Eromanga Toshokan is a brand new column here at HD, launched in our continuing effort to expose just how much of a sicko Shingo is fans to an oft-downloaded but seldom deeply probed segment of Japan’s visual culture: the wild world of eromanga (no, not the Australian town). For our first entry we bring you a review of the recently released Giri Giri Sisters, the second tankoubon from doujin veteran Kisaragi Gunma. Note: this post is 18+ only and not safe for perusal at work.

Title: Giri Giri Sisters (ギリギリ Sisters)
Author: gumma (Kisaragi Gunma, 如月群真)
Release Date: August 18th, 2007
Publisher: Core Magazine
Imprint: Megastore Comics
Availability: Mangaoh
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At a glance:

Art: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★☆
Ero: ★★★★★

Mangaka Kisaragi Gunma (aka. gumma) has been active on the doujin scene since the summer of 2003, and over the past four years has produced both several volumes of doujinshi and regular contributions to serial eromanga anthology magazine Comic Megastore. The latter resulted in his first tankoubon release Love Selection in June of 2006, and was followed in August of this year with Giri Giri Sisters, his second and most recent volume of eromanga work.

In my opinion the key to Gunma’s unique style is his liberal use of lines as well as tones in the definition of clothing and body shape. This added definition portrays a solidity and sensual realism of figure that coupled with a keen sense of eroticism in facial expressions and proportions has won his work high acclaim; as a follower of his work from his Stellvia doujin days I’ve been quite happy to observe the trajectory that has seen him producing in enough volume to bring out not one but two anthologies of his manga.

In Giri Giri Sisters Gunma applies his trademark rough, full-bodied pen style with undiminished effectiveness, navigating first through the four part story that gives the volume its name followed by five more stand alone chapters and an epilogue. The themes covered are broad, from the four part story of in-law relations that leads the book through the tale of an indignant iinchou, a gravure idol and her younger brother, a very devoted nurse, an equally devoted teacher, and the joys of a private tutor. It’s a read that’s easy on the eyes in more ways than one, with all stories fully consensual and all of the sexiness with none of the bitter aftertaste associated with some harder fare.

In short, this is a book I can recommend without hesitation to anyone at all disposed to the purchase of such items. It has no real negatives, unless you count lots and lots of sex without much room for a deep storyline to be a bad thing; the themes are conventional, but he does them so well that it doesn’t matter.

Overall Score: ★★★★★


Since this is the first piece in what will hopefully become a long-running series I’m looking for comments and suggestions as it gets off the ground. First of all, are reviews of eromanga something people are interested in? I’ll probably do them regardless, but if you think they’re particularly useful (or not) I’d be happy to hear. Secondly, any suggestions on the format, or specific information you’d like me to include? My goal is to be reasonably thorough, so if there’s anything glaringly missing I’d appreciate input there as well.

Stay tuned for Eromanga Toshokan vol. 2~!