Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby ★★★

went from not having consumed any Devilman content one month ago to possibly consuming too much at once. I shouldn't have read the manga right before this, since it was a real let down by comparison! the source material grabbed me for how sprawling, contradictory, and confronting it was, and this just felt really small and smooth. (Part of the problem was that it was paced like someone trying to adapt a Wikipedia plot summary of Devilman: Crybaby)

I was interested in what its handle on queerness was going to be, but that ultimately amounted to a bunch of pulled punches. Like it kept teeing up to say something about queer assimilation, but at some point drops the thread for some lame sentiments about how . . . Devilman is about standing out from the crowd? that it couldn't really commit to much more than some Youtube Explainer-level stuff about "otherness" made it feel a bit limp when held up against the queerness in the original comic, if only for the fact that the latter was published 50 years prior 

it obviously *looked* beautiful, which counts for a lot. A few moments of true horror that really got me, a ton of individual sequences that were clearly done by one of the best to ever do it. I didn’t always love how winking its approach to violence and sex was, but it's also funny to think about Netflix paying to make something this gross

most everyone I know fucks with this so I’m open to there being  something I'm missing here that I'll connect with if I ever watch it again, but of the three Devilman(C) Franchise Properties I've now engaged with, this one is Not My Devilman

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