In that case Nero would need the anime more. Him being the sole protagonist is a bigger sell to the audience at the time.Considering how boring the anime we got is, yes. Anything aside from "Dante acts depressed and we'll never explain it because this is part of his Cool Loser archetype while he one-shots enemies with bad animation" would be better than what we got. But on the other hand, no. Nero should have gotten DMC4 to himself to begin with, and I expect better from Capcom than releasing games that require supplementary material to understand them.
Again, no.In that case Nero would need the anime more. Him being the sole protagonist is a bigger sell to the audience at the time.
He was considered more of a mixed bag after 4 came out. So a Nero-centered anime could've eased the blow.
So if DMC6 has an all new cast, an anime could help ease the transition.
I disagree about Nero in 4. I don't think removing Dante would help him beyond giving him gameplay options. I think they made a lot of weak choices with him but thats a whole other thread and we should move it there.Again, no.
He was only a mixed bag because Dante was there to take the attention off of him and give an already-coddled fanbase "something familiar" after three straight games of the same thing over and over. That's enough.
No protagonist's introduction, new or not, should rely on outside media that could potentially turn out crap before their proper in-game debut. Christ, how are comic fans more accepting about this than DMC fans? I didn't need an extra comic attached to Insomniac's PS4 Spider-Man to "ease" me between that game and the Miles Morales one. I just played the f#cking game, because that's what it is. A game. With gameplay.
I would personally count that as "presence" -- for instance, Vergil still has a presence in DMC4 even though the narrative declared him dead and he never appeared on screen (and the Special Edition doesn't count). He has a presence because the Angelos are modeled after Nero Angelo, everyone is chasing after the Yamato and ignoring Sparda despite Sparda being the more powerful sword that we knew of, Nero has an affinity to Yamato and fixed its broken state, and Nero directly quotes Vergil's "power" line. His presence is there even when Kobayashi was throwing out needlessly adversarial-to-common-sense lines like "Nero has no relation to Sparda, his design is just for familiarity".Honestly? No, I don't think so.
Nero's main issues is not related to Dante's presence, but to the fact his whole story and role leans heavily on the twins.
^ +1. He was conceptualized as a "more serious DMC3 Dante" or "Vergil with a girlfriend" (because men's humanity is stored in women's vaginas whenever it's convenient, according to the writers), so his character arc was already complete in 4 even before he got his DT, he just voiced it out loud when he got his DT. His character is the same from beginning to end with minor changes ("Willing to do anything to protect Kyrie at personal cost to himself" -> "Willing to do anything to protect Kyrie at personal cost to himself") and the only change was how he viewed his demon arm. We learn from interactions that he works for the Order but holds no love for the church, he customizes his own weapons, and he works his missions alone in acknowledgment that he's stronger than his peers (and Credo recognized that too, hence why he trusted Nero to go alone to apprehend a Son of Sparda who should be abominably strong).His concept borrows plenty of stuff from Dante and Vergil's overall arcs, story and personality, but without the nuances as he's meant to be an healthier and more linear version of them.