DETROIT METAL CITY [ OVA ]
studio : Studio 4°C
director : Hiroshi Nagahama
serial run : August 8, 2008
total episodes : 12
OREWA JIGOKU NO TERRORIST- SATSUGAI !!!... GROTESQUE !!!
on to the topic. detroit metal city basically is an epic seinen / comedy series which parodies several aspect of the [ japanese, most prominently ] commercial music market / scene, as well as the much shunned underground metal community [ it happens around the globe tho, not just japan ]. its story premise focuses on soichi negishi, an aspiring country kid who aspires to break into the trendy music scene in tokyo with his self-composed saccharine-sweet romantic pop numbers; bad for him however, is that he got dragged into the realm of madness and insanity in the form of the [ titular ] death metal trio 'detroit metal city', best known for their barbaric lyrics and megassa 'grotesque' stage performances [ +1 for the addition of the masochistic capitalism pig ]; he may not enjoy his stint with dmc, however, the venom of his record company president [ who seems to be a violently extreme sex-maniac biotch ] was proven to be lethal enough into forcing him to stay within the fold.
as for the rest of the story, go f- i mean, go watch it for yourself.
conceptually detroit metal city yields a much parallel taste to the classic western tale of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde; soichi, the too-pure-pure-innocent-by-default protagonist could be spiritually related to the benevolent dr. jekyll while his demonic onstage persona johannes krauser II is technically analogous to the malevolent brute mr. hyde, albeit with unparalleled awesomeness in regard to his [ insanely twisted ] personality and attitude. furthermore, krauser-sama by default is the series' man of epic, and among my [ many ] favorites of his in-series antics [ some of which were disturbingly disgusting lol ] were his tendency to 'rape' [ most of which were purely misunderstanding purported by his fans ] almost everyone and / or everything including inanimate objects such as the tokyo tower [ 'metaphoric orgasm' ftw- ] and turntables... as well as his infamous 11 f-words in a row-get.
the series runs practically short, clocking less than 15 minutes for each of its episodes, so its overall sum of 12 episodes count is equivalent to a total of 6 as in the average ova episodic length. regardless of its short runtime however, detroit metal city is made of majestic epic win and absolute glory for its genre; the puns, jokes, punchlines etc whatever were properly spread and blended into the mix without leaving you any sort of 'wth ? wtf ?' moments. and yes, being a series that is firmly based on the music foundation you better not belittle its music / bgm choice as well, the insert dmc songs [ satsugai, grotesque and slash killer most notably ] were drop dead awesome that i went straight to procure them every time i get to stumble across the new ones by each episodes. visual presentation / execution-wise, both the character design and animation style may not appeal to some [ the moe crowds especially ] yet personally i do think they fit in handsomely well with the general and / or underlying concept, mood and theme of detroit metal city.
although the band proudly proclaim themselves as death metallist[s] still there is almost nothing about them nor their music that would stood close enough to the said genre [ apart from their mind blowing, destructive yet awesome lyrics, of course ]. appearance wise, the trio are visually identical to the visual kei scene [ inugami circus-dan / unsraw anyone ? +the corpse paint otherwise belongs to black metal ] and as for their music i can certainly pinpoint heavy dosages of metalcore / deathcore in reminiscent of notable j-metal / visual kei bands such as maximum the hormone, the gazette and dir-en-grey just to name a few; not that i care that greatly for accurateness whatever, this is a conceptual work of fiction after all and thus anything goes as long as it's fun. death metal or not, i would indeed trade my soul to krauser-sama if his merry band were to exist in this very rotten reality.
you can not watch detroit metal city without having the word rape imprinted / programmed into your subconsciousness; prior to my exposure over dmc i wasn't the type who would curse mindlessly / incessantly but ever since i had my watch over the series i nearly curses twice more often than before, am pretty much aware that my mind had been partially re-programmed the opposite way from the me that was, +if you happen to be living under the same roof with yer younger siblings who were 24/7 into anime [ as much as you do ] well i greatly advise ye peeps to keep dmc's dvds away from their reach until yer siblings came to the proper age. be aware that detroit metal city carries a multitude of profanities and graphic elements which would definitely corrupt the mental state of them minors, worst enough it might as well brainwash your beloved-cute-and-innocent lil' siblings into embracing [ in this case, a bit too early ] the sacred awesomeness of the extreme metal music \m/