Because I love TSF so much, I decided to do a 37-part showcase!
This is the second part of Natalie Rambles About TSF, so check out the first part if you want an overview of TSF and my own thoughts on the genre. This post, however, is a showcase of a bunch of TSF comics that I think are dope! Not the best, but ones that I like for one reason or another. The ones that I look at and say they meet my mangled and vaguely defined definition of the word dope!
Why only comics? Because I think comics are (realistically) the best way to deliver a TSF narrative (I say as a TSF writer). Also, I’m only doing one comic per artist.
Okay, so how many comics will I showcase? Um… I want to do a bunch, so let’s go with 37. And why specifically 37? Because 37 is, objectively, the best number! …Which meant that I had to spend at least 50 hours on this post. Between re-reading the comics, writing about them, finding a good image to represent them, and changing the list after I discovered that some of my initial picks were not dope at all, but were, in fact, wack!
For the sake of my own sanity, this list will not be arranged in any sequential order indicative of theme, content or quality. Instead, we’re going purely alphabetical! Also, if I featured/mentioned an artist/comic in Natalie Rambles About TSF, it is not eligible for this list. Because I said so!
I’ve included links to the comics when applicable, though it’s against Nigma Box policy to directly link to NSFW sites. That being said, you can pretty easily find everything I haven’t linked.
Whew. We’re in for a good list if this is the first entry. Tira is someone who has been in the TSF game for at least 20 years, and when you are in for that long, when you go from producing written works to making 3D comics, getting really good at whatever software you are using, it is expected for a creator to go a little crazy. Sadly, only relatively few of their works have been translated into English, so I do not know how crazy things might have gotten across their entire library of work. But, rest assured, Another Invasion is more than a little crazy.
Another Invasion follows a young boy with the ability to crawl inside people and either control their bodies fully, or manipulate their bodies from within. It is a next level concept that builds off of the idea of a bodysuit, and brings with it several… unique expansions of the concept. Which is more the draw of the comic than the actual story about two step-siblings learning to bond through… unconventional means.
Instead, it is more akin to a ride, where the reader is left to gawk at the sheer spectacle as the protagonist experiments more and more with their powers. With the tipping off point being sometime around when he learns that he can crawl inside people while wearing a bodysuit, and by doing so, he can grant this bodysuiting ability to the person he is wearing. That is some world destroying power right there, bucko! And nothing lubes the gears quite like that.
Aoi Kemuri by Poriuretan
I remember calling Poriuretan a ‘master of suffering’ due to how many of their works featured darker subject matter and involved protagonists who were sexually abused shortly after they undergo a TS transformation. Poriuretan’s more recent work has… changed that opinion, as they proved themself to be more than capable of creating loving and sweet stories about people developing romantic feelings for one another, such as Nyotaika no Musume to Hoshizora no Kokuhaku. However, to me, their strongest work remains with their darker material, and the best example of this material is easily the Aoi Kemuri trilogy.
The series centers around Sachi, a young girl whose parents died when she was 12, forcing her and her older sibling, Mikihisa, to live with distant family members. While Sashi initially views this as a bittersweet change, things take a darker turn after Mikihisa is subjected against their will to undergo a government sponsored sex-changing procedure meant to correct juvenile delinquency (just roll with it). While Mikihisa is fairly accepting of this change at first, this winds up sending Mikihisa down a spiral of rape, abuse, prostitution and despair. All while Sashi, age 12, is forced to see what was once her brother be stolen away from her in one of the most traumatizing ways possible. And it is from this trauma that their Sachi and Mikihisa’s relationship is forever broken, never to be mended.
While the story is ultimately a tragedy, it is one that does not wallow in its darker tone, as the cast do try to find happiness throughout their lives. Yet they are frequently prevented from pursuing it as they continuously encounter the evils of the world. And by evils of the world, I am mostly referring to rapists and pederasts. But for as dismal as things get, as heartbroken as the characters become, they ultimately do seek and eke out their own happiness, even if the scars of abuse still remain. Which I always think is a beautiful message for any story that dabbles with grounded evils like this.
Bishoujo Factory (Cute Chick Factory) by Yonoi Seiichiro
Bishoujo Factory begins in this dismal, implicitly dystopian, setting where a group of men are working at a sweltering factory that eats away at their souls. A shithole that, among other things, does not care about the worker’s safety, leading an older gentleman, Manabe, to get a face full of steam, slip on a pipe and land in a pit of toxic goop. Goop that should have turned him into a wad of viscera, yet instead turns him into a busty lady. A “Bishoujo.”
From here, what happens is (sadly) emblematic of the genre. A gratuitous sex scene that is only really perked up by a dude who shoves a wrench in Manabe’s spiffy new vagina. After that, a superior comments on how the company will take care of Manabe, and how he will become a corporate fuck buddy who only works 30 minutes a day. Hearing this, dozens of workers decide that they want to become corporate fuck buddies too, and decide to throw themselves into the toxic pit in order to become busty babes.
Instead, most of them die, their flesh rotting and their screams of dying agony filling the factory… but then some emerge from the waste, their bodies fully reshaped in the image of a contemporary goddess— the Homo Bishoujo— their skin dank with poison, and their freshly forged pussies yearning for sex. So this group, this gaggle of 46 individuals, all begin the process of raping their co-workers. Except, because of the poison over their body, they wind up fucking these men to death, until nothing remains other than viscera chunkers… and their miraculously erect dicks.
Then there is the ending. The comic concludes on a curious note. Commenting that this was written off as an accident where people died, more were injured, and 47 went ‘missing.’ When mingled with the words of the surviving Bishoujo, talking about Manabe as their queen and showing no intention on stopping their sexual escapade, I cannot help but read this as a story of revolution.
The open ominous ending, the fact that this is something seemingly replicable, and the malicious intention of the Bishoujo, their desire to take everyone they can and re;birth them as their new successor race. It makes my brain do cartwheels of excitement! Now, I might be reading a bit too much into it. HOWEVER, this story has a subtitle! “Feminization X Proletariat!” Nobody uses the term “proletariat” outside of the context of Marxism and revolution, so I definitively state that this is a story about a feminization revolution! Which does not only make the comic dope, it makes it DOUBLE DOPE!
…Is it still TSF if it involves a dinosaur becoming a human? …Yes! Boukun Tyrano-san asks the poignant question of… what if a T-Rex swapped bodies with a JK [Joshi Kosei (high school girl)]? The answer is a wild 100-page comedy action sci-fi manga. One where… the actual machinations of the plot do not matter as much as the general escalation of concepts and the playful introduction of whatever ideas the creators found captivating while working on this project.
What sort of things happen in the comic? Well, here’s a best of list: The protagonist, Ralph the lizard king, recounting how he and his dinosaur buddies established cities similar to humans and enjoyed many of the same luxuries, including television and karaoke. Museum-based terrorism that triggers an international incident. An 11-year-old military genius who is not only the daughter to the president of the United States, but also a triceratops who got isekai’d to modern day. A nerdy genius and paranormal historian literally called Otakon, who saves the day by creating a giant space time explosion. A Japanese gang fighting against the US military using festival equipment… and dynamite. And more cornball insanity!
Truthfully, the TSF element is kind of an afterthought, as you would get a 97% identical story if Ralph was a female T-Rex. The whole female human thing is more secondary, and included because it’s cuter when a girl does the things Ralph does. …Screw it. It counts as TSF as far as I’m concerned. And it still deserves some blips, because it is one helluva trip!
Change H was an 8 volume anthology series that ran from 2009 to 2011 and was home to a number of TSF and crossdressing stories from a variety of creators. Unfortunately, only a small portion of these have been translated, but there’s still over 1,000 pages of content, so there is plenty to enjoy.
When I was planning out the 37 comics for this section, I was mostly relying on my memories of Change H. Memories of being a precious little egg reading a comic that earnestly attempted to explore gender in a… less sexual manner. In revisiting the publication, a lot of the exploration is ‘curious’ and unrefined, with pretty much every work feeling notably dated even a decade after its original release. However, there is a certain eagerness and optimism throughout every installment I have seen. Where, even if the creators don’t necessarily know the right words or ways to express these concepts, they are still trying. Trying HARD.
This results in a collection of works brimming with a creative energy, filled with cute or adorable artwork, and that’s something I value a lot. And I suppose I should be specific and name drop a few works.
- Boy Meets Girl, Girl meets Boy by Ryuta Amazume follows a pair of teenagers, one AFAB and one AMAB, who undergo a ‘Sex Change Disorder’ and through coping with this disorder and helping each other throught heir transition, they form a loving romantic relationship.
- Bloomed into Action by Etorouhi Shiono centers around a military veteran who is heavily injured in suicide bombing and his brain(?) is transferred into the body of a young girl. Now with nothing but his wits, a cute face, and various gadgets he must fend off assorted terrorists and ne’er-do-wells from within the confines of a Catholic School for Girls… located in Japan.
- Good Morning Penis by Orimoto Mimana is the story about a teenage misandrist who wakes up with a penis. Through dealing with erections all day and nearly train-raping her best friend, she discovers how hatred of men was misplaced trauma, and she is actually a pervert who is proud of her body and expresses her pride through rhythmic gymnastics.
- Reader by Ruen Rouga is the story of a teenage girl who has the ability to allow people to possess her for a short while, in exchange for some of their knowledge. …Which is an idea that I really should have ripped off twice by now. Instead I keep doing crap like this.
Also, it is hard to find all the translated Change H stuff (you can buy the Japanese originals pretty easily though). So, to save you all the trouble, here’s a (likely incomplete) collection that my buddy Vee Dee was willing to host on her burner Google account.
CHANGE ~Mou Modorenai, Modoritakunai~ by Iwashita Shoten
I’ve been focusing on mostly weirder or less conventional stuff thus far, so let’s get back to basics with this one. CHANGE is a pretty straightforward body swap story. Ueda and Shinza, a pair of swimmers, meet in the pool locker room where Shinza offers Ueda to switch bodies with her, so that with her technique and his physique, she could go to the nationals. While confused by the concept, Shinza’s… persuasiveness goats Ueda to agree to this swap. Once the swap ends, Ueda is shocked and discomforted by his new smaller and softer body, but Shinza makes sure to help him with this adjustment, while enjoying the strength she now has access to.
Conceptually, it is a very familiar, if not basic, body swap premise, though what stands out to me about this work— the dope factor— is the characters, their dynamic, and how they handle the situation. Ueda is a… gentle giant. A man with a tall and strong body who is far more passive when it comes to social interactions. Blushing, turning his head away at things, keeping his hands off of someone who is clearly coming onto him. He is someone who, despite having Iwashita’s signature ‘rapist eyes’ would never force himself onto anyone, yet craves affection based on his timid body language.
Shinza, meanwhile, is far more coy. While she understands the value of consent, of presenting information to Ueda and making sure that he is the one to make decisions and offer approval when it comes to things, she does more than a bit of nudging. Pressing her original body against Ueda, using mirror-play to help Ueda adjust to his new body, and maintaining a conversation through the process, telling him what she is going to do, and sweet talking him. Her motives also make her… interesting.
She is clearly willing to be attracted to herself, has maintained her body in order to be openly attractive, yet also seems to bear a resentment for herself and her inability to achieve athletic feats. She desires strength that is difficult for her to amass, and craves the pride that comes with achieving athletic feats that are physically beyond her. While simpler characters often work better in shorter, more sexually focused, works like this, Shinza’s goals and morally ambiguous nature kept me engaged with the character dynamic. Or at least, more engaged than I am in the characters of 90% of TSF comics.
Plus, the comic manages to have a surface level agreeable and consensual tone. But it was drawn by someone who has (from what I have seen) mostly done stories where bodies are stolen by malicious fat ugly bastards, which gives the story a unique flavor. Where everything seems right, yet is drawn to insinuate that what is actually going on is sinister in nature. It’s a good flavor: Nice and crunchy! Just like milk!
Crossdressing Fetish Gone Out Of Hand by Marialite & Standard Azarashi
Marialite is a moderately prolific commissioner/writer responsible for a good-sized collection of TSF comics, and it was honestly a bit hard for me to pick out my favorite. However, being fully honest with myself, my favorite is probably this one. Not necessarily due to the content of the story, as it is kinda icky when you break it down: A group of former crossdressers steal women’s bodies in order to indulge their fetishistic feminization fantasies. It is all part of Marialite’s cool-yet-confusing niche. However, what makes this comic my favorite of theirs rests mostly in the art of Standard Azarashi. Everybody looks like they would be squishy if you could touch them. The composition is downright excellent in some spots. And the singular part that I want to highlight is the initial transformation sequence.
Azarashi begins the scene with contrast: A paid cosplayer, a bunny girl, is making these goofy and jovial expressions while the protagonist lingers behind her, his face obscured and his hand clenching an enigmatic syringe. The girl answers her phone, happily greeting a friend, and in this moment of vulnerability, the protagonist stabs her in the neck. She screams in horror before she is abruptly silenced and falls to the floor, her body limp and losing its girth.
Elated, the protagonist undresses himself and the deflated body, looking at her neck hole with eager anticipation. He pants as he brings one foot into the suit, groans as both feet are immersed in the skin, and pulls the legs up, allowing the skin to mingle with his, slimming his legs and expanding his rear. The arms follow, his fingers slimming as if contained in a suppressive glove, and then comes the head. The suited woman wears an expressionless face, clearly smaller than his own, yet he manages to narrowly fit inside. Then, once the entirety of his body is contained, his newfound breasts jiggle, he seals the back of his neck, opens his eyes, and is met with his new reflection. A sight that inspires both shock and joy.
This scene, followed by the gauntlet of adorable expressions, is what really makes this comic. That, and the fact that while you can view the work as being far darker, the tone is kept generally upbeat throughout, without any malice from the two perverted leads, and an adorable expression appearing on just about every page.
Deep Stalker (Parts I and II) by DATE
DATE is among the more prolific Japanese TSF comic artists around… though I honestly have never been a huge fan of his work, as I think they puts too much emphasis on sexual situations, and not enough on the overarching storyline. However, he definitely has works that absolutely nail what they are going for, and the work that best demonstrates this to me is none other than his 2012 project, Deep Stalker.
The story follows Sudou, an incel who is filled with fury after Yuuna, the girl he fawned over and admired from afar, begins going out with his far more attractive and socially well-adjusted classmate, Hayato. Sudou’s dismay and frustration are vile enough for him to get noticed by a demon who grants Sudou the power to rob people of their souls and turn them into skinsuits. With this power, he is quick to destroy the relationship of Yuuna and Hayato by possessing their mutual friend Momoka, shattering the bonds of these three. In doing so, Sudou develops a taste for defiling women’s bodies and amasses an ample collection, all while plotting his grand revenge against Yuuna.
Much of the appeal of Deep Stalker is in seeing just how depraved Sudou is, how he continues this rampant abuse, and how he gives in to the demon’s suggestions, becoming neither better nor worse than the voice within his head. But what makes this work is how Sudou is a truly irredeemable character who is doing this for no good reason. His internal justification is truly no greater than ‘he assumed that the pretty popular girl who was being nice to him was actually coming onto him, so he feels slighted when she starts dating another man.’ He is a gleeful abuser who gets off on the tormentation of others. Which is why the actual ending of the second chapter is so bittersweet, as it both represents a moral victory, and something that bodes ill for this world at large.
Now, I am specifying parts 1 and 2 here, because while Deep Stalker does continue with two interlude chapters and one sequel chapter, I don’t really like them. The story was truly designed as a two-parter, and these later additions do not advance or add anything truly new to the world or narrative, beyond showing more chaos. Some of the art is fantastic, such as the soul consumption and ‘suiting’ sequence in Progressive Erosion. Though on a story level, I’d say these supplemental works were a C’s at best, while Deep Stalker I & II are some big fat A’s in my book.
Despair by Ooi Hanimaru
Okay, this is an interesting one. Hitoshi is a 23-year-old man who wakes up one day to find a clone of himself beside him, a clone with all of his memories and mannerisms. A day later, the original Hitoshi undergoes a transformation, becoming a woman overnight. While both Hitoshis are confused by this initially, they quickly decide to make the most of this situation, head off to a love hotel, and finally lose their shared virginity. Now, this is a pretty standard premise for a TSF comic, yet where Despair gets interesting is in its successive chapters.
As Hitoshi and fem-Hitoshi, known as Hitomi, continue to have sexy fun-times together, they gradually realize that this is a permanent transformation, leading Hitomi to analyze her own identity, her relationship with the cloned Hitoshi, and her own increasingly… androphilic urges. All before accepting herself as a woman and committing to live the rest of her life as one.
…But then chapter 4 hits, and things get utterly bonkers. It completely puts the dynamic between Hitoshi and Hitomi on its head. It introduces the concept of astral children birthed through some greater power. And it ends on a note that might be the conclusion of the story, leaving these two in a precarious predicament or might just be the cliffhanger for more adventures, presumably crazier, adventures between these two halves of the same person.
There is a lot that I feel I can look into with this comic. The reading of this work as a giant analog for one’s internal gender exploration by introducing males and female halves before deciding on a consensus through the expression of both genders. The way the artwork reinforces the sense of euphoria and uncertainty that the protagonists feel as they experience sexual situations. The greater cosmic symbolism regarding the creations of ‘lights’ within the nebulous dreamscape. And the notion that, no matter what these two’s gender or bodies are in the end, they are still themselves. Or in other words, it easily meets the Nigma Box Certified Dope criteria with dazzle-some colors.
Did We Switch Bodies After Having Sex by Tokinobutt (Misaki Tokinobu)
As the incredibly direct title implies, this comic follows two friends, Akira, a more brash and abrasive woman, and Chitose, a docile and agreeable man, as Akira pressures Chitose into sex. After the two finish, they wake up to find themselves in each other’s bodies, forcing them to go to school as one another, (poorly) impersonate each other, and come to learn what it is to be a member of the opposite sex… both socially and physically.
In a sense, it’s a pretty vanilla high school body swap concept, albeit with a lewder trigger than most. Though, the reason why I like it so much is more that I find it to be a prime example of how body swapping can be used to further the relationship between characters. The part of a body swap that interests me more than other transformation methods is the social aspect, the fact that it involves two or more people. The idea that those involved in a body swap are related on an intimate level, and need to grow closer if they want to preserve a sense of order in their interwoven lives. Akira and Chitose already start this story as close friends, and even lovers, but the body swap is presented as what truly brings them together, what solidifies their relationships and turns it into grander.
As they are pursuing their relationship, they are also coming to terms with parts of their own identity. Through school and other social outings, Akira and Chitose both learn to embrace previously criticized aspects of their identity. With Akira happily embracing her more masculine side and Chisato leaning into his more feminine side. They deliberate if they are happier this way, with both Akira and Chitose agreeing that each other’s bodies suit them better. Yet rather than stay in one form forever, they decide to make the most of this unexplained phenomenon and switch back regularly. Basically whenever they’re horny and, as a pair of teenagers, they’re always horny.
It captures an idea that I have been trying to replicate, articulate, and channel in my own body swapping writing over the years. And while it is by no means the best example of this concept, it is an example that manages to succinctly capture this feeling in a nice little 140+ page package. Giving the story enough time to satisfactorily explore its concept without feeling the need to introduce more superfluous elements.
Filial Son by Hyouisuki
A rule I have with enjoying TSF media, or really any type of art, is to never push something aside if it looks unrefined or touches on taboo subject matter. Because you never know what sort of things you will find when you brush your tongue against the moldy corners, and one of my favorite recent examples of this pillaging was Filial Son.
The story centers around a middle schooler boy [the first translation called him Akira and the second called him BinBin (I prefer BinBin)] urging his best friend, Awei, to use a magical knife to make a bodysuit of BinBin’s mother. All so Awei can pose as her while Awei improves his grades. However, as Awei is forced to perform ‘wifely duties’ for BinBin’s father, they gradually start to become attached to the body and life of the mother, eventually losing track of their own identity and fully accepting their life as a woman. A far kinder one than the woman who came before, willing to give ‘her son’ various gifts to ensure his happiness, and cultivating an environment where he does well academically.
While this is all recognized as a beneficial change by the household, BinBin struggles to accept what Awei has become and the suppression, if not death, of his mother’s identity. Leading BinBin to lash out against Awei in a flurry of emotions, before he Awei forces BinBin to see her as a woman by… sexually forcing herself onto BinBin. From there, the story jumps ahead three years to show how, despite this change being largely beneficial for BinBin’s family, it has ultimately rendered him a shell of a person. Someone who not only lost his best friend, but the woman who raised him. And while the person in their place is both cheery and pleasant, they are someone who BinBin cannot respect.
It is a compact and dark story that neatly wraps everything up in only 20 pages. Though after the initial 2 chapters, and after they dramatically developed their artistic ability, Hyouisuki returned to the story with an additional chapter from Awei’s perspective, showing how they struggled with the sensations of their new body and the mental effects of staying in the bodysuit for so long. None of which is strictly necessary, yet it humanizes Awei and makes them into something of a tragic figure, while also adding character to BinBin’s mother, explaining why she was so harsh on her son academically.
As a story, I find it to be genuinely inspiring. It is filled with intense emotions as characters are thrust in a fantastical yet dismal situation where they need to question if a perceived improvement warrants the death of this new identity, if this new identity has a right to this new life, and the validity of how this new identity chooses to use the body they they had been given. All while casting everything into a dark light and showing a willingness, if not eagerness, to explore more taboo subject matter. Plus, it is clear that this concept started out as a throwaway 5-page-long experiment before the creator chose to grow and develop it into something so much greater. And I can’t think of many things more inspiring than that.
Forever a Bride: The Story of a Hero Magically Turned Into a “Princess” and a Demon King by Hiiragi Popura
Hiiragi Popura is another artist whose work I had to seriously review to find my favorite. Though, after narrowly losing to Switched to the Women’s Bath! (I didn’t like the ending), I think Forever a Bride is my favorite. The story follows a typical TSF template: JRPG hero has made it to the demon lord and the demon lord overpowers them, transforming the hero into a demon bride. What normally enuses is a prolonged rape sequence where the hero is altered into a corrupted whore. There are good ways to do this, yet most are just fap fodder.
Forever a Bride, however, avoids the whole corruption thing, and instead offers a wholesome story about the hero and
demon lord devil king gradually falling in love, the hero embracing her newfound femininity, and the devil king transforming himself into a woman, as the hero still prefers women. The devil king winds up enjoying her new form, the two put on rings of immortality, and live together for several centuries until the present day, where the two are lovers enjoying a date night. It is a sweet, wholesome TSF story that subverts the darker tropes this subset normally delves into, which I like about as much as the darker stuff.
Though, the epilogue is what really does it for me, as I am a big fan of ‘what comes next’ in stories like this. Seeing these characters enjoy modern life so casually, and still being filled with love even after spending so long together— it’s just adorable. Also, the translator, whoever they were, decided to have a bit of fun with the ending, and I have never been able to forget this manga because of it.
This might be nostalgia talking, as I first read this story back in 2009, but Girl in my Dream is still one of my favorite TSF things, and something that still inspires me to this day. Starting off, the comic takes the form of a school drama. Following Ji-hoon as he copes with the loss of his first girlfriend and the guilt he has over her death, struggles to open up his heart to someone else, a transfer student named Miya, and meets with Yuna, a kind yet enigmatic woman in his dreams.
As the days and weeks pass Ji-hoon starts to develop… changes in his body. His hair starts growing faster than it should, his face and frame begin to slim, and as he starts becoming increasingly concerned, the changes accelerate. As Ji-hoon realizes this, he panics, loses sight of reason, and becomes convinced that, to be fully transformed, would mean the death of himself, as it would mean giving over his body to Yuna.
The second part of the story… really does not focus on Ji-Hoon. Instead, it shines the spotlight to the people around him and how they cope with his transformation and the introduction of a new identity, Ji-hyun.
For Ji-hoon’s second girlfriend, Miya, the story focuses on her as she sees her boyfriend lose his masculinity, his personality, and become someone she cannot love. Someone whose natural beauty leaves her envious, and someone whose girlish and childish demeanor make her resemble an… infantilized ideal of a woman. Her anger is not out of selfishness, at least not wholly, as she is someone who has been denied meaningful connections all her life. And upon losing them, upon losing one of the few people she could connect to, she cannot help but lash out in anger, furious at the world for betraying her yet again.
Ji-young, Ji-hoon’s best friend, similarly must cope with the loss of the only person in the world he truly connects to. While also dealing with the introduction of Ji-hyun, as she thrusts herself to Ji-young, begging for his affection. All of which leads Ji-young to push Ji-hyun away, and sees him confide in someone else, hoping that a relationship, albeit a loveless one, would be enough to distract him until his friend returns.
A lot of the emotional core of this story is conveyed strictly through the artwork, with the framing and expressions doing a great job to show both the despair and the joy of the characters as they go on this journey. Which is all the more impressive when you consider how… sparse the final product is. GIMD resembles a storyboard more than it does a finished work. Backgrounds are either photos or virtually non-existent. Characters are rendered as sketches for most of the series. There is a notable lack of inking throughout the comic, and the typography is sometimes haphazardly overlaid upon the art (which was bad form even by 2009 standard). To me, it speaks volume about how you do not need to produce something polished to be artistically impactful, as there were scenes that managed to etch their way into my subconscious.
Which is before even addressing the very concept of a body being slowly transformed and taken over by another malicious being (an idea I’m going to explore in my next novel). Or the idea of a body being a system of various identities that shift control from one another (an idea that I haphazardly explored all the way back in 2014).
GIMD was a foundational part of why I love TSF, a reason why I consider it a genre, and one of the earliest examples I can recall of a quality story using TSF in a meaningful, non-perverted, way. Which is why it has stuck with me, why it continues to inspire me, and why I love it even more than I did as a teen.
The one big caveat that comes with recommending this story is how it ends. While a conclusion was illustrated, it was a compromise between the two creators, and rushed through things in order to wrap things up. But it is still a perfectly functional ending that snips all major plot threads. The writer, Sizzkun, did release notes about what their original ending would be, which I like better than the published ending. And, honestly, notes are good enough for me. Because my imagination is big enough to picture anything!
…Stuff like this is why I hoard all the images I like! Giselle and Beatrice is a revenge story following an underpaid office worker who is coerced into having sexual relations with her boss in order to avoid losing her job. Yet after dragging him to her apartment, Beatrice uses the power of sorcery to get back at her exploitative boss. Robbing him of his sex, name, identity, money, stature, and even citizenship, as he was transformed from a proud Frenchman into a “Kholdavian.”
Which, as you would expect from a French comic depicting an Eastern European, means they speak in broken sentences, and is seen as undesirable by the police, who are eager to deport her back to her war-scented nation. Given this predicament, Georges, now Giselle, is forced to cater to Beatrice, acting as her maid and sexaul partner, while being prohibited from leaving the house thanks to the paid guards Beatrice hired with the money she stole.
If that sounds deeply messed up, it is, and that’s why it’s here. Because it starts out as a deeply callous story of slavery, before things go the way of a typical… I suppose the genre would be captive romance. Where the two’s antagonistic relationship steadily falters, Giselle dismisses opportunities to flee, and the two are set to have a nice life together. …At least until the ending, which makes you think that these two are going to start a happy life on more equal terms, but then the story decides to double down on being messed up, and I respect it for that. When you start your story with a lady showing off the dick she got in Africa, you should never reel it back.
Also, I decided to add this comic after reading through the unofficial 2016 fan translation, and when preparing images for this section, I wanted to use the official 2017 release (it’s the right thing to do). So I bought it, and… it is significantly worse than the original in terms of font choices, especially for the foreign language. The translation’s also more racist, feeling the need to use terms like “witch doctor” instead of “sorcerer,” among others. Also, book DRM sucks. So… that should indicate which is the better product.
Ideal and Reality by Kerberus TSF
As part of the research phase of this project, I decided to support several TSF creators that I don’t have the usual monthly budget for. …But after spending 3 hours downloading one Patreon backlog, I decided to just stop at one. That one being Kerberus TSF, whose work tends to be… pretty much in-line with most Patreon-based TSF circles like this. There are some interesting concepts introduced, yet most of their content is short-form, narratively thin, cliche, or held back by a lack of dialogue/story. However, there is one work of theirs that I think is truly exceptional. A dialogue-less 8 page bodysuit comic by the name of Ideal and Reality.
The comic begins on a bus, where a young man sees a pregnant woman standing. He immediately offers her his seat, which she graciously accepts, shooting him a suspicious smile. After the woman gets off the bus, she returns to her apartment, changes out of her clothes in an undressing sequence and, once fully naked, brings her hands to a slit on her neck, obscured by her long black hair. She then pulls down her head, revealing her face to have been a mask, one worn by a young male.
After establishing this, the comic jumps ahead to male, having dressed himself, looking over the pregnant bodysuit he wore moments ago, giving it the side eye. He then casually places it over an arm, ventures into a closet, and is met with the sight of no less than a dozen other bodysuits, their limbs sagging as they hang limply, their faces wearing dull lifeless expressions. The male then hangs the pregnant bodysuit, looks over his collection, and shows a sinister grin.
Upon reading that for the first time, I laughed to myself, satisfied, and realized that I had to channel the creative power of this work into a 24,000 word short story. Or in other words, you know how they say that an image is worth 1,000 words? Well, if this completely anecdotal tidbit means anything, then Ideal and Reality is worth 3,000 words a page!
Impish Utopia (Koakuma Utopia) by Wakamesan
This comic takes place in a world where the world has recently been taken by storm with the introduction of a drug that allows males to temporarily transform themselves into females. Rather than focus on any greater societal repercussions of this drug however, the story centers around Hikaru. Who feels that his sexuality is being threatened by the introduction of these “fake women” as he only wants to look at and have feelings for “real women.”
As Hikaru rants and raves, he sees a promiscuously dressed woman enjoying a popsicle, asks her out, gets invited to a hotel, and loses his virginity to her. In the afterglow, he marvels at her sexual skills, claiming that she’s “definitely a real girl” and how he “can smell a genderswapper from a mile away.” But, as you could have guessed, it turns out that this woman is actually a male who enjoys flaunting as a woman and luring into sex. Hikaru enters a ‘trans panic’ as he learns this, reveals that “genderswappers” remain female if they get pregnant, and proceeds to creampie his sexual partners to refute the fact that he ‘had sex with a man’ by transforming them into a ‘real woman.’
As Hiraku completes his ravenous sexual assault, he declares that “justice has been served” and makes for the door. However, the victim grabs him by his jacket, asking if Hikaru will take responsibility for intentionally getting them pregnant. This is where the original story ends, yet the sequel Chasing Utopia (Kyuuai Utopia) reveals that the two have stuck together, and shows them enjoying a tropical getaway. Wherein they play ‘sexually available wife and husband who likes to check out other women’ before sex happens, and then it is revealed that Hikaru is still prejudice against women who ‘were originally guys’.
Now, you might have read this summary and thought something to the effect of: “Zounds! I dare say that is an exceedingly obvious example of transphobia.” Which it absolutely is, and that is part of the reason why I think it’s dope! Why? Well, because I view Impish Utopia as a parody. The dialogue is so exaggerated and on the nose that I cannot imagine it being anything other than intentional. And even if the translation is deceptive, the tone it presents is supported by the artwork, which prioritizes being cute and expressive over anything else.
It is a work that I can only assume it knows what it is doing, and gleefully embracing its own actions. And is there anything more dope than flipping the jay and doing what you want even while you know that it is fucked up on a foundational level? Yes. But that is pretty high up there on the totem pole of dope. The dope-em pole.
Jinsei Godatsu by Taniguchi-san
Taniguchi-san is a pretty prolific TSF comic creator, with titles like INSERT and Kimi-iro Days both being these large multi-part series. Hell, INSERT was actually successful enough to get a hentai adaptation… which I did watch when it came out, and it was not very good. However, in regards to what I think is his strongest work— the one that shows off his skills as a creator the best— it’s easily Jinsei Godatsu.
Jinsei Godatsu is the story of Sakuranomiya, a young woman whose home is broken into by a violent burglar who demands that Sakuranomiya give up her body, les he murder her younger sister. Sakuranomiya complies, offering herself to him, but soon finds out that the man was speaking literally, and regains her senses to find herself in the body of the burglar. While she rebels at first, she is quickly incapacitated by this man, who threatens her into submission and forces himself onto her.
As things escalate, the burglar’s satisfaction grows, and he uses this opportunity to torment Sakuranomiya whilst he pleases himself. He declares that he will masturbate and abuse her body every day, mocks her at her lost virginity, toys with her as he forces her to ejaculate inside what is rightfully her pussy. And after this wretched experience, just when Sakuranomiya steels herself with conviction and determination, she is met with the memories of the burglar. And the memories confirm two things. That this swap truly is permanent, and that this man not only stole her body, her privilege, her life, and her little sister. He stole her everything. As Sakuranomiya realizes this, the door closes, and things fade to black as she is left to linger in despair.
I think the most impressive thing about this comic is how it manages to tell all of this within a mere 16 pages. Which I think makes it an excellent example of not only how you can maximize panel and page space, but how you can, and should, have sex scenes serve a distinct narrative purpose. So many comics of this length are meandering in quality that I often only skim through them, yet Jinsei Godatsu is the exception to the rule, and among the most deliciously malicious body swap stories I have come across.
Kawamono by Nu-
…I love it when artists expand throwaway ideas into extensive 200+ page epics like this. Kawamono centers around a magical knife with the ability to turn people into skinsuits (which is a bizarrely common trigger for bodysuit stories for some reason). A knife that originally belonged to a group of criminals trying to secure financial stability, yet it quickly comes into the possession of high school boy and lowkey degenerate, Hiroto. With this knife in hand, he proceeds to use it to snoop on others to confirm rumors, get his rocks off, get petty revenge on staff he dislikes, threaten his friends to help facilitate his sexual fantasies, and get closer to his crush. It’s all petty teenage bullcrap, which I actually think is a strength in this comic.
Kawamono is a power fantasy, albeit one that is heavily limited by Hiroto’s imagination. It’s pretty clear that he is just winging it as he goes along, and does not have grand plans for the knife, but he does have immediate plans that he pursues at a moment’s notice. While this could be seen as a flaw, I think that it does a lot to ground the protagonist as some schlub. He’s not special, he’s not truly malicious toward others, and he ultimately wants to just mess around for a little while before pursuing a more ordinary life. This, and the complete indifference toward morals of any sort, give this story a playful tone, one where realism and righteousness take a back seat to seeing a teenage dork dorkin’ it up with his newfound power. In a sense, it should not work, yet it does. And part of the reason it does stems from the artwork.
Nu~ has an unconventional and more western style to his work than other Japanese creators, with his work having a rough, almost crass, look to it at times. Which they use to bring an incredible level of energy to the comic. The expressions are exaggerated and varied, character’s actions are extreme and convey a sense of movement, and the sex scenes… feel as if they are drawn to show the character’s emotions in the act, more than they are to titillate the reader. Which, you know, is how it’s supposed to work.
Even though its narrative is more impulsive than most others I’ve showcased, I still keep going back to Kawamono as a quintessential bodysuit comic that really does sell the appeals of bodysuit transformations as a whole. It places heavy emphasis on characters infiltrating each other. Despite being a power fantasy, it is a power that can be used and stolen from anyone. And instead of doubling down on bodysuits being something dark, the story has fun with it, as all it takes in a conk on the head to bring them back to normal, no harm, no foul, even though it was technically rape.
Layers by Blackshirtboy
I’ve been following Blackshirtboy since 2009, so he pretty much needs to be on this list. And of all of his paycomics, my favorite was easily his 6-issue series, Layers! The series follows Chris, a college student whose ordinary school life changes when they discover that their friend, Alex, has access to not only a closet full of skinsuits, but a skinsuit-creating machine as well. Enticed by the prospect of altering who they are physically, Chris begins using these skinsuits as a means to explore their own identity… and engage their friends in a bunch of wackadoo erotic situations.
To me, there are two core strengths to Layers as a series. The first is the creative and visual angel. Over the years, BSB has avidly explored ways to depict transformations, producing some truly spectacular (and bizarre) works of art. In Layers, he renders the concept of skinsuits in lovely gushing detail, pushes their very concept to an extreme, incorporates several layers of skinsuits for extra visual flavor, and concludes the series with a truly spectacular sequence in issue 6.
The second strength is the general mood and tone of the series. Unlike… every other skinsuit story I have featured here, Layers is ultimately a story about using the fantastical to help one discover aspects of their own identity, broaden their preferences, and explore who they want to be within a friendly and (mostly) safe environment. It’s something that I feel I don’t see enough in the world of long-form TSF, or TF for that matter. And here it is used to tell an odd yet comforting story where, through the use of a blow-up-doll skinsuit, a sweet little spring chick bursts out of her egg.
…Okay, I’m cheating here because I truly do not want to pick any one Loggerzed comic. Happy Family, Magic Phone, Insider, and Classmates are all some super hot fire. And Aunty Nat does not want to pick favorites when it comes to her Russian children. That and, upon re-reading them, pretty much every one of Loggerzed’s TSF comics center around the same concept: One or several males have been wronged or abused by society and, filled with righteous vindictiveness, steal the bodies of privileged affluent females, ending their lives in the process. And all of these four stories have the same two core appeals. The depravity and the absurdity.
The worlds created by Loggerzed are ones of binary extremes, most of which are a correlation between sex and economic class. Most males, and protagonists, are depicted as tragic figures who were rejected by society, tormented by their peers, and deprived of everything they could desire. Thus forcing them to livein misery and poverty. While most females are depicted as wealthy, beautiful, untainted, and overall desirable. All of which is taken to an even greater extreme with Insider, where males are a lower caste kept separate from society, while females are pampered, protected, and given freedom to harass and abuse the males as they see fit.
It both paints a grim world view, and can easily be read as a sort of projection and envy from the writer. An expression of his own struggles with class and gender by not only mingling wealth and femininity, but presenting them as something to be stolen, and something whose redistribution is correct. All of which is rendered in such a raw, unfiltered form, that I cannot help but find it enticing.
As for the absurdity, it is achieved through two ways. The 3D modeling, while ambitious in many respects, looks awkward across all his works. Expressions are exaggerated due to software limitations, the worlds are all these surreal non-places, ranging from photos to bizarrely constructed 3D maps, and the poses of the characters make them all feel like three dolls being arranged by the creator… because they are.
The writing is a bit harder to judge, given how Loggerzed uses a machine translation to create his comics. Writing the script in one language (presumably Russian) and converting it into English. When I first read the comic, I thought the stilted, overly direct dialogue and intense ‘Engrish’ strewn across nearly every page was the true source of comedy. Yet, upon rereading his works, it’s clear that the original version of the script had to be this goofy. Because I cannot imagine the flow of this dialogue even remotely working unless the original language version was just as, if not more, absurd.
As these two extremes congeal, they become something so awful and surreal that I cannot help but stare at it intensely, and something that, as with many of these works, continue to inspire me to this day. Unfortunately, since publishing Classmates and Insider in January 2019, Loggerzed has not released any new works, and it is entirely possible that he has left the TSF and bodysuit community behind. However, even if he is gone forever, I will always remember and champion his work.
I’ll be up front here and say that in assembling this list, I reserved certain slots to showcase TSF creators who I felt needed to be included here, if only for their continued contribution to the genre. And with Shiyin, I had to shake my collection real hard to find my favorite. Then I remembered this panel, and I decided it had to be Magic Mirror.
The comic follows Sou, a young pre-transition transwoman who is stricken with envy after her best friend, Keita, gets a girlfriend, named Sam. After an obligatory masturbation sequence where she thinks about how much she ‘wants to be a girl’ (which is something that every transwoman I’ve ever known has done), she is contacted by a spirit within a hand mirror she found in the attic. The mirror, speaking as her reflection, gives Sou the opportunity to ‘become a girl’ by sending the mirror to Sam.
After sending the mirror to Sam and misleading her about its functionality, Sam winds up creating a clone of herself, controlled by Sou, who Sam orders to pose as her at school. Thereby allowing Sou to live as Sam and (magically) listen to Sam’s innermost thoughts throughout the day. Following several scenes of euphoria, Sou discovers that Sam does not love Keita as much as she does, and Sou decides that Sam’s punishment is… death!
Ret-2-kill, Sou goes to Sam’s home, makes the mirror grow 10 times its size (because it can do that, I guess) and has it eat Sam, trapping her forever in a metaphysical hell dimension. Days later, Sou confesses the truth to Keita, who is totally cool with the ‘new Sam’ because he likes her more than the ‘real Sam.’ Then they accept this new reality they decided upon by sacrificing their virginity, because that’s how morality works. In the afterglow however, they discuss what happened to Sou’s original body, and cut away to show that the figure in the mirror was Sou’s grandfather. Who arranged this entire situation in order to steal Sou’s body for himself so he could become a DNA²-style mega-playboy who fucks three girls at once. Which is a super weird thing to do after you realize that your granddaughter is trans. Take her male body for yourself so you can get yo dick moist.
…So, reason one why I like this thing is because it’s weird. Reason two is because it does technically have a trans character who is openly accepted, which is pretty nice to see now and again. Reason three is that Shiyin has become incredibly adept at working within Koikatsu, with his camera angles, character models, and visual presentation being better than the other… four Koikatsu creators I follow. And reason four is that it is definitely trying to tell a more layered narrative within a small time frame, but knows which elements to cut in order to make the story go vroom!
Michael Keikaku by Distance
…Am I seriously showcasing a manga so old that the first few chapter scans are from 2005? Yes. Because Michael Keikaku is a freaking trip! Also, I had to re-read this 600 page comic for the first time in 6 years, which took me over 3 hours (reading is hard), and I do not want that effort to go in vain!
Michael Keikaku is the story of Shizuku Midou. A loverboy pervert who gets drugged and transformed into a woman, and must come to terms with their new body. Which they do via a series of sexual assaults, before reestablishing their life at Saint Michael’s all-girls high school. From there, the story spends 3 volumes juggling three core plot beats: The relationships between Shizuku and their new female friends, who they become incredibly close to over their time at Saint Michael’s. The romantic/friendly/sexual relationship between Shizuku and their former elementary school basketball rival, Tsuyoshi. And a burgeoning conspiracy involving the chairman of Saint Michael’s, who uses the power of his god-tier penis and vaginal tenderizing sex eggs to impregnate the influential heiresses of Saint Michael’s in order to amass wealth and power.
Now, that all sounds like it makes for a wild ride of a story, and it most certainly does, but it is also a story that throws a few too many things at the wall, and certain plot elements or concepts just… sort of happen without much explanation or foreshadowing. Such as the battle between the nuns and staff of Saint Michael’s and the Chiarman’s Sexually-Indoctrinated Bitch Army. However, this is also a work that I need to admire. Even if the execution missed several marks and cannot walk away with full points, there was some real ambition here. …I don’t know what exactly it was trying to be… Though, it sure did try, and that’s pretty cool.
You don’t throw in a subplot where a male character is anally raped by a goon sent by his dad and is sent into a sexual crisis that can only be healed with the power of hetero-sex, unless you are trying to say something. You don’t have a 13-year-old vomit as he sees his parents have kitchen sex, on his birthday, and destroying his cake in the process, unless you are trying to say something. And you don’t psych out the audience with a non-binary lesbian wedding where the two newly weds leave to raise a transsexual 5-year-old, unless you are trying to say something.
Is Michael Keikaku good? I don’t think so. But is it something that has stuck with me in my mind, and something I admire for trying to do… whatever it was trying? Fo’ defos, dude!
Misogyny Conquest by r-groop
Misogyny Conquest is set in an Age of Discovery inspired setting is a matriarchal society where women are born with innate magical abilities and live lives of luxury, while men are treated as little more than laborers, servants, or “ATMs.” This has led to unspecified years of discontent within the men of this world, and led the exiled Miso to embrace a life of piracy in order to fight against the sexist system.
As the story begins however, Miso’s aspirations have failed him and he is at the guillotine. But before he can be decapitated, he is saved by a spirit warden named Rize, who switches his body with that of a royal woman. Upon learning of this ability, and confirming that women are just as bad as he assumed them to be, Miso decides to stage a revolution. One that involves redistributing power by swapping men and women, while placing his men into the bodies of magically adept female soldiers, granting him an army capable of fulfilling his righteous misogynous goal.
It is a premise that very easily could lead to a dismal and intentionally mean story about men rising up from oppression and exerting their dominance. And it has the conceptual framework to be a deeply problematic story. Even before it starts talking about the races of golden men (with blue eyes and blonde hair) who lead this world because of their ability to consummate children with superior traits.
In execution however, the story is far more farcical than anything else. Body swapping is so overpowered that Miso and his crew are effectively indestructible. The heroes never face any serious opposition in battle, as female bodies are apparently naturally stronger than male bodies. The opposition is so transparently callous, sexist, and classist that they cease to feel like more than threats for Miso and the lads to defeat. And the very tone of the story is almost juvenile due to fascination with body swaps, chest grabbings, and crotch grabbings.
Seriously, the sheer number of body swaps, chest grabbings, and crotch grabbings was so great that I felt the need to count, and I came up with the following numbers: 52 body swaps, 130 chest grabbings, and 168 crotch grabbings, all in a 172 page comic. Yet despite this comic’s indulgent nature, there is not a lick of nudity. Even when the characters are plainly naked, even when they have sex, they all have doll anatomy.
It makes for a bizarrely restrained comic. One that is simultaneously reveling in its lewdity, knowing that breasts and genitals are erotic, but seldom getting past a young boy’s understanding of these things, which I find to be… weirdly endearing. It gives the series a charm of sorts, an innocent view of sex as a concept. And as someone who is not a big fan of nudity (which is a really awkward thing to say when talking about erotic comics), I appreciated the hell out of their commitment.
Though if I did need to point out a flaw of this comic, it is definitely the character designs. Almost all the female characters have the same slim and busty body type, light hair, and the same basic face. Which makes it really hard to tell them apart when they are in a crowd, only differentiated by their hairstyle. Men have a good degree of variety, with different body types and more unique physical features. While all women may as well be the same lady in different wigs.
Still, I find this series to be a gosh darn hoot to read through, if only for how reserved yet self-indulgent it is. Though, the most amazing thing about it is how, despite having ended as a comic, it spawned a universe that has expanded into the world of video games. Yes, as in more than one! There is a 20-hour-long RPG Maker game based on the story of Misogyny Conquest, which has not been translated. Along with an SPRG Maker turn-based strategy game that was released on Steam under the English name of Sisters_Possession, for free. I have not played either, nor do I have any plans to offer a proper review of these games, but the sheer fact that they exist is absolutely baffling, and I love getting my baffle on.
Okay, so this is a weird one. Osamu Akimoto is lowkey one of the most influential mangakas of his time, and throughout his 45 years making comics, he has sporadically worked on Mr. Clice. A series following a male special agent who loses his body in an accident and is rebuilt as a cybernetic woman with super strength and durability! Based on the 8 chapters that have been translated, the series adopts an episodic approach to storytelling. One where every chapter serves as an excuse for Clice to go on another mission set in a scenic location. Wherein he inevitably runs into some sort of hi-jinx of mishap, meets up with his Italian sidekick, and gets into an elaborate firearms-driven action scene where he flaunts his super human abilities.
I would say it’s like a 70s/80s Bond movie mixed with a good deal of 80s shonen thrown in, though I haven’t watched a Bond movie in over a decade, so I don’t know what I’m talking about. What I do know however is that the comic is clearly the work of a highly skilled individual. The paneling and sequencing. The highly readable action scenes. The willingness to completely change up the setting several times in a single chapter. And the level of detail that is placed in anything as nebulous as a firearm to something as grand as a scenic vista. As a whole, I find this comic incredibly impressive from an artistic level, especially from something made in the late 80s, while the artist was working on a weekly comic.
Aside from the art, one thing that really struck me about this series is how it emphasizes comedy, being set in this grounded yet exaggerated, almost parodic, rendition of reality. Where characters are a mixture of hyper-competence and garish incompetence. Where science has advanced to the point where there are superhuman cyborgs running around, but you still have secret agents who act like they’re 8-year-olds. And where intense action scenes are somehow even more cartoonish than they are in the movies. It’s great. I love it.
The TSF elements mostly take the form of Clice needing to adjust to presenting as female, a recurring gag about him getting a male body ‘after he finishes this assignment.’ However, things like gender identity are unexplored, crossdressing gags are common (because 80s), and the scenes outside of HQ could be largely rewritten to write out the TSF elements. However, there is a constant undercurrent of TSF, with the story regularly reminding the reader of Clice’s situation in every chapter, and that’s enough to meet my TSF test. Maybe later chapters get into this, but regardless, Mr. Clice is pretty dope in my book
Nozomu Nozomi by Nagatsuki Misoka
…I don’t have enough transgender stories on this list, so let’s throw in one of the best examples I’ve ever seen in the realm of TSF comics! Nozomu Nozomi is the story of a young transgirl named Nozomu who, after being forced to crossdress as a consequence for losing her baseball game, develops a fascination with crossdressing. This leads her to dress in her sibling’s girliest clothes and wishing that she was a girl, only to later discover that her penis was miraculously replaced with female genitalia. From here and over the course of a year, Nozomi gradually undergoes female puberty, with her body slimming, her breasts developing, and her menstrual cycle beginning. All while she comes to terms with her own gender and sexual identity while surrounded by a her male sports-loving friends.
It is a deeply adolescent series that aims to capture a fantasy that many trans people (myself included) have during the early stages of puberty, trying to assess their own identity as their bodies and mind mature. It is a sweet and earnest work that understands the fantasy on a deep level. One whose sweetness is furthered by its adorable artwork and full coloring, which is incredibly rare for a manga this niche.
Though, I think my actual favorite thing about the series is how it pairs Nozomu with her AFAB sibling, Kanae, who has more masculine tendencies than girls their age. And as the story nears its conclusion, Kanae undergoes their own transformation. With the one-year-apart siblings both undergoing parallel transformations, they decide to simply switch lives, and there is something I find to be deeply adorable about that. The idea of a pair of siblings helping each other through their own inverted transitions, effectively taking each other’s place, and coming closer instead of becoming distant as they grow older.
Oh! Parallel School by Makura Maina
Okay, back to some weird 80s shit! The protagonist, Kitasenju, discovers that a monument at his school is actually a transdimensional portal that transports Kitasenju into a Rule 63 (or Gender Flip) alternate universe. Where all the students at the all-boys school are their alternate universe female equivalents, and he switches bodies with his female equivalents. From this discovery, the bulk of the story follows Kitasenju as he makes use of this newfound power, with both the male and female halves screwing up each other’s lives in parallel. Which they accomplish by acting like complete weirdos, having a masturbation party with their gender inverted school chums, deciding to have 69-ing gay sex, and pursuing each other’s object of sexual desire.
It is all a conceptually wild ride that is kept restrained by its more grounded and… not-so-great artwork. Even by 1988 standards, it looks pretty dated, and in a way I’m not historically versed enough to articulate. However, it definitely gives Oh! Parallel School a unique look, which I always appreciate, and gives the sexual scenes something of a ‘classy’ undercurrent.
However, the series completely shatters whatever grounded nature it has with its climax. After Kitasenju decides to leave this transdimensional portal behind, his school friends discover it, inform the entire student body about it, and everybody in the school rushes to the monument to switch bodies with the female equivalents. And you know what they do after they swap? THEY FUCK!
Everybody gets naked, embraces each other, and have sex like a bunch of teenagers high on hormones. And… I just find this to be both hilarious and honest. Because this is totally what would happen if something like this happened. And what’s better is that they do not try to insinuate that girls who turn into boys would act any differently than boys who turn into girls. Because the truth is that most teenage girls would fuck like crazy if they got a penis! They would paint the halls with viscous man-some cum!
Alas, the chaos must come to an end, leading the parallel principals to fill the monument with concrete to remove this phenomenon from the world. But before that, the Kitasenjus have a final heart-to-heart…
Unfortunately, their departure takes too long and they wind up getting all mixed up, sending male Kitasenju back into his world, but in female Kitasenju’s body… surrounded by dozens of horny naked guys. …That’s what we in the suburbs call a perfect ending.
Ore, Bishoujo Senshi Yamemasu by Yoshida Gorou
I consider Yoshida Gorou to be one of the most skilled TSF artists around, as his works routinely wow me with just how expressive, adorable, concise, and loving they all are. His sequences, his Twitter comics, and even his non–TSF stuff, are all super hecking cute! His comics are all a genuine delight, I drop everything whenever I see a new one get translated, and picking out the right one was definitely a head scratcher. But Ore, Bishoujo Senshi Yamemasu is probably my favorite.
The comic is the story of Inaba Takeru, a teenage boy who acts as the kaiju stopping and world saving magical girl Raburin Bunny. A pretty sweet gig all things considered. Yet as they are called into duty time and time again, whether to save the city or protect their female love interest, Kurumi, their body is gradually feminized, until they become female forever.
It’s a pretty straightforward premise, condensed into about 50 pages, and what impresses me so much about it is how it manages to feel so complete and fulfilling despite its length. Things happen fast without ever feeling disjointed. There is just enough lore to make the story feel like it could be something bigger, without ever getting bogged down by it. The story knows what it should focus on. And it managed to put a unique spin on the transformation concept, by having the protagonist shed their skin after transforming. Which in turn leads into the impetus for the rival character seen in chapter 2, who helps further the ‘hero show tribute’ angle with the introduction of newer, lewder, and cooler outfits.
Just about every page is positively radiant with a sense of love and dedication to the story. The art is expressive and adorable. The script manages to find plenty of room for humor despite its fast pace. And while it is blatantly cliche, it uses these familiar elements to rush right toward the good stuff, and it’s all good stuff.
Seitenkango. Shinyuu to by Eroe
You know what I said in the main piece about preferring commitment? Well, there are few examples of works that really commit themselves to a basic premise more than Seitenkango. Shinyuu. A comic about a delinquent who catches a ‘temporary’ feminization disease, gradually transforming their body into that of a biological woman. Thereby forcing this hot-blooded masculine hot head to reassess their identity as their physical traits and outward identity are stripped away from them. In this months-long adjustment period the protagonist, Kyou, gradually learns to accept her new body, embrace her redefined identity, and fall in love with her best bro Hasumi. And as the story concludes, the two are wed, have children, and live happy lives.
It’s about as routine a TSF concept as you can get, but it’s also one told over the span of 571 pages, giving a lot of time to establish and escalate the relationship between the two leads. Kyou starts the story treating her transformation as a minor inconvenience, hiding her changes as best she can and using them to tease Hasumi. Yet as she is routinely reminded of her new form physically, mentally, and socially, she starts to change her behavior, takes this change more seriously, and starts relying on Hasumi for support. Bringing the two and giving them reason to develop feelings for one another.
Despite having a lot of room however, the story also remains focused. Few extraneous characters are introduced, and the only true subplot centers around a character who is pivotal for Kyou accepting her new identity after undergoing a traumatic incident. The story knows what it wants to be, and the only true filler are some of the sex scenes, which you can just skim through. I know I did when rereading this..
Speaking of which, I am calling Seitenkango. Shinyuu to a comic, but it is technically an ‘image set,’ which is like a comic, except with fewer unique illustrations and dialogue, and few if any panels to restrain an image. While I have found only a few that use the medium well, I think that they are an incredible economic approach to creating sequential art. They require fewer total assets to be made, and can facilitate wordier stories without increasing the art budget. And it’s pretty clear that, while Eroe definitely put a lot of skill into this, they were trying to make something quickly, leading to a lot of missing backgrounds and image remixing. I would criticize this, though I think I would be more upset if Eroe didn’t take the economic route.
Hell yeah! Time for the Boomer shit! Time for the political shit! Sex Change Diary is… okay, technically not a comic, but it has words and pictures, so that’s close enough for me. Anyway, it follows a Japanese middle schooler who was assigned male at birth as she undergoes a year-long state-sponsored gender transition program. Where she learns how to live as a woman, unlearns her more masculine habits, and undergoes a medical transition. The story is told vicariously through her diary, gradually describing the curriculum, her wavering thoughts on the process, and eventually the euphoria she feels as she starts presenting herself as a woman, finds a husband, and enjoys a fulfilling life.
Now, this concept could be used to tell overwhelmingly positive, if not heartwarming, transgender story with close ties to reality. Instead, the story is… incredibly dated. Sex Change Diary was released in 2018, but it was originally conceptualized by Tsukiyomin back in the 1960s, when he was an elementary school student. Meaning he would currently be in his 60s or 70s. Also, he’s Japanese, and Japan is known for being a… pretty conservative country when it comes to gender issues. Meaning that Tsukiyomin’s views of femininity and gender are far less nuanced than the views of a younger generation.
Furthermore, there is a lot that is… wrong with the story. Gender is seen as a harsh binary that should never be tampered with. The goal of these ‘boys-turned-women’ is to find a husband and raise a family above all else. Assumptions and lies about gender/sex are interwoven with facts in a way that could easily mislead of misinformed an uneducated reader. It depicts the government putting minors through irreversible cosmetic and biological surgeries, which is deeply messed up. And the cultural climate of the story seems to be more based on the 60s or 70s, despite explicitly taking place in the smartphone era. Which is p.wack, ngl.
It is problematic, ‘cringe,’ and might very well make certain trans or queer people deeply uncomfortable with its reinforcement of ‘traditional values.’ …Despite this, I actually enjoy this story for its positivity and optimism. How, buried beneath all the antiquated rubbish about gender roles and how being a woman is being a performer, there is something that I find pure and nostalgic about stories like this. Something that a lot of younger trans people tend to underplay is just how much the trans community and identity has grown over the past few years. What was once a group that predominantly defined themselves as reprising traditional values and wanting to discard their past as quickly as possible, has given way to a far more open and diverse group of people.
Tsukiyomin is not part of this generation, though it’s clear to me that his heart is in the right place. He wants to celebrate the idea of someone who was born and told to live as a boy learning to embrace and adore womanhood. The world he paints is something of a fantasy for many transgender people— the ability to transition in one’s teens through legal means— and… actually screw it, I’ll just use a simile.
Sex Change Diary is like the grandpa who says some pretty cringy stuff from time to time, or slips into his slurs every now and again. Yet despite his loose grasp on language, you know that he believes that everyone should be allowed to pursue their happiness, no matter how strange it may seem to him. And I think grandpas like that are pretty dope.
For most of the additions on this list, I had to re-read the entire work to articulate what I found so compelling about it. With She is Me, I was taking a gamble, as I last read it in 2014 and did not remember much. I was worried that nostalgia was talking to me yet again but, surprise surprise, it was WAY better than I remembered! The comic follows Jan, a 22-year-old man who wakes up with the body of a woman, and absolutely no idea how this happened or what to do following this unprecedented transformation. A typical premise, except the way that Jan deals with this transformation is… messy.
While most ‘targets’ of a sudden transsexual transformation maintain a degree of their faculties, Jan is someone with deeply rooted mental issues. It only takes a matter of hours after the transformation before they begin cutting themselves, entertaining thoughts of violence against others, expressing paranoia about people abusing them physically or sexually, and demonstrating an intense level of distrust and disrespect toward others. It is a story more about one’s crumbling mental state than it is about a physical transformation, and that makes it a very… difficult story to engage with.
If I had to describe She is Me with one word, it would be ‘raw.’ It is a story driven less by any greater structure and more by the emotions of its protagonist. And the emotions of the protagonist are presented without any restraint or filter. Jan is truly an angry, demanding, and paranoid individual, acting like an enormous asshole to everyone. Which would make the protagonist unlikeable… if their emotions did not have such sincerity behind them.
Jan is someone who underwent something that is both irrational and illogical. An inexplicable transformation that changed more than just their sex, and replaced their male body with a sort of alternate universe female equivalent. They are someone dissociated and detached from reality, and someone who, thanks to visions that become increasingly violent and prominent throughout the series, only grows more unstable. They are someone having a mental crisis, and while they are going about it in a quantifiably wrong way, it is hard to truly get angry with them. Frustrated and concerned? Definitely. But I found Jan to be an incredibly sympathetic character who I wanted to hug as much as I wanted to slap them in the face and tell them to ‘calm the fuck down.’
Jan’s behavior gives this story a persistent sense of dread and instability, which is greatly reflected in the artwork. The rough linework, blotchy coloring of the markers, and even the visible texture of the paper all fold back into the idea that this is a ‘raw’ work. That this is a work that came directly from the heart of the creator. It makes the work feel incredibly honest, it gives the story a surplus of personality, and some of the imagery that CF-Jot comes up with throughout the duration of the story is both inspiring and beautiful. From mundane hallways to wintry landscapes to abstract dreamscapes that come to develop their own visual language as the story progresses.
She is Me is definitely among the most unique entries on this eclectic list, and there is a lot more that you could go into when analyzing this work than the surface-level skim I did. To summarize my thoughts on it, the artistic merit of She is Me goes without question, and I consider it to be a great example of how TSF can be used to tell more ambitious, abstract, and ‘personal’ stories.
Shoujo Possession by Ichinomiya Yuu
Shoujo Possession is… pretty much the most basic name you could have for a possession story, but while it might seem pretty blasé, when this comic tries to do something unique, it goes hard. And I mean hard!
The comic follows Ochi Takurou, a maturing NEET who doesn’t want to do shit, has no aspirations, no hobbies beyond working his peanut, and a lowkey death wish. But that all changes after he sees a busty high school girl, named Erina, move in as his neighbor. One look of her F-cups and Ochi decides to start a parasocial relationship with the literal child. Where he masturbates to her and, as an incel, assumes that her friendly greetings are covert femoid way of saying that she wants him to ride her like a submissive horse.
Sadly, this fantasy dies when he scopes some chad walking her home from school. With the most un-righteous of indignations, he blames Erina for toying with his heart, cursing her name from the balcony. As he does so, the hollow metal support beams give way (somehow), causing Ochi to fall down three stories, dying in a pool of his own blood and spite. Alas, the divine works in mysterious ways and Ochi wakes up in Erina’s body, plunders it, and, apropos of nothing, decides that he is only going to be in this body for 12 hours and decides to make the most of it by seeking revengeance!
The specific type of revengeance that involves calling up some scuzz-dawgs for a threesome, having number two snap a shot of him enjoying a cock, sending this pic to the woman-stealing chad, and offing himself with the help of train-kun. Except Ochi is kind of a bitch and can’t kill himself like a real hip hopper. After passing out in… despair shock, Ochi wakes up in a hospital and accepts the reality he has sewn for himself. That he is stuck in this body, possibly until it dies, and that the chad offed himself with the help of van-kun, like a real hip hopper. Meaning that in addition to being a rapist and pederast, Ochi is also a murderer. And he achieved this all in only 12 hours!
Okay, okay, I was having some jollies retelling this story, but I was only doing so to indirectly explain why I think this is dope. Because Ochi is at the uncanny peak of scumbags. He is a man with zero redeeming qualities, who makes a stupid assumption, and screws himself over in his pursuit of revenge, accomplishing nothing more than murdering a guy for having the audacity to date his self-proclaimed
waffle waifu waifflu. He is a bad person, who gets his comeuppance, and this is just sort of slipped in there as… not even as a plot point that’s really explored, because this comic’s 24 pages long. However, the very idea, and the beginning of the concept, is so good, so succulent and moist with potential, that it barely gets on this list!
Slime-ka shita Boku to Nottori Gokugoku Nyotaika Taiken by InuCream
…I mentioned InuCream earlier, but screw it, this person, this dude, is on some next level ish, and deserves their own slot! Slime-ka features a male school student who ingests a slimification drink, transforming him into a gelatinous blob. Using his new powers to go on a sexual joyride where he not only hijacks people’s bodies, but also somehow alter’s people’s DNA, transforming them into women, because I guess that’s something he can do.
It is yet another ‘rampage-based’ TSF comic, though this one really sticks out to me, because it is positively pulsating with a putrid energy. Everybody looks like they are made of slime, even if they are not. The slime itself looks uneven, malformed, and reminds me more of neon green diarrhea and/or vomit. The story is very sexually driven, with its primary fascination involving covering underaged girls in copious amounts of viscous green goop. And the ending implies that the unnamed protagonist’s powers are enhanced through the consumption of semen, leading them depart on a vaguely defined ‘cum quest.’ …That involves turning a lot of dudes into ladies to maximize the cum intake, I guess.
Honestly, the more I looked over it for the sake of this analysis, the more I began to compare reading this story to watching a trainwreck… if a train were also a whale and that whale was full of blood, gravy, tiny dogs, and horse cocks. Because while it is incredibly destructive, its scope and magnitude are so grand that I find it hard to look away, and even harder to get its syrupy images out of my head. It’s gross— the dope kind of gross. It is the kind of thing that, even if it was not TSF, it would still go into my Weird Fetish Nonsense folder. Right next to Pixiv #49213022! …Don’t look that one up unless you hate both turtles and children.
Tenbatsu Chara-o ~Onna o Kuimono ni Shita Tsumi de Kurogal Bitch-ka~ (Heavenly Punishment Chara Man ~Black Gal Bitch for the Sin of Eating a Woman~) by Rurukichi
One of the more common TSF premises centers around a womanizing man ‘learning the err of his ways’ by being transformed into a woman in order to learn empathy, respect, and an appreciation for the bullcrap that women need to deal with day in and day out. It is a familiar premise for a reason, yet it is also one that assumes that being a woman would be a punishment for a man who loves sex. Which sort of goes against the other cliche of ‘TS’d guys become sluts who cannot deal with their new female bodies.’ And I can’t think of a work that blends these cliches better than Tenbatsu Chara-o.
The comic follows infamous fuckboy Katsuya Kei, who makes money by (basically) raping women in livestreams, and routinely ghosts everyone they sleep with. But after he pisses on a tanuki statue at a shrine, he is cursed and must live as a woman until he learns the error of his womanizing ways. Unfortunately for the tanuki god though, Katsuya winds up adoring their new female body and embraces the life of a gyaru whore, while learning no lesson other than the fact that ‘having sex as a woman is dope as hell!’
In terms of its actual content, the story takes the form as more of an… episodic sex comedy. Katsuya does something egregious, and instead of being punished for their transgressions, they use this as an opportunity to experience more sexual euphoria. Katsuya takes on the mantle of a low-class whore by extorting men for fancy dinners and accessories before robbing them. Katsuya gets pursued by their gaggle of exes, and they manage to sexually dominate them with the power of sex toys, erotic knowledge, and aphrodisiac spray. The tanuki god turns into a human girl to watch over Katsuya, but Katsuya manages to get them drunk and throws them into a threesome with a black dude sporting a forearm-sized cock.
It is the same general gag repeated for five chapters, yet there is enough variety, escalation, and humor interjected into the story to keep it interesting from beginning to end. And what also helps the story work on a fundamental level is just how… upbeat it is. Katsuya never needs to face any true or lasting consequences for their actions. Sex is presented as something both casual and fun. And nobody (including the tanuki) walks away from this story dissatisfied or unhappy. It is overall a chipper and happy story about sex, one that does not feel the need to dwell on even semi-complex concepts, and one that pushes things to an entertaining extreme. It is a dumb bimbo of a story about a dumb himbo-turned-bimbo, and I love it.
…Before I move on though, I probably should address something. The English translation of the first chapter of Tenbatsu Chara-o looks like garbage, because the translator used super low quality raws. This pissed me off so much that I decided to try and make a higher quality version of the first chapter myself. I took the Japanese raws, upscaled them using Waifu2x, and then used Paint.net to combine the new upscaled raws with the English translation. Image editing is not my forte (I barely knew what I was doing), but I was able to create an English version of the first chapter that is considerably better than the one you will find online.
I originally made this upressed version of the first chapter for my own personal use, as I have a rule against distributing nudity and full copyrighted material… However, my buddy Vee Dee convinced me to engage in devilsome acts and has offered to host the files on her burner Google account, which you can download here. Upload these wherever. Try to make them better. I don’t care. And I don’t want any credit.
There’s Absolutely No Way I’ll Become My Childhood Friend’s ♀ Lover by Meito
Um… I need a reality rewriting comic… and this one is pretty good. Female Lover follows the concept of a retroactive TS transformation, with the protagonist’s childhood friend, Satoshi, wishing for a “cute, tiny, and perverted childhood friend with huge tits.” Instead of making a new person from thin air, the totem sends the protagonist, Tsukasa, 6 years back in time, changes their sex, and has then go throughout their adolescence again, this time as a girl. While Tsukasa tries to ignore this change at first, her more male impulses and traits are gradually erased as she physically, mentally, and socially goes through female puberty. With her body developing the wished-upon large bust, her peers encouraging her to grow her hair out and use makeup, and her mannerisms being shifted as she attends an all-female school.
As she returns to her original present, she is a fundamentally different person, one with ‘the heart of a maiden,’ which leads her to pursue a loving romantic relationship with Satoshi. Then, once the two come across the totem, Tsukasa accepts that she does not want to go back to her original life, that she enjoys who she became, and reaffirms that the one thing she wants more than anything is the perpetual love of Satoshi. Which is not a good goal for a female character to have, but whatever, the text is not really intended to be read literally like that.
As it stands, what I like most about this story is how it clearly identifies its goals, plans out how to convey its story within a lean 40 pages, and manages to create a story that feels sufficiently detailed. …While having sex scenes that are (apparently) good enough to be used as the base for sex scenes in the TSF visual novel re:Dreamer. And in all fairness, they are good sex scenes that are both visually interesting and carry with them a lot of non-lust emotion. Also, it’s colored, and I like colored manga, because it feels like you’re getting something premium and neat, which is the case here.
Trans Venus by Tamaki Hisao
Trans Venus is one of the GOAT TSF things that have ever been created. It is an inspiration baked deeply into my mind. And every time I read it, I find more things to love about it. The story of Trans Venus is that of Takehiro, a young man who wanders into the woods where they quickly get mixed up in a galaxy-scale conflict involving data-based lifeforms trying to harvest the biological data of all human beings on earth. In order to avoid getting killed by a giant parasite, they form a pact with the defender of Earth, Selda of Vanamond. A busty digital dominatrix who hijacks Takehiro’s body in order to defend the Earth. But in doing so, Selda transforms Takehiro’s body in order to both match her own and sends Takehiro into a persistent gender identity crisis that acts as an underlying B plot throughout the entire series. With Selda using Takehiro’s physical form and sexual identity as a way to coax what she wants from the lad.
Honestly, this series would be a prime contender for a full breakdown, similar to what I did with Shindo L’s Metamorphosis, as this 300+ page story does a lot without ever feeling encumbered by its ambitions. There’s the gradual escalation of conflict as Selda and Takehiro defeat more data-based parasites, giving the story a bit of a monster-of-the-week flavor. Takehiro comically dealing with the transformation to their body, as they flutter between sexual obsession and wanting to cling to their pride as a man. A brief stint of dual identity shenanigans where Takehiro is trapped in their female persona of Hiroko whenever their spine is touched directly. And a mostly straightforward relationship between Takehiro and their love interest, which is used as a major component of the story’s climax.
So instead of trying to cover everything, I’m just going to expand a few of the notes I had while re-reading this comic to try and express why it is dope.
One of the things I am most inspired by throughout this comic is the relationship between Takehiro and Selda. The two share a body, with Selda most often manifesting as a digital ghost around Takehiro until Takehiro either allows her to take control, or passes out. Despite this, Takehiro is seldom truly in control of their body— something that persists throughout most of the series— as Selda has the ability to transform it. Conversely, Takehiro only has the ability to change back if they do what Selda wants.
It is a parasitic dynamic that largely works because the audience is supposed to agree with Selda. She is the one who is trying to defend the world. She is an incredibly fun and outgoing character who does not torment Takehiro as much as she ‘trolls’ him into getting what she wants. And she is just downright cool.
Now, Takehiro’s desires to be rid of Selda are understandable, as they starts the story as a straight cis-dude who is forced to feel everything Selda does when she fucks dozens of dudes in a single night. Their masculinity is damaged from these events, and they want to maintain control of their body, though Selda keeps turning them into a girl and making their libido go crazy.
This could be presented as an aggressive and spiteful relationship. However, Takehiro’s exaggerated expressions and the fact that the solution to all of their problems is ‘just stick it in your butt and masturbate, you dork’ give this dynamic a lighter tone and make their spats comedic. Plus, it is incredibly easy for me to read this reluctance as being less of a defense of Takehiro’s maleness and more of a light jab of Takehiro being a big fat egg, and Selda lowkey knowing it. It’s hard to succinctly articulate, but I get big, wet, egg-ish vibes from Takehiro.
Then there’s the artwork and… it’s almost too good. You have these gorgeous sci-fi battles where the author flaunts the skills he learned in adapting the first Star Wars film. These incredibly provocative and inspiring scenes where Selda takes on the form of a giant woman, just mad-mugging Takehiro with her sexual dominance. Grand alien battles that harken back to a more typical action manga. And a deluge of grade-A comedic bits with expressions that have been baked into my mind because of how well they manage to distort proportions in order to convey emotion. Every gosh darn page of this comic has something to love, and while it might run the gamut in terms of tone and content, it feels more stimulating than it does disorientating.
It’s definitely not perfect. Some of the chapter concepts seem like they were chosen on impulse rather than to convey something as part of a greater outline. The story, while complete, feels like it could have used an extra chapter or two. And after such a bombastic climax, it really could have used more than a three page ending/epilogue. However, to me, it is an example of how much you can truly play around with TSF as a concept. Throwing in such a wide spectrum of tones and cross-genre inspiration in order to create a work that, even over a decade after the fact, still manages to feel so distinct and inspired.
TS Revolution by Shiki Takuto
Oh boy. This one… this one is a special one. Based on the first chapter, TS Revolution is nothing all too special as far as a TSF story. A playboy has sex with some woman in a public toilet, turns into a woman the next day, his friend comes over, they get drunk and bone, and then the friend wakes up a few hours later with a female body. Pretty basic premise, good execution, especially with the overhead shots and use of 3D space, but nothing too special… and then the sequel chapters started coming out.
From this inciting chapter, this shit goes straight into the red light district, where it parties, and it parties HARD. The TS’d protags get drunk, use drugs, and then they fuck all night long, just going at it like a pack of dirty animals. …Then they get raped by some black dues who sell them to a BDSM sex festival where dudes wearing teddy bear masks electrocute their pussy while dousing them in aphrodisiac juice. It has some of the most mesmerizing and amazing escalation that I have seen in an erotic comic. It manages to be a sex comic where the sex is so absurd and rampant that it stops being about gettin’ yo dick wet and blossoms into a festival of sex. A sextival! All while building up to something that I always like to see in a TSF story, yet seldom ever do. A revolution.
…I wrote the above section prior to reading the untranslated fifth and final chapter of this comic, and while I should pass judgment until a translation is released, based on the artwork alone, I can tell that it is EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE HOPED FOR AND MORE!!! Like, GOLDARN do I want to plagiarize the HELL out of this DOPE-ASS SHIT!!!
…I have been putting off talking about this comic for too damn long. And while I still hope to do a meticulously detailed review/ramble of it some day, let me try to give a sub-1,000 word primer on why this is one of my favorite TSF comics of all time.
Milky Vampire follows Ashton, a young vampire hunter who seeks revenge against the vampire who killed his father. A young vampire who, to Ashton’s surprise, takes the form of a young woman. Nevertheless, Ashton tries to kill this vampire, and is incapacitated almost immediately. As he awakens from his slumber, he finds his honed muscular body transformed into that of a young woman, with his arms bound to a wall. Filled with fury and hatred over losing his weapons, revenge, and most especially his body, Ashton tries to both escape from the vampire, Giselle, and kill himself to free him from this hellish existence.
Unfortunately, he finds himself unable to escape Giselle’s mansion or this mortal realm, and is forced into an existence where he abides by Giselle’s whims, acting as her forced companion, sexual partner, and… food source. As the descriptive title implies, the story is ultimately about Giselle keeping Ashton as a ‘breast milk fountain’ that she drinks from in order to supplement the amount of human and animal blood she needs to drink to carry on with her life. It is an idea that, based on how I described many other TSF comics in this section, you may expect me to celebrate for how ridiculous it is, but… that’s not actually the case here. Besides, breast milk is not that horny. It’s something that (almost) every mammal produces.
While this comic has absurd and fetishistic elements laced into it, such as breast expansion, orgasm denial, pee stuff, and obviously lactation, it uses all of these things as a part of the narrative. Everything that is present has a place in the context of the story, which makes these elements feel less like a ploy to perverts and more like someone telling a story with no reservations on what they can include. And what exactly is the crux of the story? The loss of identity.
Ashton begins the story as a strong man with naught but hatred in his heart, yet he soon has everything taken away from him. He is thrust into a body and situation the likes of which he never foresaw or imagined himself as having over the duration of his life. Without the revenge he carried for the majority of his life, without the goal he built himself around, and without the body he trained, who is he? What is he? What is it that he desires?
With no way to answer these questions on his own, locked in a mansion with a hope of escape that dwindles with each passing day, he gradually begins to open up to Giselle, to try and accept her, to try and enjoy at least a part of this, while holding onto whatever elements of his past life he can. All until the pressure becomes too great, his convictions are replaced, and he begins to view himself as a protector of humans by servicing Giselle and offering her sustenance. But as this noble intention is cracked as he spends months isolated with her, this resolve morphs into something new. A symbiotic relationship where Ashton begins to commit to his new role as a provider, and views his existence as one based around Giselle, viewing her happiness as an extension of his worth, and desiring to be there for her, no matter what.
On that note, Giselle is a rather… peculiar character. In the text and through Ashton’s eyes, she is presented as a being with an inhuman psychology and morality. Someone who has been a vampire for so long that she does not understand the way that humans view the world. Someone who views death lightly, wants affection above all, and has a bizarre way of expressing her love. However, there is a greater level than that.
If that were true, she would not torment Ashton as she does. She would not show these flashes of malice that she tries to rationalize away when, truly, she has a selfish goal of transforming Ashton into her ideal lover. Into someone she can spend years upon years with. She’s smart, understands the psychology of humans and, through feigning ignorance, through limiting one’s contact with others, melds Ashton’s mental state into something to suit her own needs. She melds his mind just as she shaped his body, and while the story can be read to ignore these elements, the subtle clues, the petty little acts, all add up in the end.
It is through this relationship, seeing how these two change over the course of the story, and seeing how they treat the outside world and past, is where I think the greatest strength of this work lies. It is a story of transformation on several layers, and one that, in spite of its weirdness, manages to feel like it is always putting the story first. …Well, that and the stunning full-colored artwork that really shows Kouji’s skills with shading, backgrounds, and composition. All of which hits extra hard having read the original 2016 version.
Also, fair word of warning, the official English version starts off pretty janky. With awkward sentence structures, some not-great word usage, grammatical errors, and a standard uppercase-only comic font that is not ideal for a comic as wordy as this. The original resolution is also bizarrely low, 1228 by 868 pixels, but it plays pretty nicely with Waifu2x.
…And those are the 37 Nigma Box Certified Dope TSF Comics I have for you today!
As a reminder, this was all a personal list of TSF comics I enjoyed, not a top 37 list or whatever. I’m certain that I missed some big ones that other people liked, as I picked all of these from my personal 10-ish GB comic collection, without any outside input or looking at what other people like.
I also decided to not even consider longer series like Nyotai-ka by Ruen Rouga, Sekainohate de Aimashou by Takeda Sun, Mayonaka no X Giten by Yamaguchi Mikoto, Shitei Bouryoku Shoujo Shiomi-Chan by Inoue Kazurou, or Shishunki Bitter Change by Masayoshi. Mostly because I stopped reading all of them partway through their publication, and I do not remember any of them being particularly dope. …I could be wrong though.
In fact, let me know how wrong I was in this list by pointing out what comics I should have included and/or sharing your personal favorite TSF comics— or any TSF content— in the comments below. …Is this how you do a call to action?
…But really, as this is the tenth anniversary post, I just want to thank each and everyone of you who has read anything on Nigma Box. Views don’t do much for me, yet knowing that people find my stuff to be in some way entertaining or useful is a wonderful feeling, and I hope that I can continue producing things to share with you all for at least another ten years. Because talking about this stuff and making things for Nigma Box is truly one of my favorite things in the world.
Header image comes from Mahou Shoujo La Valliere by Kouji. Kouji is among my favorite TSF artists around, so it was really tricky for me to choose which of his works to showcase. I would have probably given the spotlight to La Valliere if it was fully translated and finished. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since 2020, and only the first 5 of 11 chapters have been translated. Meaning Turned into a Breast Milk Fountain got the spot, but I wanted to show some La Valliere love, even if it meant breaking my one image per artist rule.