Sex, Death and Horror: Love of the Brute, By Hiroaki Samura (39 Pics)
23 augustus 2021 

Sex, Death and Horror: Love of the Brute, By Hiroaki Samura (39 Pics)

With an extensive manga production, the Japanese artist Hiroaki Samura (1970) is known worldwide for Blade of the Immortal, a manga that chronicles the adventures of Manji, a cursed samurai who needs to kill a thousand bad men to regain his mortality. Blade of the Immortal (Fig.1 to 5) was published from 1993 to 2012 in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine. The work has won several awards, the most important being the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, in 2000, for Best Edition of Foreign Material in the USA, and the Media Arts Award, in 1998, promoted by the Ministry of Education of the Japanese Government.

Hiroaki Samura

Fig.1.

Love of the Brute

Unlike Blade of the Immortal, Love of The Brute (人でなしの恋 Hitodenashi no Koi) (Fig.6) is an almost unknown work by Hiroaki, with few copies and, therefore, difficult to be acquired, except through digital copies found on the website of hentais and blogs. Love of the Brute is composed of a series of pencil illustrations with a theme focused on sadomasochism (Fig.6 to 13). The illustrations were published from 1998 to 2006 and appear in Japanese erotic and pornographic magazines such as “Tokyo H” and “Manga Erotics F“, and in youth and art magazines such as “QuickJapan” and “Comickers“.

Hiroaki Samura Blade of the Immortal

Fig.2.

Bordering on Murder

In 2012, the illustrations were collected in a book published by the Izumi Comics. What stands out in this work by Hiroaki Samura is how its illustrations seem to confirm Georges Bataille’s question: “What does physical eroticism signify if not a violation of the very being of its practitioners, a violation bordering on death, bordering on murder?” In each image that makes up the book Love of the Brute, we see how Hiroaki Samura creates degrading situations, in which female characters are subjected to various and unimaginable forms of torture, which remind us of those described by Sade in his novels, such as 120 days of Sodom (Fig.14 to 21).

Hiroaki Samura ero guro

Fig.3.

Contemporary Horror Films

The absurdity of how bodies are represented surpasses the believable, at the moment when the violence practiced on them refers much more to imaginary situations than to real ones (Fig.34 to 36), as can be seen in the way the human anatomy is twisted and torn, similar to what we see in contemporary horror films, which would refer, according to Tamaki Saito, in his article Otaku Sexuality, to “an utterly imagined space with no correspondent in the everyday world, a space of perfect fictionality”, difference between reality and fiction that Hiroaki Samura himself confirms in an interview: “Authors separate fiction from reality even more than people realize. The stuff drawn in there isn’t some sort of desire of mine, and it’s not supposed to inspire anyone out in the world to do anything like that. I have unfortunate things happen to my characters when the story calls for it”.

Blade of the Immortal manga

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Extreme Eroticism

By combining the absurd with the erotic and the grotesque through violence, we could link Love of the Brute to the ero guro nansenu, since, in a way, pleasure, pain, laughter and horror are mixed up in an extreme eroticism, in which the body is celebrated in representations of humiliation and murder.

Blade of the Immortal Hiroaki Samura

Fig.5.

Articulated Doll

As some people tend to accuse the book of being misogynistic and fetishistic, one way to overcome this interpretation is to see how the initial and final illustrations reframe the central images (Fig.35 and 36), at the moment when the first points to a situation of stability, in which a group of young ladies play in circles and socialize, so after all the violence suffered by the female characters, we have a supposed return to the first state, with the difference that the representation of the female body, when it given through a articulated doll pierced by nails, it marks the impossibility of recovering what has been definitively lost: innocence and playfulness.

Hiroaki Samura Japanese artist

Fig.6.

Disorder and Excess

In this sense, Love of the Brute can be seen as a work that at the same time seems to glorify the violence suffered by its characters, condemns it, showing it as disorder and excess, which breaks limits and tears apart reason.

Hiroaki Samura Love of the Brute

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Love of the Brute Manga

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Hiroaki Samura Shibari

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Hiroaki Samura bondage art

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Bondage Hiroaki Samura

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Hiroaki Samura art

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Manga art Hiroaki Samura

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Hiroaki Samura erotic

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Hiroaki Samura artist

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Hiroaki Samura lesbian

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Hiroaki Samura works

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Hiroaki Samura art book

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Hiroaki Samura kinbaku

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Hiroaki Samura violence

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Kinbaku Hiroaki Samura

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Shibari Hiroaki Samura

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Kinbaku art Samura

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Hiroaki Samura feet fetish

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Hiroaki Samura bondage

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Bondage art Hiroaki Samura

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Hiroaki Samura humiliation

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bondage artist Hiroaki Samura

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Hiroaki Samura whipping

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Hiroaki Samura tied girl

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frightened girl bondage art

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tied girl shibari

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ero guro nansensu hiroaki samura

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female slaves hiroaki samura

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ero guro manga

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Hiroaki Samura shibari art

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Hiroaki Samura kinbaku art

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Hiroaki Samura kinbaku artist

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What do you think about Samura’s violent manga work? Leave your reaction in the comment box below…!!

Alexandre Rodrigues da Costa is poet and works as a professor of Art History at the State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Sue
By

Sue

on 23 August 2021

Despicable work of misogyny

Alexandre
By

Alexandre

on 23 August 2021

Thanks for your opinion, Sue. I hope other articles can please you.

Luis
By

Luis

on 23 August 2021

Hiroaki is one of my favorite artists! I personally own a copy of Love of the brute and almost all volumes of Blade of the Immortal, I've loved seeing those here.

Alexandre
By

Alexandre

on 23 August 2021

Yes ,Luiz, Hiroaki's work is fantastic and it's amazing how Love of the Brute can be interpreted in so many ways.

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