Recently picked up an interested in Japanese doujinshi… Have to say that some doujin artists are really good and deserve the money. Stories are quite cute…with your favorite pairings :). The doujinshi circles that I’ve read/bought and have particularly liked so far are Waterfall, peachpulsar, Myao (Morinaga Milk), and Doropanda Tours (Nanzaki Iku).
Waterfall & Doropanda Tours = ShizNat <3
Waterfall also has some original yuri doujinshi, but I haven’t checked those out yet. They certainly look appealing and they’ve done quite a good job with the ShizNat doujins, so I will eventually give those a try too. Though the only thing that holds me back from buying more doujins is that I don’t have the resources to find/buy the physical copies in the US. For some, if I’m desperate enough, I could find it on Ebay or ask a Japanese forwarding service to get it for me, but both methods gets really costly (~$20-$30 per book). Alternatively I could purchase the digital copy through DLSite, but since I am a collector, I do prefer the physical copy at hand. If I am left with no choice, I will buy from DLSite, because I do want to support the artists.
Anyway, I did manage to buy “Christmas no Yoru ni,” a ShizNat doujin by Waterfall from DoujinPress.com. The person in charge, Kira, was friendly to communicate with and ships pretty fast. Within days, my ShizNat doujin and Katahane book came with plastic wrap. The doujin was an A5 size book while the Katahane book was a A4 size, with fewer pages.
The ShizNat doujin even came with a small bookmark. I was so happy!
I got the impression that doujin artists care a lot for their products and fans ^_^. I would definitely buy more Waterfall doujins and doujins in general, in the future (hopefully physical copies)! And when I go to Japan… I will be hunting down more good doujinshi! For now, I’m looking for more resources to obtain doujinshi in the states.
Please refer to my page here for my suggested places to purchase Japanese manga/doujinshi/CDs/DVDs/others.