Tokyo Recap: Otome Road Edition! After a visit to Big Gym in...

















Tokyo Recap: Otome Road Edition!

After a visit to Big Gym in Ikebukuro one day, Anne and I happened to stumble upon “Otome Road” (乙女ロード), an area dense with manga shops and cosplay stores aimed at young women. It’s been likened to a female Akihabara (though smaller in scale) and has also been called, indelicately, “Fujoshi Street." 

I was pleasantly surprised to discover endless shelves of BL doujinshi at the various manga shops we entered. The vast BL doujinshi world is ruled by parody, and at one shop, the entire archive was organized by the franchise being parodied. I took home some Lord of the Rings and Neon Genesis: Evangelion BL, but they had manga homoeroticizing everything from Naruto and Pokemon to Attack on Titan, Harry Potter, Transformers, and Pirates of the Caribbean

At Mandarake’s basement store on Otome Road, gems included Benedict Cumberbatch BL, boy band hug pillows, and VHS tapes of the failed early ‘90s live action Sailor Moon show. Nearby, a cosplay shop offered a variety of anime-hair wigs and a monolithic Sega arcade produced a dull roar of beeps and bloops.

Tokyo Recap: Otome Road Edition! After a visit to Big Gym in...

















Tokyo Recap: Otome Road Edition!

After a visit to Big Gym in Ikebukuro one day, Anne and I happened to stumble upon “Otome Road” (乙女ロード), an area dense with manga shops and cosplay stores aimed at young women. It’s been likened to a female Akihabara (though smaller in scale) and has also been called, indelicately, “Fujoshi Street." 

I was pleasantly surprised to discover endless shelves of BL doujinshi at the various manga shops we entered. The vast BL doujinshi world is ruled by parody, and at one shop, the entire archive was organized by the franchise being parodied. I took home some Lord of the Rings and Neon Genesis: Evangelion BL, but they had manga homoeroticizing everything from Naruto and Pokemon to Attack on Titan, Harry Potter, Transformers, and Pirates of the Caribbean

At Mandarake’s basement store on Otome Road, gems included Benedict Cumberbatch BL, boy band hug pillows, and VHS tapes of the failed early ‘90s live action Sailor Moon show. Nearby, a cosplay shop offered a variety of anime-hair wigs and a monolithic Sega arcade produced a dull roar of beeps and bloops.

Excerpts from Lost Virgin, 2013 Collection of artwork by SUV...











Excerpts from Lost Virgin, 2013 
Collection of artwork by SUV

Prompted by the success of his online manga series Virgin Killer, SUV put together Lost Virgin, an exhibition of artwork based on his web comic.That exhibition toured eight different cities in Japan between 2011 and 2013 before becoming a physical book in December 2013, available at retailers including Big Gym and Mandarake

Now all 20 pages of SUV's Lost Virgin are available as a digital download through Pixiv's BOOTH storefront as well as Digiket!

Excerpts from Lost Virgin, 2013 Collection of artwork by SUV...











Excerpts from Lost Virgin, 2013 
Collection of artwork by SUV

Prompted by the success of his online manga series Virgin Killer, SUV put together Lost Virgin, an exhibition of artwork based on his web comic.That exhibition toured eight different cities in Japan between 2011 and 2013 before becoming a physical book in December 2013, available at retailers including Big Gym and Mandarake

Now all 20 pages of SUV's Lost Virgin are available as a digital download through Pixiv's BOOTH storefront as well as Digiket!

Cover and excerpts from Kandagawa-kun (神田川くん)28-page doujinshi by...











Cover and excerpts from Kandagawa-kun (神田川くん)
28-page doujinshi by Inu Yoshi (犬義) 

On March 31st, Inu Yoshi released his new comic, Kandagawa-kun, at a doujinshi festival hosted by the store Mandarake at their “Grand Chaos Osaka” location. I don’t fully understand the festival’s name: 「肉だらけ!!!!! ガ★チンコ武闘会 ~in chaos~」– but the first part before all those exclamation marks means "Full of Meat.“ An appropriate description, since the festival specialized in comics with beefy-bodied gachi-muchi characters.

via Inu Yoshi on Pixiv and Twitter