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What are the best doujinshi?

Dojinshi (often transliterated doujinshi) is the Japanese term for self-published works. These works usually involve magazines, manga or novels. Dojinshi is often the work of amateurs, though professional artists do participate sometimes as well. They are also a part of a wider category that falls under dojin. This includes art collection, games, and anime. In this industry, groups of dojinshi artists refer to themselves as a sakuru(circle). There are times that a single artist can have multiple groups which are called kojin sakuru(personal circles). Since the 1980s, the main method for distributing dojinshi works has been through regular conventions. The largest of these conventions is called Comiket (short for Comic Market) held during the summer and winter in Tokyo. The venue, the country's largest convention and exhibition center, Tokyo Big Sight. During this time, thousands of dojinshi are bought, sold, and traded by attendees.

This is also the place where dojinshi creators who based their works on other creators can be found. These artists will usually just make them in small quantities though to avoid and protect themselves from litigation. This also makes their work quite coveted so oftentimes it would be a matter of who can get there first and be able to buy them. Dojinshi has been often been criticized as derivatives or work akin to fan fiction with no originality. It can't be though that dojinshi has a loyal fan base. If you've never read this type of work before and want to try it out, check below. We've listed some of the best doujinshi that you can start reading today.

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  1. 1Star Strings yori

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    Star Strings yori is an adventure, drama doujinshi written by Akihito Tsukushi. It was first published on August 14, 2011. It is about Kororu and her adventures and attempts to find other people.

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  1. 2Totally Captivated

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    Totally Captivated is a Boys Love series of Hajin Yoo. It was first released in 2005. It features characters Ewon Jung, Mookyul Eun, and Jiho Shin. The story is about Ewon cheating on Jiho and Jiho asking Moonkyul to be a servant on his office.
  2. 3Michiru Heya

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    Michiru Heya is a yaoi doujinshi written by Nekota and Yonezou. It has 13 volumes and was first published on August 12, 2006. This story is about Reno and Roje and the rumors circulating about the two of them.

  1. 4Ane Naru Mono

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    Ane Naru Mono is a horror, romance, and supernatural doujinshi written by Pochi. It was serialized by Dengeki G's comic and was first published on March 30, 2016. It has been licensed in English as The Elder Sister-Like One by Yen Press.

  2. 5Neko Para

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    Neko Para is a hentai doujinshi written by Sayori and was first published on August 11, 2013. The story is about Chocola and Vanilla and their preparation for working at the cafe "La Soliel".

  3. 6Aru Yoru.

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    Aru Yoru. is a yaoi doujinshi written by Kou Yoneda. It has one volume and was first published on March 3, 2013. It was digitally released in English by Sublime as NightS -Another NIght- on 2015.

  4. 7Tiny Evil

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    Tiny Evil is a hentai, supernatural doujinshi written by author MUK. It is an ongoing manga that is first published on July 20, 2015. The story is about a little boy who is going to be killed by his desire.

  5. 8Love Hina (Vol. 1)

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    Keitaro Urashima's parents kick him out after he fails his entrance exams to get into Tokyo University for the second time. His grandmother agrees to take him in, on the condition that he'll be the caretaker of her girls' dorm, Hinata Lodge.

  6. 9Maid Sama! (Vol. 1)

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    Misaki Ayuzawa is the brilliant, no-nonsense and incredibly strong student council president at Seika High School. But Misaki has a secret she vows no one in school should ever find out - she works part-time at a maid cafe!

  7. 10Sonomama de

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    Sonomama de is a yaoi doujinshi written by Kai Asou. It has one volume and six chapters and was first published on August 16, 2009. The story is about friends Tsuji and Aizawa.

  8. 11Yotsuba&! (Vol. 1)

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    Yotsuba&! (Vol.1) is a humorous fiction manga created by Kiyohiko Azuma. This young adult sequential art manga is about Yotsuba and her neighbors. It is first published in 2003. 

  9. 12Lemonade

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    Lemonade is a yaoi doujinshi wirtten by Yuu Moegi and Nanaroku Takaoka. It has one volume and two chapters and was first published on August 12, 2012. It features protagonists Kaede and Rintarou.

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The origins of Japanese comics or manga goes all the way back to the 11th century? Toba Sojo was an 11th-century priest and painter known for his whimsical sense of humor. He made chobu giga or animal scroll paintings depicting Buddhist priesthood. He would draw priests as mischievous animals doing silly activities. The way that people read manga from right to left stems from the way you unrolled scrolls in the same way. From then on, various forms of art and sketch appeared that influenced manga. Western culture made its way into the country and mixed with Japanese ideology. Manga artists began creating works drawing inspiration from both. There was not anything that art did not cover or emphasized on. Some of today's best manga has a little bit of everything in them. These have also spawned anime adaptations and proved to be as popular as the source material.

A lesser-known but no less important part of Japanese manga culture is Doujinshi. These are self-published works by amateur artists. There has been controversy about the nature of these doujinshis and their inspiration. Doujinshi artists would get inspiration from existing manga works. They would then incorporate in their own creations. They would sell these doujinshis at Comiket (or known as Comic Market) events. They would sell in small quantities to avoid attention and possible litigation. 

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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "I just to get it out there that Nekota Yonezou is really one of my favorites so this one is definitely one of the top doujinshi for me. Storyline is nothing special but it blooms nicely into something really unique, the characters will also grow to you which i also love."
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    Michiru Heya
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "Best doujinshi that ive read to date. The story was written very smoothly even though there are some gaps, the scene transitions are all really good. The art is also extremely well drawn. Everything about this manga is what i really like."
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    Totally Captivated
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "This doujinshi is one of those you don't want to read outside becuase of its lewd art, but its story is definitely worht reading. The characters tooa re really good and the development is really there."
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    Ane Naru Mono
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "The story was so-so in the start and gets unneccesarily complicated too. The art is clean and characters too but the background was drawn poorly, i was pretty bored in the middle too,."
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    Lemonade
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "I love everything about this manga except for the fact that it is open-ended. The story is beautful, artstyle and character design is too! You will never regret reading this. ❤"
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    Star Strings yori
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2019
    "I got totally addicted to this doujinshi. I think it's one of the more creative manga plus the artwork is also worth watching. I think this is one of the best out there"
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    Love Hina (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "This manga is really an underrated one, but this doujinshi is really fun to read, the plot is pretty good, characters are likable and the art is simple but interesting."
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    Sonomama de
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2019
    "The story alone of this got it for me. Not your typical doujinshi but very enticing.. Hiro Fujiwara was really awesome and I'm glad people noticed it"
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    Maid Sama! (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "Definitely the best doujinshi that i've read, didnt expect to make my cry but boy it did. I am defintiely recommending this one."
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    Tiny Evil
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    Anonymous
    October 2, 2019
    "Very funny and nice to read. The artwork here is quite unexpected for a doujinshi manga but I actually dig it"
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    Yotsuba&! (Vol. 1)
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "Love the animation!!!! The color palette used is also really pretty, i defintiely enjoyed reading this one."
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    Neko Para
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    Anonymous
    May 31, 2019
    "One of those mangas that you will enjoy but you wont consider the best, it was in the middle not the best,"
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    Aru Yoru.
This list is about What are the best doujinshi
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Star Strings yoriBooks 9 Free
2Totally Captivated Books 8 Paid
3Michiru HeyaBooks 5 Free
4Ane Naru MonoBooks 3 Free
5Neko ParaBooks 2 Free
6Aru Yoru.Books 2 Free
7Tiny EvilBooks 0 Free
8Love Hina (Vol. 1)Books 0 Paid
9Maid Sama! (Vol. 1)Books 0 Paid
10Sonomama deBooks 0 Free
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