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Toshio Maeda (前田俊夫 Maeda Toshio?, born 1953) is a controversial[1] erotic manga artist who was most prolific in the 1980s and 90s. Several of Maeda's works have been used as a basis for Original Video Animations (OVA) including the well known La Blue Girl,[2] Adventure Kid,[3] Demon Beast Invasion,[4] Demon Warrior Koji[5] and his most famous work, Urotsukidōji (Legend of the Overfiend).[6] One interviewer commented that Urotsukidōji "firmly placed him in the history books - in Japan and abroad - as the pioneer of the genre known as hentai, or perverted".[7]

Life and career

Maeda was self-taught about manga, having been a voracious reader of comics since he was 5 or 6 years old, including American comics such as Mighty Mouse, Spider-Man and Batman. He was also a reader of all genres of literature and has said that he read more than 10,000 books before he was 20 years old. At 16 he left Osaka to go to Tokyo as an assistant to a professional cartoonist. He became interested in manga for adults to avoid all the strictures, sexual, political and religious, that were placed on manga for children.[7]

Maeda's groundbreaking work, Urotsukidōji, came out in 1986 and it has been claimed that "No other title apart from Akira has been so influential in the English-language market."[8] Maeda was working for an adult magazine and wanted to create something different than the usual everyday life erotic tale.[7]

Maeda is credited with the proliferation of the tentacle rape genre mostly on the reputation of the animated versions of his manga. But he did not implement the use of the "tentacle" as an erotic device until the 1989 Demon Beast Invasion. Even though his most famous work, Urotsukidoji, is credited as being the first tentacle rape manga it was only in the anime version that tentacle rape was featured. Maeda has explained that since portraying genitals was illegal in Japan, artists would use any trick they could to get by the censors and he could say that a creature's tentacle was not a penis.[7] Maeda is proud of his role in popularizing the genre and in a blog interview stated that he would like "Tentacle Master" inscribed on his tombstone.[9]

Maeda was a Guest of Honor at the Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) held in New York City in October 2001. He was acclaimed as "the most influential erotic manga artist in Japan" and his masterpiece Urotsukidoji was described as " the foundation for the entire 'erotic-grotesque' genre of Japanese anime". Maeda was the Keynote Speaker at the BAAF Symposium and introduced a retrospective of his work.[10][11]

A motorbike accident in 2001 left Maeda with limited ability in his drawing hand but he continued to use his computer to create characters and write scripts.[8] In 2003, he was planning his contributions to a Japanese women's hentai magazine and learning to look at eroticism from a woman's point of view.[7]

It should not be ignored that Maeda has done just as much sex comedy and BDSM-themed manga stories as erotic horror and even a few books perfectly suited for and targeted at younger readers. Early in his career, with the likes of Evil Spirit Island and Ashita-e Kick Off, he only provided the illustrations while someone else wrote the text for the manga.

As of September 2010 Toshio Maeda has now opened his official website, with the Tentacle club- whereby users can sign up and view his full length manga for a small monthly fee of 500 yen. Toshio has also made the opportunity available to the public to come stay at his apartment and have the opportunity to discus manga, anime and japan in general over a beer for a small fee, together with a tour of Akihabara and various otaku hot spots in Tokyo www.urotsukidoji.jp

Bibliography

  • Kaiten Arashi (開店荒らし?)
  • Ashita-e Kick Off (明日へキックオフ?) (1977), Hit Comics, 1 volume
  • Akuryō Shima (悪霊島?, Evil Spirit Island) (1981), Action Comics, 2 volumes
  • Yokubō no Wana (欲望の罠?, Trap of Desire) (1982), Comic Pack, 1 volume
  • Yokubō no Rinbu (欲望の輪舞?, Dance of Desire) (1983), Comic Pack, 1 volume
  • Jigoku no Kiss (地獄のキッス?, Hell's Kiss) (1983), Joy Comics, 1 volume
  • Banquet of Desire (欲望の狂宴?) (1984), Comic Pack, 1 volume
  • Yokubō no Mokushiroku (欲望の黙示録?, Apocalypse of Desire) (1986), Comic Pack, 1 volume
  • Urotsukidōji (うろつき童子?) (1986), Wani Magazine Comics, 6 volumes; English translation: Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend (1998), Urotsukidoji (2002)
  • Fuuun Kurozukin (風雲黒頭巾?) (1987), 3 volumes
  • Chi no Wana (血の罠?, Trap of Blood) (1987), 6 volumes
  • Habu Ga Iku (HABUが行く?) (1987), Wani Magazine Comics, 2 volumes
  • Adobenchā Kiddo (アドベンチャーKID?) (1988), Wani Magazine Comics, 4 volumes; English translation: Adventure Kid (2003)
  • Gendō Gakuen Black Board Jungle (外道学園 Black Board Jungle?, Nightmare Campus) (1988), Tsukasa Comics, 1 volume
  • Yumechō Child (夢宙チャイルド?, Dream-Realm Child) (1988), Tatsumi Comics, 1 volume
  • Chōkedamono Densetsu (超獣伝説?, Legend of the Superbeast) (1988), Million Comics, 1 volume
  • Niku Man De Gō (肉マンでゴー?, Meat Man Go!) (1988), Wani Books, 2 volumes
  • Oni Gari (鬼狩り?, Ogre Hunting) (1988), Pyramid Comics, 1 volume
  • Yōjû Kyōshitsu Gakuen (妖獣教室?) (1989), 2 volumes; English translation: Demon Beast Invasion (2001)
  • Injuu Gakuen La Blue Girl (淫獣学園?) (1989), Suberu Comics; English translation: La Blue Girl (2002)
  • Injû no Tenshi (淫獣の天使?) (1989), Men's Comics, 1 volume
  • Yokoshima Seiken (邪聖剣ネクロマンサー?, Wicked Sword Necromancer) (1989), Takarajima Comics, 1 volume
  • Mado Senshi (魔童戦士?) (1990), Tatsumi Comics, 1 volume
  • Hajikareta Hōkago (弾かれた放課後?) (1990), 1 volume
  • Okkake Datenshi (おっかけ堕天使?) (1990), Gekiga King Comics, 1 volume
  • Kikō Jinruiten BODY (機甲人類伝BODY?) (1991), Wani Magazine Comics, 2 volumes
  • Magical Shimai (魔ジカル姉妹?, Magical Sisters) (1991), 1 volume
  • Shin Urotsukidōji (新うろつき童子?, New Urotsukidōji) (1993), Action Camera Comics, 2 volumes
  • Oni no Kotarō (鬼の小太郎?) (1993), Suberu Comics, 2 volumes
  • Rika to Jirainari (里香と地雷也?) (1993), Suberu Comics, 1 volume
  • Ryakudatsu Toshi (略奪都市?) (1993), Suberu Comics, 2 volumes
  • Korogari (ころがり釘次女体指南?, Korogari) (1996), Core Comics, 4 volumes
  • Kaikan Therapist (快感セラピスト?, Pleasure Therapist) (1998), Kyun Comics, 1 volume
  • Kairaku Shigotonin (快楽仕事人?, Pleasure Salesman) (1999), Suberu Comics DX, 1 volume

Sources

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References

External links

ca:Toshio Maedait:Toshio Maedaru:Маэда, Тосио

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