine MANDALA
Original run March 23, 2007July 3, 2009
Manga
Devilman vs Getter Robo
Written by Go Nagai
Illustrated by Dynamic Pro
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Champion Red
Published 2010
Volumes 1
Manga
Silene-chan
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Nihon Bungeisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Heaven
Original run August 9, 2012February 9, 2013
Live-action film
  • Devilman (2004)
Spin-off manga
  • Devilman Grimoire (2012–2013)
  • Devilman VS. Hades (2012–2014)
  • Devilman Saga (2014–2020)
ONA
  • Devilman Crybaby (2018)

Devilman (Japanese: デビルマン , Hepburn: Debiruman) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The manga focuses on a high school student named Akira Fudo who absorbs the powers of the demon called "Amon" with help of his friend Ryo Asuka in order to battle creatures hidden in human society, thus calling himself the "Devilman" in the process. The series was originally ordered by Toei Animation as a toned-down anime version of Nagai's previous manga series, Demon Lord Dante. However, Nagai wrote a darker-toned manga in order to alert readers of the dangers of the wars based on how dark the narrative becomes with each of Akira's challenges.

Devilman's 39-episode anime series was developed by Toei Animation in 1972, while Nagai began the Devilman as a manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine, barely a month before the anime series started. The manga was published between June 11, 1972 and June 24, 1973, while multiple editorials have released it in collected volumes (tankōbon). Seven Seas Entertainment published the English translation of the original manga in two volumes in 2018. The series has since spawned numerous OVAs, manga, novels, films, and a sequel. Devilman and other characters from the series have shown up in cameo appearances numerous times in Go Nagai's other works. The most notable is Tomoharu Katsumata's 1973 feature film Mazinger Z vs. Devilman, which features Devilman teaming up with Nagai's titular robot to fight Dr. Hell. In 2018, a remake titled Devilman Crybaby directed by Masaaki Yuasa was created showing an alternate more modern-like retelling of the manga.

The manga has sold 50 million copies worldwide. Despite mixed reception in regards to whether or not the art was appealing, critics enjoyed Nagai's darker take on the superhero tropes mostly due to how violent the manga was and recommended the manga to most readers who are not sensitive to gore. The series' themes and Akira's design have influenced multiple other series such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and X.

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