Koike Kazuo and Yoshitani Keiji’s High School Student Ruffian - Serialized in Manga Action from 1971-1973.
'Talk about toxic masculinity and a retrograde conception of sexual consent. Koike Kazuo and Yoshitani Keiji’s High School Student Ruffian. Serialized in Manga Action from 1971 to 1973, the eight volume book edition sold over a million copies and was adapted into three films. About a teenage boy who quits high school in Kagoshima to travel to Tokyo to find his brother, who is in hiding from the police after participating in the barricading of Tokyo University. En route, he swindles weak and gullible older men and seduces every girl he meets. Correction: he rapes every girl and woman he meets, even offering little tips about how to do it properly so that the victim not only submits but falls in love. Essentially, the manga was a best-selling handbook for young men about how to be respected by men and adored by women as a jerk and predator. Frightening to consider the impact something like this had. While Koike was helping to push gekiga to new heights with Lone Wolf and Cub, he was also helping to ensure Japan would stay chauvinistic and misogynistic by writing poisonous trash like this. I am reading it to better know Manga Action and the gakuran (male school uniform) genre,which Baron Yoshimoto parodied in his short stories from the same era.'
- Ryan Holmberg, 24th January, 2018.
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(Republished with kind permission from Ryan Holmberg.)