It’s rather unfortunate that in my attempt to write this post that my father waltzed in and read the title , catching sight of a naked Astrea on Danbooru’s image page, but it’s good as hell to be alive nowadays. Embarrassments and obstacles aside, we live in a free world unrestricted by any ‘ greater powers’, other than our governments of course. What can possibly restrict us today?
Sadly, for certain characters of anime lately, this isn’t the case.
In Sora no Otoshimono, we have the three angeloids (sans Chaos) , Ikaros, Nymph and Astraea. (Not sure if I’ve spelt them correctly.) Being angeloids, this makes them perfectly subservient to a male lead no sensible female would probably like. They also have collars of steel and steel chains that makes them look like pretty floating dogs with a huge , ungodly rack. (The last part something my dad told me as well.)
In lesser examples, for instance, in Dragon Crisis, we have Rose, a dragon cum (rimshot) human girl who lives under the protection of Kisaragi Ryuji and Nanao Eriko. In Shinryaku , Ika Musume! we have Ika-Musume being forced to work for the restaurant after destroying one of its walls. And so on.
Similarities? All the girls are , to an extent , held against their will. Much like pets, all the girls above are held , owned by a stronger person, so to speak, due to various reasons, but this makes them seem like slaves in a way. The angeloids even come with chains, for Christ’s sake, usually doing their master Tomoki’s perverted bidding by helping him fondle some breasts somehow.
Ignoring how Rose and Ika-musume aren’t exactly ‘humans’, Slavery is defined as a system in which people (for this case, characters) are treated as property and forced to perform work for some higher being, most, if not all of time, for free. It’s much like a more Draconian version of our current capitalism system sans the better standard of life and continued progress, but you get the point.
In these shows, and of course, a great variety of pink manga, the female has always been treated more as a commodity than as a living, breathing human being. In the effort of keeping this site SFW, I have decided not to list examples of the female slave concept applied to manga, but there is a vast amount, most notably in the 18+ manga where all females in their world are essentially sluts waiting to be awakened….
Fuck that, let’s talk about manga too.
The slave concept is most practised in the ‘netorare’ genre of manga as well as certain sectors of the fantasy genre. In netorare the cheating one (always the woman, always the woman) for some reason has sex with the husband , who manages to somehow turn over 10 years of sexual inaptness into a mind-crushing, slave-making 10 minutes that makes the wife bend over on command. In fantasy, it’s always linked to the darkest of endings, where the heroine falls victim to her own impulses, often after being raped by the nastiest of beings. If you need a decent ,blatant example of this, I’d like to point you towards the ‘DearS’ series, a series where an alien race crash into Earth, their purpose to find a master, who they will serve for life.
What I suggest as a possible reason for this trend is this: Men LOVE it. If it’s anything several of these genres in manga have in common, it’s this idea of the man being in dominance simply because the man has an extra member of his party casting spells up the girl’s sensitive areas. Rather, it’s the idea that the man is more dominant than the female. Tentacles and the aforementioned fantasy genre for certain manga casts the female in a weak light, often getting raped to the point of no return. Reading these books may give these people a sense of power, of dominance, of superiority.
What about those anime then? If the concept applied in Manga is usually in 18+ publications, what about in shows? For one, it’s a plot device. Why else would a dragon cling on to a highschooler? Why else would 3 angeloids cling on to such a detestable protagonist? Why else would this invader from the sea stay on land and become an object of open ridicule instead of gathering her ostensibly mass amounts of brethren and sistren to fight on the beaches and the landing grounds?
This plot device helps by simply filling in everything the show would have been missing. Humour? Check. A premise? Check. An ultimate goal? Check. Characterisation? Check. Romance? Check. Something to tickle the nutbladders of our less sophisticated (and social) male watchers? Checkamundo. They even get around any criticism anyone might have for this slavery by having non-human slaves who look almost the same as human females.
For instance, how can I write a decent article lambasting female human slaves in anime if there aren’t any?
2DT talks about NTR and how sex is portrayed as the ‘answer’.
Watch out, female heroines! Sapphire Pyro talks about types of heroines that piss her off.