MangaGamer's Second 'Women's History Month' Interview Talks to Eroge Artist

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Eroge publisher MangaGamer is celebrating Women's History Month with a series of interviews with women who work in the erotic games industry. The first installment in the series talked to a few of the women on their localization team. This week, they turn to Shigeo Hamashima, an artist who works for CLOCKUP drawing art for works for Eroge! Sex and Games Make Sexy Games!, Euphoria, No, Thank You!!!, and a few others.

On working in games targeted towards men:

"It can be difficult because I don't know what it's like to be a man. I end up asking the men around me about what kinds of things help them get into––and off on––a scene and what sorts of things make it more difficult."

On censorship and Japan's obscenity rules:

"Obviously I have to abide by them because I couldn't sell my work if I didn't, but I always draw details beneath the mosaics on the off chance that someday, someone will get to see it. It makes me happy when people get to see my work uncensored."

On drawing BL for No, Thank You!!!:

"Most of my research was focused on figuring out how far I could push a more explicit approach to sex and still appeal to other women. I consulted with other women about whether I could get away with a more masculine approach instead of a sparkly-clean, romanticized one."

Check out the rest of the interview here. Hamashima's artwork can be found on her Pixiv (NSFW!!!). New entries in the interview series will be posted on the MangaGamer blog every Monday.

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