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The Bible Black story or: How I learned to love hentai

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[I almost never have any stories to tell, really. I mean, I hardly ever do anything crazy each day, and even when me and other friends decide to roam about town, nothing too extreme comes out of it...just a funny experience and a good time. Since I hardly do much during my free-time outside of being on the computer and lounging around, when I find myself in some grand, elaborate story, complete with drama normally found in television shows, I begin to cherish and take the moment into heart, telling it in an unorthodox way, trying to get the listener to feel what I felt. This is going to be retelling one of those moments, where things perfectly set themselves up to be a story I can happily tell people, complete with twists and themes. And so, I'm really happy to share this one with you all for Ero Week. Enjoy!]

Not too long ago (I think it was in or around autumn time, 2007), there was an incident that happened at my school (then, I was in high school). It wasn't one that had people talking all year long or that was remembered after about a couple of weeks... you know, those kind of stories. Anyway, the story goes that a kid in his sophomore year, who I'll call Benny for now, was caught in the computer lab masturbating to hentai. He was suspended for a short time, then people went on about their lives as normal afterwards. It was a story that wasn't really that very interesting for me to care too much about, however it for some reason stuck to me for two key reasons:

1) This was at a time when anime was still peaking for me and was about to expand itself into what I do now which raised a few questions for me about anime in general later on.

2) I've talked with this kid before. He was far from the usual demographic for hentai. He was known for his school record for Track and Field. He was on ASB, and never once hinted at "geeky" or "nerdy" trends, or at least as far as I could recall.

Benny eventually graduated, and not only did no one confront him again about the incident of him and anime porn again, but it seemed as if it were taboo to even mention it at all. I mention this story not as a statement that all average people like hentai as a universal fetish, but that this incident alone got me interested, and involved, in one of the weirdest projects I ever have and probably ever will be apart of in my entire life.

However, the real meat of this story begins at about springtime in 2009. I'm sitting in a small room with my good friend Thomas, each of us typing away on our laptops, listening to music or whatever, just minding our own business in private, waiting for something to happen later that night. I can't quite remember his exact movement, or how he twisted or jerked in his seat- all I can assume is that he moved in his seat to get a bit more comfortable-, but when he did move, his earphones came out of the jack on the computer, and echoing throughout the room, the voices of young women screamed, oh, something along the lines of "...iku! Iku! Kimochiiiiii~!! Sempai genki desu ka?" followed by a plethora of sounds involving liquids that I didn't have time to identify.

It was all over in about 4-5 seconds, as my friend, like a madman, struggled so hard to get his earphones plugged right back into his computer. What he was watching wasn't exactly clear at the time, but the single fact that I knew, though, was that it was most definitely porn. There was no denying that.

I would have been content with just guessing whatever the hell was on his computer for the rest of my life, having it linger in the back of my mind until I ultimately forgot about it. But unfortunately, the long, long silence between the two of us was broken when my friend said in a playful tone: "Well, THAT was awkward".

I gave a light chuckle to ease the mood, but I had a strong feeling that things were going to become more estranged between us if he continued talking.

"Well, see...I was actually watching something pretty cool". He said.

Oh God, I'm dying here, I thought. It was one of those situations where you find yourself in such deep shit, way too sudden and through no fault of your own, and you can't help but clench your teeth, waiting for it to end. "Uh-huh" was along the lines of what I answered back to him.

"No man, it's- Well, have you ever seen Kite yet? It's an anime-"

Things are getting so worse at this point. Here I am, believing that my childhood friend is suggesting porn to me while in a situation where God only knows what will happen between us in this isolated room. It was the worst feeling ever, which was threatening me to feeling a lot worse if thing kept going.



However, I just kept breezing along this conversation, until he finally moved his laptop towards me to show me a small clip, promising it was more than I expected. A small detail I'll never forget is the split second my heart jumped when he turned the screen around towards me. As he was turning the screen, he was also moving the player on the video backwards to earlier in the film, and in a freaking blink of an eye, right before he skipped back, I saw the freeze frame of where he had stopped to talk to me. I saw full penetration of a man into a high school girl, and I thought that my friend was going to change our relationship forever.

As he showed me the now famous bathroom shootout scene from Kite, he explained to me a bit about the movie. Kite was released in around 1998, and was about an hour long. It was explained to me by my friend that the film uses hyper-violence and explicit sex to send a message about our over-indulgence in these things, and also as some sort of heeded warning had society not changed it's views. Not in a literal "everyone's going to die" kind of way, but rather about the- damn it, I'm getting off topic here.

As I watched, I actually could understand what he meant by that, and after it was all over, I ended up really liking it. It was both a beautiful, yet ugly anime; bittersweet in a sense. It was an anime that really sent a message to me, and along side that, it had and interesting plot and excellent ending. Pretty much, I over-estimated Kite, and was really glad that I ended up seeing such a classic anime instead of my worse-case-scenario.

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Fast-forward to about one month later. Me and Thomas visit a few other friends to hang out...you know, just kind of as a nice, relaxing night talking and making jokes about stuff that were topical then. We began talking about what anime we were currently watching...I think I was watching the new season of Haruhi...actually, yeah, I'm pretty sure it was, because we got onto the topic of how I was the only one who liked Endless Eights. Everything was going pretty great.

Thomas leans into the group and says: "Marc and I here watched an anime called Kite not too long ago". I sunk into my chair a little bit.

Oh God.

"Really? What's that about?" asked another friend.

Oh...God...

"Well, it's a really cool anime that sends messages about the way violence and sexuality is portrayed in a futuristic society, but in an ironic way of being really bloody and stuff. It kind of makes you think about how we're all so immune to it all anymore and, really, it's just a classic anime. Plus, it has a teenage girl assassinating people, so you can't go wrong."

We all share a laugh, and everyone says they'll check it out.

Finally, Thomas goes "Yeah, there's a hardcore sex scene in it, too."

The  three seconds of silence is broken by thunderous laugh from everybody in the room. Yeah, it was over for me. I felt like complete shit for that short period of time. Then my friends said some stuff that I never expected.

"Hey, don't worry man, I saw 10 minutes of Boku no Piko on a dare once…"

"Dude, that's nothing! I should link you some of the horrible doujinshi I've seen, good God…"

And everyone started to try and out-do each other in their perverted stories. At first, I was kind of glad that I had friends who brushed off my embarrassment and didn't care about what dumb stuff like that. But then, I realized exactly how bloodthirsty and unforgiving they are when it comes to good ero stories.

"Dude, Marcus, you should watch all of Bible Black" one of my friends joked.

"Yeah, Marc!  You'd totally be the best if you do it!"

I gave a loud laugh. "Ehhhh, nah guys…I'm cool--"

"C'mon, man! It's not like you've seen anything else like we have! Who knows? It might end up being somewhat watchable".

"Besides, I'll give you, like, $30" another friend said. I don't know what it was about the way these guys worded it all, but somehow, it all seemed very convincing. Or maybe it was just the 30 bucks they all bribed me with. Who knows, huh? Either way, I accepted the challenge. 



At the time, I was volunteering at a smaller website and writing reviews for anime and manga I was watching at the time. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone, and try and create something more controversial on the site, rather than countless Full Metal Alchemist reviews and Bleach facts. Since I was tying these two things in, I realized that I had to go about watching porn on a some-what professional level. So I made some mental notes and specifications for my viewing. First off, I MUST watch all seasons and spin-offs of Bible Black in completion. Second, I can skip around the sex scenes a little, but for the majority of the duration, I was on my own. Finally, while I don't need to complete it, I have to at least check out the original eroge this was all based on. With those rules set, I began watching Bible Black. Would this first episode exceed my expectations? Would it actually have a cohesive story that follows more than just sex?

Well, no, not really.

In fact, the first episode was unbearable. Well, there goes that miracle, I thought. But do you know the funniest damn thing about this whole thing was? Can you guess what made me actually contemplate if I was watching the right show?! Once I was done with about 7-8 episodes, the fucking thing started gaining depth! It became convoluted and has a whole well-thought out setting that actually follows continuity and shit! I'll save you the trouble of details by linking to the wiki page, but Bible Black's story is good, I tell you! Now, I know something like that is hard to swallow (no pun intended…oh, God, what’s wrong with me?), but to be as perfectly fair and honest as possible, it seemed there was actually some motive to move the plot forward and, dare I say it, I was curious how it would all end over its numerous seasons.  While it’s easy to say that the plot sucked compared to even under-averaged anime, it all comes back humorously to me.  Just think about it: more care, detail, and mythology were given to this hentai than about half of the first 10 more recent anime I can name off the top of my head!  I don’t even feel the need to add the suffix “…it’s good for a hentai” when relating it to the plot; it’s well written and paces properly, even if it’s as ridiculous as it is.  It’s just that the content is what will turn people off (or on, depending on whom you are).  Needless to say, though, a plot is the last thing needed in porn, although this was a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

Oh, you want to know about the sex scenes? Oh yeah, dicks everywhere. Yeah, story-telling aside, this shit is balls-to-the-walls hardcore (again, no pun intended). It also changed me into what fetishes I'm fine with. Futa is great. No, really. Bible Black convinced me that futanari is just a-okay. Putting a penis on a female? Sign me up. Using a shotgun for intercourse? Alright, Bible Black…when did you hire Stanley Kubrick to write out your elaborate sex choreography out? That's just brilliant! Oh, you're going to fire a shell from that shotgun into the chicks forbidden parts? That deserves a standing ovation. As you can tell, there hardly is a dull moment in Bible Black in terms of outraging the audience.



Really, I was surprised over the month that I watched all of these episodes, and was so thoroughly entertained that it didn't even register to me that I was watching pornography anymore, I was watching concentrated hilarity in it's purest form. Bouncing back and forth between the Japanese and English dub was one great treat (PROTIP: They're both terrible), and I remember showing Thomas an especially funny part one night in our schools computer lab (the shotgun scene). After I was done showing him, I kind of realize how glad I was that he showed me Kite. Without that, not only would I have been out of watching that classic, as well as Bible Black, but I also wouldn't have had the doors of stuff like doujinshi opened up to me in the future. It was a huge milestone for me. I was thinking all of this as he left the computer lab that night, and as I was finishing up my latest episode, and I thought to myself that I should thank him the next chance I get.

"What the FUCK are you watching?!" came a booming voice from behind me.

As soon as I heard those words, memories of Benny flashed through my head. The only thing I heard after that was me turning in my chair and quickly hitting the keyboard, mouse, ANYTHING to take the image of a she-male fucking another female off that computer. The person I saw at the doorway wasn't a complete stranger. She was a student I've seen walking around campus, someone who maybe casually said "hi" to a friend of mine as I idly stood aside. She turned in disgust and left, laughing at the sight she just saw.

Aww…shit.

I grabbed my stuff and got the hell out of that computer lab. Never before had I been in a scenario where if I didn't Solid Snake my ass out of a place, my future could be fucked up for like. I was panicking, and the last thing I needed was to be spotted by an authority figure with that girl by their side.

After taking about ten steps down the hall, I realized that I hadn't singed out of the computer in the lab. A screenshot of Bible Black would be flashing in whoever's face when they come in the next morning, and my name and school ID would in plain sight, hidden only by hitting the Start Menu. I did about five double-takes, deciding to get out of there or risking my ass getting caught again. When I finally did go back, I remember groaning loudly to myself all the way back into the empty room, thinking: "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU IDIOT GET YOUR DUMB ASS OUT OF THERE!". I turned the damn thing off, grabbed my stuff again, and jogged quickly out of the place.

When I got back to my bedroom, it was only then that I felt relaxed. However, worries of the next day crossed my mind. Does that girl know me well enough to know my name? Is someone going to confront me before I get to my classes? Are people going to call me out during class?! Damn, damn, damn! Reluctantly, though, I went to my classes the next day, fearing the worst and paranoid as fuck.

Nothing happened.

No one talked to me, no one had heard a rumor, and to this day, I don't think I've ever ran across the girl since. However, something inside tells me that had my actions ever been brought to light, and people got a wind of what that girl saw, it wouldn't be that bad in the end. I mean, it really made me relate back to Benny's story, and how he ended up being just fine. It actually made me wonder what kind of person Benny was, really. Was he just an anime fan that likes a bit of hentai and eroge once in a while? Or was he misunderstood while taking a bet, like I was? What was he even looking at when caught? Then, I started posing myself larger questions. Is it really that hard to consider hentai as another form of pornography in comparison to something else? I find myself knowing a lot of anime fans who can't stand the idea of H-games and explicit sexuality involving anime and manga, almost as if it's tainting it's image and "increasing the problem". I like chocolate and bananas, but I'm going to have pornography that features those two things ruin my love of it. It's the fact that people like Benny and many others don't let hentai get in the way of their closet-otaku lifestyle that's really made me reflect about this whole experience.

Anime and sexuality are not too uncommon. The idea of hentai being a prominent role in anime shouldn’t be as shameful as it is now, and I'm definitely at fault, too, in believing differently. My shyness and embarassment about Kite all the time ago was completely in contrast to my friend Thomas, and his open attitude about all that stuff. Why was I so embarrassed? So what if people know I liked watching an anime that had a sex scene? So what if people know that I watched all of Bible Black? In the end, it seemed that Thomas and Benny had the right idea of not letting anything, or what anyone believes, get in the way of what you love.

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And so later in the month, I finished Bible Black. I was happy with myself, mainly because I was 30 dollars richer, of course. After I sent it, the anime reviews site I was working with denied my email containing my Bible Black review. Unfortunately, the anime was in bad taste, and the website didn't want to be associated with "smut like 'hentai', which has no articulate value to it". After all that I went through, and all that I questioned myself for, following that reply I immediately quit writing reviews for the site, and went on to find another anime site that has it's own rules to follow, with a cool staff and a great community to lounge about with...and guess which one I found?

Now I'm happy to be apart of this awesome staff, and you awesome readers. While I know some of you are sort of dreading the rest of Ero Week in fear of getting caught by your boss while visiting Japanator at work, just remember how great of a place this is when we can tell stories like this... or that... or even this! The freedom we get, and even the freedom you get, in letting go and writing your first experiences of this stuff is what makes anime fans relate with one another.

Here's to a great rest-of-Ero-Week, and an even greater sense of how hentai and eroge make us all somewhat related to each other!

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