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Devil May Cry 5: Visions of V is an official manga series that serves as a tie-in to Devil May Cry 5. It centers around V and goes into detail about the events following his birth and how he was led into the events of the game.

The manga is released monthly (biweekly until June 2021) through the Japanese electronic manga service, Line Manga (LINE マンガ).[1][2] It is illustrated by Tomio Ogata.[3]

Publication[]

The manga was announced with the release of 'Chapter 0' Prologue serving as a teaser for future events on March 7, 2019, a day before the DMC5 launch.[4][5] The first proper chapter of the manga, Mission 01, came out on April 27, 2019, with new chapter updates releasing every other Saturday at 00:00 JST on the Line Manga application for iOS and Android devices. The application is restricted to Japan only and requires a LINE account.

After several chapter release delays, on May 22, 2021, in Mission 29-2, it was announced that starting with the next chapter, to maintain quality, the manga will switch from biweekly to monthly publication, with Mission 30 releasing on Saturday, June 26.

Prologue and Mission 01 are available free of charge on Line Manga's official website (still accessible from Japan only). Additionally, some chapters were available on the website for a limited time to commemorate certain releases—up to Mission 6 during November 15–December 5, 2019; after the release of Volume 1,[6] up to Mission 14-1 during August 12–26, 2020; after the release of Volume 2,[7] and up to Mission 26-1 during November 12–19, 2020; after the release of Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition.[8]

Web chapters[]

[n 1] Title[n 1] Release date Pages[n 2] Notes
Prologue March 7, 2019 12
1 Mission 01 April 27, 2019 36 2 color pages
2 Mission 02 May 11, 2019 20
3 Mission 03 May 25, 2019 16
4 Mission 04 June 8, 2019 22
5 Mission 05 June 22, 2019 22
6 Mission 06 July 6, 2019 21
7 Mission 07 July 20, 2019 16 Chapter title missing
8 Mission 08 August 3, 2019 18
9 Mission 09 August 17, 2019 18 3 color pages
10 Mission 10 August 31, 2019 22 Notice of suspension of the next update
11 Mission 11 September 28, 2019 20
12 Mission 12-1 October 12, 2019 11 Chapter title reads "Mission 12".
Notice of suspension of the next update because of work on Volume 1
12 Mission 12-2 November 9, 2019 15
13 Mission 13 November 23, 2019 16
14 Mission 14-1 December 7, 2019 11
15 Mission 14-2 December 21, 2019 13 Chapter title missing.
Notice of suspension of the next update
16 Mission 15 January 18, 2020 23
17 Mission 16-1 February 1, 2020 18 Chapter title missing
18 Mission 16-2 February 15, 2020 12 Chapter title missing.
Originally the next update date was missing, added later
19 Mission 17 February 29, 2020 19 Chapter title missing.
Notice of suspension of the next update
20 Mission 18 March 28, 2020 20 Chapter title missing
21 Mission 19-1 April 11, 2020 9
22 Mission 19-2 April 25, 2020 7 Chapter title missing.
Notice of suspension of the next update
23 Mission 20-1 May 23, 2020 13 Chapter title missing
24 Mission 20-2 June 6, 2020 15 Chapter title missing
25 Mission 21-1 June 20, 2020 11 Chapter title missing
26 Mission 21-2 July 4, 2020 11 Chapter title missing
27 Mission 22 July 18, 2020 15 Chapter title missing
28 Mission 23-1 August 1, 2020 12 Chapter title missing
29 Mission 23-2 August 29, 2020 16 Chapter title missing.
Originally slated for release on August 15th, delayed, color illustration of V was posted instead
30 Mission 24 September 12, 2020 20 Chapter title missing
31 Mission 25-1 September 26, 2020 18 Chapter title missing
32 Mission 25-2 October 24, 2020 18 Chapter title missing.
Originally slated for release on October 10th, delayed, color illustration of Nero was posted instead
33 Mission 26-1 November 7, 2020 15 Chapter title missing.
Originally the next update date was missing, added later
34 Mission 26-2 November 21, 2020 15 Chapter title missing
35 Mission 27-1 December 5, 2020 20 Chapter title missing.
Notice of suspension of the next update because of work on Volume 3[9]
36 Mission 27-2 January 30, 2021 11 Chapter title missing.
Originally slated for release on January 2nd, delayed, color illustration of Dante was posted instead, then delayed once again.
The next update date is missing
37 Mission 28 February 27, 2021 11 Chapter title missing.
Originally slated for release on February 13th, delayed.
The next update date is missing
38 Mission 29-1 April 24, 2021 14 Chapter title missing.
Originally slated for release on March 13th, delayed, color illustration of Nero was posted instead, then delayed twice more.
The next update date is missing
39 Mission 29-2 May 22, 2021 14 Chapter title missing.
Originally slated for release on May 8th, delayed, color illustration of V was posted instead.
Special notice of publication period change from biweekly to monthly, starting with the next chapter
40 Mission 30 June 26, 2021 22 Chapter title missing
41 Mission 31 July 31, 2021 24 Chapter title missing
  1. 1.0 1.1 As listed on Line Manga.
  2. Excluding the ad pages.

Collected edition[]

Collected volumes of Visions of V are released in Japan, published by LINE Digital Frontier and Nippan IPS, both on paper and digitally. They feature refined art, changed lines (Volume 1), color dust jacket, and, exclusive to the paper version, black-and-white book cover. Both covers follow the pattern: a manga character with Sparda's family portrait frame behind them. Chapter titles are placed in a simple black bar on the first page of the chapter instead of the title logos used in the web edition (where they were present), and chapters originally released in two parts (such as Missions 12-1 and 12-2) are presented in a joint form.

Books purchased at certain stores come with limited illustration cards.

Volume 1 was released on November 15, 2019.[10] It comprises Missions 01–09 and the Prologue chapter. At the end of the volume, a Q&A with Hideaki Itsuno and Tomio Ogata is included. The paper version cover features hooded Vergil. A 2nd printing of the volume was released on February 15, 2021, the same day as Volume 3.[11]

Volume 2 was released on August 12, 2020,[12] containing Missions 10-16. The black-and-white cover featured the DMC3 version of Dante with Rebellion and Force Edge behind him. Customers received a black-and-white print of V with Griffon and Nero if they bought volume 2 at Book1st and Animate, respectively.[13]

Volume 3 included Missions 17–24 and was released on February 15, 2021.[14] Physical and digital copies of the book came with 5 different bonus illustration cards, featuring: Vergil with Yamato – Animate exclusive color print, Nero drinking soda – Book1st exclusive print, Dante with pizza – Maruzen & Junkudo exclusive print, V eating burgers – print bundled in other collaboration stores (including Animate, Wonder Goo, and Melonbooks), and Vergil with Shadow – e-book exclusive digital file.

Volume 4 is set to be released in fall 2021.

Plot[]

The story centers around V’s birth, how he meets his familiars, and other details that set up the events of the game.[2]

Prologue[]

In Red Grave City, Griffon spots a demon and notifies V, who is sitting upon the corpses of numerous demons, and tells Griffon to ignore the demon if it is not coming near them. V reads "A Poison Tree" from his book and looks upon the Qliphoth tree. V narrates that the Qliphoth is feeding off human blood to grow a fruit for Urizen. The chapter flashbacks to many different points of V's life, one involves shortly after his birth, with Griffon telling him they need to join forces if they want to beat Urizen. Another gives a glimpse of V obtaining his cane and Shadow for the first time. One moment shows Griffon warning V that not all demons will submit so easily and must be tamed by force as they face off against a Phantom. Another sequence shows them facing off against Nightmare, with Griffon wanting them to run away. The final moment shows V sneaking into a sleeping Nero's hospital room, vowing to use everything he can to defeat Urizen.

Mission 01[]

After ripping Nero's Devil Bringer off, a weak and dying Vergil goes to the ruins of his former home in Red Grave City. While he doesn't fear death, Vergil's desire to beat Dante and his desire for power compels him to use the Yamato to discard anything that he believes makes him weak. Vergil then removes the memories of his enslavement as Mundus's Nelo Angelo, causing them to manifest as shadowy creatures, as well as his decaying flesh and human heart. As a result, V and Urizen are born, with V being left with a human body that will eventually perish. As Urizen begins to form, V watches in fear and tries to crawl away, all while failing to strengthen his feeble body with demonic power. V reflects on how terrified he felt about being powerless in front of Urizen's demonic presence as he finds Vergil's book of poems on the ground, causing V to remember Vergil's childhood with his brother Dante. When V internally expresses his wish of not wanting to die, Griffon yells at V to express his desire to live out loud and lifts V off the floor. Griffon takes V outside and drops him on a pile of garbage, mocking V a little bit before telling him to make a contract with him.

Mission 02[]

In a deserted alleyway in Red Grave City, a young punk is mugging an old man as a naked V approaches the scene. While the punk focuses his attention on V, Griffon attacks the punk from behind and knocks him unconscious. As V steals the punk's clothes and jewelry, V comments on the clothing's style, causing Griffon to rant at his nitpicking, and tells V that he must listen to his wishes. A flashback taking place outside Sparda's mansion shows Griffon half-jokingly pitching the idea of making a contract with him to V. Annoyed at Griffon's yapping, V shuts his beak and demands that Griffon explain himself. Griffon reveals to V that he is the discarded memories that Vergil cut away with Yamato, specifically the "nightmares" of Vergil's time with Mundus. Griffon states that he doesn't care that Vergil discarded him, but as a "dream", he will disappear soon without a host. Griffon says that V should become his host since his body is also decaying, and he can't return to being Vergil, as the demon side of him will never allow that to happen. He also stresses that V doesn't have the power to defeat the demon half; therefore, the two of them have to work together, or they will die. Back in the present, V questions why would he need Griffon, which angers him since he's been helping V. However, V clarifies that he plans on "using" Griffon, not helping him, and voices his skepticism of his abilities. While exasperated by V's demeanor, Griffon agrees to prove himself to V, who tells him to kill the Empusa that manifested in the alley. Griffon easily subdues the Empusa with a lighting attack, asking V if he still thinks he doesn't need him.

Mission 03[]

V looks upon the fallen Empusa, wondering if its appearance in the city is because of Urizen. Griffon confirms V's theory and states that due to how powerful Urizen is and the fact he has Yamato, Red Grave City will likely be infested with demons soon. Griffon chides V for acting arrogant when he can't even protect himself and mocks him as V picks up Vergil's poetry book. While V expresses his dislike of teaming up with Griffon, he agrees to work together with him because he doesn't want to die. As the two bicker with one another, the Empusa rises from the ground and attacks the duo, much to Griffon's shock. Griffon dodges the Empusa and lifts V in the air, questioning why his lightning didn't kill it, and tries striking it again. However, the Empusa is still alive and recovers from the attack. Griffon suddenly runs out of demonic power, causing his form to become unstable and making him fall to the ground. Unable to fight, Griffon tells V that they need to hide, prompting V to break into a nearby antique store and drag Griffon inside. The Empusa attacks V, pinning him down, but Griffon draws its attention and launches a strong attack, despite his weak condition. V reflects on how frustrating it is to be weak and decides to take action, breaking a glass case and retrieving a cane to stab the Empusa.

Mission 04[]

After great effort, V is able to successfully kill the Empusa and collapses on a nearby couch. V wonders if he was able to kill the demon because of the cane, though it doesn't look like a Devil Arm. Griffon explains to V that it is not the cane but V himself. Griffon deduces that because he is essentially a "dream" without any substance, it's impossible for him to kill anything, so V must be the one to deliver the killing blow. Griffon proposes that this will be how they will fight in the future: Griffon will weaken them so V can deal the final blow. V finds the idea pathetic and doubts it will work out since it took a lot of effort just to beat a low-level demon. However, Griffon assures V that he shouldn't be ashamed since both of them are "pathetic" in their own way. Having reached his limit, Griffon's form begins to melt on the floor, and he tells V to make a choice quickly. Knowing he doesn't have any other options, V accepts he needs Griffon and places his hand on Griffon's melted form to begin the contract. As Griffon's form wraps around V's body, Griffon apologizes to V for thinking he would be a burden and promises not to make fun of him anymore. With the contract complete, V gains tattoos on his upper body and arms as Griffon regains his proper form.

Mission 05[]

In a flashback, a bloody Vergil is shown being tortured by Mundus, with his body pierced by spikes and the broken Yamato dropping from his hand. Mundus curses Sparda and belittles Vergil for being weak due to his human genes. Vergil defiantly provokes Mundus, who engulfs Vergil in dark energy and tells him that his human heart makes him weak and that he will transform him into his servant - Nelo Angelo - without any emotions or sense of self. In the real world, a panting V snaps out of the memory as Griffon pokes fun at his expression. Suddenly, Griffon senses another being like him nearby and urges V to find them before they disappear. Finding the deed troublesome, V is reluctant to do so, but Griffon states that they urgently need more allies. Griffon explains that three more memories took physical form after Vergil cast them out. While Griffon admits that they still behave like demons and will likely be aggressive, he believes that some of them will be willing to join them since they won't want to die. Otherwise, they can just use force to tame them. V spots a dark human-shaped figure in the street, and Griffon tries to threaten them to get them to go away, telling V they don't have time for humans. In response, the figure morphs its body and attacks them with a large spike, but V is able to block it with his cane. The figure then reveals itself to be Shadow, another manifestation of Vergil's memories, and starts growling at V. After snatching V's cane away, Shadow flees, leading Griffon to speculate that since the cane smells like the Demon World, Shadow might think he can use it to go there. They follow Shadow to an alleyway swarming with bugs and see that Shadow is about to disappear. Before V can help Shadow, a giant, speaking Phantom appears and threatens to eat V and Griffon for trying to claim his prey.

Mission 06[]

As V retrieves his cane, he moves to confront Phantom, telling the demon that he and Griffon were after Shadow first. Griffon tells V that Shadow is in his core state and his form should return soon since he's not completely out of energy yet, but advises that they should deal with Phantom before handling Shadow. Phantom recognizes V and Griffon, calling the former their "host". When Griffon tells Phantom to make a contract with V, Phantom hauntingly proclaims that he will never serve someone as weak as V, disparaging V and refusing to live tied to him, stating he would sooner die than serve him. Angry at Phantom's insults, V provokes Phantom, causing the demon to attack him. V and Griffon manage to dodge and hide behind a large piece of rock, dragging Shadow's limp body with them. Exasperated by the situation, Griffon explains they cannot handle Phantom and Shadow at the same time, so V must forcefully tame Shadow. Before V can stab Shadow with his cane, Shadow regains consciousness and clamps his jaw on V's cane. Reflecting over his interaction with Phantom, V realizes it's pointless to demand cooperation from Shadow and asks Shadow to make a choice - die or struggle and live - and if Shadow chooses to live, then V says that he needs him. With Shadow's help, the group is able to attack Phantom and force him to enter his core state, allowing V to kill him. Relieved that they are all alive, Shadow affectionately licks V's face as Griffon happily remarks on how Shadow is taken with V.

Mission 07[]

Once Shadow regains his composure, Shadow initiates the contract ritual with V and transforms into a semi-liquid state to warp around V's body. As V mentally connects with Shadow, more tattoos appear on his body, and he is plagued by another flashback of Vergil being tortured by Mundus and becoming Nelo Angelo. As he quietly undergoes mental and emotional distress, V contemplates how much he hates reliving the memories. However, he openly admits he needs more power to beat Urizen and must find a stronger familiar. Griffon remarks that they lost a major ally in Phantom, though he admits that Phantom wouldn't have cooperated with them even if they did tame him. Griffon warns V that all of them aren't very strong individually, so they must work as a team. However, V bluntly just asks Griffon if there are any more powerful "nightmare"s left that they can have as an ally. Griffon nervously confirms that there is one more and leads V to an abandoned church. Although Griffon tries to talk V out of confronting the demon, V enters the church and meets the large Nightmare. Griffon frighteningly begs to run away since they have no chance of beating it, but V is determined to have Nightmare as a familiar.

Mission 08[]

Griffon explains to V that the original Nightmare was created by Mundus but was restrained due to having the power to destroy the Demon World. Griffon stresses that the original Nightmare does not have a will of its own and will only obey its master, meaning V is unable to communicate with the Nightmare made from Vergil's memories. With Nightmare blocking the door, V and Griffon cannot run away. When Griffon questions if V has a plan, V tells him that he wants to gauge Nightmare's power and sends Shadow to attack. Before Shadow can land a blow, Nightmare quickly impales Shadow, leaving him in his core form. After seeing Shadow being taken out in a signal hit, Griffon panics while V stares in awe just as Nightmare prepares to fire its laser beam. While V barely dodges the laser, Griffon takes a direct hit and reverts to his core form. As V admits confronting Nightmare was a mistake, Nightmare captures V and engulfs him into its body, making sure to take away his cane. After falling down a dark abyss, V lands in front of a cracked statute of Mundus. V then sees Vergil as Nelo Angelo as he emerges from the water-like ground and grabs hold of V, causing V to realize that the appearance of Nelo Angelo is just a worthless dream.

Mission 09[]

As Nelo Angelo grabs V by his neck, V tries to banish it away since he knows it's an illusion, but it doesn't work. V is then shown memories of Mundus, Trish, and other moments of Vergil's time as Nelo Angelo. While disturbed by these memories, V sees an illusion of Dante shooting Nelo Angelo in the head, much to his shock. When the area starts to dissolve, V falls deeper into the mental abyss and meets with Nightmare's consciousness, which takes the form of a giant eye. Realizing everything he saw was Nightmare's doing, V questions why Nightmare is showing him these illusions, believing that Nightmare is mocking V for his weakness and telling him that he, as Vergil, is inferior to Dante. With his hand upon Nightmare's eye, the area begins to break apart as Nightmare's body in the real world begins to emit light from the inside. Seeing this, a reforming Griffon tells V not to use so much demonic power, or he's going to die. Plunging his hand into Nightmare's core, V channels his demonic energy onto it, causing Nightmare's body to crumble in the real world and release V from its slime. Holding its core, V stands victorious as Griffon and Shadow watch with approval.

Mission 10[]

Upon inspecting Nightmare's core, Griffon notes that its core isn't different from his core or Shadow's and tells V to kill Nightmare since it won't listen to him. Nightmare's sludge begins to move and forms a large skull-like shape in front of them but does not attack them since V has said core. Griffon urges V to destroy Nightmare's core while they still have the chance. However, Shadow alerts them to numerous demons that appear outside the church due to sensing demonic power. While Shadow tries to hold them off, Griffon tells V to make a decision quickly as they are cornered between a mob of demons and Nightmare, but V remains silent. A Death Scissors also appears in the church through one of the open gaps. Nightmare then suddenly forms spikes to threaten V, who remains unfazed by Nightmare's intimidation tactics. V tells Nightmare that he knows that it wants its core, or rather its "soul" back, and hands the core back to it, much to Griffon's confusion. Nightmare impales V from behind, yet he doesn't react in fear and calmly states that he is not giving back the core, rather that he is "bestowing" it. Looking directly into Nightmare's eye, V remarks that it should recognize him as its master. The familiar then withdraws the spike from V and starts the contract ritual. As more tattoos appear on V's body, Nightmare reforms itself into a smaller golem-like body. When V orders Nightmare to kill the invading demons, it uses its laser beam on them and crushes the Death Scissors, which V stabs with his cane to finish it off. While Griffon cheers at their good fortune, V abruptly falls to the ground, causing his three familiar to dissolve back onto V's body.

Mission 11[]

After losing consciousness, V dreams of being in Sparda's mansion, appearing pristine and functional. Upon looking at a book, V concludes that he is experiencing a memory from Vergil's childhood, knowing that he is really laying on the abandoned church's floor after using up his demonic power. V reflects how powerful Nightmare is, deeming him the strongest of his familiars and powerful enough to allow him to beat Urizen. However, V realizes that the demonic power in his body isn't enough to sustain Nightmare a long time and believes it's foolish to battle Urizen with that limitation. Unable to seek out more familiars, V laments that he overestimated his abilities and proclaims that everything he did so far is pointless since he can't defeat Urizen. As V bitterly laughs at his situation, his surroundings begin to change, changing the manor into its ruined state after Mundus's attack on the mansion. When V admits that he's weak, he is suddenly taken into a dark, watery space and notices that Vergil's poetry book is beside him. Wondering why he bothered to take the book with him, V recites some lines from the book and remarks how Vergil threw away emotional sentiments for power. When a mirror forms in front of him, V sees a reflection of Dante and contemplates why Vergil lost to Dante even though they are twins born with the same power. Acknowledging that he made a mistake, the mirror shatters as V wakes up to Griffon's screams. Griffon warns V not to use his power recklessly since it means the death of the familiars too and then complains about their situation with Nightmare's summon limitation and how V is already at his limit. Thinking about Dante, V tells Griffon that there is a way to defeat Urizen. At the Devil May Cry shop, Dante notices that his toilet won't flush, showing that he has lost both power and water since he is unable to pay his bills.

Mission 12[]

Back in the more populous part of Red Grave City, V reflects on Dante's previous achievements as a Devil Hunter, deeming him the strongest one of them all. As he rests on a bench, Griffon reports that there is still time before the train will depart. When Griffon questions how V will face Dante, V states that he won't tell Dante who he really is since Dante won't even recognize him as he doesn't physically look like Vergil and will simply request Dante's help. Amused at the thought of hiding their identities, Griffon tells V he'll need a pseudonym, but V is indifferent to the idea. After Griffon jokingly gives a few suggestions, V decides to just be called "V", using the poetry book's "V" insignia as inspiration. When V tiredly gets up, he realizes that he is hungry. Griffon says he'll catch V some mice, which causes V to jab his cane at him. Griffon defends himself by protesting that he doesn't know what humans eat. V points out that getting food, train tickets, and Dante's help all require money, which he doesn't have. V resolves to steal money, preferably from someone rich, so they won't exert themselves doing it multiple times. Griffon agrees with the plan and hopes to find a good target soon since they don't want to cause a ruckus. In an alley, V and Griffon spot a young woman being robbed by a trio of men. Seeing that the buglers have a gun, Griffon advises V not to get involved since he would die if he gets shot. When the robbers demand the woman to hand over her necklace, the woman begs them not to take it since it is a memento of her mother. While Griffon urges V to run away, V sees the woman's oval gem necklace and recalls a memory of Eva giving a young Vergil and Dante their halves of the Perfect Amulet. This causes V to attempt to help the woman, but he ends up tripping over some garbage cans since his body is still weak from the lack of nutrition.

The robbers confront V and question his presence in the alley. V cautiously explains he was just passing by. Upon seeing V using his cane to get to his feet, one of the robbers kicks the cane away from V and mocks him, demanding that he give them money. Although V explains that he doesn't have money, the robber believes V is lying and aims his gun at V's head. Noticing Griffon watching above, V asks the robber to let him go since he doesn't want to get shot, but the robber refuses to until V hands over some money. V warily repeats that he doesn't have any money with him and warns the robber to let him go before any real trouble starts, but is pistol-whipped across the face. While the robber mocks V, Shadow suddenly skewers the robber's hand, causing him to drop the gun, and sends him flying into the wall. As Shadow protectively manifests into a large spiked ball over his master, V calmly states that the robbers have made Shadow angry. Frightened by Shadow's appearance, the other two robbers draw their guns, but Shadow quickly attacks and brutally skewers them. V takes this opportunity to take their money as Griffon flies down to complain that this money isn't enough for what they need. V remarks that his cane gives thieves the impression that V is weak and that they will attempt to attack him because of this, so they don't have to worry about finding people to steal from. However, Griffon disagrees with that idea since it's too dangerous for V, but V states things should be fine as long as they can stop the thieves before they cause any trouble. Once Shadow releases the robbers from his spikes, V mocks them for their groans of pain since their pain is only a "dream". Upon noticing the jewel necklace on the ground, V picks it up as Griffon asks if it's worth anything. The woman, who witnessed V's entire confrontation with the robbers, frighteningly trembles at V and begs him to stay back. Not wanting to scare her any further, V drops her necklace near her, telling Griffon it isn't worth anything and walks away.

Mission 13[]

After taking the train and failing in his search for J.D. Morrison since his arrival to the city, V takes a break from his investigation to eat a burger in an alley, with three injured men that V recently dealt with laying on the ground. While eating, V questions Griffon as to if he really knows where to find Morrison since all the leads they've been given turned out to be no good. With their latest lead being Grue's Cellar, V hopes to find Morrison soon and that the money he's collected so far will be enough. When Griffon inquires why V is going through all this trouble to find Morrison even though he already knows where Dante's shop is, V explains he wants to conceal their identities as much as possible. While continuing on their search, Griffon questions the possibility of Dante not being able to defeat Urizen. V admits that he hasn't thought about that scenario. He then remarks that it was Vergil's wish to beat Dante and is the reason why V was discarded in the first place. However, V proclaims he is more scared of dying than having his pride injured at the moment and has faith that Dante won't lose to Urizen. Suddenly, a man appears, holds a knife to V's neck, and attempts to rob him, but Griffon quickly deals with the man. Finding Grue's Cellar, V contemplates what would happen if Dante does lose and thinks about Nero, who was gravely injured after Vergil took his Devil Bringer. However, V dismisses Nero and believes him to be too weak as a backup plan compared to Dante. Upon entering the bar, V finally meets Morrison and bluntly tells him he wants to meet Dante, having a "special request" to make of him.

Mission 14[]

At Devil May Cry, Morrison talks to Dante about V's job offer as V waits outside the office with Griffon. Griffon tells V to go inside, questioning if he's feeling nervous about meeting his brother for the first time in years. Griffon remarks that Dante shouldn't be able to recognize V as Vergil but encourages him to act differently from Vergil just in case. Griffon suggests V tell a joke before dissolving back into tattoos on V's body. As V enters the shop, Dante quietly takes in V's appearance in puzzlement. After Morrison leaves to recruit Trish and Lady, V telepathically talks to Griffon, who hopes V won't get flustered in front of Dante, which V denies ever doing. When Dante asks for V's name, V responds by quoting lines from William Blake's "Infant Joy", making Griffon laugh at V's attempt at humor. After Dante questions V about the nature of his job, V bluntly states that he needs Dante's help to deal with a powerful demon.

Upon hearing V's request, Dante scoffs, remarking that he's easily dealt with demons that were considered powerful by others. However, V clarifies that the demon is actually Vergil, causing Dante to go into a stunned silence. While V ponders over Dante's reaction, Dante recounts to V that many demon extermination jobs were either lies or exaggerations, but he was never petty about things like that and will kill any demon regardless. However, a furious Dante tells V to pick better lies, unleashing a demonic aura at the mention of his brother's name as his fury causes his eyes to become demonic. Despite being afraid, V is secretly elated by Dante's strong reaction, knowing he hasn't changed since he defeated Vergil years ago. V calmly explains to Dante that he doesn't mind if he doubts him because once Red Grave City is demonized, he'll know the truth. At the mention of his old home, V sees that Dante is starting to believe him and warns him that the city will be in danger soon, so Dante should keep an eye on the news. When V turns his back to Dante, who was still in shock from hearing Vergil's name, he telepathically expresses to Griffon that he is pleased at how Dante is being lured in, but V's mood quickly sours when he sees Eva's picture on Dante's desk. Elsewhere, Morrison talks to Trish, who is finishing off a demon, about helping Dante with his new job, but Trish is hesitant to join since Dante can usually handle things on his own. Morrison tells Trish that he senses Dante will be needing help, though he also remarks that Dante said he doesn't need help. Annoyed at the thought that Dante said he doesn't need her, Trish slices a demon part near Morrison, who takes this as a sign that Trish is accepting the job.

Mission 15[]

As media stations report the events happening in Red Grave City, V, Dante, Lady, and Trish arrive at the Qliphoth tree via helicopter. When Lady inquires about their target's name, Dante brushes off her question and lets V answer for him. After V explains that the demon they are after is Urizen, a small flashback shows that V and Dante agreed to use an alias to prevent the others from finding out about Vergil's role in the crisis. While Morrison stays outside the base of the tree, V and the others head into the tree and walk their way up. Noticing how V is staring at Trish, Griffon telepathically speaks to V, worrying if Dante and the girls would kill them if they found out the truth. Griffon also reminds V that he must deal Urizen the killing blow before Dante. Suddenly, V senses Urizen's demonic power. Amazed and frightened by how much stronger he has become since their separation, V briefly hallucinates a vision of slug-like skulls haunting him. Distressed, V realizes that Urizen is much stronger than Dante and that his plan is likely to fail. When V openly expresses his concerns over the situation, Dante mocks him and tells him to run away if he can't handle the mission. While frustrated, V pragmatically agrees that Dante is right and leaves to let them handle it on their own, much to Griffon's shock. While Dante and the girls press on, Griffon questions V's intentions. V explains that he wants to go get Nero as an "insurance policy", despite Nero's major injury. Since Nero has Sparda's blood in him, V believes Nero could be useful and assures Griffon that Dante won't be able to defeat Urizen by the time they return. Meeting up with Morrison, V orders him to prepare the helicopter to head for Fortuna.

Mission 16[]

Upon arriving in Fortuna, the helicopter pilot is having trouble finding a place to land, causing V to jump out of the helicopter and fly down with Griffon, promising to meet up later. After dreaming of his encounter with a cloaked Vergil, Nero wakes from his coma and finds V by the window. Seeing Nero's quick reaction to his presence, V remarks that Nero seems physically fine and assures him that he doesn't mean him any harm. While V introduces himself, Nero silently ponders who V is before V swiftly tells him that he knows the demon who stole his arm. When Nero questions him, V claims that he is a "Devil Hunter" that's been chasing Urizen for a "long time" and happened to learn about Nero's encounter with him. V explains that he hired Dante to help him, but Dante won't be able to win by himself and demands Nero come with him. However, Nero doesn't believe Dante could lose and ends up bickering with Griffon when he manifests inside the room, but V stops their antics since they are short on time. V provokes Nero by asking if he isn't confident fighting without his Devil Bringer, which Nero takes offense to.

After Nero gets dressed, he asks V and Griffon to wait for him to get his weapons from the garage and is urged to hurry. As he grabs Blue Rose and Red Queen, Nero thinks about Kyrie, whom he feels about bad leaving without telling, but he knows she'll try to talk him out of his mission. However, he is determined to take revenge on Urizen for his previous defeat and heads outside to meet up with V. Upon seeing the helicopter in the air, Nero cheekily remarks about how fancy it is and warns V to make sure it doesn't get too close to the house so it won't wake the others. V dryly states he can't communicate with the pilot and sarcastically tells Nero to jump to the helicopter to tell the pilot himself, leaving an awkward silence between them. Griffon telepathically encourages V to be more friendly with Nero and points out that Nero is likely the child of either Vergil or Dante. However, V coldly rebuffs Griffon's words, stating it doesn't matter if Nero is family and will use him to achieve his goal when the time comes. V also comments that he wouldn't have any reason to interact with Nero if he didn't need him and believes he should be cautious around Nero since those of Sparda's bloodline are cursed to fight each other. At the Qliphoth tree, Dante arrives at Urizen's throne room and mockingly praises Urizen for defeating Trish and Lady. Knowing Vergil is the only person who can defeat them, Dante takes this as confirmation that Urizen really is his brother and prepares to fight.

Mission 17[]

As Morrison worries about Dante from outside the Qliphoth tree, Dante attacks Urizen, but his attacks are repelled by Urizen's crystal barrier. While Urizen strikes at Dante with energy beams and Qliphoth roots, Dante remarks Urizen isn't putting in a lot of effort to fight and goads him to get up from his throne. However, Urizen states that he doesn't have to beat Dante since he doesn't view him as a threat. As the fight continues, V and Nero arrive inside the Qliphoth and notice the fight up ahead, with Nero commenting Dante seems to have the situation under control.

Mission 18[]

After V warns Nero not to underestimate Urizen, he telepathically speaks to Griffon, who notices V is in a sour mood. V explains to Griffon that he can feel his body and his power eroding with every movement he makes and that sleeping or eating doesn't help slow the deterioration. When V remarks that he doesn't want to move as much as possible, Griffon tells V that Shadow had an idea - carrying V as a formless shadow under his feet. V tells Nero that he's going ahead and travels up the tree while riding Shadow. Griffon questions why V is moving ahead instead of letting Nero handle all the fighting, but V states he doesn't know how capable Nero is with just one arm, though he doesn't want to wear himself out too much either. As a bunch of demons appear to ambush V, V comments that since the Qliphoth tree is the closest location to the Demon World, a multitude of demons will be drawn here. As they fight the demons, Griffon warns V not to deplete his demonic power, to which V explains that while he doesn't wish to waste his power needlessly, they must fight with all their might and do all they can when necessary, as death is terrifying.

Mission 19[]

After V deals with the demons, he takes a short break and waits for Nero but goes to look for him as he's taking too long. Upon seeing Nero fight, V comments that Nero is more useful than he thought. As Nero regroups with him, more demons appear around them, but V sends Nero ahead and deals with the lesser demons with his familiars, hoping that Urizen will be defeated soon. However, unknown to V, Nero arrives at the throne room just in time to see a wounded Dante falling to the ground.

Mission 20[]

Upon seeing Dante and his friends passed out on the ground, Nero confronts Urizen and cockily attempts to speak with him, though he receives no response. Despite remembering V's warning, Nero rushes headlong towards Urizen, but the crystal barrier blocks his attacks. When a tentacle tries to ensnare Nero, he momentarily forgets he lost his right arm and is captured, allowing Urizen the chance to blast him into the wall. As a bloody Nero falls to the ground, V and Griffon arrive to see Urizen undefeated.

With Nero bloody and beaten, Urizen tries to attack him with an energy blast, but Dante regains consciousness and draws Urizen's attention away for "round two". Dante activates his Devil Trigger and charges at Urizen with Rebellion, but is blocked by a barrier. The resulting clash causes the area to crumble. Stunned by everything that's happening, V despairingly laments that all his efforts are in vain as Griffon urges him to snap out of his stupor. V regains focus once Dante yells for him to take Nero and leave, though Nero insists on staying. As V drags a stubborn Nero away, Dante tells Nero that he's just "dead weight", which hurts Nero. V chides Nero for his temper and tells him they must retreat since is Urizen too powerful. V tells Nero he must get stronger since he's the only person who can defeat Urizen if Dante loses.

Mission 21[]

As Dante is defeated and Rebellion destroyed, V and Nero bust out of the Qliphoth tree with Nightmare's help and inform a concerned Morrison what happened to Dante. While on-lookers observe the group, Qliphoth roots suddenly emerge from the ground, killing everyone in its path. Despite Nero's desire to help the panicked civilians, V tells Nero that there's nothing he can do for them and they should retreat, especially since they can't afford to lose Nero. Although frustrated, Nero relents to V's words while V explains to him and Morrison that they have a month before the Qliphoth fully matures and ends the world. Morrison questions if they could really figure out something within a month, but V states the only thing they can do is get more power - namely helping Nero get stronger to defeat Urizen. Although Morrison is worried since they lost Dante, V encourages him not to give up since that's humanity's greatest strength. With all that in mind, Nero requests for Morrison to bring him back home to Fortuna to figure things out and vows to return within a month. Meanwhile, V informs them that he will stay in Red Grave City to gather intelligence and bids farewell to Nero. After Nero and Morrison leave, V collapses from exhaustion and speaks to Griffon, who questions V's decision to stay in the city since it will be swarming with demons in a month's time. V points out that he can't help Nero due to his weak body and believes Nero will grow stronger, especially since his fate rests in Nero's hands now.

Mission 22[]

Following Nero's departure, V and Griffon apathetically watch the Qliphoth roots consume blood from the defenseless humans of Red Grave City. Griffon laments the state of affairs and questions V if they should help the people, but V deems that to be a pointless action. Griffon then inquires about Nero, wondering if he will return, but V assures him that Nero will come back because he's not the type to accept defeat and saw his determination in his eyes before he left. While Griffon jokes about where Nero inherited his attitude from, a Hell Antenora attacks V from behind, but Shadow protects his master, and they quickly end the demon. At the same time, V tells Griffon that he's been reflecting over his (as Vergil) past battles with Dante and admits that he's never truly beaten Dante. V expresses that while Urizen defeated Dante, V himself doesn't feel like he beat Dante despite V and Urizen being the same. However, V also acknowledges that Urizen isn't the cause of his inferiority towards Dante and that instead, there's a major difference in Dante that Vergil lacks. What that difference is exactly is something V doesn't know, though. Upon seeing a group of humans being attacked by Hell Cainas, V begins to realize the biggest difference between the twins are their ideals about humanity. Suddenly, V resolves to help the humans, much to Griffon's bewilderment, and does whatever he can, despite the risk of draining his power.

Mission 23[]

After fighting demons for three days since Nero left, a tired V sits upon a pile of demon corpses and worries if his body will last for a month, which causes Griffon to sarcastically chide him for using his powers so much. As the two talk, a group of humans that V saved cower in fear of them and run away, much to V's bemusement and Griffon's annoyance. Griffon inquires if V figured out what he was lacking, but V doesn't answer the question, instead confirming that he did say he was trying to figure that out. With all the demons dead and people gone, V and Griffon decide to find a safe place to rest and eat. In an abandoned, ransacked grocery store, V discovers a young boy and saves him from a Riot with Shadow's help. Upon seeing more Riot demons, V tells the child to run, but the boy refuses because his injured, unconscious mother is stuck under a fallen shelf. Griffon nags the boy to leave, but he refuses to leave his mother behind. While an annoyed Griffon suggests leaving the child alone, V callously belittles the boy for being weak and states that he doesn't care if he gets himself killed, but the child retorts that he's not running away. Griffon warns V that the Riots are currently not attacking them because they want him to come closer to their nest and swarm him as a pack, and the fight won't be easy due to their numbers. When V decides to retreat, the boy begs V for help, causing V to coldly insult him for his "disgraceful" pleas.

However, the child questions if there is anything wrong with asking for help, making V remember the day Mundus's minions attacked Sparda's mansion, resulting in Vergil being left injured and alone. V concedes begging isn't shameful and summons Nightmare, who appears, falling out of the sky. While Shadow protects the mother and son from the impact, Nightmare's collision destroys all the demons. While Griffon chides V for overdoing it, V tells the duo to leave, and the boy thanks V for his help. After some mild teasing, Griffon points out that V's actions literally annihilated the only food source left in the city. However, V states that there is one source of protein he can eat - demon meat. Griffon worries whether consuming demon meat is safe for him, but V starts eating a demon carcass anyway, though he remarks on the awful taste.

Mission 24[]

Taking shelter in a greenhouse, V roasts some demon meat and shares his meal with Griffon and Shadow. After complaining about how noisy his familiars are, V remarks that he's experiencing a "strange feeling", which stuns Griffon. Pushing V into a fountain, Griffon urges him to wash himself as he and Shadow wring out his wet clothes. As he submerges himself in water, V contemplates his feelings of fear and how he has to rely on others because of his weak body. V reflects how Vergil always sought to compensate for anything he lacked with raw power, but he realizes that isn't the right answer. After getting dressed, V relaxes with Shadow for a time as Griffon comes back from scouting to inform him that no demons are around the area. After V recites "The Fly" from his book, he comments on how their destiny lies out of their reach, and their actions may be meaningless in hindsight. However, V accepts his "nightmares" are necessary and humbly asks his familiars to continue to assist him. An amused Griffon claims all of them are working for their own survival but admits that he and Shadow like V and they have been having fun. Laying on top of V's head, Griffon tells V to get some sleep, and the trio share a quiet moment as they slumber. In his mind, V speaks to an image of Urizen, stating that he understands how he embodies Vergil's fear and that fear is his weakness. V regrets running away from Sparda's mansion years ago and will face the memories of that day in order to become truly strong.

Mission 25[]

In a flashback, a young Vergil runs away from Dante, who is pestering him to play with their wooden swords. After roughly pushing Dante to the ground, Vergil is able to escape and visits his friend - a bibliophile old man - in the city. As Vergil looks through the bookshelves, the old man inquires if Vergil dislikes playing with his brother, which Vergil denies and states he simply wants to read today. Upon noticing Vergil choosing a William Blake book again, the old man gives Vergil the book as a gift. Vergil draws a "V" on the front cover to signify his ownership, explaining to the old man that he has to do it because Dante always tries to take his things.

Once Vergil returns to Sparda's mansion, the brothers quickly get into a fight, with Dante trying to pry the book from Vergil in order to make him play with him. Fed up, Vergil kicks Dante to the ground, causing him to bleed, but Dante retaliates with a kick to the face, giving Vergil a bloody nose. Armed with their wooden swords, the twins begin to clash, but Eva arrives to scold her sons for breaking their promise to her to stop playing so roughly. Eva chides Dante for picking fights and tells Vergil he should know better as the older brother. Eva sentences the twins to pull weeds as punishment, but Vergil storms off in a huff since he wants to spend his time reading, not realizing he left the book behind. In the playground yards away, Vergil complains about Dante, oblivious to the three skeletal demons appearing and preparing to stab him. Vergil dodges out of the way and runs home to warn his family, only to find his home engulfed in flames. Distraught, Vergil loses focus and gets stabbed from behind by the demons. He is then forced to endure repeated impalements as he tearfully thinks about his mother and brother. In his moment of despair, Vergil realizes he must survive on his own, unintentionally summoning Yamato, which allows him to cut down the demons. After a moment of mourning, a hardened Vergil walks away from his burning home, unaware that Dante is hiding in a closet inside.

Mission 26[]

After a month, V recites The Angel as he waits by Red Grave City's cathedral for Nero. As Goliath appears nearby, V and his familiars see Nero and watch his fight with Goliath, remarking on the power of his Devil Breaker. After finishing off Goliath, V explains to Nero about the Qliphoth and how they need to take out the roots as they traverse the city to the tree. V also meets Nico before the group agrees to split up to cover more ground and meet again at the Qliphoth. As he travels through the city, V encounters Nidhogg and quickly deals with him, but soon spies Malphas ordering Cavaliere Angelo to find the Devil Sword Sparda and destroy it before any of Sparda's descendants find it. Once Malphas takes her leave, V confronts Cavaliere Angelo and senses Trish trapped inside as its vessel. Using Griffon and Shadow, V is able to kill the Elder Geryon steed, but Cavaliere Angelo escapes. Before V can run after it, he has a vision of Nelo Angelo and collapses on his knees from the shock. V wants to follow the Angelo demon to Sparda's sword, but Griffon points out that V cannot wield it, and they can't waste time finding the sword. However, V has no intention of using it, as he hopes Nero can instead.

Mission 27[]

After finishing his fight against Artemis, Nero finds one of Dante's friends - Lady, who's been inside of the demon this whole time. Some time later, V and Nero run into each other in the subway tunnels, and Nero updates V about Lady and what little information she could give him and Nico. When Nero expresses the desire to save Dante, V questions if he can beat Urizen, but they are interrupted by Proto Angelo and some Scudo Angelos. While Nero remarks that the Angelos are causing the building to destabilize, V suffers from another painful memory of Nelo Angelo and becomes enraged by their presence. Nero and V easily defeat the Scudo Angelos, leaving Proto Angelo as the only one left. While Proto Angelo's agility and strength prove to be a slight challenge, Nero and V manage to defeat it. Before landing the fatal blow, V envisions Proto Angelo as Nelo Angelo and proclaims that he is longer no haunted by him, reciting "The School Boy" as an analogy to how he is no longer bound to his "nightmares".

Mission 28[]

As the fight concludes, V and Nero land in the area where Vergil and Dante's old family home resided, making V cryptically share his childhood memories with Nero. Wanting to find the Sparda sword, V tells Nero they will part ways for now, though Nero warns V that the sword will be too much for V to handle. After defeating a Behemoth, V finds the sword with a group of Nobodies worshiping it. After dealing with them, V retrieves the sword but is unable to lift it as Shadow alerts V to a nearby find - a comatose Dante.

Mission 29[]

As Griffon and V stand around the comatose Dante, V concludes that the Devil Sword Sparda was concealing Dante's presence, which is why neither he nor Griffon could sense him. Griffon's subsequent remark on how lucky Dante is, enrages V, as Dante is seemingly always protected. Despite Griffon's protests, V drags the Sparda sword up to Dante's prone form to stab him, blaming him for the current situation the whole way, but V purposefully barely misses, which awakens Dante. Now that Dante is awake, V and Griffon briefly explain that a month has passed and that Nero's on his way to defeat Urizen as they speak. After protesting Nero's involvement, for which V blames Dante's inability to defeat Urizen, Dante takes up the Sparda sword and moves to leave. V tries to follow, protesting that he wasn't finished speaking but suddenly collapses. Noticing this, Dante tells V to get some rest and leaves while V stares at his now crumbling hands in horror.

V internally frets that he’s running out of time and doesn’t want to die but manages to contain his panic and tries to stand. Before he can, he senses that Dante is currently fighting Cavaliere Angelo. This frustrates V as he intended to defeat Cavaliere Angelo and save Trish himself since he was unable to save Eva in the past. After anguishing over how Dante’s left him behind like a loser again, V stands to chase after Dante. Griffon reminds V that he's his own person, no matter how he was as Vergil, and that Trish is not Eva. He further comforts V by telling him that he, Shadow, and Nightmare like him for who he is, not Vergil, and reminds him that they are all pathetic together, which makes it not sad. V agrees with that.

Mission 30[]

Now freed from Cavaliere Angelo, Trish wakes up to find that only V is present as Dante has already left. Griffon telepathically teases V for not being able to look at Trish, but V ignores him. Trish then questions V as to the true identities of both Urizen and himself. After a short flashback of Vergil splitting himself, V explains that he's been able to hold himself together with the little demonic power he has left but is reaching his limit. He also explains that in separating himself, he was finally able to realize all the mistakes he has made in his pursuit of power and how important everything he threw away actually was. While internally chiding himself for opening up to Trish, V asks Trish if he was wrong in requesting Dante's assistance in fixing his mess. Trish tells him that she's not his mommy and to figure it out for himself, leaving V to huff a joyless laugh to himself.

Mission 31[]

With the Qliphoth reaching full maturity, the surrounding area begins to collapse. As V and Trish run away, Griffon remarks that if Urizen manages to consume the Qliphoth's fruit, they will no longer be able to defeat him. V is unsure though, as he’s come to realize that the weakness Vergil discarded in his pursuit of power is necessary, and since he’s thrown away that weakness, the power that he, as Urizen, has gained is inconsequential. Because of that, he feels that Urizen will not actually be able to defeat Dante. Before Griffon can respond, he is hit by falling debris, leaving V with no way to escape falling himself as the ground collapses underneath him. As he falls, he suddenly remembers that it wasn't that he wanted to save his mother all those years ago. Instead, he wanted his mother to save him, but his thoughts are interrupted when Trish grabs V's hand and pulls him to safety. Though Griffon again reminds him that Trish is not Eva, and V is only a portion of Vergil, the feeling of being saved has made V realize that, like his child self, he still just wishes to be protected and loved, which results in him briefly thinking about what it would have been like if Eva had been able to reach him as a child that day as the area continues to crumble around him.

Deviations from the Main Series[]

Whilst acting as a canonical prequel to Devil May Cry 5, there are several retcons and contradictions to events in the Main Series. These include:

  • In Chapter 1, Vergil's separation scene was retconned so that the Nightmare Demons were created first. V was created after, lacking his signature tattoos and black hair dye. This formed the plot of the first nine chapters of the manga whereby V has to convince the Nightmare Demons to join with him, or else they will gradually fade away.
  • In Chapter 26, after defeating Nidhogg, Gilgamesh never appears to attack V. As such, V never traverses Red Grave's underground. Instead, V seemingly happens upon Malphas and Cavaliere Angelo shortly after his fight with Nidhogg.

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References[]

  1. Devil May Cry 5 Game Gets Manga Spinoff About V - News - Anime News Network
  2. 2.0 2.1 Devil May Cry 5 Is Getting A Manga Focusing On V - Siliconera
  3. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (March 7, 2019)
  4. LINE Manga on Twitter (March 7, 2019)
  5. Devil May Cry 5 Official Site
  6. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (November 22, 2019)
  7. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (August 12, 2020)
  8. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (November 12, 2020)
  9. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (December 4, 2020): 単行本作業の為次回はお休みです。
  10. Devil May Cry 5 -Visions of V- 1 (LINEコミックス)
  11. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (January 29, 2021): それとVoV1巻重版決まりました!3巻の発売と同日2月15日です。1巻が紙で買えないとの声がありましたのでこの機会に是非手に取ってください
  12. Devil May Cry 5 -Visions of V- 2 (LINEコミックス)
  13. Tomio Ogata on Twitter (July 27, 2020): 8/12発売のDevil May Cry 5 -Visions of V- 2巻の書店購入特典2種です。アニメイト様はV、ブックファースト様はネロになっておりますのでお好きな方をどうぞ 数に限りがある場合がありますので、特典の有無については各販売店様に事前にご確認ください。
  14. Devil May Cry 5 – Visions of V – 3 (LINEコミックス)