(Translator's note: This post is a continuation of a previous entry.)
What fans of Japanese AV would like to know is just how often these 'tools of the trade' are used in lieu of the real thing. Wikipedia's Japanese entry on nakadashi says it's use in adult video is mainly staged. However, is this really the case?
From my experiences on AV sets, I'd be hesitant to say that most nakadashi was staged. That's going a bit too far. Certainly compared with years past, the acceptance of real nakadashi on sets is more commonplace. Some of the recent package art goes out of the way to really show it off and some even note that the actresses have made proper safe medical preparations such as taking the Pill regularly beginning a month prior to the shoot. I'm pretty sure the increase in these types of 'earnest' nakadashi movies is for some production companies to distance themselves from the stigma of pseudo-nakadashi deception and the same also holds true for productions involving fecal matter and urine.
Now, does Japanese AV have to be downright earnest and forthcoming with all the thousands of titles released each month? I at least do not think so. After all, adult video is an outlet to our fantasies. Everything that occurs is mainly fictional for good reason. Among straight-forward hardcore movies are unique documentaries, dramatic pieces, and even ones that are downright bizarre.
Japanese AV may be fake at times, but not at the level of variety TV shows like HAKOxTATE (this short clip was about a AV actor who had relations with someone not appropriate). Still, some level of fantasy is to be expected and some fans are fine with this. Simply saying all nakadashi is fake is definitely overdoing it. It's not in the best interests of production companies to deceive their fan base.
After being involved in the industry for so long, there still is one thing that really grinds my gears: package art fraud. It's the absolute worse when seeing a really beautiful woman on the cover who's exactly your type and then seeing the actual video which is nothing but disappointment. This has been a vicious cycle as of late with the tastes of fans becoming more and more refined and the skill of package art designers improving to match it via glorious airbrushing and other tools of the trade.
Written by Miyuki Nakagawara
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(Translator's note: Box art fraud runs rampant with Japanese AV. Fans hate it and there are too many times to count seeing a stunning woman on the cover look someone beastly in the actual production. Even the screenshots on the rear side of the box are touched up. It's safe to assume that if you want to see truly flawless women, stick with pictures. Even the most stunning AV stars have flaws—they're human after all.)
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