Takemura Sessyu

Take On Me, by 竹村雪秀 / Takemura Sessyu

One of the first, and best, erotic manga I have had the pleasure of reading is Take On Me, by 竹村雪秀 / Takemura Sessyu, a manga which has run into two volumes and attained no small popularity. It is not hard to see why; his works possess an immaculate and detailed style, engaging story and characters, and cover a broad range of sexual interests.

takeonme_001a

His magnum opus is certainly the two volumes of “Take On Me”; this is really a most accomplished work, especially artistically, but it also possesses a good and quite amusing (if entirely sex-centric and quite contorted at times) story and, particularly in the second volume, covers just about every mainstream sexual interest going.

An English language version is also available as “Domin-8 Me!”; I have no idea what their reasons were for changing the name, nor have I seen this version, but it may be worth a look if you are after an English language edition.

takeonme_005

takeonme_006

takeonme_007

takeonme_008

takeonme_009

takeonme_010

takeonme_011

to2_001

to2_124

to2_056

to2_057

to2_058

to2_059

to2_060

to2_061

to2_062

to2_063

to2_064

to2_065

If I were to venture some mild criticism, it would only be that his style is at times a little plain, and sometimes over-stylised, and his colour illustrations are not at the same standard as his monochrome work. The story also can also be strained at times, not that his would really be considered story centred works.

001-1

025

026

027

028

029

030

031

032

033

034

035

He has also produced some slightly strange original dojinshi (I am thinking particularly of the Post Girl one with Junichiro Koizumi); these are actually quite good – well worth checking out, I think.

00001

“ナタリィに銃と花束を”, “Guns and Roses for Natalie”, is his previous compilation – he has certainly improved a great deal from this, although it only looks bad in comparison to his later works. Interesting to see how his style and art develop (and what happened to all the futanari?), but it can be a little painful to put them side by side with his later works.

Leave a Comment

7 Comments