Though I would most likely be better off not doing it, I tend to read some lewd manga. During such times as these, I stay away from h-manga and stick with ecchi stuff. There are different reasons for this, but it boils down to the fact that I prefer to read things with substance–particularly when it comes to plot. Not “plot” but actual plot.
I can’t put my finger on the exact reason, but there is something fascinating about employing coitus as a literary device. I’ve written this somewhere else before, but there’s two distinct modus operandi when it comes to ecchi manga. The first would be something along the lines of being lewd for the sake of being lewd. Works that fall into this category tend to ride the fence between e & h, in an attempt to see how far they can push their own boundaries between lewd undertones and blatant h3ntai.
Ecchi, at its core, is a tease. It would serve its purpose in solely existing as a lightweight form of erotic stimulation. One could call it a perpetual ebbing and flowing of arousal. Fan service and accidental vulnerability scenarios are par for the course when it comes to the genre. This is all to be expected; however, if this is all an ecchi work has to offer, it will lose its appeal for me.
Although I won’t deny the obvious appeal, I typically will not read “lewd for the sake of being lewd” manga. I might be overestimating the virtue of my reading habits, but I would rather read things that use their lewdness as an effective way of enrichening the story. Although many may disagree with my pure intentions, I feel that I intentionally seek out stories for that sole purpose from time to time. There are a few ongoing manga that seem fitting. They have caught my eye as of late, and I feel like they are worth looking into. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
When I stumbled upon, Tamarowa ~The “Marry into Riches” Battle Royale, where women with special circumstances gather around a hunk and aim for his money with their 100%~ my curiosity was piqued.
Needless to say, the cover image drew me in. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always possessed the ability to appreciate a woman in a red dress. I don’t know what it is about scarlet fabric, but it seems to amplify the more distinguished features of feminine beauties. Whenever I saw this young dame on the cover, I felt the need to click on the hyperlink to find out more.
Although the picture above definitely made me curious enough to click on it, I became thoroughly convinced to give the manga a shot after coming into contact with the title. Being a loyal fan of Tyler “Ninja Fortnite” Blevins, I couldn’t help but wonder what role “battle royale” would play in the manga. This led me into looking for some English translations of the work. And I have to say, I’m glad that I checked it out.
What happens when several women with special circumstances compete for a rich handsome businessman’s hand in marriage? Let the curtains rise on the “Courtship Battle Royale” show, where anything goes! Thus begins the beauty Gotou Yuuna’s struggle to overturn her debt-straddled life!AniList
This story legit felt like the love child of The Bachelor and Among Us.
After having caught up with the manga as far as I was able to, I now realize what this legendary shitposter meant with their comment.
All jokes and memes aside, this manga does give off an “Among Us” vibe. This whole story is shaded in a cloud of mystery. Every individual character is an enigma. As I was reading, I was always on my toes. It’s difficult to know what to expect. There are genuine moments of suspense, despite how ridiculous some of the portrayed scenes can turn out to be.
My favorite thing about Tamarowa is the protagonist, Yuuna Gotou. She is a genuinely good person and probably the only redeeming thing about the manga. Seeing how she handles obstacles and her personal situation in life is what adds actual substance to the work.
Based off of the 20+ translated chapters I’ve read so far, this is a solid read—if one can put up with the obscenities that is. The art’s good, and the girls are hella cute.
I’m not exactly sure how I came into contact with Desuraba. I tend to use AniList’s browse feature fairly often when I’m looking for new things to read; I’m thinking that’s how I stumbled upon it somehow. The first chapter did a good job at immersing me into the narrative and making me wonder how things would turn out for the protagonist. Not surprising, considering that the first few panels show him in a pitch dark room, strapped to a chair with the lips of a woman whispering in his ear.
Fujishiro, though he’s pretty generic, is a solid protagonist. In terms of virtue and character, he is a decent person. He demonstrates his flaws throughout Desuraba, yet at the same time he honestly tries his best to make the right decisions. His guiding light is his promise/relationship with his childhood friend, Sayaka. This relationship, along with the relationships he forms with the other guys in his situation, proves to be integral to maneuvering his way through this “secret prison.”
Long ago, Fujishiro Kosuke declared his love to his childhood friend, Sayaka-chan. But his pledge to save his first sexual experience for her takes a shocking turn when he’s suddenly abducted and thrown into a secret prison run by beautiful women in fetish gear. His seductive kidnappers will use every kink at their disposal to try to rob Kosuke of his virginity. Who are these women, and why are they trying to break Kosuke’s solemn promise to Sayaka-chan?AniList
What makes this manga so appealing a read for me is the tension between the opposing sexes. It’s a really bizarre relationship dynamic that makes for both slap-knee comedy and puzzling drama. It’s cool to see how various relationships are formed between the cast of characters while the different plot points continue to unfold. Everyone is more connected than they appear to be. The conflicts and problems different parties face boil down to genuine misunderstandings and lack of an overarching knowledge of what the real world is.
Honestly I thought this was pretty damn good for how cringey the premise is. Desuraba is definitely a page-turner, as it isn’t hard to get into. This manga is completed, with just over 100 chapters. I’m reading the official English translations and just finished the sixth volume; a character in said volume appeared that is rather despicable. Not going to lie, it left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Up until that point, I didn’t really think things had gotten out of hand to the point of absolute absurdity.
I do plan on following this to completion, but I can’t overlook how uncomfortable the aforementioned dude is. Lol
I got into World’s End Harem within the past couple of days, so I’m not completely up-to-date with it. My first encounter with it came about after hearing that it was getting an anime adaptation that was set to air sometime later during 2021. Knowing this, I was definitely intrigued. I also had noticed that Polyoma was reading it. The two of these factors solidified in my mind that I needed to read this manga. It was inevitable that I was going to pick it up eventually.
The Man-Killer Virus: a lethal disease that has eradicated 99.9% of the world’s male population. Mizuhara Reito has been in cryogenic sleep for the past five years, leaving behind Tachibana Erisa, the girl of his dreams. When Reito awakens from the deep freeze, he emerges into a sex-crazed new world where he himself is the planet’s most precious resource. Reito and four other male studs are given lives of luxury and one simple mission: repopulate the world by impregnating as many women as possible! All Reito wants, however, is to find his beloved Erisa who went missing three years ago. Can Reito resist temptation and find his one true love?AniList
I can’t say for sure, as I haven’t caught up completely at the moment, but this manga is more of a romance than Tamarowa and Desuraba. The latter two seem to rely more on more comedic relief than World’s End Harem—especially Desuraba. The main source of conflict for the protagonist is found in the reconciliation of the woman he loves while navigating a world that has been plagued with a man-eating virus, leaving behind 5 billion hungry women. Definitely interesting.
After coming into contact with this story, having an understanding of what it is, I can just picture what will happen if [and when] Twitter gets a hold of it. There will definitely be some uproar from a variety of different parties. Cancel culture will not be able to stomach this one at all. I’m not a World’s End Harem apologist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I at least appreciate that the author doesn’t take himself seriously…
I can definitely envision people getting upset over it, for a number of different reasons which I can sympathize with to an extent. Though that’s the case, I’m detached enough to recognize the talent of both the author and the the mangaka. I’m not going to set here and say it’s a “good story,” but I do think it exhibits good writing talent.
And yeah, the art for World’s End Harem is phenomenal. I feel like it is definitely the strongest and sharpest of the three.
I think it goes without saying that people should exercise extreme caution with Tamarowa, Desuraba, and World’s End Harem.
At any rate, I found all three of these works to be compelling reads in their own right. For what they are, they are well. I don’t think it’d be wise to overlook the authors’ talent merely due to the graphic nature of these works of theirs. They definitely aren’t for everyone, but that doesn’t diminish the artistic value of these mangas.
At the end of the day, reading manga is something that is meant to be enjoyed. It shouldn’t feel like a chore. Some stories will definitely have less substance or serve different purposes when it comes down to it, but that doesn’t mean certain works should be overlooked. I’m not sure how else to put it, but the writing is genuinely decent.
The title of this article should have captured the essence of my intentions, but I will reemphasize it. If you’re one of those “self-proclaimed degenerates” and don’t shy away from lewd [and otherwise obscene] manga, then you might give some of these a try if you haven’t already.
Anyways, thanks for reading, fam.