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Mid-length articles that touch on current issues in Japan and how they may affect the doujinshi/ manga/ anime scene. These Editorial articles present information objectively, but may contain our opinions and comments as a publisher. Many news from Japan reported in English tend to be “skewed” one way or another. We hope to bring balanced reporting for current issues to explain how it will affect the industry.

A blog cover for the article, "Why Is the Isekai Genre So Popular in Japan?" featuring a typical depiction of isekai fiction.

Why Is the Isekai Genre So Popular in Japan?

A brief history of isekai and its popularity The word isekai (異世界) originally meant “another world” and was also used in reference to foreign countries, but nowadays, isekai is usually used in the nuance of...

7 Romance-Centric and Plot-Driven Doujinshi

Here are seven romance-centric and plot-driven doujinshi recommendations from Irodori Comics! Go treat yourself! Do Strong and Silent Guys Have Wet Dreams of Their Childhood Friends? by Kashiwagi Zonbi Story: Gentaro's strength is more than the average...

7 BL, Yuri, and LGBTQ+ Doujinshi That Focuses on Romance

Happy Valentine’s Day to you from Irodori Comics! Here are seven lovey-dovey BL, yuri, and LGBTQ+ doujinshi to check out! Go off and treat yourself!  From February 14th to February 26, 2023, we have over...

7 Lovey-Dovey Hentai Doujinshi to Warm Your Cold Lonely Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day to you from Irodori Comics! Here are seven lovey-dovey hentai doujinshi to check out! Go off and treat yourself!  From February 14th to February 26, 2023, we have over 100 titles on...
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Animators: Why Are They Paid So Poorly in Japan?

In the last few years, we saw Demon Slayer: Mugen Train become the highest-grossing animation in all Japanese film history as well as Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 become...
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Comiket: Do Artists Make Money at the Event?

On August 13 and 14, 2022, the commemorative 100th Comiket (Comic Market) happened in Tokyo, bringing in approximately 170,000 attendees.  Back in 2018, Abema News reported that the economic effect brought by Comiket was estimated...
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Comiket 100: Artist Sold 0 Works and Analyzes the Mistakes

An artist by the name of Yokotsuki Reiji wrote a blog about how they didn’t sell a single work at Comiket 100 that took place this past August and tweeted about it. Ironically, their...
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Kibayashi Shin: Legendary Mangaka With Seven Names

This dapper man in the picture is a man so renowned in the Japanese manga industry virtually any industry person would know his name. Or perhaps more than one of his seven author names...
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Smoking Censorship in Manga

Morita Masanori, the manga author known for popular titles such as ROOKIES and Rokudenashi Blues, tweeted that a panel from his previous work has been treated with poor-quality modification involving the censoring of a...

AI-Generated Products Spamming FANZA

AI-generated works flood FANZA. How do they affect artists? In our very recent article, The Start of AI-Generated Doujinshi, we wrote about the concerning trend of AI-generated doujin CG sets popping up.  Immediately after the incident...

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