Thursday, February 1, 2018

Guro グロ

The word guro グロ is an abbreviation of gurotesuku グロテスク, a katakanization of the the English word "grotesque."

Generally speaking, something which is guro, or as an adjective, guroi グロい, is something unsightly or disturbing, grotesque. For example, graphic depictions of gore is guroi, open injuries, etc.

In English, guro normally refers to hentai pornography featuring gore, mutilation, dismemberment, and other words a normal person would rather not ever see written.

In Japanese, guro pornography, erotic guro, or ero guro エログロ, doesn't refer only to gore, but other, similarly absolutely fucked up stuff. As far as degree is concerned, you could say there exists a "light" guro, which is extremely weird, abnormal, grotesque, and a "heavy" guro, which is at very minimum deeply unsettling and at very maximum NSFL.

For example, according to Pixiv (グロテスク), weird stuff such as scat and puking may be considered guro, and should be tagged R-18G in the site. Of course, depictions of gore, murder, corpses, etc. are also guro. And who knows what other guro-tesque stuff is out there?!

The dictionary even gives examples of common franchises featuring guro: Psycho Pass, well, yeah, those guns did make the criminals turned into a grotesque blob of blood, and... Terraria? What? Terraria?? The 2D Minecraft?!?! Those tombstone-dropping bone-squishing pixel-bleeding explosions count as guro? Whoa. I didn't expect that.

Finally, note that depictions of violence are labelled ryona リョナ, and not necessarily guro. That is, if violence leads to gore, it's both ryona and guro, if it's violence and no gore, it's only ryona, and if it's only gore and no violence, it's only guro.

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