A note on the new, longer descriptions:
Knowing that not everyone possesses a fluent skill set in Japanese, watching movies--although visually pleasing may at times incite mild levels of confusion due to language and cultural barriers. Titles and brief descriptions can only aid with comprehension to some extent even when supplied with a decent amount of still frames from the production.
Due to this, since the beginning of 2012 and continuing indefinitely with every new movie update along with a complete rewrite of the majority of prior updates are the additions of fully fleshed out descriptions that satisfy three criteria: 1. Summarize the movie, 2. Provide background information about said movie and also include unique, cultural Japanese tidbits when applicable, and 3. Commentary.
In other words, the new, expanded descriptions accompanying most movies are there to serve as a 'naughty' Wikipedia-like entry. Read it while viewing the movie rather than attempting to digest it all at once as a sumptuous pre-show snack. It will surely help you understand what is happening in each scene with a greater, enhanced level of appreciation and keep you in the know during instances with heavy dialogue.
The Zenra Movie Annex has always been about quality over quantity. Rather than flooding each weekly update (without fail for over ten years) with a smorgasbord of movies of varying quality with little to no back-story and a few hastily created still frames, the best, the most bizarre, and of course, the most alternative movies from Japanese AV are chosen to represent their at-times average kindred along with full, lush, and at times, gargantuanly detailed descriptions to further enhance your viewing pleasure.
Also, please take note that the descriptions that appear on this site are 100% exclusive and written entirely in-house. There is no borrowing from other sources. Each movie description is a multi-hour (and at times, multi-day) affair consisting of an initial draft plus several rewrite sessions along with fact-finding to enhance the cultural aspect from Criteria #2.
What makes weird and bizarre Japanese AV movies so special is just how strange they truly are especially when compared with their western counterparts. Watching some of the crazy happenings of unorthodox Japan AV can be quite a thrilling experience but if you are not a skilled user of Japanese, there may be times when what's being said is considerably more important than what's on the screen.
As noted above, all entries on the Zenra Movie Annex have been given lush new descriptions that give deep insight into what is really going on during those times when comprehension becomes challenging. Along with these descriptions, various Japanese cultural nuances and tidbits in concert with commentary have also fleshed out the movie viewing experience to an unrivaled level.
But more can be done.
Along with extended descriptions, beginning late September 2012 and continuing indefinitely, *all* new updates will feature exclusive full English subtitles. In concert with this, all previous updates will gradually be re-released with English subtitles. If you are an active subscriber, feel free to use the contact form located on the subtitle request page to submit movie requests as they will be given priority for archival subtitling.
With the addition of English subtitles, the Zenra mission statement of promoting the best of the most bizarre and strange Japanese AV movies with an emphasis on universal understanding has been saliently fortified. Being that all the Japanese AV subtitles are exclusive, created in-house, and most important, grammatically sound native English (rather than "Engrish"), the Zenra Movie Annex is the only source of bizarre yet erotic Japanese movies shown in a language everyone can understand.
Frequently Asked Questions at Zenra
(Updated March 11th, 2015)
I use ____. How can I view the movies?
Windows, Mac, and Linux: The easiest way to view movies using these operating systems is by installing the free VLC Media Player from www.videolan.org. It uses few computer resources and plays nearly any media format without issue. It's also the third most used video player worldwide after Quicktime and Windows Media Player. Also, provided you have VLC Media Player installed and use a modern web browser on a broadband connection, it is possible to stream the movies as they download.
Android: MX Player.
Streaming on mobile devices: For mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, streaming is also possible. Please install one of the apps listed above. After logging in, clicking on a download link should present you with a 'Complete action using...' prompt. Select MX Player (or playable or CineXPlayer HD) and streaming should automatically begin. If no prompt is shown, a possible workaround is to copy the address of the movie by long-pressing on the download link and select copy. Paste this into MX Player (Menu (the three dots) -> Network stream) and streaming should begin.
Where are the movies?
On each movie page there are download links near the bottom (SUBTITLED DOWNLOAD - 1 2 3 etc.). Try right-clicking on one of the numbered links (each number contains a scene) and select 'Save File As' (or Save Location As, Save Target As, Save Link As, etc.). Select somewhere on your computer to save the file and ensure the download totally completes at 100%. Locate the file on your computer and double-click to open. Ensure that VLC is the program that opens the movie. If Quicktime or Windows Media Player opens instead, right click the file and select a prompt that says something similar to 'Open With' and select VLC. Alternately, first open VLC and then select 'Media' from the top drop-down box and select 'Open File' and then locate the fully downloaded movie on your computer.
Is it possible to preview future movies?
Subscribers and non-subscribers alike can download sample clips from upcoming new releases via the Coming Soon page.
Can I test out video playback before I subscribe?
Yes, it is possible to download movies from Zenra in order to see if your device—be it a computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.--can play them without any issue. Please visit the Coming Soon page and click on any of the screenshots to download free sample previews of upcoming releases. The short clips are encoded and stored in the exact same fashion as full-length movies. Thus, if they play without issue, you should be able to also play any full-length movie in the private area. However, if you do experience playback issues, please either read and apply the first portion of the FAQ dealing with how to remedy video playback issues and/or contact support for technical assistance. You do not need to be a subscriber to receive assistance from support.
Subtitled Japanese AV Movies?
Zenra is the only site on the internet featuring full-length Japanese AV movies with full and accurate English subtitles. Every scene and every snippet of audible dialog—even on-screen captions often used during game-themed productions—is given English captioning. For a complete list of all the subtitled movies on Zenra, please visit the Subtitles Status page which is updated approximately twice a week.
Why are most movies censored?
Due to Japanese obscenity laws passed many, many years ago, this type of mosaic--or blur--is legally necessary as the films are all made in Japan. However, since March of 2014, uncensored movies are being added on a regular basis.
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Although third party download management clients are not officially proscribed, you may encounter issues using them since ZENRA is designed for human use. Technical support from this end is not provided and an improperly configured client may result in incorrect bandwidth counting and invalid login attempts ultimately resulting in a temporary lock on your subscription lasting several hours (if you find yourself locked out, please contact support for faster turn around in most situations).
Can I download as much as I want?
To prevent site 'leeching', all subscribers are limited to downloading no more than 15GB a day. We will be introducing an unlimited streaming for all subscribers in the very near future and movies viewed this way will not count towards the daily download allowance.
Why is there no trial subscription option?
Many adult sites offer trial subscriptions by credit card, but not Zenra. Almost all of these trial subscriptions are configured in a way to automatically convert a trial subscription into a full-time one—often at a higher monthly price than what a subscriber would pay if he/she initially opted for a 30-day subscription. A subscriber must manually cancel their subscription to avoid being charged the full price before their trial period runs out. Since adult sites are frequently impulse purchases, this sets up a recipe for angry and overcharged customers which is a lose-lose situation for everyone.
Can you add movies starring [insert Japanese AV star name here]?
Although ZENRA does feature a Japanese AV Star section that is updated fairly often, the bread and butter of the site are productions that are more about unique situations rather than famous actress showcase productions. You can always contact support with movie requests, but please be advised that most cannot be honored. However, you can always request a custom subtitled commission which is written about more below this entry.
Do you take custom subtitling requests?
Yes, custom subtitled requests for movies not found on the site are accepted. Please be aware that this is a supplementary service with its own set of fees. Both non-subscribers and subscribers can make custom requests. Turn-around time is usually one to two weeks after payment is received. Please contact support for more information.
How can I become an AV actor/actress?
If you do not possess either a Japanese spouse visa, Japanese permanent residency, or are a Japanese citizen, your chances of being in an adult video production are nil. However, if you do possess one of these statuses and live in the Tokyo area (or can make your way to the Tokyo area on your own dime), we at Zenra may be able to help you take part in a shoot. If you are interested, contact us and we can provide some guidance as to your options.
Do you buy movies?
ZENRA.net is always looking to buy new movies. Be it professional or amateur quality, so long as your offerings are mainly in Japanese and all participants are over 18 years old, feel free to use the contact form to discuss licensing terms. Movies do not need to star only cast members of Japanese descent. Interracial movies are also welcome so long as the main dialog spoken is Japanese. Since ZENRA creates subtitles in-house, subtitling beforehand is not required.
ご用件がある方、Contact Form を使い下さい。
Do you have an affiliate program?
Yes, please use the contact form for more information.
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