• Senno Knife • Studio Ironcat (1999) • Kubo Shoten (1989) • 6 issues, suspended (2 volumes in Japan) • Mecha, Romance • 18+ (violence, nudity, graphic )
Soapy android slavery by multigenre artist Senno Knife, set in a futuristic dark city with the presence of Nazi overlords adding to the mood of sinister decadence. Ichizuki, a kimono-clad android prostitute, searches for the root of her existence while mysterious men in suits debate the morality of human-robot technology. Hot on Ichizu’s trail are the city’s secret police, the Gestapo, run by tall-booted Nazi bombshell Maria. Predictable writing and expressionless characters squander a decent science fiction concept, and the scenes are few and far between. The most attractive visuals, frankly, are Maria’s fetishistic Nazi outfits. As usual for Knife, is not particularly graphic, no matter what the characters do; the girls have doll-like, nearly blank crotches.
UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND
Chôjin Densetsu Urotsukidôji, “Super God Legend Urotsukidoji/Loitering Boy” • Toshio Maeda • Manga 18 (2002–2003) • Wani Magazine (1986) • 6 volumes • Fantasy, Horror, Tentacle, Adult • 18+ (violence, nudity, graphic )
Overfiend is one of those names that is known far beyond the bounds of anime and manga. Infamous for its violence, seuality, and the frequent mixing of the two through liberal application of tentacled demons, it is actually surprisingly tame by modern adult manga standards. There’s plenty of and violence, but it’s less frequent and less graphic than readers might expect. The very static and Western-influenced art is rough and inconsistent except where it really matters: the naked female form. Like most of Maeda’s work, the story is as important as the —and pretty much incomprehensible. Subplots appear and disappear with blinding speed, but the core follows a jackass of a demon infiltrating a school to find the reincarnation of the most powerful demon ever. This, of course, involves lots of random psychic battles, flying through the night sky, and sweaty demon rape.