NO, I remember the first time I was mocked and laughed at with this sentence “you’re not an anime fan if you don’t know about hentai stuff”. In the real fact, the statement is quite true.

Anime is quite different when compared to this. Unlike its other counterparts, anime covers virtually everything possible from horror to romance to pornography covering all the possible fetish. One must enjoy at least one of the latter before you can truly appreciate anime. Most times, anime is always unrestricted. The pornographic aspects of anime would be discussed here.

You don’t necessarily need to watch an actual hentai show, but it would be nice if you could at least know its position in anime and in history.

Before we start, I’ll try to focus more on the essential facts and share some thoughts on the matter. You really don’t need to watch an actual hentai show, but it would be nice if you can at least know its place in anime and its history.

What is Hentai?

Simply, the meaning of hentai is pervert. This has a very negative and wrong connotation and can be used as a derogatory term. However, hentai is the short form of “Hentai Seiyoku” which means “Abnormal Sexual Desire.” In the western world, hentai can be used to categorize pornographic material in anime, manga, games etc. For Japanese media- a pretty different usage.

Brief History of Hentai

Originally, Hentai meant “transformation” and “abnormality”. When it comes to science and psychology, a translation of German sexologist text Psychopathia Sexualis was the origin for the concept of “hentai Seiyoku”, as a “perverse or abnormal sexual desire”. It was also popularized outside science and was used by many publications at that time to denote perverse or abnormal; sexual acts.

After the World War II, hentai was sometimes shortened to “H” or “etchi/ecchi” after the war influx of English words and it is synonymous to “iyarashii” or “sukebe” which means “lascivious” and “lewd”. Unlike hentai, anime doesn’t denote abnormality or anything sexually perverse.