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Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction: Volume 3 manga review

By Leroy Douresseaux
October 17, 2018 - 22:59

Dead Dead Demon's Dedede Destruction Graphic Novel Volume 3 cover image

Rated “M” for “Mature”

August 31st – also known as 8/31 – is the day an alien mother ship arrived on Earth and parked itself above Tokyo.  Now, after three years, the impending doom of an alien invasion is starting to feel like an ordinary thing.  Kadode Koyama and her friends, including her best friend, Ontan “Oran” Nakagawa, track the aliens' movement with enthusiasm and study for college entrance exams with less enthusiasm.

Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, Vol. 3 (Chapters 17 to 24) finds Japan still a state of distress over the alien shipping hovering over Tokyo.  Now, however, the sense of dread is heightened because of alien drone ships crashing into the city and the announcement that aliens are out and about in Tokyo.  Then, Kadode and her friends: Ontan, Rin, and Ai, learn that their mutual friend, 18-year-old Kiho Kurihara, has been killed in an incident.

Life must go on, however.  There are college entrance exams and graduation from Tokyo Metropolitan Shimota-Koido High School.

THE LOWDOWN:  The Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction manga is a bit odd, as are most manga by Inio Asano.  Like Asano's work, however, the drama is as poignant as it is offbeat.

Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Graphic Novel Volume 3 may be the series' best to date.  The death of a character that was close to the lead does not cast a pall over the series, but it does reinforce one of this series' themes – the relentless advancement of life.  The surviving girls are not so much resilient as they are determined to act out their mundane roles in a mundane drama that is sometimes punctuated by outbursts from an unexpected player.

There is nothing mundane about Inio Asano.  I have to keep reading.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of the manga of Inio Asano will want to read the VIZ Signature title, Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction.

8.5 out of 10

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