Souichi Negishi is a common boy, timid, quiet. He loves flowers, walking and musical hits like the ones that radios play. But he is also Krauzer II, leader of Detroy Metal City (DMC), the most popular underground metal band of Japan! Souichi would like to change his life and start to play Swedish pop songs with peaceful and loving lyrics instead of the violent and vulgar ones of DMC, but when he is playing with his band he completely changes his attitude and behavior...
Howling with laughter while reading "Detroit Metal City" (DMC), the word I kept thinking of was "genius".
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 mangaka manages to 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 art is simple and to the point, good enough to convey the hilarity of the idea and situations, much like the set-up itself.
Overall, a great read, highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in manga. read more
detroit metal city is very laugh-full it's about negeshi, a very calm guy, who been the leader of a metal band.
the drawn are not very pleasure but the comedy is very very good and if you're a metal fan like me you will geez on your pant's and like the manager says "it's make me wet".
When i herd about D.M.C. I wasn't expecting much and i was wrong. I read many many different mangas but this is my firs review that is because this manga blew my mind, this manga is on a completely on different level.
When you' re reading detroit metal city you will find that there' s only one way to describe it "LEGENDАRY"!
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
These were the only words i could think when I came to the final page of the last volume of Detroit Metal City. It's main story revolving around my favorite genre of music (metal) would be enough to keep my interest all the way through, but it's constant humor (dark humor is most predominant) made me want to read this story all the way through.
Antics involving The band DMC (mostly their singer) and the die-hard fans kept me turning the pages.
You're basic manga art.
The main characters constant struggle between his dark side and socially accepted side was the main character portrayal in this manga. Not much character development happens.
The only reason I enjoyed this so much was because I'm a fan of both metal music and dark humor. If you don't like at least one you're probably not going to have a good time reading this manga.