I stand by the fact that in its own way, anime and manga is art. There are many great series out there that will make you attached to the characters, break your heart, rage and maybe even shed a tear. And among these, there are some special series praised and held up as masterpieces by the critics.
However, in a medium where such highly viewed works exist, there must also exist the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m talking about the sewer, the garbage of the anime and manga world. Today’s manga we will be discussing is One that everyone has seen, but dares not to mention without the risk of receiving sighs of disgust and anguish over how something so vile could exist.
And then, there’s fans like myself who intentionally seek out such works. Why do they create such a strong reaction of distaste? Are these series really as bad as people say they are, or are they overreacting in order to fit in with the crowd? I am going to get to the bottom of this.
Today, we will be discussing Eromanga Sensei Volume 1.
Let’s go dumpster diving and explore the trash bin that is Eromanga Sensei, shall we?
Most of you probably know that Eromanga Sensei is written by Tsukasa Fushimi, the creator of the infamous light novel “Oreimo,” aka “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!” Even if you don’t know the series, you can probably guess just from the title what kind of stories this author enjoys writing. And thus, his sister saga continues in Eromanga Sensei. Let’s begin.
The manga stars Tsukasa Fushim- uhhh, I mean- Masamune Izumi, a normal high school student like any other. However, he has a secret: he is actually a best selling light novel author! If you’re not aware, light novels are novels that often heavily feature anime artwork, especially moe girl characters, on the cover and throughout the pages. The artwork is essential to the sales of light novels since it will most likely be the thing to make someone pick up the book and start reading it.
Of course, Izumi has an artist that creates the illustrations for his own light novels as well: and their name is Eromanga Sensei. Eromanga Sensei roughly translates to “Teacher of the Lewd-Manga,” or someone who is highly regarded for drawing them anime tiddies. And yes, the very title of this series roughly translates to “Anime-Tiddie Sensei,” but wait, it gets better.
His Sister’s Dark Secret
After watching one of Eromanga Sensei’s drawing streams, Izumi comes to realize that this artist that draws all the lewd art for his novels is actually his little sister, Sagiri! (step sister, not biological, if that makes any difference to you) After realizing this they are able to both talk more and develop their familial bonds. However, Sagiri is a bit of a Hikikomori, meaning someone who never leaves their room. Thus, it becomes Izumi’s goal to encourage his sister Sagiri to venture out of her room and enjoy life as a normal young girl.
If you can get over the initial premise of the series, this manga actually has some pretty notable funny moments. The translators for this manga did a great job bringing out the punch lines and ridiculous dialogue, in the end making this quite an enjoyable read. Sure, some of the jokes are incredibly trashy, such as when the class representative Megumi suddenly shouts that she “loves d*ck” (yes, that is actual dialogue taken from this god-forsaken manga). I didn’t find the interactions between Izumi and Sagiri to be as funny, but when he’s interacting with the perverse Megumi or Yamada Elf, his rival in authorship who spews overly confident but amusing monologues, I found these parts quite enjoyable to read.
As another neat addition to the first volume, there is an extra story written in the back by the original author, Tsukasa Fushimi. Since Eromanga Sensei is adapted from a light novel its nice that they decided to translate and add this side story in at the end.
If you’re a normie that only watches Dragonball Z or an otaku that takes their hobby way too seriously, you’re not going to enjoy Eromanga Sensei. However, If you are a fine connoisseur of anime garbage, a brave explorer searching for only the most high quality trash the industry has produced, then I recommend you check out Eromanga Sensei Volume 1. Plus, the art is pretty good and there are some genuinely enjoyable comedic moments sprinkled throughout this story. You can snag a copy on Amazon here, and if you want to dumpster dive even further you can check out the anime here.
Do you enjoy reading/watching trashy anime and manga? If so what is your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below, and thank you for reading! ^_-