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Devilman Crybaby – Review

Since my YouTube feed started bombarding me with videos about this series, I decided to just go for it and watch it on Netflix. I binge watched all 10 episodes yesterday, and although I had time to think about what to write today, I still don’t really know what words to use. But let’s start off with a summary of the plot.

Akira is a normal boy going to high school, who runs with his friends for sport and games, until he meets his old childhood friend Ryo. He asks the boy to come with him to a Sabbath party, which is the new hip thing, and supposedly the place to summon demons. At the party though, they meet people who go wild on the dancefloor, have sex in every corner, and take pills that make them go even crazier. Akira swallows one of these pills, and starts feeling sick, at which point Ryo breaks a bottle and starts stabbing people, because if you want to summon a demon, you have to spill blood.

And it works. People start turning into demons, and eat each other. Just as Akira is about to get eaten though, he turns into a demon himself, and shreds the party to pieces with his new powers. Instead of becoming a fully fletched demon though, he still has his human heart, and thus is able to control his powers, to the delight of Ryo. The two boys now set out to destroy the demons that torment humans, but there is always the risk of being exposed, and some demons are actively seeking the one who possesses Akira, as he is not unknown to them.

Hiding his new self is not an easy task, and as demons start closing in on him through family and friends, Akira has to take matters into his own hands, and not only rely on Ryo, who seems a bit shady anyway. What seemed to only be a battle between humans and demons quickly turns into something way bigger than anyone could imagine, or even handle.

Now, I want to keep this review spoiler free, so I’ll only drop a few words about my opinion. First off; it’s filled with blood, sex, gore, and heavy violence, so don’t watch it if you’re not up for that. Although it does suit the story, I think it’s sometimes too much, and the time would have been better spent on either character development or story, as it has some unanswered questions, and other than Akira, I didn’t get to feel anything for the other characters. I would also have liked to get to know some of the demons better, as there were obviously some that were more relevant than others.

In the end, it felt like 10 episodes were not enough. Although the overall story is being told well, and you get what it’s all about, it needs some spice. I haven’t read the original manga, and probably never will, so I’ll just take it as a stand-alone anime series, and it didn’t really deliver the experience I was hoping for when I was done with the first episode. Yet, it still gives food for thought, and if you don’t mind the heavy violence and sex scenes, then you should give it a try.

13 reasons why… you became your own victim Hannah

So I gave it a watch, and I don’t know whether I regret it or not. I liked the first few episodes, as it built up an interesting premise. But halfway in, I started to question it a lot, and the last episode really made me wonder what actually happened. This post is not a review, but more of a thought-dump, so expect nothing but spoilers. First off, I’d like to state, that the show is only good for some high school drama, but not for educational purposes. It might seem like it is a good thing to watch with your teenager, in order for them to learn that bullying has consequences, but it’s simply terrible at delivering that message properly.

Where to start… Well, let’s start at the beginning. Hannah killed herself, and according to her, it’s because of the bullying going on at her school, and the way she’s been treated by her fellow students. It’s relatable up until that point. After the few first episodes, I started to wonder why she killed herself because of the bullying, because the things they did to her were pretty weak, so I thought it would get worse with time. And it did get worse, but at that point, it was Hannah’s own fault.

The girl is dumb beyond reason, and while the first few things done to her were not her fault, she sure started to seek out trouble on her own darn fast. After witnessing a friend getting raped, without doing anything about it at all, she gets raped by the same person later, because she’s sitting in a tub in the guy’s home, almost naked. Who on earth would do that? And why even go to a party filled with people whom she thinks have done her wrong, and are at fault for her suicide?

The only person who never did anything to her, besides being kind, loving her, and wanting to be there for her is Clay, the main character besides already dead Hannah. And guess what she did to him in an intimate moment? She tells him to fuck off, and leave her alone, which he does. She says on her tapes, that it’s because she was projecting every bad guy onto him, but how is that fair towards the one person who is being nice to her? Why not talk to him at that point, and tell him what is wrong? And while we’re at it, let’s jump to the last episode.

So Hannah decides to give her life one last chance, but instead of taking matters into her own hand, she throws it all on the school counselor. He is now her only hope of survival in this cruel world, but does she tell him anything about what is wrong? Well, partially. She does state that she is tired of life, and that she was raped by an older student from the school, but when he gives her the option of telling him who it was, so that he can inform the police and start a case, she tells him not to. He then goes on to tell her, that the only thing she can do then, is to try and get over it, after which she snaps. She leaves his office, and stands outside to wait for him to come after her; rescue her. For fucks sake Hannah… The man just gave you the opportunity to ruin the life of the one who raped both you and your friend, and you decide to take your own life instead, and even have the nerves to blame the counselor for it?

At this point, where she talks with the counselor about what she can do now, she has absolutely nothing to lose, but so much to gain. But she decides to throw it all away, and act like she has done throughout the entire series; like a narcissistic drama queen! Instead of helping herself, her friend who got raped, and every student who gets bullied at school, she decides to run home and slit her wrists, leaving behind some recorded tapes about how all other people but her are to blame.

And let’s not begin on how docile all the grownups in this series are, because it only adds fuel to the bonfire of stupidity. I’m well aware that the series is based on a book, and that there are differences between the two, but I can only talk about what I thought of the series. There is a season 2 coming out at some point, and I might watch it for the drama about Hannah’s parents, but I sure as heck won’t take anything seriously anymore.

The same day I finished the series, I also watched the anime <harmony/>, which is partially about suicide too, but in a very different setting, and with much better reason as to why one of the characters decided to kill herself. I won’t review it here, as it was a re-watch after buying it on Blu-Ray, but I do recommend it over 13 Reasons Why, if you’re looking to get your brain melted in a good and entertaining way, instead of a bad and cringe worthy one.

Little Witch Academia – Review

So I finally watched the last episode of the first season of Little Witch Academia, and it was fun! I had previously watched the 2 movies, so I was really looking forward to the start of the series, but it just took me sooo long to watch it all, because I had tons of other stuff I wanted to do. At first, I found it to resemble the movies quite a lot, but after the first episode, the new story started.

We follow Akko on her way to the academy, but since she is just an ordinary human, and not at all anything that resembles a witch, she has a hard time even finding it. She tags along with 2 other students, Sucy and Lotte, who help her get to her destination, as they are all going to the same place anyway. It is at this time Akko finds out what a struggle her new life will be, as it requires her to be able to fly on a broom to even enter the academy, which she can’t do.

As she arrives at the academy though, she gets paired up with Sucy and Lotte, and they get to share a room together. While Sucy is into mushrooms and weird brews, Lotte is the more invisible and silent type. It doesn’t take long for Akko to get her newfound friends into all sorts of trouble, because of her lack of magic powers and knowledge, but they stick together and get by. It is being revealed, that a teacher named Ursula is in charge of Akko, as she is the only one who believes in her.

While Akko is dreaming of becoming a great witch like her idol Chariot, she actually obtains her old magical wand, which is part of something way bigger than the little new witch can handle. She grows with every challenge though, which she decides to manage in her own peculiar ways. It’s not easy when being an ordinary human though, and having a rival who is good at basically everything, the famous daughter of a long line of witches, Diana; things get spicy at the academy.

I found it to be a joy watching Akko, Sucy and Lotte find each other, and witnessing how their friendship keeps growing with every obstacle they manage to overcome. Diana is also a great counterpart to Akko, and although she is stuck up, she’s still kind of likable, as she makes mistakes which she cannot correct alone, leaving her to sometimes relying on Akko’s weird ideas.

Of course it’s not all fun and games, as there is a bigger story behind it all, which I cannot wait to see in season 2. I will not spoiler anything in this review, but believe me when I tell you, that if you also watched the 2 movies first, then you know nothing of what is to come. So go dive into the weirdness of Akko and her friends 🙂