Fakku Licenses Manga By Modern Ero-Guro Great Shintaro Kago And Controversial Work By "Attack on Titan" Author's Assistant

Fakku also has nine days and less than $2,000 to go in a Kickstarter to publish Toshio Maeda's pioneering naughty "Urotsukidoji - Legend of the Overfiend"

Fakku, an English publisher of adult/hentai manga, has announced the license of a pair of titles outside their normal wheelhouse. From Shintaro Kago, a modern leader of the Ero guro nansensu tradition of grotesque art, profiled by Vice and Secret Comics Japan: Underground Comics Nowand master of "fashionable paranoia," they'll be releasing an English collection of 2015's Koi no Choujikuuhou. And, from Yamamoto Arisa, a former assistant to Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama, they'll be releasing the unique Aiko no Ma-chan.

 

 

 Fakku explains

Aiko no Ma-chan is our first non-adult manga. It was originally cancelled by its publisher Comic Zenon two days before its scheduled release for fear that the manga could be considered a "harmful publication" under the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths. In response to the cancellation the author, Yamamoto Arisa, ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Japanese website Fundiy and later had the manga officially published by Kasakura.


Aiko no Ma-chan tells the story of Aiko a girl who, shortly after getting her period, discovers she has the ability to talk to her vagina Ma-chan. Ma-chan accompanies Aiko on the path to womanhood while teaching her about growing up and becoming an individual. Unlike other publications, Aiko no Ma-chan does not shy away from 'taboo' topics such as menstruation and female masturbation.

Aiko no Ma-chan is a landmark publication which demonstrates the diversity in how we talk to girls about their bodies. It's a coming of age story of a young girl dealing with the hardships and experiences of getting your period and experiencing sexuality for the first time. Furthermore, it seeks to normalize the natural changes of a woman's body through puberty by using manga as a medium, making it accessible to a wider audience. This is of course in stark contrast to how typical Japanese media fetishizes developing girls while also condemning them for the natural changes of their bodies.


About the Author

Yamamoto Arisa was the assistant to Hajime Isayama, the illustrator of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyoujin). She had been an artist since elementary school and worked on Attack on Titan with the goal to create Aiko no Ma-chan once she was finished. 

If you're interesting in reading some Japanese interviews with the author, check out Manga Style and Bengo 4 News.

Fakku also has nine days and less than $2,000 to go in a Kickstarter to raise $47,000 to publish Toshio Maeda's pioneering naughty tentacle manga Urotsukidoji - Legend of the Overfiend.

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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