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? know the anime ecchi which are almost hentai? In this article, we will see the differences between the two words, types of hentai, ecchi and also a complete list.

Ecchi and Hentai in the West

If you like anime, you must remember that ecchi is used to refer to a genre of animation, but is that its real meaning? There are different uses of the word in the West and in Japan. In this article, let's see what it really means ecchi and also hentai.

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

already the word hentai refers to any type of cartoon pornography. O ecchi it is a level before hentai, that is, they are perverted things, while hentai are things involving explicit sex. But the big controversy is that these 2 words exchange meanings with each other in Japan.

Meaning of hentai and ecchi - differences, genres and anime

The Meaning of Ecchi and Hentai in Japan

While ecchi in the west it's light stuff and hentai is heavy stuff. In Japan call someone hentai, is saying that this person is a perverted stranger. already use the word ecchi is talking exactly about sex or erotic things. The two words actually exchange meanings with each other.

The word ecchi in Japanese it literally means sex and is usually represented by the letter H. In fact, the word ecchi It's exactly the Japanese pronunciation of the English letter H. Is it a big coincidence that H is the initial of the word hentai? remembered the anime B Cat H Kei or waraneko?

The word ecchi it 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.

Meaning of hentai and ecchi - differences, genres and anime

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

The hentai (変態) is not even a heavy word in Japan. This word is also often used with the meaning of 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 characters strange (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 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 i.e. Sex! In Japanese there are many non-literal or idiomatic words. The Japanese don't like to express themselves directly with a word.

Meaning of hentai and ecchi - differences, genres and anime

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

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

Meaning of hentai and ecchi - differences, genres and anime

If you want to refer to erotic Japanese animations, we can use the expression eroanime (エロアニメ), if it's manga we can say romance (エロ漫画), since erotic games are usually the abbreviation of 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).

Types of Ecchi

At the Traditional Ecchi, we have constant photos of panties, bouncing breasts and dubious camera angles. These titles are often sexualized and designed to arouse, depicting perverted themes and focusing heavily on the female body.

Nosebleeds, suspicious hand positions, placement of face to chest, expressive and exaggerated body parts, and other aspects characterize this genre.

the anime ecchi can be categorized as normal anime, like shounen, shoujo and seinen. Some tend to identify them by their origin, some are based on eroge, others are based on adult manga themselves.

Borderline H - On the border

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

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

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

  • Aki Sora;
  • Futari Ecchi;
  • Interspecies Reviewers;
  • Kiss x Sis;
  • Shinmai Maou no Testament;
  • Seikon on Qwaser;
  • Nozoki Ana;
  • Queen's Blade;

Smut – Ecchi for women

Smut anime is typically written by women, for women, for genres like Shoujo, Josei, and Yaoi. There's a strong focus on seduction, characters being swept up, and other buildup to having sex that makes you feel hot.

Obscene anime often, but not always, includes sexually explicit content. are usually those few minutes anime that look like hentai and have been appearing in every season since 2017. See the short list below:

  • Papa Date, Shitai
  • Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujou: Osananajimi wa Shouboushi
  • XL Joushi
  • Pray at Midarero's Yubi. Heitengo Futarikiri at the Salon de…
  • Shuudengo, Capsule Hotel de, Joushi ni Binetsu Tsutawaru Yoru
  • 25-sai no Joshikousei
  • Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaiji;
  • Amai Choubatsu – Watashi wa Kanshu Sen'you Pet
  • Skirt no 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's difficult to identify them. The best thing to do is read the full articles about 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 Yuri and Yaoi genres, there are several genres within Hentai anime that we cannot list them all. Some popular ones are:

lolicon – Focused 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 the representation of women with large breasts. The word can be literally translated to "exploding breasts".

futanari [ふたなり] – Representations of women who have both phallic genitals (penis with scrotum, only one penile shaft 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] – Depictions of tentacled creatures, sometimes monsters (fictional or otherwise) that engage in sex or rape with girls and, less often, men;

We also recommend reading about ahegao or ours Adult Culture Guide in Japan!

Meaning of hentai and ecchi - differences, genres and anime

List of Hentai Anime

In this article, we will only show a list of Hentai anime, in case you want to see a Ecchi anime list click here. The list below is in alphabetical order! (PS: There's still time to stop watching this 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 License
  • Choukou Sennin Haruka
  • Classical Sex-Zone
  • Cool Devices
  • Rakuen Cosplay
  • Cream Lemon
  • Creamy Pie
  • Custom Reido
  • D+vine Luv
  • daiakuji
  • Daisuki na Mama
  • dark shell
  • Deep Voice
  • Demon Beast Invasion
  • Demon: Gaiden
  • discipline series
  • Discode: Ijou Seiai
  • DNA Hunter
  • Doctor Shameless
  • Dorei Kaigo
  • Dousou Kai Again
  • Dragon Knight series
  • Dragon Pink
  • Ebenbourg in 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 mama
  • 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 Anne
  • 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 on 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
  • At 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
  • Cousin Donna Mai
  • Princess Memory
  • Prism Ark
  • Private Emotion
  • Private Psycho Lesson
  • king king
  • 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 Ruther
  • Stainless Night
  • Stairs: Houkago no Album
  • Star☆Jewel
  • Steal Moon
  • Stepmother's Sin
  • stringendo
  • tayu tayu
  • Teacher's Pet
  • The Rapeman
  • The Satisfaction
  • tinderbox
  • Tokyo Kidou Police
  • Tokyo 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
  • VGNeo
  • 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
  • Zechou Rocket
  • Zoku Gosenzo San'e
  • Zton Jingai
  • Zutto Suki Datta

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