Hazlitt’s podcast, The Arcade,includes a wonderful feature on The...



Hazlitt’s podcast, The Arcade,includes a wonderful feature on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame this week! The segment starts at 26:10. Here’s one of my favorite moments in the interview, where Tagame talks about overcoming his own kink shame through manga:

My own desires are very dark. Some of them are actually immoral and many of them are anti-social. So that’s first. Naturally, I went through a period, especially in my sexual adolescence, of kind of coming to terms with those dark desires and immoral feelings. Just as a person who’s coming out and coming into their gayness will combat with and deal with issues of homophobia, even just inside themselves, I was dealing with my own form of SM-phobia– the fear of SM-phobia and not being accepted for my BDSM tendencies. This was a time when I had very strong feelings of self-hatred and shame because of those feelings, so I think when my characters get to experience this initiation through BDSM and surpass it, it’s probably some kind of revelation for me as well. 

The Arcade is hosted and produced by the awesome Anshuman Iddamsetty, and the podcast’s logo was designed by the incomparable Michael DeForge (who also did the sound effects lettering for “Standing Ovations” and “Country Doctor” in The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame).

Hazlitt’s podcast, The Arcade, includes a wonderful feature on...



Hazlitt’s podcast, The Arcade, includes a wonderful feature on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame this week! The segment starts at 26:10. Here’s one of my favorite moments in the interview, where Tagame talks about overcoming his own kink shame through manga:

My own desires are very dark. Some of them are actually immoral and many of them are anti-social. So that’s first. Naturally, I went through a period, especially in my sexual adolescence, of kind of coming to terms with those dark desires and immoral feelings. Just as a person who’s coming out and coming into their gayness will combat with and deal with issues of homophobia, even just inside themselves, I was dealing with my own form of SM-phobia– the fear of SM-phobia and not being accepted for my BDSM tendencies. This was a time when I had very strong feelings of self-hatred and shame because of those feelings, so I think when my characters get to experience this initiation through BDSM and surpass it, it’s probably some kind of revelation for me as well. 

The Arcade is hosted and produced by the awesome Anshuman Iddamsetty, and the podcast’s logo was designed by the incomparable Michael DeForge (who also did the sound effects lettering for “Standing Ovations” and “Country Doctor” in The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame).

Chris Randle has written a thoroughly researched,...



Chris Randle has written a thoroughly researched, all-encompassing article on Gengoroh Tagame for Hazlitt! “The Erotic Antagonism of Gengoroh Tagame” touches on everything from a young Gengoroh’s first exposure to sexual violence in shonen manga, to Meiji-period conceptions of male-male desire, to Tagame's views on ero-guro. Hint: they’re not what you might think! 

One of the many great moments in Randle’s article comes when Tagame explains the importance of the hero to his work: 

Earlier, after I asked Tagame to elaborate on a comment about the importance of despair to his BDSM vignettes, he mentioned childhood fixations on Shakespearean tragedy and German opera, and added: “I think something they had in common with a lot of Japanese tales is an appreciation of the beauty of destruction, or deterioration. In stories and in eroticism, I’m very particular about heroes, and I’m very concerned with the idea of the hero, but the hero that I fantasize or dream of isn’t somebody who builds nations or brings peoples together, but a person who’s falling apart.”

Chris Randle has written a thoroughly researched,...



Chris Randle has written a thoroughly researched, all-encompassing article on Gengoroh Tagame for Hazlitt! “The Erotic Antagonism of Gengoroh Tagame” touches on everything from a young Gengoroh’s first exposure to sexual violence in shonen manga, to Meiji-period conceptions of male-male desire, to Tagame's views on ero-guro. Hint: they’re not what you might think! 

One of the many great moments in Randle’s article comes when Tagame explains the importance of the hero to his work: 

Earlier, after I asked Tagame to elaborate on a comment about the importance of despair to his BDSM vignettes, he mentioned childhood fixations on Shakespearean tragedy and German opera, and added: “I think something they had in common with a lot of Japanese tales is an appreciation of the beauty of destruction, or deterioration. In stories and in eroticism, I’m very particular about heroes, and I’m very concerned with the idea of the hero, but the hero that I fantasize or dream of isn’t somebody who builds nations or brings peoples together, but a person who’s falling apart.”