I previously reviewed Kekkou Kamen, and today I want to wax poetic about yet another wonderfully wacky series from the mind of Go Nagai.
The Devilman Lady (デビルマンレディー) manga and anime are two entirely different creatures, which really can’t be compared at all. They have nothing but the vaguest similarities, including the lead characters’ names. After that, they are just about as different as possible.
Today we’ll deal with the manga. Typical of a Go Nagai creation, the manga is full of strong women who get naked rather often, and sex, much of which is violent and non-consensual. Because this is a story that resides in his Devilman universe, there is demon-y stuff going on and half-human, half-monster hybrids…you know, the usual. Tons of violence.
In the manga version of Devilman Lady Fudou Jun is an extremely butch woman, who teaches in a high school. She coaches the girl’s tennis team, works out with weights and is in general as fit and muscular as any woman who clearly uses steroids can be. One night, while on summer camp trip with her tennis team, she and the students are attacked by demon bats. The boys are eaten or turned into ravening monsters, the girls are eaten and/or raped. Jun is bitten and becomes this super-strong bestial creature that defeats all the demons and saves a few of the girls.
After the incident, Jun is visited by a woman, Asuka, who can only be described as completely psychotic. Asuka tells Jun that is her destiny to become the Devilman Lady and defeat these evil devil-creatures, who eat men and rape women. Jun resists, until Asuka produces her father and mother, who calmly tell Jun that she was born with this propensity, but they gave her drugs as a child to supress it – but now it’s time to become the Devilman Lady! – so Jun does. From that point on the story consists of tremendous amounts of violence and sex and Yuri implications between Asuka and Jun which, sadly, do not go much further. They share one hot kiss early on, and from there it’s all downhill.
Jun opposes many humans-turned-beasts, without the angst expressed in the anime, and always wins in the end. As it progresses, the story gets very weird and complex and includes a love affair with Lucifer (really Akira, the Devilman) and ends with…
…Jun and Asuka merging together to form St. Michael the Archangel and fighting alongside Lucifer to defeat the demon legions of hell.
I bet you saw *that* coming a mile away, eh? ^_^
This was *such* a weird ending to a manga that I could not stop staring a the last page, re-reading the text over and over, because I was sure I was getting it all wrong.
Anyway, to sum up. Violence and violent sex, blood and more violence. Many sexy naked women, not as much Yuri as one would hope. Volume 1 has the hot kiss – stick with that and you’re fine.
Next up, the anime – a Yuri lover’s dream. ^_^