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 HiroshiNagahama, 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 thatMetal City, nor with the similarly-abbreviated Devil May Cry.
All Drummers Are Animals: Nishima/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.
Dark World / Evil Twin: Applied to music, as some D.M.C. lyrics happen to be an inverted version of Negishi's lyrics.
Defictionalization: For The Movie, several CDs were released by Detroit Metal City as well as other bands in the film. This includes DMC's "SATSUGAI" & "Maoh" (coupled with Souichi Negishi's "Amai Koibito" and "Raspberry Kiss"), and Makai Yuugi, the Kintama Girls' "Detarame Mother-con Cherryboy", MC KIVA's "From NY City", and Tetra-pot Melon Tea's "Sally my Love". And this was in addition to the film's soundtrack and another album featuring songs by bands that Negishi wanted to emulate (one of which was in the film).
Because they were released in Real Life as under the fictional Death Records label, Detroit Metal City's "SATSUGAI" and Makai Yuugi were among the top Indies releases for 2008.
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.
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'swell-knownCatch 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.
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.
True Companions: Played straight with the DMC fans, and hilariously for laughs with scatolo-metal band Deathism/Deazm.
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.
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.
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.
Leaving concerts you are playing in without being mauled by disappointed fans? Also Truth in Television. See Guns N' Roses or X Japan 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)
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.