End of An Era - Yua Mikami Set To Retire From AV!

Published : March 14th, 2023 Written by trapstar

While Michelle Yeoh won the Oscars, hence claiming her spot as the first Asian woman to achieve such a feat making every Asian worth his blood proud of his heritage. On the downside there remains a certain sect of Asian as well as western fans who are disheartened by this particular headline. It's indeed a sad day for us AV fans, collectively. Nobody in their wildest dreams would've thought that Yua Mikami would strike them with this abrupt notice that was uncalled for.

AV jacket of Yua's debut JAV 'Princess Peach' produced by MUTEKI

Deep down we all knew her retirement announcement was just around the corner but for something of this nature to come this early is what may have saddened the entirety of the Japanese AV universe. I somehow feel like this could have been delayed, even Yua for that fact must have been unaware of it but her PR team predicted that her popularity might have just started fading. Ater all, with all these commitments that she remains involved with, it was impossible for her to have peaked further in her AV career and it seems like a no brainer move for the former Ebisu muscats idol taking a voluntary leave from the industry while I pen down this column. For the 29 year old, it has indeed been a busy few years for the actress who's commitments to her affiliations besides AV is one of those factors you just can't straight out ignore. Currently, Yua is neck deep with work, considering her fashion house has kicked off to a good start and has shaped out to be the bigger cash cow in the recent past, now with AV works having dried up or being limited to a single release for the month. This was bound to happen sooner or later, as I've been persistent with the claim every time I made her mention in the past. Nothing seems more saddening for the fans of the actress than the fact that she had it coming and today is indeed one of those days.

 

More than 10 million views on the announcement tweet! one could get the gist of her influence over the whole AV industry. In her retirement announcement video that has garnered over half a million views in just a matter of hours, Mikami seems to be emotional while announcing her retirement but kudos to the girl, she definitely knows how to hold it back. However, I’d say Yua was quite spontaneous with this whole retirement thing playing out, something that surprised me. In one of my earlier columns that I mentioned of, she referred to this certain interview as a testament of her quitting from AV by the time she turns 30. Fans are still in disbelief, swarming her SNS feed with the hashtag #yuamikamiretirement, citing that it's a prank. Alas! I wish it was true since they had it trending on Japanese Twitter post Yua's announcement.

#三上悠亜引退 this particular hashtag started trending on Japanese SNS after Yua's announcement
 

One could make an assumption from the video she shared on her official channel of how bad the former S1 exclusive was holding back those tears. For an individual who started off as an idol group member with SKE48 and dreamt of making it big in the AV world, it's indeed disheartening. For those who have been an ardent JAV fan for over a decade now, it is no surprise that Yua is quite a big thing in the AV industry, with up and coming actresses in the adults scene who look upto her and desire to become one like her in the future, which even the 29 year old admits in her testimony, citing her producers and production crew to validate the statement, Moreover, Yua even mentioned that she has among the biggest female turnouts at her events out of any idol in the industry, around 70%, that's quite a staggering figure for one to fathom.

Yua who retires at the brink of her 8th year in the industry further added that she has massive respect for those who make it in the industry for 10+ years quoting that AV shoots are quite tough and it takes a toll on one’s existence after a certain amount of time. I believe those AV shoots are not even close to what the eyes perceive. With the rest of her works scheduled to hit the floors latest by August this year, the S1 exclusive intends to carry on releasing works until her retirement and calls the experience to be very fulfilling & satisfying as she referenced her multiple wins in the past in the Best Actress category at DMM’s Annual Award ceremony.

Yua Mikami walks the ramp at The Kansai Fashion Week 2022

The former AV celebrity turned fashion designer will now go on to head full time positions at her recently occupied roles in her listed ventures, OnlyYours, an onlyfans alternative designed especially for Yua Mikami’s fans as well as MISTREASS, the 29 year old’s very own fashion line that has been quite the hit among Japan's concentrated fashion circuit and has garnered the eyeballs of fashion enthusiasts and critics alike. This also claimed her a spot at the Kansai fashion show earlier last year.

To be frank, I've mixed emotions as of now, while I knew it beforehand that a news was like this was long awaited, with the actress dropping subtle hints in her past interviews confirming the same, it is just so that it all feels so surreal right now after she made the announcement earlier today. I wish on behalf of all AV fans and fraternity, I could go back in time and assist her to pursue a different reality but I guess it is too late. Like they say, the train has already left the station and we should settle with the fact that Yua has moved on as well, headed for even better things in life and career in general. Here's wishing her luck collectively from the folks at ZENRA. More power to you girl!

You could keep up with Yua's future moves by following her on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube OnlyYours


 

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GerardKhacha 1 year ago
With such a glimmering career like hers, no wonder if we'll see one or two of her statues or public venues will be renamed in her honour (like Yua Mikami International Stadium for example), since she's the only one who can end the negative stigmas about AV actresses.
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trapstar 1 year ago

To a certain extent, I see her being a mainstream figure but nowhere close to cities unveiling statues or even renaming public venues on her.

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Oppaira 1 year ago

It's crazy to think about Yua retiring because of how popular she is but it's also not surprising: girl has done well for herself, especially growing herself outside of the industry. Idol groups, fashion, she's definitely following in Kirara's footsteps. Maybe not quite the model vibes that Kirara has these days but still. Yua's easily been one of the top 10 throughout her career and I'm curious who will follow in her footsteps at S1 (aside from Saika obviously).

PS. One of us should do a spotlight on her. I'm a fan but admittedly not a big enough fan for a spotlight.

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trapstar 1 year ago

Agree. I have no idea how S1 is coping with losing two of its biggest poster girls in just a year. First, Shoko Takahashi and now Yua.

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Periph 1 year ago
"While Michelle Yeoh won the Oscars, hence claiming her spot as the first Asian woman to achieve such a feat making every Asian worth his blood proud of his heritage. On the downside there remains a certain sect of Asian as well as western fans who are disheartened by this particular headline." Seems like there should be a sentence about Yua's announcement between the first and second sentences. Or, eliminate the opener about the Oscars as it really is disconnected from the topic of the article and not really necessary.

Good thoughts on Yua's career and place in the industry in the rest of the article though.
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trapstar 1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback!

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KL 1 year ago
You would think a star as big as her would at least do a retirement video.. but it sounds like she’s just suddenly done?
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trapstar 1 year ago

Her retirement comes around August so there is a possibility of her filming a retirement video by that time. If it happens, we'll be the first to let you know!

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sub hunter 1 year ago
I think Yua brought a sense of stability to the entire industry and that may be part of the uneasy feeling we are all feeling. Consistent sales, SNS presence. She was a cornerstone the past almost 8 years. With all that is going on w/ the new laws, this doesn't help us feel at ease.

But Yua goes out with a stable future, leaving behind a decorated career and a glaring hole of an industry losing a bonafide Superstar. Will there be an actress/es current, veteran or rookie, be able to rise and help fill the void? I don't know.
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ZENRA 1 year ago

Never could I consider myself a fan of her (or pretty much most any A-lister given our site's focus), but she was a monolith who most likely will follow in Kirara's footsteps if not surpass them. Is Eimi next?

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Mangochin 1 year ago

Yua has continued to diversify her 'portfolio' and has been branching outside of AV for some time. Honestly, I am glad that she's leaving, because I think she will be much happier moving on to a new chapter in her life.

Regarding the laws, the studios have all navigated around it... Everyone has to retire at some point, I think it's just that because there's an increasing amount of actresses, eventually people will retire causing this unrest especially for people who may only have been in JAV more recently (let's say from when Yua started). So you can expect more names to retire within the next couple years, but you will also continue to see an increase in actresses. It's now just a factor of what the landscape looks like post-COVID (referring to other platforms).

S1, as well as many other studios have promising new stars so it'll give them a chance to grow. I think for S1 there's 3 who have already taken that flagship place, so this move only will cement their places, while allowing Yua to leave on a 'happy' note.

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