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  • Art Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: C-
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: Icarus Publishing
  • MSRP: 19.95
  • Series: Scarlet Desire

Scarlet Desire Vol. #01

Scarlet Desire Vol. #01 Manga Review

By Matthew Alexander     December 28, 2009
Release Date: July 29, 2009

Scarlet Desire Vol. #01
© Icarus Publishing

Clean illustrations of a woman with impressive assets, but the mother-son incest angle will lose a lot of readers.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Tohru Nishimaki
Translation: Sebastien Azar
Adaptation: Sebastien Azar

What They Say
A young man named Shun becomes infatuated with his beautiful mother Hitomi after secretly watching her masturbate in the shower. Conflicted with childhood memories of a doting parent and fueled by jealous rivalry with his father, Shun vows to take her for himself, even if it means destroying the sacred bond between mother and son forever.

The Review!
Contains nudity and sexual situations.

This is another solidly produced book from Icarus Publishing with quality paper and a clean printing.  This book has some interesting bonus pages showing panels the author took out of the book and why he decided not to use them.  I still find it disappointing that these books don’t include the color pages, but I recognize the niche market within a niche market that Icarus has to work with.  What I am really disappointed with is the low quality of the adaptation.  The translation/adaptation itself reads well enough, but the editing needs some work.  There are numerous instances that a word is missing mid-dialogue.

As for the art, Tohru Nishimaki’s style has really smoothed out since his early volumes of the ‘Blue Eyes’ series.  The ‘Scarlet Desire’ characters don’t seem quite as stiff as his older works and I can’t help but be awed by how realistic he presents large breasts.  Backgrounds have also improved and become much more detailed, especially by eromanga standards.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Shun is a very effeminate looking guy living with his parents while he studies for his college entrance exams.  The guy is an only child with a stay at home mom, and his dad travels a lot for work.  So it isn’t too surprising that he would turn out rather girly.

Like a lot of guys out there, Shun isn’t real successful with the ladies.  If you don’t count all his romantic encounters with Rosy Palm, he is still a virgin.  So far, none of this is that strange.  However, what is weird is his fascination with his mother.  Sure, she is really young to have a kid Shun’s age and she is smoking hot with gravity defying breasts, but she’s his mom! 

Things quickly go down hill after Shun watches his mom masturbate in the shower.  He immediately goes to town on himself and things slowly cascade from there.  Next he steals his mother’s underwear for masturbation sessions.  Then he sneaks a peek at his parents having sex.  If this isn’t creepy enough, Shun becomes extremely jealous of his dad and wishes he was the person making love to his mom.  Now that is just sick, and I’ve read and enjoyed a fair amount of eromanga that many people would find disturbing.

Page after page, I keep hoping Shun is going to wake up or get scared away from his mother fascination.  Maybe some hottie at school will ask him out and he can lose his virginity with her.  But no, Tohru Nishimaki is out to push the envelope with this story.  Although I shouldn’t be so surprised, this story did originally run in a mother-son incest anthology called ‘Mother F*cker’.

At this point there is nothing really left to wonder about.  Shun will not be denied the chance to make his mother bow to his manhood.  When he catches her using a vibrator, he lays everything out on the table.  The real question is will she try and stop it like any sane woman, or will she love it like ero women tend to do?

In Summary:
For as great as Tohru Nishimaki is at drawing sexy women with massive bOObs, he cannot write a likable protagonist to save his life.  The protagonist in his ‘Blue Eyes’ series is unlikable, but the protagonist in ‘Scarlet Desire’ is just repulsive.  I have read a lot of sibling incest stories and while they don’t do it for me personally, it doesn’t bother me that much.  However, Shun’s fascination and dang near rape attempt on his mother just really turned me off.

While I believe the ‘Blue Eyes’ series is a vanilla enough title for people new to eromanga to try, I definitely don’t recommend ‘Scarlet Desire’ to any but the hardest of hardcore ero fans.  Basically, if you have an Oedipus complex or are a huge fan of Tohru Nishimaki’s work, then check out this book.  If you don’t fall into either of those two categories, you should spend your Icarus dollars on some of there many other better titles.


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langduvt 11/14/2009 9:00:26 PM

?? how to see picture?



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