It is a common practice to divide a writing into three parts and call it a trilogy. That was why having only written two posts on introduction to corruption gave me this urge to pick up my stylus and write down this third and last piece. While that was an easy decision to make, laying out the exact details of what to write was surprisingly hard because I was faced with a dilemma. On one hand, I wanted to make this last part as conclusive as possible, but on the other hand there were still so many things that I wanted to discuss. In the end though, I decided to go with the former since I realized that I can always write more about corruption under another title (intermediate corruption course… maybe(｀・ω・´)” ).
Back to the Basic
Since it has been a while, let’s do a quick review before starting this new material. I wonder how many of you still remember the definition and classification of akuochi(悪堕ち) that I gave in the first part of this corruption series. In case you have forgotten which you most likely have, I loosely defined akuochi(悪堕ち) as a condition where a heroine betrays her friends and switches to enemy’s side. I also broke it down into sexual training(調教), brainwashing(洗脳),possession(憑依), parasitism(寄生) and body part remodelling(改造) in an attempt to categorize corruption depending on the method used.
All those that I have presented so far are partly materials that I managed to find on the internet and partly something that I came up with based on my experience. Regardless of the common misconception that there are many corruption games, this is a very minor fetish, which means related information is hard to get hold of even in this new media age as it is scarce and scattered. Although I managed to find a few sources, they were incomplete and I had to do some processing before arriving at the patchwork that I presented as my Introduction to Corruption(part1).
It is however a little different this time around thank to heran123 who uploaded a doujin magazine titled akuochi no kibou(悪堕ちのキボウ) on Sad Panda. This doujin were written and published by a circle called akuochi kenkyuu kikou(悪堕研究機構) which literally means corruption research organization. As suggested by its self-explanatory name, works made by this circle focus solely on corruption, starting from short stories to an impressively systematic categorization diagram. For this first part of the post, I will be using some of those materials.
The Definition of Corruption
It is always a good idea to start a writing like this with an unambiguous definition of the main theme and that is exactly what the author of this doujin did. His interpretation of what is a corruption shares many similarities with my own, except that he took it one step further by generalizing his definition into two following statements:
- There is a clearly defined notion of evil
- There exist a character that changes from non-evil to evil stance
The first statement requires a story to label precisely which factions is the evil, or otherwise the change of heart from one side to another is simply a betrayal and/or cheating, but not a corruption. The second part simply states that a shift in a character alignment from either good or neutral towards evil has to exist for a situation to be described as a corruption
The Eight Categories of Corruption
Although they were not thoroughly discussed in this book, the author introduced eight different types of corruption, which he presented in the diagram as shown below.
Naturally, the first thing that I did when I saw this was to compare it against the corruption classification that I had written back in March 2013. Despite of many parallels between mine and his, this corruption researcher has once again shown his superiority on the topic through a more logically organized but simple categorization. However, while it looks obvious and straightforward to me, some of you, especially the newcomers may find this chart a little confusing. For this reason, I decided that it will probably be appropriate to go through this tree diagram in detail.
Located at the root is corruption(悪堕ち in the most general sense and it is divided into two branches: the active(能動的) subtree and the passive(受動的) subtree. The point which can possibly be misunderstood is that, the active and passive in this case refer to the character who will be corrupted, and not the character who will be corrupting. This may seems like a very strange approach at first, especially to veterans who are used to the settings where process of corrupting has to be done forcefully, the idea of a heroine actively getting herself corrupted may not be so intuitive. Nevertheless, we have to remember that although akuochi(悪堕ち) is often being emphasized in erotic materials, the definition stated in the previous section never imposes any medium limitation. As long as the two given conditions are fulfilled, we can say a corruption has taken place, even in all-ages manga and/or anime.
Down the first subtree is another split that separates active(能動的) corruption into either the inborn(先天的) or the acquired(後天的) groups. The former covers corruptions encouraged by innate cause and the latter encompassed everything else. A half-demon characters who succumbs to his demonic impulse and turns evil is a common example of inborn corruption. On the other hand, a character who obtains an item or skill that slowly corrupt him with every usage precisely illustrates the case of acquired corruption.
Traversing down the other branch of corruption(悪堕ち) or the passive(受動的) subtree, we will find several familiar corruption groups which I had touched upon in my previous corruption post. For this reason, I will leave out the explanations for those as not to waste your time rereading them, save for the two groups not in my original post: Conformity(同調) and Assimilation(同化) .
Spatially Indirect Control or Conformity(同調) is a corruption that takes place simply by existing in the same space as target, usually by the mean of demonic wave or pheromone. Another way of looking at conformity is as in a relationship between a master and a servant, where if the master got corrupted, so will be the servant.
Assimilation(同化) is very similar to Possession(憑依) but they are different mainly in whether or not some parts of the original identity are left intact. In the case of Possession(憑依), the personality of whoever or whatever hijacks the body will usually replace the original, making the victim completely a different entity except for the body. On the contrary, Assimilation(同化) as the word suggested, causes the original to forcefully absorb another existence who induces changes in personality. If you are still having difficulty understanding the concept of assimilation, there is a very good example in MAIKA newest game, Shinken Sentai Blade Ranger.
Corruption Game Recommendation
I hope all those boring theories from previous section had not drive you asleep, because I know that although the concept of corruption is general, most of us only care about its ero application. Do not be worry however, for this part of the post will focus mainly on my reply to the surprisingly many recommendation requests that I have gotten since my first introduction post.
Now, please don’t go around looking for this game just yet, as it is most likely has not been uploaded at the time you are reading this post. VenusBlood -Hypno- is scheduled to be released on the twenty eighth of November, so you can expect to find it on AS around the beginning of December. The problem is that many of you may become doubtful as to why would I recommend something that I haven’t played myself, but let me assure you that I have a solid justification for it.
My first and very main reason for choosing this game is because it shoulders the VenusBlood brand, which has an excellent track record. On top of that, dualtail promises improvements such as increase of game screen resolution to 1280×720 high definition and increase of contents to almost twice as much as its predecessors. Finally but equally important is the fact this game is new, or at least when I am writing this post.
Being a new game is important, especially for those people who have never but want to experience a corruption game. I have stated this before, but let me reiterate in order to drive in my point: corruption is a minor fetish and corruption eroge is uncommon. It is not all too strange to have only one proper corruption game within a three or four months period. As a result, I often find that the torrent seeds, or even the direct download links for games that I recommend are no longer active, which is very discouraging for newcomers.
Of course, this being an installment of VenusBlood series, will require players to put in some efforts as it involves some SLG elements. However, just like how weekends feel much better after five days of hard works, so will the fulfilment from corrupting heroines that you conquer yourselves. Naturally, there will be some who disagree and if you are one of those people, you can always choose to play in easy move where there will be an instant win button.
TS Mahou Shoujo Nao
At a glance TS mahou shoujo Nao may not look exceptional, especially because this is a doujin game and an incomplete one too. Nonetheless, being a doujin have its own advantages against normal corporate made eroges, such as flexibility to focus only on one specific and minor fetish. Created by people who are highly passionate about the topic and understand accurately the allure of corruption, definitely have a big impact on the quality of this game. In all, despite of having played many worthy corruption game, TS mahou shoujo Nao will always remain a special game in my heart.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, said a proverb. Although the ‘fishes’ from the previous section will easily last you more than a day, the time will come when you will need to find more on your own. In this section, I will be sharing my sources or ‘fishing spots’ for all kind of corruption materials, starting from games, manga, doujin and illustrations.
Anime-Sharing: Corruption Games Thread
A big thank to deathranger for taking the initiative to start a corruption game thread<link> on Anime-Sharing, which you can find under the Fetish Corner. There are many veterans in that thread who have known corruption game for much longer than me, and I believe they will be more than happy to advise you with a few of their favorite titles. Anyhow, as long as you keep it polite, getting a recommendation for your next game shouldn’t be too hard, though the same can not be said about obtaining the actual game. You can try looking for the torrents and DDLs on the same website, but keep your finger crossed that they are still alive.
Exhentai: Learning the tags
Exhentai, aka the Sad Panda, is my go-to website when looking for corruption manga and doujin. This website is so complete that if you don’t find what you are looking for in here, you probably will not find it anywhere else. The main trick is to recognise tags that will give you the desired search result, and here are some of my favorite tags: corruption, netorare, mind control, possession, and drug.
Pixiv: Illustration + Short Stories
Composing a doujin is a hard work, even if it is only ten pages long. Consequently, many artists prefer to draw nothing more than a few pages of illustrations, usually accompanied by short stories which either come separately or sprinkled onto the images themselves. Since they are too short to be considered doujinshi or manga, most of them are overlooked by Exhentai uploaders. This leaves us with only one sources from which we can find these story illustrations and it is the artist’s pixiv account. Obviously, you will need to register yourself a pixiv account and know which artists to follow for this. Myanie(宮兄), Satou Kuuki(左藤空気), and Miyashiro(宮代) are a few names that you may want to check out.
Do I need to explain what this is?…..yes, this is an attempt to introduce the theme of corruption into Adult Videos. I use the word attempt here because to be honestly speaking, it didn’t work out well for me. I will not deny the fact that I have a resistance toward 3D porn in general, but it was the horrible acting that really put me off. Nevertheless, I will still put this section here just for the record and in case someone is interested in this.
You probably have heard of two ancient philosophies of mencius and xunzi that try to describe human nature as either inherently good or evil respectively. While I have met many sincere people, who will not be hesitant to extend their hands during my time of need, growing up in this developing part of the world has exposed me to even more ugly facets of humanity. Therefore, I am more inclined towards Xunzi’s theory of total depravity, and for this reason, a corrupted heroine looks beautiful for they are ironically the purest form of a human being. On the other hand, I find a naive and innocent heroine repulsive as they feel very inhuman and unrealistic.
Wew, this is longer than what I expected, in fact this is probably my longest post to date. Even so, I hope everyone enjoys reading this and please look forward to my next post.