Not Fit To Fap To: Urotsukidoji: Birth of the Overfiend (NSFW)

Well, we can see where Berserk got all its ideas… (Repeating, very NSFW)

This is a little experiment I cooked up after reading Kyokai’s wincest post back in November. I wanted to take a look at the more graphic anime out there and put it under the knife. As your resident critic and perverted princess I’m here to give you a heads up!…on what will kill your “heads up”.

I’ve chosen the 1987 anime Urotsukidoji: Birth of the Overfiend to showcase the Ero-Guro genre to you guys today. Think of it as the Deep Throat of hentai; it was very avant-garde at the time as it tried to blend erotica with both humour and supernatural elements. It boasted a complex plot that spawed 6 series made up of about 2 and half hours long OVAs. But there was one scene in particular that went down in infamy. The anime was responsible for the first instance of tentacle rape on screen (it must be so proud), and was arguably the hentai that started it all. Every tentacle that’s ever aspired to bone a japanese schoolgirl had Urotsukidoji as its sensei. The scene shocked, distrubed and aroused mass interest. Much like how Boku no Sexual Harassment gave us a whole knew use for sweetcorn, Urotsukidoji had us looking twice at Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.

I always did like a man with a beard…

A Brief History of Ero-Guro

Believe it or not, this macabre fetish started out as an entire artistic movement! Back in the 20s and 30s Japan sought to add yet another branch to it’s already varied Hedonism tree. Artists began to paint sexuality with blood stained brushes, mixing dark and often disturbing depictions of eroticism, vulgarity and decadence and bringing them to the public eye. Writers took that darkest spot in the corner to birth tales of depravity and humilliation with a startlinglhy nihilistic point of view.

Most of us take guro to mean blood and guts and gore, something like Elfin Lied or Higurashi and we’re not far off. However, all that is violent and of a pornographic nature is not ero-guro. The term came to refer more loosely to a disfiguration or a mutilating of the body with subtle overtones of sexuality, instead of just an actual act. (They were all artists remember so they have to dress it up). To put a western spin on it, what we would call torture porn or exploitation films, like Hostel or Anti-Christ, would probably be classed as ero-guro in Japan. It’s sexual, violent, involves body modification…. you get the jist.

Some industries market it as a type of porn, despite it’s roots in artistic evolution. The sub-culture of hentai anime that does involve buckets of blood, gore, sexual violence, urine, feces, tentacles, and anything else you can think of that might turn your stomach at first glance, will generally be tagged as ero-guro. The act of pouring of hot wax on a person, most often associated with more sensual erotica, would be included, too.

Origins of Tentacle Erotica

While Urotsukidoji was certainly responsible for mentally scarring an entire generation away from Sea World, it was an artist in the late 1700s who was really the creator of this particular phenomenon; with a piece titled “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”. It showed a woman engaged in oral and vaginal penetration by two octopuses. The author of Urotsukidoji claimed he started using tentacles as a way to get around Japan’s censorship laws, which don’t allow pentetration by a penis to be shown (they don’t seem to have a problem with showcasing their anime vaginas though, sadly).

What’s the Attraction?

Tentacle porn can be applied to various other fetishes, most notably bestiality and BDSM. The offshoot from bestiality is only if it is involving fish such as squid or octopi, though. They don’t nessesarily get to have all the fun. Vines, plants or even just ropes of brightly coloured sticky stuff can come a’lickin round your ankles if you’re not careful. Sci-fi fans will know that mechanical appendages have been known to creep up on unsuspecting men and women to have their wicked way with them, too. (Think what a different movie Spider Man 2 would have been if Doc Ock’s robotic arms had taken a fancy to Toby Maguire’s nerdy little toosh?)

A lot of hentai/yaoi/yuri use tentacles to add another level of titilation to voyeurism. More often than not someone is in control of the tentacles, and has a victim strung up before them. You might remember Tower of Druaga parodied such an instance: HERE

For the sadists out there (and in here)…a big part of tentacle porn is the humiliation factor. A favorite trait of tentacles is the nurotoxic slime they sometimes produce. It secretes a challenging aphrodisiac that the victim finds impossible to resist. Maybe not mentally, but physcially they can’t help but enjoy the attention. There’s a sub-culture within this sub-culture that gets off on the “tsundere sexual encounter”. The “I say I don’t want it when I really do” attitude. Think Misaki from Junjou, forced hand-job by a stranger and months later they are madly in love. Late on-set Stockholm Syndrome or hot fetish? You decide.

The difference between the tsundere mindset when applied to solo tentacle rape is, believe it or not, much less humiliating. When he or she is caught up in the groping arms of said plant/beast or sentient robot, assuming this is one of the few cases where our hero is all alone, the thing is engaging them on pure instinct. Much like how vampires started out – before Anne Rice made them sexy – they are doing what they do out of the need for survival. Whether they feed on the bodily juices of their prey or any other kind of energy, the person becomes a victim of nature rather than malice or some twisted kink the bad guy has. (It’s like a really pervy version of the Circle of Life). The pleasure that comes from it is a byproduct of a natural act; the tentacles don’t care that you’re screaming things that would make Caligula blush, so the victim need not feel any shame.

“Really now, that’s a bit much…”

Of course some people just find it hilarious.

The Review

Hopefully now your horrified expression has softened a bit and you can see why this fetish has garnered such a cult following among anime fans. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the very first on screen appearance of The Tentacle! This is Urotsukidoji: Birth of the Overfiend (Part 1).

It starts out with a demon orgy, taking place in hellish red colours, and then swaps to a basketball tournament…Sure, because that’s a natural transition. Those two things go hand in hand! Oh, and speaking of in the hand…we get wanking to girls in a changing room. Classy. This is how we meet our protagonist. Oh, yeah, ’cause us girls are really going to want to rub one out to that creepy peeping Tom we all knew in high school. We’re only 5 minutes in and you’ve already ostracized half of your potential audience. Congratuwelldone.

This is Nagumo, he’s pretty much like every other anime protagonist in shows that have no shame. A shy, lecherous virgin, who doesn’t have the balls to ask girls out so he spends his time in hiding, masterbating furiously to them instead – a surefire way to overcome your social anxiety. He ends up in the gym after following the object of his affection, Akemi.

The star basketball player, Ozaki, spots him in amongst the balls (one of the many homoerotic undertones in this next scene) and exposes him for the weird little bastard he is. Strangely enough, after that he goes over and…licks a scrape on his face? I guess this is us girls’ little reward for making it through the uncomfortable opening scene of him jacking off in the cupboard. Thanks Urotsukidoji, I take back the bad things I said about you (for now). This is actually important, as we’ll see later. Needless to say Nagumo runs out of the gym completely humiliated.

Are you ready for tentacles? ‘Cause here they come…Akemi is being molested by a female teacher (and not putting up much of a struggle, I might add), when her leotard explodes, giving us our first indication that this woman might not be a normal teacher. Pervy McJackass, oh, sorry, I mean Nagumo sees the molestation of his love interest and surprisingly takes the moral high ground, wanting to rush in and save her (and get some hot thank-you sex while he’s at it).

After that brief derail into lesbianism, Urotsukidoji decides that it’s time to bring on the mental scarring. I imagine if you were watching this for the first time while wanking not knowing what was about to happen it would either make your boner go softer than a Canadian diplomat or your hand would miraculously develop anime speed lines. Basically, the teacher turns into a male demon and proceeds to tentacle rape poor Akemi into oblivion, even blowing its load of florescent pink spunk on her face. Nice.

The things some students will do for extra credit

Jyaku, a half-breed demon/human badass with Vegeta hair appears to take on the demon once he’s done titillating the audience with that visual sodomy of your senses. And while he blows the demon to dust with his kamehameha, what I find curious is that not only did he stop Nagumo from interfering, but he waited until the demon was done raping the girl to intervene himself. See what I mean about the voyeurism? Kinky bastard. Akemi miraculously survives and thanks Nagumo (who she mistakes as her savoir) with a good ol’ dry hump.

We’re introduced to Jyaku’s sister, Megumi, who looks like Ryoko from Tenchi after a haircut. She’s his partner in crime in this quest they’re on. Never mind the plot though, orgies are taking place! Ozaki is trying to prove how totally heterosexual he is after licking another man’s face, but as he’s fucking all these girls, something strange happens…

That is pretty weird…

Near as I can tell, the demons and our two half breed friends are searching for the “Overfiend”. Megumi thinks it’s Nagumo, while the demons and Jyaku are chasing orgy-man. After being sucked up some demon bugs butt, (It’s like a hentai version of the Cell saga from DBZ, ew), Ozaki bursts out as a demon himself. Jyaku shows up to bring out the Overfiend in him but Ozaki just reverts to his human form and dissolves into a skelenton. Aw, whuut? He was hot, boo!~ This was the reason for the face licking before, because he consumed some of Nagumo’s blood he was able to turn into a demon briefly. So, Nagumo is the true Overfiend. Megumi was right.

Speaking of Megumi, uh, she’s masterbating. Yup, hiding in the bushes, doing the finger-river dance to Nagumo and Akemi fooling about in the park. Just because you’re a girl doesn’t make it any less creepy! There could be hobos in that park, getting off on you getting off on them! She finishes first and cuts them off, making Akemi storm off in a strop and Nagumo chase after her, only to be hit by a car. He died with a boner, that’s a shame. R.I.P dude, you will be one embarrassing ghost.

Jyaku’s not listening

Actually, things are about to get a whole lot worse for Nagumo than just being dead. He resurrects as a lust-crazed demon and starts molesting the unfortunate nurse that happens to be on duty. He turns into the Overfiend and sticks his giant demon wang inside her. Yowch.

Now that’s what I call a mind blowing orgasm

She’s not as lucky (haha) as Akemi however and the sex kills her, whether or not she just disintergrated at the sheer awesomeness of demon! Nagumo’s moves is anyone’s guess. Jyaku and Megumi appear at the hospital where Nagumo is absorbing people Akira style and swarming the place with his penis-tentacles. And that’s pretty much it for the first part. While they are about 2 and a half hours long there are breaks with ending credits every 40 minutes or so. I’m guessing the version I had was a compilation.

Oh, and incase you’re interested in the next episode… I got two words for you: Demon Dildo.

Extra Hilarity

What he really means to say is “I’ve been wanking to you for a long time now!”

The great ass in the sky…

…not to be confused with the equally ridiculous sky-jina.

Obligatory Rape Face

End Thoughts:

Well, that’s Urotsukidoji. On the plus side, it does have a banging 80s soundtrack. The ending theme kinda makes me think I just won at Mortal Kombat.

Now, trying to define the difference between porn and what is considered art can be tricky. Erotica, in my book, is where the sex blends in seamlessly, when it progresses the plot and has an emotional core or resonance with the characters involved. Porn is, well…we all know what porn is for, and what job it’s supposed to do. Urotsukidoji, while being tagged as hentai, did claim to have good characters and a good plot, which is where my problem with it is. You can tell very quickly when it slips into pure spank-material. The “erotic” scenes drag on longer than nessesary, presumably so the plot doesn’t get in the way of your fapping-time, and brings the entire thing to a complete stand still.

The plot is fairly simple and bland as well until Jyaku and Megumi start stalking Nagumo and Ozaki, respectively. Speaking of Ozaki, his orgy scene was completely hilarious. Aside from it being there just to make Ozaki seem like a MANLY MAN again after the face-licking, what high school basketball star has orgies? Srsly, MY GOD. That was so funny. Also, Jyaku stopping Nagumo from saving Akemi was exactly what Tower of Druaga was making fun of. I actually quite liked Jyaku! He was pretty entertaining and his sister is a riot, too. Anyway, I’ve deviated…my point is that if Urotsukidoji had just trimmed itself down to wank material, I think I would like it a lot more. At least then it wouldn’t be pretending to be something it’s not.

That being said, we gotta give it credit for being one of the first hentai’s that actualy showed shit. Before then people were stuck using their imaginations. Imagine how crap that would have been?

Now, getting to the actual ero-guro part of it…there are some aspects of the genre that I think can be sexy, like vampirism or even tentacles, but on the whole it’s not a genre I seek out. I like my gory stuff like Deadman Wonderland and I like my yaoi/porn/whatever you want to call it, seperate. A creator said: “There is nothing that arouses a stronger response in human beings than either sex or violence. A mixture of the two is very powerful indeed.” And I think this is true, but I don’t think Urotsukidoji does a good job of pulling it off. It’s cuts from sex to gore is too jarring and abrupt or unintentially hilarious, leaving you quite unsure of how you should be feeling.

Want to see it done right? Go watch Perfect Blue.

If anyone’s interested, you can get all of Urotsukidoji Uncut & Uncensored HERERemember this was quite the frankenstien experiment, so be sure to leave some feedback! What’s your opinion on ero-guro? Urotsukidoji? Have you got any favorites? What do you think about the ero-guro movement?

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39 Responses to “Not Fit To Fap To: Urotsukidoji: Birth of the Overfiend (NSFW)”

  1. Kyokai says:

    This was a very interesting read. Personally, I haven’t really gotten into this genre but I’ve watched many a sketchy anime and some were hentai too. I think a seasoned watcher should definitely dabble on everything. If nothing you can get many laughs from it, like I did while reading this review. Now, I simply want to watch this to LMAO.

    • Hime says:

      Oh, if there’s one thing you’ll get out of Urotsukidoji is LMAO material. May I recommend the english dub for just that extra level of faceplanting goodness.

  2. Carla says:

    I laughed so hard at the ass in the sky.
    Great post… I really enjoyed reading it. :3

  3. anaaga says:

    Whoa, is that woman getting screwed in her eyes?
    There was this hentai I read about this woman getting screwed in her nipples. Not a great sight I tell you.

    Hime should do some shota post next. Hehe.

    • Hime says:

      No, it’s just visualizing her mind being BLOWN. Also, cum sparkles in this universe. It’s magical!

      That getting screwed in the nipples sounds painful, what was it called?

      Haha, I might (if Kyo lets me) fufufufufu~

      • anaaga says:

        MIND-BLOWING SEX. No pun intended. Maybe she can’t take the intensity of the cum.

        I don’t know the name, but it’s a Street Fighter doujin lol. The chinese girl got gang-raped, guys inject drugs into her boobies, making it fuckable in the tits.
        NOT PRETTY

  4. Dan-go says:

    That was an exceedingly well written review, taken with that tone of seriousness that is required when reviewing such matter. It was very interesting and enlightening. also. *giggle* Hime said penis

  5. fathomlessblue says:

    Oh boy, this thing again… There really should be an unspoken consensus in the anime circuit to pretend that the franchise never existed. Mainly I’m still pissed I made the mistake of buying the first movie/ova some years back; bah!

    Thanks for the article though, it was surprisingly well researched, critiqued and especially funny. That’s possibly more than a review of Urotsukidoji deserves, but still, kudos for the effort.

    And strangely enough I re-watched Perfect Blue last night. Still Awesome!

    • Hime says:

      Ah, but only from our mistakes can we learn! Anybody considering on making a hentai should watch this; for a definative: WHAT NOT TO DO.

      The research part was fun, (it might sound terrible) but I enjoy looking into things like this (not the perverted princess for nothing) and even though ero-guro is not for me, it’s worth trying to understand different genres and explore their merits.

      I’ve come across a lot of strangers to the anime world who take a peek in and are freaked out by what they see, immediately dismissing it because it’s so 360 to what’s probably thought of as acceptable in their culture. At the end of the day I believe to each his own and you don’t want to make uneducated comments that might offend, cause it’s never nice to be on the receiving end of them.

      And Perfect Blue is amazing, but it’s Satoshi Kon, so you wouldn’t expect any less.

      • fathomlessblue says:

        Thing is, I didn’t realise it was a glorified hentai; I mean I knew there was sex in it but most 80′s/early 90′s films I came across had at the very least minor nudity. It was a classic mistake of believing controversy equated to excellence!

        Also, the film was apparently (for reasons I can’t begin to understand) heavily promoted to casual movie watchers in the uk, which is a huge reason why anime has such a negative stigma over here. Anything a bit out the norm, like anime, takes a while to get used to. Being thrown into the deep end isn’t necessarily a good idea.

        Regardless, any possible interest in things like ero-guro was well and truly stamped out after I was trolled into reading Tokyo Red Hood. Never again!

  6. Overcooled says:

    Please keep writing editorials. Forever.

    I learned so much about erotica and porn today! I have to give you credit, I don’t think I could watch that even if I had to. I mean..the tentacles…just….THE TENTACLES. and yet I still loved the post. The history was a nice touch.

    • Hime says:

      xD Coming from my editorial senpai that means a lot.

      It really is worth watching, if you can get past that uncomfortable feeling it’s just so damn hilarious.

  7. Alynn says:

    Oh man, that is kind of creepy.
    Interesting read!

  8. Moni Chan says:

    the great ass in the sky

    … Giggity

  9. Foshizzel says:

    Ahahaha Hime you made me laugh! Great post xD

    Now usually I pass at tentacles in my uhh other anime >.> But I have seen a few with that as a central focus and all I can do is laugh xD Then again does anyone really take these serious? LOL

    Ass in the sky and beams of light = ROFL

  10. amado says:

    I must confess that I like BDSM, though I can tolerate tentacle rape.
    but orgys and gang rapes are somethings I dont like to read/watch…

    • edru says:

      just to say, guys.
      amado has just recently been “watching” things like this so he’s new(only seen about 3 so far, not the ones in this post though).
      “reading” is another matter though….

      • Hime says:

        I find gang rapes amazingly uncomfortable to watch too, ever seen “I Spit on your Grave”? Ugh…if not, don’t.

        Haha, edru, that’s hilarious.

    • anaaga says:

      *high five bdsm lovers*

  11. Karakuri says:

    As much as I love seeing people’s limbs being torn off, I’m not much of an ero-guro fan.

    Thanks for the editorial though! This was surprisingly interesting. I learned a lot of facts that will be fun to mentally scar people with later =3.

    • Hime says:

      It’s fun to talk in depth about porn! :D

      Please enjoy your mental scarring.

  12. BlackBriar says:

    Interesting post and nice use of pics for references. I’ve seen a few hentai. I’m not really into the tentacle stuff, it’s just a little weird and creepy to see that. But I still learned a few more things and that’s the point of it all anyway.

    • Hime says:

      Yeah, scouting for pics was…*deletes internet history*

      Hentai is pretty fun, but not for the obvious reasons. The ones with plots tend to just be so wacky that it’s great for a laugh. I honestly recommend the Urotsukidoji series, they are hilariously absurb.

      Part 2, though. MYGOD. I might cover it eventually because it’s just so ridiculous. And it’s not nearly as fun as this one. There’s just a real misery to it.

      • BlackBriar says:

        Yeah, hentai is pretty fun because there’s an actual plotline in it than the usual, obvious stuff that’s in it *coughsexcough*. I’m into the ones with an innocent yet perverted storyline and cute characters.

        The second part’s ridiculous? Then I’ll be looking foward to it.

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  14. Namika says:

    Wow, great idea. )) Guess I missed a lot while I was absent from the net. Your review was amazing, Hime! It’s the first time I see someone review a hentai so….. splendidly. Loved how you put the subject, though I’m not that much into ero-guro. I’m more into yaoi :3

    • Hime says:

      Oh, I’ll get to yaoi eventually! I can be such a love/hate fetish.

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  16. Sam says:

    So this anime came up this morning in a discussion of DeSade and his seeming lack of imagination, from my friend’s point of view. Why, she wanted to know, didn’t his characters rape any of the corpses? To her, it was a natural next step…

    I didn’t ask what other ideas she thought he should have included. It was no surprise to discover she was an anime fan. Thanks to this hentai, even demonic tentacle rape porn is an easy joke to almost everyone I meet.

    But it wasn’t always like this…

    Imagine you were an American seeing this anime for the first time, back in the 80′s. Just the sex alone probably scared you a bit. 70% of the television viewing audience watched censored movies through just 3 networks on television. Only 6% of movies sold were pornographic, and they were almost all best described as “How your parents made you, except faking the orgasms.”

    The odds were fairly good this was the first time you’d ever seen someone masturbate who wasn’t you. If you had seen it before, it was probably the first time you saw someone who did it while hiding, watching others.

    Unless you were a victim.

    It was also the first time many saw someone raped. It was the first time many experienced triggers, and flashed back to their own rapes.

    Imagine people just shutting down, all because of a single movie.

    I don’t need to imagine it. I watched it happen.

    Given that context, who cares about the demons? They were the least terrifying thing about this movie.

    At least at the time.

    Now, of course, it’s one of the great comedies, as you pointed out. Cartoon sex can be found by looking up any cartoon, and rape jokes are a frequent way of saying an internet hello. And tentacles…? Looking back from 2012, it’s nearly impossible to see all this as anything besides incredibly obvious smut that takes itself way too seriously.

    Thank God.

    Although, to be fair to the past, 1987 looking at 2012 thinks we often act like anyone we don’t know is a probable rapist, just without the tentacles. It’s as if the plot of the hentai we’re mocking inspired everything from debate about whether schools are allowed to talk about LGBT rights to how freaked out people will be seeing a single father take pictures of their child playing with other kids.

    What the hell happened?

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