Hentai (変態) is a Japanese word that, in the West, is used to refer to pornographic anime and manga. Outside of Japan, hentai is used to describe a broad spectrum of sexual cartoons and comics. The word "hentai" is a shortened form of the phrase "hentai seiyoku" (変態性欲), which translates as "perverted desire". The original meaning of hentai in the Japanese language is a transformation or a metamorphosis.
Hentai is a genre of pornography in Japan. In the West, hentai is used to describe a spectrum of anime and manga that includes sexually explicit material.
The hentai genre can be divided into two main categories: "ecchi" and "hentai". "Ecchi" is generally less explicit than "hentai" and focuses on suggestive sexual innuendo and mild titillation. "Hentai" is the more explicit category and typically features explicit violence and sexual intercourse. Both "ecchi" and "hentai" are typically animated, but there are also "hentai" live-action films and videos.
The hentai genre originated in Japan in the late 1970s. It was created as a response to the increasing popularity of erotic manga and anime in Japan. The first "hentai" film was released in 1982 and the genre has continued to grow in popularity in Japan and around the world. Some of the most popular "hentai" anime and manga series include "Fairy Tail", "Naruto", "One Piece", "Pokemon", and "Sailor Moon".