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Porn Star Explains Why 'Hentai' Is On The Rise

While Hentai is fast becoming more popular than real porn, Australian adult entertainer Jessie Lee Pierce says the anime genre is "surprisingly arousing".

Hentai (meaning: "perverse sexual desire") is an animated form of pornography that originated in Japan back in the 1800s.

The category includes many sub-genres including bestiality, tentacle porn, dick girls (girls with penises) and lolicon (sexual attraction to pre-teen girls).

It's become increasingly widespread in recent years, and was ranked the most viewed category in Russia, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Ukraine in 2019, according to data from Pornhub.

The Japanese export has skyrocketed to fame in the West.

According to Pornhub, Hentai earned second place for the most searched term on the site after 'lesbian' in Australia this year.

Porn performer Jessie Lee Pierce said Hentai appeals to people's sense of curiosity and their love of story lines.

"One reason Hentai is so popular is because anime is popular and people are always looking for something new, or they are curious and have a quick look," Pierce said.

Jessie Lee Pierce says cartoon porn is "surprisingly arousing".
I think viewing a sexual act, regardless of whether or not it is a cartoon, can be surprisingly arousing.

Kiki Vidis is another Australian porn star that is currently on hiatus, but shot to fame in the United States 12 years ago.

Hentai or 'anime porn' is growing in popularity. Image: Getty

She said her first exposure to Hentai was when she watched a Dragon Ball Z spin-off.

"I really loved Dragon Ball Z and to see that there's a pornographic version, well of course I'm going to watch that. It's the same for the cartoon versions of Family Guy and The Simpsons," Vidis told 10 daily.

Vidis said one of the appeals of Hentai is that it allows viewers to explore scenarios that wouldn't be possible in real life.

Former Australian porn performer Kiki Vidis. Image: Facebook
[With Hentai] you can literally create your own fantasy and play out your own fetishes, and do things you can't do in the real world.

"You can have a woman with G-cup breasts that are really perky and bouncy with the pinkest nipples and you can have a monster penis that is veiny and bulgy and the colour green," she said.

As well as allowing viewers to delve into otherworldly scenes, the characters often perform acts that are illegal for sex workers to carry out.

Vidis says Hentai allows viewers to explore unconventional fantasies. Image: Facebook

"Depictions of bestiality is a classic example of this," said Lauren Rosewarne, a senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

However, some critics say Hentai is inherently misogynistic.

They argue it depicts women as either submissive, or as unwilling participants whose main purpose is to service men's sexual desires.

“It’s an exaggerated porn of tortured, submissive women. It’s grotesque,” Katrien Jacobs, an associate professor of cultural and religious studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong told SCMP.

Vidis said while Hentai has risen to fame in the past couple of years, it's not for everyone.

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"It's definitely different. It's not something I get off to but it's just a different world. It's like the sexualised version of Comic Con and Supanova," she said.

"Sometimes people want M.I.L.F stuff with a demon from Hellboy, and that's when Hentai stuff comes in handy," she said.

Pierce said while Hentai is out-of-the-ordinary, people shouldn't be ridiculed for their sexual fetishes.

"Hentai is harmless and people shouldn't be shamed for what they enjoy. But it will never replace a human. I wouldn't be surprised if it's more labour-intensive to create than normal porn."

Contact Eden at egillespie@networkten.com.au