“I guess one would have to be, inventive”
February 5, 2009
…is what the character Trevor Goodchild (Æon Flux) says, as he delights himself in trying to figure out how organ-less aliens make love. That’s interesting, considering what Peter Chung (director of Æon Flux) once said about his work. To overcome restrictions on the amount of sex and violence that could be shown on television, he claims to have come up with substitutes for sex organs so that things that wouldn’t normally be sexual take on sexual innuendo. For example, the screenshot below on the left depicts two people having ‘sex’ by deflating and inflating their special suit.
Honestly though, I couldn’t stop laughing. The very notion of a guy moaning and reaching his climax because of alternating pressure was just too much for me. Æon Flux offers plenty more, such as exchanging-eyeball-sex, bird-sex, artificial-vertebrae-sex, and et cetra. Regardless of its intention (comedy? arousal?), there is no denying that they are–as Trevor puts it–inventive.
And for the more observant, such cases can be found in anime as well. Episode 2 of Kaiba is one. Though I have to say it was much more intensely arousing and stimulating than Chung‘s approach. I still remember how explicitly Yuasa presented sex scenes in Kemonozume, so it’s interesting to see him evoking similar response in a more round about way. And indirect sexual intercourses aside, there are as many ambiguous sexual innuendos in anime as there is in Aeon Flux (i.e. Trevor licking a woman’s ear at the top). Anime also seems to frequently use one’s ear as a substitute for a sexual orifice, which happens to be quite effective, as I certainly was stimulated by Chie sensei moaning while picking her ears above. Certain scenes in FLCL also comes to mind. Then there is that phallus looking objects being touched and licked as well (and again, FLCL just automatically comes to mind…what a perverted anime). Anyway, interesting to see how some artists are combating the terrible limitations imposed by some tyrannical networks.
I guess more inventive examples can be found in other moe and fanservice anime, which I am not terribly familiar with. Although my impression is that their versatility lies in flashing panties and boobs at different angles and not really keen on activating our imagination. Feel free to add more ‘inventive’ ones (or any other type of interesting fanservice) you remember.