[Doujinshi] Circle Aneko no Techo

It’s time for your favorite weekly blog update and to start things off, I have a quick question that I’m sure you’ll be able to answer about the subject of this post (ignore the fact that the post title gives it away). Which artist has not only drawn and written a goddamn mountain of H-doujins consisting of both straight and lesbian material, had one of his H-mangas animated, consistently participates in Comiket and has a wide variety of material covering things from Yuru Yuri to Code Geass, has written several one-shots for various H-magazines, has a pair of characters in the ero-prolific Queen’s Blade Rebellion series, and even has several regular mangas published and available in the grand ol’ United States? You (probably) know him, you (might) love him, the subject of today’s article is going to be the center of the circle Aneko no Techo, Koume Keito!

If you aren’t familiar with the name, let me just fill in the blanks on that giant-ass question I had before. Aneko no Techo seems to have series ADD in that they jump from series to series with very little in relation (although I have noticed there sure are a lot of lesbians in it, so I have to say that I wholeheartedly approve). But you’re looking at a library that has Code Geass, Yuru Yuri, Rosen Maiden, Shinrabanshou, Strike Witches, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, Working, Madoka, Dennou Coil, and Shinryaku! Ika Musume. His anime is The Pollinic Girls Attack. His Queen’s Blade Rebellion characters are Yuit and Vante. Now, one of his manga that’s available in the US is Kujibuki Unbalance, which you may know from the delightful and wonderful manga series called Genshiken. But the big one is that he’s the artist to The Introduction to Basic Economics, or in other words, Spice & Wolf.

All Spice & Wolf has taught me is that I need a hot animalgirl who’s also a goddess in order to become a good merchant.

Now, let’s get to the bread and butter of this article. Namely, the art. Koume Keito’s art style is super distinctive. I mean that. It’s recognizable just from a glance, which is why it blew my mind when I saw the Spice & Wolf manga. It’s kind of hard to pick it up and see “Shit, I know this artist drew porn.” But anyway, let’s get to the point. Koume Keito (and Aneko no Techo) has a really rigid art style. If you remember my article on Red-Sight, it’s somewhat similar to theirs, except Koume Keito’s has a lot more shading styles instead of a flat black/white art style. Keito’s men also tend to have really square jaws (which isn’t a bad thing) as well as more squarish eyes while the girls have more rounded features. Makes sense.

There’s a lot of detail in his artwork and it really shows through in the Spice & Wolf manga. Holo’s giant wisewolf form really comes out in his drawings and even with regular clothes, he manages to make them look fitting and also amazingly beautiful. Especially Holo’s bandana thingie which is hnnng because oh my god I love those types of things. The only real knock against his art style is that he ends towards the flat and the loli-looking figures most of the time, so if you don’t like that sort of stuff, it may turn you off. He certainly can draw big-breasted figures (hi Vante) and he certainly has, but considering the subject matter of most of his doujins, you’re still trending towards the small breasts and figure.

So. This really took longer than I thought it’d take to find a good picture. There are a lot more handful-sized tits than I expected.

Either way, Koume Keito is a prolific author and artist and really, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t look at any of his doujins, let alone his art in Spice & Wolf. There’s a definite reason why he’s been so successful and that all comes down to his art style and how wonderful he makes his characters look. If you get a chance, take a look. Once again, you won’t regret it.

I just wanted another excuse to use this.

Wait a minute, I just realized I didn’t really speak about the porn. It’s uh…well, really it depends on what it is. I have to say, the ones I’ve read have the goofiest premises. Like the Yuru Yuri one which is “TODAY’S CLUB ACTIVITY IS BODY PAINTING”. The WORKING! One where it’s “Yamada wants to strengthen family bonds through rampant lesbian and straight sex” (which, while that’s how a family gets started, is kind of missing the point). Or the Strike Witches one with “METAL PENISES WILL RECHARGE OUR MAGIC ENERGY.” And then on the other hand, there’s The Ocean Meets the Sky, which has a beautiful, thoughtful story and with ero on the side (with a nice helping of comedy).

So….yeah. Mostly plotless (or a hilaaarious excuse for a plot) which immediately leads to rampant sexings, may it be lesbian or straight. Can’t go wrong with that, can you?


Koume Keito’s Official Website