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Hentai Manga

Updated: SEPTEMBER 5, 2022
Reviewed by Dr. Laura McGuire
on September 5, 2022

Hentai manga is a genre of drawn Japanese content known for its pornographic adult imagery and themes. It is found in pornographic graphic novels, comic books and online. It differs from anime hentai, which refers to pornographic animated TV shows or movies.

Hentai manga may be referred to as manga hentai, mangahentai, hentai porn or manga porn.

Manga is a Japanese compound of the prefix man-, meaning aimless, and the suffix -ga, meaning pictures. Hentai is another compound word that translates to change appearance or metamorphosis. In a sexual context, it implies a change from sexual norms to a state of perversion or abnormal sexual desires.

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Because hentai manga features hand- or computer-drawn images, the content has limitless possibilities. There is manga hentai featuring BDSM practices, characters with a range of genders and sexual identities, and characters that are human and nonhuman. The development of hentai manga reflects Japanese cultural and historic attitudes to sex. Numerous subgenres reflect a variety of sex acts, relationships and fetishes. While all hentai manga features sexual imagery, it does not necessarily involve intercourse.

Japanese people have a long history of creating erotic art that stretches back to the 16th-century Shunga works. Osama Tezuka pioneered manga with the release of his first comic, New Treasure Island, in 1947. Early manga had sexual content, but it wasn’t until the release of ero-gekiga magazines like Manga Erotopia and Erogenica in the 1970s that sex became the focus and hentai manga was born. Hentai Manga reached the United States in the 1990s.

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Given they often have niche subject matter, most hentai manga is self-published. However, it is not without limitations. Since 1907, Article 175 of the Criminal Code of Japan has prohibited the publication of obscene materials. Manga hentai creators get around this by operating creatively within the restrictions. Japanese authorities say depictions of heterosexual human intercourse, genitals and pubic hair are obscene. In fact, genitalia is blurred out in live action pornography! Drawing sexual images that include tentacles, robots and other non-human interactions are a way for artists to get around these legal limitations while still producing sexy content. These nonhuman creatures also have different genitalia to humans to stay on the right side of the censors. Creators can also use bars or lights to obscure their images and make them comply with the requirements.

The sexual features of characters in hentai manga are often exaggerated. For example, characters may have oversized breasts and massive erections. The fantasy element of hentai manga creates a more extreme ideal than the one established by mainstream pornography.

Entering the fantasy world of hentai manga can be fun and arousing. People with sexual interests and fetishes that are difficult to experience in the real world can find an outlet in hentai manga. For example, hentai manga might satisfy an interest in tentacle sex or an inflation fetish. Reading hentai manga can be a good way to satisfy these interests without compromising personal safety or the safety of others. Viewing hentai manga can be a healthy way to understand or express sexuality, just like consuming any type of porn. Many people enjoy masturbating while reading hentai manga. Hentai manga can also be a healthy way for young people to explore their sexuality before they form real-life sexual relationships

Hentai is also considered an interesting art form and unique part of Japanese culture, one with deep roots in the country's history.

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