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A Midsummer Night’s Lewd Dream (Japanese: 真夏の夜の淫夢, Manatsu No Yo No Inmu) is a Japanese gay porn video released by COAT CORPORATION in 2001. The video rose to attention among many unhappy internet users due to an affair surrounding a Japanese baseball player in 2002, and has been one of the most popular subjects of online mockeries on the Japanese websites 2Channel and Nico Nico Douga (NND).
Despite its longer history than that of similar gay memes, such as Yaranaika? and Billy Herrington/Wrestling Series, this online phenomena has been received negatively due to the wide spread of ridicule by viewers, who often criticize the actors’ performances.
This video “Babylon Stage34 真夏の夜の淫夢 〜the IMP〜” includes 4 episodes, and the most popular episode is the first one.
Three young athletes, Miura, Nakata and no-name, cause a car accident by rear-ending a car carrying a Yakuza (a Japanese mobster) named Tanioka. Nakata, driving the car, has his drivers license taken away, and the three young men are taken to Tanioka’s office. To get back it from him, Miura is coerced into sadistic homosexual sex used as atonement by Tanioka. They later go on the offensive, when Nakata steals a gun from Tanioka. Miura rapes Tanioka aggressively, and, after finishing, Nakata kills Tanioka by shooting him in the anus.
The film is characterized by low quality acting and cinematography.
Soon after this video was released, some viewers claimed Miura in this video resembled a famous college baseball player at that time. However, this rumor wasn’t spread widely until a gossip paper also reported it in 2001.
This topic finally made the headlines in the middle of 2002. Many Japanese gossip magazines and papers began reporting that a man who closely resembled a candidate of that year’s professional baseball draft appeared in a gay porn video with younger players on the same team. Though the reports kept his name a secret, they did so in vain, as it was commonly known who the man being referred to was. The manager of the baseball team at the university where he had gone made a statement saying that there were players on his team who had been in the video. As a result of this, he was unable to hear any offers from other Japanese professional baseball teams, out of fear of scandal.
The baseball player, Kazuhito Tadano, went to the US and managed to continue his career by passing a tryout for Cleveland Indians. In January 2004, he left the comment about the incident to American media for the first time, saying “It was a one-time incident… I’m not gay.”
This video itself went out of print. Several episodes were compiled to DVD in later years, minus the first episode.
2Channel users reacted to this incident in by sharing the footage and thoroughly doxing the actor’s personal information. Their research brought the video to many Japanese internet user’s attention and surfaced another video starring Tadano and his teammates. This caused people to doubt his statement saying he was straight.
At the same time, they were much affected to poor actings, cheesy one-liners and nonsensical storylines in the video and other homosexual videos found through their activities. Many of them became jargon terms/inside jokes among some heartless 2Channel users and many dirty Shift-JIS Arts for them were made. Those began being used in threads for reports about Tadano in MLB in /mnewsplus/ (Entertainment & Sports News) board in 2Channel since he advanced to the major in 2004 and were spreaded to other threads gradually by trolls.
As of 2012, they are still continuing their relentless research like a stalking over a decade.
On Nico Nico Douga
Since after NND was launched in 2007, many of their collection have been uploaded to there, and some of them have been reused in MAD videos. Many characters has their own entry in Nico Nico Pedia. And The threads for their activiy on NND have been also launched in /streaming/ (video sharing service) board in 2Channel.
However, different from wrestling series videos, those videos can’t get a much favour among many of NND users because those are explicit and humourless. On the other hand, those videos are sometimes uploaded to YouTube, but soon removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.
In addition, the supporters are called Inmuchu (淫夢厨, lit. Inmufag) in NND and are hated among many users because they often troll video comments by their dirty jokes. However, the influence of Inmuchu cannot be disregarded on the Japanese web because not a few memes have been spread by them.
Characters & Quotes
correlation chart for Inmu Families
In the track of media reports for the incident that never reported actor’s real name, supporters usually call actors in this video series not by their real name, but by their acronyms. (eg. Tadano: TDN, Tanioka: TNOK, Daibou: DB).
The main character of this online phenomena. Many his quotes became catchphrases. In particular, his breathing voices in this video “Ah!” (アッー!) and “Holly Pleasant!” (ンギモッヂイイ！) are representative phrases for whole of the Japanese gay porn videos.
The man playing Nakata and TDN’s junior in the college baseball team. In addition to his ridiculous acting in the video, he is popular among supporters because of his career in real life after graduating the college. They found that he got a job as a salesman in a major company and had an interview in the company’s official website. Of course, they kept mum about his performing in the gay porn video, but the title of his interview was “Sell Myself” (自分を売る). That gave big surprise to them, and now it is considered as the mot juste explaining the nature of himself.
In addition, he has various kind of his dirty Shift-JIS arts combining him and penis. Those are called Penis DB (亀頭DB, Kitou DB or Kitou Daivoh) and popular among trolls. There is a wiki page specializing for collecting those Shift-JIS arts.
Different from TDN and DB, TNOK is a professional gay porn actor. He is popular for his handsome figure and many misheard phrases coming from his bad pronounciations. His one-liners “What a dirty ass” (きたねぇケツだなぁ) and “Haven’t you played with here? Relax your ass, dude.” (ここは初めてか? 力抜けよ) are modified in various ways and being used in online forums and video comments.
The Beastly Senior or YJSNPI
The Beastly Senior (野獣先輩, Yajuu Senpai), sometimes called his acronym YJSNPI or the name of his role Tadokoro, is literally a beast who plots a drugging-rape of a junior in a swimming club who is straight, and invite him to his room. He comes from the 4th episode in the video which was shared on the web for the first time in 2008. He appears on several gay pron videos and his leering and intense gaze to a junior and high piercing breathing voices are popular resource for MAD videos.
MUR is an acronym of the man named Miura, but it’s not screen name of TDN. This MUR appears on Yajuu’s another video as his senior.
His famous remark on the coattails of others arguments “Yes, Indeed.” (そうだよ, Soudayo) is one of most the popular catch phrases among Inmufags.
Pinky (ピンキー) is the only female porno actress, who appeared in COAT CORPORATION’s productions. Mostly notable from the woman is her smile.
KBS Trio (KBSトリオ) is the name given to the group, which they appeared in Babylon 30 Our Revenge. KBS is an acronym standing for “Money, Violence, SEX!” (金！暴力！SEX！ Kane! Bouryoku! SEX!).
GO is the nickname given to the character, who appeared in Babylon 28 Scout. Taken from his nickname, a phrase “GO is GOD” (GOは神 GO wa kami) has been created.
The Manager of the College Baseball Team
He himself isn’t a subject of mockery. “What a … surprise.” (なんだこれは…。たまげたなあ。), his too honest remark that he answered to interviews while watching the video, is one of the clichés among supporters.
See also: Night of Knights (Left) / Sky High (Right)
See also: Kirby’s Gourmet Race (Left) / RED ZONE (Right)
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