After much waiting, Inio Asano’s mind-bending new manga series Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction is finally available in English via the team at VIZ Media! Easily one of my most anticipated English-language releases in quite some time, there’s definitely plenty of reason to be excited. Haven’t heard of the series before this? Well, that’ll definitely need to change. You can find the preview provided by VIZ Media below, but beware, it’s a doozy:
What happens when a mass tragedy hits, but nothing really seems to change?
On 8/31 the aliens invaded Tokyo. There was no warning. Alien saucers crashed in multiple areas, causing massive destruction, and the ensuing public panic just added to the damage. Over five thousand people died, and many more went missing. On 9/1, the A-ray bombs dropped. It felt like the world was ending. And it was… boring?
Now three years have passed. The Invaders have become a trending hashtag on social media and the people of Tokyo have gotten used to living with the mother ship always overhead. It floats around the city like some sort of extraterrestrial moving castle, blocking out the sun but not much else. You can get a daily prediction of where it will be with your morning weather report. Even the occasional sortie by the small vessels have become blasé, now that the anti-Invader weapon Hujin Type 6 is up and working. Plus, the sudden surge in weapons development and manufacturing has resurrected the failing Japanese economy. The Invaders have become just another part of city life.
For Kadode and her friends, life remains gratingly predictable, even though they were all touched by 8/31. And despite living in ground zero of an alien apocalypse, the only true threat they seem to face is getting into college. But while Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction is an exploration of all the ways in which life doesn’t change in the face of a slow-burn disaster like the invasion, it also presents the ways a seemingly mundane and boring catastrophe can creep into daily life and upend things when you least expect it.
And as an added bonus, each volume starts and ends with a chapter of Isobeyan, a spoof of the classic gag manga Doraemon. Isobeyan is a Mushroomian from the future who has an endless supply of interesting gadgets that he deploys to help Debeko, his slacker human friend, find happiness. Isobeyan is Kadode’s favorite manga, and it gives her hope as she faces the dual existential crises of aliens and adulthood.
It’d be an understatement to say that within the young adult manga world here in Japan, Inio Asano is one of the greats. His works have a surreal way of pulling you into this alternative reality, telling a story that seems painfully real despite everything going on in his pages. If you’re yet to check out any of his other works, and simply can’t wait for the second volume of Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction to release, I’d have to recommend Oyasumi Punpun which VIZ Media has also released internationally. The second volume of Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction is set to release July 17, 2018.
If you’re interested in digging further into Inio Asano’s world, be sure to check out our full archive, here. Additionally, you can find further information about the upcoming release via VIZ Media’s official website.