Netflix has been on a roll, churning out one anime series after another, much to the delight of animation enthusiasts. The streaming behemoth, once known for its vast repository of live-action dramas and documentaries, has now ventured into the realm of animation with a gusto that’s hard to ignore. From the visually arresting “Arcane” to the upcoming “Devil May Cry,” Netflix is steadily carving a niche for itself in the animation domain. But the question that’s been buzzing in the minds of “Devil May Cry” aficionados is whether Netflix’s rendition is a fresh narrative or a rehash of the old lore.
A New Chapter or an Old Tale Retold?
“Devil May Cry” isn’t a new name for those who’ve dabbled in the world of anime or video games. The franchise, which first made waves with its video game saga back in 2001, has since spawned an anime series, a manga, and a novel. Each of these reiterations has explored the dark, fantastical world of “Devil May Cry” in its unique way. However, the connections among these various adaptations have always been a topic of discussion among fans.
The upcoming Netflix series has reignited this discussion, with many wondering if it’s connected to the original 2007 anime or if it’s a new narrative spun from the video game’s lore. The answer, it seems, lies in the latter.
Netflix’s Take: A Direct Dive into the Video Game Saga
Unlike the 2007 anime, which was a blend of the manga and novel’s narrative, Netflix’s “Devil May Cry” is taking a direct plunge into the video game saga, aligning itself with Capcom, the original video game developer. This fresh approach is a departure from the previous adaptations, offering a narrative that’s more in sync with the video game’s storyline.
The rumors about Netflix’s adaptation had been floating around since 2018, but it was only recently that we got a glimpse of what’s in store, with a clip that promises a thrilling ride into the demonic realm that “Devil May Cry” is synonymous with.
ANNOUNCING – Devil May Cry the anime series from Capcom, Studio Mir & Adi Shankar.
— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) September 27, 2023
Awaiting the Demonic Saga
While the release date remains under wraps, the anticipation is palpable. The clip released by Netflix has certainly whetted the appetite of fans, promising a series that stays true to the original video game saga. This new venture by Netflix is a testament to its commitment to exploring new horizons in the animation genre, even as it continues to bid adieu to some of its earlier series like “Disenchantment.”
For those who wish to revisit the 2007 anime series before diving into Netflix’s version, it’s available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu. As we await the release of Netflix’s “Devil May Cry,” it’s clear that the streaming giant is keen on delivering a narrative that resonates with the original video game lore, opening a new chapter in the “Devil May Cry” saga that’s both nostalgic and refreshing.