[IT'S BACK] Hentai Haven shut down following Tumblr adult content ban

Himanshu Arora Himanshu Arora May 13, 2019 News

This story is being continuously updated (check update sections in the content)….

Just a few weeks after Tumblr announced a blanket ban on everything adult/NSFW/explicit, popular Japanese adult entertainment service Hentai Haven has also been shut down.

Yes, the service is dead. The official Twitter handle is also gone, although Facebook page exists. The official website wasn’t responding initially, but now it has the following message:

HH was born during a time when fansubs were pretty much dying. New shows were subbed weeks after release, most sites had lackluster interfaces and didn’t give a crap about the content they were putting out.

HH changed all that.

But as a wise man once said, every journey must come to an end – and unfortunately, it ain’t the happy kind this time. There’s plenty of options out there now. Fansubs are faster than ever. Streaming sites are better than ever. There’s no longer a real need for HH. We’ve done our part. Now it’s up to the rest of you to carry the torch.

Thank you for visiting and supporting us over the years. It’s been a wild ride. And you will all be sorely missed. Sayonara.

Of course, those who follow the service – a very large number of people I must say – are in for a shock. Many of the fans are taking to social media platforms like Twitter to share their thoughts on this sudden shut down. Take a look:

https://twitter.com/SparkdeCake/status/1075980159809916928

https://twitter.com/cytoscourge/status/1075978918002335744

But why?

Of course, there is this question that why this sudden shutdown? We at PiunikaWeb did some research for you, and found an anime news blog claiming that Russia could be behind this shutdown.

Yes, the website cites its sources who claim the Russian government did this in order to prevent their people from accessing Hentai adult content. The step was taken after Pornhub – world’s biggest adult entertainment site – recently revealed Russia is the biggest consumer of Hentai in the whole world.

Of course, there’s no official word from Russia or any credible source on this at the moment.

Moving on, a Twitter user shared a screenshot containing some text allegedly from the HH owner. As you can see in the screenshot below, the owner funnily claims the site is being shut down as they need to repay loan for their new fursuit.

Of course, this is least likely to be the real reason, and is possibly even not from the HH owner as well. So we suggest you don’t believe this.

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Moving on, someone who claims they frequent a Discord group (where HH related discussion happen) said they got to hear this:

Well I’m in the discord server and we’re told the site will stay down and we all should stop asking about it. No joke, he basically told us to shut the f*&^ up and stop asking. We have been fed no info as to why it has been shut down as financial and struggle of power have been debunked many times. Doesn’t help that the Facebook and Twitter have also been deleted, so there is no way anyone can ask them what’s going on, let alone go to the Discord as they have disabled the ability to invite people in the Discord

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Zom is reportedly one of higher ups at HH.

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More screenshots containing info seemingly from HH discord community mods (click/tap to view full size):

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The shut down could be because of legal reasons, as a few months back the service announced the demise of a tag due same reasons (screenshot courtesy Hartvigen):

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A legal issue sounds more probable than a financial one because there’s no point of shutting down or purging social media accounts due to lack of money.

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Anyway, fans of YouTube’s most subscribed channel PewDiePie have been sharing these evidences for past few hours now:

When "sub to pewdiepie" meme gone wrong from PewdiepieSubmissions

This is why HH is down from PewdiepieSubmissions

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A Hentai Haven alternative is already in the works, check out here (NSFW alert).

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Seemingly, an anonymous 4chan member revealed that HH servers were hosted in Australia, and due to pornography content laws getting stricter in the country, the service is being shut down.

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Image courtesy Zacza.

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Turns out Google has been receiving quite a lot of copyright complaints against Hentai Haven lately.

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Could this be one of the reasons behind the shut down?

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The official HH merchandise store page has also been removed. So it seems like Hentai Haven has been almost completely wiped out from the Internet. We place our bets on legal issues being the reason.

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Good news, the service may not be dead after all. To know more, head here.

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Here’s PewDiePie’s reaction to HH shut down:

https://twitter.com/pewdiepie/status/1076178466737917952

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Good news: Hentai Haven manages to stay alive, moves to new domain name. Details here.

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We have some credible information that says sites like HentaiHaven.me are fake. Details here.

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Someone has uploaded a large collection of Hentai Haven videos on cloud. Check out our latest news story to learn more on this. Head here.

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Update 13 (May 13)

Good news for Hentai Haven lovers. The site – hentaihaven.org – is now up and running.

We are keeping a tab on the situation, and will let you know as when we have some more news-worthy information on the matter. Until then, let us know what you think about this shutdown in the comments section below.

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Himanshu Arora

My interest in technology and writing started back in 2010. Since then, I have written for many leading publications, including Computerworld, GSMArena, TechSpot, HowtoForge, LinuxJournal, and MakeTechEasier to name a few. Here at PiunikaWeb, my work involves covering on daily basis the biggest tech stories as well as scoops that you won't find anywhere else.