Pet Humiliation Diary Vol. #01 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Thursday, June 07, 2007
Release Date: Monday, April 30, 2007



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Gorou Horikawa
Translated by:Ex-S Woo
Adapted by:

What They Say
3 graphic novellas by master BDSM artist Gorou Horikawa. Kaede's Sword: A young swordswoman crosses a yakuza gang, who then kidnaps and sexually humiliates her. The Young Bride: a dutiful daughter gives up her virginity to help save her father's faltering business.

The Review
If you are into S&M, slave or messy sex, then this book is for you.

Packaging:
A woman wearing a school uniform and calf-high socks graces the front cover. Perhaps the most clothes ever worn by a woman on an Icarus cover, the girl has a rope wrapped around her chest, going over the top and bottom her breasts. More along the lines of what I expect from Icarus, the back cover has a naked woman with a leather collar attached to a chain, the only clothing is a wedding tiara. Icarus continues to release titles with great print quality throughout the entire volume. Extras in this title consist of a letter from the author and two guest artists. There is also a glossary explaining honorifics and an extensive Japanese language 'Pronunciation Guide'.

Artwork:
Horikawa's art style reminds me of old school anime or older CLAMP stuff where the female characters have really pointy chins, but the rest of the characters fall into the somewhat standard ero-manga style with ugly male characters. Although Horikawa takes it a little further with almost Cro-Magnon looking men and a few beer-bellied old guys thrown in for good measure. The female characters are attractive with gravity defying large breasts and highly detailed eyes. I didn't really care for the lack of detail during the sex scenes, their parts are usually just outlined with no detail.

Text/SFX:
The translation/editing for this volume kicks up a notch compared with previous titles. Honorifics remain and the translation reads well. Grammar errors are at a bare minimum. The Japanese SFX remains but lacks an English translation.

Contents: (Oh yes, there may be spoilers)
The 'Young Bride' is the tragic tale of a woman forced into marriage because of family business. Aiko's father, Isozaki, owns his own business and most of his income is from a single client. When this client threatens to pull his account if Aiko doesn't marry his son, Isozaki is forced to make a horrible decision between saving his business and losing his daughter. Being the loving daughter that she is, Aiko offers to save her father's company and all his employess. Unfortunately for Aiko, her new husband is a twisted bastard. He immediately turns her into his sex slave. Aiko spends much of her time tied up fulfilling her husbands degrading fantasies; candles, waterworks, nipple torture and more. Will her life ever get better? Will Aiko's father come to her rescue?

'Female Teacher' is about a high school teacher in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mari sensei's first class is full of rough characters, the worst of which is Kido, the son of a yakuza boss man. Not surprisingly, all the faculty and students are afraid of Kido. When Mari tries to reach out to him, he reaches right back. Kido rapes Mari, stealing her virginity, and then goes about trying to transform her into a nympho. Will Kido be successful, or will Mari's favorite student step in and stop Kido?

Finally a story with a strong female character. 'Kaede's Sword' is about the granddaughter of a swordmaster. Because Kaede has learned the way of the sword from her family, she protects the girls at her school from the campus scum. When she beats up the wrong guys, she finds herself facing off with a sword-wielding yakuza. Not as good a swordswoman as she thought, Kaede loses more than just the fight. As any good yakuza would, the guy goes about beating all of Kaede's pride out of her. Will Kaede's grandfather come to her rescue? Will Kaede wreak vengence on her attackers once she escapes from the ropes?

Comments
If you are into S&M, slave or messy sex, then this book is for you. The men around the three women in this book go to the extreme to degrade their sex slaves. Whether it's forced sex in front of a class full of students or candle burning tied up women, these dirty bastards are very good at breaking a woman's spirit. Although the content didn't fulfill my personal perverted preferences, the storytelling/setup is fairly good. The sex doesn't happen just for the sake of having sex. Instead, there are good buildups to why the situations came about. Female teacher tries to do the right thing and gets burned. Young girl tries to protect her father only to fall into the hands of a lecherous bastard. And a girl tries to protect her family's honor only to fall prey to a twisted yakuza bastard. So like I mentioned before, if you're a fan of Horikawa's art or a into S&M sex slaves then pick up a copy.

Overall Hotness (1 to 5): 3:Pitched Tent



Mania Grade: C+
Art Rating: C
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Icarus Publishing
MSRP: 19.99
Pages: 176
ISBN: 1-934075-07-4
Size: A5
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Pet Humiliation Diary