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R to L (Japanese Style). Soichi Negishi dreamed of moving to Tokyo and starting up a bubblegum pop band, so what's he doing playing in Detroit Metal City, the most scandalous, outrageous and demonic death metal band on the Japanese music scene? Deep down inside, Soichi still dreams of acoustic guitars and trips to Paris, but when the makeup comes on and he transforms into his alter ego, Krauser II, not even the denizens of hell itself are safe from his soul-devouring heavy metal sound.By all accounts, Soichi ...
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Overview

R to L (Japanese Style). Soichi Negishi dreamed of moving to Tokyo and starting up a bubblegum pop band, so what's he doing playing in Detroit Metal City, the most scandalous, outrageous and demonic death metal band on the Japanese music scene? Deep down inside, Soichi still dreams of acoustic guitars and trips to Paris, but when the makeup comes on and he transforms into his alter ego, Krauser II, not even the denizens of hell itself are safe from his soul-devouring heavy metal sound.By all accounts, Soichi Negishi is the last person on earth anyone would expect to be the front man for a death metal band: a meek little loser who's still a virgin and wants nothing more than to sing fluffy pop ballads in trendy neighborhoods. Can he reconcile his sensitive inner yearnings with his on-stage persona, Krauser II, the vilest hard rocker in Japanese (and possibly world) history?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Soichi Negishi is a sweet, kind of “soft” young man who loves the bubblegum sounds of Swedish pop music and dreams of creating such treacly tunes himself. But in order to keep a roof over his head, he rocks out hard as the gaudy/ridiculous Lord Krauser II, a demonically styled death metal guitarist and singer whose looks owe an immeasurable debt to both Gene Simmons of Kiss and Danish satanic rocker King Diamond. Fronting the band Detroit Metal City, Soichi sees the group's popularity soar, but he loathes the unpleasantness of his stage persona and seeks to keep his real vocation from his friends and family while fruitlessly attempting to inject some of his own tender sensibilities into DMC's music, an aspiration that scores no points with DMC's manager (who gauges the merits of the band's songs by how much their lyrics sexually excite her). The art in this manga is no great shakes, but it's kind of beside the point since the real star is the dry yet very funny script that utterly skewers the nihilistic excesses of the death metal genre. It's a hilarious satire that, luckily, hasn't been lost in the translation. (June)
Library Journal
In this uproarious parody manga, aspiring musician Soichi Negishi loves Swedish pop and the movie Amélie, writes innocent songs about girls and food—and he's a virgin. But to pay the bills, he dons a caped costume, wig, and makeup and becomes Lord Johannes Krauser II, frontman for the "evil-core" death metal band Detroit Metal City. That he proves to have real talent for wild stage antics, punishing lead guitar, and obscenity-filled lyrics about rape and murder embarrasses him to no end, and he keeps his alter ego secret—especially from sweet potential girlfriend Aikawa, who's virtually the only fan of his personal songs. As the band's profile rises, Soichi can't escape humiliation by Krauser: a manager-mandated publicity stunt requires him to smash the instruments of a friend's pop band; he visits home to find that DMC's music has turned his younger brother into a delinquent; and worst of all, he repeatedly (and comically) finds himself slipping into Krauser mode around Aikawa. VERDICT Wakasugi's art has a goofy, awkward, American alt-comics look. Hilarious; much sick sex-related content limits the audience to adults.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421527420
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: Detroit Metal City Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kiminori Wakasugi was born in 1975 and is from Oita prefecture. For five years he was an assistant to manga artist Yasuhito Yamamoto, who’s swimming manga Sekido ran in Young Jump. Wakasugi debuted in the pages of Uppers with Amaresu Ken-chan (Amateur Wrestler Ken-chan). Musically, he’s a fan of Kahimi Karie and doesn’t know much about, or actually listen to, a lot of heavy metal or death metal. He’s also a fan of the manga Gorilla Man by Harold Sakuishi (the creator of Beck).
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  • Posted November 1, 2009

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    One of the best mangas i ever read!

    This book/series is one of the most creative and funny mangas I've ever read.
    The characters are endearing and once you start you'll be sucked into a world of heavy metal vs. everything and everyone.
    Defiantly worth the $13.00 and the most read manga on my shelves.
    Not recommended for the overly religious, easily insulted or for people who take things too literally.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

    DMC (Detroit Metal City) Craziest manga ever!

    The story is about a young college graduate living in tokyo, away from his family's home in the countryside, aspiring to be in a pop band. He was offered a deal and was tricked into being in a Heavy demonic black metal band (his worst fears come true). Trying to hide his alter ego "Krauser-san" becomes his biggest struggle alongside dealing with his over sexed and drug addicted manager/president.

    I find the story entertaining as the main charactar struggles with his alter ego trying to keep his life simple

    I highly suggest this manga to metalheads and music lovers.

    I also warn parents to keep young, obsesive, and influencable children from this manga

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