Akuma Kun Review: A Visually Stunning Investigative Thriller With A Supernatural Twist

It’s fun to read detective tales. This type of writing has a lot of mystery. It gives you a look into the mind of a person. If it’s a solo act, you can see how the detective changes with each case. Things get a little more interesting when there are two detectives, especially if their methods are very different from one another. This is because conflict makes for entertainment. They give us movement, feelings, and maybe even a solid and useful take on the world we live in. At first glance, two regular people getting involved with crime might seem like the most exciting part of an investigative story. It gets much better, though, when you add real demons, angels, or anything else from fiction and sci-fi. That’s why X-Men and Supernatural are two of my all-time favorite shows. I’m sure Akuma Kun will be the third one.

Akuma Kun is based on Shigeru Mizuki’s comic series and is about Ichiro and his partner, Mephisto III. It looks like the title “Akuma Kun” is passed down from one generation of demonologists to the next. Similarly, the title “Mephisto” is passed down from one generation of people who work for the Akuma Kun to the next. So, Shingo was the last Akuma Kun, and Mephisto II, a monster, helped Shingo. Shingo’s sister Etsuko married Mephisto II, and the two of them had a son named Mephisto III. Ichiro was taken in by Shingo, and Mephisto III was put in charge of helping Ichiro from a very young age. Today, Ichiro and Mephisto III live in a room that looks like a library on top of the Odeon Cinema. Sanae and her daughter Mio own and take care of the space. The main goal of Ichiro and Mephisto III is to reach the Millennium Kingdom, a place where humans and demons can live together without fighting. But since that’s not a paid job, they take on cases of demon possession to make money to pay their rent and eat. While all of this is going on, there are two demons after Ichiro: Gremory wants his heart, and Strophaia wants his soul.

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The classic “fear, anger, hate, and suffering are entry points into the dark side” (I’m paraphrasing here on purpose) is used by Akuma Kun to explain why there are real demons in this made-up world. Hiroshi Ohnogi, a screenwriter, shows people as the flawed and complicated beings they are, showing how their questions and desperate feelings can lead to terrible things. He could have saved himself a lot of trouble by just showing that when a person is down, a monster takes over their body and does horrible things. But that would have taken the blame off of the person and put it on something supernatural, which is something a lot of scary movies and TV shows do. That’s why Ohnogi says that a demon is not the one who starts bad thoughts, even if it is a demon. People are still making that choice, which means they are just as responsible as the demon and could be held accountable. This is a clever way to make the situations more dramatic while still keeping the lessons true to life. The shows also talk about love, being a brother, being a parent, friendship, and, of course, the power of movies. The writing of the female characters is weak because they are either unredeemable or way too obedient. On the other hand, male characters usually get a second chance, no matter what they do.

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What Akuma Kun looks like all together is different from anything I’ve seen before. I will say that I don’t watch as much anime as someone who really loves it (shonen anime, to be exact). That being said, there might be other shows that look like this one. But I really liked how rough and hand-drawn the pictures looked. You can see how someone starts by drawing something with a pencil if you’ve ever seen someone draw something. Next, they draw the main shape with some kind of ink. After that, they color it, and so on. However, once the lines are drawn, they erase all the extra pencil marks to make it look smooth. This show’s animators, character designers, art directors, color designers, musicians, background artists, and other artists don’t really do that, and it makes almost every frame scary because you don’t know what’s hidden in those dark, sketchy shadows. The fight scenes are great and very lively. The calmer times are just as amazing. Ichiro and Mephisto III have a whole show where they talk about pancakes and hotcakes. It’s so relaxing and easygoing that you won’t even notice that it’s over. That’s another way of saying that the pace of all 12 shows is perfect.

Everyone who does voice work in Akuma Kun does a great job. Yuki Kaji is really sad, and it’s funny. He says everything perfectly in a casual way. Because of this, when the show breaks the character and Kaji has to play Ichiro who wants to look emotionless but also wants to show how he really feels, it really hits home. I think Toshio Furukawa is the most important person in the show, just like Mephisto III is an important part of the trip to the Millennium Kingdom, even though Kaji plays the main character. It is easy to feel his anger, love, and contempt for Ichiro’s bluntness. He makes me laugh every time he tries to make up for Ichiro’s bad behavior. It should be clear by now, but I’ll say it anyway: Kaji and Furukawa get along great. Even though I have some problems with how Ai Fairouz designed Gremory, her work as her is great. As the cute Mio, Yumiri Hanamori is, well, cute. Yuko Mita does a great job of bringing out Shingo’s poise and warmth. Hiro Shimono does a great job as the evil Strophaia. Rie Hikisaka and Keiichi Namba are both great as Hyakume and Komorineko, even though they don’t get much screen time. Since there are different voice actors for each show, I could spend all day writing down all of their names. However, believe me when I say that each and every one of them did an amazing job with their singing.

Each episode of Akuma Kun is just over 20 minutes long, but I think you’ll enjoy it more if you watch them one after the other. I’m not one to judge other people’s ability to watch a lot of shows at once, but each of these 12 episodes is difficult and moves slowly. In that case, I think it will be fun to watch three to four of them every day, or even six of them every day. It can get boring if you try to do 12 at once. However, the story, characters, twists, and world-building are all so great that you’ll think about what the show means about people for a long time, which is a huge win in and of itself. There is a cliffhanger at the end of the Netflix show. That being said, I think there will be more seasons of Akuma Kun. If that’s the case, they need to work on the writing of the female roles. The story is almost perfect, and it looks like it will be one of the best supernatural detective tales ever. But the writers need to put in a little more work to make it perfect.

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