In our Eromanga Toshokan segment we strive to bring a broad range of creators and styles to the attention of fans, from the mainstream to those that attract a more niche audience. Today’s entry is definitely one of the latter, the first collection of serial work from veteran doujin artist HG Chagawa. His style is both distinctive and extreme, and as such this review is not recommended for those not interested in abnormal depictions of the human body. Let me reiterate: you probably don’t want to read beyond this point unless you are intrigued by the concept of breasts the size of a full human torso. 18+ ONLY, NWS.
Title: Chichi Kano (ちちカノ)
Author: HG Chagawa (HG 茶川)
Release Date: February 17th, 2007
Pages: 2 color, 168 total
Publisher: Angel Shuppan
Imprint: Angel Comics
ISBN 13: 978-4873062594
Availability: Mangaoh, Amazon
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Themes: torso-sized breasts, explosive lactation, schoolgirls, school swimsuits, 3P, anal, teacher/student, gaijin, light bondage, toys, internet exhibitionism, paizuri, fellatio, bloomers
The tag line emblazoned on the cover of this book, in English, is “You are suffocated by unknown big boobs!”. I’m tempted to end the review there, as I can’t think of a sentence that more accurately sums up the content of fetish doujinka HG Chagawa’s first foray into the world of compiled eromanga; at the risk of redundancy I’ll forge on for a bit though and see what comes out.
Like Erect Sawaru HG Chagawa is a doujin artist I’ve been aware of for several years, existing on the periphery of the bakunyuu / lactation end of the maniac doujin scene. I was never incredibly attracted to his work due primarily to his face designs, but also to the contrast of spindly limbs with the more prominent protruding elements of his female anatomy; male parts resembling fibrous plant stems more than human biology don’t do much for me either.
In contrast to his older doujin work, however, the content of Chichi Kano presents a tighter, cleaner and more appealing side of Chagawa’s craft. This is no doubt partially due to it being relatively recent, spanning work for Angel Comics from 2006 into early ’07, and while his style hasn’t seen the same revolutionary improvement as some of his contemporaries it has moved from something I’d pass over to containing enough merit to be worth picking up.
This is, of course, speaking from the perspective of someone already quite disposed to the general theme of this book. When it comes to this niche fans often can’t be too picky, and finding an artist with the baseline talent required to execute effectively is cause for celebration. In that respect the book delivers in spades, with enough outlandishly proportioned bosoms to … well, suffocate you, as the cover says.
More importantly for those who buy into the premise, the enormous mammaries aren’t just in this book for decoration – interaction with them (often involving lactation) plays a greater or lesser part in every story in the book. Beyond the odd bosom-inspired scenarios the plot content of the book is actually quite pedestrian – first confessions of love, romps at the beach, encounters with teachers and the obligatory foreign exchange student, etc. All standard fare for Japanese ero, but rendered surreal(ly hot) by the presence of Chagawa’s trademark busts.
This book is not a work of consummate artistry; it’s a work by a maniac fetishist for maniac fetishists. If this describes you and you’re looking for competently drawn “unknown big boobs”, or if it doesn’t and you just want something to shake your head over, Chichi Kano may have something in it for you.