Japanator Interviews: Toshio Maeda AX '13


The godfather of tentacle porn speaks

Back in the late 90's, if the subject of anime was ever brought up, it usually devolved into one topic. Whether or not you had watched The Legend of the Overfiend (Urotsukidoji). You couldn't avoid it, and after some time, people began to think that Japanese animation was all about young teenagers getting raped by demons. Yes, Urotsukidoji had forever stained the perception of the fandom. However, it also brought an immense attention to it that it could never had without such controversy.

Even today, the after effects and stigma is still around. Was Urotsukidoji depraved, sick, and sadistic? Yes, but there was something absolutely brilliant about it. I remember first seeing a clip of it at an anime convention. The dealer would only show small tidbits, scared that the parents would see the level of bootleg filth he was seeing. Yeah, I was only a kid at the time, but I made sure the guy knew that he wanted the $20 bill that was in my pocket.

What followed can only be experienced personally. The confusion, disgust, and morbid curiosity that comes from seeing something so unlike any perceptions of what could be in an animated film all go out the door. At the time, there was absolutely no equal. Where did this insanity come from? Who could dare think and create such an abomination, and other twisted works like La Blue Girl and Demon Beast Invasion?

That man is of course, the amazing Toshio Maeda.

Out of all the people I had the pleasure of palling around with this year at Anime Expo, I definitely had the biggest blast with Sensei Maeda. We had spoken over email since meeting last year, but really didn't have a chance to sit down face to face for any period of time until last week. He decided to give Japantor readers an exclusive interview into his world.

We had a fantastic conversation about classic Americana, piracy, and of course chicken. The first thing that'll probably floor you is how good the Osaka native's English really is. Like we talk about in the interview, if you are ever in Japan and want to spend some time with a living legend. You should get in touch with Maeda Sensei over at his official site, where he also sells original work and new comics.

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