It may have a two on the end of it but since it’s the first time an anime adaption has been created for the Devil Survivor series there is no way to watch Devil Survivor 1 without going out and buying it for the Nintendo DS. Luckily Devil Survivor 2 is only a spiritual sequel and requires no previous knowledge of the franchise to be enjoyed so be at ease. Devil Survivor 2 has so many ideas thrown into the mixing pot i’m amazed it didn’t get over saturated and end up as the anime equivalent of mysterious food x. Here is a list of those ideas for you to take a gander at. Unknown demons attack the city, demons can be summoned and controlled with a mobile phone, a website sends future videos to some phones showing peoples death before it happens and the potential end of the world among other things.
The plot may sound crazy but it’s fairly simple and if you pay attention during the first episode you should catch on pretty quick. It’s got plenty of twists and turns along the way which should result in a great anime as well as the potential for a cliff hanger every two or three episodes and that’s no joke. Even if you have no interest in the franchise or this type of anime I suggest you apply the Madoka three episode rule and give it a decent try.
What we should be looking forward to most is how they handle the many potential deaths as well as the multiple endings. I get the feeling the anime will lean towards keeping all the characters alive mostly so we get to experience their stories on the one on one level whenever they are alone with the protagonist much like we saw in Persona 4 the Animation. That and I have no doubt in my mind that they pick the good/perfect ending and not one of the morally ambiguous endings which may result in some bad or evil judgement calls from the player/protagonist.
Fingers crossed this anime does well because if it turns out as good as Persona 4 The animation did then chances are good more Shin Megami Tensei games could get adapted into anime or anime movies. Personally I’d love to see a Catherine movie or a Devil Survivor one anime .