Gunji by Gengoroh Tagame
Gunji is a four-part graphic novel about a chef entangled in a deeply psychological BDSM relationship. The book includes a bonus story, Ballad of Oeyama.
“Gunji” was originally published in Kinniku-Otoko magazine, a short-lived publication Tagame credits with helping bring together the worlds of BL and gay manga. As a result, the story is a hybrid of BL sensibilities and Tagame’s trademark brutality.
Ballad of Oeyama is a period piece set in the 10th Century, about a military commander’s encounter with a Western foreigner. Tagame cites Japanese manga God Osamu Tezuka’s General Onimaru as an inspiration for the work. The version included in this book is a revision of the 2004 original, with design enhancements, such as “fuller body hair.”
“Like the Director’s Cut or DVD extras you’d see in restored versions of films,” he writes in the book’s afterword, “it’d be safe to call this the 2013 Ballad of Oeyama Redux.”
Page Count: 160 pages
Dimensions: 7″ x 9.75″
Translation: Anne Ishii
Pub Date: January 2014
Publisher: Bruno Gmünder