Say Hello to Hidemaro!

What’s up, tentacle freaks!?

After an awfully long hiatus, the Tentacle Lounge is back with a vengeance as I travel back to 1998 to spend time with Hidemaro Ayakōji, the legendary “Kaikan Therapist”! Once you’ve finished salivating over the picture below (you dirty buggers), please head over to the full entry to get an intimate look at this naughty classic! Cheers!

Tiger Lab Vinyl delivers again!

Followers on twitter and anime soundtrack collectors alike will no doubt have heard rumblings of this news, but tentacle maniacs who aren’t yet in the know will be thrilled to hear that the guys at Tiger Lab Vinyl have once again given us Maeda fans a treat by releasing the full OST for Urotsukidōji II: Legend of the Demon Womb!

As of today, Urotsukidōji fans can head over to Tiger Lab Vinyl’s official page and pick up a copy of this beautiful double LP gatefold set in either of its “Green & Orange Tentacle Splatter” or “Green Smoke” variants. Once again boasting the talents of legendary composer Masamichi Amano, fans can musically relive such classic scenes as the skyscraper ceremony, Kohōki’s rape of Megumi, and the battle atop the roofs of Shinjuku. Hell, if Tiger Lab’s OST release of the first installment is anything to go by, we can rest assured that this bad boy will deliver the goods in equal measure! Given the popularity of this franchise (and the sheer care and attention put into these releases) I heartily recommend picking up a copy while you can since I can already foresee this one selling out quickly. After all, who wouldn’t wanna own a musical piece of animated tentacle history!?

Oh, and while you’re grabbing these, be sure to consider getting a copy of the Golgo 13 OST which also went on sale today – a particularly auspicious release considering that Toshio himself trained directly under a Saito Productions master!

Okkake Datenshi has landed!

Wooooaahh!! It’s been a while, huh?!

As those of you who follow the Tentacle Lounge on twitter will already know, I’ve been unable to update the Lounge for some time due to being heavily involved in several translation projects; one of which being none other than the mighty “Hokuto no Ken” for the upcoming Kickstarter eOneBook release!

I’m happy to announce though, that regular service has now resumed and this time I take the lid off a classic sci-fi story from 1989 called “Okkake Datenshi”!!

As always, please check it out and feel free to leave a comment! Cheers!!

 

The 2nd “Erotic・Weird・Unique Manga Artists life counselling session”

Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend the 2nd “Erotic・Weird・Unique Manga Artists life counselling session” evening held at the Asagaya Loft in Tokyo. The event which is organized and run by well-known manga artist Shintaro Kago featured an eclectic line-up of manga artists including Kago himself, Senno Knife, Murata Rum, Noroi Michiru, and of course Toshio Maeda. Though it’s the second time such an evening has been held, last night was the first time Toshio has made an appearance at the event so naturally I wasn’t gonna miss it!

The evening was set up as a talk panel between the four artists as they each took turns to tackle the various questions posed to them with the final segment of the evening being a Q&A round from the audience. Questions ranged from semi-serious ones such as “Are you open about telling family/friends about the kind of work you do? If not, how do you hide it or avoid the subject?” to racier questions such as “Be honest, do you get a boner when drawing erotic scenes?” and “Ever had any encounters with crazy fans or stalker-types?”. Needless to say, the answers that all the guests gave were as enlightening as they were ludicrous but, and I’m not just saying this because I’m biased (honestly) but Toshio’s answers drew the most amount of laughter and gasps from the audience hands down. The contrast in talk styles was really stark at times but each of the insights given from the guests was really quite fascinating.

I’m not gonna elaborate too much on what Toshio said in response to his questions since I won’t do them much justice, and it’s better to hear his stories from the man himself but, definite highlights of the evening included insights on how he had a fight with his dad at the age of 16 before running away to Tokyo, as well as tales from his days reporting on the escort industry. He even shared with us an absolutely hilarious encounter he had with a rather well endowed hermaphrodite. The stories came thick and fast and before I knew it, the full three hours had passed by in an instant as the night was brought to a close with the guests answering questions submitted by the audience. Upon arrival, each of the audience were given a sheet of paper in which we could write down a question we wanted to have asked on our behalf by the MC. Naturally, I didn’t waste the opportunity and wrote “Among all your characters, are there any you would like to revisit and draw again and are there any that you definitely don’t wanna draw a second time?”. My answer was read out and Toshio gave an interesting response to my question by stating that even if a manga is popular or not, if he gets bored of drawing somebody he just stops drawing them. In other words, once a character has been put to rest, that’s exactly where they stay – resting. Manga, he says, should be fun to draw so what’s the point of drawing the same thing over and over again if you don’t enjoy it? A very valid point indeed…

Though the event was a blast from start to finish, my only gripe would be that spectators were strongly forbidden from taking any photographs or audio recordings of the event at all. I can understand the audio recording thing since there was some pretty crazy stuff being spoken about but I was pretty sad that I couldn’t take a picture of all four of these manga creators sat at on stage with their beers and mics chewing the fat over manga taboos and life in general. It was a really great sight but, due to the rules of the house, I’m not able to share with you all any pictures of the actual event which is a bit of a shame. That said, the event ended in a spectacular fashion for me as I was lucky enough to have the winning ticket for a unique, fully hand-drawn piece of original art from Shintaro Kago! I certainly wasn’t expecting there to be a giveaway of that nature but when he revealed the prize and said there is only one, many of his fans drew gasps of excitement as plunged his hand into the box of tickets. He pulled out ticket number Q93 and up I stood to march over and pick up my prize and say thank you amid a bunch of sighs from his devoted fans sitting in the front row. I felt bad for them since I was there to see Toshio but the piece is really interesting and is now on display in my living room. Lucky me!

The end of the evening was a bit of a mad dash for myself and Toshio since we both live in the Yokohama area and the last train was rapidly approaching but we managed to squeeze in a quick coffee at the station, catch up, and say our goodbyes. A great night all round I must say!

 

 

His name is Dillinger!

Greetings fellow Tentacle enthusiasts!

It’s been a while since my last update but this particular piece of work required a fair bit of research before I could post an entry for it. I am, of course, talking about the 1974 uncollected one-shot known as “Dillinger”. This manga has all but been lost in the passage of time but since I’ve been lucky enough to find a copy, I felt this gem needed to be plucked from the oblivion and given another moment in the spotlight. So, without further ado, go and meet the man himself right here!


Meet Muma!

Happy July, Tentacle freaks!

This month, I take a look at the 1988 erotic Sci-Fi classic, “Muchū Child”! It’s a great little story with lots of action and shenanigans so be sure to check out the write-up here!

See you again next month!!


“The Body” enters the Lounge!

Greetings fellow tentacle maniacs!

This time I take a look at the 1991 Sci-Fi manga “Kikō Jinruiden BODY”! It’s a short, 2 volume release but has all the tentacles and action you’d normally expect to see in a Maeda manga! Check out my entry for this work here and feel free to leave a comment you shy buggers! Until next time!

New header image for the Lounge!

Finally changed the header image for the Tentacle Lounge! Until now I was using a pretty cool image but it had nothing to do with Toshio Maeda or his works so I finally put that right! In this image I used some of the original pages of art that he kindly sold me when I last saw him. The image contains 3 pages from Urotsukidōji, 2 pages from Taxi Driver, and 1 page from Habu goes Forth! Hope you all like the new design and stay tuned for a new manga entry coming in the next few days!