Hentai is a term that refers to pornographic anime and manga. A loanword from Japanese, the original term ( ) does not describe a genre of media, but rather an abnormal sexual desire or act, as an abbreviation of 変態性欲, and is also used to refer to persons who hold or do such desires and acts, often translated to English as "pervert". In addition to anime and manga, hentai works exist in a variety of media, including artwork and video games (commonly known as eroge).The development of hentai has been influenced by Japanese cultural and historical attitudes toward sexuality. Hentai works, which are often self-published, form a significant portion of the market for doujin works, including doujinshi. Numerous subgenres exist depicting a variety of sexual acts and relationships, as well as novel fetishes.TerminologyHentai is a kanji compound of 変 (hen; 'change' or 'weird') and 態 (tai; 'appearance' or 'condition'), and means "metamorphosis" or "transformation". In sexual
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