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Lady Gaga: Bandaged Idol

The further adventures of Lady Gaga, as seen by otaku eyes.


 Plus it has all those cherry blossoms
 Plus it has all those cherry blossoms
A friend of mine forwarded me this interesting visual project of Lady Gaga's, in which she did this photoshoot which focused on disabilities-- it's not the first time she did, either, as similar themes appear in her Paparazzi video, and her performance at the VMA Awards.

"So what, Gia?" you're thinking. "I mean, sure, Lady Gaga is something of a Japanophile, but what does this have to do with me?"
 At the VMAs
 At the VMAs
I have one word for you: kegadoru.

A kegadoru is the object of a kegacon, someone who digs girls with bandages or other injuries. The most common example of a kegadoru in anime is the oft-bandaged Rei Ayanami in Evangelion. You could also offer up Abiru Kobushi, the frequently injured tail-pulling girl in Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei, or even Chii in the introductory episode of Chobits (pictured left). 


 
So, is Lady Gaga the first American kegadoru? Maybe!
crusader8463on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:22 p.m.
I heard she has a penis, just saying. Also, i love me some bondage. Just thought i should share.
 
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JJOR64on Jan. 25, 2010 at 8:55 p.m.
Holy god.  What did I just look at?
Addfwynon Jan. 25, 2010 at 9 p.m.
I just realized this went into a Kegadoru forum, hopefully that forum isn't developing more :P 
 
I think I could take back having seen those extra images though <.<
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:36 p.m.
I know so little about her. I've only listened to a handful of her songs.
 
I couldn't see tose extra images. Nothing showed. Judging by reactions, that might be a good thing.
giaon Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:59 p.m.
@crusader8463: Dude, if there's a dick in those shorts, +10 to trap awesomeness. 
 
@FoxxFireArt: I'm kind of surprised by the reactions, honestly-- I didn't think they were THAT bad o_O
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:47 p.m.
@gia: 
Couldn't say, really. By the time I tried to look they aren't showing up when I open the NSFW portion.
 
Honestly, are they any worse then the outfits Madonna, Prince, or Elton John have worn in their careers?
(Just saw them through your image gallery. I don't see why everyone is so disturbed. They are a trifle bit 'odd', but I don't get why everyone is so bothered.)
michaelpintoon Jan. 26, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.
Actually Lady Gaga is just lifting this concept from the modern dancer Michael Clark who would often use props like wheelchairs and walkers as seen in this performance he did with The Fall in the 80s.  Clark also collaborated a great deal with Leigh Bowery as well.
constanzadellarosaon Jan. 26, 2010 at 4:05 a.m.
She is totally into it. Just watch her latest video:
 
  Anyway, Gaga being a Japanophile is way better than Kirsten Dunst running around Akihabara in a magical girl costume.
Galamothon Jan. 26, 2010 at 6:24 a.m.
Alice Cooper has been performing " I'm Eighteen" with a crutch since the early 70's.     
 Kegadoru?
 Kegadoru?
JackSukeruon Jan. 26, 2010 at 7:23 a.m.
Hm, I guess I could see the appeal in "damaged" girls. It makes you want to protect them.
FLCL1on Jan. 26, 2010 at 9 a.m.

i dont like that lady -_-
giaon Jan. 26, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.
@Galamoth: HE IS SO MOE.
Matteon Jan. 26, 2010 at 7:55 p.m.
While I don't dig the injuries, I do like bandages, particularly sarashi!
 
Taken from TV tropes:
 
 A sarashi is a long, winding strip of cloth, usually thick cotton, wrapped tightly around the midriff up to the chest. Historically worn under kimono both by Samurai (to resist injury) and by women (for more "obvious" reasons, particularly in eras when a slim figure was considered fashionable) the sarashi's samurai associations have made them a near-universal symbol of toughness in Japan. While common in anime— delinquents (particularly in classic, older series) will often be seen wearing one under their coat or unbuttoned shirt as a visible cue as to their general level of bad-assery—this is a general Japanese cultural trope, often found in Real Life and applicable to women as well as to men. For female characters, however, a Sarashi may also serve as an accessory to a potentially boring outfit, as an aid to crossdressing, or simply as a means of breast support. In these cases the wrapping is usually pushed up a few inches to flatten the chest ( usually) and the irony inherent in using such a traditional symbol of masculinity to aid (or disguise) femininity may or may not be deliberately invoked. Of course, if it's a Samurai Woman, her having one of these on is a given.   
 
 see that sarashi!!!  oh, and the rest of the pic is pretty cool too
 see that sarashi!!!  oh, and the rest of the pic is pretty cool too

 
 even black santa can't stand up to sarashi covered girls!!!
 even black santa can't stand up to sarashi covered girls!!!
 
In real life, it's more commonly used by pregnant ladies to support their backs.
John_Martoneon Jan. 27, 2010 at 3:38 p.m.
@Matte: Shesh, I spent the last 10 minutes looking for a image of Erza from Fairy Tail wearing one of her armors that involves a sarashi... and it came up a wiff.
 
Needless to say its cool, and I'm sure you would enjoy it, given your professed love of them.

Dig Deeper into Kegadoru

Kegadoru is the object of the "kegacon" fetish. The word is a shortened form of what would literally translate to "injured idol," and a kegacon is one with a fetish for such injured and/or bandaged girls.

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