ASMR hentai is a fun way to experience erotica

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It should probably go without saying, but most of this article is not safe for work!

Erotic anime, manga and video games have been an important part of the landscape of Japanese popular media for quite some time now — indeed, many of today’s most beloved artists and creators cut their teeth in the erotic scene before moving on to more mainstream work. A little more recently, we’ve started to see another type of creative erotica become more prevalent: ASMR hentai.

For the unfamiliar, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and is a term used to describe the distinctive “tingling” sensation you sometimes feel starting at your scalp and travelling down your spine. It’s a pleasant sensation that it’s desirable to induce, and indeed it can be induced in a variety of ways — but by far the most common means of doing so is through auditory stimuli.

With that in mind, as the cost of acquiring high-end audio equipment designed specifically to create binaural “3D audio” effects has decreased, more and more creators have taken to making use of ASMR as a means of engaging with their audience in various ways. While the phenomenon is not, in itself, inherently erotic — though that is up for debate among some people — its erotic applications should be fairly obvious. And thus, as a man constantly eager to explore his perversions in new and exciting ways, I thought I would investigate.

Actually, my investigation began accidentally a while back, when I was researching this piece on independent VTubers. While I was still picking the final five to share with everyone in that article, I was recommended a Japanese VTuber named Ayamy, as her varied range of videos was cited as particularly appealing to an international audience. And indeed, her repertoire covers cooking and eating streams, streams where she talks while working as an illustrator and, yes, ASMR streams.

Ayamy didn’t make the final cut for that article in the end, largely because despite her speaking occasional heavily accented English in her streams, her work still felt primarily intended for a Japanese audience. But I was intrigued nonetheless, and subscribed to her channel with the intention of investigating further at a later time. I was especially interested to see what her ASMR streams involved — particularly as, over time, the thumbnails she chose for them were becoming… well, they were getting increasingly lewd, there’s no two ways about it. Look!

So one evening I lay down on the bed with my Bluetooth sleep mask (sometimes the 21st century is all right) and stuck on one of Ayamy’s streams to see what was what. And, I must confess, I had a rather lovely time. While the stream was clearly not in itself intended to be primarily erotic, it became clear that Ayamy knew very well that certain sounds she was able to make and certain ways that she could use her voice were likely to have something of an effect on people. This was particular apparent during the closing moments of the stream, during which she thanked everyone for their Super Chats by whispering their names and delivering an audible kiss.

The whole thing felt pleasingly private and intimate — particularly when experienced as intended on a decent pair of headphones and preferably while blotting out your sight to heighten your other senses — and I came away from the whole thing feeling very relaxed. Not necessarily that I’d just enjoyed some “ASMR hentai”, as it were, but certainly curious to see what else was out there — and precisely how far people had pushed the boundaries. Because I suspected there were people out there who went quite a bit further than Ayamy’s public-facing videos; I can’t speak for her members-only ASMR streams, mind!

ASMR hentai: Tsubaki Yukimachi

I’m not 100% certain how I found myself on Tsubaki Yukimachi’s channel, but I most certainly did — and it should be pretty abundantly clear from both the thumbnail above and the fact that YouTube won’t allow off-site embeds of her videos that this is a VTuber who is absolutely leaning into the erotic side of things. Heavily. While I’d perhaps still hesitate to describe her streams as being outright ASMR hentai — YouTube still has certain restrictions, after all — it’s very clear what her intentions are.

Tsubaki’s streams focus heavily on sounds that have a sense of physical intimacy about them. She whispers in your ear, she licks your ears, she kisses you, she whimpers softly and she generally makes a lot of noise that you probably don’t want other people to overhear. She stops short of making any sounds that could be reasonably and unquestionably described as being indisputably sexual, but, well, the imagination is capable of doing some pretty heavy lifting in these scenarios and, as previously noted, the intention is obvious.

What’s quite interesting about Tsubaki is that she also performs more, ah, “privately” on the website X-Oasis, a VR platform where you can book private erotic sessions with a selection of virtual entertainers. I must confess I haven’t taken my investigations in that direction as yet — 7700 yen for 40 minutes is quite pricey when you don’t speak Japanese — but for those who wish to explore further… well, there’s the link.

Finally, my curiosity well and truly piqued, I decided to see if full-on, honest-to-goodness ASMR hentai existed. And it didn’t take me long to find an answer, what with how perpetually horny whoever runs the English language Twitter account for popular doujin distribution site DLsite has been of late. I just happened to be browsing Twitter when DLsite politely informed me (and their followers) of the newly released and rather literally named “Serious Love Pussy Therapy” from prolific doujin circle aoharu fetishism, which is still enjoying a launch discount at the time of writing. (Get in before February 25 if you want to join in the fun.)

Feeling that a little under ten dollars was a small price to pay for some independent research, I nabbed a copy and investigated further. I was particularly pleased to discover that the purchase included not only the ASMR hentai audio in several different formats — including one that omits the sound effects in favour of just voice — but also some bonus material, including subtitled videos.

While the main appeal of this sort of material is, of course, the simple feel of the sound, if you don’t speak Japanese it’s nice to have the option of the video running to help you understand what is actually being said. Though, to be perfectly honest, it’s fairly easy to understand from the context, particularly with the number of English loanwords that seem to come up during sexual encounters. Familiarise yourself with “manko” and “chinchin” and you’re probably golden — and let’s face it, most of you are probably already intimately familiar with both of those.

As for the material itself, it was very enjoyable and surprisingly varied, given that all of it basically involves a girl whispering in your ear and then having sex with you in one form or another. There’s a distinct mood to each of the five tracks in the collection, plus a sense of narrative progression if you’re paying attention too; this means that if you experience the whole thing a bit at a time, there’s an enhanced layer to the sense of “intimacy” the whole thing carries. As well as enjoying the immediate quasi-physical intimacy of the ASMR audio, you also feel the more long-term intimacy of a developing virtual relationship. It’s quite pleasing, on the whole.

Will ASMR hentai replace conventional hentai for getting one’s rocks off? Of course not; there’s always going to be an appeal for visual stimuli, and sometimes you’re just in the mood to look at something. What ASMR hentai does offer is something more distinct, intimate and, dare I say it, somewhat special-feeling.

It’s probably not something you’ll be in the mood for every day — not least because getting yourself set up with a decent pair of headphones and a suitably quiet environment is a bit more effort than just whacking some hentai images or videos on your computer monitor — but if you want something that provides a distinctly different feeling of pleasure and enjoyment, then I recommend exploring ASMR hentai for yourself. Turns out there’s quite a bit of it out there now!

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