Salem Saberhagen wrote:
^It's not just the Japanese, hentai exports around the world. I think some of it is made to appeal to people who just want the novelty of something foreign and shocking, though some tropes (like tentacles) have very interesting histories.
If it appeals to others around the world, it would only be a very specific and narrow niche.
I'm not a prude, but someone who finds tentacle rape appealing is someone who is decidedly not
mainstream, to put it mildly. Certainly one would not consider this appeal as normal. Yes, I know some like to take pride in being different from the rest, such as having interests that might be considered a little kooky. In most cases, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it may even be indicative of their brilliance or innovative thinking. But with hentai, I really don't see what intrinsic value it has. Its demeaning to women, promotes rape, and in some examples, even promote beastality. That is seriously f**ked up, if you asked me. It may even reflect some mental conditions with these people who are into that extreme sub-genre of hentai.
As for tentacle-based erotica, I know some of it can be traced back to 19th century Japanese woodwork painting. But modern day hentai I think is rather different.
P.S-I should clarify, not ALL hentai is as peversed and twisted as tentacle rape. Some are pretty much standard porn in anime format, be it straight/gay/lesbian or bisexual. Fine, nothing wrong with that. A few might even have a compelling story at its core. But unfortunately, the most infamous and well-known examples of hentai are those that are really way too extreme and screwed up. Those notorious examples, I mean, I really have to question the creators and audience who are into that sort of hentai.