Doujinshi – platform for artistic freedom and gateway to the professional manga industry

Doujinshi is an amateur manga made in small quantities with art circles and sold with certain conventions. Some of these small-sized conventions while others are very large. The largest Doujinshi Convention – Comic Market (or Komicet) attracts more than 590 thousand officers in December 2011. Doujinshi can display characters from popular manga with new plots or different settings, but can also offer stories, characters, and the original world. Because Doujinshi is made alone and does not need to comply with the strict sensor guidelines that are enforced by a professional publishing company, the artists behind them enjoy almost free hands when it comes to their doujinshis stories and their depiction. The convention where doujinshi bought and sold tend to be soft in their attitude towards nudity but indeed enforce, at some level, depiction of violence or political views. Problematic doujinshi must be redrawn or censored before approval for publication.

The relative freedom found in doujinshi allows artists to fully express themselves without legal or physical constraints. This has caused experimental, avant-garde and artistic doujinshi. It also allows for doujinshi based on the popular manga series that exists to be published without the need for complicated legal permits. The freedom obtained by Doujinshi publication has not been ignored by professional manga artists. Some famous artists, such as Yoshitoshi Abe and Akamatsu Ken, draw Doujinshi as a breath between their professional works. Making Doujinshi give them the freedom to create what they want (as opposed to after following the instructions before them by their supervisors and editors in their respective companies)  โดจิน and also allow them to interact with fans who are more intimate.

While Doujinshi is no commodity commodities they can attract many fans if they are withdrawn. Circles with talented manga artists have a tendency to become famous and sell all their copies faster than others. As a skilled artist tend to stand out, the Doujinshi Convention has attracted the attention of the talent of a large publishing company looking for new and promising artists to add to their warehouse. Some of the famous manga artists began as Doujinshi artists and then tamed by publishing companies and moved to a professional manga image. Such professionals include Akamatsu Ken (Love Hina), Takahashi Rumiko (Ranma 1/2), Clamp (Card Coptor Sakura) and Tony. When some of these artists continue to publish their original Doujinshi with their professional manga, there are cases where Doujinshi from a well-known professional artist was finally adopted by their publishing company and became a professional product. The instance includes:

Haibane Renmei Doujinshi by Yoshitoshi Abe who was adapted into an anime series.
Tony’s illustration of Hatsune Miku Crypton, which was later supported by an official company and was published as the official commercial art book.
Aqua Doujinshi by Amano Kozue was adapted into the commercial aria manga (and then spawned anime series).
Some of these artists, who began their career as amateur drawing doujinshi for various events, has contributed a massive contribution to the evolution of visual presentations from amateur and commercial manga throughout the year.