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Here’s a fascinating look at doujinshi, Japan’s self-published, fan-produced works. They’re often manga, but can also be video games or anime.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I’ve been trying to follow doujin gaming for a while, and... it seems like most of the direct parody stuff are short manga works, but the doujin gaming scene seems more like mostly original works; just indie games.

Is this correct? Or is it just how it appears based on what I’ve been exposed to, seeing as I mostly only see what gets released in English?