Meaning of hentai and Ecchi – Differences, Genres and Anime

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Have you ever wondered the meaning of the word ecchi and hentai? Do you know which Hentai anime exist? Do you know the ecchi anime that are almost hentai? In this article we will see the differences between the two words, the types of hentai, ecchi and also a complete list.

Ecchi and Hentai in the West

If you like anime, you should remember that ecchi is used to refer to an animation genre, but is that really what it means? There are different uses of the word in the west and in Japan. In this article we will see what ecchi and hentai really mean.

In the west, the word ecchi is used to refer to any anime, manga or Japanese work that has sensual scenes like the panties of some character appearing or breasts jumping or even appearing. They are anime that make use of fanservice to attract young people, and unfortunately most anime have even a little bit of this fanservice.

The word hentai refers to any type of cartoon pornography. Ecchi is one level before hentai, that is, they are perverted things, while hentai are things involving explicit sex. But the great controversy is that these 2 words exchange meanings with each other in Japan.

Meaning of hentai and Ecchi - Differences, Genres and Anime

What does ecchi and hentai really mean?

While ecchi in the West are light things and hentai are heavy things. In Japan to call someone a hentai, you’re saying that person is a perverted stranger. Using the word ecchi is talking about sex or erotic things. The two words actually exchange meanings with each other.

The word ecchi in Japanese literally means sex and is usually represented by the letter H. In fact, the word ecchi is exactly the Japanese pronunciation of the English letter H. Is it a great coincidence that H is the initial word for hentai? Did you remember the anime B Gata H Kei or Waraneko?

The word ecchi is not only used for sexual intercourse, but also for indecent and sensual things. Pay close attention when watching anime and notice the use of the word hentai to call boys perverts or the word H (エッチ) to talk about indecent things.

O que realmente significa ecchi e hentai?

In Japan, it makes no sense to use the word Hentai to refer to cartoon pornography. Using the word ecchi in Japan to refer to anime with a bit of sensuality can be a mistake. It is much more common and normal to call a friend of yours a hentai (perverted) than to speak the word ecchi in public.

Hentai [変態] is not even a heavy word in Japan. This word is also often used to mean transformation and metamorphosis. If you search for hentai in Roman letters you will come across heavy scenes, but if you write 変態 with Japanese letters you will see a lot of images of crazy people with panties on their heads.

The word hentai is literally composed of the strange characters (変) and attitude, condition, figure, appearance and voice (態). I personally cannot understand why this Japanese word has gained such a heavy meaning here in the West.

Meaning of hentai and Ecchi - Differences, Genres and Anime

Alternatives to the words ecchi and hentai in Japan

Ecchi does not literally mean sex, but something “indecent”. When you use the expression Ecchi Shiyou (エッチしよう), you are inviting a person to do indecent things, that is, Sex! In Japanese there are many non-literal or idiomatic words. The Japanese don’t like to express themselves directly with a word.

The real word that literally means sex is sekkusu (セックス). There are other words to refer to the person’s gender, as I know (性) seibetsu (性別) and the word seiteki (性的) which in addition to gender is used in other words to refer to something sexual, such as sexual harassment or sexual arousal .

Since hentai means pervert, how do I talk about pornographic cartoons in Japan? To talk about pornography in Japan, we use the expression ero (エロ) from erotic. Although there is the expression porn (ポルノ), it is more common to see the use of the word H (ecchi) or ero (エロ).

If you want to refer to Japanese erotic animations, we can use the expression eroanime (エ ロ ア ニ メ), if it is manga we can say eromanga (エロ漫画), since erotic games are used to abbreviate erogemu, eroge (エ ロ ゲ). Regarding videos, in addition to the word erobideo (エロビデオ), we can use H bideo (Hビデオ).

Meaning of hentai and Ecchi - Differences, Genres and Anime

Ecchi types

At Ecchi Tradicional, we have constant pictures of panties, bouncing breasts and dubious camera angles. These titles are usually sexualized and designed to excite, representing perverted themes and focusing heavily on the female body.

Bleeding from the nose, suspicious hand positions, placing your face on your chest, expressive and exaggerated body parts and other aspects characterize this genre.

Borderline H – On the edge

These anime include frequent explicit sexual content, predominantly aimed at the male audience in the titles Seinen, Yuri or Bara. Sex is used as a plot device and is the main focus in many of these anime.

Like Hentai, the anime Borderline H shows prolonged sexual acts; but the anime Borderline H censors the genitalia and other elements with white outlines, mosaics or opacity. Usually the scenes shown try to avoid exposing positions.

Some anime names that arrive at the edge of H are:

  • Aki Sora;
  • Futari Ecchi;
  • Interspecies Reviewers;
  • Kiss x Sis;
  • Shinmai Maou in the Testament;
  • Seikon at Qwaser;
  • Nozoki Ana;
  • Queen’s Blade;

Smut – Ecchi for women

Smut anime are typically written by women, for women, for genres like Shoujo, Josei and Yaoi. There is a strong focus on seduction, characters being swept away and other accumulations in having sex that make you feel hot.

Obscene anime often, but not always, includes explicit sexual content. Usually they are those anime of few minutes that look like hentai and it has appeared in each season since 2017. See the short list below:

  • Papa Datte, Shitai
  • Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujou: Osananajimi wa Shouboushi
  • XL Joushi
  • Pray at the Yubi of Midarero. Heitengo Futarikiri at the Salon de…
  • Shuudengo, Capsule Hotel, Joushi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru
  • 25-out at Joshikousei
  • Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji.
  • Amai Choubatsu – Watashi wa Kanshu Sen’you Pet
  • Skirt at Naka wa Kedamono Deshita.
  • Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni…

Shounen-AI, Shoujo-Ai, Yuri and Yaoi

This is the Homosexual gender. These anime may or may not be in the Hentai or Ecchi category, many mix the genres so it is difficult to identify them. The best thing to do is to read the full articles on yaoi and yuri anime that I will list below:

Meaning of hentai and Ecchi - Differences, Genres and Anime

Types of Hentai

In addition to the genre Yuri and Yaoi, there are several genres within Hentai anime that we can’t list all of. Some popular ones are:

Lolicon – Centered on pre-pubescent, pubescent or post-pubescent underage girls;

Shotacon – Focused on pre-pubescent, pubescent or post-pubescent underage boys;

Bakunyū [爆乳] – A genre of pornographic media focused on representing women with large breasts. The word can be translated literally to “exploding breasts”.

Futanari [ふたなり] – Representations of women who have both phallic genitals (penis with scrotum, only one penis or enlarged clitoris) with or without vulva or vagina.

Incest [近親相姦] – Sexual activity with legal family members;

NTR or Netorare [寝取られ] – Anime of betrayal and infidelity;

Omorashi [お漏らし] – A form of urolagnia;

Tentacles [触手責め] – Representations of creatures with tentacles, sometimes monsters (fictional or not) who engage in sex or rape with girls and, less often, men;

We also recommend reading about Ahegao or our Adult Culture!

Meaning of hentai and Ecchi - Differences, Genres and Anime

List of Hentai Anime

We will display in this article only a list of Hentai anime, if you want to see a list of Ecchi anime click here. The list below is in alphabetical order! (PS: There’s still time to stop seeing that crap and save your mind) …

  • 1+2=Paradise
  • 15 Bishoujo Hyouryuuki
  • A-Size Classmate
  • Advancer Tina
  • Adventure Kid
  • Akiba Girls
  • Alien from the Darkness
  • Alignment You! You!
  • Angel
  • Angel Blade
  • Angel of Darkness
  • Angels in the Court
  • Another Lady Innocent
  • Ashita no Yukinojou
  • Ayatsuri Ningyou
  • Bakunyuu Series
  • Barabanba
  • Beat Angel Escalayer
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Bible Black series
  • Binkan Athlete
  • Blood Royale
  • Bondage Mansion
  • Brandish
  • Call Me Tonight
  • Cambrian
  • Campus
  • Can Can Bunny Extra
  • Cele Kano
  • Cherry & Gal’s↑↑
  • Chikan no Licence
  • Choukou Sennin Haruka
  • Classical Sex-Zone
  • Cool Devices
  • Cosplay Rakuen
  • Cream Lemon
  • Creamy Pie
  • Custom Reido
  • D+vine Luv
  • Daiakuji
  • Daisuki na Mama
  • Dark Shell
  • Deep Voice
  • Demon Beast Invasion
  • Demonion: Gaiden
  • Discipline series
  • Discode: Ijou Seiai
  • DNA Hunter
  • Doctor Shameless
  • Dorei Kaigo
  • Dousou Kai Again
  • Dragon Knight series
  • Dragon Pink
  • Ebenbourg no Kaze
  • Elf Hime Nina
  • Elven Bride
  • Endless Serenade
  • Energy Kyouka!!
  • Enzai: Falsely Accused
  • Ero Konbini Tenchou
  • Euphoria
  • Famiresu Senshi Purin
  • Fella Hame Lips
  • Fencer of Minerva
  • Fish in the Trap
  • Floating Material
  • Furueru Kuchibiru
  • Futari no Aniyome
  • G-Taste
  • Gedou Gakuen
  • Gekka Bijin
  • Gin no Otoko
  • Girl Next Door
  • Green Green: Erolutions
  • Haitoku no Shoujo
  • Haitokuzuma
  • Hana Dorei
  • Harukoi Otome
  • Hatsu Inu
  • Heartful Maman
  • Heisa Byoutou
  • Heisei Harenchi Gakuen
  • Hime Dorei
  • Hime-sama Love Life!
  • Hinadori no Saezuri
  • Hininden Gausu
  • Hitoriga
  • Hot Tails
  • Hotaruko
  • I Dream of Mimi
  • Idol Kyousei Sousa
  • Ienai Koto
  • Immoral Sisters series
  • Imouto Jiru
  • Imouto Paradise!
  • In no Houteishiki
  • Injoku no Heya
  • Inma Youjo
  • Innocent Blue
  • Isaku
  • Isourou Tengoku
  • Itadaki! Seieki
  • Jiburiru – The Devil Angel
  • Jisshuusei
  • Joshi Luck!
  • Juvenile Pornography
  • Kakushi Dere
  • Kama Sutra
  • Kami-machi Sana-chan
  • Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo
  • Kansen 5: The Daybreak
  • Kao no nai Tsuki
  • Kara no Naka no Kotori
  • Kazama Mana
  • Kibun Kibun
  • Kimi Omou Koi
  • Kininaru Roommate
  • Kisaku Spirit
  • Kite
  • Kodomo no Jikan
  • Kokudo Oh
  • Koukai Benjo
  • Kowaku no Toki
  • Kowaremono
  • Kunoichi Series
  • La Blue Girl series
  • Leatherman
  • Legend of Lyon Flare
  • Level C
  • Little Monica Monogatari
  • Love Forever
  • Lunatic Night
  • Luv Wave
  • Magic Woman M
  • Maid Ane
  • Mama Puri!?
  • Mamahaha
  • Manga Edo Erobanashi
  • Manin Densha
  • Maple Colors
  • Marine a Go Go
  • Mashou no Kao
  • Master Piece
  • Megachu!
  • Megami Tantei Vinus File
  • Megane no Megami
  • MeiKing
  • Mesu Saga: Persona
  • Mezzo Forte
  • Mezzo Forte: Director’s Cut
  • Mi-da-ra
  • Midnight Panther
  • Mikagura Tanteidan
  • Milk Money
  • Mini Skirt Gakuen
  • Miyazaki Maya Daizukan
  • Mizuiro
  • Monmusu Quest!
  • Moonlight Lady
  • Mozu no Nie
  • Mugen no Kyoukai
  • My Life As
  • Mystery of the Necronomicon
  • Na Bbeun Sang Sa
  • Naedoko Demon’s Ground
  • Naisho no Wakana-san
  • Nanase Ren
  • Nee Summer!
  • Night Shift Nurses
  • Nikutai Ten’i
  • Ninpou Midare Karakuri
  • No Money
  • O-parts: Oman
  • Office Lingerie
  • Ogenki Clinic Adventures
  • Onna Kyoushi
  • Oppai Infinity∞!
  • Orchid★Emblem
  • Oyasumi Sex
  • Papillon Rose
  • Perverted Thomas
  • Pet Life
  • Pico x CoCo x Chico
  • Pigeon Blood
  • Prima Donna Mai
  • Princess Memory
  • Prism Ark
  • Private Emotion
  • Private Psycho Lesson
  • Rei Rei
  • Reijoku no Yakata
  • Rejuvenation
  • Renai Fuyou Gakuha
  • Rennyuu Tales
  • Residence
  • Rhythm: Koi no Rhythm
  • Rinkan Club
  • Ryoujoku Joshi Gakuen
  • Sailor Senshi Venus♥Five
  • Saimin☆Gakuen
  • SeeIn AO
  • Seifuku Shojo
  • Seisen Gakuin
  • Seme♥Chichi
  • Sensitive Pornograph
  • Sentakuya Shin-chan
  • Sex Taxi
  • Sex Warrior Pudding
  • Sexfriend
  • Sexy Sailor Soldiers
  • Shakuen no Eris
  • Shin Angel
  • Shin Hitou Meguri
  • Shintaisou
  • Shirouto Kurabu
  • Shocking Pink!
  • Shoujo Sect
  • Silent Chaser Kagami
  • Slave Doll
  • Slut Girl
  • SM no Susume
  • Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro
  • Soukan Yuugi
  • Soushitsukyou
  • Spaceship Agga Ruter
  • Stainless Night
  • Stairs: Houkago no Album
  • Star☆Jewel
  • Steal Moon
  • Stepmother’s Sin
  • Stringendo
  • Tayu Tayu
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • The Rapeman
  • The Satisfaction
  • Tinderbox
  • Tokio Kidou Police
  • Tokio Private Police
  • Tokubetsu Byoutou
  • Toriko no Chigiri
  • Toumei Ningen R
  • Tournament of the Gods
  • Tower of Etruria
  • Tropical Kiss
  • Trouble Evocation
  • True Blue: Gaiden
  • Tsugou no Yoi Sexfriend?
  • Tsuma to Mama to Boin
  • Tsunpri
  • Twin Angels series
  • U-Jin Brand
  • Uchiyama Aki
  • Ura Jutaijima
  • Urotsukidoji
  • V.G.Neo
  • Valkyrie Hazard
  • Venus 5
  • Viper GTS
  • Virgin Night
  • Vixens
  • Warau Kangofu
  • Weather Report Girl
  • Welcome to Pia Carrot
  • Wizard Girl Ambitious
  • Women at Work
  • Words Worth
  • Youkou no Ken
  • Yuuwaku
  • Zecchou Rocket
  • Zoku Gosenzo San’e
  • Zton Jingai
  • Zutto Suki Datta
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