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Morally Good, Comically Dull.
Long story short, Tatsuya seems to be a guy that was doing his dudebro thing, then either got educated on social justice or decided to start incorporating it into his comics.

From a pure enjoyment perspective, I honestly can't vouch for much of his later stuff. About 90% reads like an illustrated blurb by a social justice blogger. For the most part, this is morally good, but makes for repetitive and emotionally draining reads. What I remember of his earlier strips seemed pretty good: usually funny and with a progressive attitude. I'm not sure what changed though. An archive binge of his new stuff will make you actually laugh maybe once or twice, but engender many groans through how anviliciously he tosses around otherwise sensible morals.

Tatsuya is certainly a complete tryhard when it comes to gender politics. He reads like the mirror universe counterpart to a conservative cartoonist, complete with a weeping Lady Liberty. Yet, however much Tatsuya views himself as a white knight, his strips still often uphold many harmful views to women. Most common of these offences is a prominence of slut-shaming, with sex workers portrayed as fallen and corrupted victims of the patriarchy, rather than... women who are sex workers. Slut-shaming attitudes usually seem to be an overflow of his VERY accurate and appreciated criticisms of the porn industry, though, which at least explains, but does not excuse, his actions.

Anyway, word limit looms in the distance, which prevents me from going in-depth on all these talking points, so I'll just rattle off what I can remember to put down. Also, I haven't read every single strip, so if there's any you'd like to bring up as counterargument, please do. Alright, here we go.

No trans or genderqueer characters to date, trans rights never brought up. Tatsuya possible rare male TERF? Must investigate further. Pretty much everything DMH said. The part about Sarah Palin is irritating for obvious reasons. Satan has gone from a comedic representation of generic evil into just a sexist dude, which is boring to watch. Satan is a brony, and as a person who hates bronies, I like this. Not totally sure what most people more into the hardcore feminist movement would think, but his use of "Kill All Men", etc. seems... appropriative?

That's all that'll fit. I encourage comments!
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Incredible storytelling, horrible politics.
Tatsuya Ishida is one of the best creators on the web, especially for the past few years. He knows how to make you laugh, cry and cheer. His art is beautiful, his characters are loveable and I can never wait to see the next part of their story.

Unfortunately, Tat likes to think he's a political cartoonist. Well, propaganda artist would be more accurate.

While, as a progressive thinker myself, I find myself agreeing with Tat's ideas, the way he presents them come off as farcical and naive. This started around the 2008 election in which Tat would present Barrack Obama as the saviour of the people while Sarah Palin was a cross dressing pig. Also, all corporations are represented as being funded by Satan. This makes his views incredibly hypocritical when he tells us to ignore the government's propaganda despite the fact he makes his own.

His latest creation, the feminist biker, is quite possibly the worst of this. A misguided attempt at white-knighting women, Glossy, as fans have dubbed her, is a feminist version of Seymour and Lil'E, but instead we are meant to side with her. Unfortunately she has no character that can be empathised with and is clearly a Mary Sue, as she is the only mortal character who can threaten Satan in a stand up fight. Also, many women would find her offensive as Tat seems to have many issues with sex, portraying women who are open with their sexuality as evil while the good ones are more modest, thereby slut shaming women and proclaiming detractors as being exploitative.

But thankfully this comes and goes. Tat eventually grows tired with politics and returns to the much more enjoyable characters, although it can seem like an eternity for him to do so. I do find these stories to be well worth the wait though and would encourage anyone to check it out.

Four out of five all up.
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