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The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: The Master of the Gay Erotic Manga

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Violent, visceral and provocative, to say the least, Gengoroh Tagame's unquestionable talent for story and illustration is already the stuff of legend. His gay BDSM stories are now widely celebrated for both their virtuosic drawing and their unparalleled passion. Produced by a veteran Japanist--Anne Ishii--"The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame" is a project that began some years ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Picturebox, Inc.
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Tagame's art is awesome as always, but this selection is not representative of his best work.
May 09, 2013 t.obia rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Tagame’s book will be INTENSE for the lay comic reader who is just getting into gay erotica. Not to deter said reader, it’s a rather beautifully drawn book. A couple (or more) of the stories get a bit redundant and there isn’t much depth in terms of actual character development or story overall—but we all know that isn’t the point. It’s meant to titillate. It’s meant to prod and push. It’s meant to be extreme. Subtlety can only be found in the brushstrokes. Proceed with caution if you are not pr ...more
Umm, hope I don't hurt anybody's feelings here, but this book is really funny. The violence and situations depicted in the stories collected here are so over-the-top, it's hard to react to them otherwise. Maybe for somebody gay and/or into S&M the stories are erotic, but. . . Anyhow, the real selling point here is Tagame's draftstmanship, which is first-rate in every panel. This man can draw superbly. Tagame claims that half of his readers are women, and that he deliberately aims for a broad ...more
Russell Grant
A collection of hardcore gay porn that probably isn't for the faint of heart. I was curious to get this since so much manga is already homoerotic, I wanted to see what someone would do if they didn't hold back. Well, this one doesn't hold back at all with pretty near every S&M type fetish you would want depicted in the extreme. What elevates this from a stroke book though is how Tagame manages to actually have emotions play into the scenes. There's a realness and humanity to this that provid ...more
Stunning, arousing art, although the selections are sort of hit and miss instead of being a "Best of" style collection. American commissioned story is fairly dull compared to Tagame's usual material. Guaranteed to bring some wood if you've never stumbled upon Tagame's work via the various fan translations littering the internet, but also an interesting exploration of homosexuality in the form of misguided sexual encounters, misread signals, semi-incestuous assault, and the drug induced condition ...more
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Warning: this book is not for everybody. Tagame draws amazing art, but the subject matter is almost always S&M related with alpha male to alpha male gay erotica. With that said, the art is always interesting and sometimes shocking. Tagame co-founded G-Man, which is easily the best gay men's magazine out of Japan to date, and the alpha male/muscle bear look the magazine promotes has transformed modern gay sensibilities in Japan. I've owned many Tagame books over the years, but almost always e ...more
Sarah Jane Smith
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Content warning (C&P'd from my post): This review covers a very sexually explicit manga that has scenes of rape, torture, BDSM, and related issues that can be triggering/upsetting to readers. Feel free to skip this post if those things aren't cool for you.
A depiction of power and authoritarian through penises, anuses, hairy bulky men, and extreme gay S&M.
Sam Bowman
Whoa. Prepare yourself first.
Malcolm Ross
So. Fucking. Hot.
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Gengoroh Tagame is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga, many of which depict graphic violence. The men he depicts are hypermasculine, and tend to be on the bearish side.

Born into a family descended from samurai, Tagame began his career as a manga artist in 1982, while he was studying graphic design at Tama Art University (多摩美術大学). His works have been published in sever
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