What Is Hentai?

What Is Hentai

As we know today, the Hentai dominates the graphic/animation world of adult entertainment. Its popularity is over-whelming other categories of adult entertainment. The Hentai is an adult sub-genre of anime and manga.

Hentai anime is videos or small animations of scenes depicting sexual intercourse between creatures of fantasy, created purely from fictitious thoughts originating from ideas of sexual nature.

On the other hand, the Hentai manga is more centered across novels of sex stories describing sexually appetizing encounters in a story-based manner involving different characters and fictitious locations.

Hentai is a general term to categorize different types of adult manga comics, anime series or videos, and even adult games under one roof. The anime is hand-drawn or computer-generated animation featuring sex scenes, while Mangas are adult graphic novels.

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Definition of Hentai

Hentai means “pervert” or something of an abnormal nature, it refers to the sexual fantasies residing in the zone of being abnormal rather than of a normal nature, which is not possible in the real world. For example: In a Hentai Manga, a reader could be enjoying a sexual encounter of a demon with a girl, which is impossible to happen in the real world.

The true meaning of Hentai Seiyoku when translated directly from the Japanese language is “perverse sexual desire” and the word Hentai means “transformation” or “metamorphosis”. This genre is purely based on fantasy and because of that it is known as Hentai, and it evolves according to the demand of the viewers over time.

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History of Hentai

The Hentai is inspired by erotic artwork created in Japan around the 16th century. We were not able to deduct an exact date from where it started but still, the parent idea behind the Hentai is linked closely to an ancient artwork known as Shunga.

It was the Japanese erotic artwork that was an integral part of the common society since the Heian period (704-1185 AD). It was created on a woodblock by tiny engravings and then by filling colors, it presented a sex scene between a man and a woman.

In the Edo period which is (1603-1838), the shunga became more popular and was widely used and kept by housewives, common men, and even samurais. It was a common tradition for a samurai to keep shunga along with him as a lucky charm against death.

Under different rulers, the creation of Shunga prints was restricted or banned. As Tokugawa shogunate targeted to censor activities related to Christianity, criticisms of shogunate as well as activities of the Tokugawa Clan.

As time passed, publishing became more difficult because of the Kyoho reforms. The reforms were an array of policies both cultural and economic as introduced by the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1736. These economic and cultural policies restricted distributors of Shunga and other books from selling unless they get approval from the city commissioner, due to that, the distribution wasn’t completely stopped and they went underground.

With more reforms, the situation became more difficult for publishers, when the Kansei reform (1798–1801) was passed, which stated that material things interfere with life and all luxuries should be abolished. Things become more problematic when the Tenpō reforms were introduced in 1842, which seized the printing of all books including erotic literature and shunga.

During 1850, under Meiji restoration, strict laws were put into place to limit the distribution and trade of obscene material in public. At that time, pornography was considered as a western idea. It faced strong opposition under the rule of the emperor, censorship was increased as stated in the Criminal code of Japan was passed as law no. 45. In chapter XXII crimes of obscenity, rape, and bigamy, article 175 and it states that

“A person who distributes sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2 years, a fine of not more than 2,500,000 yen or a petty fine. The same shall apply to a person who possesses the same for sale.”

After the Pacific war in 1928, the death sentence was added to prevent further violations of these laws, until Emperor Hirohito surrendered to the Allied powers and many restrictions were lifted on September 2, 1945, by the supreme commander of all allied nations, General Douglas MacArthur.

Modern Hentai

After the Pacific war, now the Japanese entertainment industry was ready to flourish, and there were no restrictions for them at all. The early mangas were inspired by pornographic photographs of the 19th and 20th century and they depicted near realistic characters, but Osamu Tezuka redefined the look of characters with his Astroboy. Some adult themes existed in the manga but they were not as cartoonish, similar to the character design by Osamu Tezuka.

In the 1970s, the actual Hentai as we know today started when Azuma Hideo’s first released Cybelle differentiating between two categories and manga pornographic movement rolled off like that. In the 1980s more and more adult comics were released.

During the 1990s, as a result of globalization once again porn-industry flourished in Japan and also, inspired the manga artists to work on Hentai anime or animated Hentai videos series because in that time, computers were available and still, they were not cheap but many investors invested because there was huge market share for them to capture.

Furthermore, due to the increasing advances in computer technology “Eroge” or Hentai games were introduced. For example, Chaos Angel- First erotic role-playing game. Released by ASCII in 1988.

Hentai Manga

It is the adult comic version of the manga. There are many sites which are offering users to read Hentai Manga’s right from their websites. One major site is Pururin.io, you can read and download several mangas from this website, other websites are HentaiHand.com, which requires you to sign up to be able to download the manga. One free website is Hbrowse.com which allows you to download the manga but only after you go through the ads.

Age Restriction

Many of them are age-restricted due to excessive nudity or obscene scenes of sexual nature, but the website gives you complete liberty to view them and you can download them without much difficulty, which is an issue for the underage users.

Although some regulations are in place when buying them in printed versions at stores as discussed on a discussion forum, some 17-year-old girl was able to buy an adult manga in Japan just by telling that her age was 18.

Censorship

Unlike regular pornography, many manga distribution sites use non-normal keywords related to porn dictionary and due to that, they can bypass the censorship done using keywords in many countries across the globe.

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Hentai Anime

It is an animation format of Hentai, and it is a little different from the traditional mangas. These animations are inspired by regular pornographic videos, which involve a short story and a quick sex scene. It helped Hentai gain popularity and viewership in the western countries and sites which are centered around traditional pornography. Also, videos were easy to watch rather than to reading full mangas of 160 pages or more, and it too contributed to the growing popularity of Hentai in the west and other countries with audiences less familiar with the mangas.

Distribution of Hentai Anime

There are a significant number of video content available on the internet on famous platforms like Pornhub, XVIDEOS, and XNXX, but still, some websites are offering exclusively hentai pornography on their website.

One notable example is Hentai Haven. This website is offering full uncensored videos or even a series of porn videos, taking the audience back to the traditional manga type storyline.

Companies Producing Hentai

There are over 47 companies that are known for hentai porn production. These companies not only produce mangas, but they cover all the categories ranging from video games to videos, and distribute them via the internet or even in DVDs in the stores.

One notable example is Fakku! It is the largest English language Hentai publisher in the world founded in 2006 with a staggering amount of 500,000 registered users who made over 3 million posts. It acts as an aggregator, and collects mangas by authors in Japan and then, translates them and publishes them for a wider audience reach in the US market.

Final Thoughts

Hentai is an interesting porn genre, and its huge fan base exists only because of limitlessness of imagination Hentai is offering to its audience, which exists somewhere in between the gray region of realism to pure fantasy, and there are no boundaries of sexual orientations, race, and culture, which makes Hentai very dominant to other genres and more fun.

It will continue to evolve and will continue to make those fetishes public, which society considered as odd. Even other adult entertainment industries are getting influenced by the Hentai so much that they are too are incorporating cosplays and other elements into their videos.