In the toxic miasma that happens to be the relationship between Netflix and anime, a little ray of light has wedged its way through to provide us with some hope. A Devil May Cry anime is being produced by Adi Shankar, the showrunner and producer of Netflix’s Castlevania series. While this is quite a surprise, the show’s production looks to be moving along smoothly, with Shankar letting fans know during an interview with IGN that the scripts for the show’s first season have been completed, along with other exciting details.
Among other things, Shankar told IGN that the series is being produced in collaboration with Alex Larsen, with studio Madhouse on animation. He’s also hoping for the adaptation to have a multi-season arc similar to Castlevania and that the story would largely focus on Devil May Cry’s three main characters, Dante, Vergil, and Lady. But the most exciting piece of info is that the Devil May Cry anime series has the full support of both Capcom and producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has worked on the Devil May Cry series since its inception. Shankar had this to say on the collaboration: “The entire team both from the management side and the creative side have been so incredibly supportive and gracious… It’s seriously a joy to work with Capcom. Their character library is unlike anything assembled.”
Given the success of Netflix’s Castlevania, it’s great to see more projects coming into existence with this level of effort and animation. While this isn’t Madhouse’s first rodeo with Devil May Cry, as they previously worked on a 12-episode spinoff that occurred between the first and second games, it remains to be seen if their animation has evolved further since the days of Death Note and Trigun, and if it’ll be on the level that we saw with Mua Film through Castlevania seasons one through three.
With any luck, this new series will go beyond the success of Castlevania and fans will get to see the series expand beyond our main three and tell even more stories of our favorite characters in the series, both past, and present.