A collection of Doremis.
Yuu and Creamy show off their doodads.
By Kaori Ozaki aka the creator of Immortal Rain. I love it when the pros do fanart of other people’s stuff.
As a woman who mostly consumes porn written by women for women, I found it very enlightening to dive into the world of (Japanese) porn by men for men. In the wake of my little voyage to Mars, I have a few observations:
The main thing that really jumped out at me was the complete neglect of clitorises. Let’s be clear here: in the real world, clits are really important. Sexology nerds will tell you that only about 20-30% of women can orgasm from penetration alone; the rest of us need direct clitoral stimulation. In other words, tongues and fingers are way more effective than penises at making women come.
I can understand how this fact would make men uncomfortable. In my experience, guys tend to identify very closely with their dicks, and tend to take it personally whenever their dicks are said to be or prove to be less than perfect. (Like: I failed to open this jar with my wang. I AM A FAILURE AS A MAN. That kind of thing.) The idea that your magnificent dong can’t make a woman come on its own — that it needs help, if it’s even needed at all — I can see why that concept would be depressing for dudes.
Thus, the pornos I watched featured almost no clitoral stimulation. Certainly none of these poor ladies got a reach-around. RUDE. Nor did they just take the initiative and rub themselves off. On the rare occasion that the sex scenes did focus on the clits, like in Beat Angel Escalayer, I nearly fell out of my chair from a combination of surprise and THE VAPORS. (There’s this little tongue-flicker thing Kyohei does on Sayuka’s clit that ffffffffff I could watch that shit all day long on a loop. *___*) And needless to say, all of these chicks manage to have screaming porno-gasms from mere penetration, because I guess they’re all improbably in that 20-30% slice. Or the dudes’ dicks have magical powers.
That said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much cunnilingus there was. I was expecting all the oral to be fellatio, but not so! Even some of the rapists went down on the ladies. Those anime porno dudes are very considerate.
The other thing that really surprised me was the SEVERE LACK OF LESBIANS. Seriously, almost no girl-on-girl scenes to be found! Porno directors of Japan, I am hereby revoking your “heterosexual male” cards!
Okay, I get that straight men don’t really like lesbians: they like bi chicks. But I thought straight guys were still enthusiastic about watching girl-on-girl scenes? Have I been totally misinformed!? Of the 20 pornos I watched, only 6 had bonified consensual girl-on-girl scenes, usually quite brief; 3 of those (Escalayer, Star Jewel, Angel Blade) were heavy on the futanari which DOES NOT COUNT, and 2 (Pudding, Djibril) put the girl-on-girl stuff in a FMF threesome scene, which is cheating. In 6 of the 20, the only girl-on-girl scenes were rape (Kiltean, Isuka, Elena, Ai, Kanan, Moe), and the last 3 of those were mutual rape (Girl A is mind-controlled to rape Girl B) because I guess it’s just soooo hard to believe that two girls would actually want to fuck each other. And 8 of the 20 had no lesbian content whatsoever.
The reason this blows my mind is a) it’s porn for allegedly straight men and b) it’s porn spoofing the Magical Girl genre. You know, that genre with the huge yuri fandom? The genre with Sailor Moon and ShizNat and NanoFate and MadoHomu in it? How are these pornos not capitalizing on that?
I watched 20 pornos over the course of June/July, and looking back over them all, I’m left with one frustratingly unanswered question:
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH GODDAMN RAPE IN HENTAI?!?
This isn’t a rant: I am genuinely curious. I’m freakin’ dying of curiosity over here! Google searches got me nowhere, so I’m hoping that some Tumblr citizen with more knowledge of Japanese culture can help me out.
I’m not asking “why is there rape porn,” because duh, rape fantasies are a fetish just like any other. However, I didn’t see watersports or bestiality or nipple clamps in every single fucking porno that I watched. Why is rape so ubiquitous in hentai, why is it so inescapable, and why do so many of these pornos focus exclusively on rape, with maybe one token consensual scene or sometimes none at all? It’d be like if 90% of the porn made in Belgium featured a buttplug scene — it’s weirdly specific and implies there’s some kind of cultural thing going on that I don’t yet understand.
Japan’s obsession with tentacles I understand. That started as a workaround for old censorship laws, and things snowballed from there. But I’m not seeing an obvious source for their porn industry’s rape obsession.
I’ve heard some internet people say it’s because Japan is a patriarchal culture, but that’s also true for almost every other Earth culture that’s ever existed. Japan ain’t special in that regard. Besides, a patriarchal society doesn’t have to spawn rape fantasies — it can just as easily inspire the opposite, where agreeable nymphomaniac women fight each other for the opportunity to get their hands (or whatever) on the men’s majestic dongs.
I’ve heard other internet people say it’s because the target audience of hentai is male nerds who tend to have… issues with ladyfolk, which sounds plausible. In that case, perhaps my sample is skewed. I’d be interested to hear from people who’ve watched live action Japanese porn — is it as rapey as hentai, or less so? Is the rape obsession a Japanese thing or just a Japanese nerd thing?
Anyway, if there’s anyone who knows the answer to this, telllllll meeeeee!
Angel Blade Punish: Eps 1-3 (2004) (English dub)
Let’s finish off Porno Month right by returning to the one, the only, the boobtacular Angel Blade! That’s right, there’s a sequel with more eye-popping fight scenes, more earth-shaking titties, more LESBIAAAAANS, and more rape. GET PUMPED, PEOPLE.
The plot picks up where the first series left off, with the Angels heading off to Mistress Phantom’s castle to rescue Aunt Kyoka and have a final showdown with the boss-lady! But wait, there’s still two more episodes of this show, we can’t have a final showdown yet! So before escaping with Auntie, Angel Blade breaks her sword trying to take down Mistress Phantom, and her ensuing power malfunctions drive the plot for the rest of Punish.
A new series means a new crop of characters: On the villains’ side, we get spidery web-slinging redhead Widow and her beefy minions Rush and Sledge, and on the heroes’ side, chipper cowgirl Elphie Elfman and her gunslinging alter ego Angel Beretta. Beretta’s dual-handed gun tricks and Widow’s Wolverine claws ensure that the fight scenes stay badass even with Angel Blade out of commission, and Elphie is a beam of sunshine in an otherwise rather dark series.
Oh sue me, the main reason I love Elphie is because she provides us with Punish’s only lesbian scene! In a hot tub! YAYAYAYAYAY! Otherwise Angel Blade is, as always, all about the rape, though they mix it up a bit with some new fetishes: breast-feeding, photography of naughty bits, “punishment” of minions who turn out to be enjoying it too much, and some skimpy leather cat-girl outfits with vibrators built in. Actually there’s not much futanari action. Angel Blade, I feel like I barely know you anymore!
Nami SOS aka Sexy Sailor Soldiers: Ep 1 (2003) (English dub)
You know, I thought these pornos couldn’t get any worse. I should really learn not to tempt fate like that.
Nami SOS has exactly one redeeming quality: the initiation scene. Heroine Nami stumbles across an exhausted Magical Girl collapsed in an alley, and the desperate woman hands Nami her magic brooch and begs her to “take my place.” Now that’s an interesting start to a Magical Girl show. I could stand to see that explored in some other not-crap anime.
Otherwise, Nami SOS is bad in basically every way conceivable.
As a porn, it reminded me that as stomach-churning as Ai and Elena and Isuka were, there’s one thing that grosses me out more than tentacle rape: the chikan, aka those creeps who molest women on Japanese subways. I guess it’s because tentacle monsters exist only in the realm of fiction, whereas chikans are a very real problem that affects real people. Overall, Nami SOS comes across like it was created by and for those sweaty old train guys, though it also throws in some traditional rape and tentacle-rape for good measure. The grossness isn’t limited to the sex scenes though — it’s pervasive in the male-gazey camera-work too. Yes, even in comparison to all the porn I’ve watched this month, Nami SOS’s cinematography still comes across as sleazy and exploitative. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS IS POSSIBLE.
As an anime, it’s embarrassingly cheap-looking. The color palette is washed-out, the Magical Girl costumes are fugly, and the stupidly huge boobs are in fact sandbags, judging by the physics they exhibit. The Magical Girls suck at their jobs, natch, so there’s maybe 2 minutes worth of fight scenes, which are also very cheaply animated.
This one was so worthless that I almost didn’t bother reviewing it, but my anal-completionist side got the better of me. Nami SOS isn’t even fun-bad, it’s just bargain-basement crappy.
Mom: Listen, don’t destroy the town!
Sarasa: But is it okay to destroy the school?
Being a Magical Girl is challenging in weird ways. You’re lying there with your snugglebunny, enjoying the afterglow, you lean in for a simple kiss, and suddenly you’re wearing a silly outfit and your snugglebunny has turned back into an actual bunny. Way to ruin the mood, Natsuki! (I guess he doesn’t have control over his kiss-powers.)