Don’t read this if you’re under 18.
You all know it, and this is by no means a secret. I enjoy reading 18+ manga, doujinshi, visual novels, and fanfiction. It doesn’t always need to be in a dirty way, but if done well, these works tend to have their own charm, which makes some of them irresistible to me. But it’s surely not just me. It’s quite obvious that a lot of us yuri fans enjoy reading a nice NSFW story every once in a while or even a bit more frequently. How do I know that, you might ask? But that’s easy to answer. Whenever there’s a new adult manga popping up that at least looks decent, it will very quickly climb up the weekly popularity ranking on the Dynasty Reader.
This is probably not the best indicator, but it at least gives us an idea just how popular adult works are. With that said, let’s come to the actual post, in which I will simply discuss my personal likes and dislikes in NSFW stories and tell you which work I think comes closest to my ideal one. Yeah, I know, this sounds like an odd idea, but bear with me. I think this is actually quite interesting.
To start things off, there are quite a few themes that I don’t much like or that at the very least irritate me. I guess right after tentacle porn, rape and violence might take the second and third place in this ranking. I’m too much a fan of gentle and overly romantic love stories, that I could ever enjoy any kind of force in a relationship. Humiliation is probably part of this trinity of no-gos as well, though, I have to admit, there can be some exceptions for any of the listed themes. Anemone by Chobipero is actually one of them. What’s happening there is horrible in a way, but at the same time it doesn’t feel that rape-ish, especially since it ends in such a nice way….
So I guess that just means that any hint of mutual love helps me tolerate themes that I usually wouldn’t enjoy much. Incest, on the other hand, is still a genre that I don’t quite understand and that I don’t really want to judge. I’m mostly fine with it, but the less they mention that they are actually sisters/related, the better. I guess ignorance can be bliss, in some cases. Funnily, I’m absolutely okay with it if the two characters are “just” cousins, or even better, step-sisters. In these cases I mostly don’t even think about it, just like in Citrus or Aoi Hana.
Then there is age gap, one of the genres that I don’t dislike for what it actually stands for. I don’t have a problem with anyone being in a relationship with someone who is much older or much younger. The problem here is rather that the majority of age gap yuri manga depict an adult being in a relationship with a child, or at least a loli character. I don’t even mind this much in SFW stories, but as soon as things drift into a sexual direction, I’d rather read about characters the same age, preferably of legal age. You could say it makes me uncomfortable, and the fact that most of the NSFW age gap manga are quite graphic too doesn’t help at all….
And even if those characters are of legal age, it’s not always a given that they also look like it. Some artists like their characters to look really thin, small, and fragile, which just make them look a lot younger than they might actually be. Small and fragile looking characters might have their own charm, but I simply prefer them to look a bit older. Anything else just feels a bit unpleasant, especially in adult stories. Well, giving them huge breasts and an enormous butt is also not always a solution. It can yet again be rather counterproductive, but I much rather prefer this kind of character design than having childlike characters in any kind of NSFW doujin or manga.
I guess I could go on with this little list, but we should rather guide this into a more pleasant direction. So after naming all the no-go’s, how about we now come to the themes that I actually enjoy?
Probably the most important thing for me happens to be whether the manga or doujin can be categorized as romance. I simply need to know that the sex is based on mutual feelings, otherwise the story might drift into a rape-ish direction anyway, though, that is, of course, not always the case. Still, for me to really enjoy a work like this, the author needs to make it clear to me that whatever happens between the characters happens out of love. And if that is the case, the story can pretty much go into whatever direction at that point. It can be BDSM, it can involve toys, futanari, or whatever theme you can think of. As long as it is apparent that both characters enjoy it, I’m
mostly fine with it. Though, being fine with something doesn’t mean that I can fully enjoy it, which is why I have to note that even though I can enjoy the three themes I listed above, I still prefer a sex scene that leaves out anything unnecessary.
You might wonder what I mean when I say unnecessary, but it’s quite easy to explain. Any kind of toys or a futanari character is optional, but these “additions” are what I call unnecessary, since I think a story without all this might be just as great, or even better. I think the focus shouldn’t be on how fancy the sex looks, and it’s no secret that many, many authors just try to create something exciting and full of fancy themes.
They add as many different sex positions as they can fit into their work, and if possible, they also add toys, futanari, or simply more than just two characters to the sex scene. This might make the whole thing look a little more exciting for some people, but I think the simpler the whole scene is, the better. These little extras are not necessary for me, and if possible, I’d just like to see a gentle and romantic scene between only two characters.
Finally, the art style can also be quite a huge factor when it comes to how much I enjoy a specific work. If drawn well, a single manga panel alone can deliver many feelings, and delivering them the right way and at the right time is something crucial for me. As already mentioned in many other posts, I usually try to stay away from artists that use weird “sex faces” too frequently in their works. I think this usually just looks ridiculous, and it delivers the wrong message for me. I mean, what’s the deal with sex faces? I think they are supposed to make a scene look more intense, but most of the time, they just make it look ridiculous. Feelings and emotions can be delivered way better by other facial expressions, like a little blush, a warm smile, or simply by making the character look happy—or in case of a NSFW story, satisfied. Yet again, please note that this is just my opinion, so feel free to disagree with me.
To come to a conclusion, what does the perfect NSFW doujin/manga look like to me, and which already existing one do I think comes closest to this ideal?
To make it short; It should involve characters of legal age that also look their age. It should have a bigger story, instead of just random, meaningless sex. And most importantly, the sex scene itself should happen because of the characters’ love for one another. How this eventually plays out is not as important anymore, as long as it all happens out of love.
As for the doujin/manga that comes closest to this ideal, it’s important to note that it’s not just one standalone work. For this definition to work out, I usually need a little more story than the little plot that you can squeeze into a typical 30-page long doujin or manga chapter. So the work that I’m going to name has several chapters, slowly telling the love story of two girls, with the last chapter showing their first time having sex. You probably know it already.
I’m talking about Vivit Gray’s MokoKeine collection, starting with Blanket and ending with Gentle Pulse. There is simply no better yuri story for me, and that is all I have to say about this. This is my little definition of the perfect NSFW manga/doujin. Do you agree or do you have a completely different one?
As I said in the beginning, I think this is really interesting, so feel free to tell me how you see this. Since I quite enjoy simply talking and ranting on about yuri-related topics, I think I’m going to make this “Let’s Talk About…” into a regular thing, just like Reviews, Top 10 Lists, and Doujin Releases.
And if you have suggestions what you want to see me talk about in the future, feel free to name them. I’m always open for new ideas. 🙂