The Hentai Manga industry

A major part of dōjinshi, whether based on mainstream publications or original, contains sexually explicit material, due to both the large demand for such publications and absence of restrictions official publishing houses have to follow.

Indeed, often the main point of a given dōjinshi is to present an explicit version of a popular show’s characters. Such works may be known to English speakers as “H-dōjinshi”, in line with the former Japanese use of letter H to denote erotic material.

The Japanese usage, however, has since moved towards the word ero,and so ero manga(エロ漫画?)is the term almost exclusively used tomark dōjinshi with adult themes. Sometimes they will also be termed”for adults”(成人向けseijin muke)or 18-kin (18禁?)(an abbreviation of 18 歳未満禁止”forbidden to minors less than 18 years of age”).

To differentiate,ippan(一般?, ,”general”, from the general public it is suitable for)is the term used for publications absent of such content. Aniparo—works which parody existing anime and manga franchises.

+Market

Most dōjinshi are commercially bound and published by dōjinshi-ka (dōjinshi authors) who self-publish through various printing services. Copybooks, however, are self-made using xerox machines or other copying methods.

Few are copied by drawing by hand. Not all category terms used by English-language fans of dōjinshi are derived from Japanese. For example, an AU dōjinshi is one set in an alternate universe.

+Original Works

Just in case you don’t know the japanese market : there are several hentai and non-hentai manga magazines, in which artists publish one-chapter-long stories of all sorts. Their paper is thin, their censorship mostly heavy, and their printing quality is average in the best case. The most popular artists(there are customer polls) are welcome to come back in the next issues.

And very popular artists who have created a long enough stream of popular works can publisha tankoubon (the “official manga” as us westerners know) version of their works, with much better picture quality and a few edits if they feel like making them, it pays them best.

An original manga is a manga that isn’t inspired from anything else, that is a real original creation. Technically, as a manga it’s anything that has been printed on paper, either a professionally produced full volume, or a small amateur work.

+Magazines

–Tankoubon(as opposed to Magazines) : this term refers to a full manga as you can buy it anywhere, with good paperback quality and good printed pictures, as opposed to low quality magazine prepublications.

Ero Magazine of different publishing companies are a collection of different story of featuring artists or regular which vary in page content or art style and general detail.

Popular names such as X-Ero, Shitsurakuten and Kairakuten.

According to a Fakku editor,X-Eros is the most “hardcore”of the three. It has more of the hardcore fetishes like netorare/netori, mind break, hypnosis, blackmail, etc. In the grand scheme of things, it’s still mostly vanilla.

Shitsurakuten generally (very generally) has older women, or to be more precise,older-looking women. So basically Shitsurakuten’s high school girls look older than Kairakuten’s high schoolgirls. This is a very hazy distinction.

Kairakuten has a lot of vanilla. Kairakuten and Shitsurakuten are supposed to be a bit more”family-friendly” or whateverwould actually make sense here, so they are subjected to the so-called “lightsaber dick” method of censorship in Japan, while X-Eros has blackbars.

X-Eros usually clocks in at around 500 pages, Kairakuten at 400, and Shitsurakuten at 300.

+Others

“Illustration” is the drawing which the author draws what he wants to draw, general art by the artist.

“Artworks” is the collection of drawings which the author draws what someone orders him to draw commercially.

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