The H-Bomb: Hentai

To every other non-Japanese fan of anime, more often than not he or she gets ridiculed for watching “silly cartoons”, and this is normal. If you have not, I salute your awesomeness.

For every other non-fan of anime, he or she sometimes will make the association between anime and hentai, and then you wonder, “How the heck did you make that assumption?” Well the answer is that for some reason, the stereotype exists that all anime fans watch hentai, that “tentacle rape” stuff. I blame “Urotsukidoji” for propagating the hentai stereotype… not! That reminds me I need to watch “Urotsukidoji” myself to see what all the hype’s about.

Hentai, the h-bomb, is the magical word that acts as the anathema to all anime fans. Nothing gets under my skin than being made fun of for watching “tentacle rape” stuff.  Now don’t get me wrong. I have watched hentai series with tentacle rape in it and enjoyed a couple of those. (“Cambrian”, the “Angel of Darkness” series) However, no one with any decent dose of self-respect would ever openly admit that in public and not even to your peers (except the select few). And the attitude that some of these guys are packing when they start insulting you? Makes you want to pound their faces in and wipe that sneer or expression of disgust off their faces.  Then I’d T-bag them as icing on the cake.

Of course, there’s no point in being wrapped in anger or doing what was aforementioned a sentence ago. Blowing off jerks like those and acting like they’re talking nonsense is all part of being an anime fan. I myself employ a, “You don’t ask, I don’t tell,” policy regarding my hobbies, and it works pretty well. However, we do this not because we do not like hentai, but rather we do this to be conform to the social norms set by the current society so that we don’t stick out like a sore thumb. I don’t know about you guys, but my life would be (and is) whole lot easier if people did not call me, “Pervert!” or “Hentai freak!” in public and I’m sure you guys wouldn’t like it either. Solution? Don’t take the bait, and don’t give yourself away either, e.g. being an idiot and shouting “I love animated sex cartoons, hurr durr!”

Though I’d love to disabuse the ignorant masses of the notion that hentai is just about “tentacle rape” or that all anime fans watch hentai and are sick bastards, it just isn’t going to happen. Trying to debunk a stereotype like that one is like trying to bang your head against the wall with the expectation of breaking it. While I don’t need to tell others that I like hentai, I won’t fool myself into thinking I don’t. For all its ups and downs (poor plot progression, poor character development, cheap animation, rehashed plots), I still like it, won’t deny it. I just happen to find things like non/consensual sex, bondage, nurses, maids, schoolgirls, and incest (bro/sis, son/mom) to be very appealing. Is that so wrong? I like to jack off to hentai instead of boring, repetitive porn. Is that so wrong? I like having plot in my hentai. Is that so wrong? Amongst anime fans I probably won’t hesitate to answer what I like if asked, and I have absolutely no qualm in sharing that amongst this little niche of anime fans either. I just find it a damn shame that anime-fans can’t walk out in the open without being labeled a sicko for liking hentai.

If you read this post and agree, you’re not alone. I’m sure there are plenty of other people out there that have taken flak for liking anime and, by association, hentai. This issue will continue to persist so long as people don’t understand the wonders of hentai. Even so, you should not have to give up the things you like just because someone’s being an insensitive jerk. Know that there are legions of anime fans who wouldn’t give up their hentai collection unless the fate of the world depended on it, and even then maybe not. The next time someone is trying to piss you off by labeling you a hentai watcher, be cool about it and they’ll leave you alone soon enough. After all, they don’t know what they’re missing out on.

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16 Responses to The H-Bomb: Hentai

  1. kamizushi says:

    I’m an emancipated otaku and the only time someone made fun of me because of my hobby, the laughter was not mean intended and coming from someone just as otaku as me

  2. Xtras says:

    This was tagged as “educational”? … lol

  3. Hellfire says:

    Well, to make it educational lets add another perspective. Here in germany, if you tell someone that you watch anime about 80% of the responses will be that you’re either childish or that you want to see blood gushing out of corpses. The rest don’t really know what anime is. That is because here the first experience for most people with anime is either Elfen Lied or One Piece. Actually it is starting to get an emancipated minority at least in my surroundings (in my grade, there about 18 people of both genders that watch anime out of 195). Even the eldery have some contact with it, since neighbourhood centers (that’s where they meet) usually have some old VHS with Elfen Lied and at one birthday we even found a Minerva cassete.

    But I don’t disagree with him, since I visited Canada for a year. There, I was treated similarly by the ignorant. So that part was pretty accurate.

    • desti says:

      Pretty much people know anime in Germany you know… Just ask them about Sailor Moon, Mila Superstar or Pokémon. I bet there will only be few people that don’t know Pokemon at least. There are much more animes that people will rember since quite some ran on free tv. As for the part that many will consider you childish, that may be true, though…
      I think the same is true for many more countries as well.

      • Hellfire says:

        Actually sailor moon is one of the most prominent, since it has been running for as long as I can remember (I’m 17 now). But it is discredited as a girly cartoon, which opens it up to only half of the interested viewers. But I think that ventures into an entirely different, more sociological problem, that is present in the entire westernized world, as well as in most other cultures (girls like dolls and pink; boy like cars and blue: probably one of the biggest and stupidist stereotypes that was emgraved into society).

  4. Soryon says:

    Hentai? What kinda of pervert would watch something like that?!

  5. pietoss says:

    My mom has called me childish for watching cartoons. However, nobody brought up the tentacle rape thing when I said i like anime. The only person who made fun of me for anime went like this: “Sasukenarutomushibushihonda”, so I don’t know what you are talking about.

  6. pietoss says:

    Double post (don’t get how to edit post) but… Has anyone saw the urban dictionary post about Maplestory?

  7. gunslingerg says:

    I’m a bigger fan of hentai than actual anime. Don’t really know how this happened. :/

  8. Yorl says:

    Hmmm, I get more embarrassed when people think I like stuff like Dragon Ball, or Sailor Moon. Only ever had something like what you describe happen to me once. Most people who are going to go so far as to comment have watched and liked at least one anime in their life I find. Anyway, I find hentai kind of boring actually. I’ve tried watching it, but I always just end up, ahem “finishing,” to live action.

  9. adighraiz says:

    I Can Tell That’s Am Not In Shame For Watching Animation,Its Not Forbidden Or Illegal Material,They Call Me Weirdo Or Freak And Sometimes Sick,But You Know No One Can Tell About The Exciting I Feel When I Finish Downloading Episode From Bleach Or Series Am Interested In.
    In My Country “Jordan” People Are Interesting In Duplicated Turkish To Arabic Series,The Sound Not Sync Also The Story More Like Hentai “Man Love His Uncle Wife Etc” But No One Fight Them Like They Fight Animation World.
    My Father (Bless His Soul) Loved Tom&Jerry And -Seton Dobuzu Ki- He Died Loving It
    Note That He Was Teacher For 28 Year And Lawyer More Than 16 Year A Man Of Principle.
    And For Hentai I Like It But If You Keep Watching It Finale You Will End Up Pervert Or Psycho Or Even Sadistic Watch It Learn From It Delete It.
    That’s My Theory And Good Luck

  10. animehacks86 says:

    Ok! I have read all the replys to this post. and some of you are not that smart on this issue. someone replyed: End Up Pervert Or Psycho Or Even Sadistic Watch. That is not that really tru. yes there are some sick and way out there Hentai, but what people Jakeing off too and not hurting no one is there owe thing. there are alot and i mane alot of people watch all types of Hentai and pron and i don’t hear a thing on the net or T.V. that there psychos sex killers. porn and sex is good for you and so is masturbating. there are very few living beans on this earth have sex for pleasure. what the guy said in his post is that, we as anime and Hentai lovers. get made fun of that me are children and or perverts for jaking off to anime porn an there the same one watching porn. I have be made fun of the same way. i get sick and tired of this people and crazy bible trumpers (not all Christians are crazy and thy don’t throw the bible at you for masturbating). saying that we are going to hell or we are going rape some one for watching hentai or porn.

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