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Bondage (or BDSM) refers to the binding of an individual, and appears in hentai as a way of making the piece more extreme. Common bondage paraphernalia include rope, ball gags and straps. The use of latex, corsets and heels is sometimes associated with bondageplay.
Rope bondage is especially prevalent in hentai and may be considered a particularly 'Japanese' form of bondage. It can be as simple a tying a person's hands together in a 'handcuff' fashion, or binding limbs together or to objects to render the subject immobile. The most recognisable form of Japanese rope bondage is known as Shibari, and consists of far more elaborate twists and knots. Shibari can be used to bind a person down, or simply be wrapped around the body for the feeling of rope against skin. A number of images show female characters wearing rope under their clothes in otherwise normal situations.