Devil May Cry 3 Dante's Awakening is a speedrun category in which the player tries to complete the game as fast as possible on a fresh file. The player must start and play the Original DMC3 game and reach the final hit against Vergil in Mission 20 as quickly as they can.
The leaderboards for this category are available here
Current and still best Dante's Awakening run is done by Psycochild in 2005.
(The rules here are specific to this category. Go to this page to find the rules that apply to all Devil May Cry 3 speedruns.)
Learning a speedrun in Devil May Cry 3 may seem to daunting, but at the early stage the game is generous once you follow beginners route. There are 3 stages of learning you could go through with dante.
Start beating the game with the safe route that involves less risky strategies to get comfortable with the game. It's important to note that each runners has their own adaptation with the route currency. Once that phase completed and interested in pushing the time further, you could start checking out Simoteus's tutorial.
Go through the tutorial then do an initial run through making sure to do the following things:
Once you have completed your first run and made savefiles practice the parts you are least confident with then try another run. When you get more confident you should stop getting safety routes and start tighten your currency.