Lovely Dee from the josei next door tagged me on her tumblr blog to confess my anime and manga crushes, so here I am with… 2 lists please -one with my female harem and one for the male one. *drum roll*
Trigger warning: This article contains nsfw material (light nudity) and discussion of hentai themes such as noncon, loli, etc. If you feel this sort of thing might disturb you please don’t read it.
Erotic art in manga, commonly known as hentai, is a very difficult genre to approach. There are myriad titles that include a huge variety of fetishes, some more common than others. Still, even in such a vast market, repetitiveness is an issue. Many mangaka and publishers seem to compete on who is going to create the most extreme and/or weird story, caring little about plot, characters or anything that’d give a title depth (no pun intended). In my opinion it’s hard to find original and interesting material that doesn’t follow cliches. Like in most industries, so in this one hidden gems are usually found in the underground scene. Eldrik Aetherial is one of those special designers who love hentai and try to take their work one step forward at a time. His latest project “Fairies vs Tentacles” seems to gain more and more attention from the hentai fandom as it progresses. A light-hearted mix of craziness and naughtiness, I believe this is a comic fans of the genre should support. Eldrik Aetherial is here to further introduce you to his work, tell us his view on how it is to be a hentai artist in 2015 and much more. Continue reading
Cute: attractive in a pretty or endearing way
Creepy: causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease.
Mixing characteristics that, at first sight, seem to be polar opposites has been one of the most effective ways to create interesting, challenging art. Giving something a bright and accessible appearance can be a smart way to draw people into an unexpected darkness. Ayame Shiroi, an illustrator well known for her usage of vivid colors, youthful fashion and spooky themes, is a good example of how to do the mix the right way, emphasizing the values of both cute and creepy. Interviewing her was a temptation we simply couldn’t resist. Continue reading
The funeral procession of K is a weird murder mystery with emphasis on the weird part. Continue reading
One of the reasons video games have become the huge industry that they are is because they provide people with a diverse mix of quality work in different mediums, be it visual arts, programming or storytelling. Music is another form of expression that thrives in the gaming industry, especially among independent titles. The Cat Lady’s OST, an incredible mix of dark and depressing themes, was one of the most pleasant surprises of the last few years. It was through this game that I discovered Warmer, a one man project by Jesse Gunn, and the excellent music this band has produced over the years. A musician who is not afraid to try experiment, a person of strong beliefs and love for his work, Jesse was one of the people I felt that I had to invite on our blog. It’s an honor to have him here.
Mihara Mitsukazu, Asumiko Nakamura, Junko Mizuno, Kaoru Fujiwara, Maki Kusumoto -Who are they and how do they fit into the wider goth culture? Continue reading
Intro by Foxy Lady Ayame
Growing Up On Junko Mizuno by Michelle
Kusumoto Maki- Kissxxxx and Ikasama Umigame no Soup by fuckyeahvintagemanga
Random Musings: Spotlight on Mitsukazu Mihara by Ash
Utsubora: the Book Thief by ganriki
Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist by Ash
Copernicus breathing by susakura (warning: nsfw image at the bottom)
Art of Fujiwara Kaoru by Kitsune
Ash has also offered a give away of Cinderalla by Junko Mizuno and you can read the experiences of commenters with these mangaka.