So it's been a while hasn't it? I not only had been absent on the reviews, I've been absent from TAY for a while, but I'm back baby! It took me a while to finish this series, I've been juggling this and a few other goodies, but hopefully that just means that I'll have a few rapid fire reviews for a while - 1 a week sounds good to me, eh? I've been hard at work at my new review format, because I'm waaaaay too Fabulous to be held by the standard review format, don't ya think? plus what would I do with Sylver-kun if I stuck with the new format? anyway, Devil Survivor 2 is an animation based on the DS game of the same name, it's a member of the Shin Megami Tensai series and I have not played the game prior to watching the show, so I'm free of bias on this one. Without further ado, let's get on to the review!
First and foremost is the sense of scale that Devil Survivor 2 provides, Persona this is not, the implications of the plot in this series is global. The world is ending in a most spectacular way, and the sense of scale drastically increases for each episode, making you wonder what's coming next. I will warn you however; this show is not light-hearted, at all. It's an emotional rollercoaster that will drag you through the mud before pulling you out for a brief respite, only for you to taste that same despair again a short time later. That being said I kept hope for the characters to pull through in the end of the show, which fits with one of the major themes of the show. It's kind of impressive how they manage to manipulate the viewer into feeling that way about the characters.
The opening theme song to the show is my favorite opening in a good long while, it's just so good and catchy, here have a listen :3
The Character design in particular stands out for the human characters and is clean and interesting. Devil Survivor 2 is definitely one of the prettier anime to come out in the past few years.
There's some serious amounts of melodrama in this show, and sometimes it comes off as a tad angsty. There's only so many times you can hear a character scream in anguish before you start to become desensitized to it. Particularly when Hibiki puts up his bunny hood. Also a few of the characters are relegated to the background and we are told why we should care about them rather than shown. It's not a major problem because the main characters receive enough character development to keep me happy, but it undermines a few of the bigger moments in the show.
Some of the music in the show starts to meld into the background and doesn't really add or subtract value from the show, but some of the music just screams melodrama and when that's one of the problems with the story it just amplifies it a little bit...
A few of the Septentriones are a little bland in design. The demons are absolutely intriguing, but the big big bads of the show are kind of plain and less than intimidating. The final one is the biggest example of this.
Nothing to be honest. There's a lot the show could have done better, but there's nothing that outright annoys me in terms of story, music or art. That's not to say it's a fantastic series that should be winning awards, but one that rises above the level of average to be good.
I give Devil Survivor 2 4/5 trains. Go give it a try if you're a fan of Persona or Shin Megami Tensai. It's a fun series that keeps it's plot going at a wonderful pace. At only 13 episodes it's worth a shot!