Detroit Metal City 9
May 15, 2011
Kiminori Wakasugi – Viz – 2011 – 10 volumes
Okay, so there’s a lot of the type of stories I complained about last time. In fact, it opens with two of them, one where Negishi gets more and more creative with his busking, and another where he tries to impress Aikawa with a new car. Both have funny endings, but my comments from last time still stand. I wish there were more types of stories.
Luckily, in this volume, a new long storyline starts. Negishi writes a new single that launches the same day as all the biggest acts in metal: Deathism’s new song, a band groomed by Jack Ill Dark named Cannibalism Animal, and The Gaylord Band. Plus, there is a new competitor. One that goes by the name of Karls Murder.
This is about as awesome as it sounds. It’s almost disappointing in scale, because it hypes up one thing, then turns out to be something else. There is a brief interlude where Negishi escapes to his home in the countryside and enjoys a brief career as a combine salesman, then he returns to the city to meet his nameless metal opponent. Actually, he meets him in a very unusual setting.
In fact, Negishi and his opponent have a lot in common, and I desperately want to read more. I know that we’ve been reading Negishi jokes for nine volumes, and that’s essentially what we will see here, but this has so much potential. It could go so many different directions in the last volume, and all of them seem spectacular to me.
Guys. I am ridiculously excited to read the end of this series. I am heartbroken that it will have to wait until September. I love this series to bits in all its foul-mouthed glory.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.