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Detroit Metal City (2008)

Detoroito Metaru Shiti (original title)
TV-MA | | Animation, Comedy, Music | Video 8 August 2008
The life of a split personality man who secretly sings for death metal.

Director:

Hiroshi Nagahama

Writer:

Kiminori Wakasugi (creator)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daisuke Kishio ... Soichi Negishi (voice)
Ai Kobayashi Ai Kobayashi ... Death Records Manager (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Pig of Capitalism (voice)
Masami Nagasawa ... Yuri Aikawa (voice)
Yûto Nakano Yûto Nakano ... Alexander Jagi / Masayuki Wada (voice)
Kaori Nazuka Kaori Nazuka ... Nina (voice)
Eugene Nomura ... Jack ill Dark (voice)
Riki Takeuchi ... Jack ill Dark (voice)
Yûji Ueda ... Johannes Krauser II (voice)
Makoto Yasumura Makoto Yasumura ... Camus / Terumichi Nishida (voice)
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Storyline

Soichi Negishi is a shy young musician who dreams of a career in pop. Dreams don't pay the bills, so he's ended up as the lead singer and guitarist of a death metal band, "Detroit Metal City". In stage costume he is Johannes Krauser II, rumored to be a terrorist demon from hell, to have killed and raped his parents, to wield his giant death penis with abandon, and other menacing tales being said about him after each public performance. The songs of DMC often encourage the audience to engage in immoral and illegal behavior, such as rape or murder, or tell of Krauser's exploits with similar actions, in a parody of the genre. Negishi despises DMC and all that it stands for, but he can't walk away as he has a talent to play the psychotic frontman of the band. Negishi is under his meager exterior a Rageaholic and also is very skilled in his guitar play. Further, he feels obligation to the rest of the band and his label and even if he manages to escape, he is invariably being roped back in ... Written by all the rest is treason

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Detroit Metal City: Well nobody can say it isn't memorable!
24 August 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

This lengthy anime tells the story of a j-pop loving kid who somehow someway finds himself as the iconic lead singer of a death metal band. He hates the character he becomes, the music he makes and the effect it has on those around him.

Now I want to like anime but sadly always seem to struggle to find ones I enjoy. I like the dark stuff and most are too cutesy for me, this visually is cutesy but in reality is anything but.

Heavily R-Rated, with language that aims to shock. Being Japanese and their questionable stance on sexual violence the word rape is used literally a dozen times per episode and gets really old really fast.

The thing is it's actually quite entertaining. With quirky humor and interesting ideas this feels more like a television series than a movie but still manages to provide both the laughs and the shocks.

I'm not entirely sure it puts death metal in a very good light depicting its fans as psychotics, sadists, anarchists and rapists but if you don't take it too seriously you'll have fun.

Certainly not for the faint of heart and an acquired taste in many ways it can be compared to Monkey Dust (2003) and is almost as good.

The Good:

Lot of real belly laughs

Highly original

Oddly feel good vibe

Great ideas

The Bad:

Doesn't feel like a movie

Has no beginning/middle/end

I'm no prude but the rape usage was excessive


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Release Date:

8 August 2008 (Japan) See more »

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