In my copious consumption of smut I sometimes find something I really, really, REALLY like. Among the tasteless escapades I sometimes uncover a gem or two or ten. Today’s carnal consumption is based on one of two fetishes that can get you a felony: voyeurism and exhibitionism. If you’re already a perverted person or kinky kind you’ll easily recognize these deviant behaviors (I say this with all fondness as a fellow deviant).
Voyeurism can be described as: the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively. Simply put: you get off on watching people without their knowledge.
Exhibitionism can be described as: a tendency to display one’s abilities or to behave in such a way as to attract attention. There’s also the psychiatric definition which describes it as a compulsion to expose yourself in public.
This manga is kind enough to feature both for our viewing pleasure. It also has an anime, but we won’t focus on that today. Yes everyone, the voyeurist manga calls you–the reader–out on your voyeurism that you exhibit just by reading it. To prove the author right, you can read it here.
Written by Wakou Honna, this manga starts with our hapless every day college student Kido Tatsuhiko who discovers a hole in the wall of his apartment that shows the inside of the apartment next door. The next door neighbor happens to be none other than Emiru Ikuno, resident chronic masturbator and peeping Tom(ie)*. The short of it: Kido (inevitably) gets caught peeping and Emiru blackmails him into a perverted peeping game that lasts for…quite a while.
Sexy shenanigans ensue…LOTS OF THEM. So much so that Kido-kun fucks his way through all but maybe 3 women of the named female cast. Classic ecchi strategy where we have no idea why everyone likes him so much but hey lets give him lots of pervy connections! There is nary a chapter where someone isn’t getting naked or having sex. Granted, his attention is not completely unwarranted. He’s a genuine nice guy who talks and tries to relate to the people around him. Dare I say his only real faults are his inability to make quick decisions and set his own boundaries…which get crossed a lot.
There is plot to this; and it’s kind of difficult to describe. Emiru and Kido’s relationship is bizarre to put it into one word; fucked up if you put it in two. Their relationship seems co-dependant (and antagonistic) to the point where they protect their secret arrangement and each other on more than one occasion. The most memorable scenario is probably the chapter where an acquaintance finds out about the hole and tries to coerce Emiru into a similar relationship. Kido shows up just in time in a police uniform to scare off the perp.
The manga manages to stay on the lighthearted if not dramedic (drama/comedy) tone until you get to Emiru’s backstory. Then everything goes promptly to shit and things get progressively messy. Everything comes to a head when the two realize that too many secrets can ruin friendships. Neither Kido nor Emiru are innocent characters and are deeply flawed and the manga makes sure to show that.
Unlike most manga of this nature, Kido isn’t exactly your typical Generic Hentai Protagonist. While he seems to be at the very least, plain, he thinks about and considers the consequences of his actions and tries to do right by people. He doesn’t “actively” seek out scenarios but instead becomes trapped in situations because he’s a pushover and has trouble setting his own boundaries. He is able to abide by Emiru’s rules for the peeping, but he doesn’t put up personal boundaries (aside from the “not cheating on my girlfriend” rule). Because of this he ends up crossing over into more and more risque situations that cause more and more trouble down the line.
Emiru is a strange character in and of herself. A lot of times you don’t find women in comics who have voyeuristic fantasies, much less develop mutual relationships with other people who enjoy it too. While her motivations are screwed up and complex, they can be appreciated for what they are. Throughout the story Emiru is the only character who remains “honest”. She doesn’t cheat on anyone, encourage cheating, or seek to ruin relationships…yet all the drama revolves around her and her proximity to Kido. All of it.
To post any more about the story would be spoiling the whole thing. It’s a must read for perverts and perverts who claim that they read it for the plot.
Well…it is an ecchi/seinen manga so I like it based off of the premise alone. I’ll even include links to my Top 5 Favorite scenes (Zero context because you’ll have to read it yourself):
I appreciate this manga for showing us the (possible) real life consequences of voyeurism. Some characters lose relationships because of their prying eyes. Other people find love and work through their feelings. Some realize they lack a sense of self due to their obsessions. It should also be noted that everyone engages in consensual and non-consensual peeping but that doesn’t make it right!
This manga also manages to hit you in the feels on more than one occasion. It’s always surprising to catch feelings while reading what is essentially porn with plot. I think that’s what makes this such a fun read that I keep getting back to.
There’s also the surprising trait of showing men and women in an equal light as well. Everyone’s actions are shown as being serious and assault is NOT played for laughs. While everything ends kind of tidy there is a TON of gut wrenching content between chapters. This manga also kind of gives me I”s vibes and I don’t know why…
I have to hammer home a quick point that I made earlier: YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN GET CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR VOYEURISM AND EXHIBITIONISM. This stuff will stay on your criminal record and will cost you your jobs and livelihoods. If you want to peep, make sure the other person/group of people knows. Don’t film people without their consent.
*Tomie: One of my favorite horror manga. More on that some other time.