The Difference between Ecchi and Hentai

Censor To Love Ru Yui Kotegawa Ecchi NudeDem shadows.

Japan is much more liberal about nudity than us Americans. It’s not like the stupid rules we have here where a movie can have all the blood and action it wants, but the moment there is one nipple, the MPAA immediately slaps on an R rating.

Therefore, it’s common that American otakus often make mistakes between distinguishing ecchi and hentai.

First off, in anime, nudity alone (including groping) DOES NOT equal hentai. There are lots of ecchi anime out there like To LOVE-Ru and Kanokon that you wouldn’t want your grandma to catch you fapping to, but even though the women are 99% – 100% naked, it’s still an ecchi anime.

So what’s the difference? Those of you old enough already know what merits as hentai (hint: it’s usually pixelated), but for those underage: first off, you shouldn’t be reading this post, and secondly, I’m not going to post any visual examples –– there are other means you can use to find out (*cough*Google*cough*).

Anyway, despite being “of age” there are still many reasons why I prefer ecchi (the lighter version) over the hardcore stuff.

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3 Responses to The Difference between Ecchi and Hentai

  1. Miss_Nellie says:

    Except for their spelling and how they are pronounced, they really been the SAME MEANING as per common people and others alike.

    As an otaku, I have my own share of ecchi and hentai anime that I have watched and became part of my subconscious mind that I can use for writing stories. Anyway, I agree that Japan has been much liberal about being nude that most of the Western countries. In my country too, it’s kind of being too hypocritical that much ecchi and hentai can destroy minds and can lead of being criminals.

    Ecchi I can tolerate, hentai I can tolerate but hard core is not my cup of tea. I can recall
    watching DearS and I have nosebleeds. I tried playing Wanko To Kurusou and ended nose bleeding more that my mom asked me what happened and forced to turn off our PC just to hide my shame. I keep X-rated manga on my folders and even printed them up for my collection and did my best to hide them and I share them only to my closest friend that happened to be an artist.

    With or without ecchi or hentai I think that an anime is still worth of its salt for the viewers whatever comments they might have on it.

    - Miss Nellie -

  2. Blaze Master says:

    No guys its not the same Echi is often a bit perverted but dosen’t show raping, it can have a consenting sex scene but it will not show the sex itself and is often more based on sexual fantasies rather than real thing. Also in Hentai the hero is often somekinda abuser that harrasses other female characters and is more of an anime porn than anything else, while ecchi may still have sex scenes but the characters do it willingly also they maybe reluctant to at first or hide theire relation ( because the land lady forbidds these kinda relations for example) may feel sexually insecure.. other characters might thing that the leads done it but in fact they didn’t done it or that molesting scene was either a comic mis-understanding(a guy trips on a girl his friends walk in thinking “oh shit dude sorry” the dude explains he never done anything along with the girl or gets a slap) Ecchi is more of a perverted romance and the characters develope a more open relationship also making satire from dates for example forcing the guy to go on a dare with 19 girls on the same ( which it can be either consented to as they know it and help the character and the day ends with him beeing exhausted but happy that everybody happens or girls dont know they find out and he gets a comic beating thought at the later part they still forgive him )also in Hentai’s the leads are often malovent , or even criminals using every dirty trick to have sex, boundage abuse verbal physical etc often the characters have an intent on having sex and its like real porn, mostly sex centered , without any other storyline whats so ever ……While Echi on the other has a guy who or leads how are benevolent ( so far School Days beeing the only exception) and the sexual harrasment happens by saccident , its not ussually sexual oriented and may have no sexually explitic scenes, the relations are romantic , the sex if happens .. happens out of a whim and simple playfuness
    natural atraction ( which in Japanese society is quite normal) the thing in Japanese culture that differs from our s is that there’s no real Chastity or virginity commadment like in our worlds and if people are good friends they might even engade in sexiual relationship ….ls cheating is understood differently and while its not quite legal a one stand with someone else or a moderated relationship dosen’t ussually cause damage… thought the lover in Japanese culture is obligated to have and go or in other words you can have sex with someones wife but not pursue a relationship with her and you often do it only once in a lifetime as it was her weakness… faitfhfullness is still important and its still considred to be a shame …as despite beeing open sexualy japanese value self restrain and extremelly value loyal friendship ( in extreme instances good friend of the familly might be invited to the couples bed and engade in sexual relationship with a guys wifes together with him LOL)and one thing what happens in home stays in home and you don’t talk about sex at all as well as the fact that you did it dosen’t change the friendly relation…which is propably odd for us to even understand….woman love to fulfill guys sexually but they only do it out of theire own will Japanese girls are very independent …they don’t think sex is a big deal nor they tie sex with romantic feelings they can have sex with someone pout of pity ….also JAPANESE HATE PERVERTS AND SEXUAL ADDICTS !and while they surelly do enjoy sex and are open to it theire not sluts or whores , in fact Japanese value loyalship, friendiness optimistic and virtues more and a character that sis often caring for his comrades may find himself in theire beds and hearths while a character that only wants sex will oftenleave the scene quickly thus Hentai is considered very negative while Echi is consider the right way …for example in an Hentai will find a forced sex scene and abusive characters or even characters punished in sexual methods, while in echi we will see more of a guidance in this risky part of live for example a guy who jumps o rants about sex will quickly get beaten UP , as his deeds are lated reflected in his outcome, in Echi there’s an outline of loyalship and friendship, like in School Days Makoto thought only about sex and didn’t consider the feelings of his gf’s and eventually got killed , he also was so obsessed with it that he forgot to develope the proper relation in this model ( in Echi a ex scene is a result of either a properly build friendly relation or an accident) and ussually the characters at first reject intimacy as its often seen as beeing easy or unable to control yourself and thus alligable for manipulation if you do sex on the first meeting, ( simply meaning that you have no respect for yourself or are weak ) thought not all echi follow this rule as well , as the lust itself is considered a weakness by itself thus the strong character might simply be passive and enjoy his experience ( I never send the one that makes the first move is strong Xd ) another comical element in ecchi sterns from this that while hentai a naked girl equals sex scene in ecchi a guy will say its a trap and start running away in panick ( this is a reason why ) of course theres one thibg Japanese value gentle people and a Echi guy may rarelly ( thought ussually in a well build relationship already in a sence were he knows with his all hearth that its ok , thought in this case a girl who’s willingly willing to concent will most likelly stay in cloths and first give a warm kiss inviting and generally beeing patient undressing slowly and making sure the guy feels comfortable enought to take in advance, while the trap girl will mostly wait ready to use … also a key difference…thought depending on the lead falling in the trap might not make any difference thought the seducing female might ignore the guy who got catched untill he reclaims his honor hence why ecchi leads avoid this as it often scores the down.. thought he might get the points up with sincerity and for example performing tasks.. hence another part of the humour as said Japanese value friendship , so the same ecchi guy that fallen victim to his lust after getting beaten up badly by some guys that attacked and harrassed the girl… it rarelly happens other way around thought unless he already posses a proper relationship with woman, thus its more common for an ecchi male to save unknown a echi female than the other way around , because when a guy is saved by a female the female will often treat the guy as scum or a kid , untill he proves himself to her …hence why Tsundere or other characters were invented.. but when he saves her he scores big time …. thought again it has to be a majour event not random monster of the week…. the more wounds he gets the better for him XD…..if a female cries or yells at him why he is doing or he’s an complete fool than he scored the top XDDDD…… so this is just few things I outlined that makes a totall difference, HENTAI is just PORN and Ill that its not very realistic either or mosttly shows thibngs we wish that never happened anywhere …. Echi is often more life based, characters have issues dilemas and sex is plitten into it as a somekind privelage

  3. Anonymous says:

    You lost me at “No guys…”

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