Title: Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Vol. 7
Author: Inio Asano
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: Slice-of-Life, Fantasy, Drama
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
The seventh volume of Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction begins to show the tensions rising between the United States and Japan over the existence of The Mother Ship. President Padron (aka Donald Trump LOL!!) spewed forth some rhetoric about Japan which the Prime Minister ignored; however towards the end of the volume, Padron begins to threaten action against the Mother Ship via a pre-emptive strike.
The rest of the volume deals with Kadode, Oran, and Oba (Keita) getting ready to take a trip to the beat with Ojiro. Oran even pokes fun of the trope by yelling out “BEACH EPISODE!” It’s anything but fan service as they actually came there to do a paranormal investigation for their occult club. While this seems like a shallow piece of side information, little do you know that this leads to the biggest mind-blowing reveal in the series thus far… a reveal that I will not state since it will ruin the entire volume if I do.
But, we do learn that the invaders have been showing up for quite some time. Due to this new information, they’ve been poking around Earth for about eight years now, most-likely, longer. When Ojiro learns this, he ends up questioning Oba about it to which he tells him some rather interesting information; however, that information is not the major reveal. It happens a bit later in the closing pages after a certain development between Oba and Oran which I will touch upon in the characters section.
Still, with this new reveal and with the tension rising between the U.S. and Japan, it seems like all hell is about to break loose but it seems that Asano has set up a back door to possibly avoid all of that… and I’m not talking about the ocean base which, suddenly, has been revealed that it can fly?
Honestly, there hasn’t been much development at all with any of the characters outside of Oba (Keita) and Oran. They have a moment together where they each confess their love to one another but this was something we could see from a mile away so I don’t really think this is spoiler territory. It was pretty obvious that the two of them liked it each other and it was only a matter of time before the trigger was pulled. Well bang bang because the trigger was pulled this volume.
Outside of that, Ojiro learns some information from Oba and does some self-reflection over how he has spent his life chasing the occult. You’ll understand more when you find out what that information is. He seems pretty disturbed by it but at the same time, it’s like he’s content with it, too. It’s a little odd but I guess the better way to explain it is that he came to a realization and is reluctantly accepting of it.
This seemed like another average volume of Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction until those ending pages. This volume tricks you nicely into just doing a slow, average build-up with some information being dumped here and there. Then, when you get the end of the volume, you realize all those little pieces of information was just a powder keg waiting to explode right in your face. The reveal at the end made me do a double-take and when I read it a second time, I thought it was just some Deus Ex Machina B.S. that Asano was pulling from out of thin air but with the way a certain character has been this whole series, it oddly made sense.
There’s even a slight tease to the big reveal earlier in the volume but with the way Asano writes this series as well as his others, you’d never know that he was throwing the reveal in your face the entire time. You just think it’s another random line that a character says because with Asano, the one thing you should expect from him is to expect anything and everything.
I mean, hell… there was a scene where an emergency alert went off about a medium craft being shot down and directly under that message was another about some girl being late with her period. That’s the kind of randomness you get from Asano so as you’re reading through the book, you read this line just like you would any other… completely unaware that he gave you the answer to a huge reveal well in advance. That’s the only clue I will give you but still… my mind was blown!
Hats off to Asano for another amazing edition. Now I need to figure out just how I’m going to get this volume off of my mind until Vol. 8 comes out!
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