A guide to Fakku, the English-speaking world’s official hentai service

If you’re browsing through your partner’s internet history and stumble across a site called Fakku, you may want to close the tab. Fakku is an anime porn (or hentai) site that offers uncensored English translations for Japanese adult comics and anime. The site is well over 10 years old, and it’s one of the best-known hentai websites in the West. It’s one of the only sites on the internet where English-speaking hentai fans can access officially licensed manga and anime.

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Traditionally, the English anime and manga community has relied on unofficial fan translations for anime and manga. Translators would take new works, translate them into English, and then publish them online. Of course, this is technically piracy, and it’s historically caused tension between Japanese publishers and their American fans.

For years, Fakku relied on this model too—not to promote piracy, but to foster an adult manga community in the West. Eventually, Fakku shook up the Western hentai landscape by moving away from piracy and officially partnering with Japanese creators. But there’s a catch: You have to pay for Fakku to access its enormous manga library.

To learn everything about making a Fakku account and a Fakku Unlimited subscription, read on.

What is Fakku?

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Fakku came online in December 2006 thanks to its owner, Jacob Grady. The site would seek out adult comics from Japan and rely on fan translations to “create a community” for hentai, as “back then, there was no one bringing over hentai legally,” Grady told Kotaku in 2017. Grady funded the site with student loans.

“Back then, it was a mess of hentai websites. They were riddled with ads and spyware,” Grady explained to Kotaku. “I dreamed up what the website I’d want to use as a consumer would look like. I was conscious of making it not feel like a gross website. I wanted to make a website anyone could feel comfortable using.”

Fakku’s content was technically piracy during its early years. The site only switched to officially licensed hentai after a Japanese publisher contacted Fakku and asked for its adult content to be removed. Grady took the opportunity to negotiate a publishing deal and officially bring translated Japanese hentai to English readers.

Two years later, in 2016, Fakku pulled all unlicensed hentai content and switched to a subscription model. While controversial at the time, Grady defended the move as an attempt to bring Japanese hentai works to the English-speaking world “legally” and “in collaboration with the artists that created it instead of via pirated scans.” Grady later defended the decision as an attempt to circumvent reliance on third-party advertisements.

“I think all the content we release is worth the price of the subscription or the book. If we did have a free tier, we’d be reliant on advertisers,” Grady told Kotaku. “I know Crunchyroll deals with this a lot, too. You sort of have to accommodate the advertisers as well as the users. I don’t like the idea of being beholden to an ad company. A lot of people see it as us turning our backs on the community, but even a larger part of the community has embraced it.”

Today, Fakku offers officially licensed hentai manga, anime, books, and adult video games. The site also has a growing merchandise section. For a time, it was caught in a “hentai civil war” with popular anime porn site Hentai Haven, but the two later squashed the beef.

What was Fakku Dating?

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Before there was Facebook Dating, there was Fakku’s own satirical foray into online matchmaking. Fakku introduced Fakku Dating as an April Fools’ joke in 2017, inviting users to “find love among your fellow perverts” by visiting “fakku.dating.” The service let manga fans pick from a range of hentai interests and anime avatars, after which the site would match users together and throw them into an anonymous chat. Think Omegle—but for people who like hentai manga.

Fakku pulled Fakku Dating after April Fools’ but resurrected the site for Valentine’s Day in 2018. The service was later shut down by April 2019, seemingly for good. “While we do appreciate the love it was shown, it is time to retire it,” Fakku tweeted on April 9. Luckily, Twitter is still filled with viral photos from the service, including Fakku’s official Twitter Moments commemorating the April Fool’s Day gag from 2017.

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Fakku cost and subscription

Fakku monthly subscription

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Fakku has an enormous assortment of hentai manga, a growing collection of licensed hentai anime, and a sizeable anime porn game store. Fakku Unlimited costs $12.95 per month, and purchasing a subscription gives users full access to its hentai manga and anime, along with a discount in its adult games store.

That said, Fakku’s true appeal comes from its adult manga. Fakku Unlimited features an endless collection of high-resolution English translations perfect for both desktop and mobile browsing. The site also hosts a wide range of interests too, from shimapan panties to femdoms. However, Fakku’s hentai catalog is still growing, and its adult games discount may not justify the monthly subscription price for users that aren’t into manga.

In short, if you’re a hentai manga fan, definitely pick up a subscription. Alternatively, if you like the idea of what Fakku represents—bringing officially licensed hentai over to the U.S. and the rest of the English-speaking world—then subscribe. But if you’re more interested in Fakku for its anime collection or for adult games, you might want to wait. It’s clear Fakku’s catalog is growing, but the site is ultimately best for manga fans.

Does Fakku have free content?

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Fakku does offer a free hentai section, but it’s relatively small. Most material available is limited to western porn comics. It’s sizeable enough to give fans a taste, but it’s by no means an enormous catalog.

However, Fakku lets interested users sample the site with a free trial for Fakku Unlimited. So if you want to see if a subscription is right for you, give it a shot.

Is Fakku rereleasing ‘True Love’?

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Yes! In early August 2019, Fakku revealed True Love ’95, a special 25th-anniversary edition of the 1995 adult dating sim. Also known as True Love Jun’ai Monogatari, Japanese developer Software House Parsley released True Love in Japan for the NEC PC-98 to mixed reviews in its home country. However, when Otaku Publishing and JAST USA brought the game’s PC and MS-DOS port to the U.S. in 1999, it gained a cult following. At the time, very few visual novels reached the West, let alone adult dating sims. Over two decades later, it’s a testament to the genre’s humble, lewd roots.

True Love ’95 will seemingly feature uncensored adult scenes, given that Fakku’s official post on the game shows several nude scenes without mosaics. It’s unclear when True Love ’95 will launch, although a promotional tweet suggests the game will be “available soon” on Fakku. Grady also asked fans if Fakku “should publish more games like this,” implying more retro rereleases may be in the works.

Ana Valens

Ana Valens

Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.