Whatever happens to all those legions of minor idols? Some get married and settle down. Some drift into prostitution, hosting, or something in between. Some just get regular jobs. Some try to reinvent themselves as sexier versions of their previous jobs, such as Aki Takajo and Ami Tomite, and Kana Kobayashi. Another recent example is former Kamen Rider actress Rin Asuka (not to be confused with AV idol Rin Asuka), who posed nude for some ravishing shots. A few go one step further and make a clean break into AV, as we have seen from several notable debuts by former members of AKB48 ...

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When former SKE48 idol Momona Kito decided to change her professional name to Yua Mikami and switch careers to adult video, her fans rejoiced -- and even more so when she swiftly rose to be one of the biggest porn stars in Japan. You might think that rewarding them with hours of footage of her naked voluptuous body being fucked by countless guys was enough. No, the newly reborn and wildly successful Yua Mikami wants to give her fans even more. And you probably can't get a more personal service better than this. Her latest release from S1 No.1 Style ostensibly recruits 20 actual otaku ...

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As Japan's population ages and there are ever more people over sixty, one of the challenges for the AV industry is how to adjust for a changing demographic. One of the results is the growth of porn aimed at seniors. Expect porn starring older men and jukujo to become a major proportion of the market in the near future. (A knock-on effect is also that more and more prostitution services are catering specifically to the older customer, and that a quarter of love hotel users are over 65.) Unlike many other places, the porn industry has not suffered the precipitous decline in DVD sales and ...

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That cute nurse in that mundane clinic may not be only a nurse. She may also moonlight as a porn star. It's a fantasy that's also a cliche -- except that is, sometimes, a spark of truth in it. Japanese AV is built upon the hard work not only of the top performers, whose numbers are too many to start counting. There are also thousands upon thousands of uncredited "amateur" performers -- women who also work as call girls and hookers, hostesses or just regular jobs. They provide the fodder for those crazy AV titles that feature dozens of women in massive gang bangs (one example here) or ...

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So you've seen the mega hit anime Your Name.. Perhaps you've also seen it again in its recently released DVD form. Maybe you've even tried out the parody onahole toy. But have you seen the Your Name. parody adult video? Released in late June, Kimi no nawa. is the latest example of Japanese AV's penchant for parody. Previous eyebrow-raising examples of parody porn include Ultraman, wailing politician Ryutaro Nonomura, and comedienne It starts with the name. The 129-minute porn directed by Any Nakamura for Real Works cleverly uses a different kanji character for the "nawa" -- here ...

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One of the things we love about Japanese pornography is its use of parody and pastiche -- and the parody is often very topic. This is something of a ongoing trait in Japanese adult toys in general, too, as the parody masturbators and lubes of anime, mascots, celebrities and products show. Recently we even wrote about an onahole inspired by Kumamoto Prefecture. Examples with AV include an awesome porn based on Ultraman and one on the "wailing" Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura. "Career Woman Male Fishing" may well star Nao Mizuki, but she's clearly been made to look like female ...

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Here it is, folks. The moment we've been waiting for these past weeks. OK, perhaps you guys weren't as excited but this is the world we inhabit. Former gravure and nude mode Miu Nakamura's AV debut is out and the first preview images are available. The slinky seductress with a tight body and flat chest to die for is here in all her fully glory. We've seen it before, thanks to her frequent hair nude full-frontal photo shoots. But this is the next step up. It doesn't get any more graphic than this. "Fade In" is released on the Muteki label, which specializes in idols and celebrities ...

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The Guardian has profiled the porn star Kurumin Aroma, another example of the chronic problem of coercion in the adult video industry in Japan. Though long widely known for some time, the controversy over the coercion and exploitation of female performers has recently scandalized the industry, leading to a lot of press attention, a public apology and even arrests. Several prominent performers have come forward with stories of how they were tricked and forced into performing. Aroma wanted to be a gravure idol and was spotted by a scout while still at college. Then when she had a ...

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Mero Imai is a former Olympic snowboarder turned nude model and call girl. As we reported in April, the 29-year-old single mother from Osaka has also now added porn star to her cluttered resume. Her debut Snow Drop was released May 1st from Muteki, which specializes in minor celebrities making the switch to porn. The first pictures are in, so let's take a look. What do you think? Mero Imai has a nice body and there's always the novelty factor with a release like this, but otherwise it looks pretty banal in terms of setting and on-screen ...

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Another former AKB48 idol has made her porn debut, once again proving the thin pink line that exists between the industries. Joining numerous other ex-AKB girls who "graduated" onto to adult video careers, Ryo Sakata's first porn film was released in mid-March from the Maxing label. She has already released a second one this month. Clearly she and her paymasters want to milk her appeal, which is not hard to see. Here are some preview images from her first release. To be fair, the 27-year-old Ryo Sakata was only a member of AKB48 for around half a month in ...

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Last month it was Miyako Akane. Earlier this month it was former Olympic snowboarder (and call girl) Mero Imai. This week it's Miu Nakamura. The adult video label Muteki is really on a roll if the latest rumor is true: retired idol Miu Nakamura is about to make her long-awaited porn debut, reports Tokyo Sports. She's a minor gravure idol probably most famous for her hair nude full-frontal photo shoots, which she first did in 2011. She started off as a junior idol when she was a teenager and ostensibly retired in 2012 after a 7-year career. Like Imai, she is alleged to have later worked ...

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Newbie porn starlet Anri Sakaguchi has been arrested for attempted extortion. She apparently tried to extort money from a bar host with whom she was involved. She was arrested by Tokyo police on April 18th. The 26-year-old Sakaguchi was a celebrity (famous largely for being the daughter of actress Ryoko Sakaguchi) who made her debut on the Muteki label in autumn 2016. Professionally now known just as "Anri", she has since starred in another four titles. Her most recent one was released on DVD on April 13th. There were rumors that she joined the Muteki (and later Moodzy) roster ...

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As we know all too well, there is a veritable mountain of adult toys out there based on Japanese porn stars. The best are the "clone" onaholes, especially masturbators produced with sophisticated 3D-scanning technology. We are pleased to share the news that the lovely Kana Yume has finally joined the ranks of AV idols who have been immortalized as sex toys. The Kana Yume Curvy Body Onahole is as good as it sounds. In addition to its realistic design and snug hole, the masturbator comes with a bonus DVD containing an image slideshow of original photos of Kana Yume. After all, you can ...

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As part of our work we get to see and try out a lot of adult toys on a daily basis, but these ones caught our eye as a cut above the rest. Adult toy maker KMP has produced a series of "3D-scanned" toys based on top Japanese porn stars such as Kurea Hasumi, Kizuna Sakura, Rika Hoshimi, and Ayaka Tomoda. We've certainly seen plenty of "clone" onaholes before, going back to masturbator sleeves in the 2000s such as the Meiki Maria Ozawa. But this seems to represent a new level in scientific realism. In the past, we think, some lucky technicians just took exact measurements of the AV idol's ...

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The former Olympic snowboarder Mero Imai is to make her porn debut on the Muteki label, a studio that specializes in celebrities switching to the adult video industry. (Recent examples include Anri Sakaguchi, Miyako Akane, and Yua Mikami.) As we wrote back in 2015, Mero Imai is a former half-pipe Olympic competitor in 2006. However, her lack of success at the Winter games led to personal and family problems and she started working as a hostess in Osaka. As is sadly too common in the hostessing world, she then segued into a career as a delivery health call girl. She also had plastic ...

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After the media controversy comes the government crackdown. The biggest story in the adult industry last year was when the widespread coercion in the porn industry was finally exposed after several famous performers came forward, in addition to multiple arrests and prosecutions. It led to an official apology from the industry, though can we really hope that things will really improve when the industry is so large and its needs so rampant? (After all, such coercion is also endemic for gravure idols, music idols and the general entertainment world.) Kyodo now reports that the ...

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The world media has once again taken an interest in Japanese pornography -- in particular, porn made for and starring seniors. We previously noted the press attention lavished on silver porn star Yasue Tomita and veteran male performer Shigeo Tokuda. Doing the rounds of various overseas media outlets this time is an Associated Foreign Press article about the retirement of Maori Tezuka. After a decade of peeling off for X-rated movies, a Japanese porn actress famous for being the country's oldest has called it quits -- at the ripe old age of 80. Maori Tezuka, a former opera ...

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She's finally done it. Miyako Akane has answered our prayers by making the next logical step in her career and becoming a porn star this spring. Miyako Akane is a gravure idol and chakuero idol -- i.e., a busty idol who keeps her clothes on but barely (as opposed to AV idols, who do fully nude photo shoots all the time). After wowing the nation with her amazing H-cup bust in what may be the most incredible and revealing swimsuit in Japan as well as 360-degree virtual reality softcore porn, things must have been drying up for Miyako Akane... or she just wanted to take her career to the ...

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A Japanese newswire article about sexual harassment among aspiring models and idols is doing the rounds, confirming what we've been saying for years. Apparently, a government survey has shown that 26.9% of Japanese young female models and starlets have received "unwanted requests for sexually oriented photo shoots". This comes hot on the heels of last year's controversy about widespread coercion in the porn industry. In the first survey by the Cabinet Office on sexual abuse against young women, 7.7% of respondents had been offered contracts to become models or ...

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Back in June last year we blogged about "porn star karaoke" in Japan, where a karaoke system features AV stars who generously strip off naked as you sing. Now that's encouragement. Something similar has become a kind of minor talking point online recently. Once again, it's for Joysound (specifically, Joysound fR) and has Japanese porn stars. This time, if you sing well, you are "rewarded" with a mildly censored image of a nude AV idol both during the track and at the end. But if you stop singing, the footage switches to muscular men. If you're bisexual, it's a win-win. Otherwise, ...

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We have recently seen a lot of controversy in the porn industry in Japan over coercion after several prominent cases where women, including current stars, have come forward to allege they were forced to perform when they were originally scouted on different terms. It is one of the AV industry's dirty secrets that no one liked to talk about until last year. It has led to arrests and court cases as well as a wave of bad publicity in the mainstream media. And the latest "victim" of the controversy is not even a member of the industry! Now a lawyer who represented a production company ...

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As we prepare for the joys that await the adult world thanks to virtual reality, you can currently get a taster of the kind of things we might see a lot more of soon. Friday, the weekly tabloid published by Kodansha, has got together with former gravure model and now top porn star Shoko Takahashi (Shoko Takasaki) to produce three "virtual reality" scenes featuring the busty lady in the nude. The 3D scenes are viewable in three dimensions: view them here, here and here. Use your cursor to move around and find Shoko waiting to entertain you. We assume this promotion is only available ...

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Is Shoko Takahashi/Takasaki the perfect soapland sex worker? She certainly looks and acts the part in her latest AV release from Moodyz, aptly titled "Gravure Soap". The former gravure idol with the mega bust, whose switch to a career in porn last year was one of the highlights of the calendar, demonstrates how an awesome soapland experience should look. We have to use our fertile imaginations for how it feels, though. After all, she certainly has the breasts for paizuri and a curvy body that is ideal for rubbing herself all over a very lucky, prone male ...

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Recently we've been admiring a nice trend for weekly magazines in Japan to produce fantastic photo shoots featuring a host of stars showing off their naked bodies. We saw it in the 51 naked porn stars in Weekly Playboy and then 50 semi-naked gravure ...

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Disgraced gravure idol and now one of AV's top porn stars Shoko Takahashi/Takasaki has joined her fellow porn newcomer Yua Mikami (Momona Kito) for what must be the sexiest photo shoot of the year. These nude shots, taken for Weekly Playboy in the autumn, really show off both their voluptuous bodies to the full. What's more, in a more recent subsequent nude photo shoot the two were joined by none other than Mana Sakura, who is already a major star in her own right. There was even a 30-minute video to accompany the "lesbian threesome" ...

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