Is my hentai, your hentai?

When I’m looking for porn to push my buttons, one of the biggest problems I have is which ‘category’ to look under. Of course I tend to start out at the ‘BDSM’ category, but there seems to be a disturbing trend for anything with a bit of chain draped over the bed or a bit of a botty slap to be included. Generally I’m like, ‘WTF?’ after a few minutes and soon I’m delving into ‘anal’ or ‘hardcore’ and recently ‘anime’.

Although the ‘anime’ category tends be very broad too and will turn out such disturbing things as:

I don’t think I’ll ever look at Master Splinter the same again…

Invariably I end up at ‘hentai’ and there I’ll find some yakuza kidnapping or innocent-girl-with-debts-forced-to-work-off-her-loan-with-rich-dude-and-his-henchmen stuff and all will be well with the world.

But that ‘hentai’ category is full of all sorts of stuff and this is where the Japanese 101 lesson begins…

Hentai literally means ‘a strange state of being’. The first character ‘hen’ means different, strange or changed and the second character ‘tai’ refers to a state, condition or attitude. Put together they refer to someone who has ‘particular sexual tastes’. It used to have a softer meaning along the lines of ‘pervert’ and was what you called someone who suggested going to a love hotel on the first date or bought their wife frilly underwear.

Now, it tends to be used for everything from tentacle porn to the very bizarre:

I had a request from a reader last week to translate the captions on a ‘hentai’ comic posted over at fetlife. Being the obliging sort of person I am, I did and it got me thinking about that line between what was ‘normal’ porn and what would be considered ‘hentai’.

I find it interesting that we don’t even have an English name for ‘hentai’. I don’t think ‘hardcore’ or ‘extreme’ really covers the sort of stuff it deals with and it is a very interesting reflection of how creative Japanese people can be. In reality, the majority of Japanese are very tame in the sexual department. Brazillians haven’t ever really caught on, the pill was only legalised in 1999 and anything to do with sex is discussed using the codeword ‘H’ (from the spelling of hentai) and whispered about with lots of blushes.

I always wonder whether the whole hentai thing has come about as a result of sex being pushed so far off the radar for most people and all that energy bubbling forth and needing to be poured into something… involving tentacles, car-sized boobs or scary things covered with spikes.

Anyway, that brings to an end our Japanese 101 lesson. Keep an eye out for those very stretchy women on a vault at a gym near you.

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7 thoughts on “Is my hentai, your hentai?”

    1. You just had to ask, didn’t you? πŸ™‚

      It’s not very exciting…The guy is the gym teacher and comes in saying,

      “What the hell is someone doing here at this time?”

      And the chick goes,

      “Ahhhh! Sensei, you’re getting off looking at me!”
      “I ca..ca..can’t hold on. I’m going to cum!! I’m going to cum on the vault. Ah…ah…aaaah”

      Then the teacher goes:
      “What are you doing?”
      *pant, pant* (he’s enjoying the show)
      “So you’re practising the vault…”

      Narrator: And is there anything wrong with some vault practise?
      The end

      There’s also lots of sound effects like the rattling of the vault and the sound of her skin stretching and the squelching of her juices etc.

      1. Um, what? Either my Japanese is terrible, or you took a lot of creative liberties with that translation. Near as I can tell, it says this:

        Man: Dareda konna jikan ni (itsutai???) …!
        [Who is ??? at this sort of time? (Not sure of the last word)]

        Woman: Iya—-n Sensei no ecchi— ❀
        [Oh no—- Teacher's a perv— <3]

        Woman: atsaa…Da dame… Mo moo dame shicchau!! (???) (???) de itsuchau yo—- atsatsaaa— ❀
        [(moaning?) B-bad… M-Momo* has done something bad!! I have made a mistake with (something about the vault???)—- (more moaning?)— <3]

        I'm not translating the bit in the corner due to too much unfamiliar kanji.

        (*Also possibly "Oh darn, I have done something bad" depending on whether "mo moo" is meant to be "Momo" [a common name, meaning "peach"] or "mou" [meaning something like "oh darn"]. Either way, it's stuttered.)

        1. Obviously you haven’t seen a lot of Japanese porn πŸ™‚

          I’m not sure where you get the shicchau bit from, because the word repeatedly used is icchau which means ‘ to cum’.

          The ‘mo mo’ is stammered and is a shortened form of ‘mou’ meaning already or in this case, too soon – I’m going to come too soon (i.e. I can’t hold on).

          The repeated use of ‘dame’ doesn’t mean ‘wrong’ in the usual sense, it’s just her expression of the fact that she can’t stop from coming and that’s bad, so it’s more of an ‘oh, no’ or ‘oh, fuck’.

          The kanji in the box is tobibako no renshuu.

  1. Crap, I’m not sure I can watch the Simpsons again without that vision parading itself across my brain each time. LOL

    That is interesting about the pill, how odd.

    1. Hehehe..I’m always glad to have been of assistance πŸ™‚

      There is an argument that the late legalisation of the pill has lead to Japan having one of the lowest rates of AIDS in the developed countries and that is what the politicians argued for 30 years (But I’m secretly of the opinion that it’s just because less people are having sex πŸ™‚ )

    2. I see. The problem is that I’m not sure which syllables to modify or drop when interpreting words that are stuttered or garbled. The first “icchau” I misread as “shiicchau” (and dropped the i) when it actually says “tsuicchau” and should have dropped the “tsu” instead. Likewise, the second “icchau” I read as “itsuchau” and left it as-is when the tsu should have been modified to a geminate marker… of course, the reason why I messed those up to begin with was because I’m not familiar with that particular use of what I am now assuming is the verb “iku”. (No, I don’t read porn, obviously.)

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