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'''''Detroit Metal City''''' is an anime/manga series about the life of Souichi Negishi, a young man who makes a living as a musician. He is very successful, but not in the genre of his dreams: while he loves to play relaxing music, his job demands that he play groove/thrash metal in the titular band as "Demon King Johannes Krauser II". Most of the story revolves around Negishi trying to balance being Krauser II, his love life, and his family responsibilities, [[HilarityEnsues with mostly hilarious results]].

The title is a reference to the KISS song, "Detroit Rock City". The manga was written by Kiminori Wakasugi and was serialized from 2005 to 2010 in the magazine Young Animal. An OVA, developed by [[Manga/{{Mushishi}} Hiroshi]] [[Manga/AkuNoHana Nagahama]] and animated by Creator/Studio4C, was given twelve episodes in 2008. A live action film, directed by Toshio Lee, premiered fifteen days after the OVA.

Not to be confused with ''{{that|OneLevel}}'' [[DrillDozer Metal City]], nor with the similarly-abbreviated ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''.
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!!Tropes employed:

* AffectionateParody: Believe it or not, this show is really a comedy.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Nishida/Camus, the DMC drummer. While the quietest member of the band, everything that ''does'' pass his lips (which is when he's off-stage) tends to be very perverted and/or disturbing.
* AndThisIsFor: "''...And this is for [[Manga/DragonBall Kuririn]]!!''"
* AxeCrazy: The lead singer of Pipanic Chainsaw is named for good reason.
* BecomingTheMask: Played for laughs.
* BlackComedyRape: Played repeatedly as one of the series's defining jokes.
** Krauser's "Ten Rapes a Second", anyone?
** Negishi tries to show his love 'everything' in the last chapter. This results in "something small just went into my mouth!"
** Gets a bit less comedic when Negishi comes scarily close to realistically raping his love object in the "Kyushu Boy" chapter of the manga.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Yuri, [[BlessedWithSuck the only character in the series with any degree of common sense.]]
* CameraAbuse: The opening credits end with Krauser II seizing the camera and spinning it violently around to face ... the show's logo.
* ChainsawGood: The lead singer of Pipanic Chainsaw. She is all too willing to use it.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3Pju2-r10U Fuckingham Palace]], the chorus/hook is just "Fuck" being repeated over and over and over and over...
* CrossOver: Would you believe that DetroitMetalCity crossed over with ''StreetFighter'' [[CapcomVsWhatever of all things]]? There was a Street Fighter PC game called ''Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation'' that feautured Krauser II as a playable character.
* DarkWorld / EvilTwin: Applied to music, as some D.M.C. lyrics happen to be an inverted version of Negishi's lyrics.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "My whipped cream on your face" seems a little... suggestive.
* {{Expy}}: Krauser himself is an expy of Gene Simmons from KISS, though it's likely he is also a reference to heavily image-based metal artists such as Mortiis.
** DMC owe quite a lot to metal band Music/SeikimaII right down to their mythos and get-up.
* ExtremeDoormat: The job of the Capitalist Pig (not that he doesn't like it). Negishi to some extent as well, specially at the expense of the manager.
* FanDumb: An in-universe example: Krauser's ENTIRE FANBASE.
* {{Fanservice}}: Negishi's job is basically to be Krauser II, to please the fans. Said fans are mostly really vulgar, to Negishi's dismay.
** TheMovie does Aikawa's PantyShot for real!
* FangsAreEvil: Krauser. Either they're part of Negishi's stage costume, or he inexplicably grows them when he becomes the Krauser persona.
* GenderBlenderName: Jack Ill Dark has a daughter named Kenni.
* GratuitousEnglish: DMC's songs are splattered with words like "rape", "kill", or "pig" without care for proper grammar.
** Also, the manager. Coupled with {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Negishi actually hates being Krauser II, despite his popularity.
** KafkaKomedy: And you can bet your hiney he'll never be able to stop with it.
* {{Kayfabe}}: In-universe. A lot of the comedy comes from most of the fans being genuinely convinced that the band is just as crazy off-stage as on-stage, and that they are genuine demons from hell. The concept that the group's members are just regular joes in RealLife never occur to them.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Negishi thinks that one of his fan is afflicted by this, [[spoiler: but it's subverted by showing that the boy had a simple cold, and the surgery was just a circumcision]].
* TheLadette: DMC's manager (and how!)
* LargeHam: A prerequisite. Of special note, Kenichi Matsuyama in TheMovie treats ''both'' Negishi and Krauser this way.
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Half of Negishi's Krauser episodes could've been avoided if he didn't overreact to damn near everything, [[RuleOfFunny but then again...]]
* {{Lolicon}}: Parodied in one episode when a toddler begins singing DMC songs, and picks up a large - and perverted - fandom; much to Negishi's dismay.
* LoonyFan: The entire DMC fanbase from where Negishi is standing.
* LostInTranslation: Chapter 21 in the manga has Krauser starring in an indie film. At the climax, he ends up spitting into the mouth of the male co-star and ad-libs the line "You are already... Unfashionable.", a bastardization of [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro's]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead well-known]] CatchPhrase. The film's director, following suit, [[YourHeadASplode makes the man's head explode in post-production]]. Sadly, the official translators completely failed at picking up the reference, mistranslated it as "chic doesn't suit you anymore" and ruined the effect.
* MadeOfIron: The manager, who stubs out cigarettes on her tongue.
* MediumAwareness
* MemeticBadass: In-universe. A major contributing factor to the success of Krauser and co. is the way the details of their various fan-pleasing exploits (e.g., the Tokyo Tower incident) are exaggerated to divine proportions (e.g., Krauser becoming the supposed father of the Roppongi Hills) by their more rabid followers.
* MonsterClown: Nishida/Camus' drummer getup.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Wada/Jagi, the bassist, is the closest to the OnlySaneMan in the trio by being neither as loony as the drummer or as reluctant as Negishi. His one chapter in the limelight regards how his popularity amongst the fans is slipping compared to Krauser and Camus.
* NobodyPoops: Averted to hell and back, and used for laughs.
* NoblewomansLaugh: DMC's manager--''especially'' noteworthy in the movie.
* NonindicativeName: The story does not take place in UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Krauser knows how to do this, but Negishi recognizes that it's not very good for himself.
* [[OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase On the Next Episode of FUCK!!!]]
* PantyShot: "THIS IS THE C--T OF A PIG!!1"
* PowerBornOfMadness: The only reason Negishi gets away with half of what he does. He's just so crazy that nobody can quite figure out what to do with him. That, and the legions of insane fans who do his bidding.
* {{Sentai}}: Krauser ends up crashing a Sentai show in an amusement part. Most people assume it's AllPartOfTheShow, up until the point when he starts harassing the audience.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Parodied. Negishi is dumped into a world that thrives on this, but it's all PlayedForLaughs. Negishi himself is a timid loser, a virgin, and never partakes of anything heavier than sake.
* ShoutOut: When filming the band's first promotional video, Negishi (as Krauser) [[Music/OzzyOsbourne eats several bats all at once]].
* SliceOfLife: Negishi's.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Played with hilariously.
* SpiritualSuccessor: {{Metalocalypse}}, sorta.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: When Negishi can't solve his problem as himself, he changes to his alter ego Krauser II. Most of the time, it actually works.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic
** Justified in that Negishi is the lyricist, though.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Negishi's lyrics. It's even acknowledged in-universe, so there's nothing subjective about it.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Technically more than two - a bunch of rabid DMC fans who go to every one of their concerts.
* TokyoTower: Krauser lights it up.
* {{Too Dumb To Live}}: Any [[FanDumb fans]] of any of the bands featured in the manga, especially DMC and Helvete's. Not to mention many of the people throughout the DMC universe...
* TournamentArc: ''Satanic Emperor'', a death metal version of {{Woodstock}} on the surface, turns out to be more like this.
* TrueCompanions: Played straight with the DMC fans, and hilariously for laughs with scatolo-metal band Deathism/Deazm.
* TwoTimerDate
* UpToEleven: Episode 8, where Krauser attempts to beat his own record of yelling "Rape!" ten times a second.
* WeirdnessCensor: Usually inverted; DMC's fans seem to have a Normalcy Censor. In one case they ignore a radio report of an incoming storm, only to later attribute the storm to [[spoiler: the original]] Krauser's demonic powers.
** When Krauser sings Negishi's sugary-pop love song to Aikawa after defeating Jack Ill Dark, his fans eventually resolve the massive CognitiveDissonance by interpreting it as Krauser punishing them and testing their endurance.
* [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Willing Suspension Of Disbelief]]: DMC are [[DeathMetal Death Metal]], the [[PoliceAreUseless police will neglect looking for someone who obviously sticks out and reportedly caused much suffering and committed many crimes]], you can [[ThePowerOfRock play an electric guitar unplugged and successfully perform songs with said unplugged guitar without the rest of the band]], you can leave concerts that YOU are playing in without being mauled by disappointed fans, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
** RefugeInAudacity and the Japanese public's version of the WeirdnessCensor tending to be "ignore and shun as if it does not exist" as opposed to the American version of YouCanPanicNow (and the {{Yakuza}} connections of some VisualKei labels and management) meant VisualKei artists could, for a while, get away with some activities that would have a "normal" Japanese arrested instantly. So this is arguably TruthInTelevision to some degree.
** [[ScienceMarchesOn The unplugged electric guitar is also]] TruthInTelevision [[ScienceMarchesOn to some degree now]], [[CaptainObvious though you could not play full songs without the rest of the band with it]] in RealLife. Battery power and a wireless amp (or an amp wired into a guitar itself) could allow for such - though the sound would definitely be weaker.
** Leaving concerts you are playing in without being mauled by disappointed fans? Also TruthInTelevision. See Music/GunsNRoses or XJapan for quite a few examples of this. It depends on how much the audience understands the reason and how good the band is at getting out of there fast (or canceling at first)
* VisualKei: DMC is arguably a Visual Shock VisualKei band, taking major inspiration primarily from SEIKIMA-II, from {{Kiss}}, and to a lesser degree from other early VisualKei.

!!Tropes from the LiveActionAdaptation:
* TheCameo: Gene Simmons plays Jack ill Dark in TheMovie (live action).
* GirlyRun: Negishi in TheMovie for some reason.
* TheMovie: Starring KenichiMatsuyama (Live Action [[Manga/DeathNote L]]) in the lead role and Gene Simmons of {{KISS}} as Jack ill Dark, the reigning Demon God of Rock and Roll.
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