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Demon Lord Dante - Dante Resurrects (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US6PK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although Demon Lord Dante (Maou Dante, literally Dante the Satan) wasn't animated until 2002, Go Nagai created the original manga more than 30 years ago. Teenager Ryo Utsugi is haunted by nightmares involving demons, nightmares that are linked to a string of grisly murders of young women. A sinister cabal is plotting to resurrect Dante, "a bigger devil than Satan." As the plot grows in complexity, it becomes increasingly hokey and unintentionally hilarious. A Satanist steals the Holy Grail (and a menorah) from a cathedral in Milan; Dante reveals he was Judas Iscariot; various Satanists appear as fish in an aquarium to discuss their problems; and God speaks directly to Ryo's father. Despite the prominence of Nagai's later work (Devilman, Cutie Honey, Getter Robo, etc.), Demon Lord Dante ranks as part historical curiosity, part Golden Raspberry candidate. (Unrated: suitable for ages 16 and older: nudity, minor profanity, violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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4.0 out of 5 stars another sleeper hit from Go Nagai... May 29, 2004
Format:DVD
Here's one you don't see everyday. An anime that deals with biblical conflicts, such as God vs Satan. The plot for Demon Lord Dante itself is fairly interesting, so this could be getting even better in Vol. 2.
Now, while the plot is good, the characters tend to suffer from being rather plain (or stereotyped.) Ryo himself is the typical strong-but-silent loner type, Saori is the cute and supportive sister, etc. But then again, you have to take into that the anime's based on a manga that's 30 years old. That may be the reason why the animation's not the best either.
Anyway, Geneon's DVD of this series is really good, despite the fact that some may not want to buy it. The menus are creepy and atmospheric and lots of extras. I didn't like the English dub though (and I usually prefer dubs.) Most of the characters sounded too monotone or flat-voiced. And Ryo himself sounds too young and cheerful for his character. (In Japanese, he voice is more deep and emotional.)
But enough of my rants. In short, if you can handle lots of blood and religious conflicts or if you like Go Nagai's work, you may find a good horror/action anime here. If you're more into the Love Hina/Fruits Basket/Chobits crowd, you may want to stick to those series, because this one is far different from those.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of trash! February 4, 2012
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Before Go Nagai did his Devilman series in 1972-1973, which many consider his masterpiece and one of the greatest mangas of all time, Go Nagai did a manga called Mao Dante, which he never got to complete since the magazine who was publishing the story closed down before the work could be completed.

To set things straight, Mao Dante`s plot involves a young college student who becomes a very powerful demon and an important ally in a war between a satanist cult and a secret society working under the word of God, but whose actions may not be as pure as it seem. Just like Devilman, Mao Dante was a clever allegory on war and on the concept of 'good versus evil' perspective that soldiers and countries (like Japan) have during a war, where they are been told that they are doing the work of God, when this may not be so.

For years, Go Nagai never got the chance to complete Mao Dante; until 2002 when he released a new and complete version of his manga series, along with an anime adaptation done by Kenichi Maejima and Go Nagai`s company, Dynamic Planning. Unfortunately the two Mao Dante manga series were only available in Japan, so by the time I found out how to buy them, I had already finished the anime.
At the start, I hoped Mao Dante would give me the same thrills I got with the Devilman manga. But while the last episode finished, I told myself that this anime was one of the worst viewing experiences of my life.

As the first episodes went on, I understood that the director Kenichi Maejima, or the producers, wanted to tell the story as if this adaptation of Go Nagai`s manga had been done in the seventies, which means kitsch music, corny dialogues and, most of all, very dreadful animation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot February 27, 2014
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It's hard to tell who the "good guys" are in this one, typical Go Nagai. This disc sets up the rest of the series well, and it comes with the nice case. This title stands alone in the Go Nagai titles I've seen as the most horrific, which is a good thing for this storyline. If you're a Go Nagai fan you'll be hooked. In case you're not familiar with Go Nagai, here's a few examples.Devilman - The Birth/Demon Bird (Vol. 1 & 2),The Devil Lady - The Complete Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon Lord Dante Demon Lord Dante July 4, 2013
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An excellent dvd great to This is the Being of an excellent story I realy gig I bet all true Devil Worshipers and open mided people will remember hearing voice saying they are Demons, the Devil, Satan Anti christ or False phropets. that what the series reminds get the other dvd there excellent It might open your mind no matter what religion you are
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have not seen this show... October 16, 2006
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but I bet it is evil. "Oh, the humanity!" hahahaaa that was the funniest review I have EVER seen!! Please, oh PLEASE let it be real!! I can't stop laughing! I almost want to buy the product to see what makes some people so excitable!! Again, I REALLY hope that review was real and not a joke, it will keep me in stitches for sure!
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