(n, sexual perversion, sexual pervert; adj, sexually perverted) In Japanese "Hentai" refers strictly to sexual perversion. However in North America this word has been adopted and is used to refer to pornographic Anime. In Japan pornographic Anime is called Porno Anime (Japanese pronounciation of "Porno") or Ero (From erotic / eros ). Some pornographic Anime is also referred to as bishoujo, based on the character design style of the female characters, however not all bishoujo is pornographic; Sailor Moon, Sakura Wars and Meiking are all bishoujo, but only Meiking is pornographic. Because the word hentai is derogatory, fans of Ero do not approve of its use to refer to pornographic Anime. Women and girls will often call a man "Hentai" when they believe that he has purposefully done something to them, or thought of them, in a sexual manner that they do not approve of.

In Anime this is often used for comedic purposes when a male character accidentally finds himself in a position that embarrasses a female character. This gag is very common in Anime such as Ranma 1/2, Love Hina or City Hunter, where the unlucky male is often subjected to extreme pain (possibly involving a baka-hammer) after being called "Hentai." Japanese word for cartoon and animation. In Japan, "anime" refers to any and all animation or cartoon - regardless of the genre, style, or nation of origin. Outside of Japan the word "anime" has come to refer specifically to animation of Japanese origins.

Because of this, it is pronounced the Japanese way: "a-nee-may." While it is clear that the word anime derives from a western term, there is some debate as to its exact origin. One very common interpretation is that it comes from the French term for cartoon, "dessin anim"|", which translates literally to "animated drawing." However, others believe it's simply a contraction of the word "animation" as pronounced in English. While the French origin is perhaps the most widely spread theory, it may simply be a myth related to the popularity of anime in France in the late 70 s and the 80 s which was so spectacular it even led to some French-Japanese co-productions. But animation in Japan has existed for longer than that, and the full word for animation there is yencyen " Eyen'ayen. yencyen'o (animes hon) which follows the English pronunciation, not the French one. Combined with the fact that Japanese have a habit of incorporating English words into their language much more often than other western languages, this makes a strong case that "anime" is actually the short form of the Japan ization of the English word "animation.".