Title:Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Vol. 11 Author: Inio Asano Publisher: Viz Media Language: English Format: Paperback Pages: 208 Genre: Slice-of-Life, Fantasy, Drama Publication Date: August 16, 2022
We are one volume away from the end of the series and as one would expect in the second-to-last volume, things heated up in a huge way… but it can all be summed up in just one sentence: What we expected to happen has happened.
The Japanese government has gone silent since the island took off. Doomsayers are spreading prophetic messages about the end of the world, the people that believe it are fleeing Tokyo while those who don’t are just going about their everyday lives. Through all of it, Keita disappears to try and save both humanity and the invaders from literal Armageddon.
Meanwhile, the JSDF sees an increase in invader activity and begins to take action. All of these events lead up to the fulcrum which takes us into the setup for the series’ ending.
There’s, honestly, not much in the way of character development in this volume.
Keita tries his best to stop the mothership’s core from malfunctioning. His efforts cause him to leave Oran and Kadode behind which is a bit of a sad parting between them; however, he does leave Oran with something that might come in handy later. We’ll see just how things play out with that.
As for Oran, after Keita leaves, it’s as if nothing ever happened. She’s back to just being her regular self around Kadode and even gives her a kiss after teasing her about her non-existent relationship with her teacher. It’s not a sudden romance, just some teasing between friends but it’s kind of funny because you expected something like that from the very beginning between those two. I almost feel it was done in a way to tease the reader for thinking something like a yuri romance would have blossomed between them.
Technically, if you want to talk about a major development, Oran’s brother finally left the house! I mean, that’s pretty significant!
With the majority of this volume focusing on a major event and the aftermath of said major event, it’s hard to really talk about it without giving away how this series is going to wrap up. I can say that even with me dancing around everything, it’s pretty obvious as to what that major event is. This is Inio Asano we are talking about here and if you think he’s going to go the route of flowers and sunshine, you haven’t truly read any of his works outside of this series.
Even with the obvious conclusion, there is still an aftermath and the closing chapter presented us with a really interesting twist after a bit of a flashback. I will give you a hint and say that the flashback does involve Kadode. It feels pretty fitting for the series to end in a story involving her because she did grace the front cover and was (and still is) one of the central main characters for the series.
How this all wraps up will be rather interesting. I have my theories about the final couple of pages but we’ll see if you draw the same conclusions I have once you read it. Because as such, the final volume seems like an epilogue more than an ending but at the same time, this volume didn’t feel like an ending either… just a major event that poses as an ending to set up an epilogue which is also the ending. Yeah, I needed a roadmap to understand that, too!
Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see how this all wraps up. Just as long as everything wasn’t a dream, I think we’ll be okay here.