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: Adult CastAdult Cast, Gag HumorGag Humor, MusicMusic, ParodyParody, ShowbizShowbiz
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 14 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.101 (scored by 109517109,517 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5122
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1147
Members: 213,138
Favorites: 3,322

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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
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"Satsugai" by Detroit Metal City / Soichi Negishi (Yuuji Ueda)

Ending Theme

"Amai Koibito (甘い恋人)" by Hideki Kaji


Feb 28, 2024
Detroit Metal City: The Best Comedy Anime Ever!
Absurd Humor and Sharp Satire:

Detroit Metal City is one of the best comedy anime I've ever watched. Its absurd humor and sharp satire had me laughing out loud. The anime doesn't shy away from poking fun at everything from the music industry to fandom culture.

Engaging Story and Memorable Characters:

The story of Detroit Metal City is not only funny but also engaging and thought-provoking. We follow the adventures of Souichi Negishi, a quiet young man who secretly has a brutal alter ego named Johannes Krauser II, the famous death metal vocalist!

The characters in this anime are just as interesting ...
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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