If you're new to Shintaro Kago, or guro in general, this is not the place to start. That being said, if you've read some of his other stuff and are attracted to extremely dark subject matter, you'll greatly enjoy this; it was the most brutal collection of his stories I have thus read.
**You probably shouldn't be reading things like this at all if you're easily triggered, but nonetheless, major trigger warnings for self harm and rape**
A short review of each chapter that was available in English:
The Collection contains fantastic character development, satirizing, defining, and distorting the idea of collection and collectors, as
portrayed through the protagonist. Her sadistic blindness contrasted with her subjects' growing sense of fear had me violently wishing the manga would end in justice. I won't say whether or not it did, but regardless, the ending is fantastic.
Harakiri was hard for me to personally stomach (haha) because it dealt with self harm, which is a rough subject for me to look on objectively, so admittedly the following is very biased. I suppose this story could be interpreted as humor, but I did not find it funny, though it effectively commented on how people, teens in particular, can so mindlessly subscribe to trends. The characters in the manga were interesting to follow to see what choices they made, but ultimately, I wouldn't count this as the strongest chapter.
Suck It. Oh boy. This is probably the single most disturbing thing I have ever seen, read, or heard. Do not go into this manga lightly. Heed the warnings of those who have been scarred. Seriously. If you feel uncomfortable with the chapters that came before this one, skip it. Still, it had enormous emotional capability and a terrifying progression, making it probably my favorite piece. This is not an easy thing to forget; it will make an impression and stick there.
Thank god Fetus Collection is the next chapter, because any reader will need a breather, and this provides it. Kago returns to his typical humor and satire with this fun little tale of the art of aborted fetus arranging. The only downside is the end; it was abrupt and unsatisfactory.
Unscratchable Itch was solidly good. It had graphic and effective art, creepy characters and atmosphere, and a superbly creative premise. Once again, the end disappoints, being a bit cliche, but its very worth reading through.
Last but not least is Holy Night, a fantastic little concept executed nicely. Its length, characters, art, and story were all well developed and though it ended on a somewhat mediocre note, it made for a perfect conclusion to this anthology.
It's gory. It's disturbing. It's perverted. It's twisted and downright sick. And this shit is hilarious. Kijin Gahou is a collection of guro one-shots that parody different elements of modern society, with abortion, peer pressure, fashion, religion, BDSM, and mental illness all being targets for shamelessly fucked-up jokes. This is some of the darkest humor you will ever see, and can easily be off-putting to prudish types. But the gore and bizarre sexual content is used like a plot device, serving as a visual punchline to Kago Shintarou's sick sense of humor, and at a few points the gore itself is the joke. It's not
supposed to be serious, and you can tell that Shintarou had a good time making it. If you're a Kago Shintarou fan, or like dark humor in general, this is a great way to kill some time. Also, the last chapter is about a violent and perverted version of Santa Claus wreaking havoc in Japan. If that sound awesome to you, you're a sad, sad person.
Shintaro Kago is renowned for his frank and disturbing tales of sexual perversion. There is a dark wit running throughout all of his manga. I have personally read around 200 manga and 'Suck It' is by far the most disturbing I have ever read.
I didn't know whether to give it a 1 for making me feel disgusting, or a 10 for the balls of getting it published. I settled for a generous score due to its hilarious climax.
To analyse it would take a thousand words and make many assumptions about the author. The premise does it no justice. To talk about
it more would spoil it. Therefore I have no option but to let veteran seasoned manga readers of MAL do the talking:
'...that was fucked up, man.' - idklol
'Omfg. What the hell was that?!' - Kimia
'that was awesome' - Lith
'Hahaha, what the hell.' - Raidanzoup
'after getting to the animal part I thought it can't get any worse but man was I wrong :/' - Leffy
'God, I think I'm having suicidal feelings right now... fuck, that was the darkest shit I've ever read' - gomu_ninguen
Please save yourself the trauma and stay the hell away from this demented piece of sheer agony. If I could take back reading this, I would, x1000. I had trouble sleeping for a little bit. I read this when I was younger, about 14, because my friend decided it would be funny to troll me by saying this manga was "a masterpiece of literature and art. "I honestly don't understand how someone could jokingly recommend this to another human being while being one themselves. I mean, I joke around and stuff, but this is way too much. You know those videos of those babies with
their eyes bloodied up and skin cracking (It's a disease)? Well this is even more disturbing than that. Hats off to the author for being the most twisted f**k that ever lived. I bet the author is going "HUR HUR SHOCK HUMOR SO FUNNY"