Knock Me Up Hentai Manga Review

Knock Me Up Hentai Manga Review

Knock Me Up

One lie that’s not quite so little leads a couple into some pretty sexy positions.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kuon Michiyoshi
Translation/Adaptation: Steven LeCroy

What They Say
Going against their parents’ strong wishes, Shuichi and Hime are able to marry because of a little lie: “I’m pregnant with Shu’s baby!” Now, they have to make the lie… a reality?! Unfortunately, due to the fact they’ve been going at it like rabbits both day and night, Shuichi’s depleted sperm count turns out to be problematic. Plus two super-sexy bonus stories!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
While the hentai market in terms of anime has taken a lot of pretty nasty and unwelcome turns over the last several years with what kinds of shows are produced, there’s still a lot in the manga world that’s pretty fun to read. I grew up watching the mixed kind of hentai we had back in the 80′s and early 90′s and always enjoyed the ones that worked a fun storyline into things and just avoided being depraved. There’s certainly a place for depraved and an audience to be catered to, but the anime market has focused almost exclusively on them. Which is why I continue to be glad that Project-H manages to get some really fun books to read for the hentai films, which most definitely includes Knock Me Up from Kuon Michiyoshi.

The title revolves around a young new couple named Shuichi and Hime, a pretty nice pairing that has just started to get to know each other a bit and have barely even kissed at this point. Unfortunately for both of them, and in some ways more so for Shu, when she brings him home to introduce him to her parents, her father naturally flips out since he doesn’t like anyone for his daughter. Hime, in a panicked moment, fends her father and his plans to break them up immediately by telling him that she’s pregnant. The shock is pretty apparent all around, though Shu does his best to hide it until he can find out what’s really going on. When he realizes that it is just that she wanted to keep dating him, Shu goes along with it, but it moves so far and awkwardly that he just gets caught up in it all since her father is super excited about being a grandfather. That doesn’t ease his distaste for Shu though, some of which comes down to that he does think Shu is a lot like how he was as a young man and he wants better for his daughter.

With a simple premise like that, the book spends its first 161 pages on this story, giving it a lot of time to grow and be explored rather than a short piece over a couple of chapters. Shu is quickly moved into the household and the two virgins have to experience each other for the first time with only just a bit of pressure since she needs him to get her pregnant. That’s actually a good bit of fun for them as they discover each other and really enjoy it, but there’s also a growing sense of pressure that hits along the way since she hasn’t gotten pregnant even with having sex multiple times a day for several weeks. The pressure of that and the fact that they’re both lying to her parents and coming up with wardrobe changes, it’s no surprise that Shu’s mental state starts to fall off along the way. Which certainly makes it hard to perform and introduces plenty of relationship stress as well since she takes it all the wrong way.

With some good story trappings at play here and characters that are just fun to watch outside of the sexual side, the sexual side itself is just as much fun to watch, if not more so. What helps the great sex scenes and youthful enthusiasm and exploration is that we do know who these characters are and the situation they’re in, making them more accessible and connectable when it comes to the sex. Most everything takes place within the household and in private, so we get the pair dressing up for it at times with some really pretty lingerie but also just some straight on hardcore sex as they’re both working very hard to get pregnant. Michiyoshi’s artwork is really great here with the right kind of rounded character designs and body shapes that makes them young but not creepily so while also having plenty of attention lavished on each other that fits a couple of this nature. The sex and relationship is just so pleasurable to watch and complements each other so much that you keep rooting for them the whole time.

The book also has three aditional stories here to flesh it out. The first one is actually a side story for the main book as it shows how the pair got together on their wedding day and the kind of fun sexual situations they ended up in with their youthful passion. The second story is a fun short one that introduces two new characters that are unrelated and has a young man taking advantage of a sudden memory loss situation in order to have some revenge and copious amounts of sex. The third story involves a master and maid situation where she servies him in some very intense ways in order to make sure that the young master isn’t viewed poorly by others. The two unrelated stories are decent, but they’re pretty basic ideas that don’t get time to really be fleshed out.

In Summary
Knock Me Up is the kind of adult manga that I love reading since it gives you relatable characters that have to deal with some really strong sexual situations. With Knock Me Up, it’s not all free of pressure or tension since the couple has to deal with the lies that they’re telling, but it’s balanced out with some good characters engaging in some very fun sexual situations. Though they’re not in love at first, you see them grow closer together and find more about each other that they love, both with who they are and the sexy fun times as well. Kuon Michiyoshi does a lot across this book and its chapters that made it a quick but highly enjoyable read. Fun characters, great character designs and plenty of really fun sex, both just straight out and with some good outfit design from time to time. Doing more than just naked characters always earns a bit more respect.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 18+
Released By: Project-H Books
Release Date: May 8th, 2013
MSRP: $17.95

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Knock Me Up Hentai Manga Review