Detroit Metal City: Birth of the Metal Devil - Reviews

Eraya's avatar
May 10, 2019

This episode could be great as a pilot episode but all scenes from it are present in the whole show. It's quite useful to watch it. It dissapointed me a little because I hoped to see something new. I didn't... If you want to watch it go ahead but there is nothing new to see. It's just a cut of few scenes from the show.

5/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
6/10 overall
ChineseWick's avatar
Feb 10, 2024

"Detroit Metal City: Birth of the Metal Devil" serves as a special episode or OVA that further explores the outrageous and darkly comedic world of "Detroit Metal City" (DMC), a death metal band known for its shocking performances and the stark contrast between the stage personas of its members and their real-life personalities. This installment delves deeper into the origins and rise of Johannes Krauser II, the demonic frontman persona of Soichi Negishi, a mild-mannered musician with dreams of a pop career. Despite its niche appeal, this addition to the DMC saga maintains the series' blend of crude humor, satirical take on the music industry, and exploration of identity, earning a solid rating from fans and critics alike.


  • Expanded Lore and Character Backstory: "Birth of the Metal Devil" enriches the DMC universe by providing additional context and backstory to the band's formation and Negishi's transformation into Krauser II. This deeper dive into the characters' pasts adds layers to their motivations and struggles, offering fans a more comprehensive understanding of the series' dynamics.
  • Consistent Humor and Satire: True to the original series, this special episode continues to deliver the over-the-top humor and satire that fans have come to expect. The exaggerated contrast between Negishi's gentle nature and his fearsome stage persona, along with the absurd situations that arise from this duality, are showcased with sharp wit and comedic timing.

Areas for Refinement

  • Niche Appeal and Content: As with the main series, "Birth of the Metal Devil" caters to a specific audience, with its dark humor, explicit content, and satirical portrayal of the death metal scene. This focus can limit its accessibility to a broader audience and may not resonate with viewers unacquainted with or unappreciative of its particular brand of comedy.
  • Repetitive Themes: While the exploration of Negishi's dual life remains central to the narrative, some viewers might find the emphasis on this theme becoming somewhat repetitive without significant new developments or twists in the storyline.

Standout Elements

  • Cultural and Musical Commentary: The special episode continues to offer insightful commentary on the dichotomy between personal identity and public persona, the sacrifices made for art and success, and the often surreal nature of fandom and celebrity within the music industry. This critique adds a layer of depth to the humor and antics of DMC.
  • Visual and Auditory Impact: Maintaining the high production values of the series, "Birth of the Metal Devil" features dynamic animation and a compelling soundtrack that captures the energy and spirit of DMC's music. The visual style and auditory elements contribute significantly to the immersive and engaging nature of the episode.

Conclusion "Detroit Metal City: Birth of the Metal Devil" is a worthy extension of the DMC franchise, offering fans more of the outrageous humor, satirical commentary, and intriguing character dynamics that define the series. While it may tread familiar ground and cater to a niche audience, its exploration of character backstory, combined with consistent comedic delivery and sharp cultural critique, ensures that it remains a captivating and entertaining experience for those attuned to its unique wavelength.

6/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
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DrakeParker's avatar
May 26, 2021

Thought it was a Beck or Nana about a heavy metal band trying to jumpstart their career but boy was I wrong. 

The idea of it is that there a shy and introverted young kid Souichi Negishi is fresh out of college is the lead singer of a heavy metal rock band that's a combination of Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, and ear rape. The bands manager is a total uh... weirdo? Sex addict? creep? Maybe its actually all three. 

Souichi is the only sane member of the group who deals with an internal monologue of him wanting to do something different like wants singing actual songs about love like Jason Mraz but everyone wants to keep going the Megadeath route and not expand their repertoire to different genres. 

The episodes are quick, the dialogue is weird is exaggerated, the animation is weird which fits the show, but the music is actually a good part of each episode. Also, a little warning the word "rape" appears a lot so, there's that.

3.5/10 story
4/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall
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