The history of Hentai in Japan

As for manga and anime, Hentai came about in Japan, but it didn’t have such a normal evolution as its ancestors. The history of Hentai in Japan was just as controversial as the anime pornography itself. But, somehow, this kind of porn succeeded to survive in the underground world of Japan and became nowadays one of the most wanted categories of sexual content.  
October 28, 2019

As for manga and anime, Hentai came about in Japan, but it didn’t have such a normal evolution as its ancestors. The history of Hentai in Japan was just as controversial as the anime pornography itself. But, somehow, this kind of porn succeeded to survive in the underground world of Japan and became nowadays one of the most wanted categories of sexual content.  

The history of Hentai in Japan

Hentai is a branch of manga that evolved into pornographic anime. However,  this tendentious form of animation has origins in the 16th century. Animated porn is strongly related to an old Japanese form of erotic art called Shunga. In the Heian period, Japanese people published pornographic drawings of people in intimate positions. But it was until the Kyoho reforms banned the production of these materials. Since then, all types of pornography remained forbidden in the country. In the 30s, people had no right to distribute or sell any type of content without the permission of the emperor. Even the press was obliged to censor the reality of the post-era for political reasons. 

It was after World War II when altogether manga, anime, and hentai exploded. Finally, the whole pornographic industry started slowly to gain ground. Even though there were still restrictions, pornography and press publications were not as strict as before. 

Firstly, hentai appeared in the form of comic books such as manga. But after the technological boom of the 1980s, the effect of globalization suddenly increased the popularity of television, computers, and video games. Therefore, the animated pornographic industry adapted accordingly. Thus, hentai appeared in Japan. But things were not that easy because of the restrictions rules of the government. The censorship laws of Japan still forbids the publication of obscene materials. Consequently, in erotic anime, male and female intercourse cannot present explicit content. Porn filmmakers were constrained to use blurring dots and light on still images to censor excessive nudity. 

The first erotic anime, called hentai, was released in 1984 and was a video adaptation of Lolita containing six episodes. Within the plot, scenes of underage sex, rape, and BDSM appeared and many people found the movie controversial. But, overall, this was the foray of hentai in the pornography industry. Afterward, the hentai demand increased and many other similar series was about to arrive. In a short time, hentai became a real industry. People all over the world started to pay attention to the animated pornography presented in a fantastic manner and involving weird fetishes such as tentacles and anime characters. Some of the most popular Hentai titles of the 2000’s are Kanojo x Kanojo, Kanojo, Boku no Pico. 

Conclusion

In short, hentai is a form of porn that presents imaginary bodies and fantastic sex scenes. Their scenario generally illustrates a fantasy world of demons, octopus, and other characters outer the edges of imagination. Hentai allows people to explore darker and odder regions of human psychology. That’s why it has become nowadays an international product that continues to influence other genres such as cosplay, roleplay, or BDSM. In time, the history of hentai in Japan evolved reflecting people’s interest in what is considered odd by society. At least, all pornography is an escape from reality that offers people the opportunity to discover themselves better, mostly hentai. 

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