Tokyo politician creates dojinshi manga, will be at Comiket selling it

Otaku assemblyman’s latest project stars a 1,300-year-old girl from a popular video game franchise.

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Attendees beware: high chance of man-made sweat cloud forming at this year’s Summer Comiket

Go prepared or you might not make it back home in one piece.

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Dojinshi manga artist makes fan’s day with special promise for the next two years【Manga】

Artist meets fan who loves his work yet can’t buy it, but not because she can’t afford it.

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10 ways being an anime otaku was different 30 years ago

Japanese fans sound off on things that used to be a normal part of the otaku life, but aren’t anymore.

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Why right now is one of the best times of the year to shop for dojinshi manga and merch in Japan

Lucky bags always make January a great time to go shopping in Japan, but it’s the prime dojinshi-buying time for a very different reason.

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Crossdressing Japanese teen’s outing inspires boys’ love style fan manga

English-language short comic attracts the attention of the real-life teen who inspired it.

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Indie games’ Japanese-language releases overshadowed by developers’ sexy art request

Do you want money? Fame? For these developers, it’s all about the erotic fan art (although fame and money probably wouldn’t hurt).

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Creeps bugging saleswomen at anime convention? Here’s a clever plan to discreetly call for help

System is easy for allies to understand, but invisible to everyone else.

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Poisonous spider found at venue of Tokyo’s biggest anime convention one week before it kicks off

Toxic alien shows up early, has the power to make victims puke.

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Free condoms to be distributed at Comiket anime fan event in Tokyo

Attendees at this month’s otaku gathering can get their hands on not just art books and posters, but limited-edition prophylactics too.

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Japanese hotel guest leaves pile of erotic manga out, gets pleasant surprise from cleaning staff

Just because you like dirty dojinshi doesn’t mean you can’t have a clean room.

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Female anime fans swarm Tokyo convention site in massive numbers 【Photos】

Hardcore fans brave the elements and the crowds by lining up hours before start of dojinshi comic event.

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Tokyo specialized school’s new department will teach you to be an Akihabara professional

Courses include maid cafe management, idol production, and dojinshi promotion.

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Taiwanese president-elect’s resemblance to anime character reportedly affecting comic sales

Taiwanese otaku recently greeted Tsai Ing-wen with shouts of “Kirishima!”, which is causing problems for some dojinshi artists.

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Japan raises the bar for weirdness, produces fan-made magazine devoted to male nipples

Male nipples get a bad rap. Not only are they often proclaimed as “useless,” many Japanese people think they’re pretty gross too. What’s a mipple to do in such a hate-filled world?

Thankfully Japan has the, well, a solution: a magazine devoted to showing the beautiful side of male nipples, appropriately titled “I Love Everyone! Man’s Nipple.” What exactly is inside this revolutionary magazine and where can you pick up your copy? Read on to find out!

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Dojinshi fans worry trade pact could be the end of Comiket, but is the fear founded in reality?

Whether you call it Comic Market, Comiket, or Comike, the twice-a-year event is the largest gathering of creators and fans of dojinshi, Japanese self-published comics. Each iteration of Comiket draws hundreds of thousands of otaku to its venue at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.

Something else that’s known by more than one name is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A proposed trade agreement between a dozen nations, including Japan and the U.S., the legislation is more commonly referred to by the acronym TPP in the Japanese media.

As negotiations between the U.S. and Japan continue, some anime and manga fans are worrying that the Trans-Pacific Partnership/TPP could be disastrous for Comic Market/Comiket/Comike, but just how justified are these fears?

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If Japan joins the TPP, would it be the end of parody and self-published works?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has proven a source of extreme contention on both sides of the ocean. For example, the EFF has been openly critical of the potential agreement, describing it on their website as “a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.” Japanese farmers don’t seem to fond of it either, though for entirely different reasons.

And now the TPP is drawing the ire of (with a few smatterings of approval from) Japan’s manga and anime fans. Some are even saying the agreement has the potential to utterly destroy otaku culture. Is this hyperbole or is the sky really falling?

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