Anyone who knows me will know that I am a huge fan of cartoons and animation, and I will watch anything that someone will recommend to me and anything else that catches my eye. Today, Gary and his Demons caught my eye purely from a clip from the first episode and I just had to find this series.
Gary and his Demons is a series centered around, well, Gary and his demons. More specifically, a guy who is “the chosen one” who works for an organization centered around the removal of demons from society by any means necessary. Gary is a middle-aged, balding, and downtrodden guy who feels trapped by his job and is looking to seize any opportunity to relive his life, despite his job calling him back to the cause.
The series has been surprising to me as I wasn’t really expecting much from it other than a few laughs, but honestly, I was hooked after the first few episodes.
From the very opening of the first episode, we are met with Gary leading us on one of his adventures to slay a demon. This first interaction teaches a lot about Gary in that he is good at his job, yet somehow also inept and doubts a lot of his choices, as he tracks down his enemy. After doing his deed he is returned to his office only to find that his retirement isn’t going as planned, causing him to spiral out of control alongside his new partner who is definitely too happy to be at work.
Throughout the story, it is seen that demons are just an everyday occurrence within the show’s universe. People can appear somewhat nonchalant about demons running past them and there is no kind of coverups done to hide the fact. In one episode Gary and his boss Leslie even go on a recruitment drive to the school in hopes to rustle up some new staff. This whole fact is something that just tickles me. It’s like how the future is depicted to have humans and aliens living together in peace, and it’s just charming to me, albeit not a very peaceful coexistence.
Now from this point of this segment, I will be diving into spoiler territory, so please skip ahead to the next segment.
Continuing into the first episode we see that Gary is becoming unstable because he just wants a simple life after 30 years on the job, and 20 years since his fiance died. As he drinks away his sorrows he goes into the bathroom to end it all using his partner’s gun when he has a vision that prevents him from doing so, and instead, he heads off to save his partner. Skipping ahead to the third episode, we discover what actually happened to his fiance after the demon-killing duo takes down another creature of the damned, leading us on a story told through flashbacks and cheesy finisher lines.
Gary has a dark past, but what is he like now? Well after averting his own suicide, Gary carries on his duties as the chosen one and seeing the wrong in his ways as he tries to keep his life on the rails the only he knows how to, leading him to get himself and his boss tased by the cops, getting emotionally attached to a hero lion demon, becoming a teenager again, getting his brother seduced by a succubus, and infecting his partner with demon toxins, along with much more.
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The animation was what I was originally doubtful of. It’s basic. The animation is akin to what you would find in early online animations that you would find on New Grounds way back in that day. It’s budget effective animation, but still really well done. The thing about it is that it feels a little bit clunky at first but you get used to it and it isn’t distracting, and that it gets a boost when needed like in fight scenes and crucial moments. Some scenes feel like there can be nothing moving but the character’s mouths and eyes, but honestly, it shows that you can have a great story without unneeded animations going on in the scene.
If you’re the type of person that watches the cartoons for the animation, this may not be the show for you.
As I mentioned earlier, each character is unique and they all have their own place in the story which is shown off rather nicely throughout the show.
There are a lot of loveable and fun characters with their own stories that help distract from Gary’s tragic back story throughout the episodes, which I find helps keep the story flowing quite well.
Leslie is a cheery lady and the one in charge of the Demon Ministry. She is trying to put her divorce behind her whilst keeping the ministry working.
Gary’s partner, Hanley, who caused Bloody Mary to kill his childhood friends at a sleepover leading him to work at the ministry. He’s a loveable big guy who is the polar opposite to Gary, sort of the good cop to his bad cop.
Bloody Mary who is trying her hand at human life, putting her demon lifestyle behind her unless called upon by Gary or an unsuspecting bystander seeing if the legend is true. She now acts as an informant for the Demon Ministry.
There are other characters that help demonstrate why Gary is the way he is through revealing parts of their past, and others that just make for really fun side stories in some of the episodes. However, the list of characters is actually a small list, but I find it benefits from having fewer characters as the series allows us to learn more about the characters we currently have, leading to newer characters along the way in what I hope will be a series 2.
Whilst I have enjoyed watching Gary and his Demons, I do see influence from other shows, however, the influences aren’t obvious. I just can’t shake the feeling that Gary sounds too much like Rick from Rick and Morty. I’m sure just watching a clip of the show, you will agree. Some of Gary’s mannerisms are similar to Rick also, but he doesn’t have as much of an in your face attitude. I find the humor to be good although I only seem to have one good laugh per episode. The story can feel a little predictable at times, and the times where it is unpredictable are honestly where the comedy comes in.
I must say that I have enjoyed watching Gary and his Demons, but it’s not a show I will rave about. It’s fun, and something a little different to what is currently on offer at the moment. I will admit that I wouldn’t mind seeing a season 2, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if VRV were to officially announce it’s cancellation considering it has been out for almost two years and it feels like not many people really know of its existence.
I would recommend it if comedy and tragic storytelling based around demon-slaying sounds appealing to you. It appealed to me as a fan of cartoon animation, so maybe it will appeal to you too. It’s definitely worth the watch if you’re looking for something that isn’t too intensive. It’s great as a background show whilst you’re doing something else in my opinion and served me well as a distraction and it was worthy of me writing about it which definitely says I enjoyed it.