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A bizarre exhibition of Shintaro Kago's horror eroticism

The high school girls lean in to kiss when their faces split open suddenly, giving way to a mess of worm and eyeball soup dripping to the floor.
This is the world of Shintaro Kago, a Japanese Ero Guro manga artist famous for his "fashionable paranoia" style. This month, he has an exhibition at Parabolica Bis— a small art gallery in the Taito ward of Tokyo that specializes in strange art. "A perverted postcard of a bondage-style Kiki from the Studio Ghibli movie 'Kiki's Delivery Service' slightly aroused me and simultaneously ruined my childhood."Ero Guro, or simply Guro as it's sometimes lovingly referred to, is short for Ero Guro Nansensu. That's Japanese katakana-English-speak for Erotic Grotesque Nonsense. It became popular in Japan around the 1930sas a rebellion against an increasingly militarized and conservative society.

Ero Guro evolved from shunga— erotic Japanese woodblock prints featuring kimono-clad lovers getting their freak on through…

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