History of Hentai part 2

Part 2,revolves around the media of hentai anime..how throughout history did this particular media grow and what is it today and where is it going. The following is not an official eras listing in hentai history,these eras of hentai anime as defined by cthulhuplush,which for me..as I have done my homework is the best and most sensible order of Hentai Anime history.

With a little editing here and there I present,pretty much a sum up of this media’s history and events. Word to the wise,its the internet..if you are looking for the most accurate answer you might as well debate the accuracy of a conspiracy theory. The article is kinda long..its history after all but, worth the read.

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The Cream Lemon Era (1984 to 1993)
The Silver Age (1994 to 1999)
The Golden Age (2000-2006)
The Fail Age (2006-Present)

Firstly,In view of Hentai anime in the movie department,The first is the 1969 film One Thousand and One Arabian Nights(my focus is on anime as a series and manga..so ya..just alittle food for thought) which faithfully includes erotic elements of the original story. In 1970, Cleopatra: Queen of Sex, was the first animated film to carry an X rating, but it was mislabeled as erotica in America.

It was Central Park Media’s 1993 release of Urotsukidoji which brought the first hentai film to American viewers. Often cited for creating the hentai and tentacle rape genres, it contains extreme depictions of violence and monster sex. It is notable for being the first depiction of tentacle sex on screen.(Tentacle rape started here in a movie most probably)

•The Cream Lemon Era (1984 to 1993)

So hentai anime all started in the early 80’s. At the time Japan had a booming economy, and the anime market responded to this with the creation of the concept of the OVA. These were animes that were released exclusively on laser disc or VHS, and the 80’s saw a massive boom of OVA’s most of which are terrible, but in a very entertaining way. Because these OVA’s didn’t need to be aired on TV or be in theaters, they allowed for significantly less censoring, and as a result were able to have massive amount of violence and nudity.

The first OVA’s were made in 1983, and within a year someone found out, hey we can put porn of these, and thus we got Lolita. Although Lolita was the first hentai, it was not the one that defined there era, instead that honor goes to Cream Lemon, which came out latter that same year. Cream Lemon was a massive anthology, spanning 39 episodes that ran from ’84 all the way to ’93.

Almost all hentai from that time period were episodes of Cream Lemon, which was heavily influenced by Urusei Yatsura and tended towards more light hearted, romantic proto-moe themes. There were a few hentais from that time period that were not part of Cream Lemon, and these tended to be either be more dark and violent OVA’s like with the work of Toshio Maeda andYorihisa Uchide or from known ecchi/hentai mangaka such as U-jin or Go Nagai. From ’84 to ’93 there would only be a handful of hentai released every year, but once Cream Lemon ended the market became open for competition

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•The Silver Age (1994 to 1999)

1993 saw only few hentai releases, but the year after Cream Lemon ended, 1994, saw almost 20. With Cream Lemon out of the way, various studios and creators were able to flood in and try to fill in the void if left. The result was a short era and boom in hentai, that gave birth to most of the trends and major players in the hentai world.

The silver age is mostly marked by the introduction of hentai games and dating sims. Starting with companies like Elf, Alice Soft and Sogna (creators of the Viper series) erotic games really started to take off. Of these Elf was the most notable, and responsible for Doukyuusei, the first dating sim. As erotic games (or eroge) started to gain in popularity, there began to be a distinct split in their focus. These games that focused on the cute girls are the origins of moe, and companies such as F&C soft (with it’s Pia Carrot series) and Leaf (responsible for the extremely popular To Heart) were pivotal in moe becoming popular and widespread.

In 1998 Tactics released the game One, which started the pseudomystical/amnesia/hero returning to their home town trope. It did end up receiving both a non pornographic and pornographic OVA, but sadly neither actually tells the story properly and they both rather suck. Shortly thereafter the main artist for One was poached by Key, and Kanon was released, which remains one of the most influential visual novels of all time. Kanon ended getting a TV series 2002 (and another in ’06), that In view one must consider the silver era as moe, even though chronologically it does come after the end of the era, it remained immune to the prevailing moe tropes of the time.

Early on these moe games were mostly made into hentai OVA’s, as is the case with most F&C titles, but starting with Sentimental Journey in 1998 bishoujo games started to be successfully made into TV series. As a result between 1998 and 2000 there were a few non-hentai releases of bishoujo games (some of which were not porn to begin with). These were things like the Pia Carrot 2 DX OVA, Tokimeki Memorial, Seraphim Call, Kakyuusei and most famously of all To Heart.

These early dating sim based moe shows tended to be terrible, mostly because they lacked any kind of proper focus. In a game, you would focus on a single character and create a romantic story between them and you, but often with these series, they would not commit to telling a true romance between the antagonist and any particular character, resulting in series with massive casts where nothing happens.

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On the other side of the spectrum, many games put a greater emphasis on the porn, and these were often the more fetish focused games. Generally these games would have large amounts of rape, and often feature bondage or scatalogical elements. Although Elf was responsible for plenty of dating sims and moe based games, it did also have many things that focused more on the porn, such as the Saku’s. Sogna’s Viper series was also very rape focused and tended towards far more pornographic situations. Probably the most brutal of all the companies to come out of the 90’s though was Ail, who’s games tended towards the extreme fetishishtic, featuring rape, bondage, scat and guro.

Many hentai production companies made their way onto the scene during the silver age. Daiei started slightly before the end of Cream Lemon, and was responsible for La Blue Girl and it’s sequal as well as the Twin Angel series. Most famous of the production companies to come out of the silver era was Pink Pineapple, who started with 1993’s Rei Rei, and remain extremely active throughout the 90’s, producing the Injuu series, almost all of the adaptations of Elf games, a few adaptations of F&C soft games and many original titles. Around the middle of the era the production company Green Bunny came on to the scene, producing a variety of little known OVA’s as well as the infamous Cool Devices. Many smaller companies also produced various OVA’s during the era, such as Beam and Phoenix entertainment.

 

Starting in 1998, companies began to experiment with actually giving hentais budgets. I’m guessing this has to do with anime being introduced to America, and hentai coming along with it. Expanding to the American market really helped save the anime industry and most likely the hentai market want a larger market share as well. The result was three hentai of note, Umetsu Yasuomi’s Kite (made by ARMS with help from Green Bunny and Beam) and Beam/AIC’s projects with Masaki Kajishima Space Ship Agga Ruter and Gosenzo San’e. These projects were far more ambitious and had much more effort put into them than any prior hentai. This would be the first step towards the golden age.

The following year saw the rise of a few more major players. Namely Digital Works, the production company that is responsible for the Vanilla series. That year they put out four hentai titles, which really placed them on the map as one of the major hentai producers to be. Discovery also made its way onto the stage in this era, with its release of Maiden Diaries.

The silver age also continued Cream Lemon’s tradition of anthologies after it ended. Hiroyuki Utatane had both the Countdown series and was heavily involved in the Cool Devices series. The hentai mangaka U-jin produced several anthologies such as Vixens and the various tales series. And there was the Secret Anima series, which was largely produced by Beam.

Overall the silver age is marked by a growing proliferation of hentai, and a distinct split between the moe/romantic focused hentai and the more straight up and fetish focused porn.

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•The Golden Age (2000-2006)

Starting with the turn of the century hentai became huge. The American anime boom had started and hentai was along for the ride, with an eager foreign market and many American hentai licensers hentai was a good market to be in. During this era massive amount of high budget hentai was produced every year, with some of the more notable series being Bible Black and Night Shift Nurses. During this era pretty much all the hentai that was worth watching was made, and most of the hentai from this age is worth checking out. They’re well animated and uncensored.

Pink Pineapple remained active, releasing OVA’s for Elf and Ail. Digital works was going strong with it’s Vanilla series. Green Bunny was producing some great stuff, including Sexfriend, my favorite hentai of all time. Discovery was doing good work with Jyuhachi Minamizawa, who I’m still not convinced isn’t just Akiyuki Shinbo under a pseudonym.

Everything was riding high and going good in the world of hentai, until it all fell apart. Moe wise this era was dominated by the likes of Love Hina. Love Hina came out in 2000 and basically combined all the tropes from 90’s moe and put them into single series featuring lots of boobs and perverted situations. Love Hina was massively popular and successful, mainly because 13 year olds who couldn’t get their hands on actual porn were able to get a wacky boob filled comedy.

What resulted was an almost endless stream of ecchi harem comedies that mostly focused on a dud moving into an apartment where lots of girls lived. Love Hina had many clones, such as Ai Yori Aoshi and Happy Lesson. The golden age also saw the rise of the imouto fetish. I’ve been trying to properly pinpoint the main culprit for this, and currently my best guess is Sister Princess, since it predates the Cream Lemon reboot (which I used to blame for that shit) by a little bit.

2003 saw an important development in the moe world, in the form of Da Capo. Love Hina’s ecchi comedy, Sister Princess’s incest and Kanon’s tone and themes combined to form a show that perfectly represented how hentai games would evolve and foretold the eventual death of good hentai. Starting with Da Capo there was a massive influx of anime based on hentai games that all came in the form of ecchi comedies where the main character goes back to his home town after a long absence and some sort of pseudo-mystical happening are going on. Most of these never ended up getting a license here in the states, but they are shows like Wind, Kakyuusei 2 and Shuffle.

These shows mostly feature stupid comedic set pieces, and some boobs, and as a result are were fairly successful among audiences who weren’t able to buy porn. The result of their popularity was a shift in the visual novel adaptation market. During the silver and golden age, most hentai games ended up being adapted into hentai OVA’s, but as moe became more popular in main stream anime the trend was to instead adapt them into regular anime, with maybe some nudity, and just have the games be pornographic.

As a result the only hentai games that ended up getting adapted to hentai OVA’s tended to be the more extreme fetishistic ones (such as with Ail or Lilith games), or ones that focused much more on the porn than the plot, or fap games as they are also known. This is where hentai first started to go downhill, and much like with all things in the anime world, it all went wrong in 2006 when Haruhi ruined everything

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•The Fail Age (2006-Present)

I consider it no coincidence that the beginning of Haruhi-ism and hentai starting to suck. Despite being a brilliant and well made series, Haruhi is pretty much responsible with everything currently wrong with anime, and only now are we seeing any kind of recovery after Madoka was able to change the paradigm of moe.

Moe wise, in the non-hentai world of anime, Haruhi fucking ruined everything. Pretty much from 2006-2011 (and beyond) all that we got was an endless stream of horrible Haruhi clones. Companies saw the massive popularity of Haruhi and wanted to jump on the band wagon without really understanding why Haruhi worked. Haruhi is a great show because it was brilliantly written and presented, not because it features a weird girl in a small club that doesn’t actually do anything. But what we got were clones that featured people in small clubs that don’t actually do anything and lack any sort of creativity or quality or plot.

The most tragic casualty of this trend was Key, whose series slowly began to grow more and more horrible as they had more and more Haruhi injected into them,. But Haruhi really just ruined anime, hentai died for a collection of other reasons.

First hentai’s source material made a dramatic shift from the golden age to the fail age. As moe became more and more main stream, hentai visual novels that focused more on characters and plot were generally getting adaptations as TV series, instead of as porn. As a result henta OVA’s based on things with well developed characters and story lines began stopped being made, because these games would be more successful being made into a main stream TV series. Which left hentai to get its inspiration instead from either manga or more fetish focused games.

During the silver and golden age, hentai tended to be made based on either original ideas or from games, but starting with the fail age, manga based hentai became more and more prevalent. Sadly most of this hentai ended up being mediocre and boring.

The main problem is that hentai manga tends not to tell an overarching story, but instead each chapter has it’s own independent scenario. The average chapter in a hentai manga is maybe 20 pages and will features only one sex scene, often with very little setup, since if you only have 20 pages and you want to cram as much porn as you can into a small space. That works for manga, but not so much for a 20-30 minute OVA. Many of these OVA’s would simply be direct adaptations of just one, or occasionally two chapters of a hentai manga.

As a result they often feel very drawn out, feature just about one or two sex scenes, and feature little to no real characters, plot or context. In effect the adaptation of hentai manga to OVA’s has turned hentai into boring regular porn, but hentai used to be so much more. Sadly the hentai that isn’t based on manga, tends to be based on the more fetishistic hentai games, that tend to still be awful. This age saw the rise of shit like Lilith and Clockup, that make complete garbage, that even by the standards of brutal rape hentai, are complete shit. Sadly the schism between hentai and moe has resulted in there being very little moe in actual hentai, which has caused it to drop significantly in quality.

The next factor to the death of hentai is the economic one. Anime was riding a pretty good bubble in the early 2000’s, mainly based on a booming American market. But as time went by the bubble started to show signs of weakening. With the growing easy availability of fansubs, a slowing economy and bad practices from licensers and licensees the bubble burst and the American anime market crashed.

Piracy was distinctly a factor in the crash, although who can really blame the pirates when you were making a choice between the legal release, which could take up to a year for a license to be announced, then another several months for the DVD’s to be released, with each one only containing 3-4 episodes at best

Fansubs were creating hard competition that American companies did nothing to keep up with. That combined with unsustainable licensing practices from both sides ended up in almost every American anime company going bankrupt, starting with Geneon and CMP, and then ADV, Bandai and Media Blaster (for all intensive purposes) followed. The result of this crash was felt hard on the hentai industry.

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Although some companies did survive, none maintained any hentai licensing, and even Kitty fell into a state of complete inactivity, although they seem to currently be showing some minor signs of activity. The result of this crash was the removal of a foreign market for hentai, and as a result much lower budgets.

The loss of budget and the switch to either fetish porn or terrible manga adaptations has lead to hentai being terrible for a long time. Pretty much everything from the fail age is either absolute garbage, like with the shit Lilith puts out, infuriatingly bland like with Stringendo, or almost passably bland like with what Poro is putting out, which tends to get a solid C. Stuff from the silver age was generally not that great, but almost always at least entertaining.

Stuff from the golden age was either great, or still worth watching even though it sucked. Stuff from the fail age is pretty much all not even worth bothering with. Even to the point where they aren’t worth checking out just to skip around to the sex scenes. Between the ruination of boobs with this bakunyuu bullshit, dialogue so crappy that I can’t help but notice it and nothing going on other than the bland porn, I can’t help but feel despair about the current direction of a medium I love.

But all hope is not lost… maybe. In the same way that Madoka has revitalized moe, by shifting the paradigm away from Haruhi clones towards adaptations of Manga Time Kirara shows with interesting art styles, there may be hope that hentai can improve. There have been a few good hentais recently, with stuff like Junk Land showing that competent adaptations of manga can be made and Sono Hana from a while back showing that there still is the potential for quality hentai out there. I’m not going to hold my breath though.

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