(+18)INTERVIEW: Creator of ‘La Blue Girl’ Toshio Maeda on Hentai, Tentacles, and “Not Giving a S**t”

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

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I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into when SacAnime told me that I would be able to interview Toshio Maeda. Toshio is pretty much the individual who coined the use of tentacles in hentai manga and brought it into the mainstream. Our interview lasted about 25 minutes, and I wish I could have stayed longer. Talking to Toshio was like talking to that one friend everyone has that knows exactly what to say to make awkward situations less awkward and put a smile on everyone’s faces.


He began our interview with a story, perhaps to break the ice:

Toshio: Last year in Japan, I was diagnosed as morbidly obese, but when I come here to America I thought, “Wow, I’m nothing compared to these guys!” I feel free here, I can eat hamburger every day and not feel guilty. I love this country for that, you don’t give a shit about being fat.

Thank you for that introduction. Can you explain a little bit about what you do?

Toshio: I am hentai manga artist, and people sometimes consider that weird, but, honestly, I am a decent man. I really hope to make this world better because when you get horny, you don’t really feel that you are going to fight or kill somebody. So, a world with hentai is so peaceful, I’m proud of myself. The problem is when I tell people in America that I am hentai manga artist, they say things like “Oh, you invented tentacle scenes? How do you look at yourself in the mirror?” But in Japan, they don’t care what you are doing or how you make a living.

How does a Japanese hentai manga artist become more skilled at their art?

Toshi: Well, you see, we hentai manga artists are always sketching, always drawing things around us, too. We sometimes will sketch on a train and draw people’s faces and reactions. So, if you have just a piece a paper, you can do whatever you want. You can make a girls cleavage larger or draw their panties, but if someone sees you they will sometimes ask, “What are you doing?” and you can just reply, “Oh, I am hentai manga artist,” and they understand. Well, actually, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I don’t give a shit.

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La Blue Girl

Do you ever see your manga being mistranslated during localization?

No, I actually do a lot of it myself. There is a site that I’ve heard of that is very popular in America, but it’s called like fuck. I asked someone once, why is hentai manga being posted on fuck.com? They told me it was fukku.com and I still don’t get it.

What is the your family like?

I have three sons; one is my assistant, one is a professional singer, and one likes this thing called “scat.” The last one is my punishment. I am also happily married.

Do you see America as profitable for hentai manga?

Just a little. American journalists have come to me and told me that my hentai scenes will corrupt American youth. Yet, you still have very little gun control in America, and kids have access to this all the time. You see in Japan, nothing happens, you can walk on the street in the middle of the night with a skimpy T-shirt or a mini-skirt on and nothing happens, but, in American, seems like you really care about the human rights of the anime and manga world. You don’t give a shit about real human rights, but you will do all you can to judge or put down Japanese culture.

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Demon Beast Invasion

What do you do in your spare time?

I have very little spare time, but, when I was younger, I would take one hour a day before sleep to go to a whore house. I’m joking… kinda.

What do you prefer ass or boobs?

When I was young, I was so into boobs. Japanese girls don’t really have big boobs, but in America there’s so many boobs. America is so heaven. Now, I see myself as an ass man. I don’t know the reason, I just prefer asses. Thanks for asking me that hentai.

What was it like collaborating with Supreme?

They asked me to do it, and I thought it was so extreme since the character is putting his hand in a character’s panties. The scene wasn’t my choice, it was their choice, but the people that wear it are probably like me and don’t give a shit.


This will go down as my most remembered interview ever. Be sure to check out future conventions held by SacAnime.




  • That’s a Man proud of his job 😛

  • blackice85

    “You don’t give a shit about real human rights, but you will do all you can to judge or put down Japanese culture.”

    My hero.

  • MusouTensei

    Awesome guy, damn he kinda layed the smack down on the puritans, Capcom could learn a lot from him.
    Thanks for the interview!

    • B

      NoA could learn a lot from him.

    • PanurgeJr

      It’s “laid.”

    • MusouTensei

      Oh I thought that is only used in a sexual sense (getting laid), I’m not a native english speaker. thanks.

    • Even native English speakers don’t understand the bizarre tenses of lay/lie: http://grammarist.com/usage/lay-lie/

  • Mr0303

    “American journalists have come to me and told me that my hentai scenes will corrupt American youth.” – well there you have it, straight from the horses mouth. Journalists act like information gatekeepers, based on their own personal biases and insecurities.

    That was a great interview. It is a pleasure to hear from someone who is speaking their mind so freely.

    • Whatevs

      I don’t think that it’s fair to lump all journalists together like that. That’s kind of a blanket statement. Sure, just like any industry, there are those that are bad eggs. But not all of them are.

    • Mr0303

      Enough of them are like that. This is recently more an more apparent. Journalists and media in general are a cause to the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect.

    • Whatevs

      Couldn’t that be applied to this very site, then?

    • Mr0303

      Yes. People should approach every media source with a healthy dose of skepticism.

    • azariosays

      I agree. What people need to understand is every gaming site gets free stuff from publishers and pr companies. This could be see as a sort of brib or reason a site would show bias towards a particular company. It might work on some and you will never know who is affected by this sort of pressure how nice companies treat them to give them good reviews or press. I’ve received items, but if you follow the total control Twitter you’ll notice everything I get I give away. I don’t want those items to come up in comments that that is why I wrote a piece. So, yes, every site is different and every writer is different. Chose wisely with who you trust.

    • Keirnoth

      Look at the various hobbyist industries. How many of the journalists in these industries (most notably video game, computing tech, anime, etc.) are left-wing social justice advocate types versus how many are the true liberal “I don’t give a crap”/libertarian types?

      I’m a lefty myself but there is a disparaging imbalance of hobbyist journalists who are left-wing and have this “Think of the women/children” mentality. Places like this site, Nichegamer, and TechRaptor are exceptions to the rule, but it’s only a handful compared to the mainstream.

      We don’t have a diversity of opinion in mainstream hobbyist journalism for some reason and I find it rather sad.

  • EroBotan

    i want to become like this guy!! but in video games instead of manga

  • TylorW

    “I asked someone once, why is hentai manga being posted on fuck.com? They told me it was fukku.com and I still don’t get it.”

    Is it wrong that I think I know right away EXACTLY which site he’s talking about? Cuz I’m pretty sure that he’s talking about Fakku.

    • blackice85

      That’s what I thought of as well lol

    • SullenSamurai

      He’s 100% talking about Fakku. I mean, “fakku” is just the Japanese phoneticization of “fuck”, which is why I’ll never understand why the site is trying to go “legit” with a name like that (well, that and the fact that they’re still providing illegally scanlated material alongside the legal, paid stuff).

      I’ll also never get why we continue to call all illustrated/animated Japanese erotica “hentai” when the word just means “pervert(ed)”, but I guess that particular usage is here to stay.

    • Eisen Koh

      They actually went full legit and removed the scans already

    • SullenSamurai

      Ah, did they? I suppose it had to happen eventually. Still, that name though…

  • Not a Banana

    >one of my son’s likes a thing called ‘scat’ this one is my punishment.

    what a fucking hero

  • Nathan Clark

    “seems like you really care about the human rights of the anime and manga
    world. You don’t give a shit about real human rights, but you will do
    all you can to judge or put down Japanese culture.”

    They don’t care about rights at all, really. All they care about is finding some way to feel superior to other people.

  • Stephan

    I’m only one who read this whole interview with Japanese accent?

  • Sightlier Gravy

    How can one man be so based?

  • the man is inspirational damn, i am totally worshiping this guy.. Hes said “America dont have gun control but is worried about hentai”
    America is a land of dense humans and rednecks its obvious people will poke talented people like him for their stupid questions.