Regardless of whether you like hentai or hate it, there does seem to be something about tentacle sex that people do love and that motivates them to see every episode (and live action movie) of cult classics like La Blue Girl and Injukoshi.
This celebrated piece depicting a woman making out with a small octopus while a bigger one gives her oral sex so is well loved that in Japan one can buy key-chains and other trinkets featuring this image! Other artists have even created their own versions of this peice as an homage to Hokusai.
During the Edo period and afterwards, many things were happening, culturally, in Japan that may have contributed to this “birth” of tentacle sex.
For one, the Edo period saw an increase in the number of people practicing the Shinto religion. Shinto is a very friendly religion with the worshipping of many gods and spirits connected to nature – gods and spirits who sometimes had sex with humans in animal form or semi-animal. (see also Kitsune)
“Japanese mythology and folk tales are full of wild creatures that act upon ‘their’ desires; much in the way that Greek mythology is full of bulls and swans that fornicate with people. These critters are the archetypal representations of human desires. While the octopus in western imagery is the dark monster of the ocean that brings down ships, the octopus in Japan is often the undersea comic or the clever little prankster. The undersea world for the Japanese is not a dark, watery hell, but rather it’s a wondrous world full of glittering castles and partying immortal women” – Midori, EroZine
A second big factor was the popularity of shunga art [Shunga means "pictures of spring" - a euphemism for sex]. Hokusai was one of the many artists who painted these popular pornographic scrolls, books, and woodcuts. Shunga was not seen as dirty and wasn’t illegal in Japanese culture; often shunga books were given to the young adult children of the wealthy and to newly weds to serve as instruction manuals and suggestion books for sexual play.
As I mentioned above, Hokusai’s “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” and his other erotic artworks were and still are considered to be beautiful examples of shunga work, but tentacle sex was not destined to be wildly popular until many decades later.
It wasn’t until after World War II that tentacle porn re-surfaced and soon became extremely popular in Japan. The occupying forces (with their western ingrained sex = guilt value system) put laws in place banning the representation of genitalia in sex acts. This put a damper on the erotic art being produced at this time.
If artists, like Toshio Maeda, couldn’t legally draw a penis in their images, what could they possibly use to simulate sex acts? Let’s see here, they would need something long and firm and… phallic – hmm, what do we know of that’s pretty darn phallic? Hey! How about a tentacle?
The tentacle could deflower young (and horny) women (or possibly young men) and if anyone asked, the artists could safely assert that the tentacle wasn’t genitalia – just a monster limb that happens to look phallic!
Toshio says: “At that time [pre-Urotsuki Doji], it was illegal to create a sensual scene in bed. I thought I should do something to avoid drawing such a normal sensual scene. So I just created a creature. [His tentacle] is not a [penis] as a pretext. I could say, as an excuse, this is not a [penis], this is just a part of the creature. You know, the creatures, they don’t have a gender. A creature is a creature. So it is not obscene – not illegal.“
And so tentacle sex took off partly because it was the only kind of sex people were allowed to see at the time. Penises were not allowed to be seen in vaginas (or asses and mouths) but the tentacle had free reign. *insert evil laugh*
For some it’s the power play – the dominant tentacle beast taking the submissive girl or young man and having their way with them.
For others it’s the bondage – when you have sex with a tentacle beast, they have enough limbs to hold your arms and legs in any position they want and still penetrate you.
And for still others, it’s the multiple penetration that they enjoy. Because of the nature of tentacles, their “victim’s” body can be further away. The penetrated characters — what I like to call “fuckees” – can be depicted in ways that would be impossible if the artist had to draw bodies to go with every penetrating tool; thus, there can be more penetrating tentacles than there ever could have been penises.
And for many it’s a little of all three.
In fact, a lot of women do enjoy tentacle hentai because it is a way to indulge in rape fantasy, bondage fantasies, power play fantasies, and/or multiple penetration fantasies while staying completely safe – since none of it is or ever can be real (much to Kiki’s dismay).
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