->''"Basically, itís a question of how many variations of stories I can come up with that revolve around shit and sex."''
-->--'''Shintaro Kago''', [[http://www.viceland.com/int/v15n2/htdocs/shintaro_kago_shit_gold.php Vice Magazine]]

Shintaro Kago (born 1969) is a Japanese absurdist manga artist. While his works fall under the {{Guro}} genre, they are far less sexualized than that of his contemporaries, instead focusing on screwing with the heads of the readership. They also full of nonsensical humour, toilet jokes and general BlackComedy. With emphasis on ''nonsensical'' and ''black''.

It should go without saying that just about everything he's done is {{Not Safe For Work}}. [[NauseaFuel Or stomachs.]]

!!Partial bibliography:

* ''Abstraction''
* ''[[OverlyLongTitle An Inquiry Concerning A Mechanistic Worldview of the Pituitary Gland]]''
* ''Blow Up''
* ''Closed Hospital'' - A hospital secedes from Japan, becoming a nation whose caste structure is based on what injuries or illnesses a person has.
* ''The Collection''
* ''Dance! Kremlin Palace'' - The ThemeParkVersion of Russia, to be precise, a CircusOfFear version.
* ''Drafting A Water Goddess'' - Women are murdered and their bloated corpses are made into boats and raced down a river.
* ''Everything's Peaceful''
* ''Manga/FetusCollection''
* ''Hara Kiri''
* ''Head Prolapse Elegy'' - A story about a penanggalan, a Southeast Asian vampire who can separate her head and internal organs from her body and fly around and the difficulties this causes for her sex life.
* ''Labyrinth''
* ''Multiplication'' - A sentient comic strip splits into different branches of panels, showing the varying ways that the events of a story could turn out. As more and more splits are made, the story becomes increasingly corrupted and nonsensical.
* ''Paranoia Street''
* ''Punctures''
* ''Springs'' - People take to surgically implanting bionic springs in their bodies that sometimes malfunction, with bloody results.
* ''Manga/SuperConductiveBrainsParataxis'' - This is a non-guro, ScienceFiction manga that was serialized in [[Magazine/ShonenJump Weekly Young Jump]].
* ''Superglue''
* ''The Big Funeral''
* ''Slippery Cross-Section'' - A satellite laser slices a girl in half vertically, and she doesn't notice until both of her halves start to slide apart. She then struggles, unsuccessfully, to hold herself together while seeking help.
* ''Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere'' ó The [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII-era]] UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan-themed manga largely using the same CircusOfFear approach as ''Dance! Kremlin Palace''.

He has also [[http://www.youtube.com/user/shintarokago/videos published]] several {{Web Video}}s on Website/YouTube. Being on [=YouTube=] they are SFW, but no less weird.

!!Tropes common to his work include:

* ArtifactOfDoom - The clock in his WebVideo ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-cPgxWGZaM Revenge of the Clock]]''.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}
* BodyHorror - Most of his works usually contain this.
* TheCollector - The subject of ''The Collection''.
* GloriousMotherRussia - For some strange reason, Kago wrote some comics taking place in the Soviet Union. Stereotypes abound.
* {{Guro}}
* HollywoodThin: One of his slightly more SFW manga plays with this. In the manga, being rail-thin is a thing seen as absolute beauty; to the extent that young girls are willing to remove their intestines just to get that tiny bit thinner. Then they start lasooing each other with them.
* IJustWriteTheThing: Seems to be the message of ''Multiplication''--Kago just can't help but spiral into {{Gorn}}, even when he wants to write normal hentai.
* MindScrew
* MySkullRunnethOver: The trope image
* NoEnding: Quite a few of his works. "Slippery Cross Section" ends with [[spoiler:the bisected girl caught on the chain holding her together, begging not to die]], to name one.
* NoFourthWall: "Multiplication" proposes that manga are pictures taken of sentient human body parts of varying size and completeness, posing on shelves, acting out their "roles". They even screw and/or kill each other to complete it. Another manga explores the lives of people with a disease called "Panelithis" which cause the (manga) panels that they appeared in to follow them every where they go, revealing all their dirty secrets to the world.
* PlanetOfHats - taken to extremes for absurd comedy.
* StalkerShrine - The titular ''Collection''.
* SurrealHorror
** Often overlaps with SurrealHumor.
* {{Yandere}} - The main character of ''The Collection''.
* YourHeadAsplode
** If you came to one of his exhibitions, you could actually have him draw YOUR head asplode.