Ping Pong and Devilman Crybaby Are Basically the Same

On Masaaki Yuasa’s work and the subtle narrative differences between implicit and explicit queerness

Elizabeth Simins
Aug 12, 2019 · 9 min read

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for Devilman Crybaby (2018) and Ping Pong (2014)!!! You’ve been warned.

Left: Ping Pong; right: Devilman Crybaby. Masaaki Yuasa obviously has some imagery obsessions, and I would argue that they reveal parallels beyond the merely superficial.

When Masaaki Yuasa’s masterpiece Devilman Crybaby came out in early 2018, the range of…