包帯[houtai]

February 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm (cosplay(コスプレ), general, otaku word)

 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.

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15 Comments

  1. Marie said,

    Oh~ 包帯萌え. I’ve never thought into that area, but now you mention it, I think characters with bandages are quite attractive to viewers. Though I don’t feel in a way of S or M, I feel compassion toward those characters.

    Paints. hehe ^^;;
    I used to cover myself, I mean, my apron with paints -> art major (^^)>

    • bangin said,

      Actually next character I will cosplay is a houtai guy.^^ But not so much.

  2. Inktrap said,

    I always liked eyepatches, but once, I saw a group of female cosplayers not only with bandages, but make up faking wounds on their bodies. I was completely fascinated. It looked so real! It made the cosplay setting more believable, so it was great. I don’t do cosplay, but after seeing them, I immediately grabbed my makeup bag and a mirror and tried to fake a few bruises in my face.
    After this, I started noticing more wounded characters. I like the characters who have scratch marks and wear band aids over their faces because it gives them sort of a playful look, like “I keep getting in trouble”. I like to imagine what kind of trouble gave the wounds, so when it’s too hardcore (like that Rei Ayanami picture), it just look like the character was hit by a truck, so it’s not so attractive.

    • bangin said,

      Yes, some cosplayers are really good at making up a fake wound or even burn. In order to cosplay such a character, they need to do so. I have read how-to-do in the cosplaying magazine. Where a scar or a bruise is, there is a story what happened to the character, and it makes more misterious.

      • Zak said,

        Hey bangin! You’ve got a wicked blog i like your cosplays:D anwyays i hope we can be a good friends and I hope i can learn Japanese from You XD cheers:)

  3. Zak said,

    I’m a beginner in this anime world lol

    • bangin said,

      Hello Zak, thank you for coming and I hope we can be a good friend, too. And don’t worry, this blog is for anyone. If you don’t understand what I say, feel free to ask me.

  4. Zak said,

    Wakarimashita:D genjuusyowa dochira desu ka ^_^
    I live in London, originally i was from Nijmegen a city in Nederland( Oranda i think this how you say it in japanese@_@ ) i’ve only lived in london for about 3 years now i wish i lived in tokyo i like the refreshing mood^_~

    • bangin said,

      Me? I live in Chiba, not so far from Tokyo.^^ I have been to London, and paid a visit my friend in Preston.

  5. Zak said,

    I see chiba that is nice:) how long have you been studying English? because your english is top-notch!:D

    • bangin said,

      I have been studying for more than 7 years or so, but not enough. XD

  6. ZAK said,

    That is more than me LOL:D anyways i forget to say, “hajimimashite” 🙂 what is your real japanese name?

    • bangin said,

      Please check your e-mail.
      Hajimemashite.^^

  7. rzncu said,

    I always knew I had a 包帯萌え because of Rei Ayanami orz My favourite female evangelion character is Katsuragi but I just can’t stop staring at Rei because of her eyepatch and bandage, people tend to pay attention to those type of things like scars or bruises or something *covered* in order to hide something.

    Is it common for girls to have 包帯萌え? XD Ciel and Agito and characters from loveless plus a lot of guy characters has houtai/eye-patches too.

    • bangin said,

      Of course it is common. In otome games or BL games, there are plenty of houtai or gantai guys. Zenya in sweet pool?

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