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Ero Week: Why hentai just doesn't do it for me

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It's no secret here at Japanator that many of us enjoy hentai. As a subset of the anime genre, some may even consider it essential viewing depending on how good the story is (if any). Over the years, I've known plenty of people who have watched various hentai shows and enjoyed them. And yes, I know more people than just Brad with an extensive viewing history of the subject.

I've always kind of wondered what the appeal was. Now, before you get all Captain Obvious on me and respond back, "Well, it's sex, duh!" Let me explain. I've watched a bit of hentai. What anime fan hasn't? It's nearly inescapable. And contrary to many people I know, I just can't get into it. In light of Ero Week here, this got me thinking. Why doesn't hentai do it for me? Am I the exception to the rule?

Read on to hear my self reflection on hentai, and hear why this girl just doesn't lust over the 2D boys and girls.

Some people may view hentai as simply their preferred version of porn. Sure, there are multitudes of it, all based on personal preference, and why should an anime fan be denied watching pornographically what they watch for regular entertainment? I don't dislike those who view hentai, and I can understand it.

Hentai can be a great way for people to live out their fantasies, much like regular porn or some Skinemax film you used to watch when you were fifteen. And living out these fantasies in a 2D realm can be appealing. It's safe, they're not real people, and it's arguably much more attractive...unless you're watching some really violent tentacle rape.

I suppose the biggest turn off for me is just the 2D nature in itself. I know these characters don't exist so I feel nothing for them, not even turned on because I know that there's no real life possibility. Of course, I also know fantasizing about my favorite Hollywood stars is also near impossible, but that's just it. It's near impossible to lust over real beings, but not 100% impossible. There is that 0.0001% chance that I could hook up with Taylor Lautner (sorry, Bob).

But the possibility of a real life situation isn't the only reason I prefer things of a real life erotic nature to hentai. As I mentioned, things are often more attractive in hentai, especially pretty boys with bodies like Greek gods. Sorry girls, but often times that's just not the case. While I admit it's attractive, I think real bodies just have something that an anime boy can't have. You know, like body temperature--or a pulse. 

On the other hand, while hentai can be a super clean and idealized version of real sex, I often find parts of it just too gross for me. I know this sounds contradictory, but hear me out. I'm assuming you've watched a bit of hentai, or you wouldn't be reading this. Well, you know how girls are always depicted as dripping endlessly and the guy always ejaculates about ten gallons worth? Yeah, that's a little...gross, and that's just regular hentai. Let's not get into tentacles, dick girls, guro, or even something as exotic as snakegirls. It can get pretty nasty.

So while I'll understand if you enjoy hentai, I simply do not. I like knowing that on-screen sexual activities are physically possible and not just a fragment of my imagination. I may be one of the few staff members that feel this completely opposed, but what can I say? This girl likes her sexy times IRL.

 

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