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Why Isn't All Japanese AV Uncensored? Part Three

My Dearest Desire Exclusive - Original Japanese Date: December 18th, 2015
English Translation Published: March 23rd, 2016

There are many reasons why domestic Japanese AV production companies avoid taking the uncensored route with their releases.

(Translator's note: This post is a continuation of a previous entry.)

And you know what?  It works pretty well.  There is a lot of porn coming out of the west, but the quality doesn't match what we see from Japan.  Even smaller studios are pushing out content in quality and quantity that you still don't see too often in the states and Europe.  I've seen western paysites that produce their own content moving to higher quality with 4K shoots, but at the end of the day, all their updates follow the same theme using the same exact studio and stale talent (examples will NOT be given!).  There still are companies here in Japan that shoot in SD, but their output is diverse, expansive, and really, really good and they'd risk losing this if they did it all on their own.

Another huge issue about a domestic production company going abroad is potentially becoming a black sheep.  Successful or not with their newfound independence, their friends in the industry may begin to dwindle since some of the hardships domestic studios face would be a thing of the past for them.  No longer would their wares be stocked in the same stores and you certainly couldn't hold meet-and-greets while selling uncensored titles.  In fact, going uncensored means no more physical copies sold in Japan at all and this fact alone would probably scare away any production company here thinking of making such a jump.

The risks outweigh the rewards for making a title like this without mosaic.


We know of a few other production companies aside from DREAMROOM (who own a massive network of paysites and live cams) that have taken the uncensored online-only route from day one, but they have simultaneously targeted both Japanese and English-speaking audiences.  We haven't seen their ledgers, but they're probably doing pretty good as we haven't heard of any closing shop.  If you're thinking of doing this, just realize it isn't cheap and unless you have a fat wallet, you're pretty much only going to be able to select AV stars who have already done uncensored or pure amateurs with zero industry experience.  The agencies these women belong to would also be hesitant to send their staff off to shoot for you if you didn't have any credibility as well.

Thus, at the end of the day, it's the fear of losing what one already has which is the main reason domestic Japanese AV production companies remain doing what they've done for so long.  Yes, by selling in shops and also pushing titles through distribution companies they may only end of receiving half of the actual price of the title, but that's better than making no money at all or fudging up their international uncensored transition leading to their owners facing potential huge fines and jail time.

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