Uziga Waita. The sickest of the sick. The grossest of the gross. He makes other artists of filth look like sensitive, menstrual-cycle-having schoolgirls who draw tentative shoujo, whilst cheerfully dancing and frolicking in soft fields full of moistened flowers, gleaming rainbows, and tiny, cutesy, inviting animals.
He is an extraordinarily perverted sicko who showers "Death Face" with his dark, strange, and heinous fetishes. "Death Face" is an entrance to his constantly swirling, blood-drenched, nauseating, and luridly violent and sexual universe that he has steadily been building with each one of his revolting releases. He is not the type to care of whether he
is "going too far", because "far" to him just means average. Waita consistently strives to keep pushing it as much as he possibly can with his able body. "Death Face" is one of his most vile, repugnant, and nasty releases he's ever published. It is an uncompromisingly sadistic and blackly humorous postmodern piece of extremity.
"Death Face" is a ero-guro collection that is made with the intention to be grim, extreme, and highly sexual with blood and organs regularly flailing about, and in that sense it succeeds very well. These stories are viciously and interestingly filled with nightmarish and undesirable topics flowing everywhere in each one. It continuously plays with coarse and bitter subject matter: gang rape, insects, rough bondage, graphic mutilation, cruel sexual tools, loli devastation, etc., all are shown in unrestrained fashion. Bodies are simply toys ready to be damaged, pulled, and stretched in many creative and damaging ways in Waita's unforgiving "Death Face".
The short stories, "Night of Chrysalis" and "4th Class: Biology", best exemplify the 'majorly tortured victim' component that "Death Face" incorporates in every single one of its stories. "Cockroach" is the starter and begins the collection with a creepy use of cockroaches and an unbeknownst female victim. "Boxer" is devastating and contains an bleak ending, like many of these tales, because the relationship it shows never ended up going anywhere. "Ultra Mariko" is a very quick one, and the most unimpressive overall despite some very detailed artwork portions. "Material" is the most ambitious and also the longest one. It has three strange sections that involve insane amounts of amputee rape, torture, and submissive behavior. It also has a literal human flesh toilet. It is the most bizarre, funny, and unsettling story in "Death Face".
The art in "Death Face" is either the most appealing or off-putting factor of it. It depicts its absurdly vile situations appropriately through an explicitly violent and grotesque fashion, thus practically removing all the soft eroticism in the sexual acts due to the exceptional maximalist approach. This is one of the prime reasons that makes "Death Face" so interesting. The other primary reason that makes this exceedingly amusing is the usage of dark, coal-like black humor spread throughout the manga. "Death Face" is very funny while still maintaining its aggressive, rapacious style at a non-stop speed.
"Death Face" routinely uses many shades of black in the artwork. These shades aren't always solo with much space between them. They may overlap and become tones with varying degrees of gray, or coexist very closely next to other shade of black. The end result of this is quite intriguing and attractive. These numerous shades are achieved by heavy utilization of blood, saliva, sweat, and of course, seminal fluids. Backgrounds are competent and not flashy or elaborate; characters and their actions are given full concentration. The somewhat minimal character designs are refreshing considering the subject matter; lolicon characters are the best example of this. It's fascinating to see these designs being portrayed in such atypical situations. Any seemingly saccharine developments are quickly squashed and killed. The title obviously sounds painful for a reason.
Waita's manga may lack the darkly satirical edge of one of his contemporaries, Shintaro Kago, but he does possess the raw intensity and brutality that makes this particular work feel so kinetic and pleasing humor-wise. This assemblage of stories one of his best showcasings of his greatest qualities as a relentless and efficient guro artist and humorist.
"Death Face" is as abrasive as it is vigorously entertaining. It is satisfying and definitely titillates the usually concealed sweet tooth for entertainingly immoderate depravity and black-humor-styled hilarity.
Eight Abused, Battered, and Oozing Lolis out of Ten.
If you will, think of Death Face as the "Faces of Death" series of Japanese manga. The stories range from underage torture, insects, fetish bondage and other acts of violence against characters from a variety of ages.
The stories themselves, last only a few pages, perhaps 10+ or so focused on a 'theme' and evolves into a bittersweet ending for most of the unnamed victims in the chapter.
Through chapter to chapter, Uziga Waita indulges in some of the more 'hardcore' fetishes that most would turn their nose too and deride as extreme or cruel for the sake of being a sadist.
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each chapter have no discernable background or story, it's a very simple, introduction to the players, a brief introduction to the scene and turning out the act as viciously as possible.
Having been a previous fan of Guro, most of the artwork is subpar but , detailed. In Night of the Chrysalis, the protagonist is turned into a living skin for a group of bondage and latex enthusiasts, Cockroach involves a mentally unstable dim-witted fellow with a fascination with cockroaches.
The list goes on and on.
In Boxer alone, readers of this manga are given the true extent of what Uziga is willing to resort to for the sake of his audiences preferences and adds sexual content, albeit rape into the story with the ending meeting the usual "standard" of the harsh reality of sadistic themed pornography.
Not "all" of Uziga's work in this collection is fueled by sex, understand, that guro is a focus on the dismemberment and violent graphic killing of a character, usually while one is still capable of expressing their dismay over the situation as vehemently as possible.
In Ultra Mariko, Uziga expresses some of the realities of the super hero mythos against super-strong monsters raging through japan.
In the end, Death Face is Uziga Waita's Faces of death, there are brief plots, single dimensional characters that are passing briefly before our eyes before being introduced to their individual demises. It's a tad portion of torture, rape and violence that has been the staple of Waita's career and unless you're truly interested in the said violence, then please, move along.
Death face is, I repeat, is NOT for the faint of heart. If you are looking into an introduction to Uziga's work, then some recommendations include "Mr.Sarubato's Rowdy Classroom", his recently release "Rain for the dead" is also tame compared to this early piece of violence ridden filth that will leave an impression on impressionable minds.