Definition of hentai in English:

hentai

noun

mass noun
  • A subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots.

    • ‘There's a kind of argument over on my livejournal about how anime is or isn't hentai.’
    • ‘Intrepid journalist Zack "Eddie Vedder" Parsons has once again taken a trip into the wacky world of Japanese Hentai games.’
    • ‘Still, Hentai capsule toys are big business in Japan.’
    • ‘I don't watch anime, I don't watch hentai, I am not into otaku … hell I don't even know what the hell it means.’
    • ‘I look at the television and suspect this is hentai.’
    • ‘It features art and stories intended for a mature audience on a theme of alien monsters ravaging pretty school students in a hentai style.’
    • ‘Not all animated Internet porn is Japanese hentai (although the ground-breaking influence on the industry in general is undeniable).’
    • ‘Since it's so late, I ask if he's staying up for the hentai.’
    • ‘Zack sits down in front of a computer onstage and silently plays a hentai game for 50 minutes, pausing to glare at any audience member that dares to make a noise.’
    • ‘It's not quite shocking or sordid enough to fit in the hentai tradition, and its visual style is a far cry from traditional anime.’
    • ‘The Japanese have been making games based on hentai (erotic cartoons) for some time now, and they have a growing fan base in America.’
    • ‘It has its light side, its tense elements, its adult content (no Hentai though), and an ability to shift tone as the episodes go by.’

Origin

1990s Japanese, literally ‘abnormal, perverted’.

Pronunciation

hentai

/hɛnˈtʌɪ/