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- Japanese Porn is Wierd - 日本のAVは変です。
- Japanese Porn is Wierd - 日本のAVは変です。
I was bored the other night, and, as luck would have it, a new store opened up close to my place, so I went in. This store labeled itself as having videos, comics, magazines, and figures. Being a fan of comics (especially Japanese comics), I thought I would go see what they had.
After walking in, I could see that they did indeed have some (repeat, SOME) comics, as well as some bootleg concert videos, magazines of all sorts, and a sizable collection of American collectible figures. They had things from the Matrix, Batman Begins, a variety of historical figures, anime figures, and so on. I was impressed by their selection. I was surprised, though; this was only about 1/3rd of the store. You see, I had forgotten one of the cardinal rules of Japan - if a store sells or rents videos or comics, it WILL have porn.
I walked from the figures and right into the adult novelties, quite literally; there was a giant inflatable penis hanging from the ceiling that, because I was suprised by the freakishly large array of adult novelties, I didn't see and walked into face first. I gave a little shout of surprise that startled the staff; the came running around the corner to find me contending with the air-filled wang. They were polite enough not to laugh, although I suspect they were laughing as soon as I left.
After calming down the giant phallus, I found myself in the adult videos section. Now, unsurprisingly, I like porn. Kind of. You see, I want porn with a plot or a story, and not some crap about Night Nurses who just also happen to be Naughty. Most porn, therefore, doesn't really interest me. As strange as it may sound, I want my porn to be more than just sex scenes; I want my porn to feature character development, good action sequences, and, in general, to be a movie I'd like to watch even if it doesn't have sex scenes. Maybe I'm wierd, but that's what I want.
This is why I like Japanese "hentai" animation and comics. While there certainly is some crap, there are a number of series that I like because they feature these things.
But I've not actually seen any Japanese "porn" to date. And since I'm in Japan, I figure I might as well buy some. After all, I left my porn stash in America; I need to start a new one. So I walk around, and am at moments surprised, intrigued, titillated, before finally being horrified.
There is a wealth of different genres, but there seem to be a few specific ones. School girls, teachers, maids, and nurses are all fairly common, as are what I will call "kimono women". Cosplay is something I'm used to (in both adult and non-adult references), so that's fine.
I would say that approximately half of the store's selection was dedicated to S & M. I'm not into that - I have no love of pain, inflicting it or recieving it, and no interest in being in control or being controlled. For me, sex is a two-way street. Give a little, get a little. But there do seem to be a lot of people into it, and it's a perfectly legitimate choice for sex, so that's fine.
What disturbed and horrified me were two things. The first was the large selection of videos dedicated to . Now, I understand that it is fiction (at least, it damn well better be), that there is no actual going on, but I don't care. Abuse or bullying of any sort pisses me off, and those don't involve the most private part of a person. isn't just a violation of a person's body for the reason that sex isn't merely a physical thing.
Sex can be, SHOULD be, a spiritual thing as well, and when you violate someone sexually, you violate their spirit. A bloody nose will heal; a ruined soul may never be restored.
The second thing, and the thing that caused me to leave before I turned violent, was one section I saw - videos of women dressed like (and quite frankly small enough to be) elementary school girls having sex. Women (18 or older) made up to look 9 or 10 years old.
"What kind of sick fucker wants to watch videos like this," I thought. It was, of course, a rhetorical question; there are people like them all over. People who deserve the worst we can do to them. People who deserve to suffer as they have made children suffer.
I suppose some could make the case that it could be a release - people interested in that could watch these videos and not actually do it. Maybe they're right. I don't know. All I know is that I wanted to wait, however long it took, until someone purchased one of them, and then teach them what suffering truly was.
I walked out, my hands clinched into fists of rage and didn't calm down for several hours.