Another volume of the Eromanga Toshokan is at hand, this time showcasing the superlative work of veteran doujin artist and eromangaka Youshuu Ohepe. I actually promised to review this the day before it came out, and while I may have forgotten about the promise in the interim the book is good enough that it came over and shook its sweaty shorts at me until I picked it up again for review. Note: this is a hardcore [ERO] book. If you’re under 18 or not interested in hardcore content this post is not for you. If you’re an adult with a taste for immaculately rendered thighs of thunder, by all means read on!
Title: Daisuki Dayo (大好きだよっ)
Author: Youshuu Ohepe (養酒オヘペ)
Release Date: March 7th, 2008
Pages: 10 color, 180 total
Publisher: TI Net
Imprint: Mujin Comics
ISBN 13: 978-4887742543
Availability: Mangaoh, Amazon
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Themes: girls next door, childhood friends, fluids, juices, plumpness, curves rounded into the 4th dimension, teachers, students, soaked-through clothing, scent fetishes, suntans, swimsuits, more fluids, mischief, assertive girls, school uniforms
Youshuu Ohepe has been a favorite artist of mine ever since I stumbled upon his first Chun Li doujinshi at Comic Market in the winter of 2003. His style combines a sheer technical prowess that is immediately and viscerally stunning with an aesthetic preference for girls that in past centuries would have been seen as in the prime of health and beauty – that is to say, decidedly plump without going overboard. His girls glow with health, vitality, and a liquid sheen of sweat that combined with their other attributes creates a potent aphrodisiac indeed.
As an artist Yoshuu’s work over the years has been characterized by slow refinement and evolution, not marked by the visible stylistic breaks of some of his peers. He’s at the point now where in my opinion he deserves to be ranked among the masters of the erotic manga craft, and this second collected volume of his work is a showcase of that talent.
Before moving on to discuss the content of the volume at hand I should note that his first eromanga tankoubon Aneki… (March 2006 release) was also very well received, to the extent that an eroanime adaptation of it was produced by Pink Pineapple last year (though I don’t think it quite did him justice).
The content of Daisuki Dayo consists of six stories over seven chapters, which along with some bonus material span the volume’s 180 pages. A brief description of each story follows:
1. Honki? Enki? – An aggresive pseudo-tsundere childhood friend climbs though the window and capriciously declares her love for her nextdoor neighbor. They proceed to have sex.
2-3. Haruka – A teacher accosts a willing tired-eyed pettanko twintail student. The teacher later meets with his ex to make up, decides not to, goes back and meets the student who was waiting in the rain, they go home soaked and have mad passionate sex.
4. Saki-senpai (Sono Ato) – An after story of the guy and his spats-clad volleyball-playing girlfriend featured in the Aneki… eromanga and anime.
5. Inaka no Osananajimi – A guy sees his super genki childhood friend for first time in long time, she invites him to go swimming in the river, changes into her suit in front of him, they have sex.
6. Asami-chan Saigo no Yuuwaku – Sumomo mo Momo mo-esque sister flirts with brother, kisses him in bed, he shrugs her off then they get serious in the shower (her in a micro-bikini).
7. Saigo Dakara – Tsundere iinchou thinks the ungrateful guy she secretly has feelings for is going to die in hospital, so she fellates him, then has sex with him, only to find out at the end as he’s flirting with the nurse that he’s fine.
None of this is Nobel-winning literature, but the range of emotions evoked in these stories is broad, while maintaining a generally positive tone throughout. Youshuu’s work is unapologetically erotic and obviously enjoys being that way, with his heroines displaying a fierce, joyful, and infectious energy that’s impossible to resist. They nearly jump off the page to vigorously shake your hand, before reaching lower and pulling you into the narrative with them – one of the unique traits of 2D erotica that sets it apart from other forms, and it’s done darn well here.
If you don’t care for aggressively rounded physiques, an abundance of anatomical detail, and enough sweat and other miscellaneous fluids to make up more than its fair share of the human body mass, Daisuki Dayo may not be for you. If on the other hand you enjoy immaculately crafted manga that combines superb technical prowess with a compellingly grounded erotic aesthetic and a storytelling style that leaves you energized and rejuvenated with no trace of a “bad aftertaste”, this is a volume I can recommend in the strongest terms.