((Warning! Some material below may be NSFW!!! You have been warned.))
As a huge fan of both everything Japanese and the adult video industry, I have come to expect to see a lot from the Japanese AV (Adult Video) industry. I have seen almost grotesque scenes of bukkake (if you don’t know, don’t ask) to softcore scenes that wouldn’t even make it on late night Showtime or HBO and then you have the entirely “safe” gravure (modeling) genre. There is a huge and varied taste that the Japanese seem to have when it comes to their AVs and that usually means that no topic, however ridiculous, is off topic. That especially translates to three of my favorite fandoms in Japan – anime, video games and cosplay.
Over the years, I have seen hundreds and hundreds of AVs that feature (or rather parody) numerous anime and video games with AV Idols (actresses) dressed in some impressive cosplay outfits hoping to appeal to the fans of those series by bringing some potential fantasies to life. (Yeah, I know I am sounding like a huge perv right now, but if you know me in real life you know it is a part of who I am. Anyway…) I know some of you out there have wondered, “Hmm, I wonder if Cloud and Aerith ever got it on?” or “If another Street Fighter defeated Cammy, would they take advantage of her?” or some other weird fantasy. Well, maybe not those particular scenarios, but the fact that there are list out there naming fans favorite “video game vixens” or “anime heart breakers” shows that fans do sometimes fantasize about these characters.
Attack on Titan AV parody
That is where these AV programs come into play. Since it is highly unlikely any Regular Joe will be able to talk an incredibly hot cosplayer to appear in a sex video with them at any given time to relive that fantasy, these videos do the next best thing and present those and other scenarios to viewers for them to enjoy. And being that I am one of those fans, I have certainly enjoyed viewing and buying them over the past 18 years. Admittedly, it is a lot easier to buy them now as the internet has made international commerce a daily activity. Can you imagine, or do you remember, how hard it was to import items from Japan? How expensive it was? If you didn’t have a local hobby store with the right connections back in the day, it was expensive and nearly mind numbing. It was exhaustive! But I am getting off topic; I have been buying and viewing these AVs for a long time now. AVs based on Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Darkstalkers, Final Fantasy, Persona, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Evangelion… you name it, there was most likely an AV video based on it.
Puzzle & Dragons
So you can imagine that I have come to expect almost anything to get an AV video treatment based on previous experiences. But what I saw yesterday really took me by surprise. I mean, I get taking characters from popular or cult video games… okay, there is a market for that – I get it. An NES game, a PS3 game, an Xbox game, a PC game, even an exciting mobile game… I’ve seen it all. Even with all that, never would I have expected the Japanese AV industry of making an AV video based on a puzzle game. Yep, you read that right – they have made an adult video based on a gem puzzle game. Now, given what game it looks like they took their “inspiration” from, I could see why they did it. Puzzle & Dragons (PAD) is one of the biggest mobile gaming successes out there. It’s a fun and addicting game that I enjoy playing on my free time. In Japan alone the game has been downloaded more than 30 million times since its release in 2012. At one point it had its developer GungHo Entertainment Online making as much money on PAD and its other games as Nintendo. That is quite an accomplishment.
So I can see why Studio 2.5 would want to make an AV based on PAD. Not only is the game hugely popular but there are certain monsters that you can collect that look rather, well, sexy. Succubus, Princess Valkyrie, Sakuya, Snow White… there are a ton of cards that feature some very beautiful characters. And fans have already posted some amazing (and risqué) images of them all over the internet. To be perfectly honest, there are some downright sexy pornographic images of the characters out there. Just looking at some of the omake (bonus) and fan art that is out there by various artist showcases the point I was trying to make up there – that fans have and will fantasize about these and other characters. And Studio 2.5 is just delivering the goods to a fan base that clearly wants to see what they do.
Can you imagine what that production meeting went like?
Producer: So we need to make a new film. What can we make it about?
Writer #1: Well, we could make it about that new MMO game.
Producer: Nah, we’ve done that already.
Writer #2: What about that new horror anime…
Producer: Nah, we do those all the time.
Writer #1: What about that mobile game?
Producer: I’m listening…
Writer #2: Oh yeah, that puzzle gaming one?
Writer #1: Yeah, that one!
Producer: A puzzle game? Are you kidding…
Director: That sounds crazy. But I can make it work.
Producer: Well, okay then.
Yeah, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that meeting.
Which leads me back to Magic & Puzzle: Valkyrie Angel (MAP), the AV that Studio 2.5 made for fans of PAD. Though I can understand why the studio did this, it just surprises me that they would make a video based on a mobile puzzle game. Maybe there has been one made before, I don’t know – I haven’t seen one, but it is still surprising nonetheless. I could see a game based on Valkyrie Crusade or Rage of Bahamut or even Ayakashi: Ghost Guild, but a puzzle game, even one as popular as PAD… yeah, wow; I never saw that coming. (No pun intended.)
MAP stars AV Idol Tomoda Ayaka and was released in Japan on September 25 of this year. Honestly speaking, considering what this video is and what it consist of, I have to say that it looks pretty good. Even compared to western pornographic films, even ones with production values like those of Pirates, MAP looks incredibly good. Take a look at a scene from the film below to see what I am talking about. Don’t worry; I made sure it was a “clean” sample as to not upset anyone on here.
Honestly speaking, it looks about as good as a recent version of the Power Rangers series with the graphics and practical monster special effects. I know most of you will never watch an AV film, but I am telling you, this is not that bad. As far as the acting and the story… well, that is where this film has a lot in common with its western counterparts. There is a lot to be desired when it comes to those two aspects of an AV film. But who am I kidding? People aren’t exactly watching porn, no matter what side of the Pacific you are on, for the story and acting. Sure, sometimes you get a good story or somewhat decent acting, though even more rare together, but no one will ever say that Maria Ozawa or Jessie Jane will ever win any kind of acting award. Still, for what it is, MAP is a decent parody/substitute for PAD that fans who want to watch it will appreciate. I am just surprised that out of everything you could make an AV film from, a mobile puzzle game is what Studio 2.5 went with.
And just in case you were still wondering what “bukkake” means:
Bukkake: a sexual fetish act that involves multiple men ejaculating on one female repeatedly.
Now you know. But you wish you hadn’t asked, huh?
A New Japanese Idol AV Based on… a Puzzle Game?
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