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Kanji 久世響希
Romaji Kuze Hibiki
Gender Male
Position Summoner
Age 18
Date of Birth June 6th
Zodiac Gemini
Status Alive
Demon Byakko, Suzaku, Lucifer
Height 170cm
Weight
Seiyu Hiroshi Kamiya (Teen), Ami Koshimizu (Child)
English Voice Patrick Poole (Teen), Emily Neves (Child)
Anime Debut Episode 1
Manga Debut Chapter 1

Hibiki Kuze or also known as the Shining One (輝く者, Kagayaku Mono) is the main Protagonist of Devil Survivor 2: The Hackeddddd By RadarXploit Animation series. He is a third year high-school student who lives in Tokyo who becoming a Demon Summoner with his friends after being involved with a war against the mysterious invaders who are trying to destroy the world.

Character Outline[]

Appearance[]

He has short black wavy hair and blue eyes. He wears a blue jacket and white stripe turtle neck shirt with sleeves with a white jacket that has a hoodie that resembles rabbit's ears, blue trousers, and black navy sneakers. When he was a child, he is shown to wear white blue stripe jacket that has a hoodie and blue pants, white trench coat with blue and black stripe shirt that has a hoodie beneath it and blue pants, and white shirt with blue short pants. During middle school, he wears standard black publich school uniform and a blue scarf. During his first day of entering high school, he wears his school uniform that consists of gray uniform with black shirt underneath and blue necktie.

Personality[]

When he was a child, Hibiki was quiet and reserved due to lack of attentions from his parents and being bullied by his classmates. Ever since he started to befriend Daichi, however, Hibiki started to become brighter child like the way he is now.

Personality-wise, Hibiki is a calm yet cheerful, and somewhat laid-back young man, especially around his best friend, Daichi. He has a sharp mind and is perceptive, quickly adapting to any situation, and very good at studying, but still unsure about his future. In a sharp contrast with his game counterpart's personality in the original Devil Survivor 2 game, Hibiki lacks any sense of humor and has a strong tendency for emotional outbursts in sour situations. When his emotions got the better of him, he becomes rather impulsive and reckless in his actions to the point of nearly being suicidal. This flaw negatively affect those around him, even as far to indirectly cause a few deaths. Over the course of the anime's plot, despite the sudden dangerous situations he gets himself into, he is mostly quick to regain his composure and shows little to no fear in order to protect his friends and would fight with his life on the line, even though he doesn't actually want to fight. Hibiki has a strong sense of what is right and a firm believer in human potential, which is the primary reason he often argues with Yamato. After the world is restored, however, he comes to have a more optimistic outlook on his future.

Plot Overview[]

History[]

Hibiki has a rather lonely childhood since his parents are always busy with their own work and didn't pay much attention to Hibiki. Furthermore, since both of his parents are strict and has high expectation of his education, he must study hard to get good grades and such. This resulted him being viewed as a nerd and often bullied by his classmates, leaving Daichi to be the one to protect him. Hibiki has warned Daichi that he will get bullied too if he is with him, but Daichi doesn't care since Hibiki has done nothing wrong, surprising Hibiki. Ever since then, both became best friends and Hibiki became more cheerful than before, often helping Daichi with his studies. 

As he grew up, he entered high school along with Daichi. During his first day, Hibiki reminds Daichi that the study on the school will be much difficult and he needs to study more eventually. He then received a message from his father that tells him to carefully choose his friends since this is the start that will depend on his future, angering Hibiki. He then asks Daichi what he will do now that he entered high school, to which Daichi replied that he wants to spend the springtime of their lives. Hearing this, after a moment of thought, Hibiki decided to ignore his father's request and continue his friendship with Daichi, and replied that he also intended to do the same, making the two friends laughed.

1st Day, Sunday's Melancholy[]

Hibiki is waiting for his friend, Daichi after finishing their mock exam. In Shibuya, they briefly discussing about their future before Daichi introduces him a popular website called Nicaea and registered into it out of curiosity. At station, they received the death clips from Nicaea that showed them died from being struck by a derailed train. Shortly after, an earthquake occurs and the incoming train derailed and struck them just like the clip has shown. He is then asked by Tico whether he wants to live or die, which Hibiki chooses live. When he awakes, he found the subway in mess and everyone except him and Daichi dies. He notices a rubble moving, thinking there's a survivor and about to approach it until a demon, Kobold, comes out from it and eats nearby people along with other Kobolds. His school mate, Io Nitta, turned out has also survived and is about to be killed, but she then summons a demon, Ogre, from her cell phone, followed by Daichi who summoned Poltergeist and helps them escape. After seeing the demons came out form the phone, Hibiki concludes that Nicaea has forcefully downloaded the Demon Summoning App after they chose to keep living. Hearing another sound, the three escapes from the station.

Upon getting out from the station, the three found the town in the same condition and unable to contact their family due to electrical outrage. Hibiki suggests that they go to Io's house in Ariake since they have nowhere to go and decides to stick together until they know more about the Demon Summoning App that has been forcefully downloaded into their cell phones. While waiting in Shimbashi, a creature named Dubhe appeared and attacks them, killing people around in the process. Without any choice, Hibiki tells Io to summon Ogre, remembering that it didn't attack them back at station. True to his words, Ogre protects them from Dubhe's attack. At this time, Hibiki received Daichi's death clip, showing him died within a truck. Right after receiving the clip and Ogre defeated from the continuous attacks, Daichi appears riding a truck and drives towards Dubhe to save him and Io. Knowing what will happen, Hibiki shouts at Daichi to stop, but it was already too late. As it hit Dubhe, the truck exploded, but Dubhe remains unharm. Horrified and thought Daichi died, Hibiki's cell phone finished downloading and summoned Hibiki's own demon, Byakko, and defeated Dubhe with ease. Much to his relief, Daichi turns out to be saved by Io's new demon, Pixie before the truck hit. Their relief is cut short when a mysterious organization called JP's appears and arrests them.

They are taken to JP's hideout that located underneath the government Diet Building. He is then taken to the command center by Makoto Sako while Daichi and Io is taken to another room. There, he is introduced to JP's chief, Yamato Hotsuin, who ordered Makoto to take him to him. Both explains the calamity is caused by invaders called Septentriones that will appear each in one day, and the first Septentrione that he defeated today, Dubhe, is a small fry compared to the remaining six. Unless they defeated all of the Septentriones, the world will be destroyed completely. The Septentriones can only be defeated with the power of demons, and thus, asking for Hibiki's cooperation due to his powerful demon. Hibiki lost at words for the sudden information. Before leaving, Yamato tells him to obey him, leaving Hibiki in wonder of his choices. At the room, while he is thinking about JP's and Septentriones, Io awakes and asks what will happen to the three of them. Not wanting to worry her, he assured Io that JP's only wants to inpsect their phone and everything will return to normal by tomorrow.

2nd Day, Monday's Turmoil[]

Hibiki made a deal that he won't consider cooperating unless Daichi and Io are freed. On their way to Ariake, the Rainbow Bridge cannot be used, leading them to a nearby shelter in hope they will get information about Io's family. At the shelter, while getting some drinks, Hibiki ponders about what Yamato has told him. In a church, a demon, Itsumade attacked, causing a panic within the shelter. Hibiki immediately summoned Byakko, saving a child as Byakko taking the Itsumade outside. However, a swarm of Itsumades appears surrounds Byakko. Daichi intended to help him, but Poltergeist is under repair. Hibiki tells Daichi to run away with the others, but Daichi refused, asking why Hibiki must be the one to fight them since they are supposed to be a mere high school student. Hibiki states that if he turns his back now, he'll definitely regret it. As another swarm of Itsumades attack, Hibiki is saved by Makoto's demon, Power. Hibiki buys some time by fighting the Itsumades while Makoto looks for the cell phone that running amock. Hibiki thinks to himself of how he actually don't want the power to summon demon, but if he can save others with it, then he can't run away. Using his remaining power, Byakko unleashes Zionga, defeating all the Itsumades as Makoto destroyed the cell phone. As the battle is over, Hibiki realized that the people in the shelter becoming afraid of him and decided to leave, but the boy he saved, thanked him for saving them, encouraging Hibiki to join JP's along with Daichi and Io. He tells Yamato that he doesn't understand about the world is going to be destroyed and such, but if by using his newfound power he can protect people, he'll do everything he can. Yamato then assigns him with Daichi and Io to go to Osaka and look for their missing head scientist, Fumi Kanno as their first mission.

On their way to Osaka by using JP's subway, he discusses with Daichi and Io that he realized form his last battle that Byakko, compare to other demon, is very strong, which made Daichi a bit offended remembering his demon Poltergeist, though Hibiki assures him that it's not a competition. Hibiki resolves and promises to Daichi and Io that he will protect both of them, much to their embarrassment. In Osaka, they are welcomed by another summoner, Hinako Kujo, who then introduced them to her partner, Keita Wakui, who is less friendly on welcoming them. Hinako takes them to Fumi's room, where she's last seen, while Keita is off hunting demons. As they look for clues of Fumi's whereabouts, Hibiki wondering does Yamato has othe reason for sending them to Osaka. At JP's Osaka base, a hacker attacks their security system. In the midst of panic, Hinako received Keita's death clip. Concluding that it's not a coincidence, Hibiki pin point the hacker's location: the Festival Gate. Yamato contacts and orders them to secure the hacker. Before leaving, Hibiki asks Yamato did he sent them because he knew that this would happened, though Yamato didn't answer. Hibiki requests for Keita to deployed from the mission, but unable to contact him, prompting him and the others to go to the Festival Gate in hurry.

They arrived on time to save Keita from falling from stairs and waiting for JP's summoners to come, but Yamato reported that all JP's summoners were killed on their way. Without any choice, Hibiki, Hinako, and Keita fights the demons that summoned by the hacker while Io and Daichi catch the hacker. With the demons contiously appears, Hibiki, Hinako, and Keita started to run out of stamina. To buy some times, Yamato uses Almadel, a virus that Fumi created to distrupt the hacker's summoning program as Io and Daichi finds the hacker. When they found the hacker, however, a demon, Botis, catches Io and defeats Ogre with ease. They found that the hacker is none other than Fumi herself, who is brainwashed by Botis. Hibiki and Keita works together to defeat Botis as Daichi breaks Fumi's machine to stop the hacking. Things seems going well until Botis reappears and unleashes Ziodyne. Keita, feeling the incoming attack, pushes Hibiki out of the way. When Hibiki awakes from the impact, he is shocked to find Keita dies like the death clip has shown. To make things worse, the barrier protecting Osaka is destroyed and the second Septentrione, Merak, appears.Hibiki blames himself for Keita's death, because he let lhis guard down even though Nicaea had warned them.

Yamato orders Hibiki to be on stand by to fight the Septentrione and placed him in the last line of defense. Hibiki, unable to get over with Keita's death, is disgusted by Yamato's way of sacrificing people, but won't quit because he wants to protect everyone so no one would become sacrifices. However, Hibiki finally defies Yamato's order when he heard that JP's personels who became human barriers before him dies, questioning Yamato why didn't he use him from the very beginning and left with Byakko. He saves Hinako from Merak's attack and tries to defeat Merak there, but Byakko's electricity won't work on Merak. Merak then focuses its attacks on Hibiki, leading JP's summoners, Byakko, and Hinako to protect him. As the result, everyone except Hibiki, died while Hinako is gravely injured. He is then approached by a man named Alcor who introduced himself as Yamato's old friend and remarks how Hibiki's decision led to the situation and Io replacing him as the last line of defense.

Realizing his ignorance, Hibiki returns to the last line of defense. Alcor asks why Hibiki not giving up even though others had. Hibiki answers that because he has acquired the power to summon demon, he keeps going on even though he actually want to run away. Hibiki stops Merak before it was about to destroy Tsuutenkaku tower. Using his remaining power to use Byakko's full physical attack, Byakko able to defeat Merak. As Merak disappears, it notices Hibiki and intended to attack him, but is sliced into half, killing him for good, by a demon called Hagen as he is approached by a man who claims to resent JP's named Ronaldo Kuriki. Ronaldo warns him that Yamato is dangerous and requests him to go with him, which Hibiki agrees.

3rd Day, Tuesday's Disquet[]

In Nagoya, Hibiki defeats swarm of Legions that attacking civillians at park with his new demon, Suzaku. He then retreats, not noticing Io, who tried to warn him about his death clip. He meets up with Ronaldo in JP's Nagoya branch, that has been taken over by Ronaldo and his resistance team. In a room, they meet a doctor, Otome Yanagiya, who questions Ronaldo's action. Ronaldo explains his past with JP's and Yamato's goal on creating a meritocracy society. Hearing this, Hibiki thinks that even as Yamato's pawn, if he can do the right thing, he doesn't mind with it. Ronaldo, however, states that there's nothing right with it, reminding Hibiki about his last battle against Merak, telling him that all people are equal.

Still thinking about the possibility of what Ronaldo has revealed, he asks one of resistance members, Yuzuru "Joe" Akie why he joined the resistance. Joe said that it just happened and told him to cheer up when Hibiki looks gloomy. Ronaldo takes Hibiki to their temporary command center and explains their plan to fight the Septentrione that will appear in Nagoya without sacrifcing anyone. While discussing the origin of the Demon Summoning App, Hibiki wonders that it all started with Nicaea and even though it granted him power, if he doesn't know the origin, the power will be useless. Back at the base, Otome asked Hibiki why he is with the resistance. Hibiki thinks that he can't save people if he's with JP's and disagrees with Yamato's way of sacrificing people even though he understands his logic. They are interrupted by Daichi and Io's arrival who then warns him about his death clip, telling him to go back to Tokyo with them. Hibiki refuses to go back because he needs to fight the Septentrione. Remembering Alcor's words how people with power will drag those around him, he tells them to stay way, but Daichi and Io resolves that they will protect him. Touched by their concern, Hibiki thanked them.

Two JP's summoners, Airi Ban and Jungo Torii infiltrates the base to take it back from the insurgents and clashes with Ronaldo and Joe. Hibiki tells them not fight with one another, but Airi won't listen. Things turns into worse when the third Septentrione, Phecda, appears within JP's base. Hibiki fights by using Suzaku with Io and Otome, but their demons are quickly defeated when Phecda split into two and shoots a beam that is the same one as the one that will kill Hibiki on the death clip. Hibiki intends to summon Byakko, but is blasts away by Phecda's second beam, cancelling his summoning and leaving him defenseless. As Hibiki is about to be killed by Phecda, Yamato's demon, Cerberus, destroys Phecda's half, saving him. Yamato uses his overwriting ability to increase Cerberus' power and defeats Phecda. Witnessing his power, Hibiki questions Yamato why didn't he use his own power to fight alone from the very beginning, to which Yamato replies that he needs pawns to fight against the Septentrione, and Hibiki is exceptional pawn for him, telling him that he will return to his side and follow his order. Ronaldo's comrades surrounds Yamato, threatening him to summon their demons. Yamato tells them that he won't hesitate on eliminating them, prompting Hibiki to summon Byakko, declaring that if Yamato intends to hurt people then he will stop him. Alcor once again reappears, commenting how two Shining Ones are at odds with each other and reveals to Hibiki that Yamato came to Nagoya because he saw his death clip, surprising Hibiki.

In respond to Hibiki's shock, Yamato says that he is a weapon to fight Septentriones, nothing more than that. Both removed their demons, cancelling their fight. Hibiki asked is Alcor a demon, but Alcor merely introducing himself as the "Anguished One" and he doesn't intend to become his enemy. When Alcor ordered Bifrons to defeat all the insurgents' demons, Hibiki prepares to fight him, but is shocked upon knowing that Alcor was the one who created Nicaea and Demon Summoning App, revealing that he gave it to them so they can choose to fight for life against the Septentriones. Alcor once again asks what will Hibiki do, but Yamato interrupts and informs him that a new Septentrione will appear tomorrow in three different places and he leaves Osaka to Hibiki. Hibiki declares that he has no intention to become Yamato's pawn and from now on will follow his own heart to protect people, promising that he will survive until the end and will stop Yamato if he intends to realize his misguided future, amusing Yamato who accepted his challenge. Airi and Jungo then approaches him, introducing themselves and asked who Alcor is the person in question has already disappeared. Hibiki then wonders about Yamato coming to save him.

4th Day, Wednesday's Changes[]

JP's is having a physical check up for all staffs, including Hibiki. In the men's changing room, Hibiki noticed Daichi's uneasiness for unable to protect him a day before, and thanked Daichi for coming to Nagoya with Io, since he couldn't imagine what will happen to him if they didn't come, much to Daichi's embarrasment, but glad to know he has helped him and both promised they will defeat all the remaining Septentriones. Later afterwards, he found Daichi with Joe, intending to peek on women's physical check up under excuse it was a scientific research by Joe. However, a second later, Io opens the door, facing them, and immediately thinks that they intended to peek, scolding them while Joe already ran away. Hibiki expresses his protest to Daichi and Joe and explained to Jungo that it was an accident when the latter asked him.

The plan to fight against Megrez is set into motion. Hibiki, Daichi, and Io are sent to Osaka to fight Megrez that will appear there. Before being transported, Hibiki tells Makoto that they are no longer JP's members. Makoto tells him that she understood and placing their hope as friends, which Hibiki accepted. Once they arrived in Osaka, they are welcomed by Hinako, who has survived from the previous battle with Merak. Hibiki immediately break into tears, relieved that Hinako didn't die like Keita had, making Hinako embraced Hibiki, comforting him.

At the harbor, while waiting for Megrez, he tells Daichi to hide, but the latter refused and insist on fighting together with them. When Megrez finally resurfaced, he and Io fights together with Suzaku and Kikuri-Hime, making Hinako and Daichi, who briefly watching them, dumbstruck of how both of them are totally in sync. They are then assisted by Hinako, who summoned Keita's demon, Berserker. They able to inflict damages and opens Megrez core. Hibiki uses Byakko to destroy the core and they seems to be winning when megrez disappears. However, Megrez ressurects itself and attack again. Makoto informs them that unless the three Megrez is destroyed at the same time, it will continue to revive itself.

During the battle, Hibiki and Io received Ronaldo, Joe, and Otome's death clip that shows them killed by Megrez's attack. He immediately calls Ronaldo and tells him to run with the rest, but the three refuses, reminding him that yesterday his death is prevented and no other summoners able to defeat Megrez. He and the others then proceeds with fighting Megrez until they able to expose the cores at the same time. Once the three cores are exposed, Hibiki, Ronaldo, and Yamato destroys the cores simultanously with Byakko, Cerberus, and Hagen. Once Megrez is destroyed, Hibiki immediately calls Ronaldo, but finds out that he, Joe, and Otome are killed when Megrez used the last of its power to attack them before died. Hibiki is grief stricken by their deaths, but understands that that is the path they have chosen, which is the same as him.

In a bridge, he ponders how Ronaldo and the others' death in vain and wishes for all of it to be a dream. However, Alcor appears and says it's reality. Hibiki asks angrily at Alcor is this the way demons to toy with humans and why he didn't help humans even though he is not a demon. Alcor reveals that this is humanity's trial from a being called Polaris, the administrator of order that views humans' existence unnecessary. He also reveals that he is a Septentrione and part of Polaris' mechanism, so he's unable to directly defy against Polaris. As they converses, Hibiki notices the Void spreading the world, shocked to know that when Yamato means the world will disappear is that the world will return into nothingness, erasing the very existence of humans rather than destruction. Horrified, Hibiki wonders is there any way the world can be saved.

5th Day, Thursday's Shock[]

Hibiki awakes in his room and is shocked to find Alcor greeting him. Hibiki offers him a coffee since it's the only thing he has when Alcor asked for a green tea. Hibiki is surprised to know that even a Septentrione drink tea. When Alcor mentioned of his time with Yamato, Hibiki asks what is his relationship with Yamato and his goal. Alcor explains that they were friends (or so he thought) and he used to have expectation of him to protect humanity with many of his possibilities, but Yamato decided too fast to make a world based from merit. While he has no intention of agreeing or disagreeing with humans' ideals, he thinks Yamato has ignored the possibilities, which he dislikes. Alcor then points out that Hibiki was born with a great power, to which Hibiki replies that he never asked for it. Alcor points out again that talent is not something that can be chosen whether he likes it or not. Hibiki asks what Alcor had been doing all this time. Realizing how Alcor has been anguishing for unable to do anything and has nowhere to go, Hibiki gives him permission to stay in his room as long as he is not their enemy and won't get in their way, finally changing his perception of Alcor, making the latter happy. Hibiki, though, reminds him not to be found out by anyone since it would cause a war. Unfortunately, as Hibiki said this, Daichi and Io enters his room and immediately panicked upon seeing Alcor, accusing him as a demon and try to kill Hibiki. To calm them down, Hibiki explains Alcor's true nature as a Septentrione and convinces them that he is not an enemy that they need to defeat, telling them to trust him until they are able to make the right judgment.

Later that day, when Alioth appears within the ionsphere, Hibiki asks Makoto why Airi and Hinako are the only ones who will be fighting. Makoto and Fumi explain that their demons' attack won't be able to reach Alioth, and that both Hinako and Airi are needed to summon two special demons necessary to defeat Alioth: Shiva and Kama. The summonings are succesfull, and Alioth is brought down by Shiva's Pasupata with Kama as the bait. However, the attack cause Alioth's shell to fall down, crushing Sapporo along with most population of the civillians living there. This angers, Hibiki who then shouts at Yamato that he knew all along. Yamato admitted that he knew of Alioth's capabilities and Hibiki should tell him if he had another way. Back in his room, Hibiki reads the file Ronaldo gave to him about JP's and Hotsuin family's plan as he thinks that he must shouldering the burden of the lives that had lost.

All the remaining summoners are gathered for a feast as a form of gratitude for Airi and Hinako's help in Alioth's defeat, though Fumi is the only one enjoying the meal while everyone else are reluctant. Yamato then reveals that after two days, the invasion will be over and the surviving humans will be allowed to meet Polaris. Hibiki, who already knew from Alcor, explains that JP's and Hotsuin family intends to create a world based from merit with Polaris' power, something that Ronaldo tried to stop. Yamato, however, corrects Hibiki that it has nothing to do with Hotsuin family's plan, but it is his own will and tells them to think through whether joining him or not, warning them that those who refuse to follow him may die.

Hibiki follows Yamato as he leaves, expressing his disagreement that even though his ideal might be right, it's too rigid and there won't be any happiness for people in that cold future. Yamato retorts that there's no need for him to understand since he's only saying what he will do and he doesn't care even if Hibiki sees him as enemy. Hibiki asks why Yamato unable to accept humanity that much and accepting and shouldering are two different things, making Yamato comment that he is naive. Yamato tells Hibiki that he will stay by his side until the end and if he thinks his existence is a sin, he should deliver a judgment, challenging Hibiki to whether he promise that, to which Hibiki quickly replies that he can, and will.

6th Day, Friday's Partings[]

Hibiki, Io, and Daichi are surprised to see Alcor serving them with breakfast. This frustrated Hibiki when knowing that Alcor leaving from his room and is unsure with his cookings. However, he and Daichi are shocked when Io tries and compliments the food, though Hibiki is suspicious that Alcor put something in the foods. He then remarks that only two days left for the invasion to be over and that they'll survive together, to which Io replies yes and thanked him, hiding the fact that she'll be sacrificed.

He and the rest of the summoners gathers at the command center, but then realized that Io is not with them. He and the rest are surprises to know that the mission to defeat the sixth Septentrione, Mizar, will requires Io becoming sacrifice for special demon necessary to defeat it, Lugh. Hibiki yells at Yamato to stop and he will go to fight Mizar, but Yamato explains that Mizar's ability to self-replicate will eventually leading their demons runs out their power. Hibiki then suggests to find another way, but Yamato warns him that while they're doing so, Mizar will destroy the whole world and every people would be killed. Unable to see Io suffer any longer, Hibiki goes out with Byakko to where Io is. He arrives only at a moment too late because Lugh has already fully possessed Io's body, attacking Hibiki before proceeding to JP's base to kill Yamato. 

Before Lugh could destroy the base, Hibiki summons Suzaku to block the attack. He begs for Lugh to free Io, but the demon refuses and tells him that Io's mind has already returning to the void. Lugh then once again attacks Hibiki, prompting Byakko to protect him, but the blast caused Hibiki to fall from the bridge. Yamato caught Hibiki in time before he fell down and asks why he is hesitating. Yamato then summon Baal to kill Lugh, but Hibiki, believing that Io's soul is still exist, stops Baal's attack with Suzaku and defeats it with Byakko at the cost of both demons unable to fight. This angers Yamato who tells him to accept that Io is death, but Hibiki insist and affirms his resolve that he had promised Io that he will protect her. With Io's body nearly reaching its limit, Lugh attacks Yamato and Hibiki, hoping he could at least kill Yamato, but Hibiki pushes Yamato out of the way before the attack could reach them. Much to everyone's surprise, Hibiki able to deflect the attack by harnessing the Dragon Stream's power like Yamato, revealing that the Dragon Stream, Shakko, has chosen him. Impressed by the development, Yamato invites Hibiki to join his side, but Hibiki rejects him, declaring that he will use his power to protect people.

Hibiki floats to Lugh as he continue to deflect Lugh's attack, calling out Io, knowing that she is still exist. Hearing Hibiki's voice, Io starts to regain her consciousness as she expresses her fears and doubts that it hurts her to hold her feelings to herself all the times and how weak she is, so sacrificing herself is the only thing she can do. Hibiki, however, disagrees, saying that she musn't choose death and it's okay to be weak since people are all the same, which is why they rely, help, and need each other, telling her the only reason he is able to go this far is because she and the others are with him. Io rejects this, saying that Hibiki is strong and he won't need her even if she dies, but Hibiki interjects, telling her that he doesn't wish to lose her, so he will help her. This convinces Io, finally freeing her from Lugh's control as he reaches her. As they were embracing each other, Hibiki assures her that there's no need for her to worry anymore since he won't let her choose death, once again promising that they will survive together.

Unfortunately, their moment is cut short when Hibiki's magic circle starts to fade and Hibiki suddenly coughs out blood as the magic circle completely disappears, making both him and Io falls down. Fortunately, both are saved by Yamato who uses his magic circles to slow down their fall before hitting the ground. Once reaching the ground safely, Hibiki immediately faints with his body in critical, half-dead condition due to inexperience using of the Dragon Stream's power. Yamato warns not to underestimate the Dragon Stream's power, calling JP's medical team to heal Hibiki. Hibiki is then taken to Intensive Care Unit and remains unconscious for the rest of the night.

7th Day, Saturday's Variances[]

While still unconscious, Hibiki is dreaming about his childhood and the first time he enter high school. When he awakes from his dream, he cries. He then arrives just in time to save Daichi, Io, and Makoto from Benetnasch's attacks with Suzaku, at the cost the demon received huge damage and unable to fight. Horrified to know that Hinako, Airi, and Jungo have died and furious that Yamato abandoned his own comrades, Hibiki relentlessly attacks Benetnasch with Byakko. However, Benetnasch quickly takes down Byakko, leading Hibiki to use the Dragon Stream's power to deflect Benetnasch's attack. Hibiki begins to question Yamato of his way of sacrificing people, telling him that he just selfishly imposed order, though Yamato retorts back that the world is selfish the way it is. Hibiki states that he doesn't want a future built from the deaths of his friends and decides to fix everything by starting over, believing that humans should change things with their own hands.

This disappointed Yamato, who hoped Hibiki would follow him. Both are interrupted by stronger attack from Benetnasch, slowly breaking their magic barriers. In the nick of time, Daichi summons Black Frost, stopping the attack. While Black Frost keeps attacking, Hibiki also supports the attack as he made up his mind to restore the world. They finally able to expose the core, allowing Yamato to destroy it, killing Benetnasch for good.

With them survived the Seven Days of Judgment, Yamato is ready to face Polaris, but Hibiki won't let him go and fulfill his goal. Responding to Hibiki's statement, Yamato tells Hibiki to kill him, and if he's not prepared, to shut up, threatening that if he's standing in his way, he will kill him as well. At this time, Alcor appears and declares he won't let Yamato kill Hibiki since he has decided to entrust the choice of the future to him.

Last Day, Sunday's Fruitions[]

While Yamato fights with Alcor at Tokyo Tower, Hibiki summarizes to Io and Daichi that now with the Purge of Polaris is over, the world can be remade by humans who have survived the whole ordeal. Hibiki wonders which is the right choice and what they hope to gain through fighting. He explains that if Yamato has his way through seeking audience with Polaris, the order of the world will be rewritten to that of meritocracy in a way that the world was always that way, scaring Io and Daichi who refuse to accept and follow such a world. Hibiki also agrees with them and wants to stop both Yamato and Alcor, but is too exhausted to move due to overuse of the Dragon Stream's power from the last battle.

He then received Yamato and Alcor's death clip, worrying him even more and struggles to make his way. Daichi tries to talk him out of it, but Hibiki remembers his promise with Yamato that he will stop him and pass judgment if he disagree with his way, a promise that he believes is the only thing that he and Yamato exchanged as human beings. Unfortunately, neither Byakko nor Suzaku has healed, preventing him from going. Makoto, who also received Yamato's death clip, decides to go help Yamato. Makoto apologize to Hibiki, Daichi, and Io for everything she had done, but Hibiki understood that she just carried out her orders even though he doesn't know whether it was right or not. He then questions does she doesn't have any doubt of Yamato's plan, which Makoto replies that she's indebted to the Hotsuin, so from the start she could speak nothing of the future. 

Hibiki protests that that's the end of thought, which people have depended on and asks does she think Yamato is hope, which she admits true. Hibiki, Daichi, and Io received Makoto's death clip, prompting Hibiki to warn her that going without any plan is too reckless. But this didn't sway Makoto's decision who tells Hibiki that while he is quite intelligent, he doesn't understand. Before leaving, Makoto tells Hibiki her final request to take care of Yamato in her place, something that saddened Hibiki, remarking to himself that the way she said it is too cruel.

With Byakko finally healed, Hibiki goes to the Tokyo Tower where Alcor and Yamato are fighting, only arrived at the moment too late as Alcor binds himself with Yamato to self-destruct. Hibiki pleads him to stop, but Alcor bids him farewell as he flies away and explodes. Thinking that both Alcor and Yamato dead, Hibiki cries as he asks has Polaris feels satisfied with it, having enough with the trial given to him. To his surprise, Yamato turns out to have survived the attack by using the Dragon Stream at the last moment, making Hibiki questions the fate of Alcor and Makoto who are nowhere to be seen, which Yamato simply replies that he killed them.

They are interrupted by the appearance of the transport terminal that lead to Polaris. Yamato purposely make his phone run amok so that his demons can prevent Hibiki from reaching him while he makes his way to the terminal and transports himself. Hibiki has difficulty fighting Nebiros and Zaou Gongen until Daichi and Io arrives, protecting him with Black Frost, Kikuri-Hime, and Lugh. Hibiki informs them of Alcor's death at Yamato's hands, proving how powerful he is. Daichi and Io urges Hibiki to go after Yamato while they handle his demons, but Hibiki refuses since they doesn't know what kind of obstacles that will appear one the world is reformed so they need to be together. However, Daichi and Io convinces him that their battles for the past seven days are not in vain since he is still alive and he is their hope, being the only one able to stop Yamato. 

Tearfully, Hibiki proceeds with Byakko to the transport terminal as he watches Daichi and Io being engulfed by the Void yet still encourages him to go. Hibiki enhances the terminal using the Dragon Stream and transport himself before the Void completely engulfs the world. At the Akasha Stratum, he confronts Yamato, informing him of Daichi and Io's sacrifice and only the two of them in world, declaring that he will fullfill his promise to stop him and seeks audience with Polaris. Realizing that Polaris won't appear until they settle everything between them and convinced that he has no hesitation, Yamato accepted Hibiki's challenge and summons Cerberus, while Hibiki summons Byakko, both prepares to fight for the right to determine the future of the world once and for all. As Byakko and Cerberus clashes against each other, Yamato notices Hibiki's anger directed towards him that Hibiki says to be his anger for the fact that Yamato has killed too many people. While he understood that they won't survive if Yamato hadn't done that, his heart couldn't accept people do as they please if they would sacrifice others under excuse that the method justify the means. 

Hibiki shields himself and Byakko from Cerberus' flames with Shakko's barrier, which Yamato complimented and that's why Hibiki is confident that he can stop him. Hibiki once again asks Yamato does he truly intends to rewrite the world completely. Confirming that he will continue with his plan, Hibiki admits that he might be able to create a splendid world if he rewrite everything, but that kind of world is forced on them instead of changing by their own will, which is as same as voluntarily choosing death. At this, Yamato questions what is the meaning of living to him. Hibiki answers that living means continue making choices and thinking that makes the world goes on into the future. He thinks that the world Yamato created would only make people more unhappy because it's not made by their own will. Also, he doesn't mind being weak because that is what allows people to work together. Hibiki wonders out loud why Yamato had to be the one to do it. Yamato, without a hitch, explains that if he hadn't done it no one would've able to survive up to this day and that is the responsibility that those with power must carry whether they like it or not, reminding Hibiki's previous thought that he didn't want the power he was given.

Yamato remain insistence of his belief, leading Hibiki to ask why did he received his death clip that supposed can only be sent to a friend, telling Yamato that no one without a heart would be able to be a friend. Yamato refuses to accept the concept of friendship and suddenly coughs out blood, allowing Byakko to defeat Cerberus. Seeing Yamato's condition, Hibiki begs Yamato to stop, offering to fix everything together from beginning as friends without any fighting. This amused Yamato who comments that Hibiki is interesting, which Hibiki replies back that Yamato himself is strange. However, Yamato decides to proceed since stopping the path he had chosen himself would only hurt his dignity and tells Hibiki that if he truly considers him as a friend, then to kill him. Yamato summons Nebiros and Zaou-Gongen and fused them into Satan, easily overpowering Hibiki as it destroys Shakko's protection.

Defenseless, Hibiki could only wait for the attack to kill him, but to his and Yamato's shock, Daichi's demon, Black Frost, protects him. Shortly after, Hibiki receives his friends' demons being sent to his cell phones. Grateful of his friends' support, he fused all of their demons into Lucifer and defeats Yamato. As he embraces Yamato, Hibiki whispers to Yamato that one person changing the world is not right and wishes that everyone could've genuinely thought about the future like he does, assuring Yamato that he doesn't need to shoulder everything alone anymore before he dies in his arms. Polaris then appears before Hibiki and grants his wish.

As Hibiki has wished, the world is restored back to before the invasion without any of them remembering anything. Hibiki waits for Daichi to finish his mock exam before both going to Shibuya and discuss their future. When Daichi is unsure of his own future, Hibiki encourages him that something would work out, surprising Daichi who points out that Hibiki is more optimistic than usual. At the subway while waiting for train, they notices Io and Hibiki calls out to her since Daichi wishes to be her friend. Io expresses her surprise to be called out and agrees to become their friends and hang out together. At this, Hibiki suddenly cries out of happiness for reason he didn't understand himself. Before the three of theme enters the train to leave, Hibiki finally remembers everything of the seven days battle they had fought and immediately rushes to the Diet Building, leaving Daichi and Io. As he makes his way, he recounts the past eight days that he and his friends had struggle and his wish for a second chance to change the world by humans slowly changing themselves with their own will instead of force.

Once reaching the front gate of Diet Building, he insists the guards to be permitted meeting Yamato without explaining further since they won't understand, though they won't allow it due to Hibiki's vague reason. But then a limosin comes out, revealing Yamato inside. Hibiki immediately approaches Yamato for confirmation, making the man beside Yamato asks does he know Hibiki, to which Yamato replies that he doesn't since he has no friend and then smiles knowingly at Hibiki, surprising him. Realizing what Yamato meant, Hibiki breaks into tears, relieved to know that Yamato remembers everything as well. He then stands up, looking up at the sky and states to himself that humans will continue living.

Relationships[]

Daichi Shijima[]

Daichi is Hibiki's childhood friend and so far is the closest person to Hibiki. During their childhood, Daichi is the only one to always protect Hibiki from bullying and befriend him, making Hibiki more open up and cheerful person the way he is now. Before the start of the story, only to Daichi Hibiki shows his cheerful and brighter side to. Both cares for each other deeply and willing to help to the point of being suicidal for the sake of one another. Hibiki always concern for Daichi's well-being and preferred him to stay out of the way out of worry that he will drag Daichi into more dangers. Whenever Daichi feels helpless for unable to help Hibiki in any way, Hibiki always appreciates Daichi's efforts and cheered him. Daichi, in return, is very loyal to Hibiki and would cast aside his own fear in order to protect his best friend, trying his best to get him out of harm's way and avoid battle. He refuses to leave him fighting alone and will always stand by his side despite his own weaknesses compare to Hibiki who is clearly more capable.  

Io Nitta[]

Io is Hibiki's schoolmate. Despite Io being highly popular amongst students in their school, Hibiki didn't know her at first and didn't find her attractive like Daichi does. Despite only just met each other for a few days, both quickly developed a close bond. Io feels comfortable around Hibiki and finally start to harbour feelings for him, which implied when Otome teased her about her affections towards Hibiki, making Io blushed hardly and when she thought that Hibiki is trying to peek on her, her attention immediately focused on him, almost not minding Daichi and Joe who are with him. Hibiki became Io's motivation to become stronger and independent, resoluting to always protect him. Hibiki, on the other hand, remains oblivious of Io's feelings towards him, but nevertheless regards her as his friend that he wish to protect. The extent of their bond is shown to be very deep when Hibiki risk his life to save her, not wishing to lose her.

Yamato Hotsuin[]

Both are not in a really good terms with each other since both have contradicting views until near the end of the series. Hibiki dislike Yamato for his way of sacrificing people and thinks of people as merely some pawns, which resulting with Hibiki leaving JP's because he can't understand what he thinks and what kind of person he is. However, Hibiki became confused after knowing that Yamato came to Nagoya to save him after receiving his death clip, leaving him wondering about his judgment on Yamato. Though, Hibiki still vows that he will stop Yamato if he intends to fulfill his goal of merit system. Regardless, Hibiki considers Yamato as his comrade, and eventually, a friend. He is saddened when he thought Yamato is dead and prefer to persuade him rather than killing him to fullfil his promise to stop him.

Yamato acknowledges Hibiki's talent as summoner and has high hope for him, believing that he's not the type of person who will die easily. Alcor implies that Yamato somehow regards Hibiki as his friend since he received Hibiki's death clip that can only be received by friends, and even going as far as saving him from Phecda personally afterwards, which lead to his cell phone reaching its limit for using too much power, though Yamato claims that Hibiki is only a weapon useful for him to fight the Septentrione. However, afterwards, Yamato himself wondering his own action and concept of friends. Also, despite their clashing ideals and Hibiki is deemed as being too naive, Yamato still insist on keeping Hibiki by his side until the end, referring him to his as his property. Still, when Hibiki decides to stop him, Yamato has no hesitation to kill him. In the end, Hibiki's efforts was not in vain since he finally succeeded on reaching Yamato's heart, resulting with both comes into understanding of one another and silently continue their friendship with their own way.

Alcor[]

Hibiki was at first, angry at Alcor who doesn't do anything to help humans and merely watching them to suffer, thinking he and the demons are toying with them. However, after they talked and Hibiki knew the real reason why Alcor can't help them, both reached to understanding, making Hibiki changed his perception of Alcor and both are on friendly terms since then. Hibiki even kept Alcor's true identity as a Septentrione a secret from the others (except Daichi and Io). Though, Hibiki is at first has his hands full due to Alcor's lack of understanding of humans' behaviour (that the latter taken too seriously) and honesty that may make things more difficult, calling the latter an idiot. Unlike Yamato, Hibiki is quick to accept Alcor with open arms and even able to strike a warm conversation with him like they are that way to begin with, something that surprised Daichi. Hibiki is very saddened by Alcor's death and mourned for him as he had enough of losing another friend.

Alcor developed fondness toward Hibiki ever since he found him to the point he takes everything he said seriously. Like he did with Yamato before, he has high expectation of Hibiki who is the new Shining One, but unlike Yamato, Alcor is more open up to Hibiki than him despite only know him for a few days. This is most likely because they shares the same ideal and acceptance for humanity the way it is, making them closer. Through his interaction with Hibiki that Alcor grow to like him and his friends and he feels for the first time that he has becoming an actual person, not just a mere system. He eventually decided to place his hope on Hibiki to create the future by killing Yamato who intends to kill Hibiki, going as far as sacrificing his own life to do so. 

Demons and Abilities[]

Hibiki is one of the strongest summoners in the series that reached the same level as Yamato, and eventually even stronger than the latter. He has high latent spiritual and magical power that enabling him to summon powerful demon on his first summoning. His potential eventually made him chosen by the Dragon Shakko, allowing him to harness the Dragon Stream's power and fighting without a demon like Yamato does.

Demons[]

  • Byakko:
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    -Hibiki's first demon and mainly the one that he uses throughout the series. Byakko relies mainly on Electrical and Physical-based attacks to attack demons and Septentrione. It is one of most powerful demons summoned in the series, being able to endure many heavy blows and falls in addition to defeating many common demons in one strike.
  • The White Tiger, also known as the White Tiger of the West or Bai Hu, is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation (Si Xiang) along with Seiryu, Suzaku and Genbu. It represents the West, the autumn season and the element of Metal (Wind in the Japanese system). During the Han Dynasty, people believed the tiger to be the king of all beasts. Legend had it that when a tiger reached 500 years old, its tail would turn white. In this way, the white tiger became a mythological creature. It was said that the white tiger would only appear when the emperor ruled with absolute virtue or if there was peace throughout the world. Because the color white of the Chinese five elements also represents the west, the white tiger thus became a mythological guardian of the west.
  • Suzaku: 
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    -Hibiki's second demon that he gained during the third day. Like Byakko, it is also one of the strongest demons summoned in the series, though weaker compared to Byakko. Suzaku relies on Fire-based elemental attack.
  • -The Zhu Que, also known as Vermilion Bird of the South or simply the Vermilion Bird, is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations (Si Xiang) along with Byakko, Genbu and Seiryu. According to Wu Xing, the Taoist five-elemental system, it represents the fire element, the direction south and the season summer correspondingly. Thus, it is sometimes called the Vermilion Bird of the South and it is also known as Suzaku in Japan and Jujak in Korea. Suzaku is an elegant and noble bird in both appearance and behavior, it is very selective in what it eats and where it perches, with its feathers in many different hues of Vermilion.
  • Lucifer:
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    -Hibiki's third and last demon that he acquired by fusing all the demons that Hibiki received from his friends including Byakko and Suzaku. It is the strongest demon Hibiki has and also the strongest demon in the series, able to defeat Yamato's strongest demon, Satan, effortlesly. It creates powerful a blast to attack and use its wings to defend.
    1. -Lucifer (Hebrew — הילל, Helel), or Lucifel, is a prominent figure in Abrahamic religions, with his most infamous act being rebelling against God and subsequently falling from grace. The name Lucifer is derived from earlier Latin proses and poetry; lux, lucis, "light," and fero, ferre, "to bear, bring," symbolizing his role as the "Morning Star" and the strongest seraph or archangel, the highest ranked angel serving God prior his fall from grace. Lucifer is also the demon who represents the sin of Pride.
    2. The reason for Lucifer's rebellion differs from interpretation to interpretation, however, three most accepted reasons fall in a refusal to bow down to mankind upon its creation, disagreement about God's plan of salvation or sinful pride in aspiring to overthrow his creator and become ruler of Heaven himself.
    3. While in modern literatures, Lucifer and Satan are treated as the same entity, the name Lucifer was never identified with Satan until the Latin translation of the Book Isaiah. A specific passage in the book refers to a King of Babylon, who is described to fall from heaven and is called Helel ("shining one"), a name which refers to the Morning Star or Day Star (the planet Venus), which subsequently became translated as Lucifer. In the Book of Peter, the name also referred to the Morning Star in general, but with no relation to the devil. Even Jesus Christ himself is sometimes called the Morning Star, though generally not "Lucifer" in Latin.

Abilities[]

  • Dragon Stream:
    After being chosen by the Dragon Shakko, Hibiki is able to harness the Dragon Stream with Shakko channeling its power to Hibiki. By harnessing the Dragon Stream, Hibiki is capable of creating magic circle that deflect any attack and increase his own magical powers. However, this comes at the cost of his body unable to whitstand its power too much, leading to black out with Hibiki's body in half-dead condition. However, after some times, Hibiki able to use this power properly with less impact on his body. When using this power, a magic circle will appear beneath him, a data-like statics surrounding his body, and a form of the Dragon Shakko circling his right arm. Hibiki lost the Dragon's protection after it was destroyed by Satan in his final battle against Yamato.

Trivia[]

  • His favorite music genres are J-Pop and Classic.
  • He has a sweet tooth, making his favorite foods are sweets, especially mame daifuku and yaki mitarashi.
  • He used to learn to play piano from when he was 1st grade until 6th grade.
  • His height and weight are similar with Alcor.
  • In the bunny parka that he always wears, there's a speaker for his music player concealed within the hoodie.
  • He has the same seiyuu as Hinako when he was a child.
  • His ideal bride is someone who is kind.
  • His ideal wedding is June Bride, but he'll go along with whatever his bride wants.
Sours: https://devil-survivor-2-the-animation.fandom.com/wiki/Hibiki_Kuze

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

デビルサバイバー2・アニメーション

Debiru Sabaiba 2 Ji Animēshon

Composer(s)

Koutarou Nakagawa

Original Run

April 5, 2013 – June 28, 2013

Devil Survivor 2 The Animationis the anime adaptation of the game Devil Survivor 2for the Nintendo DS. It started to air on April 4, 2013 on every Thursday in MBS. The anime uses the same script by Makoto Uezu as Haruto Shiota's manga adaptationwith minor changes. It was scheduled to be 13-episodes.
  • U.S. Retail Episodes 1-13 - July 1, 2014

Episodic summary

Episode 1: Sunday's Melancholy

Hibiki Kuze, the protagonist, and his best friend, Daichi Shijima, have just finished their mock exams in school, they go to Shibuya to shop and watch a movie. While wondering what they should do afterward, Daichi introduces the Nicaea website, which sends the death clip of one's friend to Hibiki and forcefully registers in his cell-phone. In the subway platform, they notice their schoolmate, Io Nitta, of a different class is waiting for the train also. While discussing Nitta, they receive a death clip from Nicaea of each other. Realizing they are right in the scene of the death clip and the oncoming train, they are too late to leave the station as it starts to crumble. The navigational AI of Nicaea, Tico asks Hibiki if he wants to live or die, he chooses to live, and Nicaea forcefully installs the demon summoning app on his phone. When the three students are awakened in the now collapsed station, Kobolds appear from the dead's cell-phones to attack and devour humans. Ogre comes out from Io's cell-phone and Poltergeist from Daichi's to fight off other malignant demons out of the blue, buying time for the three to escape.

The three leave the subway and it's then that they see their first glimpse of the now badly damaged city. Daichi is able to contact his mother, confirming his and Hibiki's families have safely evacuated, but Io cannot contact her family due to sudden network outage. Hibiki suggests to Io that they escort her to her home in Ariake until they have figured out the true nature of the demon summoning app. After they have arrived at Shimbashi station, Dubhe descends from the sky among the crowd. Realizing the unidentified object is moments away from attacking everyone, Hibiki shouts at the crowd to flee, in vain. The three run before its "head" explodes and shoots out projectiles that burn anything they hit. Daichi leaves the other two to a back alley.

Hibiki tells Io to summon Ogre to protect them. At this time, Hibiki receives another death clip of Daichi which shows him in a truck. Ogre falls for taking too much damage from Dubhe, then a truck driven by Daichi rushes to Dubhe and creates another blast. Dubhe is apparently unscathed from the ram, but Hibiki's cell phone has finished downloading a demon, which is Byakko. The beast is summoned and finishes Dubhe. Daichi turns out to have been saved by Pixie, a new demon summoned by Io, before the truck hits Dubhe. Amazed at the ability to summon the demon as powerful as Byakko, Yamato Hotsuin in the JP's headquarter orders Makoto Sako to arrest all three. Elsewhere, a mysterious man, Alcor, observes everything and refers to Hibiki as "Shining One."

Episode 2: Monday's Turmoil 1

Hibiki, Daichi, and Io are brought to the JP's headquarters. While Hibiki is taken to the command room, Daichi and Io are taken to another room. The chief, Yamato Hotsuin, and his right-hand woman, Makoto Sako, explain that the mysterious invaders, named Septentriones, will destroy the whole world and can only be defeated by demons under the command of a human summoner. The next day, Hibiki agrees to consider cooperating with JP's if they liberate Daichi and Io. Makoto then drives the three to Ariake to investigate Io's home, but the Rainbow Bridge that would have been their path there has collapsed, so they change course to the nearby church which is being used as a refugee camp.

In the refugee camp, Io cannot find any news of her family and is in despair. At the same time, the church is attacked by a bunch of Itsumades appearing from the hostless cell-phone. Hibiki summons Byakko to fight, Makoto also summons Power to aid Hibiki and destroys the cell-phone which runs amok. After this incident, Hibiki is determined to fight for humanity. Daichi and Io also join him because they feel the same obligation.

Yamato gives them their first orders: head to Osaka and look for the missing JP's scientist, Fumi Kanno. Afterwards, Yamato is visited by Alcor, who questions why he didn't keep Hibiki by his side. Yamato replies that he's not the type of person who will die easily, so it won't be necessary. Realizing that Yamato has high hopes for Hibiki, Alcor states that he will also be hoping for a new Shining One before disappearing.

Elsewhere, at Nagoya, a man states that they're ready to put their plan into motion and won't let Yamato do as he pleases.

Episode 3: Monday's Turmoil 2

Under Yamato's orders, Hibiki, Daichi and Io take the JP's train to Osaka to help find their chief scientist, Fumi Kanno, who has lost contact with headquarters. They are greeted by another summoner of JP's, Hinako Kujou, at their arrival, but the other summoner Keita Wakui is less welcoming of the trio and returns to his mission of hunting down malignant demons by himself. At the JP's Osaka headquarter, their computer system is attacked by an anonymous hacker, threatening to corrupt all data and disrupt a barrier that has been protecting the city. At the same time, Hinako receives Keita's death clip that shows his dead body lying at the base of a large stairway that Hinako recognizes.

Hibiki instantly concludes that the scene of Keita's death is related to the hacker attack and attempts to inform Keita of his impending demise. However, Keita gets ambushed by numerous Gozuki and Mezuki demons, forcing him to summon Berserker and rendering him unable to receive the call. All four summoners head to an abandoned theme park where the hacker has been located. They arrive just in time for Hinako to summon Lilim, rescuing Keita as he was about to fall from the stairs, supposedly averting Keita's death clip. The group tries to fend off the enemy demons, but soon learn that they are constantly being re-summoned by the unknown hacker. They form a quick plan to approach the hacker themselves, and discover that the hacker is Fumi, the missing JP's chief scientist. A powerful demon named Botis appears, who almost kills Io and is revealed to be the demon who kidnapped and brainwashed Fumi. Hibiki and Keita team up to defeat Botis, allowing Daichi to destroy the computer equipment used to attack JP's.

As the group starts to relax, Botis suddenly reappears and blasts the area with lightning, causing everyone to flee as debris falls. Botis commands the still brainwashed Fumi to continue with the attack on JP's, where she causes the entire JP's computer system to crash, causing the barrier protecting the city to quickly fade. Botis then releases his hold on Fumi and vanishes, letting her fall to her doom. While Daichi manages to save Fumi from the falling debris, Keita ends up taking the full brunt of Botis' Ziodyne in Hibiki's stead, and is sent falling down the stairs to his death, just as the death clip had predicted. Meanwhile, JP's detects the arrival of a new Septentrione in Osaka.

Episode 4: Monday's Turmoil 3

Hibiki is grief-stricken by Keita's death, blaming himself for letting his guard down despite knowing his death clip. JP's officials arrive at the park to bring all the survivors back to the Osaka headquarter before Hibiki has the time to mourn Keita's death, in preparation for the battle against Merak. Elsewhere, Alcor is observing Merak's attack with Botis and discussing whether humans will be able to win or not.

Daichi is assigned to the medical team due to his demons being too weak to fight. In a room, Hinako briefly tells Io of how Keita helped her yesterday with Berserker when she cannot move falling debris. A JP's member then arrives and tells her to get ready while Io is on standby. Hinako tells Io to stay by Hibiki's side since he's still blaming himself for Keita's death. Yamato places all the JP's summoners and officials at different lines of defense before the tower which is under the process of restoring the spiritual barrier of Osaka. Hibiki is particularly placed at the rearmost position, so he can fight Merak with more data about the enemy at the expense of the combatants sacrificed at the front lines. Yamato's strategy, however, disgusts Hibiki and he ignores Yamato's order to reach Merak where Hinako is fighting just as Io arrives to cheer him.

Hibiki arrives on time to save Hinako from Merak's attack and resolves to defeat Merak before it can advance any further. However, Byakko's Ziodyne fails to scratch Merak, while it, in turn, proceeds to injure Byakko. All the other summoners, including Hinako, begin to prioritize Hibiki's and Byakko's safety over their own, giving their lives while failing to stop Merak. Hibiki wakes up to find everyone dead, except Hinako who barely survives and tells Hibiki about Io before passing out. Alcor suddenly appears behind Hibiki, introducing himself and vaguely talks about man's choices which affects others, such as Hibiki's disobedience results in Io acting as his replacement at the rear defense. Shocked by his own ignorance, Hibiki rides on Byakko to pursue Merak, stating to Alcor that it's because he received the power to summon demons that he decides to do something to help others.

Io finishes downloading her new demon, Kikuri-Hime. Covered by other JP's demons, she is dealing some substantial damage to Merak and shatters some of its shells, but still unable to survive its Circumpolarity. Merak then sheds its shell, preparing an even stronger Circumpolarity at the cost of its own defenses, but Hibiki arrives in time to destroy Merak. While it dissolves, Merak attempts a last-ditch attempt to kill Hibiki, but a mysterious man summons Hagen to slice down the Septentrione. He introduces himself to Hibiki as someone who hates JP's and warns him that Yamato is not trustworthy. Hibiki then leaves with the man behind Io's lament. Meanwhile, JP's Nagoya headquarter is reported to be seized by the rioters from Ronaldo Kuriki's faction, the former JP's member who has just lured Hibiki away.

Episode 5: Tuesday's Disquiet 1

JP's orders their troop to travel to Nagoya by train in order to take back the branch which has been seized by Ronaldo's faction. Daichi and Io secretly ride on the same train, using cardboard boxes to conceal themselves to look for Hibiki who has followed Ronaldo to Nagoya. Upon arrival, they receive Hibiki's death clip, apparently engaged in a fierce battle. Fumi has awoken and starts rebuilding the terminal program which she herself previously erased while brainwashed by Botis. Makoto is finally taking some rest and recapturing how she was scouted into JP's by Yamato when she was a civilian, but starts doubting Yamato's foreknowledge of all the things that have just happened. She has privately informed Io about the location of JP's Nagoya branch and how to get on JP's train without notice.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Nagoya Airi Ban and Jungo Torii, two JP's summoners who have escaped Ronaldo's raid, plan to take back the JP's Nagoya base, using a secret tunnel that the insurgents are unaware of.

At a park in Nagoya which is occupied by many refugees, Io and Daichi see the insurgents distributing the rations looted from JP's to civilians. Soon afterward, a horde of Legions appear and attack everyone in the park. Io summons Kikuri-Hime and defeats many of the demons while Daichi's demons still prove to be too weak. Just when more of the demons arrive they are defeated by Hibiki, who now possesses a new powerful demon Suzaku. Io calls out to him to warn him of his death clip, but Hibiki runs off, unaware that his friends were in the park.

In JP's Nagoya branch, Otome Yanagiya is treating injured JP's officials from the rioters' attack. Ronaldo enters the room with Hibiki and reveals Yamato's ambition to establish a meritocracy system onto the world through the defeat of all Septentriones. He returns Otome's phone and says that she and the other JP's members can still help and that the only one who needs to be stopped is Yamato. Ronaldo wants to create a world of equality, for that he is planning to fight against the next Septentrione by themselves instead of JP's or the government, without sacrificing anyone in battle. Otome and another summoner Yuzuru "Joe" Akie decide to aid Ronaldo in any way they can.

Back in Tokyo, Yamato recalls his childhood of becoming an elite, how twelve years ago, at such a young age he was already being trained as a leader and in one event where JP's tests an early summoning system that summons Cerberus, who kills many of the JP's officials who were present at the summoning, but turns and bows its head at the young Yamato as he comments that they are incompetent. It was also in this period that he meets Alcor, whose appearance is unchanged from the present despite numerous years of passing, Alcor calls him the Shining One and plays chess with him, in which Yamato loses but refuses to accept defeat and demands a rematch.

Back in the present, Alcor appears before Yamato, who greets him coldly, saying that the game has only begun and that strength and power are what shapes the world, to which Alcor says that he is no longer the Shining One, despite saying that Yamato has never changed and asks if there are no other possibilities for his ideals to come true. Yamato replies that there is none, and promises he will prove it to him. As Yamato leaves, Alcor asks him if he believes Hibiki will win, and at that moment, Yamato receives a "friend's" death clip and seeing it to be Hibiki's, surprising him. He turns to Alcor, who has already vanished.

Episode 6: Tuesday's Disquiet 2

Airi and Jungo make their way through shafts wanting to re-enter the JP's base, while Io and Daichi ask an insurgent to quickly take them to where Hibiki is located. At the JP's Nagoya branch, Hibiki discusses with Ronaldo, Joe, and Otome, about the incoming Septentrione and the mystery of who made Nicaea. Later, Otome asks Hibiki why he joined the resistance, to which he replies that he wanted to help everyone at JP's, but he sees the sacrificing of lives by Yamato's orders as unnecessary. Otome tries to defend the bureau chief's actions, saying that those lives lost happened to lessen even more deaths. Hibiki tells her that he would willingly follow Yamato, but only if he is sure that Yamato is doing the right thing. He also expresses confidence that Ronaldo would not give orders to sacrifice lives.

At that moment Joe enters, accompanied by Daichi and Io. Daichi tells Hibiki of his death clip and wants him to return, but Hibiki chooses to stay, telling them of the arrival of another Septentrione and that Ronaldo's group will need his help. He states that he does not want his friends involved in the fight and risking their lives, but Daichi and Io do not wish to leave him. Moved by his friends' resolve, he thanks them.

Airi and Jungo fall through a shaft, but successfully enters JP's base and immediately fights with the resistance members. Airi summons Cait Sith as Jungo summons Neko Shogun, easily defeating the insurgents' demons. Ronaldo steps in with his demon Hagen and tries to peacefully talk of how they arrived without orders and makes them reconsider whether JP's is right or not. Though Jungo doesn't want to fight other people, Airi stubbornly refuses to listen, saying she's on the side of justice and will only stop fighting once they surrender, continuing her fight with Ronaldo as Jungo fights with Joe's own demon Orcus. When Hibiki realizes that a fight is happening, he tries to speak to them through the JP's intercom, declaring that there shouldn't be a fight at a time like this. Just then, the area starts to shake as the next Septentrione, Phecda, makes its entrance.

All the summoners, including Airi and Jungo work together to attack Phecda, but realize that their attacks have no effect on it. Phecda shoots bolts of electricity, defeating all their demons as it then threatens to disrupt the generator that has been powering Nagoya's defensive barrier. Just when Ronaldo believes that Nagoya is doomed, Hibiki and the others arrive, summoning Suzaku, Kikuri-hime and Otome's own demon Sarasvati to attack the Septentrione.

Just when they were beginning to get the upper-hand, Phecda splits itself into two and shoots a powerful concentrated beam that instantly defeats Suzaku and Kikuri-hime. Daichi recognizes the beam as the one in Hibiki's death clip, causing Io to call for Hibiki to run. Hibiki refuses to quit and as he tries to summon Byakko, Phecda shoots another beam at him, but is blocked by Sarasvati. Unable to withstand the beam, Sarasvati is defeated as an explosion causes Hibiki to lose his phone, leaving him defenseless.

As Phecda readies another beam at Hibiki, Cerberus arrives, heavily damaging the Septentrione, saving Hibiki from his fate shown on the death clip. Yamato shows himself and with his power to overwrite his demons' abilities, easily defeats the Septentrione, despite Cerberus taking a direct attack from its beam. Immediately after, Fumi appears on a screen and reveals that while Ronaldo and his group had their hands full, JP's has successfully retaken the Nagoya branch. The others ask how Yamato arrived so quickly from Tokyo, and it is explained that Yamato used his magic to transport himself there.

Hibiki angrily asks Yamato why he didn't use his own power to fight, and why so many others had to die. Yamato stoically replies that it is necessary in order to face Judgement day that he requires pawns to act by his orders. He adds that Hibiki is an exceptional pawn, and his abilities would prove vital in saving the world. Ronaldo interjects, telling Hibiki to not believe in Yamato's words and that an egalitarian system is what the future should be. He then tells everyone that should Yamato's merit system be chosen, Yamato will appoint himself as the new world's ruler.

Yamato simply states his ideology of "might makes right." As Ronaldo's group prepares to attack, Yamato warns that he will not show any mercy to those who choose to oppose him. Having retaken his phone Hibiki summons Byakko, telling Yamato to stop and if he should try to hurt others, he himself will stop him. Just as the tension mounts, Alcor arrives, saying that he never thought that two Shining Ones would ever fight, once again introducing himself. He then tells Hibiki that the reason why Yamato came was actually because he saw his death clip, annoying Yamato and causing Hibiki to realize that Yamato came and defeated Phecda to save him.

Episode 7: Wednesday's Changes 1

Everyone questions who Alcor is since he seems not to be a member of JP's. In response to Hibiki's shock, Yamato tells him that Hibiki is a weapon to defeat Septentrione, nothing more than that. Seeing Yamato's stubbornness, Alcor points out that he should be glad he arrived on time, or else Hibiki would have been killed like the death clip has shown. Yamato expresses his disagreement, saying that the notion of set fate is ridiculous and strength can change it. Alcor then asks whether Hibiki will follow Ronaldo or Yamato. Hibiki states that he wants to use his power for the right thing. Ronaldo attempts to warn Hibiki that JP's would just use him, but Alcor tells Ronaldo not to interfere, with Bifrons appearing to enforce this. Hibiki asks if he is also a demon, and Alcor responds that he is merely "The Anguished One," and has no intention of becoming his enemy. Ronaldo orders the resistance members to capture Alcor, but their demons are easily defeated by Bifrons. Sensing the danger, Hibiki tells Ronaldo to have his comrades retreat while he will take them on. Alcor reveals that he was the one who created Nicaea and the demon summoning app, which grants humans the ability to hold their own against the Septentriones. And thanks to this decision, he found a new Shining One, Hibiki.

Yamato cuts him off, saying that concepts like the "Shining One" do not exist. He then tells Hibiki that a new Septentrione will appear the next day in three different locations to attack all barriers at once, and entrusts him to defend Osaka's. Hibiki retorts that he will not become Yamato's pawn, and will make his own decisions. Before leaving, Yamato leaves the responsibility for defending Nagoya in Ronaldo's hands, since his actions had weakened the defenses at the Nagoya branch. Ronaldo reluctantly agrees to cooperate, but warns Yamato that he will never let his goal come true. With the tension gone, Airi and Jungo introduce themselves to Hibiki. As they ask for more information on Alcor, they find that he has disappeared.

On the top of a Ferris wheel, Bifrons remarks that Alcor's decision to give humans the summoning app was going too far. Alcor admits that he himself is surprised by his own actions. Botis asks Alcor if he intends to oppose his master's will, and Alcor replies that the presence of the Shining One has instilled his hope in humanity. On the train, Yamato notes that he has depleted his cell phone's battery "over a trivial thing" as he recounts his past with Alcor. Three years ago, he and Alcor talked for the last time since he has succeeded becoming JP's chief and will begin his quest to create a meritocracy. Alcor bid Yamato farewell as he said that he wished he'd been the Shining One. Yamato muses that things like Shining Ones and friends are complicated.

The next day, JP's is having a physical examination for all staff. Fumi transported herself to Tokyo and was greeted by Makoto. On the way, they reviewed what happened the previous day when Yamato transported himself safely to Nagoya thanks to Fumi fixing the transport terminal. Fumi reveals that Yamato could have flown to Nagoya using his own magic, but his body would have been unable to withstand the strain. This makes Fumi question whether Hibiki really is important enough to Yamato. Makoto explains that Hibiki at this point has become an important weapon, something which upsets her.

In another room, Otome and Io exchange their opinions regarding the situation they are in. Otome also talks about her adopted daughter, saying how her daughter gives her reason to keep living. She also thinks that Io is right for devoting herself to her friends and the person she likes. Outside the woman's check up room, Daichi is sitting nearby when Joe suddenly appears and comments on Daichi's attempt to peek on Io, which Daichi denies. Joe then is about to open the door, using an accident as an excuse, but Daichi stops him. Hibiki, who notices them, asks what they are doing, and Joe answers that they are performing research. As he said this, however, the door opens, revealing Io who has finished her check up and is surprised when she notices Hibiki with them. Hibiki and Daichi try to blame Joe for what happened, but Joe already fled the scene, leaving Hibiki and Daichi to be scolded by Io.

Later, the group prepares to fight the three Megrez bodies, with Hibiki, Io and Daichi in charge of Osaka, the rest of the JP's stronger members in Nagoya and Yamato in Tokyo on his own. Before being transported, Hibiki tells Makoto that they are no longer JP's members, an answer that Makoto accepts and replies that she's putting their hopes on them as friends. Once they reach Osaka terminal, the three are welcomed by Hinako, who has survived from the battle against Merak, and joins Hibiki and the others in the mission. Back in Tokyo, in Fumi's room, Makoto picks her up, telling her to be on standby. Fumi tells Makoto that she has found Io to be a suitable sacrifice for Lugh.

Episode 8: Wednesday's Changes 2

The Summoners prepare to face each Megrez body as it approaches the towers. Airi, Jungo, Ronaldo, Otome, and Joe are stationed at Nagoya. Hibiki, Io, Daichi, and Hinako are stationed at Osaka, while Yamato defends Tokyo by himself. Hibiki recalls Ronaldo passing him a thumb drive filled with information of the Houtsuin family, while reminding him to take mankind's future in the right direction. Hibiki reaffirms his resolve to stop even Yamato if need be.

As each Megrez body surfaces, the Summoner teams begin their attacks. Megrez simply shrugs off their attacks as the wounds inflicted on its shell close in a matter of seconds, forcing them to employ stronger attacks against it. Daichi brings out his newly-acquired Heqet to do battle, but upon seeing the size of Megrez O(saka), it retreats to the safety of his phone. Hinako initiates her summoning app, revealing to have acquired Keita's signature demon, Berserker. She uses it to rapidly damage Megrez's shell, until a core is revealed. Hibiki employs Byakko to annihilate the core, but the Megrez body simply resurrects and continues its journey. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Yamato has fully utilized both his summoning app and the tower to set up a magic circle that impedes Megrez T(okyo)'s movement. Using Baal and Cerberus, he single handedly defends the tower, and commands the teams to destroy all 3 bodies simultaneously.

Each team then pursues Megrez while whittling down its shell in order to expose its cores. Hibiki and Io receive a Death Clip, showing Ronaldo's, Otome's and Joe's simultaneous demise in an explosion. They inform Ronaldo of this, and he reassures them that the Death Clip will not come true. As Megrez N(agoya) approaches its tower, it plows through a musical theatre that held significance in Airi's life. Ronaldo orders his subordinates to destroy the JP's Nagoya branch basement, causing a cave-in to impede Megrez N's movement. As the team bombards Megrez N's shell, Airi busts out Lorelei in a fit of anger, which severely damages Megrez N with its Bufudyne. At the same time, the other Megrez bodies have had their cores exposed, and each team leader simultaneously annihilates them. As Megrez N disintegrates, it unleashes a final barrage of buds at the Nagoya team, killing Ronaldo, Otome, and Joe while injuring Jungo. As Airi mourns their deaths, Jungo points out a peculiar point of Nagoya, where it appears that even the sky is missing.

Later that day, Yamato and Fumi head underground to find an ancient relic - Lugh's spear, Brionac. They comment that JP's has spent a significant amount of time trying to modify it for use, but now the time has come for the one capable of wielding it.

As Hibiki ponders the reason for the Septentriones, Alcor appears to remind him that 3 more Septentriones remain. Hibiki expresses his frustration over Alcor's refusal to help the humans, and Alcor explains that the whole situation is intended as a trial for humanity to prove itself. He also explains that Polaris is the one who has imposed this trial upon humanity, with the Septentriones - including him - being Polaris' tools for this purpose. Polaris had been intending to erase the existence of humans due to them straying too far from its vision of natural order, but Alcor disagreed with this viewpoint, and thus created Nicaea to give humans a choice of either showing their will to Polaris, or being consumed by the Void.

Almost as if on cue, the Void enters Hibiki's view from across the horizon, as the unprotected parts of Japan dissolve into nothingness. It is explained that the Void is not just mere destruction - all traces of humanity and their world are being erased from existence. Alcor mentions that after all 7 Septentriones are defeated, the path to Polaris will open, allowing for humanity to seek an audience with Polaris. Hibiki begins to question his motive of "saving the world" if there won't be much left to save.

Episode 9: Thursday's Shock

Alcor appears in Hibiki's room, explaining that he has nowhere else to go. They discuss Alcor's past with Yamato, and Alcor disagrees with Yamato's choice of ruling the world as a meritocracy, saying that in doing so he denies thought by controlling possibilities available to the individual. Alcor also expresses his anguish over being a tool of Polaris and thus unable to oppose its will, regardless of how much he wants to help humans. Hibiki allows Alcor to remain with him so long as Alcor is confirmed to not be an enemy, and as long as nobody finds out that a Septentrione is residing in his room. With some unfortunate timing, Daichi and Io turn up at Hibiki's room, forcing him to get them to understand Alcor's nature and keep his location a secret for the time being.

Meanwhile, Hinako and Airi get called over to the command center. Makoto explains that the 5th Septentrione is due to appear, and Fumi tells them that medical checkup has noted that they have qualities best suited for the upcoming plan to take down Alioth. After the rest of the Demon Tamers arrive, Makoto explains that Alioth will manifest in the ionosphere, far outside the attack range of the Demon Tamers' demons. In order to hit it, they will need to "recreate a myth." Alioth's location is then discovered to be right above Sapporo.

The plan is as follows: Hinako's aptitude for dancing will be used to draw Shiva's attention and ease its summoning. As Kama is a god who prefers young girls, Airi will use her appeal for his summoning. Should either of them come into danger, the Terminal can recall them to headquarters out of harm's way. As soon as Kama is summoned, the JP's Legions on standby will capture Kama and move him into a position within Shiva's attention. Once both gods are in position, the enraged Shiva would launch the flaming spear Pasupata at Kama, hitting Alioth in the process. Despite Alioth telegraphing an attack on Sapporo, the plan goes off perfectly, and Alioth's core is destroyed in a single hit.

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Devil Survivor 2: The Animation

Japanese anime television series

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation Manga Volume.png

Cover of the first manga volume released by Square Enix in Japan on March 27, 2013, featuring Hibiki Kuze

GenreAction, drama, supernatural[1]
Written byMakoto Uezu
Illustrated byHaruto Shiota
Published bySquare Enix
ImprintGangan
MagazineMonthly GFantasy
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 18, 2012 (2012-12-18) – October 18, 2014 (2014-10-18)
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Directed bySeiji Kishi
Produced byFumihiro Tanaka
Gorō Shinjuku
Jin Kawamura
Jun Fukuda
Natsuki Uetake
Ryōichi Ishihara
Susumu Machida
Toshihiro Maeda
Yasuo Suda
Written byMakoto Uezu
Music byKōtarō Nakagawa
StudioBridge
Licensed by

AUS

Hanabee Entertainment

Original networkMBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS, Niconico
English network
Original run April 4, 2013 (2013-04-04) – June 27, 2013 (2013-06-27)
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Written byKatsumi Amagawa
Published byKodansha Box
PublishedJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation (Japanese: デビルサバイバーツー ジ・アニメーション, Hepburn: Debiru Sabaibā Tsū Ji Animēshon) is a 2013 Japanese anime series based on the Nintendo DS video game, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 by Atlus. The series was directed by Seiji Kishi, with series composition by Makoto Uezu, based on the original story by Atlus and animated by Bridge. The series stars voice actors Hiroshi Kamiya as Hibiki Kuze along with Nobuhiko Okamoto, Aya Uchida, Junichi Suwabe and Takahiro Sakurai. When a mysterious calamity plunges the world into a state of chaos, Hibiki Kuze and his friends Daichi Shijima and Io Nitta are suddenly thrown from their normal lives into a battle of survival against creatures called Septentriones seeking to bring the world to ruin. Gaining the ability to summon demons from a cell phone app, Hibiki and his friends team up with an organization known as the JP's to help protect Japan and above all else—survive.

The thirteen episode series premiered in Japan on MBS on April 4, 2013 and was subsequently licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America, Hanabee Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand and by MVM Entertainment in the United Kingdom for English home video releases. A manga adaptation was serialized in Monthly GFantasy between December 2012 and October 2014. A light novel prequel was also published by Kodansha Box. In addition, two supplementary books and three Drama CDs along with a host of other merchandise were released. Critics praised the series for its dark animation styles and backgrounds. However the majority of reviewers had mixed feelings towards the cast of characters since they felt that while the characters were either not appealing or developed enough, their deaths were impactful to the viewer.

Plot[edit]

One Sunday afternoon, Hibiki Kuze and Daichi Shijima receive macabre videos from the Nicaea[J 1] website which predict their deaths mere seconds before they are involved in a gruesome train accident. They are spared however, when a Demon Summoning App[J 2] installs itself on their phones and allows the duo and schoolmate Io Nitta to escape from carnivorous monsters feasting on the dead in the wrecked subway station. The trio are shocked to discover a massive catastrophe on the surface and take refuge in Roppongi with other panicked citizens. Suddenly, when a creature known as Dubhe (ドゥベ, Duube) appears and attacks the crowd, Hibiki puts a stop to the carnage by summoning a demon from the app and destroying the creature. This prompts the Japan Meteorological Agency, Geomagnetism Research Department - JP's[J 3] to detain Hibiki and his friends and they are brought before its head—Yamato Hotsuin, who enlists their aid in defeating the remaining Septentriones[J 4] to prevent the end of the world in one week.

Yamato then dispatches them on a mission to retrieve the JP's scientist Fumi Kanno with fellow demon summoners Hinako Kujou and Keita Wakui, which ends up as a success at the cost of Keita's life. Following a devastating battle with Merak (メラク, Meraku), Hibiki joins the Resistance leader—Ronaldo Kuriki and learns of Yamato's true intentions as opposed to his own. As events progress, Airi Ban and Jungo Torii attempt to recapture the JP's base from the Resistance but chaos ensues when Phecda (フェクダ, Fekuda) appears and targets a defenseless Hibiki. However Yamato arrives and slays the Septentrione, saving Hibiki's life. In the aftermath, Yamato and Ronaldo engage in a heated debate over their ideals and the situation only escalates when Alcor appears and proclaims himself to be the creator of both Nicaea and the Demon Summoning App, which he had hoped would aid humanity in their darkest hour.

An unlikely alliance between the JP's, Resistance and the unaffiliated demon summoners result in the destruction of Megrez (メグレズ, Megurezu) the following day. While a somber Hibiki struggles to cope with the steep cost of victory, Alcor reveals the true nature of events thus far. He explains it all to be the will of an entity known as Polaris (ポラリス, Porarisu) as it seeks to erase humanity's "artificial" reality using its Void phenomenon and hence restore the "natural" order. Therefore, it sent the Septentriones to destroy the spiritual barriers protecting Japan from the Void. When Hinako and Airi defeat Alioth (アリオト, Arioto) the next day, its massive shell plummets from orbit and crushes the city—killing thousands more people and sparking outrage from Hibiki over the lengths Yamato will go to achieve his goal. Unperturbed, Yamato uses Io to summon a demon called Lugh and defeats the next Septentrione—Mizar (ミザール, Mizaaru). However, when the demon possesses Io and attempts to kill Yamato for its imprisonment, Hibiki wields the Dragon Stream[J 5] and saves Io.

As the week draws to a close, Benetnasch (ベネトナシュ, Benetonashu) appears on Saturday and completely destroys the barriers. Upon engaging the creature, Yamato allows the other summoners to die by ignoring them in the battle and ultimately defeats it with Hibiki and Daichi's help. In the aftermath, Alcor decides to support Hibiki and Yamato ends up killing him. Finally, Yamato activates the Transport Terminal to seek an audience with Polaris and Io and Daichi forfeit their lives to give Hibiki a chance at going after Yamato and saving the world. Facing each other in another dimension, Hibiki desperately tries to reach out to Yamato and ultimately overpowers him with aid from his fallen comrades. Polaris then appears and Hibiki asks it to restore the world to the way it was. He then finds himself one week in the past, with his revived friends and his memory intact and reifies the will of humanity to keep on living.

Main characters[edit]

Hibiki Kuze (久世 響希, Kuze Hibiki)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya[2] (Japanese); Patrick Poole[3] (English)
Hibiki is the 18-year-old protagonist of the series. He is granted the ability to summon demons from Nicaea after experiencing a train accident on his way home from taking mock exams. With this newfound power he finds himself intertwined in a battle of survival against the Septentriones who seek to destroy the world.[4] Kamiya did not express any opinions on Hibiki's character. However he was very clear to point out that despite the series being called Devil Survivor 2, it is not a sequel to a previous series but rather an independent story all its own.[5]
Daichi Shijima (志島 大地, Shijima Daichi)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[2] (Japanese); Greg Ayres[3] (English)
Daichi is Hibiki's best friend and was with him during the train accident where he was also granted the power of summoning demons from Nicaea.[6] Okamoto praised the visual effects of the nighttime battle scenes, describing them as being "very beautiful".[5]
Io Nitta (新田 維緒, Nitta Io)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida[2] (Japanese); Jessica Boone[3] (English)
Io is a beautiful and intelligent senior at the same high school attended by Hibiki and Daichi. She was also granted the power of demon summoning by Nicaea after being involved in the train accident.[7] Uchida remarked that players of the original Devil Survivor 2 video game would enjoy the various viewpoints presented in the series. She also felt that the audience would be able to empathize with the characters since they are portrayed in a way that raises the question, "What would you do in that situation?"[5]
Yamato Hotsuin (峰津院 大和, Hotsuin Yamato)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[2] (Japanese); John Gremillion[3] (English)
Yamato is the director of the Japan Meteorological Agency, Geomagnetism Research Department which was established by his own Hotsuin family. He is a level-headed thinker and able to maintain composure in most situations.[8] Suwabe praised the cohesiveness of the music, video and dialogue of the series. He also noted that Yamato's most appealing trait is his strength.[5]
Anguished One (憂う者, Ureumono) / "Alcor"
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[2] (Japanese); Illich Guardiola[3] (English)
A mysterious white-haired individual who appears to Hibiki and Yamato at various times during the week.[9] He is the creator of the Nicaea website and the Demon Summoning App.[10] Also known as "Alcor", he is the 8th Septentrione.[11] Sakurai described Alcor's enigmatic appeal as laying in the aspect of being part of something larger than himself. He went on to praise the animation style, describing it as "powerful and immersive".[5]

Production[edit]

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation was produced by the Bridge animation studio of Japan using a team henceforth known as the Devil Survivor 2: The Animation Committee.[2] The series was directed by veteran anime director Seiji Kishi best known for directing the anime adaptation of Atlus's 2008 video game Persona 4.[12] During production, Kishi remarked that the calamity of which the story describes was reminiscent of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. He also praised the animated depictions of Suzuhito Yasuda's character designs. Makoto Uezu was selected as both the script writer and series composer for the anime. In an interview, Uezu commented that he had been a huge fan of the Megami Tensei series since his childhood and that his interests in the occult and electronic technology aided in the composition. Uezu further remarked that the story followed a "hard path" whereby the heroes were forced into making difficult choices at key points in the plot whilst the characters simultaneously explored sensitive issues related to human ethics and morality.

The series' character designs were drawn by Etsushi Sajima and were based on the original designs by Suzuhito Yasuda which received praise from Director Kishi. The original designs of the Septentriones were created by Mohiro Kitoh who remarked that since he was not directly engaged in the production process, he had to wait until the finished product was released before he could see the animated versions of his designs. The other half of the series' creatures i.e. the various devils (demons) used were designed by Hiroyuki Kanbe, while prop designs were done by Hatsue Nakayama and color designs were done by Keiichi Funada. Finally leaving Kazuto Shimoyama to oversee this area of production as the art director. The musical score was composed by Kōtarō Nakagawa. Nakagawa was initially surprised to have been offered to be the musical composer but took up the role as a challenge. In addition to Nagakawa, Sound Direction was done by Satoki Iida along with Sound Effects by Iki Okuda. Other staff members included Assistant Director Yoshimichi Hirai, Animation Designer Eriko Ito, Composite Director Katsufumi Sato, CG Director Yuji Koshida and Ayumu Takahashi as the series Editor and Producer Yasuo Suda.[2]

Music and audio[edit]

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation uses three pieces of theme music: one opening theme, one closing theme and one insert song. The theme sequences are not used consistently throughout the series since the episode producers decided to prioritize story-telling to their use which helped keep the plot within thirteen episodes.[15] The anime debuted with "Take Your Way" by Livetune feat. Fukase of Sekai no Owari as the opening theme for the first eight episodes and then from the eleventh.[16] The theme is not played but credited in both the ninth[17] and tenth[18] episodes. The closing theme is "Be" by Song Riders and is used from the first through ninth episodes and then from the eleventh.[16] The insert song titled "Each and All" by Livetune feat. Rin Oikawa also doubled as the closing theme of the tenth episode.[19]

Song Riders released "Be" on May 22, 2013.[20] This was followed by the release of Livetune's "Take Your Way" single on June 5, 2013.[21][22] "Take Your Way" sold 9,776 copies in its first week, ranking number 12 on the Oricon Singles Chart.[23] The song went on to become the number 1 single for the 23rd week of 2013.[24][25] The official "Take Your Way" music video features visuals and direction by Fantasia Utomaro.[26] The first soundtrack album was bundled with the first Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series and released in Japan on June 19, 2013.[27] The second album was released in a similar manner, with the third Blu-ray and DVD volume and released on August 21, 2013.[28]

A bi-weekly internet radio show hosted by Shūta Morishima was broadcast between April 4 and July 11, 2013 on the Hibiki Radio and Sound Springs stations.[29] Three drama CDs were additionally released and bundled with the second, fourth and seventh Blu-ray and DVD volumes on July 17, 2013,[30] September 19, 2013[31] and December 18, 2013[32] respectively. The CDs collectively tell parts of a story titled, "Ganbare Hibiki-kun!"[J 6].

Track list

1."「Take Your Way」(「DEVIL SURVIVOR2 THE ANIMATION」Opening Theme)"livetune adding Fukase(from Sekai no Owari)04:36
2."「Ready for Calming」"livetune adding Fukase(from Sekai no Owari)02:26
3."「Each and All」(「DEVIL SURVIVOR2 THE ANIMATION」Insert Song)"livetune adding Rin Oikawa from Q;indivi05:19
4."「Take Your Way」(Inst)" 04:36
5."「Each and All」(Inst)" 05:19
Total length:22:16
1."Trauma"Song Riders03:41
2."Be"Song Riders04:05
3."On Fire-acoustic ver.-"Song Riders04:02
4."Trauma-instrumental-" 03:41
5."Be-instrumental-" 04:05
Total length:19:34
1."Monday's Turmoil (激動の月曜日)"1:44
2."The Morning Sun We Thought We Were Going to See Again (何度でも繰り返すと思っていた朝日)"2:08
3."Shibuya (渋谷)"1:41
4."Daichi (ダイチ)"1:39
5."Daichi and Hibiki (ダイチとヒビキ)"2:09
6."Nicaea (ニカイア)"1:38
7."The Beginning of the End (終焉への幕開け)"2:01
8."Extreme Situation (極限状態)"1:54
9."Many Farewells (沢山の別れ)"2:28
10."JP's Headquarters (ジプス本局)"2:01
11."Sign of the Enemy (敵影)"2:25
12."VS"1:59
13."Great Disturbance (大騒ぎ)"2:09
14."Io (イオ)"2:05
15."VS2"1:36
16."Invader's Attack (侵略者の来襲)"1:42
17."Septentrion (セプテントリオン)"2:06
18."Wing (羽)"2:17
19."Shining One (輝く者)"2:02
Total length:37:44
1."Mu (「無」)"1:40
2."3RD DAY Fuon no Kayoubi (3RD DAY 不穏の火曜日)"2:07
3."Sennyuu (潜入)"1:49
4."Trumpeter (トランペッター)"0:34
5."VS3"2:15
6."Chessboard (チェスボード)"2:05
7."Ureu Mono (憂う者)"1:42
8."catch"0:10
9."4TH DAY Henyou no Suiyoubi (4TH DAY 変容の水曜日)"2:10
10."Alcor to Yamato (アルコルとヤマト)"1:57
11."Sarasvati (サラスヴァティ)"0:10
12."Byakko (ビャッコ)"2:13
13."Lorelei (ローレライ)"0:10
14."5TH DAY Kyougaku no Mokuyoubi (5TH DAY 驚愕の木曜日)"2:23
15."Houtsu Inka no Inbou (峰津院家の陰謀)"2:06
16."survive"1:43
17."Ronaldo (ロナウド)"1:35
18."7TH DAY Sorezore no Doyoubi (7TH DAY それぞれの土曜日)"2:33
19."VS LAST"2:21
20."Kagayaku Chiheisen (輝く地平線)"1:31
21."LAST DAY Ketsujitsu no Nichiyoubi (LAST DAY 結実の日曜日)"2:36
Total length:35:50
1."Part 1: 「ヒビキくんヤマトちゃんと出会う」" 
2."Part 2: 「ヒビキくんクリッキーにさらわれる」" 
3."Part 3: 「ヒビキくん最後の選択」" 

Release[edit]

Main article: List of Devil Survivor 2: The Animation episodes

The thirteen-episode series premiered on the Animeism programming block of MBS on April 4, 2013 during the 26:05 (02:05 JST) time slot. This technically resulted in the episodes airing on the days following the ones scheduled.[33] The anime was later aired on TBS, CBC and BS-TBS with online streaming on the Japanese Niconico website.[34] The series was acquired by Crunchyroll for online simulcast streaming with English subtitles in the territories of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, and Scandinavia.[35][36] The Anime Network and Hulu later picked up the series for streaming on their online services. The series was also digitally released on the Movies & TV platform by Microsoft and the PlayStation Store.[1]

On June 19, 2013, Pony Canyon began releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD volumes in Japan—with the first volume including the first episode and a bonus CD featuring the first Original Soundtrack for the series.[27] The following volumes each contained two episodes with all but the fifth and sixth volumes containing bonus discs of which included a three volume Drama CD series. The seventh and final DVD and Blu-ray volume was released on December 18, 2013 while all Limited Edition volumes were distributed with a bonus poster featuring characters from the series.[37]Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for distribution through selected digital outlets and a home video release in North America.[1][38][39][40] The company released the series in its entirety on DVD format on July 1, 2014 with English and Japanese audio options along with English subtitles.[41][42] Hanabee Entertainment later licensed the series for a home media release in Australia and New Zealand.[43] The company released the complete series on a DVD volume on September 3, 2014.[44]MVM Entertainment also obtained the distribution rights in the United Kingdom[45] and released it on a single DVD set on October 20, 2014.[46][47] Pony Canyon released the entire series on a Blu-ray box set in Japan on January 30, 2015.[48] Sentai Filmworks followed their 2014 DVD release with a Blu-ray format release in North America on April 21, 2015.[49] Hanabee then followed suit with their own Blu-ray release on May 6, 2015.[50]

Related media[edit]

Manga adaptation[edit]

A manga adaptation was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly GFantasy magazine.[51] It is illustrated by Haruto Shiota and written by Makoto Uezu; based on the original Devil Survivor 2 story by Atlus.[52] The manga made its debut in the January 2013 issue of GFantasy which was published in Japan on December 18, 2012.[53] It ran for twenty-five chapters and ended in the November 2014 issue which was published on October 18, 2014.[54][55] The chapters have been collected and released into four tankōbon volumes between March 27, 2013[56] and December 27, 2014.[57]

Volumes[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 March 27, 2013[56]978-4757539327
  1. Sunday's Melancholy ① (憂鬱の日曜日①, Yūutsu no Nichiyōbi (1))
  2. Sunday's Melancholy ② (憂鬱の日曜日②, Yūutsu no Nichiyōbi (2))
  3. Monday's Turmoil ① (激動の月曜日①, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (1))
  4. Monday's Turmoil ② (激動の月曜日②, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (2))
  5. Monday's Turmoil ③ (激動の月曜日③, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (3))
2 September 27, 2013[58]978-4757540774
  1. Monday's Turmoil ④ (激動の月曜日④, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (4))
  2. Monday's Turmoil ⑤ (激動の月曜日⑤, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (5))
  3. Monday's Turmoil ⑥ (激動の月曜日⑥, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (6))
  4. Monday's Turmoil ⑦ (激動の月曜日⑦, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (7))
  5. Monday's Turmoil ⑧ (激動の月曜日⑧, Gekidō no Getsuyōbi (8))
3 March 27, 2014[59]978-4757542679
  1. Tuesday's Disquiet ① (不穏の火曜日①, Fuon no Kaiyōbi (1))
  2. Tuesday's Disquiet ② (不穏の火曜日②, Fuon no Kaiyōbi (2))
  3. Tuesday's Disquiet ③ (不穏の火曜日③, Fuon no Kaiyōbi (3))
  4. Wednesday's Changes ① (変容の水曜日①, Hen'yō no Suiyōbi (1))
  5. Wednesday's Changes ② (変容の水曜日②, Hen'yō no Suiyōbi (2))
  6. Thursday's Shock ① (衝撃の木曜日①, Shōgeki no Mokuyōbi (1))
  7. Thursday's Shock ② (衝撃の木曜日②, Shōgeki no Mokuyōbi (2))
4 December 27, 2014[57]978-4757545243
  1. Friday's Partings ① (送別の金曜日①, Sōbetsu no Kin'yōbi (1))
  2. Friday's Partings ② (送別の金曜日②, Sōbetsu no Kin'yōbi (2))
  3. A Saturday Towards (Coexistence) ① (それぞれの土曜日①, Sorezore no Doyōbi (1))
  4. A Saturday Towards (Coexistence) ② (それぞれの土曜日②, Sorezore no Doyōbi (2))
  5. A Saturday Towards (Coexistence) ③ (それぞれの土曜日③, Sorezore no Doyōbi (3))
  6. Sunday's Fruition ① (結実の日曜日①, Ketsujitsu no Nichiyōbi (1))
  7. Sunday's Fruition ② (結実の日曜日②, Ketsujitsu no Nichiyōbi (2))
  8. Sunday's Fruition ③ (結実の日曜日③, Ketsujitsu no Nichiyōbi (3))

Light novels[edit]

A light novel written by Katsumi Amagawa titled "Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel" was published by Kodansha Box on June 3, 2013.[60] The events of the novel take place before the anime and depict a younger Yamato as Director of JP's and his preparation for the coming apocalypse.[61] A supplementary book titled "Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Character Archives" was published by Square Enix on June 27, 2013.[62] The book contained character biographies in addition to commentaries by Seiji Kishi and Makoto Uezu.[63] Another book titled "Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Creator Works" was published by Pony Canyon in Japan on August 9, 2013. This book contained broad interviews from most of the animation staff, including photos and a behind-the-scene look at the animation process and at the Devil Survivor 2 world.[64]

Merchandising[edit]

Numerous products including figurines and mobile phone accessories among other things were released in response to the anime.[65] A set of 16 posters was released by Pos x Pos Collection on October 18, 2013.[66]

Reception[edit]

The first episode earned an audience approval rating of 1.4% in Osaka's Kansai area and 1.9% in Tokyo's Kantō area during its premiere on April 4 and 5 in those regions respectively.[67][68] The first Japanese DVD volume of the series sold 1,933 copies in its first week, ranking number 7 on the Oricon DVD Chart.[69] Its second volume ranked 12, selling 844 copies in its first week,[70] while its third debuted at number 23 with 721 copies.[71] Its sixth volume ranked at number 13 and sold 648 copies.[72] The second Japanese Blu-ray volume of the series sold 1,488 copies in its first week, ranking number 9 on the Oricon Blu-ray Chart,[73] while the sixth volume debuted at number 10 and sold 1,200 copies.[74]

A seasonal review column on the Anime News Network called The Stream generally made light remarks of the first four episodes. Written by Bamboo Dong, the editor called the series mindlessly fun; jokingly citing how the cell phones are always pointed directly at the demons as if they would be incapable of fighting if it were otherwise. Dong also likened the series as watching someone else play the video game.[75] The designs of the various demons and Septentriones were described as the most interesting part of the series.[76] On the other hand, the editor described the immense amount of [video game] plot packed into the next batch of four episodes as messy. Dong also referred to the central premise as being pretty dark since it involved the main characters constantly receiving videos showing exactly how their friends would die. The editor gave the series props for not dabbling in the destruction porn taking place since all of the widespread death around Japan is implied, but added that showing some of it would have aided the realism of the story. After reviewing twelve episodes Dong was not able to develop any interest in the characters.[77] This continued into the series finale and Dong still felt that the characters were not fleshed out as much as they could have been. Dong explained that since there was basically no time to explore how the characters reacted to a disappearing world, it was essentially dehumanizing to such an extent that their deaths carried no emotional weight.[78] Dong presented a full series review in their Shelf Life column and expressed that viewers who like brawn, action and some emotion will enjoy the series as long as they can come to terms with the fact that they'll pretty much just be watching someone play a video game for several hours.[79]

The destruction caused in the series was thought of as being similar to the real-world devastation brought to Japan by the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake.

The Spring 2013 Anime Preview Guide written by Rebecca Silverman, also of the Anime News Network, expressed differing sentiments than that of Dong. Silverman was quick to mention that she had not previously played the game to which the series was based on. With that being said, she described the first episode as not feeling like a game adaptation since you at no point have the sensation of watching someone else play. She also noted that the transformation from the everyday world to one of total chaos and destruction as both swift and impressive. She supported this by citing similar descriptions of the destruction caused by the Great Kantō earthquake of the 1920s.[80] In her full series review, Silverman went into detail about how noticeably dark the series as a whole is when taking into account its animated depictions coupled with the death themes used. Unlike fellow reviewer Bamboo Dong, Silverman felt that character deaths would hit viewers more personally since they get to know them as the story progress and are then suddenly torn down. She further wrote that nearly every character death can potentially pack a punch since they are removed from the ending animation upon their demise. On the other hand, Silverman remarked that some of the characters were truly unlikable as they did not appear to grow and change.[15]

After seven episodes, Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku disliked the series so much that he discouraged viewers from watching it for that particular season. He supported this by stating that the premise of teenagers summoning monsters has been done to death and that the adaptation has no compelling mysteries nor are there deeper psychological dilemmas being explored.[81] Eisenbeis shared sentiments with the Anime News Network reviewers when he elaborated on what he called the "woefully underdeveloped" characters of Devil Survivor 2 who are only given rudimentary back-stories. This had the added effect of making it nearly impossible to figure out who exactly is a one-off character and who is a main character since they are all equally subjected to the threat of death. Eisenbeis noted that this made their demise genuinely shocking as it added to the viewing tension. Eisenbeis went on to write that the other characters were contrast to the main villain (or antihero) Yamato Hotsuin since he gets so much development that much of the series' runtime is spent on his backstory and goals than all the other characters combined. This helps give an in-depth understanding of the character and simultaneously made him an excellent villain.[82]

The UK Anime Network had Andy Hanley review the first four episodes and he expressed a much more positive outlook than previous reviewers. Hanley wrote about how fast the series was in setting up its premise and described it as an in at the deep end experience. Hanley cited the ruination of Tokyo at the end of the first episode and the countless deaths that occur by episode four to support this. Hanley argued that while this pace leaves the series open to being labelled as shallow, it's actually very effective in keeping the viewer engaged.[83]

Notes and references[edit]

Japanese
  1. ^ニカイア, Nikaia
  2. ^悪魔召喚アプリ, Akuma Shōkan Apuri
  3. ^気象庁・指定地磁気調査部、「ジプス」, Kishōchō. Shitei Chijiki Chōsa bu, 'Jipusu'
  4. ^セプテントリオン, Seputentorion
  5. ^龍脈, Ryumyaku
  6. ^がんばれヒビキくん!
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English: Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

Synonyms: DS2A, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2

Japanese: デビルサバイバー2 THE ANIMATION


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Type:TV

Episodes: 13

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013

Premiered:Spring 2013

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers:Mainichi Broadcasting System, Pony Canyon, Showgate, Index

Licensors:Sentai Filmworks

Studios:Bridge

Source: Game

Genres:ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural

Theme:DemonsDemons

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


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The countdown to extinction begins on Sunday with the arrival of the Septentriones, otherworldly invaders set on the eradication of mankind. Caught in the crossfire, Hibiki Kuze and his friends join in the war for humanity's survival by signing contracts with demons to become "Devil Summoners." Soon, their abilities attract the attention of JP's, an underground agency led by Yamato Houtsuin. Once recruited into JP's, Hibiki and his friends fight and bond alongside other ordinary citizens who are Devil Summoners.

However, with each new day, another Septentrione appears to wreak havoc upon Japan. Even if many lives are lost in the process, before that night ends, the young summoners must defeat the invaders at all costs.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

The first episode received a special pre-airing at an event at [email protected] Shinjuku on the 2nd of March, 2013. Regular TV airing started on April 5th.


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Neon Genesis Evangeli- I mean, Devil Survivor 2 the Animation, is a great example of an adaptation from a video game to television gone wrong. Having beaten the video game myself, this anime adaptation was a severe disappointment from start to finish in many off-putting ways. The writing in this anime is childish as it constantly uses well-known clichés, character archetypes who never develop past their cardboard cut-out selves, spills melodrama all over the floor, and everything feels rushed and unconvincing. It is rather, to put it simply, a monstrosity. Now, the story of the video game wasn’t exactly original nor was it interesting, so I wasn’t expecting the anime to have a storyline to be on a whole different tier. However the anime definitely could had improved on the overarching story in various ways. Unfortunately, the anime never really improves anything throughout its entirety and leaves off a trail of poor writing everywhere.

The story starts out when a colossal, unnatural disaster hits Japan which pushes civilians and society into desperation, as any major disaster in real life would. Soon, invaders called Septentriones appear and humans must defeat every one of them using demons they can summon in order to survive. Wait a minute, doesn’t this premise sound a bit familiar? Devil Survivor 2 borrows a lot of the same concept from Neon Genesis Evangelion. However the video game managed to blend in its own traditional and original aspects of the Megami Tensei franchise, (Devil Survivor belongs to the Megami Tensei franchise), thereby allowing the game to hold onto its charm. The same can’t be said for the anime adaptation. Unlike the video game, the anime sheds off every inch of strategy in every battle, and replaces it with random attacks that seem to serve no purpose other than for eye-candy and to weakly move the plot forward. The result is mainly dull action and boring battle scenes.

One of the first problems that appear in the anime is that it never really genuinely shows how such a monumental impact is affecting the civilians and society. In Devil Survivor 2’s case, world-building is essential in order to allow the viewer to sink in the necessary details so that important aspects such as pacing and plot and character development feel natural. World-building in this anime’s case could had provided more details on the nature of the post-apocalyptic setting, what the order of society is currently like, how various civilians are holding up, the government’s reaction, etc. Unfortunately, the viewer gets none of this in a genuine manner but gets instead various plot devices that jump out of nowhere which feel jarring, unnatural, and in certain cases, make for unconvincing writing in both story and character-wise.

Enter Hibiki, the main protagonist. He encompasses everything that many other battle shounen protagonists there ever were. He is the hero who jumps straight into action without rational thought. He is the hero who has to save everyone simply because he has the power to summon stronger demons than anyone else. By the way, why Hibiki has been granted this special power while almost everyone else has been left with much weaker demons is never explained until the last remaining few episodes. Even then, the reasoning for this special power is as cliché as it can get. The unexplained unique powers he acquires acts as plenty of plot devices, as Hibiki manages to defeat foes left and right with the help of his powerful demons, and without any convincing struggles. To hurt the writing further, for the first few episodes, this power is the only reason that drives him to become the typical hero that he is and jumps into every battle he can get his hands on. When Hibiki lacks such motivation for his heroic behaviors, he comes off as a very unconvincing character and becomes hard for the viewer to sympathize or understand with. Other characters beside Hibiki also never properly develop, and this makes for much unfruitful viewing containing melodrama and rushed events. In fact, the majority of the characters are hardly even realized, it’s as if they were put into the anime simply to fill up more cast and time and amount to nothing more.

On top of this, well-known clichés pretty much plague many parts of the anime. One notable cliché and theme used throughout the anime is… the power of emotions. Yes, screaming out loud while also screaming cliché lines can save the day in this anime.

Devil Survivor 2 the Animation was very disappointing. There is not much of a single redeeming aspect about this anime. Cliches, bland characters, overdramatic scenes due to poor development, weak narratives and overall plot really plague this anime, ultimately coming off childish and dull. And to those who played the game and hoped for a faithful adaptation in terms of story, you will be disappointed. To make it worse for the video game fans as well as for the rest of the Megami Tensei franchise fans, a lot of the Megami Tensei aspects seen in this anime are terribly realized. The anime breaks the laws of the MegaTen universe, such as how Hibiki can somehow summon Byakko as his first demon in the first episode, a high-level demon in the video game. It was also disappointing how the Demon Fusion was actually introduced in the last episode, and it didn’t help that it was intertwined with horrifying writing. Also, did I mention that Jungo is the most awkward character I’ve ever seen in any anime?

The video game is very fun and addicting. This adaptation can leave one with the impression of the exact opposite.

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I had my share of problems with Persona 4's anime adaptation. Actually, I had a truckload of problems with it. Scratch that, I was finding stuff to complain about every single episode. And yet, I look back on it and think "oh wow they actually didn't do that badly, considering they condensed a 70-hour RPG into 25 episodes". Indeed, Devil Survivor 2: The Animation served to put Persona 4 into perspective for me. In spite of all its issues, it really didn't do that much wrong. The story was well developed, the characters all got their moments to shine, and there was still time left over for fluffy social linkage.

Yeah, uh, DeSu 2 doesn't do any of that. What we have here is the boring parts of Mirai Nikki with the basic premise of Neon Genesis Evangelion tacked on, infused with Megami Tensei lore. P4 wasn't exactly a paragon of originality, but the tricks it played to stay above the typical worked well. Here, however, everything is strictly by-the-numbers. Chosen one, blah blah blah, pointless friends, sexy rival, blah blah blah, end of the world, boss battles, mysterious otherworldly ally, this has literally all been done before. Even worse, this show is as predictable as it is boring. I could see all the plot "twists" coming, -especially- the ending. Oh, wow, the ending. Don't even try to pretend you were shocked. It was so, so obvious.

One of my biggest problems with this is the cast. If your name isn't Hibiki Kuze, you're shit out of luck. This show doesn't care about you, and you won't get to do anything, ever. The only other characters to get any screentime are Hibiki's two friends, his sexy rival, and the mysterious otherwordly ally. Everyone else is mere decoration, which is extremely sad, because the minor characters happen to also be the most interesting ones. I was charmed by Jungo and Airi from the first moment they appeared, but "Jungo = chef, likes cats; Airi = kind of a bitch" is the only thing we ever get to know about them here. This is a huge problem, because when the show starts killing characters off and treats it as a huge deal, I was unable to care. They weren't killing -people-, they were killing concepts. None of these characters were developed enough for their deaths to have any sort of impact. Speaking of development, though, not even Hibiki gets that. Indeed, his only privilege is the vast amounts of screentime. He starts the show as a generic, personality-free protagonist, and ends it the exact same way. The protagonist, Yu Narukami, was one of the things the P4 anime did extremely well, so seeing them utterly fail here was kind of sad. Perhaps 13 episodes just wasn't enough for such a large cast of characters. Wait, perhaps? There's no "perhaps" here.

I suppose the show being short kinda starts making up for it being incredibly boring. Hey, let's be positive some more! Electropop magician kz of one-person music "group" livetune composed the opening, and he has, of course, delivered a total jam once again. It may not be a complete banger like his other op of the season, OreImo's Reunion, but more kz is good kz. I cherish kz's compositions. On a similar note, the ending song (Be by Song Riders) isn't bad, either. Both songs eventually found their way into my playlist, where they both got their heavy rotation. Oh and the animation is kinda nice I guess.

Let's have a bottom line, a line at the bottom. Devil Survivor 2 is boring. Really boring. Uninteresting and bland, even, and I can't think of this as anything other than a failure. I suppose it's a bit better than Mirai Nikki, one of my least favourite anime of all time, on account of this just being dull, as opposed to face-breakingly bad.

Although, technically, isn't making a bad impact better than making no impact at all? Mirai Nikki -did- have some absolutely fantastic stupidity...

Er, yeah. To close this review, I can't recommend this to anyone. To fans of the game, this is a shitty adaptation. Don't bother. To fans of the genre, Evangelion is there for a reason. To fans of SMT, just rewatch Persona 4. To everyone else, this is one boring piece of work. I suppose the best way to describe it would be "mediocre", but it's -so- mediocre that it crosses into being god-awful. After all, aren't the worst shows the ones you can't even enjoy for their badness?

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You know you're in for a ride when you read that first line of the synopsis and realize that the world is about to end thanks to some mysterious invaders. These invaders are called Septentriones want one thing: your life. It all takes place on the holy day of Sunday where the lives of the main characters are in danger. Why? Because the world is about to end and their only chance now is to survive. That's right....

Welcome to the world of Devil Survivor 2, where survival is a word that you'll be hearing more than meets the eye.

The series is based off the video game, Devil Survivor 2 of the same name. It is based off of the Megami Tensei so expect some similar themes to its other products such as Persona 4. Otherwise, this series is not a sequel despite being labeled seemingly as such. Rather, Devil Survivor 2: The Animation is an animated series that brings out survival at its finest. Hmm, or does it....

Taken from a survival standpoint, the series begins off with a strong promise. In fact, the subway station and the threat of being exterminated after a faithful event seemingly sets the course on its scale. It is on rail as we can tell that the mysterious invaders known as the Septentriones aren't messing around. As a matter of fact, anything coming in contact with them will likely end up a quick journey to the next world; aka death. It presents it visually well too. The way the characters panics in the beginning as well as the deaths of innocent people makes the series seem gruesome. It's not realistic but keeps up with its pace in terms of 'survival'. It holds true to the extent of its main tagline that features two prominent words:

Let's Survive.

The series follows main male protagonist Hibiki Kuze. The guy is seemingly who attends a normal high school with his normal friends until that not-so-normal day. To me, the character seems just like any other typical boy with no special qualities of notice. Well, except perhaps by that distracting hood he often wears with the funny ears, he is just a student. However, it is noticeable that the boy is fearless against certain situations and is able to make crucial decisions that can potentially lead to important outcomes. Then, there are his friends Io Nitta, the school beauty who comes with a package of both brain and looks. Unfortunately, she too gets caught with the events from the beginning of the story. But hey, friends can conquer all right? Wrong. Well, not entirely they need a little help from the supernatural. This comes in the form of cell phones. If you think today's cell phones are flashy with the latest gadgets, just get a load of the ones in this series.

The cell phones from this series comes with a special feature you won't find anywhere. That feature is the prominent device known as a demon APP. Luckily, this APP isn't just for decoration but an important tool to fight off the mysterious Septentriones. Thus, the APP functions as both a tool and weapon for the protagonists to use. They are able to summon demons for assistance, creatures who are not just badass looking but also packs powerful abilities that makes the characters awe of their appearances.

As for the demons themselves, they seemingly serve for no other purpose other than obeying their master's commands. In other words, this isn't' a friend/partner relationship between the summoners but rather as master/servant. At the same time, these demons are designed in the way that shows off how powerful they are. Take for example, Byakko the demon that Hibiki commands. He represents the ferocity of his nature through his sabertooth-like appearance. On the other hand, the Septentriones are designed to reflect their strange nature. Most of them are difficult to relate with in terms of realistic nature because of their odd appearances. They don't seem to have any personalities but rather surrounded by mystery. What we do know is that they are the executioners of mankind. Their appearances resembles otherworldly beings being perhaps comparable to Vividred Operation's Alones or Eureka Seven: AO's Secrets. In other words, they serve as the most mysterious factor of the series as they threaten the very existence of humanity.

The series takes off with a good start but quickly loses its interest after its memorable first episode. The premise is easy to follow with the key word 'survival' being a central part of the series. However, it's the pacing that causes the problem here. Unless you're a fan of the original game series, it's quick to pick out what happens and its upcoming events. Needless to say, this series follows the more of mindless fun in terms of action rather than anything serious. It's honestly hard to take this series seriously despite the given premise as well. I mean, the characters use cell phones, a tool that should be used for communication rather than summoning. In this series though, we see these kids using them as a tool of war. However, the way it employs it is rather blend. Most of the time, the kids themselves relies too much on their summonings rather than themselves. I mean, they rarely comes up with the thought of 'what happens if I lose my demon?' It's pretty lame to see their summoners just sit back and let their partner do the job.

Devil Survivor 2 does pull out some unusual events through the appearances of 'death clips', scenes that depicts a characters' outcomes in the series. Then again, there's the Septentriones flying around causing panic to everywhere with a seemingly lack of explanation of their origins. Although it seems fun to dig clues about the series, it just seems blend through their certain appearances. As for a animated series of only 13 episodes, Devil Survivor 2 is one of those adapted anime that is crammed by its game material. This leads to problems with character development, relationships, world building, and the story itself. To make matters worse, there are even episodes where hardly anything happens but creates a setup of what's to come. It creates barriers that prevents the series to succeed in this way and doesn't help the fact that not every characters gets to shine in the spotlight.

The bright side of this series though (I don't mean this literally) with its idea of survival. Characters do actually die off rather than being a tease, at least for the time being. Even the credits played after each episode presents this visually as it removes characters after they are killed. There's also an unusual relationship between Yamato and Hibiki that is hard to paint later on. Yamato is one of the most mysterious figures. Despite seeing Hibiki as a friend at times, he is also brutally honest and makes decisions with cruel outcomes. Speaking of outcomes though, the story comes out as perhaps quite weak. It's problem again lies in its adaptation of being a condensed 13-episode series. It also pulls out the deus ex machina when the opportunities come. Furthermore, it even has bits of fan service by the characters' designs such as Airi and Hinako. To present material like this in a demonic series such as DS2 makes the show more messy than it already is.

As for the series' visuals, it represents both a gruesome nature and also one that is hard to take serious at times. Well, there's the way that Hibiki is designed along with other characters such as 'The Anguished One'. The way the characters look doesn't make them look like survivors of anything. They look like people out of a video game. However, there are a few characters who are dressed in an unusual way that may raise a few eyebrows. Our mysterious Septentriones also are presented in a way that is completely out of this world. The apocalyptic nature of the series does fit though so I give some praise to that.

Perhaps one of the stronger points of the series is the soundtrack. The OP song, “Take Your Way” takes the stance of an artistic way of presenting the series. We can see the characters digitally with enhanced features of their profiles as well as some depictions of the events. The OST is hardly noticeable though except during more of the crucial or more emotional scenes. Otherwise, the ED song as mentioned before shows the survival theme as when characters dies off, they are removed from the credits. It's all about survival people.

All in all, this series is fun for some full shock violence and action. It reflects the idea of survival and gives it away immediately. However, its story is dry as paint and its cast of characters seems unbalanced with their weak development or structure. Furthermore, the series seems to be rushed and has some nonsense as it loses energy. The first episode had my eyes glued to the screen but quickly changed my mind afterwards. It's one of those series where patience is a key to getting it through. If not, then tough luck. It's just like the main characters too where they need everything to survive whether it's strategy, power, and luck. Well, for luck, they're going to need it.

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Devil Survivor 2 aired from April to June of 2013. What starts off seeming to be similar to Mirai Nikki as the characters’ cell phones are given a “future sight” ability quickly turns into a “save the world from demons” kind of show. Unfortunately, DS2 has many problems with pacing, characters, and just an overall confusing plot. It is based off of a game by the same name, which I have heard is much better.

First I want to mention one thing. Whenever I say anything is bad in this show, it excludes Jungo and Airi who are two supporting characters and who are gems that really stand out in this mess of a show.

Story – 4/10

The story begins with Kuze Hibiki and Shijima Daichi, two best friends in high school who are preparing for college. One day as they are about to board the subway, a strange message comes onto their cellphones. It shows a video to them of the subway train derailing and crashing into the station they are standing on killing everyone around them. As they stand there freaked out at the video, the train comes into the station and proceeds to do exactly as the video showed. The two boys barely avoid being crushed by the crumbling station and were much more fortunate than the people around them. Still, they’re not safe yet. Strange monsters have appeared and are attacking a classmate of theirs who also happened to survive the incident, Nitta Io. Nitta and the two guys all saw the same video and all soon find out that that’s not the only thing their phones are now capable of doing. They somehow manage to fight off the monsters surrounding them by summoning demons from their phones, much to their surprise.

After escaping from the subway, they learn that similar events have happened in other places. Everything starts to turn chaotic as monsters appear in the streets and start attacking. Still inexperienced with the new abilities of their phones, the three somehow manage to survive with their own strength before being found by members of an organization named “JP’s.” They learn all about the demons which are called “Septentriones” and that the world will be destroyed in a week by these Septentriones. JP's was created in order to fight the Septentriones and try to protect the world. However, the leader of JP’s, Yamato Houtsuin, seems a little untrustworthy to the trio.

While I admit it is a good setup, the plot is heavily confusing. It is never explained very well what the Septentrione are and only adds more confusion later on. All I can figure is they are similar to the Angels from Evangelion (one even resembles humans). The characters jump around between sides a lot as well. By that I mean that the people surrounding Yamato never really understand his reasoning for things, and he is one of the most confusing parts of the story. The show is very indecisive on whether it wants to portray him as a villain or a hero. Yamato, while apparently trying to protect the world from the Septentriones, will use any means necessary to stop them, and he sacrifices people without showing a single ounce of regret.

One last major issue is the disconnection you have with the important fighting demons of the main characters. Aside from Hibiki’s, Yamato’s and Daichi’s main demons (just one from each), I don’t remember a thing about any of the other characters demons (even Jungo and Airi’s). Having not played the DS2 game, I don’t really know how important they are, but I really wish more focus had been given to the powers and abilities of each of the demons. As similar as they are to Pokémon or the “box-weapon animals” from Katekyo Hitman Reborn, there’s just nothing in the show that helps make them memorable like in those other shows.

The first two episodes of DS2 are pretty good, but from there, the story just dive-bombs lower and lower and never recovers. Even at the very final episode, I have no clue what this Polaris thing is or whether it's good or bad, and the ending itself is weak.

Art – 7/10

Aside from some scenes being a little too dark and difficult to follow, the art is fairly standard. While it has some great moments, the action scenes are nothing special. In addition to the poor explanations of the demons, in many cases, the characters send them out to fight and then the story focuses on the drama between Yamato, Hibiki, and everyone else instead of showing the action in detail. The character designs (excluding Jungo and Airi) are not very original. There’s one woman, Hinako, who kind of takes a motherly towards Nitta and the other characters. Her design (which I really did not like) is just bizarre as I have no idea how the two flaps that are her shirt stay on her breasts.

Sound – 6/10

I noticed in Episode 12 that there were a few great songs playing during the action scenes, but other than that I hardly noticed the music at all. The voice actors for the most part are decent at best. Daichi’s voice is really annoying, but at least the VA cast has Sawashiro Miyuki as Makoto who is one of my favorite voice actors (she also voices Celty in Durarara!!). I also found Hibiki’s voice to be sub-par for a main protagonist. As much emotion as he shows, he never really sounded the part to me during those scenes.

Character – 5/10

This would probably be a 3/10 if not for Jungo and Airi. Despite being supporting characters who are not even introduced until around episode four or five, to me Jungo and Airi were really the best characters in DS2. Their relationship was more of a big brother (Jungo) and little sister (Airi) relationship than anything romantic. Jungo is a fairly quiet, tall man while Airi is kind of a brat who talks a lot and gets embarrassed easily. When I first saw them, I thought they were kind of similar to Jesse and James from Pokémon (they’re first seen sneaking into a rebel building), but they quickly show that they are much more than that. Like every other named character in this show, they have cellphones which can summon demons to fight.

Now onto the main cast. The main cast greatly resembles the cast of Durarara!! (main trio who look very similar, long-time rivals, and Makoto and Celty have the same VA and similar roles). I thought Hibiki was a pretty weak and stereotypical protagonist. He’s thrust into a supernatural world he doesn’t understand with an unusual amount of power and he is basically forced to save the world with said power. Daichi is just annoying. He’s Hibiki’s best friend who can only summon small useless demons at first. Nitta is a girl who has trouble comprehending everything at first as she is thrust into this world while worrying about her family. She also has a strong desire to protect everyone. I already talked about Yamato so now I’ll talk about his “rival” who he has known for years, Alcor (Ureu Mono). Alcor is a Septentrione who has the form of a human (though what’s up with his huge white eyelashes?). He is interested in Hibiki and wants to help him save the world (I think, like Yamato, Alcor’s motives are a little confusing).

One thing about this show (which you’ll notice as you watch the ED after a few episodes) is that it is not afraid to kill characters. I already mentioned that Yamato sacrifices people (tens of background characters get wiped out from a single attack from Septentriones many times), but this show does not give you much time to grow attached to a few characters.

Enjoyment – 5/10

I just barely enjoyed it enough to finish all 13 episodes. To me, this show is a butchered mix between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Mirai Nikki for the plot and Durarara!! for the characters. It’s confusing, only has two strong characters with a weak main cast, and does not even have the art or sound to really back up these huge faults.

Pros:
+ Jungo and Airi
+ The first two episodes are not bad

Cons:
- Weak main characters
- Confusing plot
- Music is never very strong
- Weak action scenes
- Demons are forgettable due to lack of screen time

I would recommend avoiding this anime. Similar things such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and the Yumekui Merry manga did the “save the world from mysterious creatures” concept better, and I would recommend them over DS2.

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Devil Survivor 2 The Animation (TV)

Director: Seiji Kishi

Series Composition: Makoto Uezu

Script: Makoto Uezu(eps 1-13)

Storyboard:
Hiroshi Matsuzono(ep 10)
Hiroyuki Hashimoto(eps 5, 12)
Koudai Kakimoto(ep 4)
Seiji Kishi(OP; ED)
Shin'ichi Masaki(eps 3, 9)
Takahiko Kyōgoku(ep 6)
Takashi Kobayashi(eps 8, 11)
Takeshi Furuta(eps 2, 7, 13)
Tōya Kamishiro(ep 10)
Yoshimichi Hirai(eps 1, 11)

Episode Director:
Hiroyuki Hashimoto(eps 5, 12)
Hitomi Ezoe(ep 10)
Kazunobu Shimizu(ep 2)
Nobuharu Kamanaka(ep 4)
Satoshi Nakagawa(ep 6)
Shin'ichi Masaki(eps 3, 9)
Takashi Kobayashi(eps 8, 11)
Takeshi Furuta(ep 7)
Yoshimichi Hirai(eps 1, 13)

Unit Director: Seiji Kishi(OP; ED)

Music: Kotaro Nakagawa

Original Character Design: Suzuhito Yasuda

Character Design: Etsushi Sajima

Art Director: Kazuto Shimoyama

Chief Animation Director:
Hyun Jung Han(devil; eps 8-13)
Masaaki Sakurai(eps 9, 11, 13)
Taka Sato(eps 6, 8, 10)
Yūki Morimoto

Animation Director:
Asako Inayoshi(ep 3)
Atsushi Aono(ep 6)
Eri Ishikawa(eps 10, 12)
Eriko Itō(eps 5, 7, 12-13)
Etsuko Sumimoto(ep 3)
Etsushi Sajima(eps 1-2, 5)
Harumi Takagi(eps 4, 10, 13)
Hatsue Nakayama(ED; eps 1, 7)
Hyun Jung Han(eps 1-2, 6-8)
Isamu Fukushima(ep 13)
Kaneo Kajimoto(eps 4, 12)
Kasumi Fukagawa(6 episodes

eps 4-5, 8, 10-12

)

Katsuji Matsumoto(ep 10)
Kazuhiro Sasaki(ep 10)
Keiji Ishihara(ep 5)
Ken Ootsuka(ep 1)
Kenichi Watanabe(8 episodes

eps 2, 4-6, 10-13

)

Masaaki Sakurai(OP; eps 1, 5, 7, 12)
Masahiko Itojima(eps 1-2)
Mitsunori Yamaguchi(eps 2, 8, 11)
Momoko Kawai(4 episodes

eps 2, 8, 10, 13

)

Naoki Aisaka(ep 1)
Noboru Jitsuhara(ep 8)
Shinako Okayama(ep 2)
Shinobu Kitaoka(ep 12)
Shota Tsukiyama(ep 12)
Shūichi Furukawa(ep 6)
SNIPES(ep 11)
Taka Sato(eps 5, 11)
Takahiro Gotō(ep 12)
Tomohito Hirose(ep 11)
Tomoshige Inayoshi(ep 1)
Yoko Takanori(eps 2, 5, 11)
Yoshiaki Tsubata(ep 4)
Yoshinobu Ando(eps 6, 12)
Yoshio Usuda(ep 12)
Yuji Ushijima(ep 9)
Yūki Morimoto(5 episodes

eps 2, 4, 6-7, 13

)

Yukiko Ban(eps 10, 12)
Yusuke Kamata(ep 11)
Yuuji Kokai(ep 10)

Sound Director: Satoki Iida

Cgi Director: Yuushi Koshida

Director of Photography: Katsufumi Sato

Executive producer:
Hiroo Maruyama
Sadakazu Kikuchi

Producer:
Fumihiro Tanaka
Gorō Shinjuku
Jin Kawamura
Jun Fukuda
Natsuki Uetake
Ryōichi Ishihara
Susumu Machida
Toshihiro Maeda
Yasuo Suda

2nd Key Animation:
Aiko Utsumi(eps 11-12)
Aimi Sakai(eps 4, 7)
Akane Yano(ep 10)
Akinou Kojima(ep 8)
Ayumi Ono(ep 9)
Chūji Nakajima(eps 4, 12-13)
Emi Mori(ep 13)
Eri Kamiyama(AI; ep 13)
Fumi Kajiki(Seigasha; ep 7)
Hitomi Kawano(ep 13)
Hyo Sang Yoo(ep 9)
Ikuyo Hikōji(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Jung Nam Kim(ep 9)
Junko Sugiura(eps 8, 12-13)
Kana Kōno(ep 9)
Kaori Endō(ep 12)
Kaori Komai(ep 9)
Kazuyo Tominaga(ep 12)
Kei Sato(Seigasha; ep 7)
Keigo Nagao(eps 4, 12)
Keika Otsuka(ep 10)
Kenichi Takase(ep 12)
Kenta Onishi(ep 10)
Kimiko Yashiro(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Kyoko Sugiyama(eps 2-3, 7)
Manabu Kuroda(ep 8)
Mariko Imamura(ep 10)
Masateru Inada(ep 4)
Mikirō Shiiba(ep 1)
Minao Otsuki(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Miyako Kamiya(ep 10)
Miyuki Mochizuki(ep 9)
Mui Yamamoto(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Natsuki Orikasa(ep 11)
Pei Qi Peng(eps 8, 11-13)
Ryūji Watarai(ep 10)
Saburo Masutani(ep 9)
Satomi Tamura(eps 5-7)
Satoshi Miyoshi(Nakamura Production; ep 10)
Shinya Yamamoto(ep 12)
Shuri Toida(eps 5-7)
Shuuhei Hosokawa(ep 2)
Tadato Suzuki(ep 4)
Taeko Mitsuhashi(Nakamura Production; ep 10)
Taichi Nakaguma(ep 12)
Takanori Yonekura(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Tamotsu Ikeda(ep 2)
Tomohide Kikunaga(ep 12)
Tomoka Mizusawa(ep 12)
Tomoko Takahashi(ep 12)
Tomomi Kumata(Studio Cosmo; eps 5, 11)
Tomomi Murayama(ep 2)
Tomoyo Sugimoto(ep 13)
Tomoyuki Arai(ep 11)
Toshinari Abe(ep 4)
Toshiyuki Furukawa(ep 13)
Yamato Ouchi(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Yasuhiro Ueno(ep 12)
Yoko Tsubaki(ep 10)
Yoshiki Kubota(eps 2, 4, 6, 13)
Yuji Shibata(ep 12)
Yūji Wada(ep 9)
Yuka Hayashi(eps 4, 12)
Yuki Fukuzawa(Seven Arcs Pictures; ep 11)
Yuri Saitō(ep 11)
Yurie Iijima(Seven Arcs Pictures; ep 11)
Yurika Tsushima(ep 10)
Yusuke Tomita(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Yuu Fujimori(eps 2, 4, 6-7)
Yuuta Takahashi(Silver Link; eps 11, 13)
Yuuta Takanami(Seigasha; ep 7)

Animation Designer: Eriko Itō

Animation producer: Yasuo Suda

Assistant Animation Director:
Eri Ishikawa(ep 13)
Kenji Hattori(Asahi Production; ep 4)
Ryoichi Murata(Asahi Production; ep 4)
Shigetaka Kiyoyama(Asahi Production; ep 4)
Shinichiro Takagi(Asahi Production; ep 4)
Takahiro Gotō(Asahi Production; ep 4)
Yoshinobu Ando(ep 11)

Assistant Director: Yoshimichi Hirai

Assistant Director of Photography: Hyeon Dae Song(T2 Studio)

Background Art:
Akane Ichinose(Mukuo Studio)
Aki Shimada(Imaginet)
Akiko Ishida(Atelier Rourke 07)
Ayumi Miyakoshi(Team Til Dawn)
Benkō Fujita(Studio WHO)
Daisuke Fujiwara
Eiji Wakamatsu(Kusanagi)
Eiko Hirayama(Team Til Dawn)
Goichi Katanosaka(Studio WHO)
Hiroko Murai(Headworks)
Hiromi Sakahigashi(Headworks)
Hyuk Soo Lim(Nara Animation)
Ikuko Tsukidate(Production AI)
Junko Sakurai(Stereotype Smarchill)
Kaori Fujii(Stereotype Smarchill)
Kaoru Chiba(Headworks)
Kazuhiro Obata(Stereotype Smarchill)
Kazuko Itooka(Headworks)
Kazuto Shimoyama(Team Til Dawn)
Kei Nakamura(Mukuo Studio)
Keiko Minamoto(Stereotype Smarchill)
Kenichi Tajiri(Mukuo Studio)
Kenshin Kō(Imaginet)
Kiyoto Miyashita(Imaginet)
Kouki Nagayoshi(Headworks)
Kyoko Ishida(Mukuo Studio)
Kyoko Miyashita(Production AI)
Masaoki Ono(Production AI)
Mayuka Ota(Headworks)
Mayuko Rokuro(Stereotype Smarchill)
Mi Kyung Lee(Nara Animation)
Miho Watanabe(Atelier Rourke 07)
Moe Yoshida(Imaginet)
Naoki Aoyama(Production AI)
Naoko Akuzawa(Team Til Dawn)
Natsumi Ueno(Imaginet)
Natsuyo Kato(Studio WHO)
Riemi Matsuzawa(Production AI)
Saneyoshi Makiya(Mukuo Studio)
Sayuri Honda(Production AI)
Seung Il Park(Nara Animation)
Shigeru Morimoto(Atelier Rourke 07)
Shinji Nagaoka(Team Til Dawn)
Shintaro Inoue(Mukuo Studio)
So Kyung Lee(Nara Animation)
Takahiro Saitō(Studio WHO)
Takahito Nakane(Mukuo Studio)
Takuya Ebisawa(Stereotype Smarchill)
Tomohiro Nakau(Production AI)
Tomoko Shimomoto(Studio WHO)
Toshiaki Mitsunaka(Imaginet)
Yasufumi Wada(Headworks)
Yasunori Hishinuma(Production AI)
Yoshimi Umino(Production AI)
Yoshiyuki Shikano(Mukuo Studio)
Yukiko Ogawa(Production AI)
Yuri Aoki(Studio WHO)

CG Animation:
Hiroshi Iizuka(Orange)
Kanae Ueki(Orange)
Koji Yasuda(Orange)
Makiko Tanida(Orange)
Ryuichi Ikeuchi(Orange)
Tatsuya Wakae(Orange)
Yuushi Koshida(Orange; OP)

CG Chief: Ryuichi Ikeuchi(Orange)

CG Producer: Eiji Inomoto

CG Technical Director: Yoshiaki Higa(Orange)

Color design: Keiichi Funada

Color setting:
Ayako Aihara
Emiko Okada
Hiromi Kobayashi
Kazuyuki Imagawa
Keiichi Funada
Manami Kosugi
Marina Uchino
Rie Miyazawa
Shuji Kamimura
Takako Ito

Compilation:
Masaya Ikebe
Tsuneko Sato

Devil Design: Hiroyuki Kanbe

Editing: Ayumu Takahashi

Editing Assistant: Hiroshi Suzuki

Effect Animation Director: Hideki Kakita(ep 11)

Effect Design: Takehiko Matsumoto

Finish Animation:
Bong Jun Moon(MUSES)
Byoung Ae Lee(MUSES)
Daisuke Yoshizawa(Dream Force)
Emiko Okada
Hak Young Du(MUSES)
Hiroshi Asami
Junichi Kouno
Junko Kishi
Maki Saitou(Dream Force)
Makiko Doi
Marina Uchino
Mizuki Saitō
Noriko Komata
Osamu Mikasa
Rie Miyazawa
Tae Hee Kim(MUSES)
Takako Ito
Yuki Yoshioka(Asahi Production)
Yuusuke Satou(Studio Cosmo)

In-Between Animation:
Ai Okabayashi
Bo Hye Kim(MUSES)
Eun Mi Han(MUSES)
In Chul Hwang(MUSES)
Jong Ho Yoon(MUSES)
Junko Sugiura
Kasumi Kikuchi(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Keiko Oyama
Keiko Watanabe
Kenji Ooe(Asahi Production)
Kimiko Hoshi
Komami Yoshida(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Marina Minagawa(Asahi Production)
Misaki Nagakubo(Asahi Production)
Miya Takaku(Asahi Production)
Miyuki Yano
Natsumi Hasebe(Asahi Production)
Risa Miyadani(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Setsuko Takenouchi
Soo-Kyung Kim(MUSES)
Sung Jin Lee(MUSES)
Takuya Asaoka(TNK)
Tomoka Noumi(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Tomomi Noda(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Tomoyasu Kudo(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Wei Ni Huang(Asahi Production)
Yōna Okada(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Yūhei Nomura(Sunrise Animation Studio)
Yukiko Kawamoto
Yukina Hosaka(Asahi Production)
Yun Hee Bae(MUSES)
Yuna Fueki(Asahi Production)
Yuusuke Saitou(Asahi Production)

In-Between Check:
Eri Suzuki
In Chul Hwang
Kiyomi Nanba
Mari Aizawa
Minoru Okabe
Setsuko Takenouchi

Insert Song Performance: Livetune

Key Animation:
Akihiro Sueda(ep 11)
Akiko Kumazawa(ep 10)
Akira Kano(ep 9)
Ako Kagiyama(eps 2, 7-8)
Asako Inayoshi(ep 1)
Atsushi Usui(Studio Create; ep 7)
Aya Akizuki(ep 6)
Aya Maeda(Studio Liberty; ep 12)
Ayumi Ono(ep 9)
Chizuko Tachibana(ep 7)
Chūji Nakajima(ep 2)
Daiji Kamei(Studio Neun; eps 6, 10)
Daisuke Nakamura(ep 10)
Emi Tezuka(ep 3)
Emiko Kataoka(ep 8)
Enishi Ōshima(OP; eps 2, 13)
Eriko Itō(OP; ep 11)
Etsushi Mori(eps 2, 4, 13)
Fumiko Kikuta(ep 12)
Fumio Fukushima(ep 10)
Hajime Yoshida(ep 10)
Harumi Takagi(OP; ep 13)
Hideki Kakita(eps 11-12)
Hideki Shibuya(eps 1-3, 6, 11)
Hideo Amemiya(eps 1-3, 11)
Hiroaki Kawaguchi(drop; ep 12)
Hiroki Abe(ep 1)
Hiromi Kosuda(ep 2)
Hiromi Nakagawa(ep 5)
Hiroshi Hariki(ep 11)
Hiroshi Oikawa(ep 12)
Hiroshi Tatezaki(eps 4, 13)
Hiroyuki Hojo(ep 12)
Hiroyuki Koizumi(eps 3-6, 8)
Hisashi Mitsui(ep 12)
Hitomi Takechi(ep 2)
Hyo Sang Yoo(ep 9)
Isamu Fukushima(eps 6, 13)
Jung Nam Kim(ep 9)
Jung Yi Han(ep 10)
Junko Matsushita(eps 10, 12)
Junpei Matsumoto(ep 11)
Kana Kōno(ep 9)
Kanako Ōyabu(ep 10)
Kanami Nakao(ep 1)
Kaneo Kajimoto(eps 10, 13)
Kasumi Fukagawa(OP; ED; 4 episodes

eps 5, 7, 11, 13

)

Katsuyuki Yamazaki(ep 3)
Kazuhiro Sasaki(Studio Neun; eps 3, 6, 10)
Kazuya Morimae(ep 4)
Kazuyo Tominaga(ep 13)
Kei Sakai(eps 1, 3, 5)
Keiji Ishihara(ep 13)
Keiko Ichihara(ep 3)
Keizou Ichikawa(ep 7)
Ken Ootsuka(ep 1)
Kenichi Nagai(ep 8)
Kenichi Takase(ep 2)
Kenichi Watanabe(eps 6, 13)
Kōichi Takai(ep 8)
Kōji Kase(ep 1)
Konomi Sakurai(ep 3)
Kōta Sera(ep 11)
Kunio Takahide(OP; ep 13)
Kyōhei Ōyabu(eps 4, 13)
Maki Sugizono(eps 2, 7)
Mariko Yamamoto(ep 7)
Masaaki Sakurai(OP)
Masahiko Maruyama(ep 1)
Masahiko Matsuyama(ep 4)
Masahiko Ōuchi(eps 3, 5-7, 11)
Masahiro Sasaki(ep 8)
Masao Matsushita(ep 7)
Masao Ohashi(ep 11)
Masato Nishikawa(ep 10)
Masayori Komine(ep 13)
Masayuki Fujita(eps 2-3, 6)
Maya Uenishi(ep 11)
Mayu Saito(ep 4)
Mayumi Nakamura(ep 10)
Megumi Arakawa(ep 3)
Michiyo Hirabayashi(Studio Create; ep 7)
Miki Koshida(ep 2)
Mineko Yagihara(ep 2)
Minoru Abe(ep 4)
Minoru Okabe(ep 13)
Mio Aihata(eps 7, 11)
Mitsuhiro Iida(Studio Create; eps 7, 11)
Mitsuteru Kubo(ep 11)
Miyuki Mochizuki(ep 9)
Miyuki Sasagawa(ep 13)
Mizue Ogawa(ep 8)
Momoko Kawai(OP; eps 7-8, 13)
Motoki Kurihara(ep 12)
Motoki Yagi(ep 13)
Nagisa Takahashi(ep 8)
Naoki Shimizu(ep 5)
Naoki Takahashi(drop; ep 12)
Naomi Okita(ep 10)
Naoyuki Owada(ep 8)
Nobunori Niwa(ep 10)
Nobunori Wakana(ep 4)
Raku Nishikimi(eps 2, 7, 13)
Rie Ikegami(ep 11)
Rie Nakanishi(ep 4)
Rika Kato(ep 2)
Rika Sugano(Studio Cosmo; eps 5, 11)
Ryō Tanaka(eps 1, 5, 13)
Ryosuke Kimiya(ep 2)
Saburo Masutani(ep 9)
Sato Tominaga(ep 3)
Satoru Suda(ep 4)
Se-Kwan Choi(ep 10)
Shigetaka Kiyoyama(ep 12)
Shinako Okayama(ep 13)
Shingo Nakamura(ep 4)
Shinichi Iimura(eps 10-11)
Shinichi Takahashi(ep 4)
Shinichi Wada(eps 4, 13)
Shinobu Nishioka(ep 3)
Shinya Uchida(eps 3, 6, 11)
Shinya Yamamoto(5 episodes

eps 2-3, 6, 11, 13

)

Shiori Kobayashi(ep 10)
Shota Tsukiyama(ep 10)
Shougo Hanagami(OP; ep 13)
Shouji Endo(ep 1)
Shuuhei Hosokawa(ep 7)
Sinomin(OH! Production; ep 5)
SNIPES(ep 4)
Tadato Suzuki(ep 12)
Taichi Nakaguma(ep 4)
Takamitsu Kondou(ep 8)
Takashi Hirabayashi(Studio Create; ep 7)
Takashi Tsuda(eps 4, 13)
Takayoshi Yamashita(ep 4)
Takehiko Matsumoto(OP; 4 episodes

eps 4, 6, 10, 13

)

Takehiro Nakayama(ep 12)
Takenori Tsukuma(ep 10)
Takeshi Miyamoto(ep 10)
Tamako Horiuchi(OH! Production; ep 5)
Teruyo Katō(eps 5, 8)
Tetsuya Hasegawa(ep 11)
Tomoko Fukunaga(ep 3)
Tomoko Shimizu(ep 8)
Tomomi Murayama(eps 3, 5)
Tomonori Mine(ep 10)
Toru Yoshida(5 episodes

eps 3-4, 8, 10-11

)

Toshiharu Sugie(eps 3, 13)
Toshihide Masudate(ep 1)
Toshihiko Fukano(Anime Torotoro; eps 5, 11)
Toshihiro Kawakami(ep 8)
Toshinari Abe(ep 12)
Toshiyuki Anzai(ep 4)
Toshiyuki Nanto(eps 4, 11)
Tsubasa Ito(ep 4)
Tsutomu Nishiyama(Anime Torotoro; eps 5, 11)
Yasuko Chiba(Studio Cosmo; eps 5, 11)
Yasunori Matsumura(ep 4)
Yasushi Shingou(ep 4)
Yasuzō Iino(eps 2, 4)
Yi Jun Lin(ep 12)
Yō Imano(ep 7)
Yoko Iizuka(ep 7)
Yoshiaki Iketani(ep 11)
Yoshiaki Tsubata(ep 4)
Yoshihiro Itoo(ep 10)
Yoshihiro Nagata(ep 6)
Yoshihito Naitō(OH! Production; ep 5)
Yoshiki Kubota(ep 7)
Yoshiki Mizuno(eps 1, 8)
Yoshiko Shimizu(ep 10)
Yoshinobu Ando(eps 4, 6, 13)
Yoshio Usuda(ep 1)
Yoshito Narimatsu(eps 4, 13)
Young Rae Jo(ep 10)
Yuji Shibata(OP; eps 2-3, 6, 13)
Yuji Ushijima(ep 9)
Yūji Wada(ep 9)
Yūki Morimoto(ep 13)
Yūko Danki(eps 4, 6, 8)
Yūshi Suzuki(Rocket Vision; eps 5, 8)
Yusuke Kamata(ep 11)
Yuta Ito(eps 7, 11)
Yūta Masaki(eps 4, 13)
Yutaka Kawasuji(ep 10)
Yutaka Sugiura(ep 12)
Yuuji Kokai(ep 10)

Music Director:
Ryo Nokura
Yudai Komatsu

Music producer: Naoki Matsushita

Offline Editing:
Kohei Fujimori
Okihiko Kojima

Original Devil Design: Kazuma Kaneko(Atlus)

Original Septentrion Design: Mohiro Kitoh

Photography:
Akihito Odano(T2 Studio)
Daisuke Hasegawa(T2 Studio)
Keiko Sasaki(T2 Studio)
Kentarō Minegishi(T2 Studio)
Naohiro Maeda(T2 Studio)
Rumi Ishiguro(T2 Studio)
Shinobu Ohata(T2 Studio)
Teruyuki Kawase(T2 Studio)
Tomoyuki Shiokawa(T2 Studio)

Planning:
Chieo Ohashi
Hisato Usui
Kazuyoshi Fukuba
Kōichi Inaba
Seiji Takeda
Shun'ichi Okabe
Takaaki Kidani
Tsuneo Takechi

Planning Assistant:
Shigenobu Satō
Yoshimi Nakajima

Production Advancement:
Akira Kakuda(eps 4, 13)
Akira Sueyoshi(ep 8)
Ayaka Tsujihashi(ep 1)
Hiroshi Iijima(ep 4)
Jun Nishizaki(ep 12)
Keiko Sasaki(ep 12)
Ken Kimura(ep 10)
Kodai Ozaki(eps 3, 7, 11)
Kōichi Yamaji(ep 3)
Kōshō Makino(eps 2, 6)
Motohiro Abe(ep 10)
Ryō Nishimura(ep 11)
Satoshi Tōkairin(ep 5)
Sung Jin Jo(ep 9)
Yûji Nagata(ep 5)

Production Business: Haruna Kobayashi

Production Desk: Mika Takahata

Prop Design: Hatsue Nakayama

Publicity:
Masaomi Hattori
Nobue Bun
Yūri Ichinose

Publicity Assistant:
Hitomi Ando
Kouji Taguchi
Yasutaka Kimura

Publicity Producer: Takanori Matsuoka

Recording: Tomonari Tokuhisa

Recording Assistant: Keiko Hori

Setting Production: Mariko Kudou

Sound Effects: Ijo Okuda

Sound Production Manager: Takuma Takai

Special Effects: Miho Suzuki

Supervision Cooperation:
Akiko Kotou(Atlus)
Shinjiro Takada(Atlus)

Theme Song Performance:
Fukase(of SEKAI NO OWARI)
Livetune
Song Riders

Web Manager:
Emi Yamauchi
Osamu Miyaoka
Yūki Kagamoto

Aya UchidaasIo Nitta

Hiroshi KamiyaasHibiki Kuze

Junichi SuwabeasYamato Hotsuin

Nobuhiko OkamotoasDaichi Shijima

Takahiro SakuraiasAnguished One


Ami KoshimizuasHinako Kujou

Daisuke NamikawaasJungo Torii

Fuko SaitoasKeita Wakui

Kana AsumiasAiri Ban

Kikuko InoueasTycho(Female version)

Mitsuaki MadonoasYuzuru "Joe" Akie

Miyuki SawashiroasMakoto Sako

Rikako YamaguchiasFumi Kanno

Rikiya KoyamaasRonaldo Kuriki

Shūta MorishimaasTycho(Male version)

Yuka IguchiasOtome Yanagiya


Aimi Terakawaas
High School Girl(ep 1)
Woman(ep 2)

Daisuke EndouasBotis(eps 3-4, 7, 11)

Eiichirō Tokumotoas
Group Member(ep 4)
Hacker(ep 7)
Ogre(eps 1, 3, 6)
Researcher(ep 5)
Researcher A(ep 2)
Satan(ep 13)
Shiva(ep 9)

Eiji MiyashitaasBifrons(eps 7, 11)

Fuko SaitoasAgathion(eps 3-4, 11)

Haruna MomonoasHeget(ep 11)

Hiroyuki Endouas
Commander(ep 4)
Insurgent A(ep 5)
JP's Member(eps 1-2)
Lugh(eps 10-13)
Osaka Member(ep 3)
Politician(ep 7)
Rebel(ep 6)
Sapporo Operator A(ep 9)
Station Announcement(ep 13)

Izumi Kittaas
Lilim(eps 3-4)
Mother(ep 2)
Operator(ep 11)
Operator A(eps 7, 10)
Poltergeist(eps 1, 5)
Sarasvati(eps 6, 8)
Tokyo Operator B(ep 9)

Kōta Ōshitaas
Clerk with glasses(ep 4)
Insurgent B(ep 5)
Neko Shogun(eps 6, 8, 11)
Young Man(ep 2)

Kumiko HironakaasSapporo Operator B(ep 9)

Kumiko Nakaneas
Civilian B(ep 4)
Suzaku(6 episodes

eps 5-6, 8, 10-11, 13

)

Kyoko HikamiasBlack Frost(eps 11-13)

Megumi OgataasYamato Hotsuin(Young)

Sakura Koyamaas
Girl(ep 2)
Koharu(ep 13)
Obariyon(eps 3-6, 8)

Shinya Takahashias
News Voice(ep 1)
Operator(eps 3-6)
Operator B(eps 7, 10)
Researcher B(ep 2)
Tokyo Operator A(ep 9)

Shūta Morishimaas
Cerberus(eps 5-9, 11-13)
Kama(ep 9)

Sō TakeuchiasStation Manager(ep 1)

Yasuaki TakumiasCivilian A(ep 4)

Yuki MinamiyamaasBoy(ep 2)

Yūki OnoasBerserker(4 episodes

eps 3, 8, 11, 13

)

Yusei OdaasHibiki's Father(ep 11)

Sours: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=14955
It's Okay To Be Afraid ~ Devil Survivor 2 AMV

Anime / Devil Survivor 2: The Animation

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Devil_Survivor_2_The_Animation_2202.jpg

Let'sSurvive.

Anime adaptation of the sequel to Devil Survivor, Devil Survivor 2: The Animation follows Hibiki Kuze, an Ordinary High-School Student who gets thrust into a conflict between humans, demons, and Eldritch Abominations from the stars above.

He is first introduced to Nicaea, a "dead face delivery site" (in beta) that can show users other people who will die in the immediate future via videos, by his friend Daichi Shijima. Later on, they go to the subway and look up the newest video from Nicaea.

The video is a high quality depiction of a train crash in the same tunnel, with their videos depicting each other's deaths.

In a rush, they attempt to leave the station, but fail. Fortunately, they are saved by Nicaea and are allowed another chance to live. They team up with Io Nitta, a fellow high school classmate, to help fight against the aliens known as the "Septentriones". They also meet others and make friends along the way, including those from the shady JP's.

The Shin Megami Tenseiwikistates that the manga writer (where the anime takes its storyline from) was MakotoUezu.

Note that the adaptation may contain some spoilers from the original game, so beware.


In addition to those from the main page, DeSu2: The Animation provides:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Dubhe looks like his animation is 3D CG in front of a 2D landscape.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • While he was an antagonist, Botis was portrayed as someone doing his job rather than one who just Kick the DogFor the Evulz like Bifrons. Here he butchers humans, kills Keita with Ziodyne, and abandons Fumi to die in the collapsing building.
    • Yamato as well. The anime has been building him up as the main antagonist, rather than Polaris and the Septentriones.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • The summoners themselves don't contribute to the fight anymore, instead just running around behind their summoned creatures. Some of the demons suffer from this as well. Demons who took many hits to down in the game instead get slaughtered in one or two hits...which is technically Truth in Television when you have over-leveled monsters and what you should be doing in the games themselves.
    • Daichi in game was a firm Cowardly Lion; he tended to get scared often, but he always fought regardless of the situation. The anime heavily downplays Daichi's abilities, making him a Joke Character for almost the entire series until the last few episodes.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: To achieve the Reset Golden Ending in-game, the player had to choose Daichi's path, aka the Neutral path, but stress wanting to have things go back to normal during discussions with the group across the game from that point onward or else the player would get a different ending. The anime has Hibiki do a blend of Ronald's path, and the Anguished One's path for most of the run time, but the ending is the Reset ending. This causes problems since not once did Hibiki stress wanting to reset the world like the player must in-game and instead seemed to almost be fine without it thanks to the flashbacks are shown to his time growing up beforehand, resulting in the ending just kind of happening without any reason for it to do so.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The real Big Bad of the game, Polaris, never actually appears in the anime, thus meaning the Final Boss battle against it never occurs. This also means that, at the end of the story, Polaris gets away scot-free with everything, save for actually destroying the world, meaning technically, Polaris could return.
    • Airi's father only appears in a brief flashback, and Airi only mentions him once. In the game, Airi's father is not only an important part of her backstory, but also the backstory of Ronaldo. He also is a recurring character with his own subplot in a series of optional events.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Phecda is initially immune to all non-Almighty attacks before splitting into two of itself, but Ronaldo and the others attempt to go full force against it. Io joins in with Kikuri-hime, and Otome with Sarasvati, the latter using Drain, an Almighty skill. However, Phecda uses Dark Thunder, which completely annihilates all demons on the field. Everybody except Hibiki has to retreat since they don't any other demons left.
  • Anyone Can Die:
    • Just as it is possible to have happen in the game, Hibiki and company fail to prevent Keita's death face clip from happening.
    • Ronaldo, Otome, AND Joe die fighting Megrez. Moreover, unlike Keita's death, none of these three were anywhere close to where they could have died in the game. Though since they can die, their deaths are still within expectations.
    • What truly sets the anime for this trope is the battle against Benetsnatch where not only Jungo dies, but Airi, Hinako, and Fumi (three character who can't die in the game at all) as well! Meaning everyone is officially fair game.
    • And now at the end of Episode 12, only Hibiki and Yamato remain alive. Fair game, indeed.
    • Although not focused on too much until the closing scene of Episode 12, all of humanity and Earth has been consumed by the void. Yeah, so everyone on Earth died except Hibiki and Yamato.
  • Big Bad Friend: Yamato is one to Hibiki and he has no problem killing his friends to get what he wants, even though he never directly did.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Yamato comes in to save Hibiki from certain death at the hands of Phecda in episode 6.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: One fansub mistakenly translated Ja'aku Furosuto as Jack Frost. That demon's name is "Black Frost" in the English games to preserve the "Jack"-ja'aku/"evil" pun. As such, his Race was also mistakenly assumed to be Fairy instead, despite the voiced line literally saying it was Jaki.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Due to certain limitations being bypassed, the video clips can now be viewed in true high-quality.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Botis attempts to kill Alcor in episode 11 and quickly learns how bad of an idea that was.
  • But Now I Must Go: Alcor at the end of the series, having decided that humanity has finally shown its will and that he is no longer needed, departs the current world for another.
  • Butt-Monkey: Daichi, with his low-level demons and high-level confidence, often plays this role.
  • Cherry Tapping: JP's believes that they can slow down and potentially kill Merak by using a tank forward and four advance flanks consisting of thousands of JP's members against it with demons that primarily use Garu. The tank forward and the first forward gets killed by its spawn, while the rest gets killed by Circumpolarity. Note that in the games, you're not supposed to do this, since bosses in most Shin Megami Tensei games usually have high armor, and the games are made on the philosophy that you're supposed to hit hard and fast with extreme preparation.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Since it would be difficult to adapt every story option from the game into just 13 episodes, much of the storyline had to be streamlined or changed. Some of the changes include:
    • In general, party members that you are introduced to and recruit throughout the game are already in play and actively working offscreen by the end of the first episode.
    • Joe was one of the first party members to be met and recruited in the game on Day 1. He makes his first appearance in the anime only on Episode 5, on Day 3. His girlfriend has already passed on, when it should have been the last day. He also joined Ronaldo much earlier than in the game.
    • Hinako is already a JP's member instead of convincing the party to let her join.
    • Keita was killed in Episode 3, meaning any storylines involving him are gone.
    • Other than an ex-detective, Ronaldo is also an ex-JP's member, and thus has knowledge of the Septentriones early on.
    • The group finds out about the whole "Defeat the Septentriones, Rule the World" thing right after Phecda's defeat, instead of near the end of the week. Granted, just about everybody who would normally be in the party at that point (minus poor Keita) was present when this was revealed.
    • Episode 7 compresses the majority of endgame spoilers into an entire string of them in the first half and The Stinger.
    • Episode 8 sees Ronaldo and Otome get killed FAR before the point where their deaths would occur in the game. Joe dies with them instead of earlier in the day.
    • The Anguished One revealing himself as a Septentrione is one of the last big reveals in the game. In the anime, he reveals this fact on Day 4.
    • In Episode 9 The Pasupata destroys Ailoth instead of simply shooting it down, although its fragments crush Sapporo regardless.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: First major fight: Ogre vs Dubhe. Ogre was already established as a badass, but this one took it further. Unfortunately, Dubhe has Agi attacks, and Ogre is weak to fire. Not really recommended to fight like that in a game like this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of the attempted attacks on Merak end quickly, with no survivors. Hibiki manages to kill it just before it destroys the tower.
    • Alcor vs. Botis. Botis barely even has time to raise his knives before Alcor, with a single gesture, crushes him into nothingness.
    • Benetnasch in Episode 11. In-game, he floats around and makes himself invulnerable from your party but doesn't do much before you figure out how to defeat him. In the anime, he wipes out Sapporo, Osaka and Nagoya in seconds despite the JP's barriers, and kills the game's ace in the hole, Trumpeter, in one hit. He would probably have ended the anime there and then if Yamato wasn't defending Tokyo with his magic circle, and if he kept his Pacify Human ability.
  • Cut the Juice: When the JP's headquarters come under a hacking attack, the group suggests they just cut the power. Unfortunately they can't do that since if they did it would also kill the barriers protecting them as well leaving them horribly exposed to attack.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Septentriones are far more menacing and threatening, characters die by the boatload, often in realistically abrupt ways, and nearly all of the game's humorous moments are either deconstructed to be Played for Drama, or omitted entirely.
    • In some cases its inverted concerning the Septentriones. Dubhe is no where near as strong as his game counterpart, and both Alioth and Mizar are taken out easily.
  • Deconstruction: Most of the game's humorous moments get this treatment. Hibiki's Cloud Cuckoo Lander antics are treated as a psychological defense mechanism of a broken, desperate man, Daichi's bumbling very nearly gets the team killed multiple times, Yamato's Crosses the Line Twice treatment of his minions is taken to its logicalconclusion, and more.
  • Demonic Possession: In contrast to the game, Io is forced by JP's to become the vessel for Lugh in episode 10. She only maintains her self-awareness for about 160 seconds before Lugh fully takes over. Hibiki calls her back to reality at the end of the episode.
  • Demoted to Extra: Keita, Joe, Ronaldo, and Otome are all demoted from main characters, to small roles in the story. Keita himself only lasts for around two episodes, while the remaining three last for only three.
  • Deus ex Machina: It turns out Hibiki has the power of the Dragon Stream. It's also really convenient: it can defy death.
    • Hibiki getting the other demons sent to him with no explanation of this being possible previously. Even when they've all been deleted from existence and there's nothing left. He then fused them all to make Lucifer, who defeats Satan with a hug.
    • Even before that, Yamato has no explanation as to how he even survived the suicide attempt.
    • The ending itself. Almost none of the characters changed and were barely developed to begin with. Yet the Triumphant ending still happens. It ultimately feels very shallow as a result.
  • Disney Death: Hinako is seemingly killed by Merak in the fourth episode. Though fairly badly wounded, she makes a recovery (as she's needed to summon Shiva on day 5).
  • Dull Surprise: The actors in the English dub have trouble emoting. Hibiki in particular is very flat.
  • Eldritch Location: The "Akasha Stratum", the...place beyond the Terminal, is represented like this, with a myriad of gears and stars. Comes equipped with an Empathic Environment as well.
  • Evolving Credits: Dead characters are removed from the ending credits. By the end of the series there's a giant gap in between Hibiki and his classmates and Yamato. As of Episode 12, it's just Hibiki and Yamato after Makoto was stabbed by Alcor's tentacles, Alcor himself attempting to take Yamato out in a suicide attack, and both Io and Daichi are consumed by the void.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After Benetnasch spots Fumi disrupting its Healing skill, it annihilates her demon and kills her. She wishes Makoto good luck with the rest, briefly expresses disappointment over missing the end of the world, and realizes that she finds death boring before being vaporized, in monotone.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • In the original game, only a few sprites got hit with the Septentrion's attacks. In this adaptation, there's a high body count. They also use their signature move from the games to kill an insane number of civilians, which was something that was not accurately portrayed in the games due to limitations.
    • Dubhe's introduction in the game consisted of him striking a few random civilians. His special skill is a spreader that kills an entire populace in one go as if a bomb went off.
    • Merak's Circumpolarity is stylized along a six-by-however long the stage was, and was essentially a big freaking laser. Don't underestimate the power of the move, as it can hit very hard. The adaptation has Circumpolarity having a charge-up time, a much more stylized animation, a freaking Ice Magic circle, and an after-effect of snow, the latter of which was not present in the game. On top of this, it killed three advance flanks.
  • Fanservice: The DVD covers, except the first and the last one, which just features Hibiki and the Anguished One, respectively. The other five covers feature Io putting the focus on her Gag Boobs; Fumi in a Boobs-and-Butt Pose showing of her Dangerously Short Skirt and Side Boob; Hinako dressed as Stripperific as ever, winking and playing with her glasses; Airi holding her breasts and baring her midriff; and Makoto showing ample cleavage, and Clothing Damage on her thighs. Io, Fumi and Hinako seem rather indifferent about it, while Airi and Makoto don't look entirely comfortable.
  • Feathered Fiend: An Itsumade kills the one who summoned it and then summons more to attack a shelter with people.
  • Friendly Enemy: Yamato and Alcor are pretty polite to each other, even when it's clear that they oppose each other. This contrasts their hostility towards each other in game.
  • Foreshadowing: 64,399. It's underneath Hibiki's name in the Nicaea app. If that's Macca, that's impossibly high for the beginning. By episode 5, the number is at a much higher 537,830. A later episode shows it reacting to stress, making it something of an indicator for Hibiki's deteriorating mental condition. That 3.4 million in episode 6 becomes something of an Oh, Crap! moment in hindsight.
    • For some reason, Alcor also calls Yamato "Shining One", a name that was reserved for the Protagonist. Episode 6 has him mentioning multiple "Shining Ones".
    • Also, in episode 7, Joe comments on Airi's "cute bellybutton". Which becomes a major role in the 5th day in the game when Kama appears because of Airi's "cute bellybutton".

    There's no accounting for a demon's tastes.

    • In episode 8, "Brionac" is Lugh's Spear, and JP's needs a person to wield it. Io eventually does exactly that.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Episode 3 involves JP's Extreme Graphical Representation of firewalls being broken down layer by layer.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Mentioned by JP's scientists that if you aren't a skilled enough summoner, then the demon will decide to make food out of them.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Makoto, which doubles as Taking the Bullet, to protect Yamato from Alcor's metal limbs.
  • Inconsistent Dub: The official subs show several cases of this; for example, Hibiki's first demon is Byakko (in the games it goes by its Chinese name, Baihu), and Yamato channels the Ryumyaku (translated to "Dragon Stream" in the game).
  • It Can Think: Demons are portrayed as being silent beasts, in contrast to the game where the first ones have seen speak immediately. Then Botis shows that he's fully capable of speech after the group was celebrating their victory too early.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: "The world would just disappear." Not quite as straightforward as it sounds. Or perhaps to be more precise, more straightforward than it sounds.
    • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The Void is a removal of absolutely everything. What makes this perplexing in Episode 8 when compared to the video game is that it is represented as if the screen itself is being erased.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Yamato takes this attitude after saving Hibiki from Phecda. A few minutes later, Alcor reveals that Yamato saw the death clip, and Makoto reveals that Yamato risked his life activating the transporter to get there in time.
  • Kaiju: Merak is called this by a bystander, though it's more like a surreal homicidal spaceship with a Wave-Motion Gun.
  • Kaizo Trap: Megrez kills Otome, Ronaldo, and Joe by sending off its bombs as it was dying.
  • Karma Houdini: Polaris ends up getting away with everything, in the end, thanks to being The Unfought. The only setup they suffer is the reset being achieved, but it's entirely possible it could return.
  • Killed Off for Real: Keita by the end of episode 3.
    • Otome, Ronaldo, and Joe follow in episode 8.
    • As well as Airi, Fumi, Hinako, and Jungo in Episode 11.
    • Even Io, Daichi, Makoto, and Alcor in episode 12.
  • Large Ham: Black Frost, a giant evil snowman, made all the more awesome for being the most powerful demon the heroes have personally summoned, as well as being summoned by Daichi of all people. "HEEEEE...ho."
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Everyone save Hibiki, Yamato, and Alcor. The explanation for the other two is that they still most likely physically existed and Alcor is a Septentrione. The others being deleted before this explains why they don't remember.
  • Last Breath Bullet: As Merak starts to literally fall apart at the seams it attempts to fire of Circumpolarity one last time.
  • Last of His Kind: Lampshaded with Hibiki and Yamato near the end.

    Hibiki: The world is just you and me.

  • Magitek: The barriers are shown to be maintained by praying monks and various computers.
  • Match Cut: With a black king chess piece and a spire on top of the Kyoto Hospital in episode 5.
  • Mid-Season Twist: Several of the game's big plot twists concerning what the heck is going on are revealed in the seventh episode.
  • Mood Whiplash: Very apparent with the inter splicing of death clips and breathers. Especially bad in episode 11, where Io, Daichi, Airi, Jungo, and Hinako share a cheery moment with each other and exchange email addresses...only for them to all immediately receive dead face clips of each other.
  • Moral Dissonance: The JP as a whole outright refuse to help others. Even worse, they become angry and defensive when people tell them that they are capable of helping other people. Not necessarily even asking them for help, just pointing it out. Sure, their actual mission is admirable and important, and the anime justifies it thus, but the prevailing opinion even within the anime is that they don't need to be asshats about it.
    • This makes a scary amount of sense once you learn of Hotsuin's motivations and feelings on the weak.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Never Found the Body: Otome, Joe and Ronaldo.
  • Not Quite Dead: Powerful demons tend to be this when they appear to be defeated.
  • Off with His Head!: The first thing Ogre does after being summoned? Knock a Kobold's head clean of it's shoulders.
  • Oh, Crap!: The typical reaction to a newly-added death clip. Even Yamato of all people gets one in Episode 5 when he receives a clip of Hibiki's death.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Fumi and Hinako. But not Keita, Otome, Ronaldo, or Joe.
  • Panthera Awesome: Byakko, one of the Ssu-Ling glows with blue lightning and is Hibiki's first demon.
  • The Promise: In episode 9 Yamato makes Hibiki promise to stay by his side until the end and pass judgement on him if he decides his existence is a sin.
  • Reset Button: The anime's ending, which is also the Triumphant ending. Small changes that show the difference include Hibiki having his hood already down at the beginning and his phone out before even meeting Daichi, being more optimistic during their talk, changes to Nicaea into a joke site, and even the sites page having minor differences and speaking to Io. The changes start getting much more different from there.
  • Revenge: Lugh against the Hotsuin family for imprisoning him and turning him into a tool.
  • Running Gag: Daichi trying to help out against an enemy, only to for his demons to be Curb-Stomped or running away.

    Daichi: My demons are so weak!

  • Screw Destiny: Technically possible, you just need to never, ever give up and have the strength and willpower to fight fate. If you don't have even a single one of these up to the standard you need...you're screwed. Especially if you get a Dead Face clip.
  • Shown Their Work: episode 13's fusion of Lucifer by Hibiki is possible in the actual game.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Yamato, who had challenged Alcor to a few games of chess in the past. He also likes to never admit he loses when Alcor beats him.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Most of the deaths are abrupt, sudden, and without warning, just like they would be if a similar invasion happened in the real world.
  • Taking You with Me: Megrez launches one final attack on Ronaldo, Otome, Joe, Jungo, and Airi as it dies. Only the latter two survive the assault.
    • Despite the fact Alcor tried to take down Yamato with a kamikaze attack during Episode 11, the only good thing that did was kill...Yamato's vest.
  • Theme Naming: The firewalls are named after Lovecraftian horrors. And they "duplicate" Nyarlahotep's layer by referencing those within that mythos itself.
  • There Can Only Be One: Taken to theLogical Extreme. By episode 12, Hibiki and Yamato are literally the last two humans alive, and only one of them will get to meet Polaris.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daichi in episode 11 when he summons his first strong demon Black Frost, who is in fact said to be the strongest demon the heroes have ever had access to, and gets his own serious fight scene.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Hinako begins using Keita's Berserker in episode 8.
  • Wham Episode: Happens early on with episode 3 of the anime Keita's fate shows that here the best route with (almost) all characters surviving will not happen.
    • Episode 8: Ronaldo, Otome, and Joe all getting slaughtered by Megrez, and at the end we see the Void rapidly devouring Japan.
    • Subverted with Episode 10. Everything is set up to look like Io will die...and then it seems like she does, but comes back to life. Of course, considering the tone of the show, this may as well be a Wham Episode just since it has a happy ending.
    • Episode 11. Fumi, Airi, Jungo and Hinako all die.
    • Episode 12: Alcor, Io, Daichi and Makoto all die. The void consumes the world, and Hibiki and Yamato are the last of humanity, preparing to fight in Heaven.
  • Wham Line: Episode 9.

    Makoto: Io Nitta, tomorrow you will die for us.

    • Episode 10.

      Hibiki: Nitta-san!

      Yamato: That is not Nitta. That is Lugh.''

  • What the Hell, Hero?: In episode 6, Hibiki calls out Yamato for using people as pawns for his own goals.
    • Hibiki himself gets yelled at by Daichi earlier in the same episode for always going off on his own.
    • Makoto, Fumi, and Yamato get called out by everyone else for making tough decisions to preserve the human race. Except everyone is catching on the fact that JP's are only preserving the competent elite, meaning they have the audacity to pretend they're serving the greater good while sacrificing people for their own agenda. Yamato isn't making a big secret out of it, and Fumi is being her typical trollish self, but Makoto staunchly sticks by the company line of having good intentions and bears the brunt of their attempts to convince them to save Io.
  • You Are Not Alone: Daichi tries to impress this on Hibiki during his What the Hell, Hero? moment, even leading it off with a Man Hug.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Most of the Death Clips are set in stone, and it is close to impossible to change them, short of really strong forces or demons. even if the person shown can't actually die in the original game.
  • Zerg Rush: Employed by both JP's and Merak during Monday's battle.

Alternative Title(s):Devil Survivor 2

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