Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction
Dead Dead Demon's Dededede DestructionbyInio Asano
Translation: Hana Rude
This is a story about the complexity of the world, about how bad-tempered people can be, about the confusion between facts and fake news, and about all the existential threats that we suppress so that we can live, love, party, cry and laugh. The title of this manga series alone – Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction – points to the chaos of our everyday perceptions. Inio Asano (who was born in 1980 in the Japanese prefecture of Ibaraki) has been a successful mangaka since 2000. His works include Das Ende der Welt vor Sonnenaufgang (Before Dawn and the End of the World) Das Feld des Regenbogens (Nijigahara Holograph) and Gute Nacht, Punpun (Goodnight Punpun). The density of his drawings creates a hermetic, claustrophobic world in which familiar manga characters – high-school pupils and university students – try to get a handle on their feelings while a deadly spaceship casts its shadow over Tokyo and the arms industry exploits the situation for some deadly dealings. In this world, philosophy and social criticism join forces under the genre cloak of science fiction.