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English: Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 8, 2008 to Oct 28, 2008
Duration: 13 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.351 (scored by 40454 users)
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Dec 15, 2008
It’s tear-inducingly hilarious.
DMC's humour is similar to Cromartie High School in its lunacy, albeit more traditional in narrative-stakes, and it’s also more unrelenting and risqué with its filthy potty mouth and explicit scenarios usually involving casual public simulated rape. Rape isn’t funny, but when it involves a young man dressed like an 80's prog rock gone wrong band member who looks a bit like a tranny furiously thrusting his groin against a piece of government property in order to placate his maniacal fans, well, it’s pretty damn funny then.
DMC's cast of deranged characters, animated by the ever-brilliant Studio 4c, liven up every scene they're in, thanks to each episode's short length. There are no typical anime-style long pans or random shots of furniture or scenery wasting our time. Instead we get scenes crammed with Negishi getting mistreated, usually by DMC's violently blunt dominatrix manager, although if we're extra lucky we'll also get a scene where DMC drummer Nishida opens his mouth, or the DMC S&M mascot Pig of Capitalism frolics on stage.
One of the masterstrokes of this show, perhaps the main stroke of genius and source of such mirth, is the voice acting. Particularly the pacing. The dialogue is sublime in its breezy and hushed volume; actors regularly speak in normal conversational tones, and cut each other off with off-the-cuff remarks about nonsensical things and then scenes cut away immediately without giving anyone time to breath. The ultimate affect is hilarity, as you might see in Brit comedy skit shows and such.
Detroit Metal City's secret weapon are the maniacal fans mentioned earlier. Their commentary on the main band's hijinks are comedy gold, their crazy antics all in the name of their beloved musical heroes creates most of the show's best scenes, although having said that we shouldn’t ignore the main frontman of DMC himself, whether its Negishi or Krauser we're watching, his two identities continually spiral further and further into increasingly awkward and humiliating situations, that usually involve simulated rape and assault.
If any criticism could be thrown at DMC, it would be that the show doesn’t seriously explore the concept of losing your sense of identity when you're fronting such a ridiculous band, but then any focus on such an admittedly good topic as that would have robbed the show of precious laughs and scenes of humiliating sexual harrasment so in the end comedy wins over gravitas. read more
Jun 13, 2009
I'd like to apologize in advance for how long this will be...
Let me say first off that if you think you will be offended by off - color humor and swearing, run away in panic now, as this show is not for you. It is filled with swearing, rape jokes, drug references and other implied naughtiness. It is not serious, of course - it is comedy and there is no nudity and little violence to be found here.
The story follows Souichi Negishi, a boy who, having recently graduated music college with the intent on forming a fashionable pop band, somehow finds himself as Johannes Krauser II, the demonic lead guitarist and vocalist for death metal group Detroit Metal City. The show is episodic in nature, so much so that they will often fit two short stories about the titular band into a single 15 minute episode. Don't expect too much in the way of an over - arching plot; it's almost a slice of life show in that respect. Despite being a comedy, the creators actually bring some interesting themes to light, such as conflicting split personalities, although they don't really develop them.
The characters are all good, though nothing to write home about. They seem to be almost charicateurs, in that they are fairly normal people, but exaggerated to the point of comedy. The only character who recieves any development even remotely is Negishi, as he does grow somewhat, his two personalities almost mixing together during the course of the show. Of course, it's to be expected when you can watch the entire series in about two and a half hours. That is my main problem with the series - it could have been much longer, as it does feel a little short. On the other hand, Negishi is actually fairly complex from the beginning, as he has some definite elements of schizophrenia, which provide some hilarious scenes as his two personalities show themselves in the wrong places.
The art is...interesting. The characters are somewhat flat and cartoonish most of the time, though there is the occasional scene where the animation is nothing short of stunning. The frame tends to change in size from shot to shot, presumably to create some kind of effect. You may find it irritating at first, but you'll quickly stop noticing it as you get caught up in the humor and the music.
This, of course is the series' main strength. How could it not be, as this is a show about music. There is a fairly high range of music, including pop, punk, freestyle rap and death metal. The songs are all original, unless I am much mistaken. Please don't expect too much in terms of song lyrics, though, as this is a comedy and all of the styles are exaggerated - the metal songs are filled with so many gruesome and offensive themes that it just becomes ridiculous and funny rather than brutal (as was the intention), while the pop songs are cheerful and cute to offset this.
I am a fan of death metal, and can safely say that this is not actually death metal. It's actually pretty good, but the creators likely wanted to appeal to a broader audience, so there is no growling or shrieking to be heard in the metal songs. DMC's music, I would say sounds more like evil KISS, which is suitable given that the name of the band is taken from a song by KISS (Detroit Rock City).
It would have been nice to see a few more references to other musicians. They do mention Sid Vicious, but no one else gets a nod. I also found it strange that they didn't mention Sweden or Norway, the respective homes of death and black metal. They also mention 'the violent American death metal scene'. Aside from Florida, there really isn't a death metal scene in the US at all. Ah well.
Actually, this show reminds me of an American cartoon, Metalocalypse. It's similar, as it's about a super - popular death metal band with rabidly idiotic fans, though of course the band members are all idiots. I'd suggest you give it a look if you enjoyed DMC (or the other way around). Just be warned that it is very, very bloody.
My only real grievance with this show is how short it is - it is only 12 episodes, each of which are only 15 minutes long, The series does feel far to short, and you'll probably wish there were more.
Please feel free to give any feedback! read more
Sep 19, 2013
I think the site synopsis isn't very clear so I'll give it a shot. The story focuses on Souichi Negishi, a professional guitar player who after graduating from college I guess decides he wants to work on music, and his songs are all romantic pop, quite mellow innocent love music so he has this dream of having a bands like his heros from France or Sweden, can't remember... Yeah, it never happens, instead he joins a death metal band as frontman singer/songwriter, why? He needed the money I guess, so he starts this project which has just signed a record deal named Detroit Metal City (DMC).
The story is quite simple, you could say episodic, Negishi lives this crazy rockstar life but he isn't very proud of it, also he hides his identity from fans and friends so at times it makes him lose it, we see a lot from his disgrace also trying to impress a girl who basically hates metal bands. The art/animation is very good, very decent.
The sound is one of the highlights, the music and the voices play an important role in DMC. The characters are nothing special, also there's no development but actually the story doesn't need it. As I wrote earlier, this show will make you crack laughing take my word. Overall, it's very good, short length, the only thing I need to warn is there are some adult subjects. read more
Jul 19, 2010
You've seen a story like this before. 'Boy leads a double life, and that double life are polar opposites.' However, I find it rare in comedies, even in dark comedies like this piece of work. One point off because I found something... missing.
Each of the characters are interesting and adds to the comedy. However, really only Negishi really gets some character development. But, this is a comedy, people only watch for laughs, not character development.
I really liked the art style of this dark anime. Dark, very fitting for this type of anime.
Sound/Voice Acting: 10/10
Without a doubt, one of the more stronger points of the anime. There's different kinds of music, mainly the calm pop Negishi plays and the... death metal Krauser plays. I liked them all.
As for the voice acting, (Japanese dubbed, English subbed) all of the characters were very fitting-sounding.
A great anime with its share of flaws. BUT BE WARNED. This isn't an anime for everyone. If you hate crude humor, (as in, using rape, sex, drugs as humor) don't even touch this anime. read more
May 19, 2009
Animation - 7
The animation itself was pretty lacking, but the art style I really liked. It seemed quite clearly inspired by Mike Judge and Beavis and Butthead. It's a little crazy to me that I think this is a good thing, but it really does add something special as a bit of a frame of reference. As a matter of fact, I think that the animation was rather rudimentary in that mid 90's cheap way also. Things were jerky and lacked a lot of fluidity, but on the flipside, this style is a perfect match with the pace of the comedy. Because this is a series of OVAs, it's hard to tell if this was a conscious artistic decision or budgetary restraints. With that said there was really no drop in the animation at all, so I'd wrack it up to a bit of the both.
Sound - 8
The voice actors all do a very good job of capturing the comedic essence of their characters and don't ever disappoint in delivery. The best job is by far done by the actor for Negishi (not Krauser) not just because the nervousness and anxiety in his voice was always hilarious, despite what he was saying; but also because of his singing voice. What is ultimately very interesting about the music to me was that the parody pop music was so undeniably catchy that I found myself really liking everytime that Negishi would bust out his acoustic guitar. The metal is not my cup of tea, so I really can't say left or right whether or not it was good. What I will say is that the crafting of one of the pop songs into its metal counterpart was very well done.
Characters - 8
The characters are archetypes that aren't found very often in anime, much less comedy, so the use of them especially as main characters is very refreshing. That said, because the show is about Negishi as Krauser, there is little to no development done for any of the supporting characters. For a slapstick comedy, I think that there is a good bit of development for Negishi who struggles with being tossed into the opposite genre of his choice. There are a couple of episodes that hilariously yet poignantly deal with his resolve to hold the mantle of Krauser, and they were quite unexpected. Beyond that the characters serve their purpose well, if not a little to redundantly.
Story - 7
The story is basically this: Negishi makes a fool of himself differentiating Krauser from his daily life, often in interference in his romantic aspirations for Yuki; Krauser has crazy antics onstage and with fans; and here and there, the double lives that DMC fans lead. Most of the story in each episode is focused mainly on the first element, which is a shame, because certain jokes quickly got old after the third episode, and could have had the edge taken off of it by the third element, which went rather unused despite having some very funny moments.
Enjoyment - 9
Had it not been for the blatant overuse of jokes, this could have been a ten, but I specifically remember wanting to fast forward through certain parts because it just felt like a copy/paste of dialogue with different scenery. Despite that, I laughed good and hard through much of the show, and for a comedy, this is rare.
Overall - 8
Detroit Metal City is a very good comedy series that I hope has redefined some of the conventions of anime in the execution of comedy. The pace never really let up for a second with quick dialogue and running through gags and punchlines at rapid succession. It never relies on the expectations of jaded viewers for moe fanservice or generally overused gags (even if it did overuse some of its own). DMC may be remembered and copied for years to come. read more
Nov 6, 2008
A calm man who dreams of being a musician becomes the lead singer for a rising Metal phenomenon. I found the story to be pretty original and quite a good setup for some amazing comedy. Its not the best story in the world, but they certainly do a lot with 12 episodes.
Clearly not the best art, but it never intended to be. Instead they went for more of a "Manga Recreation" style utilizing interesting screen proportions as if it were a comic.
Despite is heavy dependence on Metal music, if you are not into Metal music (I certainly am not) you will probably enjoy the soundtrack more than if you did. Most of the show is a parody for the metal genre (and actually most music genres to be honest) The songs are all humorous and enjoyable which is pretty hard to accomplish with so many music genres incorporated. The voice acting is also spot-on.
All of the characters are pretty well fleshed out and vastly different from each other. Even characters that only appear for a single episode have a lot going for them. This can be attributed to the series' quick delivery of jokes to keep things fresh, insane, and hilarious.
As I said earlier, possibly one of the best shows in awhile, and easilly the funniest anime I have seen period. If any show has the potential to knock you out of your chair with laughter, this would be it; assuming you are a fan of the type of humor they employ.
This was pretty much perfection for me, as far as comedies go.
I want more episodes. 10/10 read more
Apr 19, 2013
PLOT: Ah I loved this series! Its an excellent parody of the death metal music genre, has some truly hilarious moments and best of all its quite short so it doesn’t become stale when its apparent that the series has very little depth. The main character Negishi/Krauser is brilliant – his split personality is the major source of the humour and his constant neurotic narration means that he’s really the only character with any kind of depth. The rest of the characters are really just caricatures, but they are lots of fun to watch – favourite has to be the foul mouthed female manager, and the insane fans with their off the wall imaginations! DMC doesn’t have much depth and the jokes are inevitably recycled, but because of its short running time this isn’t a big problem – its over before you really notice.
ANIMATION: Nice original character designs – DMC has a style all of its own and it works really well for this series. Interesting use of changing aspect ratios too – made even quite static scenes seem dynamic!
MUSIC & VOICE ACTING: Well most of the music is loud raucous metal with lots of profanity, the rest of it is so sugary sweet its cavity inducing! This is a reflection of the two sides of Negishi’s personality though so its highly amusing and the music is a vital part of what made this show so inspired! This duality is further empathised by the OP and ED being so utterly different – the OP is by DMC and the ED is one of Negishi’s preferred compositions. Voice acting was brilliant too – Daisuke Kishio and Yuji Ueda switch flawlessly whenever Negishi has to turn into Krauser.
All in all an extremely amusing series, but not for those easily offended by excessive profanity! read more
Jan 27, 2010
The animation is not that good, but it's purposeful. At the first time, I stranged the different screen sizes showed along the episodes, but it just help with the drama.
The character dubbing is pretty good. It uses a lot of the appel of the fast speech, a feature very common in comedy and that works wonderfully well here.
The only problem with the sound is (believe it) the music. DMC is said to play death metal, but the band doesn't sound as death metal at all (despite the violent lyrics). It sounds like groove metal with some hard rock influence. But, of course this doesn't compromise the fun and it will only be notice by metal fans (or maybe not).
Negishi is a shy boy that loves only romantic pop music. He eventually gets a job as the demonic lead singer of a extreme heavy metal band. Now he is the Lord Johannes Krauser II, a demon terrorist born in hell that killed his parents at a young age ... And the fans respect him for doing that (lol)! Krauser is also known by his crazy guitar performances and his fast guitar picking skills of "10 rapes a second"!
Well, Negishi's alter ego stage performances and behaviour represents the exact oposite of his personality. So Negishi begins to use the feeling of power and freedom of Krauser's persona to exteriorize his anger and dislike about how things usually go wrong with him.
When both personalities collide, the victim is often the very naïve and friendly Yuri Aikawa, Negishi's romantic interest.
DMC evil looking is accompanied by outrageous lyrics. They are a collection of bad language and sick stories about demons, murder and rape, that are so bad that you can do nothing but laugh at them.
The overall plot revolves around Negishi trying to conciliate his double life, trying to leave the extreme metal band to perform his desired pop career, while DMC rises from underground to become a mainstream success, winning more and more crazy fans.
- Other characters
It is one of the few anime where I like all the characters. They are very catchy.
Probably the most important character here is the "president" (Death Records manager) that controls DMC's acts and intimidates the shy protagonist, who is never able to leave the band. She is a crazy chick that gets sexually stimulated by DMC absurd lyrics! lol
Other interesting character is the Pig of Capitalism, a masochist middle-aged man paid to suffer any kind of humilliation by Krauser durant DMC concerts (and yes, he likes it).
Besides Krauser, DMC is formed by Camus (drummer) and Jagi-sama (bassist).
Nishida (Camus) is for sure the craziest of the trio. His stage performance is not as rockish or bizarre as Negishi's, but he is a crazy guy with or without the make-up. When offstage, Nishida usually speaks disconnected bad language, and I think nobody understands him lol
It's also important to notice that all metalhead (or heavy metal fans) seem to have some serious mental problems ... DMC fans are fanatic followers. They seem to believe that Krauser is really a demon! And the fans weirdest dreams are to be killed or raped by Krauser-san!
The only normal metalhead portraited here is Masayuki Wada (Jagi-sama), that knows that the proper moment to act like a crazy metal demon is onstage.
Nevertheless, he also wants to leave DMC to start a new band. He wants to play in a Visual Kei band like X Japan (still metal) or L'Arc~en~Ciel (not metal).
As a metal fan, sometimes I don't know if I should get offended by this, but it's just hilarious! Detroit Metal City, as I said, is a parody of heavy metal over-the-top theatricality and "tr00" fans. And probably, knowing heavy metal as I do, I can have more fun with this. Highly recommended. read more
Feb 24, 2012
To be honest, the art wasn't incredible. What DMC lacked in art style, however, they made up for in content. The plot was so unique and unlike any other anime I've seen. I just wish there was more of a solid ending than the one in the anime. (This is part of the reason why I want to watch the live action movie. I want to see how they interpreted the ending.)
What I loved about it the most were the characters. Even the side characters were hilarious and had personality. What other anime has a character called the "Pig of Capitalism"?
Bottom line: it is very easy to love this anime. I'm one of those people that say they love an anime as soon as they watch it but then over time the feeling and excitement fades and it turns into more of a "strong like" than "love". But it's been almost a month after watching this anime and I am still praising it.
Definitely worth a watch. read more
Aug 6, 2010
At first I was misled by the beginning of the show into thinking that it wasn't going to be that good. Fuck, was I wrong...
Detroit Metal City is one of the funniest and brilliant shows ever created and is the best metal parody I have ever seen.
Detroit Metal City doesn't consist of one main story, but is broken into different segments. For this kind of show, this was a good choice.
Each individual story is hilarious, consisting of bizarre situations the characters find themselves in, and full of raunchy jokes which involve raping the Tokyo Tower, masochism, spitting into people's mouths, drugs, public rape, alcohol, and of course a trendy rape cafe. It is jaw dropping, provoking, and ultimately hysterical. I have watched this show with all my friends and they love it!!!
The artwork isn't top notch, but this kind of show doesn't need masterful artwork anyways. The animation is smooth and artwork has a comic book style tone to it, perfect for the show.
The best part of Detroit Metal City is the bipolar character named Negishi. He has two personas, one where he is a trendy weak guy who listens to Swedish Pop, and the other where he is Krauser II, the most brutal metal musician in Japan.
At first I thought that Krauser II was kind of like Negishi's mask and he only played metal music, because his other music didn't make any money. But as the series went on, I learned that Krauser II is very much a part of Negishi and his identity, as well as his frustrations.
As Krauser II, Negishi can do all the things he can't do as Negishi. He is definitely one of the most badass and crazy characters I have ever seen, as his two personalities completely conflict with each other.
Detroit Metal City has great music, but isn't exactly death metal as the anime proclaims. In fact, it is hard to classify what classification of metal DMC belongs to, because their music is very original and not like any other band's. Also, DMC's music probably contains more swearing and profanity than the lyrics of most death metal band's.
The only other metal parody I know of is Metalocaplyse. I would say Metalocalypse has more blood and gore, while Detroit Metal City has more swearing. Both are GREAT metal parodies and are classics in my book, but DMC is just a little bit funnier.
DMC is a one of a kind show and is definitely worth your time, as long as you are not offended by excessive swearing and vulgar themes. I recommend this show to primarily teenagers.
Jan 21, 2011
Second key aspect of the series is the portrayal of the band's fandom. Much of the humor comes from the ridiculous behaviors of fans in their blind worship for Krauser, crowning him as an invincible demon lord and constantly coming up with crazy theories to build up Krauser's legends. Just like what real-life fans of various types of hobbies/ subjects tend to do, it's practically a satire of what fan dumb can be like.
[Characters: 7.5] Main focus of the series is of course on Negishi who leads a dual life. He loves Swedish pop but people think he's terrible at it. Thus, whatever attempts at debuting in that genre is futile. On the other hand, he hates Death Metal but the band he leads is a legend. As such, the gags in each episode involves how the timid Negishi unconsciously becomes increasingly dependent on the insane Krauser as his stress relief, using him to vent his long pent up frustration or solve his problems in an exaggerated manner. Sometimes the results are good, though most of the time it's with disastrous consequences. Either way they're downright hilarious.
[Art: 6.0] The art is ugly; no, it's deliberately bad. In a way, its 'cheapness' creates its own style for the series. Furthermore, some of the gags were made funnier because of the ugly facial expressions the characters put up - think GTO for reference.
[Music: 7.5] Just like the story, its music is a sheer refuge in audacity. The lyrics in the OP (and pretty much the entire point of the band's songs) are so crude that it is funny, albeit in a morbid sort of way. This is juxtaposed with the more sweet and bubbly ED - again, pretty much the entire point of the series.
[Summary] Needless to say, the dialogues and gags are often offensive in more way than one, so the humor style of Detroit Metal City may not be to everyone's taste. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for something different, e.g. comedy with elements of satire in it, DMC is worth giving a try. The ending is rather inconclusive, but that’s mainly due to the fact that the manga is still on-going.
Personal Overall Rating: 7.0
Mar 18, 2014
Alright first of all i need to mention that if you strictly reject Metal music, or have a hard time tolerating dark humor then you might not want to watch this OVA .
The story is about a young country boy, Negishi that decides to go Tokyo to make the music he's always dreamed of making which is basically romantic/relaxing guitar melodies, but ends up being the Vocalist and lead guitarist of the upcoming death-metal band Detroit Metal City (DMC). This series truly cracked me up, and got me excited with one of the best Opening themes I've ever heard. There's also a lot of awkwardly funny events involving sexual harass, a little bit of nudity and some mosh-pit related over-excitement so to speak :P . Negishi is a shy boy by nature, but as tends to reveal his "Demon King " side when he his provoked and that's how the funny scenes unfold .
The story isn't something amazingly stunning, but it's very funny and i think the music is definitely one of a kind . I'd say it's satisfactory for my humble metal taste at least .
Finally i want to mention that if you decide to watch this, don't be too serious watching it. It's extremely awkward, but that's what makes DMC . Also be prepared for "Rape " scenes . Don't worry it's not hentai xD
" Krauser's "Ten Rapes a Second", anyone? "
m/ Hope you found this helpful . Have a good day . m/ read more
Sep 20, 2013
Firstly the story is very engaging and funny, the humor can be rather dark and filthy with it's it's strong language, sexual harrassment and comedy violence but it sets the tone with what the band and Krauser II are all about. It's fun to see Negishi use his alter ego Krauser II to his advantage through his day to day situations and events, not for selfish reasons but rather for helping out others, getting himself out of tough scenarios and for pleasing his manager the 'President'.
The characters are very refreshing and funny, Negishi is a very polite soft spoken man compared to the filthy mouthed violent Krauser II, it's great to see him as his alter ego, particularly in situations to get him out of hot trouble. The other supporting characters are interesting such as the Death Records Manager called the 'President' who doesn't take no for an answer and doesn't take fail too lightly, there's Masayuki Wada as the bassist who would much rather be in a visual kei band, Terumichi Nishida the drummer who speaks few words, and Nashimoto Keisuke as the S&M mascot of DMC called the 'Pig of Capitalism' who get's beaten and abused on stage. Lastly and importantly there's the love interest of Negishi called Yuri Aikawa, and of course, the fans of DMC. The fans make the episodes very entertaining, they're funny, crazy, over the top and treat DMC and Krauser II as the holy grail, such as punching and fighting anyone who opposes Krauser II's name and creating rumors and legends of the band. There is not much character development except for Negishi but it is cool to see the back story of some of the characters and how they act outside of the band.
The animation I find is really good, it's old school looking but I think it adds character to the story. I find it rather appealing and goes well with the softness of some of the characters and it goes well with the more edgier scenes with the band. It doesn't distract at all and I think it gives such a lovely distinct style to it.
The music is very good, it sets the tone for each scene whether it's whimsical or comical. The opening song shows the type of music that DMC plays and while I'm not much of a death metal fan it did grow on me. The ending song is more soft pop and that's what I like about the opening and ending song, it shows the opposites of Negishi and Krauser II.
Overall I enjoyed this anime and I would recommend it, it made me laugh and kept me engaged throughout the whole experience. The only disadvantage is I wished it was longer as it has only left me wanting more but I know it'll add to the fact I'll most likely watch it again in the future. There could have been more closure to the story or more insight into the characters but overall this anime is fun to watch.
Jul 16, 2010
The animators didn’t bother much in this section. Frankly, they didn’t need to. It is hilarious, no matter how crude the characters look or move. If it was a title where visuals play an outmost importance, like a romance like Air or an action movie like Sword of the Stranger, this would be a major minus. Since it is a comedy not based on slapstick movements, it goes well with the territory. To be honest, the thing that matters the most are the spaced out grimaces the characters make. All the rest are unimportant. Looking so gentle to a point of passing like nerds and mama’s boys or freaked out to resemble mass-murderers was enough to make the jokes work. So, movements and proportions suffer big time but at the same time they give of a feeling of an anarchistic underground comic; which is exactly what the series is. I almost doubt it would be as funny if it were done any better.
SOUND SECTION: 9/10 [Rape-rape-rape-rape-rape-rape-rape-rape-rape-rape!]
Being of OVA format, means that there is little to no constrain. So, expect the largest amount of cursing, ever heard in anime. The contrast of calm Swedish Pop on one side and monstrous Death Metal on the other has a hilarious effect on your ears. So is the antithesis of the drowsy voices the gentle people have in comparison to the nightmarish screams of the death metal fans. Even the songs by themselves are decent and memorable in the most part. Almost no problem on my part in this section. I didn’t feel something was out of place or could be presented any differently. Even the over-the-top amount of swearing words in it was acceptable.
STORY SECTION: 5/10 [Unfolds like 4-panel short comic stories.]
A polite, kind youngster turning into a make-belief Kind of Demons against his will and becoming the exact opposite of what he always wanted to be was more than I could bear without laughing for several minutes. I mean most series have some perky youth with high ideals that struggles to accomplish his dreams (i.e. Naruto, Ash Kecham, Luffy D. Monkey). Here we have someone who fails miserably at it but is quite good at being bad! If that is not funny, I don’t know what is. The story was making fun of this cliché most anime have become quite repetitive of (thus feeling boring for the same reason), so seeing it being ridiculed is hilarious for a veteran viewer like myself.
In all, the story is funny but not really developed or solid in any way. It will feel like stand-alone episodes with an almost identical form of storytelling. The gentle protagonist will have some peaceful, cheery plan, something goes wrong, and he turns to his hated alter ego in order to solve the problem in a most embarrassing (yet hilarious) manner that favors him. Everything is very convenient, so I never felt the story was meant to be realistic. It is just a simple scenario that unfolds in separated chapters, with an identical manner. The story does depict the basics of the problems music bands and singers have to face as they struggle for fame and acceptance. It still doesn’t get serious at all, as most things are resolved in a very forced way.
CHARACTER SECTION: 8/10 [I am the King of Demons!]
The cast of the characters is generally very likable. None besides the main character gets much focus or development; but since this is a series that focuses solely on one character, this is not a bad thing. Negishi is very interesting as he hates violence and passes for quite passive when in practice he always uses his hateful persona to get out of his troubles. Something like a suppressed dark side of his, Krauzer II is the persona you will most likely choose. For you see, calm and gentle people are presented in very negative ways (spineless, useless, oblivious) while the scum of society are glorified (mucho, imposing, decisive). Like the rest of the story, everything happens in extreme ways and leads to funny results because of the absolute separation of all the characters in to only two reverse poling categories.
VALUE & ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10 [F**k! My c**t is so wet, that the rain season will come early this year!]
I like metal, I like rock. The last thing somebody imagines when thinking of cartoons is such kinds of music. That is one of the reasons I prefer anime to cartoons. Give them the liberty, and nothing is impossible to them. It is true that many anime have metal music (i.e. Kachou Ouji: Hard Rock Save the Space), or a story about a music band (i.e. Beck), or even implement irony and the unexpected factor as means of telling a joke (i.e. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei). This series is the only one that mixes all of the above and even takes them to extreme heights.
The repetitive form of the plot does start to become tiresome towards the end, where the episodes start to have more serious themes and less comical moments. Even the ending feels too rushed and unworthy of the premise we were promised. Still, the total amount of laughing overshadows the amount of time you start to doubt things. It is far more extreme and bold than most comedies out there. The chances of watching it again are high. The chances of forgetting it are zero.
VERDICT: 7.5 / 10
Krauzer II, your verdict for killing and raping a thousand people is … NOT GUILTY! Oh, Lord of the Underworld, murder me now!
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Apr 25, 2010
Negishi, a wimpy mama's boy with a bad haircut and taste for sugary pop music moves to Tokyo and ends up as Krauser, the demonic front man for Japan's most evil death metal band DMC.
His struggle to keep his two lives and identities separate is hilarious to watch. Negishi plays sappy acoustic pop songs and is too shy to make a move on his crush (a sweet girl who utterly loathes DMC), while Krauser promotes his band through violence, destruction, and pretending to rape everything in sight (yes, even inanimate objects).
If you're easily offended, stay far FAR away from this show. Fans of rock and metal will get the most out of this- DMC is a parody of metal bands, and they're clearly inspired by musicians such as GWAR, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson. If you're in the mood for more animated mayhem, check out the American cartoon Metalocalypse. read more
Nov 11, 2008
Based on the manga which I also wrote a review for, the anime version is probably the most faithful translation imaginable. Every scene, word, and expression is exactly the same as in the comic, and in this case, that turned out to be an excellent decision.
DMC is based on the theme of dual personalities. Negi Souichi is a kind-hearted, simple 23 year old, a virgin with an ugly bowl-shaped haircut. He hails from a farm, talks to his mother every day, and dreams of uniting the world with fashionable pop songs about love and French desserts.
At night, he dresses up as the fearsome Krauser-san II of the band DMC, a KISS and Gwar-inspired death metal frontman who sings about rape, murdering one's parents, and on stage, beats up an elderly Japanese man wearing women's lingerie known as "The Pig of Capitalism".
He is considered a true demon by his crazed fans, who would love nothing more than to be raped and killed by their idol, and eventually comes to be known as the emperor of metal, thanks to his many legendary deeds, such as raping the Tokyo Tower, and his destruction of any rivals to his throne, whether they be punk, rap, or fellow metal bands.
At first, it seems like Negi is simply forced to go along with this because of the tyrannical President of DMC's record label, a frightening death metal chick who beats up Negi and everyone else standing in her way, and constantly talks about performances "making me wet".
However, as the series progresses, one realizes that Krauser is very much a part of Negi himself. All of his anger and frustration at not being recognized for his pop music, as well as his annoyance with various people and circumstances in his life fuel his angry, violent death metal acts. Often, the very people he is close to and respects as Negi are the ones he destroys and humiliates as Krauser.
The writing and stories throughout the series are nothing short of brilliant. While the joke could quickly wear thin, here the episodes keep thinking of creative, exciting situations and obstacles for DMC and Negi to be up against, and he never fails to resolve it with something absurd and over-the-top, which a normal, rational Negi would be outraged by.
The other characters are also interesting and funny, if a bit one-dimensional. There is Negi's considerate, sweet love interest Yuri Aikawa, who works for a fashionable music magazine, and is frequently tormented by Krauser-san. There is Jyagi-Sama, the bass guitarist for the band, an outgoing, kind partier who is popular with the ladies. He hopes of making a lot of money from the band, but just doesn't understand the essence of metal quite like Negi.
Then, there is Camus-San, who, to go along with the stereotype of drummers as being bizarre weirdos, is a short, fat, ugly, bespectacled man, whose entire speech consists of offensive, perverted one or two word sentences, mostly spoken to attractive women. He frequently seems to think he's in a brothel, telling an innocent girl either "anal" or "next!".
As mentioned before, there is DMC's frightening record label president, as well as a hilarious male DMC super-fan who makes a living doing shows for little kids, and has an inferiority complex about not being raped by Krauser. Frankly, every repeat character in the series is funny, and their inclusion in the story is very much in context.
The songs used throughout the work, while too light to truly be considered death metal, are catchy, and have enough death grunts, heavy bass, and riffing to get the point across. The art feels and looks exactly like the comic; occasionally, it almost feels like I'm watching a really fast Powerpoint slide.
Overall, an instant classic of a series, highly recommended for everyone. Even better than Metalocalypse. read more
Nov 9, 2008
Moving on to the story. Meet Souichi Negishi a young man who came from the countryside. He went to Tokyo for college and wished to become a kindergarten teacher. However his life changed when he became the singer and songwriter for the band Detroit Metal City. Every episode shows the everyday life of Negishi and his other self Krauser II. Dealing with the band, family, ex-classmates/friends and his crush Yuri. Sounds kind of 'slice of life' but what's different from other comedy show was the way the story being told and how things turn out. Furthermore, it's entertaining. Not the best story I have seen but it's the characters that makes Detroit Metal City.
The animation was done by Studio 4°C well known for superflat artwork. The OP animation was the best part of the whole show. Now the good thing about the animation is that it's not your same 'old' kind of CG animation and that it follows the manga drawing closely. However, the animation isn't constant at times. Nevertheless, it's still good just that you might be disappointed or sick of it as the anime goes on.
The OP of the anime being death metal genre you might dislike it alot. Don't worry you can skip it if you want and you might prefer the ED instead of the OP. Great voice acting especially Souichi Negishi. Most character's voice is good. It matched the characters. The downside is that the background music is more or less alright.
The character in Detroit Metal City makes the entire series excellent as it's not just the main character that makes the whole show hilarious. It's the supporting character's like the Detroit Metal City's fans. Most of the character's in the show is good. The character developments of Souichi Negishi was good. However, you might be disappointed with a few supporting characters as they do not leave a great impression behind just a good one.
At first I feel kind of skeptical about the rating on MAL, but I changed my view after the first few episode of Detroit Metal City. Every episode was laughable and I laughed everytime when I think about this anime.
Detroit Metal City is not just about using profanity and sexual jokes to make this series hilarious. It's about the way the story being told and the characters that makes the whole show good. Be prepared for lots of profanity and it's seriously for older audiences or else you won't really laugh at the R rated jokes. If you can get over the profanity, sexual jokes and the whole death metal genre. I recommand you to watch it! It's probably the best comedy anime for the year 2008. read more
Oct 3, 2012
This short, 12-episode OVA which will henceforth be abbreviated to "DMC" for convenience's sake, revolves around Negishi Souchi, an aspiring musician fresh out of college who has moved to Tokyo with a love of catchy, lighthearted European pop music. However, due to a misreading of his lyrics, he has accidentally ended up as the lead singer of death metal band Detroit Metal City, who are the antithesis of everything he stands for, using the alter-ego of Johannes Krauser II, a psychopathic omnipotent devil-creature who murdered his parents and raped them. In that order.
DMC's humour tends to come from three things. The first is Negishi/Krauser trying, and failing, to balance out his two lifestyles and stop anyone from finding out who he really is, and this is about as unfunny as it sounds. This whole idea has been done to death before, and was not ever really all that funny in the first place. To make matters worse, this is basically the entire joke. None of the variations on it really change what's supposed to be funny about it. And it is repeated ad nauseam throughout the series.
The second of these is how over-the-top everything is, in particular the ridiculous song lyrics and excessive swearing throughout. These are initially funny but wear off pretty fast... and this only applies to the funny song lyrics. Excessive swearing just isn't funny. There is also one character, their manager, who is the worst thing about the whole series. The entire "joke" of her character is that she says "cunt" a lot and gets sexual thrills from music... and I'm not sure how that was ever supposed to be funny. It's just disturbing and used entirely for cheap shock factor.
The third, however, is what saves DMC and then some: the parody aspects. DMC is at it's absolute funniest whenever it is making fun of death metal. Partly this is just by how utterly silly DMC's lyrical content is and what utter caricatures it's fans are, but the best moments of this happen by contrasting the legacy behind the band members and their fandom's insane worship to what is actually happening. The best example by far involves Krauser humping Tokyo Tower with a crowd of onlookers treating it as though it were an amazing spectacle of a satanic ritual... all while you're very aware that it is literally just a man in a silly costume humping a tower. Or, for another example, a contest of who can pronounce the word "fuck" best, made so much better by how dead seriously everyone takes it. The real cherry on top is simply how oblivious everyone is to how far DMC has descended into self-parody.
The characters from DMC are basically nothing special. They all fill their roles fine, but that's about it, with a few exceptions from Negishi when he gradually slips into Krauser mode.
The music in DMC impressed me, because aside from it's silly lyrics, the music is actually the kind of thing you could imagine people buying into, which is something of a refreshing change considering you see many anime about music with very amateurish music quality. This isn't even restricted to just DMC's music, either. Some of Negishi's pop music is genuinely catchy, and some of the background music is good too, if infrequent and unlikely to catch your ear in favour of "Satsugai".
The animation isn't particularly high-quality, but if it was, it would probably just have been out of place. It has a much more stripped-back feel to it that's reminiscent of many 90's American cartoons, which is really just as well because it'd fit in nicely with some of MTV's cartoon titles of the day. It also plays around with framing a lot as well, only filling up around half or so of the screen a lot of the time, and often expanding as offscreen characters talk so as to bring them into view. It doesn't really add all that much in the long run, but it's a nice touch nonetheless.
In most cases I'd call something like DMC fairly average, with the good cancelling out the bad. However DMC does have something else going for it that makes it an exception: it's short. Clocking in at only 12 episodes, each of which are only half the length of a regular TV broadcast episode. The entire series runs around 2 and a half hours, around the length of some movies, and with it's fast pace in hand you can easily knock it out in a single sitting. It's brevity saves it from outstaying it's welcome and repeating itself too much, which it most likely would have done if it had run any longer than it did.
Overall, DMC is hit and miss, but if this seems like something you might enjoy then you've not got much to lose.
Final Words: If you've got a couple of hours to kill and want a quick fix, I'd probably recommend this.
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Feb 7, 2010
It is a short series, and i mean, very short series indeed, about a country emo boy named negishi who comes to tokyo to fulfill the dream of his life: to become a legendary rock star who came from hell and rapes every single woman he encounters...oh wait, this is not what he really wanted to be apparently, it was just a bad dream...wasn't it ?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is the drama of emo boy "aka negishi", who in fact is a very soft and respectful young lad, who adore simple things in life like butterflies, flowers and love swedish pop music (ugh?!) and french designs for clothes, (did i mentioned emo?) well... that is, until he incarnates Krauser-sama, a demon who came from hell, for his performance in his own death metal band, called of course: Detroit Metal City! Krauser-sama is his own stereotype for a death metal rock star in a constant hate for the world, the women, the capitalism, laws, government et cetera.
But negishi is not only an actor who incorporates Krauser-Sama, in the deep, he really have all those traits of bad behavior in which he let them out in his live performances, but as with everything that comes out of the closet, we can see negishi bad traits starting dominating his own soft (emo?) natrure in some cases which he loses control of his self.
With that being said, the whole series tells this very tale in a fantastic way, with negishi in conflict with his two contradictory parts, and the wrong part assumes him at the wrong moment (for the laughs) and he can control his self most of the time to shows us valuable lessons in life for self-control and how we can use our bad traits to help others around us , and to resolve conflicts with others...of course, in a humouristic nature, because this is a comedy show after all.
The art seems a little cheap to me, but i liked the style they use cropping various parts of the screen with black lines, they managed to turn the low budget problem at their side, but the producers don't fool me !
The music is standard black metal music for Krauser, and swedish pop (ugh?!) for negishi, the rest is ok soundtrack for comedy shows.
Summarizing, Detroit Metal City is a crazy incoherent comedy and you must like contradictory things to really enjoy this series, or in other words, Detroit Metal City is another MASTERPIECE that will never leave our hearts ^^ read more
Jan 19, 2014
+That anime has short openings and endings, there is plus. I don't know how that second one ends, because I was already on the next episode :D
-Graphic was bad, but still enough to get really good final effect.
+My watching was almost by all the time rolling on the floor and probably because of that it gains high score. My diaphragm still hurts, hehe.
+Story was simple, main of this anime was music and comedy, that is what I was expecting from this anime.