There are a lot of anime that include demons and devils in their cast and I know that a list of 5 can’t even begin to cover all the great titles out there. Still, I decided to have a go at listing my 5 favourite anime with demons or devils in them. I did rule out just standard yokai anime though as I wanted this list to focus more on demons or devils as the are more often represented in the west.
Still, there are still a lot of anime out there that we could have got into and with one exception I haven’t even touched the sheer number of comedy anime that use these kinds of characters. Nor have I touched on the harem anime that go there so I’m sure there are plenty more anime that people could list and I’d love to hear your choices in the comments below.
I will just give an honourable mention to Devilman Crybaby. I didn’t really like that anime for a number of reasons but its depiction of demons was actually pretty solid and so it deserves a space on the list.
Have you got a favourite anime demon? Give them a shout out in the comments.
Number 5: Blue Exorcist
I feel a lot of people will probably have this one higher up their lists and if I had only watched season one I probably would as well. I really enjoyed the set up to this story in the first episode where we learn the truth about who Rin’s father was and we see part of the cause for his volatile temper and violence. While this anime takes a lot of liberties with the church structure, terminology, and the basic idea of what an exorcist is, it is undeniably entertaining. The second season lacked a lot of that charm that season one brought to the table, but still, it is a solid entry in terms of an anime focused on the idea of exorcising demons.
Number 4: Hataraku Maou-Sama
The Devil is a Part-Timer is one of those anime that just hit the right spot for me particularly in terms of its comedy. However, a lot of the enjoyment I found in the anime was in the way they portrayed the devil and his demon generals. Also, the connection between the hero and Satan was very nicely established and as the story progressed we had a bit of a look at the follies of humans and angels as well. While definitely not trying to be serious about its premise, this one is just a fun story where demons, humans and angels interact and the end results are interesting.
Number 3: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Weird for me to include an anime that isn’t even finished yet but I must say that I’ve really been enjoying how demons are portrayed in this one. While Tanjiro certainly has sympathy for demons changed from human against their will, largely because of Nezuko’s situation, he is also aware of the destruction demons cause if left to their own devices and after the first encounter where he hesitated, he’s managed to take appropriate action even if we continue to see signs of his compassion. It’s an interesting concept and I’m looking forward to learning more about the different demons we’ve met who haven’t been instantly killed.
Number 2: D Gray Man
I couldn’t have made this list without mentioning the Black Order of exorcists who are fighting against the Millennium Earland his Akuma army. What I particularly like about this one is that the demons aren’t just springing to life on their own. The Earl makes deals with humans in order to breed his soldiers and so the number of Akuma the order are facing is in direct correlation to the weakness of humans who, desperate to reconnect with a loved one, accept the Earl’s dubious offer and end up chaining their loved one’s soul inside an Akuma. It is horrific but for Allen it is even worse as he can see that trapped soul which causes conflict inside of him when it comes to defeating them.
Number 1: Black Butler
Well, you all should have seen that one coming. However, when it comes to an anime that does an excellent deal with a devil storyline, Black Butler is still my undisputed favourite. Sebastian is every bit a demon and yet he covers over his monstrous nature with suave appearance and manners only allowing glimpses at the truth beneath the surface when it suits him to do so. I genuinely love this story and have really enjoyed the Book Of spin-offs even if season 2 didn’t really work for me.
That’s my list but there are plenty of other anime out there featuring demons or devils and I’d love to know some of your favourites so leave me a comment below.
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18 thoughts on “Top 5: Anime With Demons or Devils”
Oh dear! How could we miss out on “Shinmai Maō no Testament?”
Probably because I never finished the first season but it does fit the category.
I showed episodes 1-3 of Demon Slayer at anime club today. The kids loved it (and so did a Mom who was auditing), but my assistant pointed out afterwards that this was the third time this year that I’d shown an anime where demons were a prominent element (after Dororo in January and Promised Neverland in April), which I hadn’t even thought about until she said it. The kids enjoyed all three, though, and that’s the most important thing. As for my own favorite, that’s easy: Chrono Crusade. It’s actually the only demon-themed series that I have in my disc collection.
Demons do seem to turn up a lot in anime but usually they are fun.
All great choices here! But particularly #1.
I share your enthusiasm.
Really not surprise to see Black Butler on that list. Mine would probably include Seraph of the End without big surprise.
Not really a surprise but still a great choice.
The the only one I can think with Demon the other are either Yokai or Mononoke.
Always glad to see D.Gray-man get some attention!
Same with, well, almost all the rest of your list!
Strangely, I’ve never been a fan of Black Butler. Maybe I just need to try it again…
I think the appeal of Black Butler for me is less the show itself and more the characters. I kind of get why it doesn’t work for a lot of viewers even though I love it.
I love a lot of anime that *have* demons, while not especially focusing on the concept of demons and devils. The World God Only Knows is a favorite of mine. But the demon aspect is kind of just there to set up the rest of it for example. Love Blue Exorcist, so far (not gotten quite that far in it yet, though). Seven Deadly Sins is an awesome, character-driven one. This one’s technically a bit of a cheat, but The Promised Neverland gets *really* good, later.
I did consider The Promised Neverland but the season we have didn’t give us much on the ‘demons’ so I moved on. Looking forward to learning more later.
Yeah, I figured as much. The first season of the anime does focus a lot more on the “human monsters” aspect. Which is still pretty solid.