Flyer for a special exhibition at the Tezuka Manga Museum focusing on Osamu Tezuka and Go Nagai’s science fiction manga. Note the small caricature of Nagai himself soaring alongside AstroBoy.
Scanned from The Art of Osamu Tezuka. Sorry about the fuzziness on the one side.
Go Nagai’s Kiwi Honey Mascot
Corrupted Viewings: Iron Clad
Some type of critical analysis of Go Naigai’s Iron Virgin Jun has been mulling around my head for months now but has never gone beyond rough draft stage.
I wrote some more.
I tore up my draft.
And I wept.
Then I began to compare the difference between an Avatar Fleshlight and a regular Fleshlight.
Then I wept some more because at what low point does one have to reach to start comparing the vaginal structure of Na’vi and porn star poon?
Desire was there (for the review, not the Fleshlights) but an approach was difficult.
You see Go Nagai is like the Japanese’s version of John Waters pumped full of Human Growth Hormone, constantly fed the crushed feline bones of Hello Kitty, and washing it all down with the blood of nubile and busty Japanese school girls you’d find screaming in a hentai.
His stuff is weird, and not in the sense of “Oh my girlfriend tends to pat me on the head for a good job like her dog” kind of weird. It’s more of the, “Oh my girlfriend said she wanted me to f*ck her like her dog does,” kind of weird.
Weirdness can easily straddle the line between creepy and thought-provoking like a a brilliant philosophy professor who works his foot fetish into his lectures.
Or Lady Gaga.
Naigai’s work, while at times, unashamedly perverted and comfortably sprawled in this blanket of WTFness does cause you to think. And it’s for that reason he’ll share that trashy art school genius level with the likes of Hideo Kojima and Suda 51, rather than be thought of as just plain creepy.
Much like Kojima and Suda, there always seems to be some deeper thought to his work. Or maybe I’m simply implementing my desire for there to be some deeper meaning, because how the hell else am I suppose to justify watching two muscle bound chicks wrestle each other to a demon spirit’s amusement?
You’re always able to pull something from Nagai’s work.
For example, you want upside down thoughts of demons and angels, sprinkled with a violent story that covers a slight bromance gone wrong?
Feel like teetering between Barbie-doll fan service sexism and precocious girl power independence?
Watch Cutey Honey.
So what do we get with Iron Virgin Jun?
Why it’s time to play a game called switching gender roles followed by coming of age sexuality.
Violence Jack WTF
Ah, what?! I just.what?!
The greatest piece of anime dubbing ever known to man. Thanks fauxevil. This is what I’ve been waiting on ever since you started Go Nagai day. Fucking shit indeed.
Violence Jack clip- eng. dub, lots of swearing(lol)