We in Japan are no strangers to the irresistible allure of hot girls in maid outfits, with meido kissas continuing to grow in popularity year-in-year-out, countless manga and romance novels focusing on maid-and-master trysts and the almost-obligatory appearance of every AV idol ever in a maid-themed movie or ten. Perfectly straddling the border between endearing innocence and smouldering sexuality, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking maids (quite rightly) occupy one of the top spots in most every guy’s list of perfect fantasy girls.
Apparently folks in the West aren’t oblivious to the phenomenon either, as illustrated by a new article at AskMen.com entitled ‘Why Men Love Maids’. Using recent scandals involving ex-Governator Arnold Schwarzennegger and French politician/economist Dominique Strauss-Kahn and their respective dalliances with hired-help as a jumping-off point, the piece goes on to examine just what it is about maids that gets us all hot and bothered. ‘That dynamic breeds attraction,” comments Louise Rafkin, author of ‘Other People’s Dirt: A Housekeeper’s Adventures from Cape Cod to Kyoto’. ‘As the maid, you’re …walking into someone’s intimate personal little world, but you’re in your work world, and your job is to be polite, and you have to suck up to the boss… I can imagine being vulnerable, being seen at his possibly worst — that could be erotically appealing to a celebrity, because he feels that whoever sees him that way knows the real him. Like the outside world doesn’t know him, but the maid does.’
The article asserts that a feeling of dominance is one of the driving factors behind the appeal of maids: ‘The maid is a servant, so there’s this whole thing of being in charge of somebody else and being able to tell them what to do,” states sexual commentator (That’s a real job? Sweet.) David Steinberg. Rafkin meanwhile goes on to say ‘It’s also about men wanting to look at women on their knees. Men want to know that women are there to clean up after them. You only have to look at porn to figure that out.’ The critical tone carries over to the article’s commentary on the maid phenomenon as it exists in Japan: ‘[E]stablishments like Tokyo’s Cure Maid Cafe feature hot young waitresses dressed in kitschy “French maid” costumes who treat diners like masters and mistresses, sometimes offering massages and even kneeling tableside to stir cream and sugar into drinks. Fueled by sexy-maid-themed manga and anime, the trend is now taking off across Asia.’
With its ever-so-slightly preachy tone, the article misses one of the key reasons maid (and indeed any) costumes appeal to us: escapism. Cosplay, sexy or otherwise, is, after all, about role-playing – becoming somebody else and playing a different role in life, however briefly. After all, what’s more fun than losing yourself inside your own private fantasy world? (Oh, yeah! Losing yourself inside a sexy costumed Japanese girl while you’re at it. I know how I’m spending my weekend.) However, it does at least concede that the power dynamic that fuels a maid-master relationship and lends it such intoxicating appeal is far from one-sided: ‘As a maid, you get to see their secrets. You know things. You witness things… So, in a way, your bosses are beholden to you. You have power over them. The ‘poor maid’ thing is not the real story.’
Interesting food for thought from which you can draw your own conclusions. In the meantime, I know I’ll be continuing to enjoy the sights at my local maid café just as much as always – and should YOU ever feel the need to do more than just look, don’t pull an Arnie and try to ruin it for the rest of us! Head over to the ever-reliable Kanojo Toys for all your maid-related needs.
Creator and marketing mad scientist behind AKB48, Akimoto Yasushi, was quoted as saying, “The least popular members are holding us back and we need to get rid of them.” due to the less than stellar turn out for Oku Manami’s graduation announcement event.
Of course you know Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi and Oshima Yuko. He’s not talking about them. He’s talking about the huge chorus of unknowns behind them who do little more than create a cheerleader effect that gets so many otaku hearts fluttering. Upon hearing this news, quite a few of the “unpopular members” as they are referred to, said they would rather quit than be cut, and many have moved themselves straight up the list and next to “graduate”.
Akimoto, the man and not the hot captain of Team K Akimoto Sayaka, used the concept of “meeting real idols daily” when he started AKB48. With that in mind, the AKB theater was opened in Akihabara and AKB shows can been seen daily there. As one could imagine, with a daily show the heavy hitters of AKB’s supple line up won’t be in attendance, so it takes these less popular members to keep the day to day business afloat.
The other problem being if the “unpopulars” all decide to leave at once, that leaves no room for the headliners to move on and graduate as they move on to other projects. In order to try and counter this kind of problem, at the most recent AKB48 new member auditions more trainees were accepted than usual and seem to be rushing through their “initiation” of sorts. Once they are full fledged members, the next in line to graduate can start to leave.
Aside from a few very dedicated fans, does a large changing of the guard have that much affect on the rest of us? Sorry, but no. We can still watch the “Heavy Rotation” video with the girls in their lingerie and the sound turned down as we try to guess who the next Riko Yamaguchi is. Sorry girls, I hardly knew you…because you were basically backdrop.
Which of these barely legal Japanese Idols would you pick to bark for you?
That’s the theme for the new Wonda coffee campaign staring our favorite future porn stars. The rules are simple. When you buy a Wonda coffee, remove the campaign sticker and go to the website and “place your bets” on a roulette wheel full of, you guessed it, the AKB48 girls. If you choose the correct girl, she will say “wan wan!” (woof woof) and you win a dog strap for your cellphone (lame) and a limited edition AKB Wonda coffee with a picture of one of the members on the can.
The winning girl changes every morning at 8am and if you want more chances at getting your limited edition AKB Wonda coffee, you just have to buy more coffee. Can you get Wonda coffee outside of Japan? Unfortunately, no. I’ll give it a shot and let you guys know if I won. You can have the doggie cell phone strap if you guess right.
Adidas announced their new model “Originals” in true Akihabara style last week with maids.
Katou Natsuki appeared first on stage in a blue maid outfit holding the new model in her hand and greeted all the otaku (geeks) in their very own language, “Sorry for making you wait master(s). Natsuki da nyan!” Nyan is the sound a cat makes. When maids take the stage, the otaku watch. When the maids add a meow at the end of their sentence, the otaku “stand” at attention.
Natsuki, who has previously admitted to being a bit of a cosplayer, broke character after her grand entrance and admitted to everyone how embarassed she was. “I even practiced last night in the bath!” The otaku found this more stimulating that the line itself and pushed for the embarassed Katou to say it again.
Flashbulbs continually went off as Katou explained to the audience how to properly wear Adidas in a fashionable way showing the real reason the audience was there, to see maids on stage and creepily take as many pictures as possibly from a safe distance as only we otaku know how to do. Katou then riled up the audience even more telling them about her ideal man and the fact that he doesn’t have to wear a costume, she just wants him to watch as she struts her stuff. Oh yeah, and there were shoes…
Maids tickle your fancy? I never understood the fascination until I had one fully dressed standing in front of me in a love hotel. I guess that’s a story for a different time. In the meanwhile, check out the sexy maid outfits over at Kanojo Toys and make a few fun stories of your own. Stories means have maid sex.
Nostalgia is a powerful tool and Yahoo reports that super popular idol group Morning Musume is calling back all of our favorite graduates to form a Dream Team to battle the young whipper snappers from groups like AKB48.
Dream Morning Musume’s roster includes Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki and Kusumi Koharu. Tsuji Nozomi, another former member, was slated to join but after the birth of her second child she’s taking some child care leave. While the currently active Morning Musume has an average age of 17.5, the newly formed Dream Morning Musume, who is planning on releasing 2 new songs and going on tour in April, has an average age of 27.
Although still quite young by western standards, some of these ladies are quite scared to get back on stage. The original members started their careers 13 years ago and aren’t sure how the audience will react. In my opinion, I think these ladies will bring out some of the fully legal desires we have, unlike the desires we’ve been having about some of the AKB girls, and they may be able to make this work. So long as some of them go into porn afterward. Yes, that is what I’m hoping for.
Many of you avid AKB48 fans out there may already know, but the domain name for the uber-popular idol group AKB48 is up for grabs and seems to be selling for ￥10 million ($100,000 USD)!
Zakzak has reported that the licensing for the site will be up for grabs and someone made sure they swooped in and will take their place as soon as the last tenants let their lease lapse. The current owners of the site incidentally are rival idol creating factory Hello Project. Try typing in AKB48.com in. You’ll see that it takes you to the homepage of the managing group that brought us the Morning Musume phenomenon so many years ago. The plot thickens when questions are asked about the seller him (or her) self. There is no information out there about them. The name on the account is a Taro Yamada, which is a very common Japanese name, and the contact phone number is 0012345678.
There are some rumors are circulating around the web saying that legal action will be taken by AKB’s management, but nothing has been confirmed. If by chance these rumors are found to be true, what would happen to the poor sap who may buy the site in the first place? Upon checking the auction page itself, there is no guarantee that the money would be returned if there is in fact a lawsuit of some sort.
One thing is for sure, if this isn’t a ruse and someone does end up picking up AKB48.com, there could be all kinds of fall out. What if all the AKB48 JAV look alike porn stars all band together and start putting their videos and unshaven pussies up there for the world to see? Westerners who don’t usually type .co.jp will be (pleasantly) surprised to see that AKB48 is just a bunch of barely legal sluts trying to get in our wallets by using their short school girl skirts and supple young bodies. Wait, isn’t that what the real AKB48 does now? Never mind. Happy bidding porn industry!
A new ordinance has been passed by the Japanese government stating that extreme sexual acts such as rape, incest and other illegal sexual acts in anime and manga will be regulated as of April of 2011.
The Japan Times reports that while the ordinance is not a law, the industry will be forced to “self-regulate” any and all sex acts seen as too extreme by the government. They will also be called upon to prevent the purchase of said material by those under the age of 18.
The anime and manga community are taking this very seriously and several large manga production companies have even said they will pull out of the federally funded internationally popular 2011 Tokyo International Anime Fair slated for April of next year. The artists are saying that this will stifle creativity and they believe their creative process will be stopped up due to such restrictions.
Now let’s think about this for a second. While this is somewhat of a big deal, rape, incest and sex with children is pretty much a no no anywhere else in the world, and now since the Japanese government wants to curb the selling of said materials to underaged Japanese, the artist community is having a fit. Shouldn’t this be a bit of a no brainer? They’re not even making a law saying it’s going to be taken off the market. Not by far. They just don’t want the kids of Japan to be able to get their hands on illegal sex acts.
In closing, and this one is for the kids, if you want to get that new fancy anime where a father rapes his 10yr old daughter, you better go buy it now, because you won’t be able to get your hands on it next year. That is unless your father buys it for you. Then you probably have different problems at home.
As we rapidly approach Halloween, I thought I’d like to highlight some of the Japanese costumes that I’ve seen around the interwebs.
Mind you these lovely ladies don’t need a holiday to dress up. Here’s a little sample in honor of Halloween for this year round past time for so many gorgeous geeks. Some of which are actually what you’d call Cosplay Queens. They appear at cosplay conventions as celebrities and are constantly doing photoshoots that they put on their personal websites or group websites like CosRain.Com
If you really think about it these girls are practically perfect. They are hot and Japanese, which you can tell by the pictures. But these sexy ladies are not the sexy ladies you see out on the street, they are bonified otaku who might be willing to dress up as your favorite character at a whim. Can you imagine? Heading to Akihabara now…
Yes, I know. Us Japanese are a strange bunch. There are plenty of folks who like used panties of course. And there are even people who like refrigerated panties!
A hot day? You want an ice cream? A cool drink? No, let’s get some nicely chilled panties!
Yes, for 980 yen (about $11.60) you can get yourself a pair of refrigerated girls’ panties in either pink, blue or mint green. Blue is apparently the most popular!
[Pics via GreenBoring.com]
Personally I can’t think of a better thing for the last humid weeks of summer! I know what part of me gets the most hot on a sweaty day! It’s still over thirty here in Tokyo so I might just have to head out to Akihabara right now.
It’s been making the news overseas too, especially in Taiwan and Hong Kong, though it’s yet to really break out in English-language internet…Our reputation as a nation of freaks is surely sealed!
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We all know about maid cafes. But what about us girls?
Sure, there are host clubs but some of us don’t actually like guys with ridiculous orange hair cuts, up-themselves attitudes — and then paying huge bills for the privilege!
Fear not, there are Otouto Cafe (Little Brother Cafe) for us ladies!
One example is the Cafe B’s Prince, a concept cafe opened last year. The staff are actually girls but dressed as boys. This is basically more a cosplay cafe catering (no pun!) to fujoshi manga fans (um, semi-lesbians who like girls dressed as boys).
There is a whole spate of these dansou cafes (butler cafes). This blog has a good run-down of the ones in Ikebukuro or Akihabara.
I particularly like the Butler Cafe for girls who like to be served by handsome foreign men. Don’t tell Taro!
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