Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil is the anime adaptation of Devil Children Black Book & Red Book. Both the games and the anime were produced concurrently, but the only common point between them are the main characters, as each medium tells a completely different story.

It was broadcast on the Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Network at the Saturday 7:30-08:00 AM timeslot and ran for 50 episodes from October 7, 2000 to September 29, 2001.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Due to family circumstances, Setsuna Kai is moving to a new city where he's supposed to live by himself in an apartment. As soon as Setsuna arrives, he witnesses a mysterious rain of rocks and barely escapes being crushed by an enormous boulder. Setsuna's new home wasn't as lucky, being completely destroyed by another giant boulder. Setsuna is distraught, not knowing what to do when he's approached by a scientist named Hiromi Kaname. Dr. Kaname's equipment apparently can tell that Setsuna is a "Devil Child", and so Dr. Kaname decides to take Setsuna to his laboratory.

The laboratory also doubles as Dr. Kaname's house, and there he explains to Setsuna that there exists another world known as the Expanse, where demons live. The Demon Lord Lucifer is trying to take control of the Expanse, and for that purpose he is using his magic to turn good demons evil. Those demons are marked with a brand somewhere in their bodies, and as they wreck havoc in the Expanse, the human world is affected by it in a related manner.

The only way to put a stop to this is traveling to the Expanse and defeated the demon causing the incident, but regular humans cannot travel to the Expanse. Only Devil Children, humans who for some unknown reason have demon DNA in them, are capable of this feat. Setsuna must now work together with Mirai Kaname, Dr. Kaname's granddaughter, in order to stop Lucifer and protect both worlds.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Protagonists[edit | edit source]

Setsuna (left) and Mirai (right).

  • Setsuna Kai: A hot-blooded 5th grade student who loves soccer.
  • Mirai Kaname: A fiery 5th grade student with a short temper.
  • Cool: Setsuna's partner. A Cerberus cub who uses fire magic.
  • Veil: Mirai's partner. A small Gryphon who uses wind magic.
  • Jack Frost: A snowman demon who joins Setsuna and Mirai after being freed from Lucifer's magic brand.
  • Mechi: A small orange demon in the shape of a ball that uses thunder magic.
  • Hiromi Kaname: Mirai's guardian who aids her in her investigation of the Expanse.
  • Sphinx: Former adviser to Prince who joins Setsuna and Mirai after they help save his home. He uses both wind and thunder magic.

Antagonists[edit | edit source]

  • Lucifer: The main antagonist of the first half of the series who wants to take over both worlds.
  • Abaddon: Lucifer's minion who is always together with Fenrir.
  • Fenrir: An effeminate werewolf who used earth magic.
  • Demogorgon: A musclehead demon who values brawn over brain.
  • Vibhishana: An extremely wise strategist, but incredibly rude to his peers.
  • Paimon: A vain demon who favors strategies that result in financial gain.
  • Zebul: An ancient demon who is looking for a powerful energy source to revive himself, and created Zett Takajō to look for one.

Songs[edit | edit source]

Opening Themes[edit | edit source]

Ending Themes[edit | edit source]

Insert Songs[edit | edit source]

Home Media Release[edit | edit source]

The anime was originally released only in the form of rental VHS tapes, with a total of 17 tapes. A DVD release was eventually announced, finally being released on October 19, 2007 after a brief cancellation. The DVD release consisted of two box sets, each containing 5 discs and 25 episodes. As a bonus, it contained creditless versions of the first opening and ending songs as well as commentary from various staff members.

On February 6, 2019, the entire series was in released in a remastered Blu-Ray set. The set contains two discs, each covering one of the series' two story arcs.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Distributors
    Buena Vista International (All media) (2002) (worldwide)
    Mondo TV (DVD) (2005) (Italy)

See Also[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While not the first animated adaptation of a Megami Tensei property, Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil was the franchise's first serialized anime series.
  • According to head writer Shinzo Fujita, the anime's title uses the shortened form DeviChil instead of Devil Children because of Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting's request, as they didn't want to market a series with the word "Devil" in its title. This is also the reason behind the anime's use of マカイ instead of 魔界 when referring to the Expanse.
  • According to Shinzo Fujita and series director Yoshio Takeuchi, the anime was originally going to have only 26 episodes, but had the number extended to 50 due to good reception.


Characters
Playable Mirai Kaname - Setsuna Kai - Cool - Veil
Non-Playable Nagahisa Kai - Elegy - Zett Takajō - Lucifer - Azel - Hoshigami - Zebul - Michael - Diana - Dust - Paimon - Isis - Souta - Hel - Norn - Hiromi Kaname
Locations
Earth Harajuku
Expanse Ice Land - Marble Land - Sand Land - Forest Land - Fire Land - Central Land - Sanctuary - Deep Hole
Other Vinecenter - Shop - Bank - Hotel - Casino - Trainer - Shady Laboratory & Manor
Archives
Songs "Go-Round" - "LOVE SICK" - "Tenkai no Aurora ~AURORA HEALING~" - "Idol ~IDOLL~" - "Invisible Hearts" - "Peace and Love" - "Hontou ha ~Here we go~" - "PEACE RUSH!!" - "Cool ni DOG FIGHT" - "Daijoubu!"
Albums ANIMATION Original Soundtrack - Character File 1: Setsuna Kai - Character File 2: Mirai Kaname - Character File 3: Cool
Terms Devil Riser - King Riser - Macca - Magnetite - Expanse - Devil Child - Angel Child - Devil Database - Devil Phone - Keys of Norn - Vinecom - Type
Lists Items - Demons - Skills - Status Changes
Other Media
Productions Shin Megami Tensei: DeviChil (Episodes) - Manga
Megami Tensei Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Megami Tensei (Atlus) - II - Kyūyaku
Shin Megami Tensei Shin Megami Tensei - II / Gaiden: Ma To Houkai - if... / Hazama's Chapter - J - NINE -
III: Nocturne / Pachislot - 20XX / Devil's Colosseum - IMAGINE - Tokyo Requiem - Strange Journey (Redux) - Devil Hunter Zero - IV / Apocalypse - Devil Collection - Synchronicity Prologue - Liberation Dx2 - V
Last Bible Last Bible - II - Another Bible - III - Special -
New Testament / II: Hajimari no Fukuin / III: Mugen no Eiyuu
Majin Tensei Majin Tensei - II: Spiral Nemesis - Ronde - Blind Thinker / II
Devil Summoner Devil Summoner / Pinball: Judgment - Soul Hackers / Intruder / Soul Hackers New Generation -
Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Persona Megami Ibunroku Persona (PSP Remake) / Ikū no Tō Hen -
2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment / Lost Memories / Infinity Mask -
3 (FES* / Portable*) / Dancing in Moonlight
4 (Golden*) / Arena / Ultimax / Dancing All Night
5 (Royal*) / Dancing in Starlight / Strikers
Q: Shadow of the Labryinth - Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Devil Children Black Book / Red Book - White Book - DemiKids Light / Dark - Fire Book / Ice Book -
Messiah Riser - Puzzle de Call! - Appli de Call! - Devil Children Mobile
Digital Devil Saga Avatar Tuner - 2 - A's TEST Server
Devil Survivor Devil Survivor (Overclocked) - 2 (Record Breaker) / The Extra World
Jack Series Jack Bros. - Demonic Help Party
Other games Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku - Card Summoner - Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE - Maken X - Catherine / Full Body
Digital Devil Story (Novels) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - 2: Warrior of the Demon City - 3: Demise of the Reincarnation
New Digital Devil Story New Digital Devil Story: Goddess of Enchainment - 2: Queen of the Ice Fields - 3: Planet of the Devil - 4: Wrath of the Young Emperor - 5: Eternal Goddess - 6: Bonds of Reincarnation
Other Novels Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Shibito Ekishi - Giten Megami Tensei: Distant Flow ~EXILE~ - Megami Ibunroku Persona: Shadow Maze - Persona 3: Shadow Cry / Owari no Kakera / Alternative Heart / Velvet Blue - Persona x Detective Naoto - Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel
Anime Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Tokyo Revelation - Persona -trinity soul- - Persona 3 The Movie - Persona 4 The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation - DeviChil - D-Children: Light & Dark - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Manga Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation - if... / Kahn - IV: DEMONIC GENE / -Prayers- - Gaiten: Hato no Senki - EDEN - CG Senki: Dante no Mon - Majin Tensei - Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito - Megami Ibunroku Persona - Persona: Tsumi to Batsu - Persona 3 / Portable Dengeki Comic Anthology / Portable Dear Girls Comic Anthology - Persona 4 / The Magician - Arena / Arena Ultimax / Dancing All Night - PQ: -Roundabout- / Side:P3 / Side:P4 - Tartarus Theater - Persona 5 / Dengeki Comic Anthology| / Comic à La Carte / Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) / the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology / Mementos Mission - Q2: Persona Q2: Roundabout Special - Devil Children / Light & Dark - Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner: Shinen no Matou - Devil Survivor - 2: -Show Your Free Will- / The Animation Manga
Mobile Apps The Night Before - QIX - Chaining Soul - Aegis: The First Mission - Em - Illust Puzzle - Escape - Social - Ain Soph - Mobile Online - The Card Battle - Colors - Persona O.A. - Mobile Phone Demon Collection - Atlus Casino - Devil Summoning Program - Digital Novel
Other The Amala Multiverse - Earth - Expanse - Great Will - Protagonists - Birthdays - Patches and Updates - In popular culture
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