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Demon Lord Dante
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Director Kenichi Maejima
Writer Shozo Uehara
Release date 31 August 2002 – 23 November 2002
Studio AT-X, Animax
Demon Lord Dante is a 2002 anime adaptation of the manga with the same name. It is an almost faithful adaptation featuring mostly minor changes.

Story Edit

A Satan cult, whose leaders are demons in human form, begin to hold a series of Black Masses in hopes of reviving an ancient demon known as Dante with a virgin sacrifice. Ryō Utsugi, a high school student, begins experiencing strange nightmares and premonitions. Soon after, Ryō's sister, Saori, is kidnapped by these cultists for use in one of their sacrificial ceremonies. Ryō's premonitions guide him to the ritual and he saves her right before it is disrupted by a group of militant Christians.

Believing that Ryō's new-found powers could ultimately awaken Dante, the cultists orchestrate a chain of events and end up luring Ryō high into the mountains, where he discovers a portal that takes him into the deepest parts of the Himalayas, the heart of Dante's prison. Using telekinetic powers, Dante uses Ryō to free himself from his ice prison before eating him alive as the cultists use a princess to again perform the black mass used to summon Dante, this time with success. However, due to unexplained reasons, Dante's consciousness has been taken over by Ryō who, upon seeing his new form, is blinded by rage and rampages through Nagoya.

Along the way, Ryo encounters many adversaries such as Xenon, The Four Demon Kings, and a religious organization, eventually discovering the true nature of God and the Devils.

Characters Edit

​ReceptionEdit

The anime had been criticized by both critics as well fans of the manga for its plot holes, animation budget, and English dubbing. Despite of this, however, the anime was given a rating of 6.31 on MyAnimeList .

​TriviaEdit

  • In the anime, mention of Lucifer (who is revealed to be Satan's sister in New Demon Lord Dante) is made by some of the council members within the God's Association, as well by Sosuke Oshiba in a later episode. However, beyond this, Lucifer interestingly never makes an appearance and is presumingly deceased by the events of the final episode.
  • This anime was released the same year as ​New Demon Lord Dante (2002), estimately six months after.
  • This anime's length (13 episodes) is about 1/3 in length to the 1972 Devilman series (39 episodes), an anime that was originally intended to also be an adaptation of Mao Dante which was released about thirty years prior.

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