This is far different from the perverse and lighthearted antics I seen of the Demon Patrol from Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera. The characters in the Demon Patrol appear older and while they still retain some of the traits from their comedic counterparts such as Enma's perversion and Yuka's hidden love for Enma, this is a more darker and serious series featuring the group dispatching demons that possess and prey upon the worst elements of humanity. The 4 OAVs of Demon Prince Enma focus on self-contained cases which effectively introduce elements of psychological thriller that mess with the viewer's perceptions of who they assume are committing various murders and inflicting suffering upon humanity, as well as featuring the mental deterioration of characters introduced in each mystery as they believe themselves or others close to them to have committed their heinous acts. The final two episodes are enough of a treat where several people are trapped in a building with a demon that preys upon the darkest memories that each person was trying to repress. The visual presentation to the series is high quality making use of dark colors and plenty of detail to create its dark settings and character designs, as well as having fluid animation from the movement of characters and tense conflicts we see unfold when Enma and his group confront the various demons of the series. Being mostly episodic in its developments though, Demon Prince Enma doesn't really flesh out much on Enma and his group. I also found the resolution to the final mystery in the series to be a bit lackluster as what we came to learn of the developments was never hinted to nor shown. Otherwise, this take on one of Go Nagai's infamous characters made for a mostly thrilling watch thanks to its more serious portrayal and elements of horror brought into the series. I give this a strong Rent recommendation.
Last updated Saturday, January 07 2012. Created Saturday, January 07 2012.