English adult manga and doujin publisher FAKKU has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a remastered edition of the infamous erotic horror manga Urotsukidoji – Legend of the Overfiend.
The publisher has teamed up with acclaimed Japanese artist Toshio Maeda to try and not only bring his cult classic title to English shores, but in a remastered edition that will feature color pages and exclusive new content. The synopsis for the manga is as such:
Jyaku (the eponymous wandering kid) is a beast/human hybrid who has been banished to Earth for his great misdeeds, mostly involving the Elder and his daughter Mimi. The Elder sends Jyaku to the human world to find the Chōjin: the unbeatable god of the demon world who is hiding within the body of a man.
A group of reptilian demons want to find the Chōjin and use his power on behalf of the Queen of Demons. Under the leadership of Suikakuju, the Elder’s rival and lover of his estranged wife, the Queen of Demons, they hatch a series of plots to try to capture the Chōjin
For those of you unfamiliar with “Tentacle Master” Toshio Maeda, he is widely considered to be the man that ushered in both the era of Japanese tentacle porn and hentai manga. During his active years, which spanned from 1977–1999, he created several titles such as Adventure Kid, Demon Beast Invasion, and the immensely well-known and popular La Blue Girl. Due to the time period that most of his works were created in, his art style features a very distinct 80–90’s feel to it, and is a beautiful mix of both Japanese manga and Western comics. In addition to this, he has been frequently praised for his incredible attention to detail while drawing human bodies, grotesque demons, and other monsters in his works.
Despite his amazing success, Toshio’s manga career unfortunately came to a close in 2001 when a motorbike accident left him with limited ability in his drawing hand. He still remains active in many parts of the industry and community, however, and uses a computer for script writing and character creation. He has also in the past contributed to women’s hentai magazines, which helped him to learn a different side of eroticism and hentai from a woman’s point of view.
In 2010, he did an interview with an Italian TV company, where he talked about several topics, including what started him down the path of tentacle porn and erotic horror. When asked how tentacles came to be part of his work, his response was surprisingly that it was not incorporated out of the idea being sexually arousing, but as a way to circumvent the Japanese censorship laws during that time, which were far more restrictive than they are today.
How did you start using the tentacles in your work?
I get asked this a lot too, but there were a lot of censorship issues if a girl and guy was in physical proximity, so according to these restrictions, the question was, if the bodies weren’t together, and the protagonist isn’t a human, what then? If men’s sexual organs and female sexual organs can’t touch, what if a tentacle that looks nothing like a human is used, -it doesn’t provoke the legal restrictions. So the tentacle came about from thinking about these things.
His response to how Urotsukidoji came to be was also interestingly enough somewhat along the same vein, with its creation spawning from a desire to do something different from what most hentai manga of the day focused on.
How did you come up with the idea for Urotsukidoji?
When I was thinking of Urotsukidoji, there were so many adult manga, but not so many with violence and fixated on evil. So I thought if I did something like that off the bat, the readers would be really surprised.
Some of the scenes are extremely aggressive, how do you want the readers to feel?
My work has a lot of violence, and it’s according to how people want to read into the stories, but many go along the idea of love and ai shitei suru.
Actually, there is a strong notion of focusing on the dark side of humanity, and conversely I want people to feel love. I felt a bit embarrassed with manga that confronted love and peace so brazenly, so I tried a different approach.
For those of you interested in reading the rest of the interview, you can find a transcript off of Toshio Maeda’s official website here. As for the Kickstarter, the campaign has been going on for a while now, and is currently at $45,329 of its $47,000 goal, with 12 days remaining. This goal will achieve the creation and release of Volume 1, with Volumes 2–4 being achieved at stretch goals at $60,000, $73,000, and $86,000, respectively.
If the Kickstarter is successful, Legend of the Overfiend will be available in both a paperback and digital edition. In addition to this, FAKKU has expressed an interest in releasing more of Toshio’s works after Urotsukidoji. You can check out more information, as well as all the cool goodies you can pick up from the campaign, here.