Whether it's a Japanese video game or a comic convention, he's bound to pop up. He even appeared on fan-made Valentine's Day chocolate. He is the Yaranaika Guy, and he's keen to know if you'd like to screw. So, would you?
The Yaranaika Guy is manga character Takakazu Abe from 1987 gay manga Kuso Miso Technique. The most famous Abe image shows the character sitting on a bench, unzipping his mechanic's jumpsuit and saying, "Why don't we do it?" or "Yaranaika?" (やらないか？). In the manga, Abe is coming on to Masaki, a young student, and both men, well, do it in a park toilet.
This is not a new meme: nearly a decade ago, pages of Kuso Miso Technique were uploaded online; the gay manga quickly became a meme, with images and panels popping up in countless threads. Yet, unlike so many memes, this one hasn't vanished from the face of the internet. In Japan, for better or worse, it's become the go-to meme for news and threads involving homosexuality. The reason that the Yaranaika Guy continues to exist is probably because Japanese internet culture hasn't picked a newer gay meme to replace it. Thus, this is default iconography.
Junichi Yamagawa, who worked in gay manga in the 1980s, created Kuso Miso Technique. He used a pen name, and his real name is unknown. Barazoku, Japan's first mag for gay men, published it. While cross-dressing and gay celebrities like Akihiro Miwa have long captured the country's popular imagination, Japan was closed to real issues surrounding its gay community.