We consider ourselves aficionados of some of the weirder sections of the Japanese porn canon. ANd let’s face it, there are some oddities out there.
For example, in “World’s Kinkiest Nude Library Challenge”, an entry in the shuchi “shame” genre, a woman does crazy things while in a public library… totally naked, natch.
“Elf” sees a man have sex with a fairy-like girl with pointy ears.
“Daddy Quiz Daughter Sex” has a father tied up and forced to watch as his daughter is raped by men in masks if he gets questions wrong.
Now we want to introduce a brilliant and original subgenre of Japanese porn: The superhero heroine film.
Both are very rare JAV films made by a small label and with limited availability.
Both feature the two heroines having to fight the forces of evil while dressed up in costumes resembling a kind of Japanese tokusatsu TV show like “Power Rangers”. There are lots of special effects — okay, it’s hardly state-of-the-art CGI — and outlandish settings.
And of course there is sex, usually with our ass-kicking heroines being tortured and having to screw their way out of dire situations. After all, a gal’s gotta use what talents and skills she has, right?
We guess the appeal is partly cosplay — the girl’s are dressed up in tight, sexy costumes that have all sorts of appeal to our younger, happier selves. (After all, who doesn’t have fond memories of the rubber-suited Cat Woman?) There is plenty of retro kitsch in the visuals but it’s emotionally deeper than that, since these ladies are tough. They fight and beat up people, protecting weaker men. And yet they are still be seduced and defeated by men.
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of one, report back on your impressions. Meanwhile, we will keep our beady eyes on porn label Giga and see if they make more for our viewing pleasure.
It would surely be the most-wanted job for any man in Japan.
But incredible as it sounds, there is a shortage of male actors in Japanese porn (known as “JAV”).
“There are only 70 or so male adult video actors,” Japan’s biggest male porn star Shimiken tweeted the other day. “That’s less than the number of Bengal tigers.” He said that the ones doing most of the work are even less — just 30.
We’ve always known that there was a relatively small number of men working professionally and full-time in the industry. But we didn’t know the men themselves were worried.
Here is Shimiken and some pals.
Shimiken should know — he’s appeared in around 7,000 titles in 16 years, by Kotaku’s calculations.
On the other side, there are (in Shimiken’s estimate) 10,000 actresses.
Of course, the disproportionate numbers can partly be attributed to the concept of kikaku joyu, the nameless (and poorly-paid) actresses who appear in the more unusual JAV porn titles that call for dozens of anonymous women to be screwed by a series of men. Plus many actresses change their “name” multiple times in a career, leading to multiple “debuts”.
That’s why you sometimes here figures like “6,000″ women making their porn debut each year. Well, the industry releases hundreds of titles a month (sometimes you read about “thousands” but this just cannot be true, even for the largest per-capita porn industry in the world).
Something like 14 porn films are being made each day. That keeps the low numbers of men like Shimiken very busy. Being harried and stressed is not good in any job but certainly not when you really need to “perform” with your body, and make it look sensitive and interest, and not just your 152nd new girl you are fucking this month.
So, do we have any takers? Anyone want to help share Shimiken’s workload for him?
For the record, Shimiken was right in his analogy. There are something like 1,700 Bengal tigers in India today.
It can be hard to appeal to school kids, especially when you are trying to teach them a dry subject like mathematics.
So you can forgive someone when they resort to gimmicks to perk students’ interest. In the case of one publisher in Thailand, they used a picture of a hot woman on the cover of a textbook.
Okay, so not very subtle but it IS going to get the boys in the class interested.
There was only one problem.
Muang Thai Book sourced the image from the web — common in Thailand, apparently — and in fact it turned out to be a promo picture for a Japanese porn film.
Here is the original picture.
Sure, the image wasn’t particularly revealing but perhaps a good-looking woman who can make math more exciting for young boys was too good to be true.
The sultry “teacher” was in fact JAV star Mana Aoki. The film in question is supposedly a title released by DMM’s streaming services in April.
The publisher finally realized their error only after 3,000 copies had been printed. That’ll teach them for relying on Google Image Search for their cover pictures!
The story broke on September 10th in Thailand and then over here in Japan yesterday and today. There are some differing accounts out there. It may be that the students were actually the ones who recognized Mana and gave the game away (we find that unlikely as Mana is not such a big star), though the consensus is that textbooks hadn’t been distributed, alas.
Now being confronted with a Japanese porn star before getting stuck into some arithmetic — would that be off-putting or encouraging?!
Japan may well have the largest porn industry in the world and a vibrant sex toys market, but so far it has almost entirely been for the male consumer. Now porn for women is finally catching on in Japan.
Actually part of this is thanks to magazine Anan, which has run regular sex-themed special editions that have generated publicity and mainstream acceptance for fashion-minded women reading about sex. A recent August sex issue featured a freebie DVD from Soft on Demand’s Silk Labo porn-for-women brand.
Soft on Demand has also placed women employees in senior positions and started a range of new sex toys and products aimed at the female market, including the Silky Body Soap. Tenga too (now a subsidiary of SOD) created the iroha. SOD’s brand Silk Labo releases female porn titles, handled by female directors. There are three labels at the moment: Silk, Undress, Cocoon.
While there have been female sex toy brands in Japan for a while, it is very significant that a major name in an industry dominated by men has joined in the fray. Female porn and female sex toys are now totally mainstream. SOD also has a showroom in Akasaka for its Lovely Pop vibrators. We also saw a lot of female sex and masturbation aids at adult expo Pink Tokyo, mostly from importers, indicating that consumers and local brands want to learn from the designs already available overseas.
In female-friendly porn, the story leading up to the, ahem, business is important. Communication between the couple is highlighted, as is the way they meet. The male partner is also more sensitive during the sex itself.
What kind of men appear in the porn? It’s not the hunky types but rather sweeter-looking men with slender figures.
And who are the viewers for this porn? Housewives in their thirties and forties — the same demographic who turned adultery site Ashley Madison into an immediate hit in Japan.
In the last two or sex years the publishing industry has seen erotic books for women do well, with Kadokawa’s “Fleur” online erotic novel series going from strength to strength since 2013.
The small world of Japanese male porn performers has also acquired a following at last, with events where the man talk to fans proving popular. One such event in March in Shinjuku saw 140 female fans gather to list to four male performers talk. One fan said she had come all the way from Nagoya over 10 times!
We can’t get any solid info on sales for the porn but the fact that SOD et al are pushing on with their belated experiment shows things can’t be going badly!
Beyond gender equality, though, what’s the really good news about all this? Silk Labo is now recruiting “eromen”.
There’s been a lot of political tension over the last two years between Korea and Japan. Territorial disputes. Yasukuni Shrine. Comfort women.
But when all’s said and done, there’s one great unifier: sex.
Korea does not have a very vibrant porn industry and Korean men look to JAV to fill their needs.
“Yadong” means a porn video you watch online or on your computer. Whatever they think about certain rocks in the sea between Japan and the peninsula, almost all men in Korea love Japanese anime and Japanese porn.
Due to local restrictions you don’t have the major porn makers in Korea like you get in Japan and so most porn is Japanese. “Yadong” by default means Japanese pornography.
What Koreans like about JAV is how there is such a variety of narratives and situations, and how it ventures frequently into the abnormal.
And of course, they love the JAV actresses too… One website lists the most popular JAV stars of 2013, taken from YGOSU, a Korean forum site.
The most popular were Shion Utsunomiya, Minami Kojima, Akiho Yoshizawa, Minami Hatsukawa and Ai Uehara.
We wonder if it is a mere coincidence that there are two girls with the names “Minami” in the top ranking? “Minami” means “south”, obviously an important word for Korea!
We know this is going to be a divisive release — and that’s why we’re blogging about it.
“Rina-chan Best” is a long 480-minute double-disk DVD porn set for the audiences who love eight-hour paipan schoolgirl fantasies. And that’s quite a big audience in Japan, it seems.
Rina is a sweet little girl who measures a mere 147cm (4.8 ft) in height. Like small girls with flat chests? She’s the one for you. (After all, there’s no shortage of them in Japan.)
In the series of films in this set Rina is put to the test with many men, sometimes many men at once, as she is manipulated, seduced and controlled.
Of course, we should point out right away that the actress isn’t really underage (otherwise it wouldn’t be getting a mainstream release) and there’s a lot of role-play and parody here (two hallmarks of Japanese porn), from the shojo manga-style cover to all the outlandish situations that Rina finds herself in.
What is the appeal of this kind of film? Is it sadistic? Or a fantasy of being the lucky first guy to have his way with an innocent virgin? As with a lot of stuff in Japan, it’s an ambiguous mix of many factors and defies a simple response.
While we’d be lying if we said that the sex in the film was the usual stuff that turns us off, it wasn’t just curiosity that kept us watching either.
Though definitely not for everyone, even it’s if not to your personal taste in porn “Rina-chan Best” is one of those (many!) JAV films you have to see… to believe!
It’s often the case the Japanese porn stars that are huge in China, Taiwan or Korea are not necessarily the biggest stars back home in Japan. Sora Aoi is one famous example — a star at home but a mega-star abroad.
Yet it’s rare for any Gravure idol or porn star to make it big in Europe or America beyond the radar of hardcore Japanese or Yellow Fever fans.
But one lady is bucking the trend.
Marica Hase (or Marika Hase) (長谷真理香) made the leap over the waters to America in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. She appeared in Penthouse in January 2013 and now makes around 15 titles a month.
Her porn debut came in 2009, after a career in the Gravure idol pages. Since making the journey to the New World and resuming her adult video activities there, the 29-year-old minx has clocked in over 50 porn titles to her credit.
Japanese weekly tabloid magazine Shukan Post recently made the trip stateside to speak to the success story.
On a big Japanese shoot there will be hair styling and makeup specialists to help the performers look their best but on an American shoot, you have to do it all yourself. You need to bring clothes, toys and props in a big suitcase, says Marica.
“My English has now improved a lot but at first all I could say was ‘Hello’ and ‘I am Marica’,” she recalls with a laugh.
In fact, she says it wasn’t really the case that she had a strong yearning to go and work in America. It was a chance recommendation.
“After I had made a film in Japan for the first time that I was fully pleased with, the director praised me. He said I was wasted in Japan. Go to America, he said.”
“At the time I just agreed with him but the next day my manager actually asked me if I wanted to make my debut in America. We then consulted with a director who knew about America and things really began to move forward.”
And ever since that perceptive director’s recommendation led her to get on a plane, she hasn’t looked back!
Shibuya ward has purchased a large hot springs resort in Kawazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Kikusuikan will be used as a retreat for senior citizens.
But following the April purchase a rather embarrassing fact has possibly come to light about the property.
It emerged in May that Japanese adult video (JAV) label Moodyz has apparently used the inn multiple times in shoots for its films. Tokyo Reporter says that “at least 11 productions by label Moodyz between 2006 and 2013″ used the resort facilities to film action between performers.
Hot spring resorts and inns are common locations for porn shoots and often feature in JAV film plots. In the Japanese popular imagination, going to a spring is pretty kinky and often associated with trysts and affairs.
The Shibuya ward mayor is said to be concerned about the allegations raised by a tabloid magazine regarding Kikusuikan. Officials have said that they had no idea about the use of the resort as a location for shoots, though this is quite common as a way for venues to earn money.
It was first opened in 1927 but went bust earlier this year. It was then worth a mere 1.1 million yen ($10,000), though Shibuya has apparently set aside 228 million yen for renovations. With such investment, this is then quite embarrassing for the Tokyo ward.
Or is it? We think it’s a good thing. It might encourage the seniors to get frisky too!
Under Japan’s current laws, it is illegal to produce and distribute child pornography. However, politicians are looking to toughen this up by making it illegal also top possess child porn. Japan is one of the few major industrialized nations not to have a law against this.
However, the new law will not include comic book depictions.
The proposed revision to the law would exclude manga, anime and computer graphics, but would make possession of other forms of child porn punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of 1 million yen (nearly $10,000).
The bill was debated by a lower house committee and then voted by lawmakers to be presented to the main Diet chamber, where it is expected to pass. It would then be sent up to the Upper House before the parliament session ends on June 22nd.
While the politicos have ostensibly protected manga and anime from the revision, the new law comes against an increasing climate of repression against sexually explicit comics.
In May The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said it was banning sales to underage consumers of a manga depicting incestuous relationships. “Little Sisters Paradise! 2″ came out in April but was classified as an “unhealthy publication” that has to be kept out of children’s reach.
The revision to the kiddie porn law has been resisted by mangaka and publishers who fear that the next step will be restrictions on comics and anime, which will damage freedom of expression and amount to censorship.
Sometimes models and actresses get a little bit of help to look better and further their career.
But this is an extreme case.
Japanese porn star Rina Nanase/Rumi Kanda has been having a series of plastic surgery operations to her eyes, nose and chin because she believes having a very spade-like look makes her look cuter.
Similarly to how former curvy Gravure idol Yuuri Morishita has turned her face into a weird shape, Rina/Rumi has also become not so much “glamorous” as emaciated.
The result? See for yourselves. She looks like an alien or even Dobby from Harry Potter.
She has also been publicly documenting her changing beauty with regular posts to Twitter.
She used to look like this.
And then she began to experiment with surgery on her nose and eyes.
To be fair, many of the pictures she has been posting to Twitter are ones taken immediately after surgery and when she is not looking or feeling her best (which begs the question why she would want to publicize them). She doesn’t look so bad in these shots.
At least she’s being honest, though. The widespread use of plastic surgery among Gravure idols and actresses and models is one of the industry’s open secrets but no one talks about it in the mainstream media.
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