More on Doujinshi

In Western cultures, doujinshi is often perceived to be derivative of existing work, analogous to fan fiction and almost completely pornographic.

This is partly true: doujinshi are often, though not always, parodies or alternative storylines involving the worlds of popular manga, game oranimeseries,and can often feature overtly sexual material. However, there are also many non sexually explicit dōjinshi being created as well.

As in manga, there are several genres of doujinshi available in the market. A large amount of these works are based on “what if” scenarios, and frequently incorporate adult themes.

Doujinshi for female audiences often focus on gay relationships, and are more driven by character development and relationships, while doujinshi for male audiences tend to focus on lesbian relationships, and have more action and crises.


– Boys Love / ShounenAi & Girls Love / Shoujo Ai

A genre that depicts romantic relationships between two boys or girls. It focuses on the emotional aspect of relationships, with only brief suggestions of sex. Common ones are coming of age stories with the protagonists being pretty boys or moe girls.

– Hentai
porn of all variety and taste. Absurd, fantastical elements are almost a staple in this genre. Hentai doujinshi are almost always more graphic than the original works.

– Parody / Gag
This genre is usually comedic, and usually written to poke fun at the original stories and characters through humour.

– “What If”
Explores alternate universe situations or alternate story linesfrom the original material. It allows fans to change situations orstory arcs that they feel aren’t right, or to re-imagine the original works by altering events or the backgrounds of particular characters.

+How to Search for Doujinshi

If you want to avoid doujinshi with adult themes(because reasons 😃), they are often labelled with an R-18 warning on the cover. Terms such as “ero,” “hentai,” “yaoi,” “yuri,” and “seijin muke” should be avoided,

while doujinshi labeled “ippan” are suitable for young and old alike. It’s best to check the genre of thedoujinshi before buying, to ensure that it meets your tastes.

It may be hard to distinguish text Doujinshi and manga Doujinshi, as both include drawn covers. The best way to check before buying online is to send a message to the online shops’s customer service or by checking reader reviews. See what From Japan has in stock.

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According to Melissa Tolentino

+Where does one buy doujinshi in Tokyo?

Mandarake & K-Books on Otome Road (Ikebukuro)

Otome Road begins at the Animate and ends atthe three-story K-BooksDōjin-kan. This K-Books is probably the single best dōjinshi store in all of Tokyo.

They have dōjinshi for every conceivable fandom, andthey usually have the same dōjinshi for less money (¥210 as opposed to ¥420) than at the Mandarake you passed onthe way. They also havetons of original dōjinshi and dōjinshi sets (all of the dōjinshi in a series, or a dōjinshi packaged with extras like fans or postcards).

Mandarake also has locations in Shibuya, Akihabara and Nakano, as well as other locations throughout Japan. Mandarake and K-BOOKS 同人館(K-BOOKS Doujin) aredoujinshi heaven, filled with shelves and shelves of doujinshi, both old and new. I bought most of my doujinshi from K-BOOKS doujin.

If you can only stop over at one store,I strongly recommend K-BOOKS Doujin, which has pretty much the largestcollection of doujinshiout of all the mentioned stores.

Comiket (コミケット Komiketto?), otherwise known as the Comic Market (コミックマーケットKomikku Māketto?), is the world’s largest dōjinshi fair, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan.

+How much do they cost?

Second-hand doujinshi typically fall under three categories of prices: 210 Yen, 420 Yen and 630 Yen (all inclusive of tax). Compilations are more expensive – 1000 Yen and above.However, the same doujinshi may not cost the same price across all shops!

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