When you step into the classroom in the morning, you see a classmate sitting by the window. She is looking out of the window…something is weird. Yes, because her left armband is wrapped in bandages. What happened to her? Did she have an accident? Or else…did she do…?
Have you ever had something like this? If yes, did you feel something hot? I don’t mean to be rude, but actually bandages have been a kind of fetishism, especially in the porno industry. I think I should have mentioned this when I talked about an eye patch[眼帯]. First, we say 包帯[houtai] to mean bandage, and ギプス[gips] is to be immobilize in a plaster cast. 医療プレイ[iryou play] or medical play is a classification among porn video, and this kind of genre is called 医療もの[iryou-mono] or medical thing. Of course this is a genre of moe[萌え], yes, it’s 包帯萌え[houtai-moe].
Why is this moe? Sometimes I see a porn actress being swathed in bandages on the cover page. Not only porn actresses, but rock vocalists like Ringo Shiina do something like this. Why do they do this? What does this embody? Speaking of a houtai girl, I can think of Ayanami Rei in Neon Genesis Evangelion. In a certain episode, she shows in bandages and even has an eye-patch. I am pretty sure there are a lot of Ayanami fans who feel hot. Do you? If you see a houtai girl, would you think you want to protect her? Or you want to have her while she is severely weak? Can you resist this desire? Houtai might wake up your inner sex drive, and at the same time you would feel remorse that you won’t do something like that to her. If you happen to be ドエス[doesu], would you like to torture her more? If you happen to be ドエム, would you like to be tortured? Such is something houtai makes you feel. Even if you have no wounds now, you might hallucinate that you are being tortured when you are wrapped in bandages
As I have said, visual-kei musicians use bandages as a unique fashion, which might embody destruction and death. For exactly the same reason, they make fake scars or use 血糊[chinori] or fake blood. Come to think of it, cosplayers often use fake blood when they copy some battle scenes. But this might require some patience and understanding because such a fictitious injury is not sound even if it is not really. Actually I have tried fake blood when I cosplayed Higurashi no naku koro ni[When They Cry] in which the hero, Keiichi finds himself covered in blood in the morning. Ugh, it’s not fake blood, but just a red painting though.