Angel of Darkness

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For the similarly named video game, see Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. For the Caleb Carr novel, see The Angel of Darkness. For the true-crime book by Dennis McDougal, see Angel of Darkness (book).
Angel of Darkness
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Cover of the Japanese DVD release of the first episode of Angel of Darkness
淫獣教師
(Injū Kyōshi)
Genre Hentai, horror
Original video animation
Directed by Kanenari Tokiwa
Studio Pink Pineapple
Licensed by
Released 1994
Runtime 180 minutes (total)
Episodes 4
Live-action video
Studio Critical Mass
Released 2006
Runtime 450 minutes (total)

Angel of Darkness (Japanese: 淫獣教師 Hepburn: Injū Kyōshi?) is a four-part hentai anime series released in 1994 by Pink Pineapple in Japan. The series focuses on tentacle rape and S&M and was adapted into a live action series.[1] The animated series is released in North America by ADV Films under their SoftCel Pictures label. The genre is situated between sci-fi horror and the slasher film.[2]

Plot[edit]

Professor Goda is digging under a large tree in the school yard, when he breaks through a mysterious stone tablet and is attacked by a large tentacled creature and is suddenly infected. Later, Atsuko and Sayaka are attending opening ceremonies of the Siren Academy's freshmen welcome. It's at this point we discover that Sayaka and Atsuko are lovers, trying to hide their affair from Atsuko's older sister who is currently playing the organ. We then see Professor Goda, who is also attending the opening ceremonies, looking on the crowd of freshmen with evil eyes.

The scene then shifts to an underground basement in the school in which Professor Goda and The Director are raping a freshman who is tied up. The Director is dressed up in typical red bondage gear. Goda comments that he needs the extracts of younger women in order to provide food for an organism that he discovered. The Director appears to be enjoying watching the rape and involves herself in the process by whipping the freshman with her riding crop until the freshman faints.

The scene cuts to the dormitory of Sayaka and Atsuko, who are currently engaging in heavy petting. The scene develops in to a full sex scene until they are interrupted at the end of their lovemaking by fellow students knocking at the door asking them to come to dinner. It's at this point there are clear signs that there is something wrong with the student population as all the girls are listless and uninterested in anything, including Atsuko's "impressions".

Yuko manages to get a little life out of them through her violin playing, but it is clear there is something wrong. Professor Goda is in the church listening to the music when he is suddenly attacked by what appears to be a fairy, who we later find out is named Rom. The show then cuts to a montage of Sayaka and Atsuko's life at their new school, and Atsuko proves to be an apt athlete and a healthy eater, and very popular with the other girls in the school, to the disapproval of Sayaka who wants Atsuko all for herself.

Production[edit]

Considered soft porn, Angel of Darkness' attempts to merge the magical girl anime formula with the tentacle rape hentai genre. This was done in order to circumvent stringent Japanese censorship laws at the time that did not allow the animation of the pubic region and identifiable genitalia. As such, hentai films began using monsters with phallic tentacles to "rape" women in films.[3]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Angel of Darkness series was licensed by ADV Films and released under their Softcel label. All four episodes were released on VHS and DVD with subtitles only.

Live-action[edit]

Angel of Darkness was adapted into five live-action adult films and were released in English by Critical Mass Video.[4]

Reception[edit]

Patrick Drazen regards Angel of Darkness as being an example of the use of "horror to express sexual anxiety", and as an example of Gothic fiction.[5] Chris Beveridge regards the hentai to be "neither the best nor the worst" that he had seen, but enjoyed the third episode over the last, as it was more plot-oriented.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beveridge, Chris. "Angel of Darkness Vol. #1". Mania.com. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  2. ^ Ortega-Brena, Mariana (2009). "Peek-a-boo, I See You: Watching Japanese Hard-core Animation". Sexuality & Culture. New York: Springer New York. 13 (1): 17–31. doi:10.1007/s12119-008-9039-5. ISSN 1095-5143. 
  3. ^ Harper, Jim (May 12, 2008). Flowers from Hell. Noir Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 0-9536564-7-0. 
  4. ^ "AX 2002: TRSI Confirmed list". Anime News Network. 2002-07-06. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  5. ^ Patrick Drazen, (2003) Anime Explosion pp. 70-71
  6. ^ http://www.mania.com/angel-darkness-vol-2_article_74929.html

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