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Devil May Cry: The Complete Series Box Set

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Devil May Cry: The Complete Series Box Set


The violent fantasy-adventure Devil May Cry (2007) is based on the popular Playstation 2 game. Dante, the taciturn, perenially broke anti-hero of the program, lives on pizza, beer, and strawberry sundaes. He spends his time slouched on a couch reading trashy magazines. But when someone brings a case to the Devil May Cry Detective Agency, he goes into action--he needs the money. Everyone's problems can be traced back to the demons that infest wherever it is the show takes place. Using pistols and a broadsword, Dante swiftly reduces his foes to so much demon tartare. Rounding out the cast are Lightning and Lady, two allied demon fighters, and blonde orphan Patty. When the original Devil May Cry game was released, critics complained that the characters were underdeveloped, a problem that carries over to the series. Dante may be murderously competent, but he's so understated, he leaves a vaccuum at the center of the show. He lacks the complexity and appeal of his obvious models, Spike Speigel in Cowboy Bebop and Vash the Stampede in Trigun. Lightning and Lady exist only to provide fan service shots, and Patty's obnoxious fussing seems to be someone's notion of comic relief. Devil May Cry will appeal to hormonal adolescent boys and hardcore fans of the game; viewers in search of a stylish, engaging anime series should look elsewhere. (Rated TV MA: suitable for ages 16 and older: considerable violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, profanity, potentially offensive religious and sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Devil May Cry, 2. Highway Star, 3. Not Love, 4. Rolling Thunder, 5. In Private, 6. Rock Queen, 7. Wishes Come True, 8. Once Upon A Time, 9. Death Poker, 10. The Last Promise, 11. Showtime! 12. Stylish!)

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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029XFQAU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jason Roberts on September 1, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cursed to live as both monster and man, Dante must spend his life fighting the demonic forces of darkness.

Brandishing his sword, Rebellion, and his always-loaded guns, Ebony and Ivory, Dante is more than happy to send the demons back to hell - especially when there's money to be made. The wildly popular video game is now a series, and this time, there's no sympathy for the devil.

Contains the entire 12 episode series in a thinpack box set.
Disc one contains the first nine missions:

01. Devil May Cry
02. Highway Star
03. Not Love
04. Rolling Thunder
05. In Private
06. Rock Queen
07. Wishes Come True
08. Once Upon A Time
09. Death Poker

While Disc two has the following missions, as well as several extra features:

10. The Last Promise
11. Showtime!
12. Stylish!

Devil May Cry is an anime adapted from a popular video game franchise that only augments its appeal with hard core edgy action, power house horror shoot'em ups and lethal women adding to the fan service and attraction of the animated series.

The story centers on Dante. He looks like a cross between a bounty hunter from a post apocalyptic film and a rock star. He's cool but also lazy, has a penchant for strawberry sundaes and spends what money comes his way on liquor and sweets. He may not seem in personality like a hard core killer of demons, but when the devils show up, he's all action with flippant one-liners and an irreverent attitude. He goes on one strange case after another that usually sees him by the end looking down a barrel of one of his big guns or whipping out his wicked sword to mete out bloody comeuppance on the evil carnage mongers he's set upon.
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First and foremost, you do not necessarily have to like the video game series to enjoy this anime adaptation. It is a good shoot 'em up, kill all the demons, bloody and violent action/horror fest. Most of the episodes are self-contained, so you should not go into watching this series thinking it is going to be really linear. Of course, some of the episodes will be connected but the episodes are generally stand alone. Nonetheless, I would recommend this series to fans of action packed gore fests, supernatural/demonic/horror-related stuff, and of course, fans of the video game series.

On a side note, I found that the audio and video quality of this Blu-ray version was noticeably better than the DVD version and is a worthy upgrade, in my opinion.
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WARNING! Not recommended for any one scared of: swearing, animated blood, violence, or those who think every series needs a air-headed damsel in distress (this IS a warning, as this anime has a 'Lady' who is scarier then hell itself!).

It's been about 4-5 years now since I started playing any of the Devil may cry games, But by GOD*, the anime version is good! (*& I don't mean any sissy Greek/Norse gods either), & For those who are unfamiliar with Dante, here's a summery:
He's a 'professional' Demon hunter with A huge sword & 2 guns that never run out of lead.
Has a partner Devil Demon huntress (Trish), & a rival Huntress (Lady), whom he owes ... some 6+ digit amount to...
Has a strange love for Pizza & Strawberry sundaes...
He's extremely hot when not wearing a shirt. ;).... Anyways.....

1)Why is it good? 2)what edition is the most Stylish? Read on....

1)The PLOT:...(actually it's just 5 of my favorite episodes, but it's still something)....

The opening of the 1st episode, 'Devil May Cry', starts out seeing Dante going into a bar, ordering a strawberry sundae, & inquiring about rumored demon activity in the area... right around the place he entered actually. Sure enough, the bar-tender & his patrons are all demons, & a cool DMC style fight scene breaks out... & I haven't even gotten to the main plot yet!
Next day, back at his office, He gets a request to escort a young orphaned girl called Patty to a mansion so she can claim her lost inheritance, A simple job, so why are so many demons after her?

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I am a longtime fan of the Devil May Cry video game series, I have been playing them since the first one came out and I was only ten years old. This is a must-have for any fan of the series, and a pretty good anime for those who have never played it before.

Animation: 3.5/5
The animation is slick and stylish, which fits the series well, but it is noticeable that this was not originally formatted for HD. That being said, it is still a pretty show. The characters' heads are almost comically small at times, although that may just be the design style more than poor animation. The demon design does lack some of the creativity of the games, falling more into typical anime demon styles. The fights are very well animated and some of the settings (especially for the final two episodes) are very cool.

Audio: 4/5
The soundtrack is great, especially the opening song. Very moody and fitting. The Dolby 5.1 track sounds fantastic and gives a near-perfect range of volume. I watched the dubbed version (listening to character I grew up with in Japanese is just wrong) and the voice acting is what you'd expect. Reuben Langdon reprises his role as Dante (under the name Justin Cause) and does a solid job. Some of his lines are corny, but that's because Dante loves cheesy one-liners. Some of the more dramatic lines fall a bit flat, mostly because Dante as a character has a hard time with anything serious. The rest of the cast does their jobs, but nothing overly terrible nor excellent.

Story: 4/5
Fans of the series may be a little disappointed that the story is disconnected from the games for the most part. But it's nice that the plot is completely self-contained so there aren't any loose ends for non-gamers.
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