Ask Boichi about Manga 11 – Hentai and cool characters

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Hentai and drawing cool characters

So, I read Lovers in Winter and in one of the omake you said that you want to draw cool looking guys doing it with pretty girls. Is there a reason why most of your cool looking heroes resemble Ken? You know blonde long hair, great physique, etc. Is that your definition of coolness? Serious question. I’m aspiring to become a comic book artist too and I found it curious if that’s true, we share the same “cool guy archetype” Federico Luciano Rohr

Thanks for your interesting questions, Federico.
So you want to become a comic artist!!
I am cheering for your dream!! Keep it up!!
I hope one day we can meet each other as pro mangaka in the same league.
Please visit Boichi.com and ask any questions you’d like to know about manga.^^

My message from the omake of <Lovers in Winter> wasn’t about what I believed were cool male characters.
Actually, I wanted to talk about what I thought of the state of Japanese Adult Manga at that time.
If you don’t mind, it’s a bit different but would you like to hear about this subject that I’d like to share with you?
I think I didn’t have the opportunity to talk about it before.

When I started Hentai manga, I felt that Japanese H-manga did not show male characters in H-scenes and sometimes even made them completely invisible.
Of course, it’s a good thing for male readers (who’d like to see the man’s butts, uh?), but I wanted to draw those scenes where lovers share both love and emotions, even if it is H-manga.

I believe that good sex means good communication in a relationship between lovers.
It’s so difficult that I’m unable to express the joy of sex communication with an invisible man.

Also, I was a Shoujo manga artist before moving to Japan, even if there is limited chances for female readers to read my H-manga, I want to draw “beautiful” Erotic manga for them as well. Not simply draw sexy female characters solely for male readers.

Because as male characters are happy to meet the pretty and beautiful female characters, female characters are happy to meet the handsome and cool characters.

I started these H-manga with that idea, but of course there were some enormous limits to work for H-manga.
That is why I put that message in the omake page.

However, a few years after I quit H-manga, I realized how wrong I was.

The world of H-manga isn’t a place to express what I think about what sex and love means but the world expressing sexual fantasy…

Because of my insistance, I’ve made a very foolish mistake and missed in learning the world of H-manga.
That’s what I think now.
If I have the opportunity to create H-manga again, I would like to try what Hentai really is.
I don’t want to miss the chance to learn important things again.

Of course, even if it’s true that I have failed to learn the essence of H-manga, it was still a great experience brought me many valuable things.
I’m always thankful for it.

Now, back to your question about “What is my definition of cool male characters.”
I always want to express cool and awesome male characters, but I’ve never pondered deeply about them from a design perspective.
Characters are the tools for expressing the idea, the theme in the creative world.
Just like actors.

If themes like “the problems of Pursuing Power” are the main ideas, like in <Sun-Ken Rock>, the cool male characters I’ll want to picture is a person who does not want this power and only uses it for the good of those weaker than himself. Eventually, he’ll be able to let go of his power for good.

When the themes of “Surviving” and “Living alone” are part of the story, like with <Origin>. I describe a character who can survive any difficulties and troubles.
Not only to survive, but also to keep protecting what he has to.

Cool and awesome male characters are different from a title to the next. Their ways are also differents.

For the same reason, “muscular male characters” appear in many of my works but Origin is less muscular than Ken.

Also, the main character in <H.E> isn’t a muscular character at all.

Nevertheless, I think there are common patterns in the male characters that I create.
But that’s not because I was the one to design them. They look cool because making cool characters is a natural attribute of creating.

– Boichi

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