Review – Hentai Kamen Live Action Film (Mature Content)

Anime Reporter treads anxiously, knowing full well the types of Google searches that are likely to bring people to this review of Hentai Kamen, the live action film.

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Now, before anyone reads any further in this review, there’s an important distinction that probably needs to be made. This is not a pornographic film. It is not hentai by the definition of the word referring to animated pornography. The title of this film, Hentai Kamen, literally means ‘Pervert Mask’ and refers to a super hero whose powers rather oddly seem to stem from his own inner-pervert. While this film makes sexual references and shows quite a lot of the male body, it really is a superhero comedy and fans of the hentai genre might have better luck elsewhere.

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That said, we venture onwards!

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Hentai Kamen is based on the short-lived manga series Kyukyoku!! Hentai Kamen, which ran from 1992 to 1993 and many of the visual elements and characters seem to have been lifted directly from the manga, without the need to make them seem grittier or given live-action makeovers as with many adaptations. In a way, this film’s visual similarity to the manga is a blessing, making it that much easier to accept the ludicrous plot.

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The protagonist, Kyosuke Shikijoh, is the son of a police detective and an S&M worker. Kyosuke seems to have inherited his father’s profound sense of justice but lacks the skill or power to fight for what is right. Kyosuke’s world is abruptly inverted when his new classmate, Aiko, ends up on the wrong side of a hostage situation and, he attempts to disguise himself as one of the criminals to rescue her. In something of a hurry and, with rather poor lighting, Kyosuke mistakes a pair of panties on a locker room floor for one of the criminals’ wrestling masks. Overwhelmed by the sensations he receives from having panties on his face, Kyosuke feels unable to take them off and awakens as a pervert. What’s more, when Kyosuke taps into his feelings as a pervert, he is able to use 100% of his potential strength and speed as well as a host of perversion-based skills and abilities. He also bears a strange resemblance to Spider-Man underneath the panties as well as in relation to his more bondage-based powers.

You were warned.

You were warned.

Once he discovers his powers, Kyosuke dons the feminine undergarments of justice and becomes the hero he’d always wanted to be, while fighting against his emerging perverted feelings. Meanwhile, a criminal element has entered Kyosuke’s school, looking to take over. When Hentai Kamen takes a stand against them, there’s soon a price on his head and a number of assassins, whose motifs aren’t too far from Kyosuke’s, try to take him out. Hentai Kamen must fight and risk his life to protect a world that both celebrates him and mocks him as a pervert.

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Hentai Kamen is not a subtle movie. That should be obvious to most viewers from the first instance (of many) that Hentai Kamen attacks an adversary crotch first, if it’s not immediately obvious from the opening scene itself. It is however, a quite strong parody of the superhero genre, from the main character’s inner struggle between his two identities, the need to constantly rescue a love-interest and a tendency towards monologues.

The dialogue accompanying these  moves is nothing short of phenomenal.

The dialogue accompanying these moves is nothing short of phenomenal.

In particular, the character seems to be geared as a parody of the Toby Maguire Spider-man films from the opening credits to him swinging across a city from bondage rope to the clever visual elements. The humour is well reinforced by the strong cast. Main characters and villains alike are given equal measures of ridiculousness and humanity and there are actually moments when it’s possible to empathise with Kyosuke and almost, almost, forget that he fights crime after reaching a state of underwear-induced bliss.

Seriously, that mask isn't too far away from what Tobey was wearing in the last fight of Spider-Man 1.

Seriously, that mask isn’t too far away from what Tobey was wearing in the last fight of Spider-Man 1.

Hentai Kamen is currently available on DVD and Bluray in Ireland and England. Needless to say, based on its content and themes, it is not suitable for underage viewers.

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Action:                         7.5

Ridiculous Characters: 8.5

Ridiculous Plot:            8

Humour:                      9

Entertainment:             8.5

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83% – “An Impressive Package” – Hentai Kamen isn’t the first superhero to wear underwear on the outside, but takes it to whole new levels. With a story and cast that ridicule the stereotypes of the superhero genre while also providing some oddly interesting characters, this film could easily earn itself more than a few diehard fans, provided viewers don’t take it too seriously

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