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What would happen if Spiderman and Deadpool had a kid? Hentai Kamen.
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24 Nov 2016 - 4:41 PM  UPDATED 24 Nov 2016 - 4:41 PM

Hentai Kamen 2: Abnormal Crisis (HK2) is not a kid's movie. I know it's based on a manga, but it's not for kids.

The first clue is that the H stands for Hentai. Once more for the people in the nosebleed seats (see what I did there?) this movie is not for kids. The hero is a guy called Kyosuke Shikijo (played by Ryohei Suzuki) who, as we learned in the first Hentai Kamen movie, gets superpowers by wearing previously worn (yes, that detail is important) underwear on his face.

If the actor looks familiar to you, that's because you've probably seen him in the promo shots as the lead guy in next year's live-action adaption of My Love Story.

Hentai Kamen's primary form of incapacitating wrongdoers is to shove their faces into his crotch which emits some kind of electricity (he's basically a really smutty Pikachu crossed with Christian Grey who's not a jerk). So if you find that kind of thing squicky because you feel it makes a mockery of the very real impacts of sexual violence, fair warning, it happens a lot. That might mean that this movie isn't going to make you laugh and may not be for you, which is totally okay.

Comedy around sex is hard …

But HK 2 gets it mostly right because in the quest for the easy laughs, it launches itself into the air and takes aim at people doing the wrong thing, not at people who are perceived to be 'wrong' because of who they are. Also there's just a lot of smutty jokes.

Hentai Kamen is a “pervert for justice!” and he steps up his game when bringing that justice to predators. When someone is subjugating and objectifying someone else, without their permission, Hentai Kamen steps in. And boy....does he step in.

Hentai Kamen is free in the ways many people are not. He's comfortable enough with himself to strike seductive, stereotypically female, poses. He gains his power from his kinks, from the acceptance of liking what he likes. There's never even the hint that he's in need of re-asserting his straightness by hitting on a woman or making a derogatory remark.

In fact, the only time he gets disgusted at an act - or person - is when there's an element of predatory manner. Sure, he'll wear underwear on his face, but he takes issue with guys who lift skirts. He'll tie up a bad guy in a complex BDSM rope knot, but stealing underwear from women? That's not cool.

It's this complete abandonment of normal rules, the subversion of the superhero trope, that makes it so funny. Peter Parker struggles with the whole “with great power comes great responsibility" and Kyosuke Shikijo struggles “with great perversion comes great power." Spiderman swings through the city with spider webs, Hentai Kamen uses bondage ropes in pretty much the same way.

HK will give you your fill of outrageous comedy, both as the loud and proud kinky superhero and as Kyosuke Shikijo, who is trying desperately to repress and embrace his perverted nature. But there's also more subtle humour served up by awkwardly hilarious side characters. The funny isn't just reliant on smut, but on the delivery, tone and chemistry of the actors who all play their parts to make it a gut aching experience.

Hentai Kamen delivers the kind of toilet humour I was expecting in Deadpool (there's still time, Deadpool 2). You can watch it as an intellectual comment on human sexuality and kinks, or as a hilarious romp through a rather bizarre set of circumstances. Or both.

It had me in knots of laughter.

8 whoops out of 10.

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