This weekend, over half-a-million otaku will crowd into Tokyo Big Sight to see almost 40,000 doujinshi circles (publishing groups) exhibit their latest creations. As in recent years Meiji University Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture Comiket researcher myrmecoleon has crunched the numbers. See who topped the list after the jump.
While the Japanese doujinshi scene isn't quite as freewheeling as remote, international observers might see it, it has a relative lack of restriction that even notable industry insiders see as important. On the other hand, fan art and American IP has had a more tenuous relationship. With a major event coming up, that tension seems to be coming to a head at least as far as sales of fan art at conventions goes.
Move over, Touhou Project! While the doujin bishoujo bullet hell shooter with a ton of cute girl characters from various varieties of supernatural distinction is still very well represented at Japan's largest doujinshi event, the ship girls of KanColle held their position as Comiket champions at last weekend's 88th fan-manga mega-event. More after the jump.
Happy 44th birthday to Yoshitoshi ABe, the graffiti artist turned Serial Experiments Lain character designer and author of Square Enix's nine volume ongoing everyday life of an imaginative young girl manga Ryushika Ryushika. Last week he previewed the doujinshi that he will be bringing to August 14-16's Comiket 88, which includes his latest seasonal look at the everyday life of KanColle's Kitakami.
Not only was there an event dedicated to showcasing fan-manga, inspired by Nintendo's adorable Splatoon, there's already a second scheduled! Following a moderate sized Splaket (Splatoon Market) with a half dozen circles held at Sunshine City July 12th, a second will be held for fall equinox at Ota City Industrial Plaza in Tokyo on September 23rd. Get a look after the jump.
TPP is a free trade deal between the U.S., Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific to eliminate tariffs and synchronize regulations. Potent consequences for lower environmental regulations and higher medicine costs have been very controversial. Its copyright agreements' potential effect on creative fan endeavors like doujinshi and cosplay has also been a concern, with manga author Ken Akamatsu being among the prominent voices raising the issue.
Oyari Ashito, an artist on doujinshi as well as ecchi tactical RPG Eiyuu Senki, has moved to a new Twitter account and called attention to that fact that the social media service has suspended the accounts of a number of noted illustrators including Fatal Pulse, whose safe-for-work fan art tributes to works like Shirobako were broadly popular, but whose doujnshi you probably don't want to get caught reading.
Not just limited to ero-parodies, doujinshi publications can cover just about any subject. Illustrating the point, circle Mochi Heavy Industries took a break from their usual object matter (tools) to release "Let's Go to Costco Wholesale," a consignment of which hit Comic Zin last week. The 24-page publication introduces the American established wholesale retailer. Along with describing the store's membership system, pricing information and food product reviews are accompanied by cute illustrations.
April 7th marks the 20th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's launch. An OVA ran into 1996, but YuYu Hakusho was pretty much done by '95. Slam Dunk was also wrapping up in '96. After the series started in '94, Rurouni Kenshin launched its "Kyoto Arc" in '95. If you fondly remember these, you're probably old, and there's a special doujinshi event for you this spring. More after the jump.
49-year-old manga artist Yun Kouga, who is well known for her Earthian and Loveless series, announced on her official Twitter account yesterday that the upcoming April issue of Champion Red comes with a bonus book of her yaoi doujinshi works based on Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya series. Hit the jump for more details.
Harry Potter has a fair number of fans amoung Japanese doujinshi makers. The recent Sherlock has a LOT of doujinshi art fans, generally of the yaoi variety. The Comic City Tokyo 134 doujinshi event took place earlier this week, and for its guide book it featured a special UK crossover of the wizards and consulting detective planning out how to hit the exhibiting on circles. Get a look after the jump.
As reported, Kodansha officially announced a TV anime project based on Nakaba Suzuki's fantasy manga Nanatsu no Taizai/The Seven Deadly Sins yesterday. Expecting the upcoming increase of its popularity among the fan community, the publisher has released a comment regarding derivative works such as doujinshi. Hit the jump for more details.
Basically, Trans-Pacific Partnership is free trade deal between the U.S., Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific to eliminate tariffs, remove other non-tariff barriers, and synchronize regulations. Affects such as lower environment regulations and higher medicine costs have been very controversial. And, Tokyo based businessman and amateur manga artist Tatsuya Usami has asked, "what about doujinshi?"More after the jump.