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Let’s Talk About Goblin Slayer’s Rape Scene

When I turned on Goblin Slayer’s first episode, I knew what was coming. I had heard from a few friends in a Discord chat I participate in that there was rape in this episode. I turned it on anyways, thinking “Sure it’ll be bad, but I’ve watched shows that have danced with the act before and don’t really go too far with it. How bad could it be?”. And boy oh boy was I not prepared for what I saw.

Up until this moment when I immediate hit the circle button on my PS4 controller to shut off the imagery that I had just witnessed, it was already pretty damn grim. Being completely up front, I don’t handle horrific imagery well, I just don’t have the stomach for it. I can handle over-the-top “sexy” violence like Hellsing and Drifters has, but the realistic and downright brutal stuff? That’s a completely different story. So to watch goblins mercilessly stab the other party members repeatedly, I was already very uncomfortable before the big finale that set me off. I’ve watched shows like this that have been very grim and dealt with death, take Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash for example. It doesn’t pull punches and it’s very uncomfortable when you see party members severely injured and in one case, killed. Goblin Slayer on the other hand, doesn’t even give you the chance to settle into the show, it’s straight grim and downright disgustingly brutal violence.

This is where I took issue with the show. Had I watched this show for a few episodes and then it did this scene, perhaps it could’ve lasted longer, though I think in my case, I don’t think any amount of attachment to the show could’ve prevented me from shutting it off right then and there. But in this specific case, not having even half the episode before all this dark and brutal imagery was put before my eyes, it was just too much. It felt less like the show being “unapologetic”, as some people have called it and more like “being edgy for the sake of being edgy”. These moments can be written properly, giving the show time to develop, to give you a sense of attachment to the characters you see before you. Instead, there’s zero attachment, you’re just watching people be mercilessly murdered and raped. There’s no emotional value to it, it’s just disgust. And yes, I get that’s likely the intent the show is going with, but that doesn’t excuse the service you view this show on for something I will get to in a moment. But for now, let’s talk about the scene itself, the rape.

Let’s be honest here, if you are an anime fan who has spent a considerable amount of time watching hentai, if you take this scene and cut it aside from the murder beforehand, this is just par for the course. There are countless hentai movies out there that are far worse and more explicit than what is scene in Goblin Slayer. But let’s also remember the differences between the two here, between Goblin Slayer and your average hentai that would feature this kind of content. Just pick one, if you’ve watched more than 10 hentai movies, you’ve seen at least one rape scene.

In the hentai movie you picked where a “rape” scene occurs, consider the following:

  1. What was the tone of the show throughout before the scene occurs? 
  2. Is there a series of violent acts committed beforehand, like the several murders we see before the Goblin Slayer scene?
  3. Did this scene turn into one of the cliched “she ends up loving it” sex scenes?

Generally speaking, the tone isn’t usually as dark, grim and brutal in these hentai films as it was in Goblin Slayer. There usually aren’t innocent people being not only murdered, but mercilessly so, as we see with the guy and mage girl being stabbed, hacked and slashed and more by several goblins. And yeah, a lot of these scenes do end up going the route of “she starts loving it by the end”. Is it disgusting? Of course it is, but there’s one key to what makes this easier to stomach, in my opinion.

When you click play on a hentai movie, what are you expecting to see? Of course, you’re anticipating bouncing breasts, lots of cum, a lot of unnecessary dirty talk that no couple ever utters when having sex. That’s all par for the course. But massive amounts of brutal violence as well? Is that a constant in hentai films? No, it’s not. So in the case of Goblin Slayer, there’s a ton of differences between itself and hentai. When I clicked play on that first episode and let’s say in this case I knew nothing of the brutal violence and rape that was coming my way. What information did I have in front of me when I saw that show on my PS4 Crunchyroll app? I saw a cover image of two pretty girls being the focal point, along with a few armored guys in the back. Pretty standard fantasy anime cover image, looks like any typical one you’d find, right? How would anyone get the sense that this show was about to contain what is the most disturbing and brutal content I’ve personally watched in the now 4 years I’ve used Crunchyroll?

This isn’t a case of “If you can’t handle it, don’t watch it.” to me. This was a case of “If people can’t handle this, we should’ve been warned not to watch it.”. I have zero problems with this show existing and I have zero problems with this level of brutal content existing, clearly there’s people who loved what they saw from this first episode, judging by the reactions I’ve seen on Reddit and Twitter. I can have my opinion that content like this is for people who want to be edgy and badass and I can think it’s cringy as fuck, but it doesn’t mean I think it shouldn’t be allowed to exist.

What I do think is that because of a scene like this rape in Goblin Slayer, Crunchyroll needs to really take a look into providing more information to viewers about the content they’re about to watch. This episode 100% should’ve had a warning that read “This show contains extremely violent content, would you like to proceed?”, so people would have stopped for a moment and said “Wow, this doesn’t happen often, it must be really, REALLY violent!”. This way, those who fall into the “not for the faint of heart” category, like myself, we now know that this show is likely pushing boundaries beyond what we’re accustomed to in our typical anime.

For example, when I’ve browsed E-Hentai’s content, I’ve come across a screen after clicking on, let’s say a doujinshi. It reads something like “This material contains extreme themes that are unsuitable to some viewers. Would you like to proceed?”. I don’t see that message often and every time I do, I know to not proceed further, as the one time I did, I was 100% deeply disturbed. Now when it comes to warning messages like this, I’m not saying it needs to be put on anything violent, or anything featuring sexual content. Considering that someone had to translate this episode, they certainly had to watch this episode several times to get it done. Perhaps it would be wise that they bring up that this episode is extremely graphic to whoever they report to and that can be brought up within the company before the episode is put up online. Obviously others within the company will watch this episode before it’s uploaded, how did they not think that this was something that they might’ve wanted to give people a heads up about beforehand?

In Drifters, we see a similar level of imagery, but we don’t see the act in progress, we see the aftermath. It is just as uncomfortable as any reference to the act of rape would be, but the show has had us settle into the darker and violent atmosphere the show has for a number of episodes up until this point. The show also features quite a lot of comedy to offset the violence and downright disgusting imagery we sometimes see in the show. So for people to be as shocked as they were with Goblin Slayer, how could you not expect that kind of reaction, especially from those who don’t know a thing about the show they just clicked play on. If I hadn’t read in that Discord chat that this showed contained rape, I would’ve had no idea what I was walking into.

Goblin Slayer gave you no time to prepare, to attach yourself to anything you’d see so far, or information that gave you any sort of a heads up that this show would be extremely violent. There’s nothing wrong with deciding you’re not going to pull any punches, but it would’ve been nice to at the very least maybe save the rape for a second episode. By then, you’ve already taken away a good chunk of the “not for the faint of heart” crowd from the brutal violence we saw with the two other adventurers that were slaughtered. The audience you’ve retained, they’ll likely be able to handle what’s coming. But to go that far within 10 minutes of the first episode? That was absolutely unnecessary.

I don’t blame the creators of the show for this. I fully blame Crunchyroll for not warning their consumer base ahead of time. This goes beyond parental controls, this is content that grown adults still wouldn’t have the stomach for, whether it was in Episode 1 or Episode 192. To me, this shows that Crunchyroll needs a rating system, or a warning system for episodes that feature extreme content. We can collectively discuss what that is, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this episode of Goblin Slayer certainly constitutes that. So let’s have that discussion.

But before I bid you adieu, let me address all the edgelords and your comments that I came across on Twitter after watching this episode. I’ll address the ones that ticked me off and show them here:

I’m not butthurt and I imagine most people like me aren’t either. We’re disgusted, because we watched an extremely brutal scene that while yes, it’s effective in what it does, show true evil and the realities of what a fantasy world like that could bring, a dark, grim and downright disgusting world, we had no idea it would be this harsh, this brutal. Not everyone does a ton of research into every anime, in fact I do almost zero when I start my first week of each season. I just look at the cover image and the brief description and go from there. Don’t tell me Goblin Slayer’s cover image gives you any idea of the level of violence committed in the show. We don’t all read manga or spend hours upon hours studying all of anime, stop acting like you’re above us.

Also, me personally, if I wanted to watch something more “realistic”, I wouldn’t be watching anime. I love anime because it’s beyond anything realistic.

https://twitter.com/boicornpuss/status/1049125102124720130

I’ve completed as of the summer season, 214 pieces of content, whether it being TV series, films, etc.

If I’m getting worked up about this, it’s not tame, it’s not par for the course. Rape is not “pretty fucking tame” in non-hentai anime series, stop talking like it is. Not everyone watches every gore-infested show that comes out. And again, look at the cover image, that looks pretty fucking tame to me. The show isn’t.

Uh…the people who are “crying” about it being too hardcore aren’t going to watch it any further. But thanks for the heads up.

On another note, to all the people saying “If you can’t handle it, don’t watch it!” to people that are expressing their disgust with what they saw, can you at least take a moment to realize that it’s a little fucking late to say that? Of course we’re not going to watch it any further because we can’t handle it, that’s kind of what you do in that scenario. I’m not going to suddenly turn this show on again, thinking it couldn’t possibly do it again, that would be fucking insane of me.

When I told people that if they didn’t like what Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3 was doing, don’t buy it. They were trying to get the game banned from North America and succeeded. From what I’ve seen online with Twitter and Reddit, no one’s calling for this show to be taken off the air, they’re merely displaying their disgust of what they saw. You seem to like its brutal nature, so wouldn’t it jazz you up more than people can’t handle it, thus proving how brutal it is?


Anyways, I’m done venting. Let me know what you think on the issue. Cheers!

What Is Fanservice And What Is Reality?

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I don’t hide the fact that I watch a ton of anime that people file under the subjects of ‘ecchi’ and ‘harem’, why would I? As I’ve said time and time again, I don’t feel like watching any of these shows does any harm to anyone who is able to distinguish the differences between fantasy and reality. If there are truly people out there who watch this content and bring those views into real-life, there’s already something askew with this person. Don’t look into the fictional content they consume, take a look into their childhood, their history.

But aside from the usual feminist and SJW bullshit thrown in the direction of content like this, there’s one specific term that I want to talk about and define it in the way I truly believe it should be defined, rather than how I perceive it to be viewed as in this present day.

That term of course for those familiar with anime, is fanservice.

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from Bakemonogatari

This is the definition of the term fanservice on Urban Dictionary:

“In general, fan service refers to scenes designed to excite or titillate the viewer. This can include scantily-clad outfits, cleavage shots, panty shots, nude scenes (shower scenes especially), etc. Some broader definitions also include things like cool mecha, big explosions, battle scenes, etc. Basically, if it has little plot-redeaming value, but makes the viewer sit up and take notice, it’s probably fan service in one form or another.”

Now the definition here extends to beyond sexual content, but that’s going to be where my focus lies, since no one really gets offended by mechs, explosions, battle scenes and more. I could also argue that people shouldn’t be getting offended by sexual content, but I’ve said my piece about this over and over again and that’s not the aim of this post, so let’s move on from that.

So essentially, the definition of fanservice is extended towards anything that is considered sexually enticing, exciting or titillating for the viewers, regardless of gender and sexuality. So this means things ranging from shower scenes and undressing/dressing scenes all the way to extremes like the various girls in a harem grabbing each others’ boobs and the classic girl falls on a guy so perfectly that her panty-covered butt is mere inches from his face. Now why am I setting one side of the spectrum the extremes like boob grabbing and the other side being showering and getting dressed?

This is where my own personal definition of fanservice comes into play. While I understand that the intention of a lot of these scenes is simply to elicit a reaction from the audience, my personal view of what is fanservice is just a little different. So here’s my version of the definition of fanservice, specifically for anime:

Fanservice in anime refers to scenes where the actions on screen cannot be perceived as natural or realistic to what could conceivably happen in real life. For example, in terms of scenes labeled as ‘ecchi’, a shower scene does not qualify as fanservice because it’s something that is a normal, everyday action in life. However, something like a girl falling on top of a male character in a compromising position such as her butt directly in front of the male’s face (especially when wearing a skirt) would be considered fanservice as it’s an extremely unlikely event that for the average person would not happen once in their entire lives, let alone every day. 

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from Keijo!!!!!!!!

A moment like the one pictured above from Keijo!!!!!!!!, where a “Vacuum Butt Cannon” strike from Nozomi causes the swimsuits of Sayaka, Non and Kazane to rip right off of them and rendering them topless, that’s fanservice, without a shadow of a doubt. Under no circumstances could a single girl’s butt be so powerful that she could create a gust of a wind so hard that it could rip the swimsuits off of other girls. Maybe if they were made of paper, but fabric don’t rip that easily!

And that’s where my definition lies with fanservice. Again, I’m not denying that a lot of scenes in anime that people consider to be fanservice, they are designed to elicit a sexual reaction from the viewer. What I want to do however, is separate the scenes that I think are plausible and realistic and separate them from the fanservice term, because I think there are moments in anime that yes they can be considered sexual, but they’re normal things that we all do in real life, there just happens to be a camera on it.

So just for some clarity, here’s three cases from the last two seasons that I consider fanservice:

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Here’s a scene from New Game! where initially I would not have considered this fanservice. In the very beginning, it’s just Kou expresses her desire of not wanting to wear pants when she’s alone and expresses this to Rin. The following morning, thinking she has some time before people show up at the office where the two stayed overnight, she does the same. But when Aoba shows up early, instead of doing the smart thing and hiding in her sleeping bag, she tries to shut up Kou and this is how they’re found. They’re both pantsless and they look almost like they were making out. It’s an unlikely situation, not because two girls making out is abnormal, but at work and in this state of attire, it is abnormal, thus I consider this scene fanservice.

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In this scene from Hundred, Claire after getting her battle suit all dirty during a fight, she decides to wash herself off in a lake nearby. Now normally, this wouldn’t be so abnormal, but there are factors that make this extremely abnormal. One, this is in the middle of a battle going on where friends and colleagues of hers are still fighting. Second, her battle attire got dirty, as far as we know that dirt didn’t get onto her skin. Third and most important, HAYATO IS THERE WITH HER WHEN SHE STRIPS NAKED AND TAKES A SKINNY DIP IN THE LAKE. For those unfamiliar with the show, at this time while there are hints that she’s attracted to him, she’s still very combative with him. Thus, another fanservice moment.

01Lastly, here’s a moment from the second season of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma. In this scene, two of the judges during the Autumnal Elections tournament are subjected to one of the major gimmicks of the show, the food is so good it’s literally orgasmic. In this picture, I don’t think the outfits, while ridiculous and unlikely to ever be worn, they’re not fanservice-worthy, because it could just be a Monster Musume cosplay. However, because the scene revolves around these girls moaning and groaning like they’re having an all-night sexcapade by just eating a well-prepared food dish, this scene is extremely unlikely because the average girl doesn’t eat something and sound like she’s climaxing. Thus, it’s fanservice.

from Nisekoi
from Nisekoi

It’s a slippery slope and a tough one to nail down, but I truly think we need to be a little more specific as to what makes a scene fanservice. It honestly has nothing to do with the definition itself, the definition Urban Dictionary gives makes perfect sense as to what it actually is, the problem is that the term is now being used as a word feminists and SJWs alike can pull out of their back pocket to win an argument (at least in their opinion) whenever they’re losing on a logical standpoint. So regardless of what I said earlier where I gave a slightly different definition of anime-specific fanservice when it comes to sexual content, what I really want to do is separate the kinds of content that I think should be labelled with the term now, since it’s abused by feminists and SJWs in the present day.

Anything that we can conceivably believe could happen in real life, that in my opinion shouldn’t be labelled with the fanservice moniker that is used as a source of offense to various people who have become too easily offended. I don’t know what kind of word to use as a new label though, the term ‘ecchi‘ also refers to not just nudity and panty shots, but perverted situations as well, so that’s not an option. So here’s an idea, let’s just not call it anything but ‘real‘, because that’s what the content I’m fighting for in the article is.

from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation
from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation

Here’s a great example of the difference between what I’d consider fanservice and what I’d consider to be real. Here’s a scene from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation. At the beginning of this scene, lead character Itsuki is just taking a bath in a hot spring, a classic scene in anime, except for once, we’re getting some boy butt instead of the usual 5+ girls comparing breast sizes. At the beginning of this scene, under no circumstance would I consider this to be fanservice and since this is a boy naked in a hot spring, I actually wonder if a feminist would consider this as such as well. Why isn’t this fanservice? Because this is normal, you usually get naked when you are in a hot spring, just like you’re usually naked if you’re taking a bath or a shower.

However, it’s when Aika suddenly appears in the same hot spring as Itsuki that the context of this scene changes. Now if this was the only hot spring and there wasn’t a set schedule for when the men/women use the facility, this would not be fanservice, because in that case you would have to expect there to be moments where both an attractive male and female could be together in the hot spring. However in this scene there are two separate hot springs, one for men, one for women. There is an expectation that males and females obey that and not mix together in either of the baths. By Aika disregarding this, by also being naked with Itsuki in the hot spring, the scene has transitioned into a fanservice scene, because this moment is no longer plausible. In my opinion, I almost feel like this scene was designed as if the creators wanted to be fair and have both naked male and female characters, but felt like having a scene where just having a single boy naked in the hot spring would be “too much” for their straight male viewers and opted to solve that problem by adding a sexy naked Aika into the mix to even things out. But that’s a conversation for another time.

from Izetta, The Last Witch
from Izetta, The Last Witch

So what should make a scene separate from the feminist version of the fanservice moniker? Like I said before, anything that could be considered a normal everyday action should not be looked at on the same level as scenes like Highschool of the Dead where the girls grope each other while bathing together, because how often in life do multiple girls not only share the same bath at the same time, but also decide to take the time to fondle each other? It really bothers me that a moment like a girl taking a shower or a girl undressing is considered as offensive and as sexual as a scene where girls are touching each other in a sexual manner. The last time I checked, a normal solo shower is not as sexual as two girls grabbing each other’s breasts and sliding their hands in between their legs.

So like I did before with what should be considered fanservice, here’s three pictures that while look like fanservice moments, they shouldn’t be considered as such:

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Here’s a scene from Brave Witches where sisters Hikari (left) and Takami (right) are bathing together. Now granted, at their current ages (14 and 17), it’s not as likely that the two would be bathing together as they would be if they were younger than 10, but because the two are sisters, it’s not out of the question that they could still share a bath together, whether it’s at home, a bathhouse, hot spring, etc. Also, during this scene, at no point are they grabbing each other’s breasts, they’re not comparing their sizes, there’s nothing of a sexual manner going on. In fact, while the picture looks like Hikari is fixated on her older sister’s chest, it’s actually because of the scar underneath that she suffered in battle. This is plausible and normal, so it’s not fanservice.

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In this scene from Dagashi Kashi, Hotaru being Hotaru falls into a rice field and gets beyond muddy. When found by Saya, she brings Hotaru to her house so she can shower off while her clothes are washed. Upon exiting the shower, Saya’s brother Tou walks in on Hotaru while she’s still naked drying off. While Hotaru and possibly Saya are stupid for not locking the bathroom door and while Tou is a fucking moron for walking towards the bathroom and going on when if I remember correctly he could hear the shower running while he was walking down the hall, this scene still isn’t fanservice, no matter how ridiculous the situation was. Why? Because all that happened was Hotaru taking a shower, which is perfectly normal. The latter part of the scene was simply a matter of circumstance.

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This is a tough one to judge, but I think this isn’t fanservice. This episode from Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist pits the main cast in a building after being kidnapped and left in their underwear (minus Raiki, who underneath is wearing women’s underwear, cause the show is insane) upon waking up. Granted, there’s a lot of half-naked girls in this episode and girls like Kosuri (pink hair) and Otome (tiny black-haired girl) are wearing some pretty unique and skimpy underwear, but as far as I see it this isn’t actually fanservice, despite the show being large in part a show that revolves around sexuality and a lot of panties. Why? Because these girls are allowed to wear whatever they want and the fact they’re standing before us half-naked isn’t of their own volition, rather it’s been forced upon them. While yes, this isn’t a normal situation under any circumstances, this also isn’t a situation under their control like say a scene where you have several girls together undressing around each other and comparing breast sizes by staring and grabbing.

from Demon King Daimao
from Demon King Daimao

I think the key thing I want to stress out in this article is that I firmly believe that while yes, shows that are synonymous with being ecchi and fanservice contain a lot of scenes with girls changing, showering, bathing, walking around naked or in their underwear and all that jazz, I don’t think that scenes like these should be painted with the same brush as scenes where far more sexual actions are taking place. I don’t think that a scene of a girl showering should be on the same level as a scene where a girl walks in on a guy bathing and starts washing his back with her breasts, I don’t think a scene where a girl is undressing or getting dressed alone should be on the same level as a scene where a girl starts stripping in front of a guy or girl and starts to climb on top of him/her, trying to bed the person they’re on top of.

We need to start taking a different look at scenes like the one pictured above. The scene in question is from Demon King Daimao where Fujiko is undressing in a school changeroom. While again, yes this scene is designed to grab the attention of those watching who have an attraction to the female body, but when you really sit down and think about it, is a girl undressing in a changeroom really a sexual-related occurrence. If not for the camera being there, this is just a normal thing that happens every single day. Girls go to school. Girls have gym class. Girls don’t go to school in their gym clothes, so they have to change from their normal clothes into their gym clothes. That’s something that happens every day, why is this offensive and overly sexual? The same goes for shower, bath and hot spring scenes, what’s so offensive about that? The majority of us shower and bathe naked, that’s just something that happens. The only real difference between real life and what happens here in anime is that there’s a camera handy to record these moments so that we can watch them.

from World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
from World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

The one thing I will concede to a little bit has to do with when the camera closes in on certain body parts, specifically breasts, butts and in some shows, a panty-covered vagina. In some shows this does happen to men as well, a focus on the butt and sometimes the bulge in their pants or underwear, but obviously this is more of an “issue” with it being used on female characters. Again, this is where I will make a slight concession to the fanservice moniker, however this still happens during scenes that I would consider a normal occurrence. Thus, when moments like this happen, I personally refer to them as “camera-based fanservice”, moments that normally I wouldn’t consider fanservice, but because the camera moves and/or zooms in on a specific part of the human body to emphasize how sexy the character in question is.

Camera-based fanservice is usually most specific to girls’ breasts, as there’s a common emphasis on cleavage and bouncing breasts when they’re larger than a B-cup. If a girl is leaning forward just enough, the camera zooms in to their cleavage, as if we’re the male protagonist taking a peek. Sometimes as well, the camera will just focus on the breasts when they’re real big, so we can be mesmerized as they jiggle. Other times the camera will focus on the butt, usually in upskirt shots and perfect views of a girl’s ass when she bends over or is adjusting her panties, just so we can get a great idea of the exact shape of that very butt. In a really rare case (usually only done in 18+ rated shows), the camera will decide to skip out on the two easy shots and go to the front of a girl’s panties, just so you can get the perfect view of the area where your fingers or if you have one, your dick will not ever enter into. But generally speaking the usage of camera-based fanservice is based solely on the boobs or the butt.

from And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?
from And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?

As far as I’m concerned, while I personally think all fanservice should be acceptable, because the idea that sexual content in non-hentai anime is offensive is absolutely ridiculous to me (granted there are cases against that *cough cough* Sword Art Online…), I think that out of anything I attach the fanservice moniker to, camera-based fanservice is the most acceptable, because the majority of the time it happens, it’s to scenes that are normally a realistic, plausible occurrence. What camera-based fanservice does is really the same thing that we all do with pictures we download online and zoom into with MS Paint or Adobe Photoshop. The scene isn’t harmful or offensive, it’s just someone behind the camera zooming in on that shot and focusing only on a specific body part than the actual normal scene going on.

So in summary, what do I consider fanservice, at least in a sexual sense? Anything that happens in the show that is beyond a normal everyday action we all take in life. Something like a shower scene, changing clothes and choosing to walk around without pants on, those are extremely normal, or in the case of the latter option, something plausible that could happen in real life. Something however like girls changing at school and starting a grope session, or a girl rubbing her bare breasts on a guy who she isn’t in a relationship with in the bath, those are situations that are abnormal, things that you don’t normally see every day. Those to me are considered fanservice. You can make the argument that panty shots and cleavage shots are fanservice, but I still think there’s some realism to them, it’s really just a realistic scene with someone zooming in on the specific body part they want to drool over.

from The Asterisk War
from The Asterisk War

We also need to keep in mind that there are scenes that blur the lines as well. The most common ones are when one or more characters are caught in a compromising position, whether they’re getting dressed, undressing, only in their underwear, only wearing a towel, or even naked. In a sense, the scene is fanservice because it’s an unlikely event, I can count on one hand how many times I saw someone of the opposite sex naked or in their underwear by accident and I can count on zero hands how many times that happened after I hit puberty and reached my teens, y’know the age of those who this happens to in anime. However, we also have to keep in mind that in reality, a girl undressing isn’t abnormal, so the character being half-naked isn’t what is fanservice, it’s the unlikely action of another character walking in on that character that makes it fanservice.

So to summarize that in the simplest terms, a girl in her underwear isn’t fanservice, the male character walking in on her and making her embarrassed is fanservice. Because a girl in her underwear is a normal thing, the reaction of her covering up her body with her face bright red, that isn’t normal.

from Black Lagoon
from Black Lagoon

I understand that there are some people who aren’t comfortable watching shows where girls are parading around in their underwear or they’re naked in a bathtub, shower, hot spring, whatever they’re looking sexy as all hell in. There is nothing wrong with being uncomfortable with sexual content, under no circumstance will I ever say that it’s wrong to feel uncomfortable watching any form of entertainment media where a man or a woman are naked. However, to say the content itself is offensive, insensitive and wrong, that is absolutely wrong of all counts. We need to stop getting in a tizzy about content that contains images of naked women, because apparently naked men is okay, you never hear feminists and SJWs getting upset about that! Especially when we seem to have almost no problem with content where innocent lives are murdered in the most grotesque ways possible. Can we get on the correct path and agree the act that causes death is maybe a little more offensive than the act that turns someone on?

The key term that people throw at anime that they have a problem with sexual content in is fanservice. As in “This disgusting anime is nothing but fanservice!” or “The story is good, but the anime suffers from too much fanservice.”. The idea that someone could possibly think that a half-naked girl causes a show’s story to “suffer” is pathetic to me, clearly you don’t actually like the show that much, because if a butt is enough to make you stop watching it, it must not have grabbed you all that well. I hate excessive gore in anime, yet shows like Hellsing, Highschool of the Dead, the new anime Drifters and especially Gakkou Gurashi!, a show where I potentially could’ve watched tiny schoolgirls die horrible deaths to zombies, yet I don’t have a problem watching them even with all the gore, because it’s that good to me. I cannot stand depressing anime, yet shows like Anohana, Your Lie in April and Charlotte were so good, I could look past that.

If you can’t look past an anime because of a butt or a pair of breasts, that’s just sad to me. If a show is as good as you say it is, a little sexual content shouldn’t be enough to tarnish the fantastic storyline and diverse cast of well thought out characters that the anime contains. But instead, you likely fabricate your opinions that the anime was really good, but the fanservice ruined it in order to hide the fact that you didn’t watch it with an open mind and you have a serious lack of comfort with either the human body or maybe just your own. I don’t pretend to be a psychiatrist, but is you’re bothered by a fictional character being naked, there’s something going on in your head that might need someone to help you out with.

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from Monster Musume no Iro Nichijou

One of the greatest examples I can ever pull out of being a show that I could look past something I hated about it is Monster Musume no Iro Nichijou. From the very beginning when I saw this anime on the list of the Summer 2015 anime shows to be simulcasted, I looked at it as a show I was going to drop right from the very start. I assumed after the first minute of the show I’d want to drop it. Why? Because the concept of monster girls really doesn’t tickle my fancy, as still doesn’t even after watching the entire season of the show. The sight of Rachnera, a girl whose top half is human (mostly) but the bottom half is all spider, I was like “Fuck that!” upon the idea that I was going to enjoy a show with a character like that not only existing but being displayed in a show littered with fanservice, the kind I consider to be fanservice. Even worse, she’s a bondage lover, another thing that I am beyond against and do not enjoy watching. Then you have a lamia, a slime girl, a centaur, and many other monster girls, there should’ve been absolutely no way I was going to like this show.

And yet despite all the things I was against, when the show started and I watched the first episode…I loved it. Despite the majority of the cast being monster girls, despite there being a spider girl with a penchant for bondage, a slime girl who caused other girls to orgasm and a lamia with one of the most annoying voices I’ve ever had to listen to in an anime, I still enjoyed the hell out of the show and kept looking forward to the next episode. That’s how entertaining it was, despite all the things I was uncomfortable with, the humour was spot-on, the characters were all very unique (not counting their looks) and interesting and the absurdity of the show kept ramping up to the point I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off. There was stuff even by the end of the show’s season that I still hated, the image of Rachnera still doesn’t sit well in my brain, the voice of Miia will haunt me forever, but the anime itself was so good, it surpassed the things I hated about it. It didn’t matter how much I hated something, the anime trumped that hatred.

from Highschool DxD
from Highschool DxD

If simple fanservice turns you off of a show, just admit the show wasn’t that good. I can do that with shows like Highschool DxD, Queen’s Blade and Masou Gakuen HxH. It’s not specifically because of the sheer amount of fanservice that those shows do offer, rather the quality of the show beyond the fanservice wasn’t that good. When I think a show isn’t that good, I give legitimate reasons why, whether it’s things like the story doesn’t make sense, the characters are unlikable, the animation quality bothers me, or maybe I just don’t like the concept. I don’t enjoy magical girl anime and I don’t hide that, I don’t make excuses about it, I bluntly say it.

Just say to your viewers and those who come across your post, video, tweet, whatever it may be, just say you don’t like fanservice anime. Don’t say it’s disgusting, offensive, insensitive or whatever insults you throw at it, because it’s not those things, come up with a legitimate reason. Maybe you prefer more clean anime, maybe you prefer shows that are more story-based than comedy based, like most fanservice anime are. Or here’s a novel idea, just say you’re not attracted to women, so the majority of fanservice anime doesn’t suit you, because it depicts mostly sexual content with female characters and not male characters. I have no problem with you not enjoying extreme fanservice shows like To Love-Ru, Chu-Bra and Keijo!!!!!!!!, I have no problem with you not enjoying harem anime like Infinite Stratos, Rosario + Vampire and Date A Live, but what I have a problem with is you talking about it like it’s offensive, like it harms societal and cultural values and I have a problem with you saying that fanservice is disgusting and does not belong in media. That’s not your decision to make, you are not the arbiter of all things anime, everything is allowed to exist. I don’t like anime with rape in it, but Sword Art Online exists! I don’t like it, but I don’t think it shouldn’t exist.

I’ve said it a million times but if you want something to dwindle, if you want something to go away, don’t acknowledge it. By talking about fanservice anime, you inadvertently advertise it to your own audience. Someone who follows you will inevitably take a look at it and probably enjoy it, that’s one more viewer for that show and that kind of content. Even if they don’t watch it, they might talk about it too, which in turn exposes the show to even more people. If you think Keijo!!!!!!!! is truly disgusting and shouldn’t be a thing, don’t say a word about it. The chances of it disappearing increase exponentially if less people are talking about it.

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from Infinite Stratos

Fanservice is not a bad thing, nor should it be considered a slight against an anime. But because it is, I think we need to make an adjustment to what the term truly means. Fanservice should not describe something that we also do in our daily lives, just because a camera happens to catch Haruko from Maken-Ki! showering the same way we all shower, that shouldn’t be considered as dirty as a scene like in Freezing where Satellizer is being sexually assaulted by Cleo and Ingrid while Arnett watches on. They are not remotely the same, thus they shouldn’t be painted with the same brush. A girl showering is normal, a girl being sexually assaulted by two other girls is not, let’s not act like they are one in the same.

It shouldn’t be a dirty word to anime fans to begin with, but since it is, we need to make that distinction between what is truly designed to be nothing more than fanservice and what isn’t. Because I think it’s time that we stopped acting immature and getting all offended over a girl drying her hair and she’s just wearing panties.

We’re supposed to be grown adults, how about we start acting like one?

Ecchi Anime Cliches: Panty Shots

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from Punch Line

It’s a staple of any anime where ecchi content is contained within. It’s almost impossible to find a show that falls into that section of anime and doesn’t have a single one of these cliché, yet classic moments in its entire run.

Yes, of course we’re talking about the ever-so common event in ecchi and harem anime: The panty shot.

from Rail Wars
from Rail Wars

Panty shots come in many different ways/situations. There’s the classic wind picking up the girl’s skirt, either all the way or just enough to catch just a bit of the bottom of either side. She could be showing them off herself, whether by pulling her skirt up, sliding her pants/shorts down a bit, anything to get a reaction from the (usually dunce cap) male MC. She could’ve fallen either on the ground or in some cases on top of the MC and usually with her butt inches in front of his face. She could’ve gotten stuck climbing into something so the back half is out there for the whole world to see, shouldn’t have worn a skirt that day, sweetheart! Could be hanging upside down, the skirt seems to cause anime girls a ton of problems. And after all those coincidental situations and many more, it’s just a ton more ways to have her standing there without pants, shorts, a skirt or anything at all on to cover them so the camera has nothing but that fabric-covered butt in the center of the frame.

from Shuffle!
from Shuffle!

It’s the absurdity of the circumstances that lead to these panty-ridden moments that make them so memorable, which is why I find it so hilarious and stupid when people get on their SJW high horses about it shouting about how much that’s demeaning to women and blah blah blah, you know the drill. Like…do any of these people realize that 99.9% of the situations that cause these underwear revelations will never be seen by any one person. That picture above from Shuffle!, how many guys do you think this ever happens to? How in the blue fuck do you even fall into such a pose?! Yeah, that’s from a fall, he didn’t get knocked over and then she proceeded to position herself so she could shove her crotch right in his face, she fell into him and somehow pirouetted in mid-air into that position. How graceful.

I can count on one hand how many times in person I’ve seen the panties (in full, seeing the top lining because her jeans are hanging down a bit doesn’t count) of a girl who isn’t my girlfriend and. Wanna know what that number is? ZERO! I’m not walking around and seeing girls hanging upside down from trees, I’m not accidentally walking in on girls changing, I’m not following the wind properly to catch upskirts and I’m certainly not bumping into a schoolgirl who’s able to do a 180 in mid-air so she can shove her panty-covered crotch right in my face.

from Rosario + Vampire
from Rosario + Vampire

To the average person, the panty shots in anime are not and should not be viewed as a device for dehumanizing women, making them look slutty, or really what they all think, showing how perverted men are. Which once again, I have to just say in response: “If it’s not directly affecting you, who the fuck cares?!”, it’s not like because we see anime girls walking around and bending over so you can see their ass in plain slight, we expect all girls to be like that. And of course, just because we see that, we’re not going to go out of our way to try and see some panties. Of course there will always be the guys standing at the bottoms of stairwells and watching a bedroom window with binoculars on, but don’t lump the average male, including anime viewers with those disgusting people.

The average anime viewer is more than aware of the differences between reality and fantasy, we’re very aware that most girls are not going to be parading sex symbols constantly wearing sexy clothes, showing off their bodies and getting themselves into constant situations where their underwear and possibly more is being exposed. It’s just not a common occurrence in life and society! That’s what fictional material and pornography is for! So we can get that fix for our imaginations, y’know that thing we do inside our own heads that no one else knows about. Stop trying to control every single moment of our lives including our own thoughts, just shut the fuck up and deal with the fact that men will occasionally fantasize about women in a sexual manner. Oh and in case you’ve forgotten, WOMEN DO THE SAME WITH MEN!!! And don’t forget about homosexual men and women as well. We all at some point, most of us every single day will either look at someone in real life or the image of someone, whether in a movie, TV show, video game, anime, etc. and wonder A, what they look like in their underwear, B, what they look like naked, and C, what it’d look like if they’re riding cowgirl or the other way around, depending on where you want to be in this daydream.

from Demon King Daimao
from Demon King Daimao

There’s nothing inherently wrong with having panty shots in the show, so long as it doesn’t break away from the narrative you’re looking for. A show like Erased (not just because it’s children) would lose its focus if Airi bent over and the camera caught a hint of pink panties. When the show is meant to be serious, be serious. If your show is meant to be funny and/or sexual, there’s no harm in it, so long as it’s used properly within the constructs of the show it’s being featured in. If the show’s about five girls fighting for one guy’s love and it’s a goofy style of show, have all the panty shots you want. But if that show’s an emotional tear-jerking narrative, maybe panty shots aren’t the best option. It’s all about sticking within the parameters you set from the start.

So relax, folks. Panty shots are nothing more than a five-second max camera angle so all the wonderful girls and boys who are attracted to cute, pretty, beautiful, hot, sexy and downright fuckable anime girls have something to take to bed with them so they can have a good night sleep.

And if that’s still a problem with you, there’s hot anime guy package shots too:

from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

 

from Free!
from Free!

No? That still didn’t work for you? Then clearly anime is not for you. Now kindly fuck off.

[NSFW] Character Spotlight: Angela Victoire Blendin

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It’s been a while since I mentioned a hentai visual novel, hasn’t it? Don’t worry, I’ll break that streak right now, cue the shocked Taker fans!

…Oh, my streak’s not that big, huh? Well whatever! I’ma do it anyway! With probably my favourite female character from any visual novel I’ve ever played: Angela from Princess Waltz.

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I’ve already mentioned in a Game Spotlight how much I love the setting, design and characters in Princess Waltz, easily my favourite hentai visual novel of all-time. And there’s some good girls in there, Liliana, Suzushiro, Chris, but out of all of them, Angela is the standalone favourite of mine. She’s easily the hottest girl out of the group, but she’s also the most interesting. She’s also scary as fuck!

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The most aggressive of all the Princesses in the game (Suzushiro gets the honour of being the most dangerous because she’ll destroy everything if you piss her off enough), Angela for a girl who comes off looking extremely elegant, proper and all the other stereotypes you’d give a Princess, she’s way off the page of that list. She comes off like a spoiled brat, without the brat part if that makes any sense. Like I feel she carries that holier than thou moniker, but without the temper tantrums, endless expectations of people giving her stuff, all that jazz. Instead, she’s an elegant rich girl who couldn’t give a flying fuck about everything around her. She has a set amount of things she desires and that’s all she cares about and all she focuses on. Everything else is just wind in her hair to her.

Iris & Angela
Iris & Angela

In battle, that aggressiveness only gets accentuated higher and higher. She fights with a massive lance, but swings it around like it’s just a shortsword. Constantly charging, never giving her opponents a moment to rest, her fighting ability is that worthy of anyone’s attention. It’s also specifically her fighting style that has always made me want to see this visual novel get an anime, just to see the incredible battles these girls would have. I could do without the sex, so make it an ecchi action anime and I’d be more than happy with that.

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Of course though, above all else her beauty shines brighter than anyone else in this game. I’d love to show you some of the better CG pictures from the game, but y’know the whole 18+ thing puts a kibosh to that, so official artwork is where we’ll have to settle. It’s actually kind of strange now that I think about it, Angela’s general clothing styles are normally ones I don’t immediately gravitate towards. I’m not actually that big on black lace underwear, which for a lot of men is like the mecca of lingerie. Same goes for garter belts, really not a fan of those. But in Angela’s case, I forego my usual preferences and allow her in with open arms. Perhaps it’s the red hair, perhaps it’s my liking of more dangerous girls, or perhaps the art is just that damn good. For whatever reason, Angela is top-tier beauty, even with the usual suspects that turn me off of girls.

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For a female character in a hentai visual novel, Angela sure is more than just a pretty face, a smoking hot body and a sexual desire for the closest male body to her. Not that Angela doesn’t have those three things, but she has far more than just those three things. She’s very capable in handling her own problems, her look is very unique (the game universe itself also aids in that) and in terms of the usual characters you find in this kind of content, she’s just different. She’s not just the cute flirt, the tsundere, or whatever anime trope character you can think of, she’s more than that and I love her for it.

…Oh yeah, I forgot about this picture, so much better than the black lace. She looks like she doesn’t like being cute more than hot. Don’t care, you’re lovely, Angela!

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[NSFW] This Week in Sexy Games: The Sagara Family

(left to right) Arisa, Sanae, Ruruka
(left to right) Arisa, Sanae, Ruruka

After bringing up my favourite hentai visual novel in Princess Waltz, I thought I’d have my next 18+ game to be featured on our weekly Sexy Games article be the visual novel that really got me into playing these games. And that without a shadow of a doubt was The Sagara Family.

There is nothing particularly special about The Sagara Family, I will fully admit this. It’s a very basic setting, you’re a young male being sent to live with a friend of your parents and her four lovely daughters who are each a year apart. So for mama Maria here, she was popping out a new sexy girl every year for four straight years. Sheesh! But yeah, that’s essentially the setting, you live with four hot teenagers and their hot mother. What could possibly happen?!

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Maria Sagara

For a visual novel that is over 10 years old now, the art still holds up pretty well. I can still look at various CG art from the visual novel (yes including the pornographic ones) and they hold up pretty well. That’s the beauty of most visual novels nowadays, the art holds up pretty well. Go back to the 90s and then it can get a little rougher, but anything in the new millennium so far for the most part still looks pretty good today. The backgrounds are really nice and the character art is pretty solid. Each of the girls look unique, albeit a few tropes here and there like the oldest has the biggest breasts, the youngest has the smallest. Granted, another trope to separate the girls is giving them each a unique hair colour, but for the most part it works with all of them.

I have a few problems with the design however, albeit small. Some of the design choices for clothing are very bland and boring, for example Arisa’s pink pajamas look more like a nurse’s uniform than anything else. Ruruka white pajama dress just looks weird on her. Actually you know what? Pajamas aren’t The Sagara Family’s strong suit. In terms of the more naughty stuff, some of the choices for the girls are arguably a little too sexy for their age, but it’s easy to pass off given it’s meant to be pornographic material. But for me, Sanae’s see-through super sexy lacy underwear didn’t fit well to me.

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Sanae’s see-through lingerie *edited to remove nipples and pubic hair*

Personality-wise, each girl has something to offer though some caught my attention far more than others. Sanae was always the standout for me, again she the more tomboyish of the five, already a plus. Then she’s got red hair, another plus. And she’s a sweetheart once you get past all her barriers, ding ding ding! After her, Emiru being a shy cosplayer caught my attention and then oddly enough (it’s even more a thing for me now at my current age) Maria has a soft spot with me, which is weird given that back when I was in my late teens, I wasn’t so keen on older women, especially past the age of 30. As for the other two, Arisa’s kind of boring to be honest, she’s beautiful, but too sweet. And Ruruka well…she’s 14 in the game. She’s all right, but the age thing’s an issue. Yes, I’m aware the other girls are between 15-17 (not counting Maria), but in my head especially when I first played this game, the line I had drawn was 15. Anything below that was too young, which brings up the whole underage conversation, but that’s one for another day. But speaking of conversations…

Yeah there’s moments of incest in the game. That’s the one part I can’t let this game get away with. Traditionally with visual novels, if you play your cards right, you might get a threesome or even more than that. Well in a game where the only available girls are all related to each other…yeah…there’s no avoiding that, is there? So there are several pairings over the course of the game that you can come across and to make matters worse, some of them even include strap-ons. Yeah, I love this game, but this stuff’s a bit much, I will admit.

The player and Sanae getting caught in the act
The player and Sanae getting caught in the act

In terms of your average run-of-the-mill visual novel, The Sagara Family was a pretty good entry point for me when I was in my teens. Looking back on it now, the art holds up pretty well, the characters are still interesting to me, but the game’s not without its flaws. The game crosses a few lines, but at the very least they’re lines that aren’t overly disgusting for me. Yes, there’s incest in the game, but honestly things like rape, violence, gore and kinks involving bodily functions are still higher on the wanted list for me. I can deal with fictional sisters playing with each other.

I’m not sure I should suggest this game though. It’s not bad though, so if you’re looking for something a little more basic, maybe this is one you try. But I’d be more likely to push you onto other Zyx visual novels like Amorous Professor Cherry. Cause y’know, not incest.

[NSFW] Anime Spotlight: Shuffle!

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(left to right) Nerine, Rin, Lisianthus, Kaede, Kareha
Now that I’m all-out on anime (y’know, watching 14 shows this season), I’m starting to realize how many shows I’m either watching or have watched are based on visual novels, a lot of them also being hentai visual novels. I’m not 100% sure, but I think Shuffle! was the first anime I watched that feel into this category.

And goddamn is it a good one, both in the visual novel and its anime.

(left to right) Primula, Lisianthus, Nerine, Kaede
(left to right) Primula, Lisianthus, Nerine, Kaede

This may end up being a Top 10 down the line, so ahead of time, I would see the Shuffle! anime and visual novel being up there as one of the best in terms of having a full cast of beautiful and interesting characters. Generally speaking, the majority of anime are at best a 66/33 ratio of girls I have at the very least a slight interest in. With Shuffle!, I’m pretty sure that number is at 100% and that goes for not just the main cast, but a lot of the side girls like Kareha, Mayumi and characters even deeper in the Shuffle! universe with related visual novels like Tick! Tack! and Really! Really! with girls like Tsubomi and Ai. In terms of personality, granted there’s more gaps in between the girls, but in terms of overall looks, the majority of them are so close, they’re smooshed together in a big (sexy) group hug.

They all have something to offer too, there’s really something for everyone (who’s attracted to girls) in this group. You want a great wife who’s going to cook and clean for you without an issue (she might snap once in a while, but whatever!), you’ve got Kaede. You want an energetic green-haired tomboy who’ll cling to you from behind while she’s topless, you’ve got Asa. You want a super-happy, outgoing God who’ll bash her father with a chair like she’s a pro wrestler, you’ve got Lisianthus. You want a proper, modest Devil with probably the most beautiful singing voice in the entire world, you’ve got Nerine. You want a cute, yet artificially created younger girl (though if she’s underage…just don’t) that’s relatively quiet, but loves cats, you’ve got Primula. You want a super-hot blonde God who is the cliche daydreamer and has her head constantly in the clouds, you’ve got Kareha. You want a heterochromia, flat-chested beauty who will spend every day until the day she dies defending her same-chested group until the very end, you’ve got Mayumi. Hell, you want the youngest, hottest MILF that will ever existed (that may be because of genetic experiments that have caused her body to stop aging), you even have Ama, who’s Asa’s mother. There’s a massive choice of girls and I’ve still left out plenty.

(left to right) Kareha, Asa, Rin
(left to right) Kareha, Asa, Rin

The show itself for the most part stays very close to the visual novel whether through key plot points, or the little details about the various characters, take for example Kareha being constantly lost in her own thoughts whenever something she perceives as romantic happens in front of her. The show does a great job of translating the insanity of the visual novel, while simultaneously managing to cut out the sex scenes and still retaining the pure sexiness of the series. The show could have really calmed down on the ecchi moments like some visual novel based anime ends up being, but other than not showing nipples and genitalia, there’s really no calming down. Hell, my favourite moment from the visual novel makes its return in anime form, Asa losing her swim top and having to press her chest against Rin’s back to hide her breasts from everyone else.

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***MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FROM HERE ON OUT!!!***

Which brings us to the part of the show that surprised me the most. If you haven’t read my Character Spotlight on Asa Shigure the day before this article goes up, in the visual novel you have many, many choices of girls to go with and end the game with. The anime had to do one of two things, pick one girl or end on a vague note like most harem anime does. Not only did they choose the one girl approach, they chose the one girl I thought there was no chance in hell they’d pick: Asa. I would’ve bet every dollar I had that they’d pick Kaede in the end, she’s the archetypical wife and Japan does love having their waifu. But no, they went with Asa, which includes her crazy, holy shit serious ending. For those unfamiliar with Asa, she’s half-human in a world with Gods and Devils living amongst humans. Her mother is a Devil who married a human male. Like other Devils, Asa does have magic powers, though she chooses not to use them. After being hospitalized near the end of the series, her refusal to use her magic becomes a major hindrance to her own life, which of course upsets Rin to no end, being in love with her and all. It gets to the “WHAT THE FUCK?!” point in the last episode where in order to force Asa to use her magic, Rin actually slits his wrist with a pair of boxcutters, telling her he refused to live without her. A bit extreme if you ask me and it certainly caught me off guard.

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That’s something this series does quite a bit, especially in the second half. The first half is very cheerful, a lot of fun, sexy fun at that. But once we pass the halfway mark of this 24-episode beauty, things start to get a little twisted, a little dark and a little uncomfortable. Kaede is the other half really of the twisted sections of Shuffle! as she’s portrayed as the likely candidate for Rin’s affection. She’s been taking care of him since they were kids after an accident that claimed the lives of her mother and Rin’s parents. When Rin initially starting getting close with Asa, she suddenly turned very violent (and I mean VERY VIOLENT!), the already trouble mind of a girl who lost her mother and was starting to lose really the closest thing she had left in terms of family activating and turning the volume up to 11. Well…more like turning up the crazy to 11. It’s those events that are the reason for her perfect wife portrayal around Rin, it’s the way she tried to atone for her actions. Though she still gets a little crazy when all the new girls start showing up as well.

Kaede and Asa’s story arcs are two extremes, one I did not anticipate when watching this anime. I really did go into this thinking it would just be a fun ecchi harem anime, but man was I wrong! At a time, Kaede exudes the “yandere” characterization that is uncommon in most anime, least the ones I’ve watched. Yandere essentially describes a character who while showing affection to their respective love interest, is also a psychotic and extremely violent person. Thankfully she doesn’t fully snap and manages to catch herself before seriously injuring or even killing someone in the process. And believe me, if she killed Asa Shigure, I’d be spending the rest of my life trying to figure out how to make anime characters real. Asa’s situation on the other hand was just irritating to me. The whole slitting Rin’s wrist thing was extremely unnecessary, I thought. There had to be a better way to accomplish what they set out to do. They didn’t need to tread on ground that I reserve solely for School Days, an anime I would never impose on someone, even if I hated them.

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Taking away just the ending of the series (I didn’t mind Kaede’s yandere stuff, mainly cause nothing serious happened), I still enjoyed a lot of Shuffle!, though if I was to suggest it to people to stop around Episode 20 or so, avoiding the final episode at all costs, I really got super uncomfortable at the end, though I’m not big on blood and gore, especially self-inflicted so it could just be me here. But in terms of a good comedic harem anime, Shuffle! certainly does the job, it’s funny, there’s a ton of girls for the viewer to choose from and is just overall a very entertaining show.

I’m just gonna pretend the anime chose to go the vague path and everyone’s still chasing Rin at the end. And that’s actually not because I want Asa all to myself, I just don’t want to put up with the violent drama. I was enjoying the sexy fun, Shuffle! Why’d you have to kill my buzz, man?!

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[NSFW] Character Spotlight: Asa Shigure

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Our first character spotlight that’s originally from a hentai visual novel! Woooooo! When a character is from that kind of media and is worthy of being one of the many lovely ladies featured in this series, you know she’s something special. Granted, there are actually a number of girls in visual novels that will be in this series at some point (Angela from Princess Waltz, you’re next!), but out of all of them, Asa’s the shining example. After all, she is #4 on the anime waifu list.

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It’s crazy to think that out of all the girls in the entire Shuffle! series, I essentially picked the one who is the only one without a gimmick. Think about it. Lisianthus, Nerine, they’re sweet girls but they’re also a God or a Devil. Kareha is a god, but also has the “head way too high in the clouds” personality. Primula is the tiny, quiet girl…who may also be severely underage. Kaede seems normal, except she’s given the “perfect wife” treatment and oh, SHE SNAPS INTO A VIOLENT RAGE SOMETIMES! No, thank you! Mayumi’s probably the closest thing we have to a normal girl, except she’s got the anime distinction of being the girl with heterochromia (two different coloured eyes).

While Asa is indeed half-human, half-devil, there’s nothing physically that shows that and personality-wise, she’s a normal as you can get in the series. She’s very energetic, that happy-all-the-time kind of girl that you just can’t help but smile when you’re around her. But the biggest feather in her cap is that she’s a tomboy, which is an immediately plus for me and a giant one at that. I absolutely adore tomboys (need to make an article on this), almost every major tomboy character in an anime or video game (and is at the very least decently good-looking) I’m an absolute fan of and Asa is no exception. The upside though with her, is she’s not the cliche “I only like manly stuff” kind of tomboy, she still dresses very much like a normal girl, hell she’s still super good at cooking, though that’s not exactly reserved as a girly skill anymore, we’re finally getting past the woman stays in the kitchen bullshit. She doesn’t sacrifice her looks because she’s a tomboy, she dresses how she wants and acts how she wants.

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Asa plays both sides as well when it comes to how she dresses and acts. She can be very innocent, beautiful and elegant. She’ll look nice and pretty when she has to, after all she clearly spends a little time with her hair and makeup. But she can also be a little cheeky, a little sexy, she has no problem showing herself off to the one she loves. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s freaking fantastic to have a girl that can nail both sides of the coin without hating either side. When it comes to her attitude, it’s no different. While she’s very energetic and sometimes a little too straightforward, she can be very polite when she has to be. But when it’s time to get serious and you’ve got a man you want to nab before the infinite amount of sexy Gods and Devils get to him, you’re willing to wrap your arms around him from behind and hug your topless body right up against him and be just a little flirtatious. While wearing this weird…jean bikini bottom? Oh, and you never intended for your bikini top to fall off, shit just happened. Perhaps it was a sign? I don’t think Rin gave a shit at that point, he had the best pair of breasts in the entire series against his back.

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And that’s the thing about Asa that really sets her apart from the rest of the girls. While most of the rest have visual gimmicks like the long, pointy ears, Asa is as pretty as the rest of them without having something extra to set her apart physically from the rest of them. There’s a lot of emphasis on the rest of them as being drop dead gorgeous, though unless you pick Asa’s story arc in the visual novel, you don’t get that from her nearly as much. She’s just cute the majority of the time, until you get to the sexy scenes with her, where she shines brighter than all. She pretty much has the perfect body, I love her hairstyle and colour, beautiful violet eyes, the perfect bust size, not too big and not too small, and of course that perfect ass of hers. And with all that, she still comes off like a best friend, she’s not a bitch, she’s not a princess, she’s just a girl. And she isn’t held down to one style. Like I said earlier with her elegant to sexy traits, she’ll wear odd stuff like the jean bikini bottoms and the overalls kind of looking dress, to well…super cute panties like these:

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The most shocking thing with Asa though is how the anime handles her, specifically the plot. Honestly when it comes to the girls in the first half of the anime, Asa feels like #5 on the totem pole underneath Primula, then Lisianthus and Nerine, with Kaede on top as the girls destined to be with Rin. And then out of nowhere, she’s the one picked to be the love interest of the anime, which is actually even more surprising, given most harem anime never show their hand at the end, you’re left with no clear winner. Not only does Asa win, but she wins outright and crazy shit happens, which I’ll discuss in the Anime Spotlight tomorrow, which just happens to be the Shuffle! anime.

Y’know I feel like this article is a little light on words, like there’s nothing too special about Asa. I think that’s the beauty of her, she is just that, normal. She’s super pretty, a tomboy and just feels like your best friend in life. And when it all comes down to it, the girl you end up spending the rest of your life with (or guy, whatever you’re into) should be just that, your best friend.

And if he/she’s this damn sexy too, that’s a major freaking bonus!

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[NSFW] This Week in Sexy Games: Princess Waltz

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(left to right) Shizuka, Liesel, Chris, Liliana, Suzushiro, Angela

Come on now, you didn’t think I’d have a weekly article devoted to sex in games without having a few 18+ visual novels in there, did you? Especially after yesterday’s article on visual novels. So what better way to kick off the first visual novel in these weekly editions, than with my personal favourite, Princess Waltz.

Princess Waltz on paper seems like a standard fantasy visual novel. It actually reminds me a lot of the basic plot Queen’s Blade employs, the idea that several women battle each other in an extravagant tournament to gain the hand of the Prince and in the end, have full reign of the kingdom of Eldhiland. The entire story as a whole, is actually pretty decent all things considered. But when it comes to this game, the story is not what really got me and made this my favourite visual novel I’ve ever played. It’s the phenomenally well-drawn artwork and the cast of characters.

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Chris

Putting Arata aside, since he’s your standard male protagonist, we start off with what storywise is his likely love interest by the end of the game, Chris. She falls into that group of characters I always tell you how much I enjoy them, she’s a girl who spends the first portion of the game dressed as a male to disguise her gender. There’s a much more in-depth reason for it, so without spoiling it, let’s just say it goes a little further than just being looked at differently as a girl. Chris as a character though has the best transformation over the course of the game. She starts off super perfect, super innocent and a little snobby. The longer she and Arata are around each other (for special reasons), you begin to see her slowly drop all those perfections and eventually drops the regal act and in a rather “surprising” wake up call, she’s almost forced to drop it as well. When she lowers her shields so to speak, she’s a wonderful girl, comes off like a best friend. Though I will admit, she’s at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to pure attractiveness. Either that or her scenes (in terms of the artwork) just weren’t as good as the rest, could be that. Also, I could talk about Iris, who’s the transformation between Arata and Chris, but it’s too weird to explain so long story short, a boy and a relatively small-breasted girl, both with short hair combine to form a blonde warrior with long hair and big tits. Told you it’s a weird one to explain.

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Suzushiro is purely adorable, there’s nothing more to it. And yet she’s probably the most dangerous of the all the girls once you get her riled up. Yes, the picture is pretty much her going Super Saiyan, it’s badass! And strangely sexy. When she’s not fighting, there’s no one more reserved and quiet as her. At the beginning of the game, if you’re not Chris, Suzushiro has zero time for you, you’re lucky to get a hello from her. But as the picture suggests, you don’t ever piss this tiny girl off, because once you get her angry, there’s no stopping her. She’s got a temper on her when you cross that line, but the other 90% of the time, she’s your perfect wife kind of character, if she’s interested in you of course, otherwise you’re not even aware she exists.

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Angela

I swear, it’s the crazy ones I like the most. Angela is my easy #1 choice in this game for the simple reason that if you can somehow find a way to get close to her (without her skewering you with that lance and that’s a 99.9% chance of happening with you), she seems like a super cool girl to be around. And come on, she’s smoking hot! Her scenes were easily the hottest, her outfit’s actually the most elegant for someone who’s definitely the most sadistic and because it’s a Sexy Games article, she’s definitely the hottest when their Princess attire is gone, as seen here from her battle with Iris. Angela is just absolutely stunning and a case where I’d risk my own safety trying to get near her. Of course I’d approach her when she isn’t holding that giant lance. I like not having holes in my chest.

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Liliana

That picture pretty much describes Liliana to a tee. She’s the super bubbly girl who happens to be a pirate Princess. Her weapons are pistols, she has a mini killer whale mascot floating around (its voice is super cute) and she herself is super freaking cute. She’s admittedly a bit much at times, but when she’s not on a sugar-fused hyper trip, she’s actually a very nice girl, a lot of insecurities behind that bubbly personality of hers. Her scenes are very good, I’d easily put it second, behind Angela’s. And in battle, she’s no slouch, although regardless I’d still put her as the least dangerous of the six fighting Princesses. Although being 6th in this case doesn’t exactly mean she couldn’t whip your ass from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

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Liesel

The only non-Princess in the Princess Waltz (she’s the one who made the armor and the Princess intended for it was disqualified), Liesel until the sixth Princess is revealed is the odd one out of the group. It’s mostly her own choice, she comes off as a bit of a loner and when you know who she actually is behind the cold exterior, it makes further sense. In terms of her looks, she’s in the bottom half for me, though again that’s not a bad thing, just such good competition. She’s got the biggest breasts of the series, though they’re not too big, unlike the usual girls of a series who share that award. Although her scenes, like Chris’ are not nearly as good as say Angela’s and Liliana’s, they pretty much just serve to accentuate her chest, which is a shame cause there’s a lot more to her than just her bust. Regardless, she like the majority of these girls is a really nice girl once you get her outside of the tense situation that is the Princess Waltz. Alone with Arata, she’s very shy, most likely due to her loner nature, but she comes off like a real sweetheart.

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Shizuka

Shizuka is the odd one out here, due to a multitude of reasons. She doesn’t show herself as the sixth Princess until the very end of the game, you have to choice a very specific set of circumstances to even have her acknowledged by the end, let alone access to her scenes. It’s also a bit of an odd pairing if you end up going that route, as Shizuka (can’t remember if by blood) is Arata’s sister. But that aside, she is a very gorgeous woman, she kind of gives off a Chifuyu (Infinite Stratos) vibe with me, which considering Chifuyu’s high on my list is good for her. You have to put her Princess character aside though as her character there is very beast-like, otherwise she’s super attractive. The only problem is she suffers through something in hentai visual novels that I don’t like at all, ripped pantyhose. I prefer bare legs or just socks on, never understood the whole ripping pantyhose to reach your objective thing.

So just for the sake of having fun, here’s my personal order of the six girls you can choose from in this game:

  1. Angela
  2. Suzushiro
  3. Liliana
  4. Shizuka
  5. Liesel
  6. Chris
(left to right) Suzushiro, Liesel, Iris, Angela, Liliana

Another thing I love about this series, is that while the in-game artwork is fantastic, there’s an even more amazing set of artwork created along with the game. Whether it’s Angela in a cute nightgown, Suzushiro at the hot spring, or Shizuka and Chris hanging out by the pool, the official artwork is absolutely stunning and shows off these beautiful women even more than the game already does, which is incredible and seemed impossible to me at the time I found these pictures after playing through the game. I find the artwork as close to perfect as I can ask for. Nothing’s really over-exaggerated, over-sexualized (compared to your average series) and the art has a perfect balance between being cute, being sexy and being beautiful. And like I said, there isn’t a girl with gigantic breasts, the girl with the biggest bust, Liesel is probably equal to your average anime girl’s bust size. They’re more realistic, plausible if you will.

The story like I said isn’t anything crazy to go for, it’s no Snow Sakura for me. But it’s enough to stay interesting and when the cast of characters are all as interesting as they are, an okay story becomes a good story. I didn’t talk about the gameplay much, because it’s a really basic card game and honestly, I played it on Easy so I’d get through it quickly, I would’ve turned it off if I could have.

If you are old enough, and I mean to handle it, I can’t say you can’t play until you’re 18, cause I didn’t wait, Princess Waltz is actually a pretty decent game. Obviously for me, the characters and the artwork struck a chord and it’s been my favourite eroge visual novel for almost 10 years now. Granted, I haven’t played a crazy amount of them since I played Princess Waltz, but to still be fresh in my head all these years later is a pretty big accomplishment. So check it out if you’re interested!

[NSFW] 18+ Visual Novels

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from Sakura Spirit

Now because of the rules WordPress sets for pornographic material, there will be no pictures either in the article or linked to from the article that contain any sexual acts in them. I’m also going to avoid any pictures that show any genitalia or bare breasts (that include nipples), but you might get a bare butt or two in this article. Just so you all have a heads up.

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from Shuffle!

It’s very likely that anyone (male or female) who have consumed a decent amount of anime has played a visual novel of some form. It’s also very likely they’ve played an 18+ visual novel containing sexual content. I’m also willing to bet a lot of those people were not even 18 when they first played one.

I can remember playing the really shitty visual novels on Newgrounds while I was 16, just for the chance to see some bare breasts, real or not. We all did it when we were younger, whether it was hiding dirty magazines under the bed, or sneakily looking up naked pictures online. It wasn’t until I was 17 that I was actually aware and using torrents more often (having better internet helped) and I began to go deeper down the rabbit hole, finding various English-translated Japanese pornographic visual novels. My first visual novels were all made by Zyx, the first one being The Sagara Family, which in turn introduced me to other works of theirs like Amorous Professor Cherry and the wonderfully named Do You Like Horny Bunnies?. Admittedly in the early going, my exposure to these kinds of visual novels was purely for the sexual content, which sounds obvious to those who scoff at the mention of the word “pornography”. But there are actually a ton of games out there that not only have sexual content, but offer far more than just a ton of blowjobs and window banging.

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Snow Sakura changed all that for me, specifically the Saki storyline. Taking her away, the game is a pretty typical sex visual novel, but the Saki arc is miles ahead of most visual novels’ storylines. While it does get a little weird with her and Yuuji being cousins, the story itself is super heavy. While the family is accepting of their relationship, after Saki makes advances on Yuuji during school, the school itself takes action against it (I’m not sure how they have the ability to do this) and force the two of them to be apart and if I remember correctly it was beyond just at school. Regardless, the moment everything gets fixed and they get to see each other again, it’s a very meaningful moment, the crying Saki does is really powerful and makes that tender moment between the two of them that much more meaningful. Again, the whole cousins part may turn a lot of people off, but honestly I completely ignored it at the time I played it, after all while the character I’m playing is Saki’s cousin, I am the one controlling him and since I can’t be the cousin to a fictional character, I passed that piece of information aside.

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from Lightning Warrior Raidy

And not every one of these games is a simple click and choose the girl you sex up type of game, some of them do actually employ game mechanics and RPG elements into them. Some of the ones I’ve come across include Lightning Warrior Raidy, Princess Waltz and Muv-Luv. Generally speaking the mechanics in those games are pretty barebones, there’s nothing too unique about them. They can range from a card game, to a Final Fantasy Tactics kind of system. One of the more notable recent releases, HuniePop is literally just a match-3 game. The general consensus with hentai games, especially of a visual novel nature is that it’s more about the story and the sexual content than anything else, the gameplay added in only really serves to slow down the game and prolong it’s lifespan a little longer, at least to me. I haven’t really found a visual novel with game elements that actually kept me playing. I don’t really play many of these anymore, but when I was playing them far more often in my late teens, I wasn’t looking for gameplay when I started one of these up.

from Aokana: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

So aside from the gameplay, of course we have to talk about the various amounts and degrees of amount of sexual content contained in these games. It’s the one reason that I semi-understand why people get into a tizzy about the graphic content contained in visual novels. However it’s not your basic content of course, I’ve said it before that no one should be getting triggered over a fictional drawn character’s naked body or when that same body is getting drilled in whatever hole he/she wants. It’s when you get to the more extreme stuff and I take that word very literally.

Obviously there won’t be pictures to describe it, so if you don’t know what these themes are or haven’t seen how they’re done, you may research this on your own, but at your own discretion, a lot of these games that employ the themes I’m about to talk about are super disgusting and violent and have made me sick to my stomach before.

Please note that I’ve never intentionally consumed or even looked for this content, a lot of these things were pieces I either accidentally came across or just happen to be a part of photo albums or tags that I looked through for something far tamer. Themes like vore, beastiality, excessive gore (and I’m not talking gunshot wounds) and death, really anything else that goes beyond extreme when compared to your average porn scene. I understand that there are people out there with interests different than my own, but when those interests include some of the things I’ve listed, especially the truly disgusting and fucked up ones, I have a really difficult time just replying with “Well, that’s your opinion.” and not freaking out.

from Megachu! (the classic train molestation cliché)

The one theme that bothers me the most, while isn’t the most extreme, can be the most damaging. That of course, is rape. If there’s one thing I don’t cannot stand in any kind of hentai, whether images, videos or games, it’s the use of rape in their content. It’s disgusting, a criminal offense and it’s just plain lazy writing. The use of rape a lot of the time is to easily write a way into making a “hard to get” girl have intercourse early on in the story. It’s also used as a plot device for the main character to get back at the villain of the story, whether it’s just stripping the love interest, molesting her, or straight up having intercourse with her, often taking her virginity as well, which is just deplorable. Lastly, it’s sometimes simply just used to add one more sex scene with that character, especially in case you don’t choose that specific girl, that way you still get a little more nudity out of that character while you’re sexing up the one you chose, unless the game let’s you go after everyone simultaneously of course.

I don’t quite understand the over-usage of rape in Japanese pornographic content. I have my thoughts on why it could be, perhaps it’s due to the hard-working lifestyle where most guys have little free time to work with, thus reducing the time to spend with a loved one? A lot of males now are reverting to fictional characters as their significant other through dating simulators and such. Could it just be because since they either don’t have the time to or simply can’t get a woman that rape fantasies in their mind is the only way they’d get laid? Either way, it’s still just plain lazy writing and disgusting, why can’t they just add another scene with the protagonist? Hell, better yet, most visual novels have more than 3 girls to choose from, you can’t have pairings between them and get some lesbian action in there instead, or even just masturbation if you really want to keep it simple. There’s so many other options a lot of these visual novels could be doing, instead of a fucked up crime that damages the victim both physically and mentally.

from Walkure Romanze

When visual novels aren’t crossing the line though, they can be some of the most beautiful pieces of artwork around. I don’t know if I’ve said it in any of my articles, but I’m not a fan of traditional art, in fact I cannot stand most of it. But when you have anime drawn artwork, you have my full undivided attention. I absolutely love anime artwork, I think there’s nothing more beautiful out there than this. There’s an infinite amount of beauty you can give a character, yet no matter how you draw her (or him if you’re into guys of course), as long as you stick to the anime style, you cannot cross into the uncanny valley with the artwork, so it’s never creepy just how realistic it is, because anime is not. It’s very easy for me to decide, you put the hottest girl from Dead or Alive with full jiggle physics next to any decently (not even the best) drawn anime girl, I’ll pick the anime girl. That style of art just makes everything ten times prettier than any other style.

The same translates into the sexual content of these games. You put a still frame of a real-life girl having sex next to an anime drawn girl in a similar pose with a similar look, I’ll pick the anime one over it each and every time. With anime art, you can have zero imperfections on the character, he/she can be literally flawless in terms of her body. And especially when you can get the odd game that’s uncensored (usually meaning it’s been released outside of Japan), it’s even better, there’s nothing to hide, all is there to see. I’m not very thrilled when I’m playing these sort of games and it’s censored, it kind of distracts the mind. It’s another one of those things that I don’t fully understand with Japan but regardless, the work is still there and if it ever gets de-censored, it’s fantastic.

from Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata to Koibito Tsunagi

The best part about the massive collection of visual novels, is that there’s something for everyone, albeit some of them cross certain lines. But in terms of gender matchups, there is something for everyone. If the plain ol’ guy/girl visual novels aren’t for you, there’s a plethora of yuri (girl/girl), yaoi (boy/boy) and even transgender specific visual novels or characters for players to access. There’s games set in a medieval fantasy world, while there’s some set in outer space. There’s games solely focused on military soldiers, while there’s some specifically set only at the beach. There’s some about school, some about work, literally anything you can think of, there’s probably a visual novel that does it. And given the sheer variety of games out there, you’re pretty much being told that whatever you may like, you’re not alone (regardless of how I personally feel about some of these “tastes”).

And the best part? You can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to go out to a specific place to buy them now either, you can order online, download them, whatever you can do so no one else has to know. Not that it really matters.

from Princess Waltz

So the last thing I want to talk about has to do with the perceptions of those outside of the ones who plays these types of games. Look, I get it, you probably think it’s really weird that people play games where it’s literally just text and pornographic images and I half-understand your train of thought. But if you think it’s any different than the boys (and probably some girls) who kept and hid issues of dirty magazines where it was nothing but naked women, then you’re clearly not open to reason. But if you’re the type who thinks any and all sexual content is harmful, A, how are you even on my page? And B, get the fuck outta here! If you truly believe that anyone of any age, and yes I mean the tons and tons of boys and girls under the age of 18 who do watch porn and yes, actually have sex, I know that’s tough to accept, folks. If you you truly believe that none of those people should watch any pornographic material because it’s damaging to their brains, I may have to lean with the opposite, you’re the one with the brain damage here. Also, you probably need to get laid as well.

Is it possible someone could rape someone because of watching porn, especially porn that has rape in it? Of course, it’s possible! But that goes for something that the majority of society accepts and consumes. Y’know…alcohol! I’m willing to bet a lot of these people who are against porn because it incites the desire to rape in people have zero issue with the same people chugging beer after beer. It’s just like the video game incites violence discussion, it’s possible (albeit studies have shown there’s no correlation between the two), but the same could go for a goddamn McDonalds burger that didn’t have extra fucking pickles like I fucking ordered! Ahem, what I mean is that those who are already walking around with pre-existing mental issues can be triggered by essentially anything. I’m pretty sure a rapist didn’t just watch porn and suddenly decided to pick up his/her new hobby, there’s a lot more going on for an extended period of time before ever consuming any pornographic material.

from Mecha-Mimi

There’s really nothing inherently wrong with hentai visual novels, it’s a matter of perspective more or less. Some people’s lines are drawn far closer or further away than myself, it’s really up to what you can accept. But when done right and in your comfort zone, visual novels can be a very enjoyable experience in terms of a good story, interesting characters and well…sexy characters as well. There’s nothing wrong with watching or playing any content to help you supress some sexual tension you’ve been having lately and anyone who truly thinks so I feel terrible for. Their life, especially growing up must’ve sucked super hard!

Cause if you have a problem with pretty fictional girls and/or guys getting naked and getting it on, there’s clearly no pleasing you. Pun fully intended!

“Hentai is worse than real porn!”

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Is something really stupid that was said to me recently. There’s a slight argument to be made for why this could be, after all hentai gets to do a lot things that can’t really be done by your average porn studio. So I’d like to bring forward a few of the arguments that were made to me and the responses I had to them.

“These movies feature underage children!” – Now I don’t pretend to know the ages of every single character that’s ever been sexed up in a hentai film, but I know a simple answer as to why the perception that underage boys and girls are in these works. The legal age of consent in Japan is 13, yes you read that correctly, 13 years old. The youngest you can be anywhere in North America is 16 as a frame for reference. This actually doesn’t bother me much, as I know that by 13, young boys and girls are already exploring their own bodies and even others’. Granted, in Japan they have laws that prohibit adults from having sex with those under 17, but at least Japan doesn’t try to ignore the fact that a lot of kids will lose their virginity before they’re 16. Kids are curious, what do you expect to happen when they mix that with the sheer amount of emotions the stages of puberty bring.

Back to younger characters in hentai though (since I went off on a tangent), it shouldn’t bother the average viewer when high school boys and girls are featured in these works having sex, it’s a normal occurrence. Are there cases where characters look much younger than 13, yet the official age is that or above? Yeah, there’s definitely some cases where it looks like an easy loophole to have a child getting slammed by a giant monster cock (cause hentai is also extremely unrealistic), but when you deal with fictional works, it’s always going to be subjective anyways.

“There’s rape in hentai!” – There’s rape in non-pornographic films. There’s also a ton of extremely rough, hardcore and sometimes downright abusive (see donkey punching, it’s not cool) real porn that the average person will never come across.

Now this is something I’m not going to defend hentai for, but I’m putting them on an equal playing field with everything else. I absolutely despise it when any work of art portrays rape in it. I don’t care what it does for a character, I don’t care if you’re trying to make a villain as villainous as you can, rape is just one of those things that just isn’t cool no matter how you slice it. Watching a protagonist get their revenge on a murderer who killed his entire family by putting a bullet in his head, awesome. But I would never want to see a guy anal rape another guy in response to that guy raping his daughter, or something like that. No excuse, not in film, not in porn, not in hentai.

“And what the fuck is with that tentacle shit?!” – There’s actually a really odd, yet surprisingly sensible answer to that question. As hentai viewers know, the majority of hentai has the genitals censored out, uncensored hentai films are not common place by any means. I think the laws that require all pornographic material in Japan to be censored is extremely weird and dumb, given how much of a sexually comfortable nation Japan is compared to a lot of the world, especially the United States (will somebody please think of the children?!) where nothing is censored at all in porn.

But the reason tentacles came into play (pun intended) was because of said laws. You have to censor a male’s dick, but if they’re tentacles, you don’t have to censor them. Thus began the craze of tentacle porn. Think of it as a protest, a rebel cause for the de-censoring of pornography there. Is it weird? Oh hell yeah, I don’t get it at all. But the reasons are sound.

“Then there’s all that super disgusting shit with monsters and creatures!” – This is one that I can’t personally argue because I share the same opinion on the matter. When you incorporate non-human creatures into the equation on hentai, you’ve lost me completely, my brain cannot cope with some of the super weird shit that’s out there. But I (for the most part) have no problems with humanoid creatures, as long as they’re not over-sizing them compared to who they’re fucking.

As a fan of fictional material, I can find enjoyment in the many non-human races like elves, dwarves, orcs, even a selection of furries and anthropomorphic characters. The key for me is drawing it well and making them look as close to being human as possible. Take furries for example. They’re some wonderfully well-drawn half-wolf/half-human characters out there. But if it’s just a wolf, I’m out. That’s too far past my line. Generally if they’re all fur, I’m out. Characters like the average nekomimi (catgirl) you’d find in anime is the perfect example. Cat ears, tail, the demeanor, but still mostly human skin. Monster Musume definitely tested me as to where that line gets drawn. Watch it though, it’s really fun.


At the end of the day, I am going to bring up the one argument that I use for so much nowadays with fictional media: IT’S NOT REAL!!!

The characters, whether underage, any gender, colour, race, etc. are all part of a fictional world. No one’s getting raped in real life when you watch this stuff, it’s all drawn, it’s not real. To say a piece of fiction is worse than the real-life counterpart is absolutely asinine.

Cause let’s be honest, we’d love to see the girls in hentai as real life porn stars. But they’re drawn perfectly, most men and women in real life will never look that good no matter what they do.