ZENRA review

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Videos
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Reviewer

Final Score: 86/100

Main Details

Link
Launched
April 2002 (estimated)
Listed
November 21, 2015
Data Revised
January 4, 2017
Mobile & Tablet
Usable
Content Updates
Few times a week

ZENRA review by John Woole, January 4, 2017 (full review)

Summary

Unique porn from Japan, subtitled Japanese maniac AV. Apart from normal hardcore JAV, they have many Japanese fetishes, and help you understand them with in-depth reviews and English subtitles.

Pros

  • Original, exclusive, rare JAV flicks
  • Lots of different fetishes and weird movies as well of normal JAV hardcore
  • They help you understand the movies with articles and subtitles
  • Good quality in general
  • 3 two-hour long movies added every week

Cons

  • 10gb daily download limit, and the exclusive titles are only downloadable with the VIP membership
  • Navigation & search should be improved
  • No lower quality options for the HD movies
  • Not all content is HD
  • More expensive than many sites

ZENRA's full name is ZENRA - Subtitled Japanese Maniac AV. It is a website with JAV porn, but it's certainly not an average one. While it has regular hardcore JAV flicks, it also has "maniac porn". The term "maniac" in Japanese porn means extreme porn. Unusual scenarios and fetishes, be it shocking public sex, girls in spandex, horror movie porn, or big orgies. This is the rare kind of site where you can always find something entirely new and exciting.

This is our second, updated review of ZENRA.net. They have grown in size, and have also added a number of new, premium JAV studios to their collection. They now have Hot Entertainment, Bullitt, WAAP, Dream Ticket, and GOGOS. Movies from V&R and ORGA are also coming in the spring of 2017. And of course the movies of the other studios are still online: OTK Collectors, Fetish-Japan, Virtual Wave, GUTS, Dreamroom, RASH, Tokyo Zentai Club, Epicurean, and RADIX.
The site has a mixture of censored & uncensored content. This is normal and good—many great titles are censored, and it would be a shame to exclude them only because of that. Some of the movies can be found elsewhere too, but they also have a lot of EXCLUSIVE TITLES that can't be found on any other English porn sites.

ZENRA is unique because they help you understand Japanese porn. They add English subtitles to their JAV flicks. If you don't speak Japanese, this is a big deal. The movies are way more enjoyable when you understand what the girls are saying. The other nice thing is that with each update comes a long review of the movie. They really go into the details there. You'll learn about the actresses, the making of the particular movie, about the niche or fetish that it represents, and how they're regarded by the Japanese. I found these stories very interesting, understanding the movies also adds a lot to the experience.

It's quite hard to describe the content of the site, it has so many kinds. The best I could do with a few words is "hardcore and mixed fetishes". It has amateur JAV and busty AV stars, massage & spa & bathhouse porn, lesbian encounters, BDSM, weird movies like Japanese horror porn, public nudity & public sex including Chikan movies, group sex, clinics, bukakke & cum eating, Japanese MILFs, Tekoki (Japanese CFNM), cosplay, bizarre clothing including full-body spandex & masks, watersports, bizarre body part licking, and femdom.
I'm sure that I've missed a few genres. If you only like vanilla JAV hardcore, don't be discouraged, there's plenty of that on the site too.

Movie quality varies, but it's generally good and enjoyable. Many new movies are 720p HD or Full HD resolution, but not all. One should consider that some of the really exciting maniac flicks were recorded before the HD era. They want to publish those as well, with subtitles added.

Each movie can be watched in the online player by everyone. You can also download them, unless you choose the cheaper streaming-only membership. If you're a big downloader, you might reach the daily download limit of 10gb per day, which is 5-8 full movies.

The Exclusive movies are a special case. Streaming playback is available to everyone, but the exclusive titles can only be downloaded by the VIP members, with a 20GB/month maximum. The VIP status that can be achieved by being a member for three consecutive months or by buying a 3-month subscription.

Let's talk about the usability. The site has had some improvements. I was happy to find a model library, as well as the ability to browse the updates by studio. It also appears that they have filled in the gaps, and every scene has download links now. Unfortunately you still cannot choose the resolution to download and stream in, so if a movie is Full HD, that's the only version you get. So a good connection is needed.
I still don't find the main navigation too comfortable. There is a lot of stuff to scroll through to get to the main update log, and it's annoying that the page keeps on loading and rearranging.
The movies are categorized, but a better search engine with the ability to select all of the smaller search keywords would be nice. I would also appreciate full-length movie downloads in addition to the current scene downloads.
The good news is that the design works the same on mobiles and tablets just like on computers. If you have fast internet on your phone, the site will work great.

The update factor is nice. They've upgraded to three movies per week. And these are full-length movies, often over 2 hours in length. They all come with subtitles and an in-depth article.

ZENRA.net is one of the most original JAV sites out there for the English speakers. Instead of pumping the site full of boring stuff, they carefully select the most exciting movies. The crew puts a lot of work in the subtitles and the movie reviews, I found them great. This is the perfect place to discover the twisted world of JAV porn. The navigation could still improve, and the download limits may be annoying to some people, but if you can get past those, this site is a true gem. If you aren't on a tight budget, I'd consider choosing the three-month membership right away, to be able to download the movies labeled as "Exclusive" too. The payments are handled by CCBILL, which is a reliable company, with easy cancellations.

Enter ZENRA

Videos

Amount
345 scenes
Avg. length
120 mins
DRM-free
Formats:
type resolution bitrate info
mp4 1920 x 1080 px FULLHD 4700 kbps
mp4 1280 x 720 px HD 3100 kbps
mp4 720 x 480 px 1800 kbps
mp4 640 x 480 px 1600 kbps
The $29.95 membership is streaming-only, the others can download 10GB per day. (Streaming playback also counts towards the limit.) Movies marked as "Exclusive" can be watched in the online player by all members, but they are only downloadable by VIP members (maximum 20GB/month of the exclusive titles).

Photos

No photos on this site

Webcams

No webcams on this site

Prices & Billing

Recurring Memberships:
1st period price rebills
One month $29.95 rebills at $29.95 / month
One month $39.95 rebills at $39.95 / month
3 months $99.00 rebills at $99.00 / 3 months
Non-recurring Memberships:
length price rebills
3 months $109.00 no rebills
Billers:
The $29.95 membership is streaming-only. The 3 month memberships give VIP access right away. The monthly membership becomes VIP after two rebills.

Review History & Outside Reviews

Review history on x3guide
review date score
this full review Jan 4, 2017 86/100
full review Nov 24, 2015 83/100
Outside reviews
site date score
The Best Porn May 25, 2016 81/100

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