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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Japanese have been making games based on hentai (erotic cartoons) for some time now, and they have a growing fan base in America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since it's so late, I ask if he's staying up for the hentai.’
    • ‘Intrepid journalist Zack "Eddie Vedder" Parsons has once again taken a trip into the wacky world of Japanese Hentai games.’
    • ‘Not all animated Internet porn is Japanese hentai (although the ground-breaking influence on the industry in general is undeniable).’
    • ‘Still, Hentai capsule toys are big business in Japan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I look at the television and suspect this is hentai.’
    • ‘There's a kind of argument over on my livejournal about how anime is or isn't 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.’

Origin

1990s: Japanese, literally abnormal, perverted.

Pronunciation:

hentai

/hɛnˈtʌɪ/