More than Metalocalypse: Get Your Fix of Heavy Metal Cartoons

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Greetings, true deceivers. Sarah here, with happy news for those of you still depressed about Adult’s Swim’s ultra lame decision on a Metalocalypse end mini series. (I know, I’m upset too.) But don’t be too down in the dumps, my fellow fans of disturbing animated violence. Thankfully there are still a lot of shows out there that glorify blood, guts, and heavy metal. They may be older, a bit less current, or just fucking weird, but I’m into that. So without further ado, here’s a list of my favorite ridiculous cartoons that hopefully will eat an afternoon of your time.


Superjail

Status: Currently Televised
Where can I watch: Adult Swim
Seasons: 4

As violent as our beloved Metalocalypse, Superjail offers blood and guts to a level that would be illegal in certain countries (such as China, which does not allow skeletons). It’s a psychedelic show in terms of level of detail, so don’t watch this during an acid trip or you’re gonna have a bad time. Or if you do, please write about it so we can all learn from your mistakes. The show is about a prison that is guarded by an insane cast of characters. In each episode, something happens that results in a ton of inmates being killed. That’s the jist of it, really. There’s a lot of murder in this show, so don’t watch if you’re squeamish. In fact, if you’re squeamish, you probably shouldn’t read the rest of my recommendations because you’re a giant pussy and I hate you.


Detroit Metal City

Status: Not Current
Where can I watch: Hulu
Seasons: 1

Only 13 twelve-minute episodes of this glorious show exist, but they’re all pretty magnificent. The story centers around a dude who wants to sing pop music akin to the mumble-groan stylings of Zooey Deschanel, only to become a successful death metal musician in corpse paint for one of the most popular metal bands in Japan. There’s violence, music, and humor sprinkled throughout. Some very tongue-in-cheek jabs are thrown at the metal community, so take it in stride. We’re a bunch of fucking weirdos, after all. (Note: There is also a live action version, but we’ll talk about it some other time.)


Mr. Pickles

Status: Current
Where can I watch: Adult Swim
Seasons: 1

A favorite among the Toilet’s writers, this delightful show about a boy and his adorable dog includes demonic possession, gratuitous violence, and sex. Watch as the super cute Mr. Pickles molests his owner, Tommy’s mother, plays pranks on Tommy’s grandpa, and unleash horrible vengeance upon anyone who attempts to harm Tommy. Also, Brooke Shields is in it.


Korgoth of Barbaria

Status: Not Current
Where can I watch: YouTube
Seasons: 0

Sadly, this amazing pilot was never picked up, likely due to the fact that Adult Swim didn’t need TWO hyper violent shows at the time (I know, what?). Korgoth is one of the best, most hilarious cartoons I’ve ever seen. It centers around Korgoth, a barbarian in the distant future who goes around killing for money. He’s voiced by Deidrich Bader, who you might recall also voiced Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Watch as Korgoth saves maidens, kills monsters, and spreads carnage and violence throughout the lands. It’s only about 22 minutes, which is annoying, because this would have made an amazing series.


Heavy Metal

Status: Movie, 1981
Where can I watch: Amazon

If you’ve never seen the classic animated film, Heavy Metal, do it. Back in my day, this was a child’s gateway drug to the world of boobs and metal. It’s definitely not the best movie ever made, but the soundtrack and boobs alone are worth it. Watch as John Candy awkwardly transforms from a nerd into a barbarian! Marvel upon a female warrior battling to the music of Black Sabbath! This movie is actually a compilation of short stories, so you can pause in between each one to grab more beer. The soundtrack features Journey, BOC, and Grand Funk Railroad. It’s a weird combo. Also, Sammy Hagar did the theme song. Did I mention boobs?


Tokyo Ghoul

Status: Current
Where can I watch: Hulu
Seasons: 2

I apologize in advance for not adding the ten million violent anime I can think of, but that shit would take me all day. Instead, I’ll end my list with three anime that are both violent and easily accessible online. The first, Tokyo Ghoul, is sort of a play on zombies. Ghouls need human meat to live and don’t eat normal food (except coffee, just go with it) but struggle to survive in a world that hates them. Not that I can blame people for hating cannibal monsters who grow giant magical appendages that can kill people. Sounds weird? It’s weird. And violent. Check it out on Hulu.


Parasyte: The Maxim
Status: Current
Where can I watch: Crunchyroll
Seasons: 2

Ever think about what it would be like to share your body with a parasite that can talk? Well, neither did our protagonist, who wakes up one morning to discover that he somehow managed to avoid an “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” type situation. Instead, he winds up with a parasite in his hand that can transform into a horrific claw weapon, which he uses to defend himself against man-eating aliens that take over brains. Lots of juicy violence and some disturbing visuals.


The Future Diary
Status: Not Current
Where can I watch: Hulu
Seasons: 2

It’s tough out there for girls. Sometimes, the only way to get the man you’re after is to stalk him until you break his spirit. This is the story of two young lovers who find themselves engaged in a game. The goal: to kill everyone else playing. The weapon: a diary that tells the future. The prize: to become god. Sound weird? It is, but damn if it isn’t violent. Don’t you wish you had a cute girl with pink hair to obsess over you to the point of murder?


Animated Metal Music Videos
Where can I watch: YouTube

There’s a bunch of great bands who have paid the ultimate price (to Satan, I imagine) in order to have some kick ass animated music videos. X Japan‘s “Rusty Nail” is one of my favorites, but Disturbed also put out a video for their cover of “Land of Confusion” that’s reminiscent of Spawn. Slayer’s “World Painted Blood” is more of an animatic, but still brings back memories of our beloved Metalocalypse. More recently, A Sound of Thunder released a music video for “Udoroth” that involves demons, blood, and yes, you guessed it, boobs.


Well, that’s my list. Did I miss some of your favorites? Calm the fuck down, I don’t have time to see every fucking cartoon there is. Link them in the comments!

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  • I want to dedicate the success of my new wood burning stove project to you all and to Cattle Decapitation. The blistering intensity of their Monolith of Inhumanity helped me complete the project. The ~15 times I listened to it during my endeavour surely helped! Thank you all!

    GL

    • Dagon

      All you need to do now is cook a giant pizza in it and call me. We can jam Monolith of Inhumanity while eating it.

    • Nice, brah. I’ve always wanted a wood burning stove but A) I’m super bad at doing anything involving my hands trying to make something and B) I’d probably burn the house down.

      • There is nothing more metal than fire. This stove embraces the fire!

        m/m/

    • Now you can throw all the rest of your X-Treme Metuhl albums in there because, Monolith shits on almost everything else like it.

      • I cannot believe how heavy Monolith is!

        • Lifestalker is so fucking beast. Jesus wept.

          • Noted. I will listen to it a bit later. Thanks for the rec!

          • It’s the seventh track on Monolith.

          • Oh, I am terrible with song names. Sorry! I have albums I have listened to 40 times with little to no regard to song names.

          • I tend to do that a lot too.

      • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

        I tried listening to it 3 times, never really did anything for me.

        • That’s my general experience with a lot of current DM/BM/grind/whatever.

  • Dagon

    I was very eagerly waiting for this. Been on a cartoon kick recently after years without watching any.

    Couple years ago I used to be huge on Anime but not so much anymore. Archer and Bojack Horseman have been my current cartoon fix.

    Heavy Metal is awesome!

  • Tyree
  • I always found the songs to be the least entertaining part of Metalocalypse.

    • Dr. Dubz

      Some of my favorite scenes are the absurd sequences that stretch for unnaturally long times. Like when the gears are just shooting at the rain forest in Brasil.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbJtGBR19gk

      • Stockhausen

        Many chuckles were had as they were shooting for a hilariously long time, then I lost my mind when the boat dropped nowhere near it.

    • I am quite surprised that the albums always sold well. They never made my jimmies tingle.

      • KJM

        I enjoy the music on the same level as that of Spinal Tap or The Monkees(i.e. bands that don’t really “exist”).

  • KJM
  • KJM

    12 Oz Mouse, my favorite obscure AS cartoon.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuugMVFUjAI

    • Dr. Dubz

      I was a fan of the Drinky Crow show.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I loved Drinky Crow. It’s a funny show.

  • Tyree
    • Stockhausen

      LOVED that show.

  • KJM

    I’m confident that Metalocalypse will get at least a movie length finale at some point(maybe Netflix?).

  • Dagon

    As a kid I fucking LOVED this.

    As an adult I am pretty convinced hard drugs were involved. Still love it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVQyxQwtHhs

  • Tyree
    • Grimdiana Bones!!!

    • Maik Beninton

      I watched the movie some time ago.
      Don’t remember the cartoon though.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    • Sacritastic

      Did Nazis built a secret moonbase?
      Of course, yes.

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Eeew, anime. I’ve never been able to get into anime for some reason.

    • The same goes for me. I’ve never really cared for the art style and I don’t like having to read subtitles or listen to dubs that are terrible. Now hentai on the other hand…

    • I know the anime fanbase is the worse, and the actual anime is very very merchandise/awful.

      But there are some good series that goes in a good way.

      I haven’t watched anime since a loooong time. But I still value a lot of titles that were awesome!

      I think, for us, we just need recommendations from people that like stories more than the animation or the ‘scene’ behind anime. To enjoy the crap and ignore all the stupidity behind.

      • Maik Beninton

        Ever watched Death Note?

        It has a great story but there is some cheesy typical anime scenes that can give you insta-cringe.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I love Super jail and Looney Tunes. They’re both very metal.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    How did you forget The Eric Andre show? That show is so bizarre and so metal.

    • It’s not a cartoon?

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I forgot that fact. It’s a good show though. Watch it.

        • cosigned.
          Chiquita banana, Chiquita banana… Obama!

          • BobLoblaw

            Yeah boo bay yeah boo bay yeah boo bay

      • KJM

        AS can find time and money for Eric Andre but not Metalocalypse? Feh.

        • if i had to guess, Eric Andrew show costs next to nothing to make

          • KJM

            Sure, but I still view it as a waste of time and resources along with the other live action shows on Cartoon Network.

  • Tyree
  • nbm02ss

    Apparently Ducktales is coming back. I’m totes excited!

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I am too. Ducktales and Rescue Rangers were my shit back in the day.

      • nbm02ss

        Darkwing Duck, Tail Spin, et cetera. The Disney series aged a lot better than many other cartoons of my childhood, like TMNT.

        • Lacertilian

          I would still prefer to watch the animated TMNT than whatever the fuck they did to that latest movie.
          #BoycottBay

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      I can already hear that fucking catchy tune!
      DUCKTALES WOO HOO

  • I really enjoyed Detroit Merol City, Sarah! It was very entertaining, but some friends listened their songs eeeevry saturday when we reunite and I got tired of it very quick.

    Even some friends did the cosplay of the bassist and the drummer of the anime, jajajaja. It was hilarious seeing a really tiny person with leopard thighs 😛

    “ummm, reply when someone says ‘fuck’…”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjdT_ZMqflE

    Thanks for this, Sarah! You rule!

  • Nice!

    I haven’t seen any of these…except Heavy Metal, of course.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I have that on DVD as well as the sequel Heavy Metal 2000.

    • Dr. Dubz

      For those who don’t know, Heavy Metal is based on a sci-fi magazine of the same name.

      • Yep.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        The First Movie didnt have much metal though. It had a lot of my type of music such as Grand Funk and Nazareth.

        • Dr. Dubz

          Right, because it’s based on a magazine.

          • KJM

            For 1981, the music is heavy enough to qualify.

            I saw this and Bakshi’s American Pop as a double feature for $1.50 at the old Harvard Sq theater.

        • …and B.O.C. Also Mob Rules which is inarguably heavy metal as all-hell.

        • Also, I remember an eighties interview with the singer for Nazareth. He considered his band heavy metal at that time.

          • This is the only song that matters.

            That dude must have smoked some serious cigs to get a voice like that!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTFM9MmD_Mk

          • I’ve a lot of great memories attached to this album.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            They are pretty heavy compared to Journey and a lot of the other bands on that soundtrack but not BOC level.

  • The God Emperor of Mankind

    How ’bout Megadeth, in SPEEESSSSSSS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG7QbiPtH9M

    • Guacamole Jim

      Why does it look like DM has boobs?

    • Maik Beninton

      Duck Dodgers>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Tyree
  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    In other news, BLOODBORNE! (That I can’t play because I dont have a ps4 :()

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I’ll buy it when I have money. I really want to try it.

    • nbm02ss

      I really fucking hate exclusives. I’ve been aching to play Killer Instinct (that was my jam when I was a little guy), but I refuse to buy a console for a single game.

      • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

        I think it’s because Bloodborne was partially funded by Sony, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise.

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      I’m gonna go pick it up tomorrow. So facking excited!

      • you’re going outside? must be good!

        • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

          You can actually buy it directly on the ps4 store I think, so you never have to get your fat ass out of your parents’ basement ever again!

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          So funny that I forgot to laugh.
          *adds McNulty to the list*

      • God ov All

        I’m playing it now! It’s everything I wanted it to be.

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          Silly God, you can’t play games, you don’t exist!

          • God ov All

            I made myself exist. I am God after all

        • Add me! PSN name above.

      • Add me on PSN! GingeBinge

  • Another addition can be Bastard!! another anime were all the attacks and powers were named by metal bands names. It was very bad 😛

    http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/697/81206-index2.jpg

  • Guppusmaximus

    I don’t know if any of these are “Heavy Metal” but I like’em all the same:

    Paprika

    Ghost in The Shell: Arise

    Ninja Scroll

    Fist of The North Star

    Tron: Uprising

    Robotech

    Tex Avery cartoons

    Ren & Stimpy

    South Park

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23xe0v_magical-maestro-1952-tex-avery-cartoon_tv

    • KJM

      “Tex Avery cartoons

      Ren & Stimpy

      South Park”

      Confirmed!!!

      • more beer

        Chuck Jones!

        • KJM

          Chuck Jones is a God among men. Agreed!

          • more beer

            Yes he is. I went to all the art gallery’s in Santa Fe with my brother, his wife and my girlfriend. We went to them all. Plus the Georgia O`O’Keeffe Museum. Towards the end of the day we found the Chuck Jones Studio there. Hands down the best gallery of the day!

    • The Beargod

      Seen most. Paprika was awesome. Funnily it’s written the same in Finnish and Japanese, and prinounced.

  • Tyree
    • Stockhausen

      Salad Fingers rules.

    • Maik Beninton

      This has a creepy atmosphere that I really enjoy.

  • KJM

    Space Battleship Yamato
    Getter Robo G(aka Starvengers)
    Gaiking
    Grandizer
    Akira

    Other than that Anime is plastic, shiny and repetitive. I didn’t even care for Robotech that much.

  • Scrimm

    I pretty much stick with Tom and Jerry.

  • The world’s greatest East German metal Band Totem Pole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqIXiEWK9s0

  • Luciferno

    Aside from Mr. Pickles and a couple of the animes, I’ve seen all of these and they kick ass. Detroit Metal City gets borderline mocking of metal culture, but the contrast and over the top moments make up for it drastically. Superjail! is probably the best on the list and seems to be horribly underrated, even though its possibly the funniest show still on Adult Swim.

    • I love the hell out of Superjail! The art is just so damn good. Check out Mr. Pickles sometime. It’s pretty gruesome.

    • Maik Beninton

      You watched Mirai Nikki? It’s one of the best anime out there.
      I never watched Parasyte but I think I’ll read the manga.

      • Luciferno

        Haven’t watched that, looks pretty nice awesome though lol

        • Maik Beninton

          Just one warning: yaoi.

          • JamesGrimm

            LOLOLOL

    • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

      Adult Swim cancelled it, sadly. Adult Swim has a horrible habit of dropping it’s best shows and keeping shit like Awesome Show around. I’ll never forgive them for dropping Metalocalypse, Frisky Dingo and Soul Eater!

      • Luciferno

        Aww they killed off Superjail too? D: that sucks. At least Soul Eater had the whole series finished, and apparently a spin off anime or manga

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

          I heard something about that, but I think it’s in Japanese only.

      • OldMetalHead

        Agreed. We also never got to see the end of Samurai Jack.

        • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

          I couldn’t quite get into that one. The animation looked like something a 5 year old would do.

  • Count_Breznak

    Kiss my codpiece, peasants: I got Heavy Metal on VHS.
    Also: You should have mentioned the South park episode.

  • Maik Beninton

    You should also mention Elfen Lied.
    Even more violent than Future Diary. Only thing is that the anime doesn’t follow the manga at the end because they were short on episodes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3Iznevw2X4

  • Maik Beninton

    Also Hellsing. Pretty brutal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjIjFydNI2M

    • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

      Never saw the cartoon. Hopefully it was better than the movie.

  • CT-12

    Perfect Blue is a good anime mindfucker

  • Lacertilian

    Cool article idea Sarah. Thanks heaps, I’ll check these out (except for the anime ones) sometime soon.
    I had totally forgotten the name of Mr. Pickles and was only trying to remember it with a mate the other day, we wanted to see if it got picked up.

  • Dumptruck Full Of Nose Hair

    Lolbuttz. Yes, this is actually being made into a live action movie, and I actually thought it rocked when I was a kid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkQE5wuBFeY

  • You all have shit taste in cartoons and I am ashamed of you.

  • OldMetalHead

    Thanks for this article. I’m looking forward to digging through the ones I haven’t seen. I had Heavy Metal on VHS back in the day and also subscribed to the magazine which used to be quite good.

  • OldMetalHead

    Any love for this one?
    https://youtu.be/EyihTHHg2i0