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This is an article on shotakon, a hentai genre featuring underdeveloped boys. For other pages having to do with shota, see Shota (disambiguation).

The word "shotakon" (also "shotacon" and in many cases just "shota"), is used to describe hentai of petite underdeveloped males. It is the Japanese contraction "Shōtarō complex," used for young males, similar the word "lolikon." It is a reference to the young male character Shōtarō (正太郎) from Tetsujin 28-go. In the anime and manga series, Shōtarō is a bold, self-assertive young detective who frequently outwits adult adversaries and helps to solve cases. Throughout the series, Shōtarō develops close adult friends, and acts within the adult world despite being a young boy. His bishounen cuteness embodied and formed the term "shotacon", putting a name to an old sexual subculture.

The term lolikon is usually applied to hentai of underdeveloped petite females.

Is he shota?

Just like its female counterpart, age is not a determining factor for shotas. Common appearances include small body structure, absence of pubic hair, and a small penis. Although this may not always be the case as an artist's style may differ due to their personal interests.


Shota types include


Examples of shota characters are:

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