In a sentence
Detroit Metal City is a musical comedy about a pathetically lame guy who tries to manage his life as the incognito frontman of the notorious heavy-metal band, D.M.C.
Why I Started Watching It
I got in touch with an old friend on Facebook — "A dweebish type of gal who has an anime obsession!!!" — and she said I needed to check it out. She wasn't wrong. I watched one episode, before restarting it and asking my wife to watch it with me a second time.
My initial impression was, "I'm from Detroit and this show has 'Detroit' in the name; that's interesting." Then I began to watch it and thought, "This is weird! What has she gotten me into?"
Detroit Metal City is definitely a show for Mature Audiences. Within the first few minutes, there was a guy on a stage, tied with a ball-gag in his mouth and wearing women's clothing, while a band sang about taboo and indecent criminal activities using all kinds of profanity. These guys look like psychopathic killers.
Why would anyone want to watch this?
Why You Should Watch It
Detroit Metal City is funny. No. Detroit Metal City is hilariously funny. Not only are these guys NOT the killers they claim to be, nor as legendary as their fans have been led to believe, but the main character and leader of the band — Soichi Negishi — is the most straight-laced dork of them all. The comedy comes from watching him pretend to be such a renegade when it couldn't be further from the truth. Yet, as the show progresses, you'll begin to wonder, "Maybe this guy really is an evil genius."
How It Looks
Detroit Metal City isn't the most visually impressive anime out there, but the way it looks fits the story it's trying to tell. It's ugly, crude, and unapologetically shocking. Take it for what it is. Once you get over its outward appearance, you'll realize it's all warm and fuzzy underneath.
How It Sounds
Heavy Metal isn't my favorite music genre, but these guys rock! I was always nodding my head as the band performed. Oddly though, I even enjoyed the wimpy pop music Negishi loves to play. Soichi Negishi may be a sham when it comes to everything else, but he really is a beast on the guitar. Check it out yourself and let me know what you think:
Detroit Metal City is a rockin' riot, and it's only 15 minutes an episode. If I'm wrong, you've only wasted 15 minutes of your time. If I'm right — and it's true that laughter lengthens your life — then, this anime is a lifesaver.
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