Set in Tokyo, three years after a mammoth alien spaceship arrived to hover menacingly over the city, Inio Asano’s charming and unusual sci-fi manga series Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction follows the lives of two irresistible girls—Kadode and Ontan—as they navigate high school, friends, and family stuff under the open-ended threat of alien invasion and interplanetary war.
Asano has turned manga’s magical schoolgirl trope into fully realized characters: two funny, ironic, pop culture- and social media-obsessed gamers, who readers follow through the urban landscape of a Tokyo cluttered with mysterious and weirdly docile alien invaders.
In this 12-page excerpt, a mysterious Japanese arms firm prepares for the worse, while Kadode, who just graduated from high school, works up the courage to ask her longtime crush if they can become a couple.
Viz will publish Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Vol. 6 in July.
© 2014 Inio Asano
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