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.