The Shin Megami Tensei series has its dedicated following of fans, and for good reason too! The series, along with its sub-series such as Persona and Devil Survivor, all have very intriguing storylines, character progression, and cool animation effects. Luckily for fans, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation is the next best animation series that both newcomers and series veterans will grow to love.
Devil Survivor 2 The Animation is based off the game with the same name: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2, which was released in on the Nintendo DS, with an enhanced port of the game being set to release in Japan this Summer. The story follows Hibiki Kuze, an intelligent, oblivious teen that has been studying for a few entrance exams. His friend, Daichi Shijima, introduces him to an app called Nicaea, which produces short videos called “Dead Face.” Dead Faces show your friends’ death, though for some odd reason, the Japanese thought this was entertainment.
Long story short, both Hibiki and Daichi find themselves as the spotlight for the next Dead Face video, and through a series of twisted events, they find themselves escaping death’s grip only to be able to summon demons from their phones. Additionally, they form a group with Io Nitta, a pretty honors student who also met the same fate as both Hibiki and Daichi. She’s rather helpless in the face of danger, but has proven to be helpful on multiple occasion.
Soon, the trio find out that they’ve been fighting the Septentrion, who have been slowly ravaging the world through portals created by the deceased’s cell phones. There’s also an (un)official agency known as JP’s, which specializes in fighting the Septentrion, and quickly come across Hibiki, Daichi, and Io. Slowly, the mystery unravels as each of the characters must determine what they’ll do with their new-found powers…
The anime’s style is clean and well animated, with a cyber-esque theme being core to the series. The story itself is quite intriguing and even contains some of the recurring elements of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise: an oblivious main character, a goofy sidekick, creatively weird demonic creatures, and your helpless-yet-quite-strong girl characters. For those who’ve played Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2, this anime serves to compliment the game, since it brings the main story together in a non-interactive medium.
If you’ve been a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation delivers on all of the features that previous animations, including Persona 4 The Animation, have established that fans have come to love about the series. Even if you’re new to the series, the anime provides a pretty good introduction to the Shin Megami Tensei universe, and is highly recommended.