Hentai (変態 or へんたい) is a Japanese term that is short for 変態性欲, “hentai seiyoku,” meaning sexual perversion or perverse sexual desires. It is most commonly used to suggest porn or pornographic work, as is featured on this site (but you probably knew that already, right?)

Common Use

Generally speaking, hentai refers to pornographic video and images that are animated. However, the meaning can be broader than this. The Oxford Dictionary Online officially defines hentai as “a subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots.” While the origin of the English equivalent is not fully known at this time, there are some hints.

History

In particular, Anime Nation’s John Oppliger mentions the early 1990s, when a Dirty Pair erotic doujinshi (self-published work or feature) named H-Bombwas was released, and this is approximately when websites across the internet started to sell access to images culled from Japanese erotic visual novels and games. The earliest English use of the term traces back to the rec.arts.anime USENET boards (remember those things?) when a 1990 post concerning Happosai of Ranma 1/2 and the first post discussing the meaning of the term began in 1991.

A few years later, a 1995 Glossary on the rec.arts.anime USENET boards mentioned a reference to the Japanese usage of the word and the evolving definition to mean “pervert” or “perverted sex.” The Anime Movie Guide, officially published in 1997, defines “ecchi” (エッチ, etchi) as the initial sound of hentai (sounding like the letter “H” as spoken in Japanese). The guide included the suggestion that ecchi was “milder than hentai”. A year later in 1996 the term was defined as a genre in Good Vibrations Guide to Sex.

Moving forward, at the beginning of the year 2000, “hentai” was listed as the 41st most popular search term of the internet. Additonally, “anime” ranked 99th in comparison. The attribution has been applied retroactively to works such as Urotsukidoji, La Blue Girl, and Cool Devices, which further enhanced the broad awareness of the genre and work of “hentai.”

What about porn?

With the rise of internet porn, the spread of hentai as a porn genre continues as more people begin to appreciate the genre’s inherent value.

For more information, check out this sample video to show you what it’s all about: http://xxxhentaivideos.net/horny-hentai-guy-is-playing-with-her-girlfriend-and-licks-her-boobs/