Out of all the writers in Japan, manga, anime and yes hentai. Shindo L is probably in a class of his own. The creator of the legendary Emergence/Metamorphosis, his ability to dive into disturbing contacts and show them through hentai is second to none. He may very well be the big name author of the hentai world, the genre’s equivalent to Eiichiro Oda, or Akira Toriyama. And there is no better proof of that then the work we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into the hentai comic: A Nyuugyuu Life, or A Dairy Cow’s life.
The follow post contains adult images that are both very NSFW and can be considered disturbing. Please read with discretion.
I’ve always been a fan of the concept of the sausage principle, the idea that “if you love something, don’t find out how it was made.” It’s an idea that can be no better seen with the meat industry itself. I won’t get into details, but the way humans treat cattle and other life stock can range from cruel, to inhumanly sick. How we get the food we eat is not a pleasant thing, and I’m sure if anyone visited a slaughterhouse, you’d turn vegan in an instant. Shindo L in his mad genius realized and decided to lace the poison with another evil layer: making the cows all hot anime girls.
Cow’s Life is very simple in its premise. At thirty-eight pages it chronicles the life of a young cow as it is separated from its mother and sent through a life of breeding and eventual death via the meat industry. It goes through all the stages, with a narrator explaining the ins and outs of the process. Some are show in brutal detail, others are given liberties, but it is all there in black and white and Shindo L does not pull a single punch. His art, what many people come to see is on full display here, and his ability to capture both pleasure and horror on the girls faces is second to none. Metamorphosis was not a fluke, but a display of his artistic talent.
And honestly, that’s all I can write without my stomach turning over. In my thirty-two years on this earth, of the two decades of anime watching I have done. I can safely say that I’ve seen my fair share of shit, both figuratively and literally. Anime is no stranger to fucked up things, but this is no doubt the most disturbing, degrading and frankly horrific thing I have ever read. Not because of the acts, but because in the pits of my heart, I know that this is true. That in real life such things are done to livestock. That they are used, abused and bred for the purposes of human consumption. Seeing that done to cow-girls, playing with the all too loved trope of animal-girls. Shindo L drives home the brutality of an industry more effectively than any PSA or video could, because he takes something that could be considered sexy by hentai standards, and shows you the raw brutal truth of it all. The final scene that shows all the cow-girls heading off to their deaths, to be made into mince meat and other edibles, fuck just typing it makes my skin crawl.
I made the mistake of taking my girlfriend out to a steak dinner shortly after reading this, and I regretted it. I almost didn’t even touch my dinner (and it was a damn expensive steak). That’s what A Nyuugyuu Life did to me. It was a gut wrenching experience that every time I think about, it gives me chills and makes me shudder in what it is. Shindo L is truly a master of his craft and if you can stomach what you can see, you should give this manga look. Just don’t go for that Big Mac afterwards.