“Hentai is worse than real porn!”

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Is something really stupid that was said to me recently. There’s a slight argument to be made for why this could be, after all hentai gets to do a lot things that can’t really be done by your average porn studio. So I’d like to bring forward a few of the arguments that were made to me and the responses I had to them.

“These movies feature underage children!” – Now I don’t pretend to know the ages of every single character that’s ever been sexed up in a hentai film, but I know a simple answer as to why the perception that underage boys and girls are in these works. The legal age of consent in Japan is 13, yes you read that correctly, 13 years old. The youngest you can be anywhere in North America is 16 as a frame for reference. This actually doesn’t bother me much, as I know that by 13, young boys and girls are already exploring their own bodies and even others’. Granted, in Japan they have laws that prohibit adults from having sex with those under 17, but at least Japan doesn’t try to ignore the fact that a lot of kids will lose their virginity before they’re 16. Kids are curious, what do you expect to happen when they mix that with the sheer amount of emotions the stages of puberty bring.

Back to younger characters in hentai though (since I went off on a tangent), it shouldn’t bother the average viewer when high school boys and girls are featured in these works having sex, it’s a normal occurrence. Are there cases where characters look much younger than 13, yet the official age is that or above? Yeah, there’s definitely some cases where it looks like an easy loophole to have a child getting slammed by a giant monster cock (cause hentai is also extremely unrealistic), but when you deal with fictional works, it’s always going to be subjective anyways.

“There’s rape in hentai!” – There’s rape in non-pornographic films. There’s also a ton of extremely rough, hardcore and sometimes downright abusive (see donkey punching, it’s not cool) real porn that the average person will never come across.

Now this is something I’m not going to defend hentai for, but I’m putting them on an equal playing field with everything else. I absolutely despise it when any work of art portrays rape in it. I don’t care what it does for a character, I don’t care if you’re trying to make a villain as villainous as you can, rape is just one of those things that just isn’t cool no matter how you slice it. Watching a protagonist get their revenge on a murderer who killed his entire family by putting a bullet in his head, awesome. But I would never want to see a guy anal rape another guy in response to that guy raping his daughter, or something like that. No excuse, not in film, not in porn, not in hentai.

“And what the fuck is with that tentacle shit?!” – There’s actually a really odd, yet surprisingly sensible answer to that question. As hentai viewers know, the majority of hentai has the genitals censored out, uncensored hentai films are not common place by any means. I think the laws that require all pornographic material in Japan to be censored is extremely weird and dumb, given how much of a sexually comfortable nation Japan is compared to a lot of the world, especially the United States (will somebody please think of the children?!) where nothing is censored at all in porn.

But the reason tentacles came into play (pun intended) was because of said laws. You have to censor a male’s dick, but if they’re tentacles, you don’t have to censor them. Thus began the craze of tentacle porn. Think of it as a protest, a rebel cause for the de-censoring of pornography there. Is it weird? Oh hell yeah, I don’t get it at all. But the reasons are sound.

“Then there’s all that super disgusting shit with monsters and creatures!” – This is one that I can’t personally argue because I share the same opinion on the matter. When you incorporate non-human creatures into the equation on hentai, you’ve lost me completely, my brain cannot cope with some of the super weird shit that’s out there. But I (for the most part) have no problems with humanoid creatures, as long as they’re not over-sizing them compared to who they’re fucking.

As a fan of fictional material, I can find enjoyment in the many non-human races like elves, dwarves, orcs, even a selection of furries and anthropomorphic characters. The key for me is drawing it well and making them look as close to being human as possible. Take furries for example. They’re some wonderfully well-drawn half-wolf/half-human characters out there. But if it’s just a wolf, I’m out. That’s too far past my line. Generally if they’re all fur, I’m out. Characters like the average nekomimi (catgirl) you’d find in anime is the perfect example. Cat ears, tail, the demeanor, but still mostly human skin. Monster Musume definitely tested me as to where that line gets drawn. Watch it though, it’s really fun.


At the end of the day, I am going to bring up the one argument that I use for so much nowadays with fictional media: IT’S NOT REAL!!!

The characters, whether underage, any gender, colour, race, etc. are all part of a fictional world. No one’s getting raped in real life when you watch this stuff, it’s all drawn, it’s not real. To say a piece of fiction is worse than the real-life counterpart is absolutely asinine.

Cause let’s be honest, we’d love to see the girls in hentai as real life porn stars. But they’re drawn perfectly, most men and women in real life will never look that good no matter what they do.

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