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S no Kaikoroku  
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Natsukawa gets slowly swept into a dangerous S&M relationship with his girlfriend Sakurai.


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Associated Names
Memoirs of a Sadist
S の回顧録

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Status in Country of Origin
Oneshot (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.8 / 10.0 (122 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 10th 2015, 8:11pm PST



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Aka LaLa (Hakusensha)

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This Manga Is Far More Than It First Appears   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
January 1st, 2015, 8:42am
A lot of the comments I've seen in response to this manga seem to be from reading this oneshot as a piece of light-reading; while that's not a bad thing I've found "S no Kaikoroku" to be an insightful and serious look at BDSM and its modern perception. Though I only consciously noticed after I approached it as a piece of literature, having previously read some of what Ogura is criticising. "S no Kaikoroku" is distinct both in the context of most manga representations of BDSM (especially shoujo) and the author's other works (which tend to be light-hearted and, in longer works, have a serious element of varying weight).

Several things to point out: 1. From the first page, the protagonist addresses the problem of popular perception of SM as an unanswered, serious, and underestimated question. 2. All the text boxes are either black or black gradient: this is characteristic of horror manga and is otherwise generally used for emphasis of negative things; Ogura has used the contrast of the light background with the impact of the black text boxes. 3. Unlike typical representations of SM type relationships or typical semi-role-reversals, here the masochist isn't some passive innocent lured unsuspectingly into a trap laid by a manipulative sadist nor is BDSM primarily humiliation or dominance (rejecting the whole "BDSM is extreme teasing" or "a simple fetish" views). 4. Ogura also plays on expected eye-candy (especially what is typical of shoujo) by making all of the "eye-candy" (most notably kissing) distinctively abnormal. 5. The focus, as suggested by the title, is the sadist's psychology (vividly portrayed), which is both unusual and allows the issue to be addressed without victimization or criminalization of either side of the relationship. (Side note: clearly Ogura did her research.) 6. While the masochist's wounds are noted, no one suspects anything (note the protagonist's friend and the other girl): people see what they want to see and avert their attention from something they would rather not see. 7. The protagonist, from beginning to end, shows a distinct discomfort with his position and a certain degree of skepticism (note the first and last three pages) yet remains in love.

As a whole, the account is vivid and thoughtful. It is neither too much nor too little detail, and the reader can clearly see the development of the protagonist's emotions and how various forms of inflicting pain came to be connected to his expression of love. Both characters are portrayed as being without guidance, which is shown as extremely problematic, if not the chief problem. It is impossible to say which one of the characters is more at fault, whether abusive or excessive, but the total absence of adults and authority seems to stand out. The end result is extremely complex and thought-provoking.

... Last updated on April 26th, 2016, 5:08am
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O mai Gosh   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by RaikaRai
September 11th, 2014, 4:26pm
although i'm happy for their happiness with each other, but it's so twisted, it is too much
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i see blood, that means cut through skin, too much, too much
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bakerygirl
January 22nd, 2014, 9:04pm
I personally didn't get the S&M feelings. however, the story could have been longer and delved deeper into the psychological side of things. Maybe then i could have understood what Natsukawa felt.
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erm no...   
Rating: N/A
by Agradine
December 29th, 2013, 10:06pm
I don't understand this S and M stuff very well. I know what it is, but WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE AND BE HURT BY THEM?!?!

I gave it a 4 for the art and a few of the story wasn't for me.
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Rating: 8.2 / 10.0
by whitespade
April 2nd, 2013, 12:07am
this is a story of discovery, story of change. the art is bit too shoujo ish to convey passion, but it have lots of potential. for hot S&M read nana to kaoru, but this manga is more on the psychological side. i would love a longer story on these two, and the girl's side how she discover her self.
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