Warning! What follows should not be viewed by the easily offended.
I am hoping to do a true Superhero from a Marvel 1950s comic, but I don’t own the figure yet that I need to convert to make my heroine. And whilst I was trawling the webstore of the company for said figure a memory of a bit of Japanese craziness popped up. Oh dear…
I first heard of the dvd going by this name – Actually, I can’t remember, but I watched the youtube preview for the movie and it was totally bonkers crazy. Which appealed to my sense of humour and helped to keep the character in my mind.
It turns out the 2013 film ‘HK: Hentai Kamen – Forbidden Superhero’, and it’s 2016 sequel ‘Hentai Kamen: Abnormal Crisis’, are based on a Japanese Manga comic series that ran from September 1992 to September 1993. This Manga comic being titled, Kyūkyoku!! Hentai Kamen (究極!!変態仮面?, lit. “Ultimate!! Pervert Mask”).
LINK to the Wiki for the comic:
LINK to the Wiki for the first film:
Wikipedia sums up the 2013 film’s plot as so: “An introverted high school student with a crush on one of his classmates is granted superpowers whenever he wears female underpants on his head.”
It is probable that the film (and Manga) was driven towards a male audience. And its probably best not to discuss the market trends in female underwear that there is in Japan. Least to say that having a superhero who acquires a young woman’s underwear is seen as acceptable.
Wikipedia describes the plot for the 1990s Manga comic as this: “Kyōsuke Shikijō is a high school student skilled in kenpō [Japanese Kung Fu variant], but incompetent with girls to the point that his interaction with them gets him into painful situations. One day he saves a girl named Aiko Himeno from bullies and is immediately smitten with her. When she is taken hostage by a group of criminals during a bank robbery, Kyōsuke is forced to take a disguise to save her without being recognized by the crooks after an earlier incident where he reveals himself on a megaphone. When he accidentally puts a pair of panties over his head instead of a normal mask he undergoes a transformation: due to the perverted genetics of his mother (an S&M worker), he is able to awaken the full potential of his body. Running out wearing nothing but the panties on his head and underpants covering his loins, Kyōsuke, now christening his masked self Hentai Kamen, uses his power and perversion to defeat the criminals and save Aiko.”
Now the main character in both the films and the comic is male. However, I don’t own a nude male figure that I could convert to make such a Hentai Kamen miniature, but I did spot on Google Images that there has been a cartoon made where Hentai Kamen was female. And I own a miniature, going spare, that I could convert to make a figure. [It should also be mentioned that there is quite the number of female Cosplayers who don Hentai Kamen costumes, so if they feel that this superhero goes beyond the labelling of gender I’m not going to argue]
So, my first offering to the Forgotten Heroes is my take on a female Hentai Kamen (in traditional costume, not the, seemingly, female varient). The stock figure used for the conversion was a Unfeasibly Miniatures 28mm slave girl from their Exotic Adventures range (unsurprisingly sold through Col. Bills and hence why I have one). The figure does come as part of a trio of figures, the two male sculpts being 28mm tall whereas this female is closer to 25mm in height. The modelling putty I used to sculpt the conversion was Green Stuff, bought via Games Workshop.
I’m happy with the sculpting on the figure, but I intend to do a little more work on the base. Hopefully next time you’ll all see this Hentai Kamen she’ll be completed!
Footnote: Now I have to be honest, I haven’t seen either of the films, nor read the original comics. I do intend to watch the film dvds, however.