Hi all! This is a podcast adaptation of a panel we've been giving for the past 2 years about the kinds of words you encounter when reading hentai and much more. As you're listening to the podcast, be sure to check out this handy-dandy guide we've put together with visual representations of what we're talking about in each section. All of the images used here are sourced directly from pixiv. Turn back now if you aren't into that. The term was popularized in Japanese psych journals in the early s and then co-opted by perverse magazine authors.
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As our friends at Avenue Q said, "The internet's for porn. BUT, if you've braved looking close at the genre, you might have noticed a large world full of mythical creatures, school girls, and tentacles. The usage of hentai is actually a complete misnomer at least the way we use it in English. Hentai seiyoku Japanese abnormal sexual desire. Now that we have all that clear, here are some more interesting words you might stumble across
Hentai unknown. A type of anime that is totally weird and fucked up. It features a lot of inter-species tentacle rape as well as a lot of other gayness and things that you flat-out will never want to see again. I told you not to search Hentai!!! A sin. Hentai is the 8th deadly sin. Hentai is most commonly used to mean cartoon or anime porn , at least outside of japan. I don't need to list all the different types like someone else seems to have done, because anything that happens in real porn, happens in hentai. It's as simple as that. If you can imagine anything eroitc, well it's probably already been imagined and made into a hentai by someone.
In the Japanese language, however, "hentai" is not a genre of media but any type of perverse or bizarre sexual desire or act. For example, outside of Japan a work of animation depicting lesbian sex might be described as " yuri hentai", but in Japan it would just be described as "yuri". The original meaning of hentai in the Japanese language is a transformation or metamorphosis. The implication of perversion or paraphilia was derived from there. Both meanings can be distinguished in context easily. It also means " perversion " or "abnormality", especially when used as an adjective. Usage of the term hentai does not define a genre in Japan. Hentai is defined differently in English. The Oxford Dictionary Online defines it as "a subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots. The history of the word hentai has its origins in science and psychology.