It’s been a few years since I’ve been hooked to an anime AND manga series — and now, what’s been keeping me ROFL-ing at night is … Detroit Metal City. (nope, don’t understand the website either.)
Negishi Soichi leaves his family’s farm in Oita Prefecture for the bright lights of Tokyo. While there he swaps his taste in Swedish pop for the totally out-of-character death metal and takes the role as vocalist in the trio, Detroit Metal City, adopting the name Johannes Krauser II. Through the story, he is placed in countless situations caused by his new alter ego, Krauser and at some point he develops a sort of schizophrenic relationship with Krauser, such as if his temper is pushed he will turn into Krauser, or if he is being pressured to make a decision or fans bother him too much he draws Krauser out to save himself. After the fact, he feels bad about what ‘he’ did and tends to lock himself in his apartment until he can overcome his regret.
Which makes for some hardcore, heavy-metal-retardershits. To me, this is like reading BECK all over again, the story of a simple kid thrust into the world of music — an adept, honing his craft — except that the band is death metal, and the protagonist really isn’t into death metal, because it’s not trendy or Swedish-poppy enough.
Check out the anime’s trailer for baby zombis in action!
Plus, as if that wasn’t metal enough, a live-action movie was shown in theaters (in Japan!) just last month. With Ken’ichi Matsuyama playing both Negichi and Krauser II. (He also played L in the live-action Deathnote movies.) Gene Simmons is in the movie, whose role is, for anyone who’s seen the anime or read the manga — quite obvious. (Clue: Demon God of Rock and Roll.)
See it, if you can (episode 2 FTW) — or buy the manga! (Because that’s the most heavy metal thing you can do!)