Saturday, October 9, 2021

Transformed Samurai by Shadoman (feminization comics)

It's time once again to enjoy some illustrated delights, courtesy of the wonderful Shadoman and the team at Amazing Transformation Comics.

Transformed Samurai is a huge new comic by Shadoman, clocking in at almost 200 pages, that tells the tale of Tadashi Ken, a hunted man seeking vengeance for his family's murder, who must become a transgender call girl in order to get close enough to put his samurai skills to use.

The story starts with an opportune encounter with a woman who helps alters his hair to help disguise him, then introduces him to her grandfather, who plans to alter the young man even further. It makes for a nice bit of foreshadowing, and I like that Aiko Tanaka has her own motives for wanting to see justice done, but what's really interesting is the blend of ancient values and codes of honor with contemporary circumstances and futuristic technology.

The actual transformation of Tadashi into Azumi will look familiar to fans of Shadoman's work, but there are a few new elements, and the whole process is lovingly detailed over 9 pages and 12 panels covering all 9 weeks of the process. The next 4 months of martial arts training are covered more quickly, but the clothes, weapons, and postures are a nice addition to the comic. Poor, naive Azumi throws a wrinkle into the plans when she realizes she'll need to be intimate with her enemy, but there's a gorgeous sequence where she's mentally conditioned to get past the trauma, and another where she undergoes some erotic training.

Perhaps my favorite part of the comic, however, are the pages where Azumi gets to try on her new clothes - lingerie, dresses, heels, and all - and has to learn how to move and walk like a woman. It's sexy and cute, not to mention a bit comical, and the outfits are to die for!

As we pass the halfway point of the story, Azumi is the perfect, sexualized samurai/ninja, and that's where the story really gets fun. I won't spoil all the goodies, but there's action, erotica, tenderness, and violence, although Shadoman keeps most of the actual bloodletting off the page. There are so many new settings to explore in the second half, including foggy vistas and costumed characters skulking in the shadows, and it all makes for a lovely contrast with the brighter interiors and naked bodies. The story takes us in and out of both worlds, reminding us that for all the sexy adventure, there's a vendetta here to be settled, and it should come as no surprise that it's done so satisfactorily.

Shadoman is a CG artist who enjoys telling stories through 3D comic art. Originally from the Mid-west, he now resides in Southern California. He is a Viet-Nam vet in his mid-60’s, married to a wonderful gal who is also his best friend and text editor. A film buff with an extensive library, it was his passion for film as a young teen that was his vehicle to escape and expand his own creative mind and become a storyteller.

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