Takko recently brought home a Jet Comics manga by Wakasugi Kiminori called Detroit Metal City or DMC for short. At first I thought it was going to be a heavy metal version of Beck –which I never could get into– but thank my lucky stars, it wasn’t.
DMC is clearly a goof on Seikima II and specifically Demon Kogure though Western readers will probably see the band and it’s vocalist Klauser the II as a hybrid of KISS and GWAR. The genius trick in the manga though is that the vocalist and founder of the band is, in his real life, an aspiring cafe pop singer who worships at the altar of Shibuya-kei artists like Kahimi Karie and has a poster of Amelie in his room. Unfortunately, his career as a mild mannered swedish pop singer is going nowhere and his career as a demon god who sings lyrics like “rape all the women, they’re all pigs, I am the dark lord” has taken off.
The hijinx always start when he tries to supress his dark side and it comes roaring back to restore the balance to his yin/yang. One of the funnier bits comes when he tries to pull off a date with Aikawa, a girl who knows him from his pre-DMC days and doesn’t yet know that he is Klauser, and do a tv interview in character as Klauser II at the same time.
Here Klauser returns from his date and tells the announcer: “The woman I just raped, had a clitoris on her face,” which we see in flashback, refers to the pimple that Miss Aikawa confessed was bothering her. “She was quite the dirty beast”
His fans respond: “Oooooh! That’s Klauser for ya! He was doin’ it with a monster!” and “It’s the phantom of a pervert woman!”
To which Klauser feels a great pang of guilt and thinks to himself, “I’m sorry, Aikawa!”
That weird looking guy is Klauser out of makeup. As he goes back and forth the whole thing unravels and he can’t keep his personalities straight, and when he goes to see Aikawa to apologize Klauser takes over and he says, “Gyaaaa! Why were you born, you clitoris face woman!” and he pokes and pops her zit as she screams out.
For most people that would probably be the end of the relationship, but in the magical world of DMC, Klauser (aka Negishi Soichi) tells her that it’s best to pop a pimple first so it gets better and she forgives him. Suspend your disbelief and you’ll have a ball.
I chose this comic bit because well, it doesn’t end in rape which pretty much every chapter does. Even Tokyo Tower gets raped and let’s not speak of their gimp.
Honestly, though it’s a kid friendly version of rape.
Now I hear Mucc is going to be on the tribute album to DMC. I think they should cover Tetrapot Melon Tea’s “Sally My Love”.