Episode 1, titled Beast, originally aired October 10, 1998… and we meet our heroine Jun Fudo, a model who feels that something is quite right, she’s not totally focused on her work, though the photographer she’s working with thinks she’s doing great (considering he wants to go out to dinner with her, he’s probably kissing her booty!), Heading home she runs into Kazumi, a young model, and also spots the mystery Lan Asuka, who drops in on Jun at home and takes her to a warehouse, and forcing Jun to face a Werewolf like creature, explaining that Jun has ‘beast blood’ in those who are beasts have desire to hunt and kill their fellow beast.
Terrified, Jun screams for help and suffers some apparent life threatening wounds before something awakens inside of her and she transforms, punches and seemingly kills the Werewolf creature but punching through it’s mouth and tears its arms off. Lan tries to give Jun more details as to what she is, a Devilman, but the creature recovers and grows to tremenous size, saying ‘Jun betrayed her kind’ and sets out trying to kill her, only for Jun to transformer further as the episode ends on a cliffhanger with Jun in her hellish form ready to thrown down with there creature Godzilla style.
This is one hell of an opening episode as we are introduces to three characters, Jun, Kazumi and Lan, who is looking to make Jun into a Beast Hunter, possibly in a whole ‘save the world from great evil’ plot, that’s my assumption but we of course shall see how things develop in the comings months. I think the art with all the dark shading is great, even if it makes getting good screenshots for his review a pain in the ass, and the theme music is quite awesome with it being clearly demonic. Visually, you can tell this is Go Nagi’s work with how similar the characters look to those in New Cutie Honey, even if they are far less cartoony in style. I’m really looking forward to going over episode 2, ‘Blood’ next week.
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