Oh, My Sweet Shota (Explicit content)

If reading about pedophiles and Boku no Pico, or if seeing pictures of shota/loli upsets or triggers you in any way I advice you to not read this post. This post is not written for anyone under the age of 18. There are less appropriate pictures in it.

“You are nothing but scum. A lowlife pedophile. A disgrace to society. You should just die.”

“Gross. Disgusting. Stay away. Don’t look. Don’t touch.”

“How can you like that?”

They are different, the three paragraphs above. Aimed at three different kind of persons. One person who doesn’t deserve to walk on our streets ever again, one person who should do best to stay inside without a computer and no contact with children and then people like me. Yeah, me. Me and a whole world of men and women who like shota.

What is shota then? A shota is a fictive prepubescent boy in anime and manga. Although you can’t look at age alone, you have to look at the appearance as well. A character can very well be a teenager, or in extreme cases older, but still be a shota. For example Honey in Ouran High School Host Club is a shota even though he is not prepubescent.

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People in general though like to think, and equal, shota with Boku no Pico and nothing else. A young boy getting fucked by a man in his 20s something. That’s what shota is about, right? No, that’s the first kind of man above.

Mokkun belongs in prison because he sexually uses, or rather rapes (= having sex with an underage boy or girl with or without coercion), a boy in his early teens. Well, actually, no one really knows how old Pico is. There is no mention anywhere of how old these boys are, you just have to decide for yourself if Pico is ten or 15, or any other random number. Very convenient and most likely carefully calculated when Katsuhiko Takayama wrote Boku no Pico. That way the anime/hentai appeal to a broader audience. I’m gonna go for early teens because I am pretty sure a ten year old doesn’t produce that amount of sperm Pico does. Correct me if I’m wrong. 

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Mokkun is an asshole, we can all agree on that. He is also a lonely man who searches for love or even just someone to be close too. He’s desperate. He probably has bad self esteem too, being dumped god knows how many times. It feels like he isn’t that guy who has too much luck when it comes to adult relationships and love. We feel sorry for him, we might even relate to him a bit. At least this is the way we are supposed to react to him. Is it strange that he gets infatuated with Pico when he sees “her” naked on a cliff in the ocean? “She” is beautiful in the bright sunshine surrounded by the glittering water. And then again later when “she” happens to work, in a full on maid dress, at “her” grand fathers pub. Who wouldn’t be happy? One should also remember that Pico’s grandfather is the one who hooks the two up when he tells Pico to entertain Mokkun while he is staying at the pub. That in itself is interesting, what grandfather encourages their young grandson to hang around a 20 something year old like that?

It’s clever writing, you have to give it to Takayama. The man who has written for Full Metal Alchemist and Aldnoah.Zero, among other well known anime, knows his stuff. Man falls for cute girl, as the story goes in many regular anime like for example After the Rain, Bunny Drop or perhaps Girl’s Listen To Me, I Am Your FatherThere are a lot of anime where man and girl fall for each other. If we venture into hentai territory, where Boku no Pico actually belong, we find way more examples. 13 year old girls having (sexual) relationships with their fathers, uncles, brothers or just an unknown man in the park. 9 year olds too for that matter. Anyone seen or even heard of Garden?

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I’ve been involved in circles with people who like shota. I don’t deny that I watch shota too. I have already written about Boku no Pico before, here on the blog. I have watched the whole trilogy more than once. One of my favorite boys love movies is Papa to Kiss in the Dark which I classify as a shota and not as a yaoi based on Mira’s looks and history.

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You get to know a lot of things when you talk to people in those circles. There are all kinds of people; gay, straight, married, singles, men, women, old, young, catholics, atheists who enjoy shota in various forms; drawings, videos, manga, fiction and games. While I partook in those forums I learned one important thing; most of the people there weren’t interested in real children; not sexually or otherwise. Strange right? Not really. Just like most fujoshis aren’t interested in real gay couples.

So, Boku no Pico is hated by everybody but is it only for the reason that Mokkun rapes Pico? Here we are again, this is a hentai and should be treated as one. Once more, this time with feeling, girls are getting raped all the time in hentai. Young girls. Why is it that shota is something to be more upset about than loli? And why did Boku no Pico get so much attention while other shota haven’t gotten any attention at all?

Take Enzai – Falsely Accused for example. It’s an excellent example of a shota where the main character is being raped by the older inmates and the personnel in the prison where he has been imprisoned because of false accusations of murder. It is a violent and raw anime with horrible scenes that make you incredible uncomfortable. I was feeling very uneasy for a long while after I had seen it. No one talks about it. I don’t even think anyone knows it exists unless you move around in the boys love and shota world.

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Or, Shounen Maid Kuro-Kun. Kuro is a 13 year old boy who gets sold to a rich man in order to settle his fathers huge debt. He believes that he is there to be a servant but he ends up imprisoned in the basement as a sex slave. It’s a nice little tale no one is outraged about.

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I think you can see where I am going with this; why are people so obsessed with being upset with Boku no Pico? There are of course people who argue that shota, especially the explicit ones, give the pedophiles a tool to groom children and yes, there might be a possibility that it is true. Should we forbid shota then? If you say yes to that then I’ll ask you; should we forbid Donald Duck and Nintendo too? What? you say. Pedophiles uses all sorts of stuff to groom their victims. I should think that shota is a negligible part of that material, seeing as how niche it actually is.

I have only talked about shota from a sexual perspective in this post so far. It is easy to forget that shota doesn’t necessarily have to be sexual at all. Anyone remember Shounen Maid? An anime about a bunch of little boys in 5th grade. One of them living with his uncle, acting as his maid. Hunter x Hunter is really popular too. Not to mention Inazuma Eleven. Most peeps (men and women) in the shota world prefer these boys among others and not Pico and his boys.

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What about me then? What kind of shota do I like? I like cute boys, beautiful boys, cheeky boys. Boys are fun, uncomplicated, uncorrupted. I don’t really like real children. At all actually. But my shota boys is a joy. Just like people find joy in watching cute girls doing cute things I enjoy cute boys doing cute things, cute boys playing football (I love Inazuma Eleven), beautiful boys being corrupted and destroyed and defiled. Wow, dark mind much. Yup, there is something I enjoy. I like to break things. Beautiful things. Animated and drawn boys are beautiful, that’s just a fact. And I am allowed to break them.

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Why do people like things? It’s not true that women like yaoi because they can experience and explore certain types of sex in a safe environment through the ukes position. I’ve heard that argument many times when it comes to shota; it’s a surrogate for having sex with a child. No, it’s not. People have different reasons for liking what they like. It doesn’t mean that they are horrible human beings. Liking shota doesn’t mean that you are a pedophile and it doesn’t mean that you sexually abuse children or would ever do it. Just like enjoying violent games and movies doesn’t mean you will go out and kill a bunch of people on the streets. Or, if you are a huge fan of horror movies, you won’t kidnap people and chop off their arms and legs.

I know liking shota and loli is a sensitive subject and the discussions are at times very heated. I know that this post most likely won’t change someones opinion on the matter but I wanted to write this anyway. It has been on my mind for a while now. I absolutely do not condone sexual abuse and use of children. Pedophiles belong in jail, far away from children.

 

26 thoughts on “Oh, My Sweet Shota (Explicit content)

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the subject. I read a lot of posts everyday on this website by a lot of people, and I usually read them pretty quickly because, you know, ‘only so many hours in a day’ etc etc. but this was one I took my time to read. There’s so many important and valid things said here and all said with such effortless authority and intelligence both intellectually and emotionally. You successfully covered thorny subject matter which often invokes a knee-jerk reaction and did so with precision but also with your own personality. I’ll stop praising you now because I’m starting to sound like a school-teacher grading a student…

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    1. Wow, thank you! I’ve been so nervous about uploading this post actually because I know how upset people can be about it. So it means a lot that you took time to read through it and that you took time and commented in this way. Thank you.

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  2. I guess this is the controversial post right?

    So many people rag on shota and loli because they (me included) find it disgusting, and while Boku no pico is being ragged on the others would be ragged on as well if they had the same popularity.

    I don’t rag on you for liking it since your harming nobody, but I do get the instant repulsion that a lot of other people have towards it. It is weird and extremely niche.

    I’ll never accuse you of being a pedo, and if you couldn’t separate the fakeness of anime from reality then I’d also say that what you fap too is not your biggest problem, though it’s still pretty bad.

    I don’t know, it’s hard to expect acceptance from these people because they don’t really care that much or know anyone who likes it. So their opinion makes sense and it’s pretty far fetched to assume a good response for talking about cartoon children having sex.

    I certainly wouldn’t ban it but it really creeps me out.

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    1. Well, we have had discussions about this before. 😉 That’s just it, Boku no Pico isn’t more popular than any of the other shota among those who like shota and that’s what surprises me. How could Boku no Pico gain such attention when none of the others didn’t? Last year a new shota was released Otokonoko delivery service. There’s another one to whine about; two crossdressing boys who works as escorts. Not one word.

      Shota doesn’t turn me on. I don’t watch it for the sexual thrill. I just find anime/manga boys cute and charming. And, I don’t care if people accept me and my interests either but I do care about respect. People should respect each other. You don’t have to like what I like but please respect that I don’t have the same tastes as you do. Like that. I don’t like loli for example but I don’t judge those who do.

      It’s a complicated subject, as with everything one don’t understand. Thank you for reading and commenting. And yes, this was the post I was talking about on Twitter yesterday. It seems I don’t have to worry too much because it doesn’t show on the reader so people won’t see it. 🙄 At least I can’t see it on my reader.

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      1. It wasn’t on my reader then but it was there today so maybe it’s been fixed.

        I don’t get the complaint that more people aren’t complaining about the new shota shows when it’s just pico. Somehow pico got out of that community and was popularised somehow. I’m not complaining about people not complaining because everyone who wants to see it will know to look for it anyway.

        If you just think Shota are cute then I don’t think that’s weird. They are designed to be appealing and cute anyway just not anything more than that.

        Sure don’t judge other people for their tastes. I don’t mind other people making fun of it though that much because I can get where their coming from. It does show a lack of tolerance though,

        I just don’t think you should bring it up really because it’s something to be expected to be made fun of for. I’m not saying that’s good just that it’s expected.

        These guys literally don’t care at all and never think about it until it’s brought up. So I can basically tune out of comments like this because I can live with it.

        It’s true that we should accept each other, but people can make fun of you for it as well, it’s well within their rights of free speech.

        I think I remember that discussion. I think it was about the difference between calling it shota porn and animated child porn.

        Sorry for the long comment I’m just airing my thoughts out because I get where you’re coming from but also think it’s pretty strange to expect acceptance for watching animated child porn. It would have also helped your argument more if you said you only found shota cute, I just think it would have given you a more neutral perspective.

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      2. I didn’t upload it until today so it’s good that it shows. Then there’s something wrong with my reader not showing posts.

        I’m not complaining at all, I am more pondering about the fact that people are so hung up on only one hentai of many. As I see it people can complain about the genre as a whole but this whole Boku no Pico thing has grown to such proportion it is ridiculous.

        I’m not sure what argument it is you mean I am making. And neutral perspective to what?

        I don’t think it is okey to make fun of anyone for what they like actually. Why would it be? And I hate to say this to you buy making fun of people is not protected by free speech. Just because we have free speech doesn’t mean you can act like a total ass and say whatever you want in whatever way you like.

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      3. Sure complaining about boku no pico has gone pretty far. I think the reason people aren’t complaining about other things is that they’re not popular, and I don’t think they should be popular.

        A neutral perspective on shota porn being ok. It sounded like you watched it and wanted to defend yourself instead of defending shota watchers.

        I mean it’s ok to make fun of people in terms of it not being illegal. It’s ok legally but not nice personally. Making fun of people is absolutely protected by free speech and I’m embarrassed for you that you think it’s not. As long as it isn’t harassment or inciting violence it’s legally fine, making fun of someone doesn’t nearly reach this level. You can act like an ass to a certain extent, nobody can ever be arrested for calling someone an idiot or calling someone creepy because they thing their porn is weird.

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      4. I don’t think we are gonna get anywhere if we keep this conversation up. Thank you for reading and commenting so far though. And please, don’t feel embarrassed for my sake, I know what freedom of speech means and what it covers so I am fine. Have a nice night.

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  3. This was an incredibly interesting post on a very controversial subject. Well done, I think you covered it with quite a bit of finesse. I don’t usually take time to read a post, instead just skimming it, but this I had to give my full attention.

    While I’m not into shota, I do consider myself a lolicon, and (obviously) a lot of the points you made here also apply to that. I find the mindset of being weirded out by that strange. There’s a difference between a drawing of a little girl or boy in sexual activities and footage of a real one in the same situation. One of the two has no victim, it doesn’t hurt anyone, while the other is a disgusting thing that only the sickest of people would produce. Because of that, I’m not sure how someone can see the victimless drawing as a bad thing (how can a drawing be immoral?).

    Anyway, sorry for the long comment, but I just thought that this was an incredibly interesting post filled with thoughtful and insightful ideas, good job.

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    1. Thank you! I don’t mind your long comment, I am glad you did comment and shared. I agree with you in all you wrote. It is to me very strange how one can’t see a difference between something made up and something real. A drawing is just a pen on a paper from someones imagination.

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  4. I can see why you were hesitating but I’m so very glad you decided to post this after all.
    These are tricky subjects, we get instant emotional reactions that aren’t particularly rational. I myself have way too many mized feelings to properly discuss shota and the culture around it but I’m happy and impressed you did!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you commented, it means a lot. I understand that you don’t want to discuss it and I fully respect it. I am just happy you took time to read it and respond. Thank you once again.

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      1. Oh it’s not that I don’t want to it’s more that I don’t know how to. Everytime I start I end up in a circular argument with myself. Which is why I’m happy we have better essayists than me on wordpress.

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      2. I can relate. Totally. I am not the best one at arguing for a cause because I am like you. This subject though is something I have thought about for a long time. Since it is such a sensitive topic and it is so personal and maybe a bit shameful too I have had to scrutinize myself really well on where I stand and what I think and why.

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  5. This is very controversial and i think that its great that you posted this. I myself, have nothing against people who like lolis or shotas (I think lolis are cute myself but I dont about them in a sexual way too much).

    I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and you also can’t help what you are atttracted to so there.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. It means a lot. I was a bit nervous whether or not I should upload this at all but the support I’ve gotten shows me that I made the right decision. ❤

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  6. I really appreciate you writing about this because I’m one o those people who usually complain, roll eye at etc to people who talk about shota/loli characters. I’ve always been lead to believe that shota was strictly somewhere in the yaoi/BL/Shonen Ai catagory but looking back more or less ‘Whistle!’ (one of my all time favorite coming of age soccer stories) is on the cusp of being partly Shota. Mostly because the age breakdown between characters is early to late high school at the beginning with the cast by the end of the series all consenting adults.

    When in doubt; it’s not for me. I don’t ‘get’ people who like it, but it’s not hurting anyone (as far as I know). I’ll take my 5 steps back and just agree to disagree when it comes to this topic. Thanks for writing about this!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. It means a lot. I fully respect how you look at it. It’s interesting that you have connected it to Boys love. Straight shota is a huge part of shota too but that is rarely spoken of. I would explain gay only connection to shota with Boku no Pico. Because that’s what most people know is shota. That is one reason I wanted to write this post, to show that shota isn’t only Pico.

      And I agree that it’s okey to disagree. Sometimes that’s just how it is. I’m glad you commented and told me. I appreciate it. Respect.

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      1. I guess straight shota is more or less how a lot of people consider Shonen series rather then Shota? Or maybe a type of framing/how you came into contact with the word. We could probably go on for hours about those thoughts lol. I do agree that at least lately the poster child for Shota has been Boku no Pico. I’m really glad you were glad to flesh out the idea of shota more because that relationship to BnP really seems to be driving shota and shota fans out of certain fandoms, which is never cool.

        Appreicate you commenting back to me too! Nothing but respect!

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  7. Jesus Christ. And I thought I was controversial!

    First I’d like to praise your bravery here because this is an incredibly sensitive subject that has a tendency to upset quite a lot of people. But you managed to not only discuss it, but you did so in a very mature way with some very well articulated points and have clearly researched the topic a great deal.

    I’ve always been the kind of person who believes that the fictional media you’re into doesnt define who you aren’t as a person. Just because I’m into a show like Magical Girl Site, that doesn’t mean I want to see little girls get brutally murdered or that I think it’s okay to abuse or bully people. The same logic applies to things like Loli and Shota.

    Loli and Shota are an aesthetic and an attraction towards it is likely an aesthetic attraction in the majority of cases. I’m sure there’s plenty of genuine, real world paedophiles that consume it as well, but the majority of people who do just like the aesthetic and it harms no one. It’s a fetish. It’s fictional. And as long as it stays fictional I don’t have a problem with it really. The same applies to things like Netorare. I’m sure most people into Netorare don’t actually want to watch their beloved partner have intercourse with another person. It’s just a fantasy.

    A lot of people would argue that this kind of media serves as a gateway to doing these acts in the real world, but I don’t think that’s the case. That’s like saying violently video games turn people into psychopaths or that horrorcore rap music influences people to go on an axe crazy murder spree. Just… No.

    Paedophiles should get help and pay for their crimes because they harm real children. People who are into Shota or Loli? They can do what they want. It harms nobody so long as it remains separated from reality.

    Excellent post. Once again, I congratulate your boldness here.

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    1. Thank you for reading and thank you for your comment. I hesitated before I uploaded this post because I know how triggering the subject is but I felt that I needed to say it. I have thought long about it, ransacked myself as to why I like shota, how I feel about it and what others think and how they look at me if they know. There is a lot of shame involved unfortunately in liking shota and loli and I don’t want it to be like that. As you say, it’s fiction and an aesthetic and has little to do with me as a person. But it’s hard for people to understand when it comes to subjects like this. Also, like with Magical Girls Site, which I also like, people don’t understand how one can like the brutality. I have a hard time understanding why it is so hard to understand that everyone like different things. It’s just fiction.

      I really appreciate your insightful comment. Thank you once again. I am so happy for the support I have gotten on this post. I lost some followers in the process but I suppose it was expected but comments like yours make me happy I did post anyway.

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  8. Great post! I can see how this one was hard to write. Some anime is harder for me to watch since I tend to come to it with teacher eyes. Saying that I didn’t make it very far… maybe 1 minutes into to Pico.
    But I can respect that people watch things for different reason and I love that you had a point of view about it that I have never heard before and it really helped me see things in another way.
    Also I’m working up a post in how I myself am a bit hypocritical since there are some relationships that I balk at but some of my favorite shows clearly have an adult male with a high school female. I never stopped to think why one to me is a romance but the other puts me off.
    It is interesting to see like you said how we can judge one show but there are others that are the same or maybe worse and once again we can’t judge why people watch since it is for them.
    Once again great post and I’m glad you were brave and posted it!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. It means a lot! Gonna share a secret… I actually once studied to become a teacher. I never finished though because of my bipolar but that’s a whole other story. I have also worked a lot with kids in the ages between 6 and 13 and this is why I know there is no connection between shota and real children. I don’t have a problem separating the two. I don’t see how it can be so hard to see a difference between a drawn figure and a real person. It’s all aesthetics to me. I could never feel any lust towards a child, as many would believe when they hear about my interest in shota. This makes me wonder how people really look at animated characters. Do they see real people in them? Is my mind strange in some way? I mean, I don’t even see nationalities in anime, I only see drawn individuals with different treats. Idk, maybe my mind does work in mysterious ways.

      I can see how you as a teacher can connect it to your work though. I did in the beginning too. Although, I have always been fascinated by the age gap relationships and I like the idea of a high school/teacher relationship (most likely because I had a serious crush on my teacher when I was like 14). It has to be done right though and I have a harder time with it being done girl/man than boy/man for some reason. It is interesting what you deem ok and not. Sometimes I don’t think you can actually answer the question, you just feel comfortable with the answer. If that makes sense. Like, you don’t really know the question but the answer is already there. Ugh, I can’t explain it better.

      Anyway, thank you once more for responding to this post and in such supporting way. I was ready for a shitstorm to be honest and have gotten (almost) nothing but support. It warms my heart. ❤

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  9. This was a very fascinating read and it is good to see other bloggers writing about this, most people know where i stand on subjects like this. Fiction stays fiction and never crosses over into reality, as long as that rule is stuck to I really don’t see anything wrong with exploring themes like shota and loli

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