Ecchi

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Ecchi – エッチ

Ecchi (エッチ), this is a word that you’ll most definitely come across if you’re an anime/manga advocate. So this time, QooPedia explores the word Ecchi for all of you who has an idea of what Ecchi is but can’t exactly define it.

Definition

The definition of Ecchi has often been misinterpreted as being softcore hentai. Although this seems understandable, Echhi doesn’t necessarily relate to hentai. In truth, Ecchi is more suggestive sexual themes rather than explicit sexual activities.

Whilst nudity is often present in the genre, in most cases, there is some sort of censorship built in. This can easily be found in most anime adaptations of manga series with an Ecchi tag in their genre.

Origins

Although Ecchi has a fine distinction with Hentai, the origin of the word does relate to Hentai. After World War II, the interest in Hentai was rekindled. During this period Hentai was also often referred to as just H (pronounced as Ecchi in Japan). As time went on, H was being used by the general public as a connotation for something that’s “dirty” “perverted”, thus Ecchi (エッチ) was branched away from H. The difference between the two is that H is still written and printed on covers as “H” whilst Ecchi is written and printed as “エッチ”.

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