What is Hentai?

The Meaning of Hentai

Hentai is a Japanese word that is popularly used to label a genre of anime that are pornographic or explicit in nature. The word hentai roughly translates to “pervert” and when used in a literary context or in conversation pertains to sexual deviance or perverted sexual desires. Its original definition was not erotic in nature but instead meant a metamorphosis or transformation, which is perhaps where they derived its perverse connotation. Its use as an umbrella term to classify a body of work (be it an anime, manga or erotic game) is mainly done outside of Japan. International companies market Japanese works that have graphic sexual scenes under this label. It is also widely understood to encompass works which depict bizarre or abnormal sexual acts between humans or between humans and unusual creatures.

Origin of Hentai Anime

Hentai works have a long and colorful history. Erotic literature and graphical manga that tell of perverse sexuality have been around for a very long time. A notable example of this would be an excerpt from the three-volume shunga erotica of the shougun period called Kinoe no Komatsu. One story tells of a fisherman’s wife who is sexually pleasured by a couple of octopus. This is perhaps the earliest known predecessor of anime hentai that feature tentacle porn.

Hentai works gained international recognition post-World War II. Japanese erotic cartoons or anime pornography was introduced to the English-speaking world during the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. It only became widely known around the mid 1980’s wherein a series of hentai anime found their place in American markets.

Kinds of Anime Hentai

Hentai can be broken down into several other subgenres according to the gender of the protagonists and/or their age. Each work caters to different demographics.

1.    Bara or Men’s Love
This subgenre depicts sexual romance or stories between two men that is marketed towards gay men. Not to be confused with Yaoi (Boy’s Love), characters in Bara anime hentai are depicted either as very masculine, muscular or burly or with realistic male bodies. The storyline of Bara anime hentai are usually very mature. Drawn from real world experiences and grounded reality, they typically center on the reception of modern Japan towards homosexuals and homosexual relationships.

2.    Boy’s Love (Yaoi / shōnen-ai)
Yaoi anime hentai features sexual or romantic relationships between two men. This genre is drastically different from Bara because these works are usually marketed towards women, young girls in particular. Characters in Yaoi anime have designated seme (top) and uke (bottom) roles. Seme characters are more dominant, being the top, and are usually portrayed as stereotypically handsome, chiseled and decidedly more masculine men than the uke. Uke characters are softer and more feminine boys to conform to their receptive roles. Rape is a commonly occurring theme in Yaoi hentai anime. Very few female characters are present if at all but most of the time it features a wide cast of pretty boys.

3.    Girl’s Love (Yuri/shōjo-ai)
This subgenre of hentai anime features lesbian sexual romances or storylines between two female characters. Yuri elements are featured as side elements of bigger anime works but it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Yuri romances took center stage. It is a common belief that most girls go through a lesbian phase as part of growing up so most Yuri works tell of coming of age stories but it isn’t always the case. The 1990’s saw Yuri stories verge away from tragic portrayals to positive light. This is largely due in part to the Sailor Moon franchise.

4.    Lolicon
Lolicon is a portmanteau of Lolita complex. It is a hentai subgenre which depicts sexual attraction towards prepubescent girls. Female characters in Lolicon anime hentai are portrayed as childlike with young, underdeveloped bodies and with immature mannerisms or worldviews. The girls are drawn to look erotically cute and to engage in sexual intercourse with obsessed middle-aged men. Fans claim to be drawn towards the youthful and cute image of the female characters as opposed to their actual age. Nonetheless it has received a large amount of flack and controversy throughout the years.

5.    Shotacon
Shotacon is the male equivalent of Lolicon. This subgenre of anime hentai depicts sexual acts and/or erotic obsession of middle-aged men with prepubescent boys or between young boys. Other times boys are portrayed to look younger than they are and/or exhibit youthful mannerisms. Boku no Pico is widely considered the first of its kind.

Anime hentai don’t always center on heterosexual or homosexual sex but also feature other sexual proclivities and fetishes as well like incest, adultery, hermaphrodite/transsexual sex, BDSM, torture, watersports and tentacle erotica among other things. Fantasy elements may also be present apart from school life and may sometimes include sexual beings or creatures with phallic appendages. Hentai anime also take on varied tones ranging from the lighthearted and comedic to the chilling or poignant.

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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate Premiere Date, Plus New Visual

A new promotional poster for the second season of Food Wars (Shokugeki no Soma) has been revealed, via the 27th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

The second season, titled Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate (Shokugeki no Sōma: Ni no Sara), will premiere on July 2nd, 2016, on Tokyo MX, along with MBS the following day.

Food Wars features Souma, a young man working for his father at a restaurant owned by his family. His father is known as a “culinary master”, and often hosts cooking battles against his son. To make his son a better chef, he forces him to enroll into an elite culinary school that has very strict requirements, and even stricter rules on graduating, since only 10% of students who enroll successfully graduate.

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The cast of Food Wars’ first season are reprising their roles for the second season. So far, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate’s cast includes:

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Souma Yukihira
Risa Taneda as Erina Nakiri
Minami Takahashi as Megumi Tadokoro
Junichi Suwabe as Akira Hayama
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ryou Kurokiba
Natsuki Hanae as Takumi Aldini
Saori Ōnishi as Hisako Arato
Chinatsu Akasaki as Alice Nakiri
Hiroki Yasumoto as Subaru Mimasaka

You can read more over at AnimeNewsNetwork.

Our Top Dubbed Anime List

Anime is (normally) released only in Japanese, and many anime fans around the world prefer to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles. We understand that, as English dubs can often ruin an anime series if they are handled poorly or have voice actors that feel as though they’re just reading a script.

We aim to post a list of anime series that we believe have the highest quality English dubs available. This list isn’t based solely off of personal opinion, however, as we’re including lists and opinions from websites like AnimeNewsNetwork, MyAnimeList, Ranker and Reddit, to name a few.

#1 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

“In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost.”

Considered by many to be the best anime of all time, not just in English, we had no choice but to list this as the #1. It stars Vic Mignogna as Edward Elric, one of two brothers on a quest to reunite his brother, Alphonse’s soul with his body, trapped in another dimension, as the result of a failed attempt at resurrecting their dead mother through alchemy as children.

#2 Steins;Gate

“If you want to grant your own wish, then you should clear your own path to it.”

Although not your typical shounen or romcom anime series, Steins;Gate has main character Rintarou Okabe, the self-proclaimed “Crazy Mad Scientist”, shoulder the burden that comes along with the mysterious item he has created – A phone that allows the holder to alter the past – which in doing so – changes the present.

What would you do if you had the power to alter the history of the world?

#3 Clannad: After Story

“Sanae-san told me, places that I can cry are in a toilet, or in daddy’s arms.”

Make sure if you’re going to watch one of the greatest anime sequels ever crafted – Clannad: After Story – then you have a box of tissues by your side.

The series features both Tomoya and Nagisa, having graduated from high school, trying to navigate the emotional rollercoaster of growing up into adults, starting a family, and being there to support one another, while dealing with personal problems, relationships with their friends, and new bonds being made.

#4 Dragon Ball Z

“You may have taken over my mind and my body, but there’s one thing a Saiyan always keeps! His PRIDE!!”

You cannot be an anime fan and not have heard about Dragon Ball Z. The sequel to Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z follows kind-hearted hero Goku on his quest to become the strongest martial artist in the world (Universe, even!) Followed by his best friend Krillin, nemesis Piccolo, rival Vegeta, and son, Gohan, the “Z-Fighters” have to protect Earth from extraterrestrial invasions, wars, gods, and beings from other universes, and timelines, trying to bring destruction to the world they call home. The dub was released quite a while ago, but still has one of the strongest English dubs ever recorded.

#5 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

“The only ones who should kill, are those who are prepared to be killed.”

One of the many epic quotes of Lelouch Lamperouge that you will end up hearing throughout the series. Code Geass follows high schooler, Lelouch, as he undertakes a rebellion under the guise of Black Knights rebel leader, Zero, with the sole purpose of getting revenge on his father, the King of Britannia, for the death of his mother. Following him are his best friend, Suzaku, who happens to pilot a “Knightmare” – mecha used by Britannia to wage war on the world, and C.C (C2 in English), a strange witch that gave Lelouch the power to control the human mind.

#6 Spirited Away

“Don’t worry! You’ve got daddy here. He’s got credit cards and cash.”

Not so much an anime series as an anime film. One of the best, actually. Chihiro is a young, naive, spoiled young girl, that ends up stumbling upon the entrance to the spirit world. After crossing over into it, Chihiro embarks on an adventure to try and save her family, with the help of her new friend Haku, and return home to our world.

#7 Cowboy Bebop

“Just a humble bounty hunter, ma’am.”

Cowboy Bebop is a cult classic. Spike Spiegel is your average bounty hunter. With his crew consisting of Ein, Faye, and Edward Wong, the crew embark on a journey of self discovery while slowly uncovering each others dark pasts.

Now, this list currently goes up to #7, however, it’ll be updated constantly as we continue to add new series to the list. While these anime are no doubt very highly rated, the list is subjective, and not in any way to be taken as fact. It is after all, an opinion, and like any opinion, people will likely disagree with it, and that is understandable.

Now, these are the top released dubbed anime, not subtitled anime. Subtitled anime will have its own page later on, this is, as stated earlier, simply our list of the top English dubbed anime.

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