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{Read Pdf} ì Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It ⚢ Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges welcome to the hypermasculine world of Japanese gay manga Massive Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English language anthology of its kind an in depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame Master of Gay Erotic Manga Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context providing essays, illustrations, and manga Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki, and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke Amazing insight into the evolution of modern Japanese gay erotica and also a glimpse into its gay culture Saw this book while on holiday in Japan and saved up for the English translation when I got back Absolutely worth it I love the physical production qualities of the book The binding is solid and there s plenty of color The artist interviews are excellent I appreciate the list of artist websites for each contributor, as sometimes with Japanese mangaka it s actually really hard to find their site among fan and scanlation sites The stories were a mixed bag, for me, as happens with any anthology I did think the Gengoroh Tagame story was a less good choice, because it s an excerpt from a longer work, and he ha I love the physical production qualities of the book The binding is solid and there s plenty of color The artist interviews are excellent I appreciate the list of artist websites for each contributor, as sometimes with Japanese mangaka it s actually really hard to find their site among fan and scanlation sites The stories were a mixed bag, for me, as happens with any anthology I did think the Gengoroh Tagame story was a less good choice, because it s an excerpt from a longer work, and he has so many amazing short stories that would have been a better pick This story was squarely Not My Thing I don t like prison stories, or war stories, and the MC is a prisoner of war Seeing as how I bought this for Gengoroh Tagame, you can picture my face on reading.However Caveman Guu by Jiraiya was great, and Mr Tokugawa Grade 5 Room 4 Homeroom Teacher by Seizoh Ebisubashithis was awesome I love the unconventional, playful narration, the language, the lush description of scents and sounds.The book also contains a plea for scanlaters to contact artists to ask if they may help promote their work by scanlating I read scanlations My argument is that I will buy in English the second the books are available, but apparently publishers don t follow the same logic So, yeah, I learnt quite a bit of stuff from this book.Also, Jiraiya his men are so delicious Yum ETA How the hell did this get through the publication process without anyone telling Anne Ishii that it is not Dr Who, for god s sake, it is Doctor Who I can t say enough good things about this new wave of English translations of gay erotic manga I ve been reading this stuff for decades now, but can finally know what they re saying This book is an introduction to 8 influential manga artists, including interviews, samples of work and context context context hurrah Being gay, finding this collection at my local library instantly piqued my interest Yes, it s a little racier than much of the content I typically read, but I mversed in BL manga, which is primarily written by straight women for straight women This manga I mfamiliar with does have a gay audience, but because of the cultural framing surrounding homosexuality in Japan, a lot of interactions in BL and even in the gay manga here revolve around an explicit lack of consent Homosexuality Being gay, finding this collection at my local library instantly piqued my interest Yes, it s a little racier than much of the content I typically read, but I mversed in BL manga, which is primarily written by straight women for straight women This manga I mfamiliar with does have a gay audience, but because of the cultural framing surrounding homosexuality in Japan, a lot of interactions in BL and even in the gay manga here revolve around an explicit lack of consent Homosexuality is still frowned upon in Japan, viewed as forbidden and dirty But the men of stories still want to do it and express themselves that way It usually involves a seme forcing himself on an uke in BL, the result a sceneakin to assault than sex But bashing that isn t going to do much that would be ethnocentric and disregard the fact that for BL narratives, women are writing them to escape the patriarchal labels forced upon them by men In my mind, as long as these gay stories are handled well by women, I will respect them whether in manga or print, but if they read like MF romances, that s where things get dicey.I digress, though This collection follows gay manga written by gay artists, and like I mentioned before, it still has those elements BL carries in fact, some of the authors in this collection started in BL circuits However, because these are men who identify the way I do writing this content, I relate to it , which is why I gravitated toward this collection The editors did a nice job of putting together a book officially recognizing the hard work that goes into this genre, and despite the racy content and my mixed opinions on some of the stories, it was worth the read.Gengoroh Tagame Do You Remember South Island P.O.W Camp 3.5 out of 5 stars The man who has been heralded to be the pioneer of gay manga in Japan, this compelling narrative of the commander of a Japanese regiment lieutenant with a soldier dying of malaria and the master servant relationship he undertakes with the American caretaker in order to get the soldier s quinine for medicine leans heavily into BDSM, watersports, and dubious consent, which isn t necessarily my thing, but I m not going to be ethnocentric or hate on it because it represents gay culture in Japan and every person is going to have their own kinks also, it d be really dumb to dismiss it like that and insulting to the artist This is only an excerpt, and I would be curious to see how this ends up and whether the relationship with its unhealthy start could reach a happier place It wouldn t excuse the dubious start here, but Tagame s great art and use of narrative has me curious.Inu Yoshi Kandagawa kun 4 out of 5 stars This was very funny and adorable A twenty three year old man who s been recently dumped, Masami, receives a package in the mail from winning a raffle at the gay bookstore It s revealed to be the mildly erotic helper, a humanoid named Kandagawa, and from there, the bewilderment from Masami keeps growing The lingering feelings of heartbreak from his relationship alongside some truly humorous moments and cute art honoring the husky men out there, both muscular and not, made this really sweet, so I ll be curious to check out some of Yoshi s other work He seems to be a really sincere artist based on his interview.Kumada Poohsuke Dreams of the New Century Theatre Issue 1 3 out of 5 stars This excerpt from a collection of four panel strips had some good and funny gay sex gags, but I unfortunately didn t like the chibi inspired art style With All Your Might 1 out of 5 stars WellTakeshi Matsu Kannai s Dilemma 3 out of 5 stars Matsu s art was the highlight of this story for me Kannai s hobby of drawing mash ups, pieces where you create nudes or semi nudes and put them against real people, for unconverted by a transfer student who took a special interest with them, and it was a short and cute story that while not leaving the largest impression on me, I did enjoy it.Jiraiya Caveman Guu 3 out of 5 stars A caveman who has sex with men wants kids, but only women can be impregnated His shock of finding this out and having sex with a woman is quickly derailed by his sexual desire for men and dominating them This was good for a laugh, and I liked the art, but much like the last entry in this collection, this didn t leave a large impression on me Also, there was a lack of consent.Gai Mizuki Fantasy and Jump Rope 3.5 out of 5 stars Who knew hypnosis and jump rope would ever go hand in hand The art was great in this one I really liked the character designs , and although the hypnosis leads to, in my mind, a pretty clear showcasing of lack of consent, this sets up a particularly interesting narrative Mizuki s interview says that this is a prequel to a longer series and was pretty entertaining.Fumi Miyabi Tengudake 2.5 out of 5 stars Can someone say hallucinations Gonna love when most of your characters in a sex scene are tripping on mushrooms I wasn t particularly invested in the art, but I did like the story of a tengu coming to a village and learning his lesson of what happens when you mess with people you re supposed to trust albeit this lesson does end in a rape scene where everyone is high on mushrooms.Seizoh Ebisubashi Mr Tokugawa 2 out of 5 stars The narration for this one shot was very erotic, although its euphemisms and synonyms left me feelinguncomfortable and amused than invested in a threesome scene in a school hallway during class involving a married fifth grade homeroom teacher, a janitor, and a father of a student at the school The art was the strongest part of this tale, and other than that, I didn t particularly like this one.Kazuhide Ichikawa Yakuza Godfathers 4 out of 5 stars This story involved hypnosis that a doctor applied on two rival yakuza clan leaders that led to them making love The art was strong, the story was the right amount of absurd and humorous and interesting, and I ended up surprisingly really liking this one.Before Reading And I oop.In all honesty, though, this subject is going to really fascinate me as a gay man, so might as well just have this on my TBR for the future