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Tentacle Porn and The Dragon King

tentacleWhen one of my wacky friends told me about “tentacle porn,” I thought he was pulling my tentacle. But apparently having sex with octopi and other monsters is something that’s a part of the whole hentai world – the somewhat seedier side of anime and manga. Although most of the genre consists of animated movies, there are a small number of “live action” films out there somewhere. But you kind of have to know a guy who know a guy…

Tentacle porn (or tentacle erotica, if one were inclined to be more literary), apparently has a storied history. It’s been traced back to an erotic woodblock painting from 1814 – Hokusai‘s “Dream of a Fisherman’s Wife” (see above). Some have said that painting is actually a depiction of the legend of Tamatori – a female abalone diver who stole a pearl  from The Dragon King (hey, he stole it first – she was just trying to get it back!) and was then pursued by said Dragon King and his gang of underwater punks (including two octopi). She cut open her breast so that she could hide the pearl inside her body (hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time), and all that blood in the water helped her to escape from her nefarious pursuers. That’s the good news – the bad news is that she died from the wound. The legend is depicted in the painting below by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798 – 1861).

Modern tentacle porn took off about 20 years ago when manga artists realized that although they were prohibited by law from portraying an actual male member, the law said absolutely nothing about other appendages. The tentacle loophole was born!

So sure, the concept is a bit perverse, but the next time you’re in the sack with your sweetie, imagine the fun you could have if you had eight hands. I guess that’s my point.

Tamatori_being_pursued_bya_dragon

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This entry was posted on March 19, 2013 by in Art and tagged , , , , , , , .
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