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For the noise rock band of the same name, see Rapeman.
The Rapeman
Therapeman.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
THE レイプマン
(The Reipuman)
Genre Erotic
Manga
Written by Shintaro Miyawaki
Published by LEED Publishing
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Lead Comic
Original run 19851992
Volumes 13
Live-action film
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Jun Kojō
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released September 22, 1993
Live-action film
The Rapeman 2
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Jun Kojō
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released March 11, 1994
Live-action film
The Rapeman 3
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Jun Kojō
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released March 11, 1994
Live-action film
The Rapeman 4
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Hitoshi Ogiichi
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released September 30, 1994
Original video animation
The Rapeman Anime Version
Directed by Kinta Kunte
Produced by Kotaro Ran
Written by Kiyoshi Naito
Studio Pink Pineapple
TEC
Released October 28, 1994
Episodes 2
Live-action film
The Rapeman 5
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Jun Kojō
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released March 31, 1995
Live-action film
The Rapeman 6
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Jun Kojō
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released March 31, 1995
Live-action film
The Rapeman 7
Directed by Takao Nagaishi
Written by Jun Kojō
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released December 1, 1995
Live-action film
Ōedo Rapeman
Directed by Naoki Uesugi
Written by Tomo Suzuki, Mitsuo Sakai
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released July 26, 1996
Live-action film
Ōedo Rapeman: Join Shokeijin
Directed by Naoki Uesugi
Written by Tomo Suzuki, Mitsuo Sakai
Studio Pink Pineapple
Released November 1, 1996
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The Rapeman (THE レイプマン?) is a black comedy/satirical Japanese manga series for adults. It was credited as being supposedly created and written by Keiko Aisaki (愛崎 けいこ Aisaki Keiko?), and illustrated by Shintaro Miyawaki (みやわき 心太郎 Miyawaki Shintarō?), and ran from 1985–92. In reality, there was no Keiko Aisaki and the manga artist Miyawaki created this fictional co-author in order to lessen criticism of his work. The comic was made to appeal to middle aged Japanese men and was discontinued after 13 volumes.

Pink Pineapple produced nine Rapeman live action feature films (including six sequels and two spin-off films), released between 1993–1996. The first seven were directed by Takao Nagaishi and the final two were directed by Naoki Uesugi. In their Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films, the Weissers write that series director, Takao Nagaishi, took "a patently offensive premise and twisted it into a wickedly funny black-comedy for adults... His camerawork is slick, and the music is hypnotic. Plus he has co-authored clever scripts with surprisingly intricate plotlines. And, most importantly, Nagaishi has taken the time to develop a group of characters who are actually very likable."[1]

A two-episode OVA was released in 1994, chronicling his exploits in the first volume of the manga. The Rapeman's garb is different in the anime version, as he is dressed in quasi-ninja gear.

Plot[edit]

The live action series

The main character, Keisuke Uwasaki (岩崎 圭介 Uwasaki Keisuke), is a handsome and very muscular high school teacher by day and dispenses a surreal brand of "justice" at night as the Rapeman under the business "Rapeman Services", which is co-run with his uncle, a former surgeon. The business' motto is: "Righting wrongs through penetration."[2] Clients call on the Rapeman to handle cases such as the revenge of a jilted lover, forming parental bonds through a traumatic crisis, making disruptive co-workers more docile and other things of that nature. When engaged in his night trade, the Rapeman wears a black leather ski mask shaped like the head of a penis, but no trousers or underwear. In the middle of a rape, if the woman becomes unresponsive or expresses enjoyment, he uses special techniques such as "M69 Screwdriver" or "Infinite Loop" to apply more pain to the victim. Despite regretting some of the contracts he fulfills, he always does the job.

Impact[edit]

The comic was mentioned by name in articles published in foreign publications in an attempt to delve into Japan's sex culture in the wake of the Waseda University Super Free "rape club" scandal.[3] A band called Rapeman credits the comic for the name the band chose. Frontman Steve Albini and drummer Rey Washam admitted their obsession with the character and that obsession carrying over to naming the band.[4]

On 4 October 1999, almost 3 years after the final release in the franchise, a fictional 14th issue of the comic was featured in episode 3 "...Or Just Look Like One" of the crime drama TV series Law and Order: SVU. It was used by the prosecutor (who called upon detective Monique Jeffries as a witness) as a piece of evidence used against a young man accused of rape, whose father was also being charged as an accessory for bringing the comic into the house. The Rapeman is described as a high school student that turns into the alter-ego at night to take revenge on the girls at school that wronged him, rather than the adult "gun for hire" that Keisuke is.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 341–342. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  2. ^ Manchester Confidential: Manga-Chester
  3. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Top Japanese university battles rape allegations
  4. ^ Interview with Steve Albini (1994-05-06). "Steve discusses the naming of Big Black and Rapeman". Action Park, quoting Rock Names by Adam Dolgins. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  5. ^ Law And Order: SVU – "Or Just Look Like One" episode recap

External links[edit]


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The Quietus
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 08:38:54 -0700

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Boing Boing
Tue, 13 May 2014 05:31:10 -0700

The band name actually referenced the bizarre existence of the “The Rapeman,” a Japanese black comedy superhero manga. The band name led to the understandable, but ridiculous misconception that Albini was a misogynist. In time, I knew him as a fellow ...
 
Anime News Network
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:32:58 -0700

1985 saw the first appearance one of the most infamous manga of all, a manga that, like Toshio Maeda 's tentacle horror, is way more iconic than it should be: The Rapeman, about a superhero-for-hire whose “power” is to throw a mask over his face and ...
 
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Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:39:32 -0700

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Escapist Magazine
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 05:42:44 -0800

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ABC Online
Mon, 31 May 2004 18:21:34 -0700

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