Manga: Detroit Metal City
RUN, TWO, DMC!!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, 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 Hiroshi Nagahama
and animated by Studio 4°C
, 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 Metal City
, nor with the similarly-abbreviated Devil May Cry
, or with Run-D.M.C.
for that matter.
- Affectionate Parody: Believe it or not, this show is really a comedy.
- All Drummers Are Animals: 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.
- And This Is for...: "...And this is for Kuririn!!"
- Axe Crazy: The lead singer of Pipanic Chainsaw is named for good reason.
- Becoming the Mask: Played for laughs.
- Black Comedy Rape: 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.
- Butt Monkey: Poor Yuri, the only character in the series with any degree of common sense.
- Camera Abuse: The opening credits end with Krauser II seizing the camera and spinning it violently around to face ... the show's logo.
- Casting Gag: Anime only: It's not the first time Yuji Ueda (as Krauser) voiced a heavy metal singer, except that metal singer was an Australian, undead one.
- Chainsaw Good: The lead singer of Pipanic Chainsaw. She is all too willing to use it.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Fuckingham Palace, the chorus/hook is just "Fuck" being repeated over and over and over and over...
- Cross Over: Would you believe that Detroit Metal City crossed over with Street Fighter of all things? There was a Street Fighter PC game called Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation that feautured Krauser II as a playable character.
- Dark World / Evil Twin: Applied to music, as some D.M.C. lyrics happen to be an inverted version of Negishi's lyrics.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: "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 Seikima II right down to their mythos and get-up.
- Extreme Doormat: 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.
- Fan Dumb: 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.
- Fangs Are Evil: Krauser. Either they're part of Negishi's stage costume, or he inexplicably grows them when he becomes the Krauser persona.
- Gender-Blender Name: Jack Ill Dark has a daughter named Kenni.
- Gratuitous English: DMC's songs are splattered with words like "rape", "kill", or "pig" without care for proper grammar.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Negishi actually hates being Krauser II, despite his popularity.
- Kafka Komedy: 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 Real Life never occur to them.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Negishi thinks that one of his fan is afflicted by this, but it's subverted by showing that the boy had a simple cold, and the surgery was just a circumcision.
- The Lad-ette: DMC's manager (and how!)
- Large Ham: A prerequisite. Of special note, Kenichi Matsuyama in The Movie treats both Negishi and Krauser this way.
- Law of Disproportionate Response: Half of Negishi's Krauser episodes could've been avoided if he didn't overreact to damn near everything, 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.
- Loony Fan: The entire DMC fanbase from where Negishi is standing.
- Lost in Translation: 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 Kenshiro's well-known Catch Phrase. The film's director, following suit, 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.
- Made of Iron: The manager, who stubs out cigarettes on her tongue.
- Medium Awareness
- Memetic Badass: 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.
- Monster Clown: Nishida/Camus' drummer getup.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Wada/Jagi, the bassist, is the closest to the Only Sane Man 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.
- Nobody Poops: Averted to hell and back, and used for laughs.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: DMC's manager—especially noteworthy in the movie.
- Nonindicative Name: The story does not take place in Detroit.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: Krauser knows how to do this, but Negishi recognizes that it's not very good for himself.
- On the Next Episode of FUCK!!!
- Panty Shot: "THIS IS THE C—T OF A PIG!!1"
- Power Born of Madness: 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 All Part of the Show, up until the point when he starts harassing the audience.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Parodied. Negishi is dumped into a world that thrives on this, but it's all Played for Laughs. Negishi himself is a timid loser, a virgin, and never partakes of anything heavier than sake.
- Shout-Out: When filming the band's first promotional video, Negishi (as Krauser) eats several bats all at once.
- Slice of Life: Negishi's.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Played with hilariously.
- Spiritual Successor: Metalocalypse, sorta.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When Negishi can't solve his problem as himself, he changes to his alter ego Krauser II. Most of the time, it actually works.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music
- Justified in that Negishi is the lyricist, though.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Negishi's lyrics. It's even acknowledged in-universe, so there's nothing subjective about it.
- Those Two Guys: Technically more than two - a bunch of rabid DMC fans who go to every one of their concerts.
- Tokyo Tower: Krauser lights it up.
- Too Dumb to Live: Any 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...
- Tournament Arc: Satanic Emperor, a death metal version of Woodstock on the surface, turns out to be more like this.
- True Companions: Played straight with the DMC fans, and hilariously for laughs with scatolo-metal band Deathism/Deazm.
- Two-Timer Date
- Up to Eleven: Episode 8, where Krauser attempts to beat his own record of yelling "Rape!" ten times a second.
- Weirdness Censor: 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 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 Cognitive Dissonance by interpreting it as Krauser punishing them and testing their endurance.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: DMC are Death Metal, the police will neglect looking for someone who obviously sticks out and reportedly caused much suffering and committed many crimes, you can 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.
- Visual Kei: DMC is arguably a Visual Shock Visual Kei band, taking major inspiration primarily from SEIKIMA-II, from Kiss, and to a lesser degree from other early Visual Kei.