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Maeda explained that he invented the practice to get around strict Japanese censorship regulations, which prohibit the depiction of the penis but apparently do not prohibit showing sexual penetration by a tentacle or similar often robotic appendage. When she lays her eggs, which could be days or even months later, they will pass this area and be fertilised.