To offset the rather bizarre volume we last looked at for this column I thought Kishizuka Kenji’s 2003 classic Katekyo would be a good follow up in this, our third helping of Eromanga Toshokan. The title story of a socially awkward tutor and the student in love with her is easily one of my favorites in the genre, not to mention containing the only Fight Club reference I’ve ever seen in manga and a pair of hilarious omake pages (translated especially for this post!) that really get at the subtleties of Japan’s take on America. 18+ ONLY, NWS.

Title: Katekyo (かてきょ)
Author: Kishizuka Kenji (木静謙二)
Release Date: April 26th, 2003
Publisher: Mediax
Imprint: MD Comics
ISBN 13: 978-4896139587
Availability: Mangaoh, Amazon


Heisei Democracy Eromanga Toshokan vol. 003: Katekyo by Kishizuka Kenji

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Art: ★★★☆☆
Story: ★★★★★
Ero: ★★★☆☆
Themes: teacher/student, first time sex, cosplay, siblings, fantasy, amputee, shota/MILF, etc.

Kishizuka Kenji has been pulling eromangaka duty sporadically since at at least the beginning of the decade, with three published volumes to his name (Katekyo is the second) and several one-shot stories that have yet to be compiled into tankoubon. In my opinion his artistic strength lies in the emotion he pours into his characters’ faces, along with his ability to deliberately plot a story and craft a flow of images and emotions that work through the whole thing.

His pen style is rough and in some ways similar to that of Kisaragi Gunma, but unlike Gunma he is more comfortable in dealing with a range of subject distances – at times his characters fill nearly the whole page, while others are cramped with dialogue and plot motion. In this regard his visual storytelling ability is not exceptional, but is perfectly serviceable for his ends.

The first four chapters of the eight included in this volume comprise the “Katekyo” story, the tale of a youthful underclassman and his shy, introverted tutor. I’m tempted to start translating the plot verbatim here but I’ll try to restrain myself… It’s a sweet story of first love, with neither quite sure how to proceed but both with gradually deepening feelings and passions for the other. Over the course of the four chapters their relationship develops, culminating with a date that brings them to an empty movie theater where Fight Club is playing. Great stuff.

The latter four chapters are quite varied, with an incest story, a role-playing fantasy story (complete with monster statistics), a story of an amputee girl in a hospital and the boy who tries to protect her, and a shota/MILF story called “China Okaa-san”. The emotional style of the earlier four chapters is still present, but gone is the tenderness and hesitant desperation that make the Katekyo story so unique. I tend to skim the final four chapters when I reread the volume.

Overall Score: ★★★★☆

Omake: The front and back covers of the book beneath the dust jacket sport a two page omake manga called “American Mother America-san”. As I think we all know the best way to learn about your own culture is to read it in the pornography of another country, so in the spirit of cultural exchange we present it here, translated for your edification (the non-comic font is English that was there in the original):


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