Giga Freeks / Akiba Web – Site Review

The Heroine Insult Suppression Party SUPERLADY ZERO GXXD 77 3 175x116 Giga Freeks / Akiba Web   Site Review[Adult content warning] In many ways, Giga Freeks (a.k.a. Akiba-Web) is the mother of all superheroine peril web sites.  Quite simply, Giga and its sister sites Zen Pictures and Zeus Web consistently offer the best production values in the genre.  The company simply puts a ton of money into their productions (relatively speaking), and that—combined with the passion its creative team instills into almost every video—places Giga at the very top of the heroine peril mountain.  In my opinion.

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First of all, you should know that unlike Zen Pictures, Giga Freeks features full-on explicit sexual content, nudity, and all manner of things that any decent person would surely consider deeply offensive.  In fact, the site is just so perverted and shocking to me that I’m having a difficult time putting aside my moral rage and writing this review.  But, I will press on and give it my best shot (for analytical purposes only, and for the betterment of mankind).

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Every episode that I’ve seen features the same basic storyline: the heroine (usually “super,” but sometimes just a well-trained spy girl or similar non-super heroine) arrives and disrupts the bad guys’ plans.  They retreat.  The heroine encounters them again (sometimes at their evil base; other times at another location).  This time, the bad guys cheat.  Typically, they’ve either gained additional powers since the last fight scene, or they’ve set a trap, or they’ve introduced a new super-powered character, or they outnumber the heroine, or they use a newly-developed weapon, or they just win because they’re better at fighting on that particular day.  In any event, the heroine is captured and taken back to the bad guys’ base.

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The bad guys torture and/or sexually assault the heroine.  This is the “bread and butter” of Giga’s content, and I suspect that it is the peril and torture (and not the fascinating storylines) that keep customers coming back to buy videos.  The peril scenes in Giga’s videos are simply the best I’ve seen in this genre.  First of all, the company takes the time to choreograph multiple fight scenes and fashion together situations that establish the characters before the peril begins, which creates anticipation and build-up.  Then, the anticipation pays off (usually) with good acting and attractive heroines in well-designed costumes.  For peril fans, it’s a dream come true, and I’m not aware of a company that produces better peril content than the Giga family of web sites.

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And in Giga’s videos, there’s all manner of rape and sexual molestation in any given episode, to the delight of some fans, and to the chagrin of others.  If you can imagine a form of sexual assault, or an obscure fetish somehow related to sexuality or peril, there’s a good chance Giga has already filmed it.  Furthermore, the site actually features real sex, i.e., not simulated.  There seems to be real, actual penetration taking place in Giga’s videos (although, oddly, genitalia is obscured by a “mosiac” effect, in adherence to Japanese porn-related laws).

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Perhaps as a result of that, Giga occasionally tends to feature slightly less physically attractive models than the PG-13 Zen Pictures.  I would imagine that it is much easier to entice an up-and-coming model to play a superheroine who simply fights bad guys (in a Zen movie) rather than playing a superheroine who gets raped by tentacles, urinated on by multiple attackers, and swallowed whole by a giant worm creature (in a Giga movie).  I assume that Giga hires adult/porn actresses, while Zen is able to feature more “mainstream” models.  (The whole concept of “more” or “less” attractive is, of course, totally subjective, and I don’t mean to suggest that porn/adult models can’t be every bit as attractive as any other kind of model.  This is simply my opinion based on my own observation as well as a few comments I’ve read over the years.)

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As far as technical quality and production values, Giga and Zen apparently utilize the same creative team, so the same high standards of production quality you’ll find in a Zen movie apply here—extremely well-designed costumes, good special effects, solid performances, skilled filmmaking, etc.

A common complaint about Giga and Zen is the company’s DRM protection system, which is designed to prevent movies from being downloaded and then shared in violation of copyright.  Basically, Giga forces you to install software on your computer that prevents their downloaded movies from working properly on any computer other than the one used to download the movie.  There are ways around this (or so I’ve heard), which can come in handy if you, say, buy a new computer and want to transfer the movie over from your old one.  I have to admit I’m not familiar with any of these methods, but a few solutions are discussed in the comments section of this Zen Pictures review.

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So I recommend using caution when purchasing the videos directly from the site.  I’ve heard of a few bad experiences, and the language barrier makes it nearly impossible to communicate directly with anyone at Giga.  (In fact, I wanted to interview them for this review but never got a response to my email request).

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Fortunately, there are other legal ways to obtain Giga movies.  (I’ve heard of a few non-legal methods, but those won’t be discussed in this review).  One option is to buy DVDs at Anime Jungle, a site that sells lots of anime collectors’ kind of stuff, as well as the incredible violent fetish movies we all know and love.  (On the left sidebar, under “Jungle Spotlight,” select “Indy Heroines” from the drop-down menu for Zen, or click on “Adult Heroines” for Giga).  I’ve ordered from this company several times and highly recommend it.  Delivery time is almost always under one week, even though they ship from Japan, and they have very good customer service.  A drawback is that they charge full retail price, which can be anywhere from $50-$100.  (They have a “pre-owned” section as well, which features reduced prices.  I’ve purchased pre-owned DVDs here and have experienced no problems.)

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Another option for purchasing Giga videos is FemPowerDVD.  I’ve heard good things about this company, which sells recorded DVRs at much lower prices than retail (which makes sense, as the picture quality will be lower than a “real” DVD).  They also sell similarly themed movies from other companies, so it might be worth checking out.

There are probably a few other sites where Giga DVDs can be ordered, and if you’re aware of any that I’ve missed, feel free to point them out in the comments.

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So that’s about it.  I feel like a broken record sometimes when I continually praise Giga and Zen as the undisputed masters of the genre, but I feel that no other company comes close.  I don’t intend that as a knock on any other production company.  In my very limited experience as a “producer,” I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is to make a video of any kind, and especially to end up with a video that conveys a comprehensible narrative and fetish elements that people enjoy.  I have the utmost respect for anyone who produces videos successfully, and that’s all the more reason why Giga deserves all of the praise it gets for producing the very best videos.  I would love to see an American or British company rival or surpass Giga someday, but I don’t know if that’s even possible (for reasons to be discussed in a future article).

If you haven’t seen a Giga or Zen production and you’re a fan of heroine peril, do yourself a favor and check them out.  I highly doubt that you’ll be disappointed.  Then again, if you’re a fan of heroine peril, you’ve most likely seen several Giga productions already.

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  1. ximi

    the tool I use to resolve their DRM issue is Tunebite, which concerts DRM video into none-DRM, regular video to play anywhere. Note that it is NOT a “hacking” tool – you must have license to the original DRM video to use Tunebite.

  2. Jose

    I too wait for the day that some American or English producer could mimic and rival the production values and style that GIGA and Zen Pictures has established.

    Frankly, I think it will never happen because the superheroine/anime peril fetish market isn’t as big in the states as it is in Japan. Especially with the whole “Politically Correct Revolution” that is going on within the US nowadays.

    It can be argued that Japanese culture is just more perverted than the culture here. I think it’s true which just helps the genre to grow over there more than it does here. Hell, I went to Tokyo awhile back ago and I saw vending machines over there that were selling used panties. I have never seen that here.

    I purchase a lot of GIGA FREEKS videos but it sucks because I simply am not into Asians.

  3. “It can be argued that Japanese culture is just more perverted than the culture here.”

    I intend to argue something like this in a future article, although I would not necessarily claim that Japanese culture is more perverted. Instead, I might argue something like, “Japanese culture is more open and tolerant towards the production of extreme and/or fetish-oriented pornography.” If this stuff was being watched exclusively in Japan, I might agree that Japanese culture is itself more perverted, but the stuff is simply produced in Japan to be sold to eager viewers all over the world. Just my two cents. :)

  4. @Jose-GIGA was has a couple of vids with non-asian actresses and was trying to do one with an american porn start but something fell through. hopefully they get on that again.

    At least HM and a couple of other producers are getting pretty close to being the US version of Zen with good action/peril movies. HM buddy-maybe you can cast a non-asian as your next heroine to mix it up? ;>

  5. Stagger Lee

    so is there ANY way to purchase these videos and have them run on a MAC computer? I really want to start buying their videos but I don’t want to spend 25-50 bucks to have it not work.

  6. @MAV – Thanks very much for the compliment, but I really don’t think I’m anywhere near Zen or Giga’s stratosphere. :) I have a couple of videos planned, one of which will most likely star an Asian heroine. Not sure if that will be the next video or not, but we’ll see.

    @Stagger Lee – Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any way for a Mac user to download directly from Giga or Zen. I really wish they would drop their DRM system and make downloads available to everyone, but sadly that’s not the case at the moment.

  7. Steve

    Giga is a bit too sick and disturbing for me, I dont think this kind of thing would do well in the west, Japanese audiences are a bit more experimental with their fetishes.

  8. No One Special

    I agree with Steve that Giga is to slick and disturbing. The problem is in most of their videos that I have seen, they often just work though a list of kinks/fetishes in order to try and appease everyone. Not all of us want to see our Heroine subjected to “all” of those things so although one scene can be perfect, the next can almost gross you out.

    The fights are great, the sets are great, the costumes are great, but I could live without the actresses sounding like they are dieing during the sexual parts and I could really live without the gross parts. That said, keep in mind that while most of the producers on this discussion forum are producing videos with a budget of 0$ to $2500, Giga makes videos starting at over 20 times that amount. As mentioned above in another post, the Japanese culture supports that sort of work and Giga, unlike any US producers I know, has industrial sized facilities, staff, sales, and budget which puts them in a class of their own.

  9. Jose

    I have to agree that some if not all the videos from GIGA FREEKS are a bit distubring and just plain nasty. I usually fastforward through those parts or just plain ignore them all together.

    The sex stuff I don’t mind too much because this is after all a fetish but sometime it’s just way too much. When they bring out the tentacles I turn off the video.

    The thing about GIGA that I love though is that they just seem to get the peril genre. They know how to write it, film it, and just produce it. Especially film it. I just love how they explore the heroine’s body with the camera. They do a lot of teasing with the camera.

    Most producers do a quick once over with the camera whereas the Japs seem to do more exploring when it comes to sexy camera angles.

  10. @ximi,

    Does their software still have to be installed first? That’s the part I don’t like so much.

  11. No One Special

    Hey TD,

    Nope, you don’t need their software anymore but they do use the Microsoft Digital Media Rights stuff now… SO… You do have to use a recent version of windows media player and you have to download a license for each video you purchase and you can only play them on the machine you downloaded them on.

  12. Stavros

    I love this stuff, the gross bits don’t bother me, except urinating and defecating, but really instances in the films I have (and I’ve got 60 or more) are few and far between. I suppose if you don’t like semen or other fluids then this stuff isn’t for you.
    The main reason why I love this stuff is the costume destruction, nobody does it better. I like to see the costumes being stripped and cut to pieces, it really adds something for me.
    Then there’s the peril, don’t even get me started on the peril.

  13. One interesting tidbit I happen to have come across regarding Zen/Giga is that the owner/founder is actually ethnically Chinese…so he’s kind of selling a version of “perverse Japan” back to the Japanese? It’s endlessly fascinating, IMHO…someday soon, someone will be writing a book/graduate thesis about these guys..you just know it!
    I would be worried about myself if I didn’t find a lot of their hardcore stuff EXTREMELY disturbing…and there’s also a division of the company called “Zeus” that produces videos that concentrate on dismemberment and torture…it’s disguisting stuff, and I want no part of it. I would mentjion that the genital digital fogging in all Giga movies (against the law in Japan to depict genitalia) somehow lessons the harshness of the experience at least for me..after all, what are you really watching, but two blurs coming together?In some wierd way, it seems to free up the limiitations….some of these Japanese girls (who are apparantly mostly college students in real life!) seem to have no problem doing things you could NEVER get an American actress to do!
    Thanks, HM, for a thought-provoking review!

  14. They are perfect except three things. 1) some of the things they do, I agree are too extreme and I don’t even understand how it is supposed to be stimulating, but I don’t think it is as prevalent in their movies as people here are making it seem. 2) The actresses are not usually the best looking, and I’ll leave it at that. 3) The prices are outrageous.

  15. Pseudonamia

    I agree that Zen models are probably better looking on average, with a few exceptions. Of those, easily the first that comes to mind is Sakura Morishita, who did several movies for Giga and is, incredibly attractive and a pretty good actress, at least as far as the genre is concerned. I highly recommend any of the films she appears in.

  16. Clyde11

    So I went to Akiba and tried to watch some sample videos but they want you to register. So I tried to register by it keeps saying that my password has to be half sized fonts. Does anyone have a clue as to WTF that means and how to do that?

  17. Anonymous

    Anybody know the names of the characters in Super Lady 2? Specially the “Super Young Lady” girl? Just asking, she’s so beautiful and maybe someone can also find other videos where she’s there…

  18. Messenger

    Yeah, that lady is so pretty… Looks like we’ve got the same taste. Try entering the official website, you might be able to see the infos you wanna know… I’m actually viewing the site right now.

  19. Anonymous

    Ok thanks… Found them…
    Title: Super Lady 2, Director: Ginta Jinji, Actress: Chika Arimura & Ichika Aimi…
    Now I’m gonna try looking for some other movies featuring them…

  20. i checked out the zeus site and i guess there is no “monthly membership” option as zen and akiba-web offer? does anyone know if single download purchases are the only way to view the videos on zeus?

  21. HM
    sorry to bother you again. you said FemPower sells recorded dvr. will i get introuble if i buy the dvd?