Kappei YamaguchiEmi ShinoharaKouji TsujitaniYuri Amano
Nessa no Wakusei
Also known as: Bondage Queen Kate
Medium: OVA, series
Year: 1994
Director: Takashi Asami
Writer: Yuji Kishino
Actor: Emi Shinohara, Ikuya Sawaki, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Kouji Tsujitani, Shigeru Nakahara, Shinya Ohtaki, Yuri Amano
Keywords: anime, hentai, boobs, SF, rubbish
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: Two 45-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9
Website category: Anime 1990s
Review date: 26 April 2024
Nessa no Wakusei
Don't even consider watching this. Hentai fans would call it timid and vanilla, but it's a crime against sentience.
Our heroine, Kate Curtis, is an undercover cop on a mission to the desert planet of Dune... no, sorry, Doune. Women are disappearing! Kate was chosen for this job because she was thought to fit the victims' profile: (a) pretty, (b) buxom, (c) a bimbo. She's unimpressed by that last one.
This isn't hard SF. Doune has sand worms and "moles", which the locals hunt for fun and/or money, but it's mostly an undercover cop drama. You could remake it as a real-world drama in the Middle East without changing much. The baddies are an organisation (Ulfan) that kidnaps women for slaves, prostitutes or "pets". We see their "training room" of naked women getting whipped and sexually assaulted. Kate will dutifully get abducted by a man called Brick for whom this is his daily routine. He's kidnapped any number of women and then "trained" them up as slaves. "Rapist" is in his job description and his wife, Cathy, is a trainer too. (She doesn't mind him keeping "pets" for sexual use.) These gangsters use rocket launchers to kill Kate's police escort, kidnap her from the airport and give her slave conditioning.
The most unbelievable thing, though, is that Kate's undercover outfit include a bag saying "RAPE ME" in big letters. The Federal Space Army Security Police chose that and gave it to her. I hated the show from that (very early) point onwards.
Fundamentally, this show's wrongness is because of its extreme portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome. In fairness, that's a thing. The FBI think there are signs of it in eight per cent of kidnapping victims, but surely it doesn't usually happen this quickly or in a way that looks this stupid. Kate's abducted, drugged and raped... but then she's pleased when her rapist says that black underwear suits her. She visits their training room. She meets one of Brick's current "pets" (i.e. a naked sex slave) and instantly gets competitive with "If you train me well, I can do a lot better than her." Pets take their role seriously. They get jealous. In Brick's bedroom, Kate bounces around comedically because "a pet shouldn't be in its master's bed." She's startled to meet his wife and unhappy to see them kiss.
I'm reminded of Fencer of Minerva and the Gor novels. Yup, it's another story where Women Want To Be Slaves.
Eventually, the cops launch a full military assault with tanks, helicopters and rocket launchers. Ulfan's base gets trashed and the gangsters flee. Cathy flees with Kate and catches a magical bullet from nowhere... whereupon Kate refuses to abandon Cathy. (Cathy had sexually assaulted her too, incidentally. I wonder if this hentai thinks that made Kate more fond of her?) Also, having fallen in love with Brick, our undercover police officer heroine seems to cast her allegiances with Ulfan itself. After being rescued by her employers, she keeps hoping Brick returns for her. "Brick, I know we'll see each other again."
Don't miss the post-credits sequence. Kate's posted to an arctic planet and steps off the plane to find the Ulfan sex slave ring waiting for her. She smiles and waves. It's a happy ending!
Bizarrely, this story manages to be tame. You could broadcast the first episode on TV if you censored three seconds. Western hentai fans with extreme tastes who'd been attracted by the badly chosen English title were left puzzled. There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it amount of bondage and not really that much sex.
I think we're meant to empathise with Ulfan, not the police. Unbelievable. Yes, Brick's less sinister than one of his Ulfan colleagues (the possessive Jenkins) and defends Kate from him, but I was never going to approve of these people. Brick doesn't even apologise for his crimes, let alone try to atone. There's nothing to suggest that they've changed their ways. Kate is the universe's most stupid sentient being for being glad to see them again, unless she's ordered a nuclear strike from orbit.
KATE (on learning that slaves go under the knife): "No, I don't want plastic surgery!"
BRICK: "Calm down! We won't change the way you look. We're just going to teach you some sex techniques."
KATE: "Is that true? Can I really trust you on that?"