A Beginner’s Guide to Hentai

So, you want to try watching hentai? It is a big step and can be an intimidating one for people that haven’t watched it before. Even people that are used to watching porn can find the world of hentai to be confusing, intimidating, and far too large. After all, though at its very base hentai is animated porn, it’s quite different from live action porn. There are a lot of strange terms, tropes, and trends that exist exclusively in the hentai world.

All of these things can make getting into hentai overwhelming, and leave people feeling frustrated. But fear not! If you’re brave enough to venture into the world of hentai, good for you! And luckily for you, we have put together and short and simple Beginner’s Guide to Hentai. While it would take a lot more time to explain everything there is about understanding the hentai world, we will strive to cover the basics enough for you to get started.

After this, your only limit will be yourself!

What To Expect

Some people hear the word “hentai,” and the only thing they imagine is tentacles. And well yes, there is indeed a lot of tentacle hentai out there; it’s not the only thing available, either! Hentai actually covers every sub-genre that regular anime does, including supernatural, comedy, fantasy, horror, slice of life, and more. You can find hentai that is quite similar to live action porn, with traditional sex between a man and a woman. You can also find sex between a woman and a tentacle alien. Basically, with hentai, anything goes. That’s why it is important to check the sub-genres listed on any hentai title, as well as any tags it may have, to know what you’re going to get.

Beyond the possible inclusion of monsters, elves, and more, there are a few other things about hentai that are different from live action porn. For one, most of it will be censored due to laws in Japan. You can expect to see boobs just fine, but anything below the waist for men and women will likely be censored. If you want to watch uncensored hentai, you need to specify that in your searches. Another hentai element that may surprise first-timers is the use of “x-ray,” meaning that it might show what is happening inside a woman’s vagina. That’s clearly quite different from live action porn, and some people really like it!

Hentai has a tendency to be quite intense more often than not. Sex scenes can go on for an extended period of time, and they don’t go easy on the sound effects. Plus the characters tend to be quite vocal, and aren’t afraid to say pretty dirty stuff. Even long-time porn viewers may be surprised by the intensity that most hentai has, but that’s part of what makes it special. Hentai doesn’t need to have any limits, and so it often pushes the boundaries of what it can do to deliver a powerful experience that is meant to be memorable. When entering the hentai world, beginners should always remember - this isn’t just porn. It’s something more, so it’s not going to just be an animated version of what you may be used to watching.

After all, in Japanese, the word “hentai” is only used for hard-core sex and rape, even though in English it is used for all Japanese animated porn whether softcore or hard-core. Keeping that in mind, it’s easy to see why most hentai is pretty intense.


Common Jargon

Just like anime, hentai has a lot of terminologies that may be unfamiliar to first-timers. Some of it is in Japanese, but even some English phrases may be confusing. A quick beginner’s guide to hentai definitely can’t cover everything, but we can get you started with three of the most common ones you might come across!

The first is “harem.” Harem hentai is very common and is exactly what they sound like. They revolve around one central character, usually a male, who has multiple partners. Harem hentai often features threesomes and orgies, taking full advantage of all of the characters involved in the story.

The second is “oppai,” a Japanese word that many anime fans may already be familiar with and is, of course, important to hentai. From the Japanese onomatopoeia for a sucking sound, oppai means boobs! While basically, all hentai features boobs in some way, oppai hentai is going to have them at the centre. Expect massive breasts that defy all laws of physics and seeing them front and centre. You might even encounter “bakunyu,” or breasts so big they are exploding out of a girl’s shirt.

The third common hentai term that is good to know is “shokushu,” which is literally Japanese for tentacle. If you want to see the kind of sex only hentai can deliver, this is what you’re looking for. But if you want to steer away from tentacle porn, it’s good to remember that shokushu is what you want to avoid. From either end of the spectrum, shokushu is a good word to commit to memory as a hentai beginner!


Where to Watch It

One of the biggest questions newcomers to hentai have is where they can actually watch it. Luckily, hentai can be quite easy to find. Most regular porn sites will host hentai as well, though they may not have full episodes, and it may take some patience to watch any kind of series this way. These sites are great for watching short segments or compilation videos that people have made. Beyond that, there are quite a few hentai hosting websites that specialise in hentai you can stream. Most of these websites will have full series, English subtitles, and some kind of tag system to help you find what you want.

Be warned, a lot of hentai are slow to be released, and even slower to be translated. If you aren’t watching for the story at all, you can find “raw,” or untranslated, hentai not long after its Japanese release. Hentai tends to not get English subtitles nearly as quickly as anime does. But if you want to have the subs, you have to be patient. Hentai also only releases one episode every few months usually instead of once a week. It’s best to know this before deciding to follow a hentai series!


Final Thoughts

If you want to get into hentai, don’t let it intimidate you! Hentai has so many different facets and sub-genres that there is something for everyone. Whether you want to just watch something traditional or want to take advantage of the total lack of limits hentai can have, there’s something out there to bring your fantasy to life. From comedy to horror, fantasy to school life, hentai brings a bit of everything to the table - and hopefully with our Beginner’s Guide to Hentai, you can start to enjoy it!

If you’re ready to get started on your hentai journey now, be sure to check out our article 5 Hentai Anime for Beginners below.

Did you find this short guide helpful? Are there any other subjects you would like to see a similar article about? Is there some other tip you would like to leave for beginners coming into the hentai world? We would love to hear from you below!

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Author: Jet Nebula

Living the dream in Tokyo, where you can find me working at a theme café catered towards women. When I’m not writing for Honey’s, I’m working on original dystopian science fiction or blogging about Tokyo’s trendy coffee scene. I spend my free time in Harajuku and Shibuya wearing alternative Japanese street fashion. I love video games, J-rock, tattoos, and Star Wars.

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