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Sin duda uno de los artículos más completos sobre la pornografía tentacular. Ahí todos los octófilos encontrarán las respuestas.
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Tentacle Porn

I often use tentacle porn as an example of the strangeness of the Internet (in that it caters for just about every strange desire someone may ever have) but what is it? It essentially invovles the usually non-consensual penetration. The main site for this kind fo thing is Shokushu High School, which contains an awful lot of high quality anime/manga drawings of very distrubing sex acts (as well as some really poor quality photomanpilualtions) and The Xenophile, which has more amateurish drawings (which for me is more unsettling). There are also connections with vore (which is getting your kicks from being eaten) sites like Chupacabras Dark Domain. All pretty unsavoury and the kind of thing that psychopaths might get off on but that doesn't explain its widespread popularity (and trust me - it is big, even 'mainstream', in Japan). Where it has really gone overground is in a number of manga films most famously with the Urotsuki Doji Saga which includes the infamous "Legend of the Overfiend" described here as:
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... the the most famous tentacle rape and super-violent horror in the history of anime.
Other examples include "La Blue Girl" which started off animated and span off a live action version. Fully live action is the series of films (there seem to be 5) called Injukyoshi which impresively translates to "Obscene Beast Teacher". And if there needed to be any other sign of how widespread it is there is even gay tentacle porn The main reason for this is that hentai (anime porn) by convention doesn't show penises (technically the Japanese censorship laws don't allow the depiction of male or female genitals or pubic hair) and so inventive anime authors and artists have used the tentacle as a replacement - see this everything2 entry for further explanation. An interview with Toshio Maeda, the creator of the and describe elsewhere in the piece as "the master of tentacle violation", gives his overview of how it came about :
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CJ: Can you talk about how the tentacle came to be used in your work? TM: 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. Drawing intercourse was, and is, illegal in Japan. That is our big headache: to create such a sensual scene. We are always using any type of trick.
Which explains it but it doesn't make it right. In fact in a recent development Motonori Kishi was charged with obscenity for producing manga which failed to conceal the genitals:
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"Bodies were drawn in a lifelike manner with little attention to concealment (of genitalia), making for sexually explicit expression and deeming the book pornographic matter," Mr Nakatani said.
Tentacle porn also crops up in a more light-heartd way with various Cthulhu sites looking into this area (although Cthulhu Sex.com doesn't):
· Cthulhu Myth Hoes
· alt.sex.cthulhu archive It also crops up in The Lighter Side of Tentacle Hentai and is a recurring theme at Ghastly's Ghastly Comic which has the strapline: 'Tentacle Monsters and the Women Who Love Them' (they also sell a range of merchandise through Cafepress but who'd want to wear something like that? Well not until they make it available on a black T shirt anyway). It has even made an appearance in a Weebl and Bob cartoon!! And don't think this hasn't intruded into the mainstream!! There is currently furore over the display of the Victorian painting 'The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife' by David Laity as detailed by NEWS.com.au which is a redrawing of Hokusai's original woodcut (reproduced below - translation of the text): This reworking continues to the modern day - as part of his 'Waves and Plagues' collection Masami Teraoka has also brought this up to date with his 2002 work "Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven" which uses traditional art forms like ukiyo-e to address modern themes (his work has been covered in the documentray The Floating World). It may have also influenced Toshio Saeki's "Octo-girl". I also stumbled across a modern silk screen print inspired by it. Worryingly it has been inspired Hokusai manga aka Edo porn a 1981 film giving an erotic version of Hokusia's life with an eye opening reconstruction of the famous painting. While that is bordering on the laughable there are more disturbing examples of women and octopus "sex" (and yes you should think twice before clicking that link) although its unclear if the inspiration was directly from Hokusia (or even how alive the octopus is leading to accusations of necroctoporn). Rather than being some kind of backroom kinkiness tentacle porn is widely available in Japan and although the above is shunga (shunga were the illustrations to erotic books, etc.) Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is better know for his landscapes (and his woodcuts are very well known) and he apparently coined the term manga (which means "whimsical sketches"). Its probably western European puritanism which insists on the erotic (and esp. the strangely erotic) being dirty and confined to some backroom - you can find the above picture reporduced as netsuke (a miniature sculpture originally a toggle for one's purse or to stop items from slipping off your kimono cord), prints and stained glass. However these appear to be modern interpretations of the theme but there are apparently versions from the 1760-1770s and good overviews of these older pieces can be found here and here. And before people roll their eyes and say "only in Japan" they should read this article on the erotic potential of the octopus. And this piece entitled "Kracken Power! Getting Jiggity with Cephalopods" which is one woman's description of why she enjoys this kind of thing. Also the topic of (often non-consensual) bestiality isn't confined to Japan and one of the most famous versions of this theme is the legend of "Leda and the Swan" where Zeus took on the form of the swan to have his evil way with Leda. It has inspired some of the greatest artists resulting in a poem by W.B. Yeats as well as countless paintings by the likes of Cezanne, Correggio, da Vinci and Matisse (and numerous other artists). It is also a background theme in Peter Greenaway's 1985 film A Zed and Two Noughts (which is a very very strange film in itself). So drawing the various threads together I'd suggest that the reason for tentacle porn and why we in the West view it as very strange is because of the difference between animism, religions still based on the worship of nature (like Shinto), and Christianity (which rejected a lot of 'pagan' practices but incorporated others). As can be seen above pre-Christian European myths dealt openly with the blurring of the line between human and animal (even into sexual areas). Shinto, which worships numerous gods which are aspects of nature, is widespread in Japan and was once the state religion - it also has no strict rules, etc. and people can incorporate aspects of Shinto into other religions so the general ideas are even more widespread in Japan. It has to be relevant that the Edo Period (1600-1868), from which all the original pieces date from, saw an upsurge in the worship of Shinto. (information on Shinto). Although the modern resurgence in tentacle porn is a way to work around the rules of hentai it appears, to me anyway, that Japanese culture was more open to this kind of imagery.
Also the issue of cephalod reproduction comes up a lot in the world of science - in fact a posting at the Fortean Times forum pointing to this kind of thing was called Squid porn attempt which discussed BCC report on an attmept to trap squid using sex as the bait. A recent report in Nature also touched on the erections of octupi (no pun intended). See: Norman, M.D. & Lu, C.C. (1997) Sex in giant squid. Nature 389. 683 - 4. File this under 'Its a funny old world' and then try and forget all about it ;)
Links: Anime Encyclopedia's tentacle porn entry - it is allegedly also known as 'naughty tentacles'. Wikipedia entry - which I have contributed to.

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