Detroit Metal City

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Synonyms: DMC
Japanese: デトロイト・メタル・シティ
English: Detroit Metal City
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 8, 2008 to Oct 28, 2008
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: Gag HumorGag Humor, MusicMusic
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 14 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.101 (scored by 107895107,895 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4772
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1117
Members: 209,601
Favorites: 3,278

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Episodes: /12


Dominating the world of indie music, Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its captivatingly dark and crude style. Its extravagant lead singer, Johannes Krauser II, is especially infamous as a demonic being who has risen from the fiery pits of hell itself in order to bring the world to its knees and lord over all mortals—or at least that's what he's publicized to be.

Unbeknownst to his many worshippers, Krauser II is just the alter ego of an average college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Although he is soft-spoken, peace-loving, and would rather listen to Swedish pop all day, he must participate in DMC's garish concerts in order to make ends meet. Detroit Metal City chronicles Negishi's hilarious misadventures as he attempts to juggle his hectic band life, a seemingly budding romance, and dealing with his incredibly obsessive and dedicated fans.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Detroit Metal City's name originated from the song Detroit Rock City by the band KISS.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Kishio, Daisuke
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Satsugai" by Detroit Metal City / Soichi Negishi (Yuuji Ueda)

Ending Theme

"Amai Koibito (甘い恋人)" by Hideki Kaji


Jul 30, 2023
Detroit Metal City surprises, shocks, and cracks us up. Anime heavily uses dark visual gags, offensive dialogues, and slapsticks. It employs a stereotypical image of death metal to satirize people’s perceptions of the musical genre in the society. But what defines its humor is Negishi’s sense of embarrassment and lack of self-acceptance towards his inner self.

Negishi is a college graduate who loves Swedish pop and is passionate to pursue his dream of starting a pop band. Events take a different turn when he ends up being the lead vocalist of Detroit Metal City, a Death Metal band. He undertakes the stage name Krauser II and ...
Oct 31, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Detroit Metal City was a neat experience. Can't really use any other description that will live up to that 8.10 MAL score. I thought that Detroit Metal City was funny at times, but having a score that high is funnier than the show itself. By the way, I might be switching back and forth between "Detroit Metal City" and "DMC" throughout this review. If I'm referring to the anime itself, I'll say "Detroit Metal City." If I'm referring to the band, I'll say "DMC."
Souichi, our main character, is a sweet young man. I'm assuming he's in his early twenties based on context clues. He moves ...
Aug 17, 2016
Now before I start writing my review it is good to note that this is coming from a person that has a history of watching shows like Beavis and Butthead and South Park. But the issue with shows like that is when you create a cesspool of stupidity than it falls under the subjectiveness of comedy if you actually want to eat the shit they are feeding you or not.

Detroit Metal City didn't produce any laughter for me watching the show. So this was not an enjoyable experience to me.
I’m not looking for any emotional attachment to any characters. The show lives and dies on ...

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