April 14, 2006
So while I was doing research into English-released horror manga, I ran across this volume by Suehiro Maruo (the erotic-grotesque king), published in 2001 from an English publisher. Apparently it was ultra rare, because every place I looked I could either not find it or I found it for anywhere from 50-100 dollars. I became obsessed. After about five months of constant searching, I found it for around 33 bucks shipped. Score!
… IT SUCKS.
It’s terrible, plain and simple. Every page spread contains people having sex. Nonsensical sex that not only is not logical in the story, but I can’t figure out what’s going on in the panel. It’s full of short stories, some of them only a few pages long, all of them bizarre and frustratingly vague. There is rarely a page where characters are not having sex or killing each other. When one really gets going, it ends. Then there’ll be a story about a bunch of kids eating shit and having sex. Then a story about a man who lives in a sewer and licks girl’s anuses as they shit down into a hole. The last story is long and developed, and I thought that one was okay (plus it had really good art), and one or two of the others were okay, but I was SO MAD I devoted so much time, effort, and money to this.