Detroit Metal City + The Five-Year Anniversary of Fragglepuss.com!
I can’t believe I have been writing anime reviews for five years. So much has changed over the years, but I have been able to post at least one review every week for the last five years. I wouldn’t have been able to go this long if not for Breanne Evans, who has always been there to motivate when I don’t have the drive to post. A special thanks to Breanne, Brittany, and Lindsay who have always been there to chat anime and provide stellar recommendations on anime I hadn’t watched. Another special thanks to Alec Unsicker, one of the greatest nerds I’ll ever know.
Anime is an interesting medium. I love that its content is so diverse. You can watch one show that is a kid-friendly anime full of nonsense and cute characters, then turn around and watch one that is incredibly deep with a psychologically thrilling storyline. People often think of anime as sexualized female characters with nonstop fan-service, and that does exist, but it is so much more than that. Studio Ghibli is proof of that. The Ghibli movies are beautifully done and almost always require multiple viewings to fully understand due to the complex stories. I love how anime can be so over-the-top, especially in comedies. I also love getting the insight on Japanese culture. In general, Japanese society is proper and full of formalities, but anime shatters all of that.
With that, here’s to enjoying the hell out of anime!
Detroit Metal City
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Music, Metal
First Aired: Summer 2008, 12 episodes
Summary: Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its dark style and offensive lyrics. Johannes Krauser II, or Krauser as he’s commonly known, is the intense lead singer of the band with a reputation that proceeds him. Legend says he is a demonic being risen from the fiery pits of hell, brought to the world to bring mortals to their knees. Ask any DMC worshipper and they will confirm the legend. In reality, Krauser is an average, soft-spoken, college graduate named Souichi Negishi. He would rather listen to and perform cheesy pop music if it would pay the bills, but DMC has a strong following of dedicated fans, so Souichi continues to play the part of a demonic evil being.
Detroit Metal City is interesting in how satirical and crude it is. Souichi is placed into situations that are hilarious and make for good comedy, but when he is performing a concert as Krauser the lyrics are quite offensive. It is clearly over-the-top and crude to the point of being satirical, but still… Some of my favorite parts of the series are when Souichi is dressed as Krauser and has to play the part outside of a concert. When he’s on stage he is able to perform flawlessly, but when he is in an everyday situation and gets caught as Krauser he has a difficult time. It’s hard to explain, but trust me, it provides for good comedy. The soundtrack is a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of death metal. DMC has even released several real albums.
You might enjoy this if: You are ready for a comedic and satirical take on death metal.
You might not like it if: You are offended by crude language.
Note to the Viewer: Believe it or not, Detroit Metal City was adapted into a live-action film in 2008. It even has a cameo by Gene Simmons!
AMV – The Metal by MetalSech
(Warning, the AMV will be offensive to some)
AMV –Anime Metal Video by ShowAMV
(This AMV has a compilation of anime, including Detroit Metal City. I really like it, so I’m adding it in)