Many accompanying Japanese animation must have realized the presence of giant temptations, whether in a fanservice-filled anime or adult content such as hentais. Have you ever stopped to wonder why the Japanese like tentacles?
Is there any reason behind the tentacles in Japanese animations or is it just japanese madness? What made Japanese like tentacles so much? What kind of fetish is that? Let’s find out in this article!
Shokushu Goukan – Origin of Tentacle Rape
The Japanese term for referring to adult scenes using tentacles in animations is shokushu goukan () The term depicts a creature with tentacles using to rape some character in anime, mango or book.
The first case of tentacle rape was in one of Katsushika Hokusai’s illustrations in his novel “Kinoe no komatsu”, first published in 1814. The story called it “The Fisherman’s Wife’s Dream.”
The first time a tentacle rape appeared in an anime was in an OVA called Out of Control in 1986. Although it had no real sexual implication this series of manga Demon Beast Invasion is often first attributed.
The first internet appearance of the term was in English “Tentacle Rape” posted in the Urban Dictionary as any character sexually assaulted with tentacles of any creature, be it octopus, alien, monster or humanoid.
Tentacles is a way to circumvent Censorship
For those who do not know, adult content in Japan has been censored since 1907. That is, both Japanese films and erotic animations cannot show the private parts (except the boobs), putting a mosaic in place.
The tentacles and other strange and scum things present in Japan’s +18 animations are made to circumvent japan’s Censorship Act. The authorities may not prohibit or compel them to censor non-human parts.
Taking advantage of the subject, just as the tentacles were made to circumvent censorship in Japan. Lolicons were also created to circumvent the censorship of pubic hair that existed in the 1990s.
The tentacles were a fashion in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as already mentioned, to circumvent censorship of adult content. Nowadays in traditional animes, tentacles is a disposable joke or just a Fan Service.
Octopuses and Squid are part of Japanese culture
For foreigners the presence of tentacles in animes and adult content may be inexplicable. Still, we should think that tentacles are part of everyday life in Japan and its cuisine. They live in an archipelago of islands, octopus is common.
Common street foods like Takoyaki uses octopus as an ingredient. So kind of Japanese are more accustomed to seeing octopuses and squid in their lives than Westerners who rarely consume this kind of food. So it’s a routine thing that doesn’t scare the Japanese.
Of course, it is undeniable that Japanese have crazy fetishes, either with realistic toys sold in suspicious stores scattered around Japan. Despite Japanese paraphernalia, hardly a tentacle is present in real life for these purposes.
Tentacles is not something unique to Japan
In the West the use of tentacles in villains to capture enemies is very frequent. It’s postsivel to find scenes like this in Tom and Jerry, Little Mermaid and many other Western drawings and Japanese animes.
Tentacles are tricks of capturing villains. The same thing happens in adult animations that use tentacles, it is usually a violent scene of a villain. The tentacles of octopuses have this vision throughout the century, even out of animations.
There are antique prints from centuries ago that represent octopuses and giant squidas as villains attacking ships and devouring regions. This is very frequent in almost all animes, whether with villains or with comic situations.
Do the Japanese really like tentacles?
Although popular in the 1990s, hental animations today have as many tentacles as they used to. Nowadays the industry has used other ways of circumventing censorship, it is to agree that many Japanese also find this scrotum.
Many Otakus who claim to consume this type of content, less pleases the tentacle part. Only perverts on duty can consume this kind of material, just as you can have fun watching toys.
It’s totally wrong to generalize and say that Japanese like tentacles, since this is just a stereotype that became popular in the animation era of the 1990s. The best thing to do is not relate tentacles to the Japanese.
Just as in the 1990s it was common animein space and with wick, tentacles are just a stage that still has traces today. What do you think about this? We hope to see your comments and shares.