Before passing out
Decided to crack open the first episode of Devilman: Crybaby
The artstyle and presentation in the first episode makes me think of sloppy attempts at anime on early Newgrounds simply because the artist had to draw with a mouse as tablets weren’t mainstream or affordable yet.
There’s not a single clean line to be found anywhere, and especially in scenes that are slower paced you may even mistake the presentation as a teenager on DeviantArt taking their first crack at animation with full figures while attempting an anime look. Especially during the Track and Field scenes and the sinners club, there is just some straight up crude artwork and even cruder animation going on that seems like it’s deliberately trying to test my patience with how much I’m willing to accept shitty looking drawings.
But then moments of artistic brilliance shine through in spectacular ways, and sometimes out of actually nowhere. But in the last 10% of the first episode, the crude renditions of what appear only passingly as humans start to make sense when everything goes into full free form “what are model sheets, even?” hell. It’s fascinating.
There’s only 10 episodes so I think I’ll stick it through. The dialogue is great and the soundtrack is very Hotline Miami, which is the furthest thing from a bad thing. But the thing that really slays me is the wildly inconsistent art direction.
Its hard to demonstrate the worst of the worst when I can’t find it Tumblr’s gif library , but I think even these, most of them from the same episode, should give a general clue of what I’m getting at. It’s like there was no art director, this looks like a newgrounds collab, every scene looks vastly different from the last.