The Shadow World of Doujinshi (nsfw)

This is not Haruhi.

This is not Haruhi.

Assuming as I do that the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise is one of the most well-known at the moment, let me borrow it for an example.  Imagine these four doujinshi scenarios:

Scenario A: Taniguchi attempts to become a member of the SOS-dan.  Haruhi gives him a set of tasks he must complete and Kyon is jealous enough to subvert his best efforts while Yuki saves him repeatedly from Haruhi’s unconscious “divine” attacks.

Scenario B: Defying the wrath of the goddess, Kyon approaches Mikuru, who in a moment of weakness surrenders herself to him.  Haruhi figures out what happens and destroys the world with one great, big fireball of doom.

Scenario C: Kyon is in despair about Haruhi’s antics.  He comes to Itsuki for advice, one thing leads to another, and they end up doing the tango.  Haruhi finds out and joins in for a nice frolicky threesome.

Scenario D: Yuki decides she’s downright randy.  Using her powerful technology, she sleeps with every student in the school twice a day each, nine times on Sundays.

Artistic merit etc. being equal, which will make for the best doujin parody?  I’d say B.  Here’s why.

Scenario A reads just like a regular ol’ day at Haruhi’s (plus there’s no sex in it).  A solid doujinshi will have something warped vis a vis the original series, and this scenario is lacking that.

This is not Jung-Freud.

This is not Jung-Freud.

B, C and D are warped (plus there’s sex!).  But let’s think about this…what are the chances Yuki will get randy and do everyone at school?  Zero.  To me this means that Scenario D is not even a parody of Haruhi, it’s a whole other thing I might be interested in looking at, sure, but not as a Haruhi parody.  Scenario C starts as extremely unlikely and ends up with a conclusion as impossible as D‘s.  [the fact that many people will be turned off by yaoi is another issue altogether]

That leaves me with Scenario B.  Very unlikely the sequence of events could happen, but you know it could.  In a sense, it’s happening already: in Kyon’s mind (over and over!) an maybe even in Mikuru’s.  What I mean is this: Scenario B is a good guess of what would happen if one or two of the characters snapped.  Snapping is rare, but it happens, and this is what makes for a solid doujin parody IMO.

That is, an interesting doujinshi is an opportunity to explore what would happen, not if Hell froze over, but if so-and-so decided “ah, to hell with it” and went and did it.  “It” being something so very possible staring right there at the character.  “It” being the doorway to many a shadow world that already exists here and there, everywhere, just waiting to be explored!  Seen in this way, it’s no surprise that sex is central to the doujinshi world.  What easier way to turn the world upside down than through a big, fat pile of irregular sex?

maka soul

Take Coach and Kazumi from Gunbuster.  Take pretty much any Weapon / Technician pair in Soul Eater.  These are “accidents” waiting to happen, and mind you, serious accidents.  If Coach and Kazumi had ended up romantically involved the psychological situation could have imperilled the Gunbuster mission and eventually meant the annihilation of the human race.  But this doesn’t take away the bare, naked fact that the good Coach must have many a time looked at his pupil and thought: “Oh, to hell with it.  You know she wants you, just go ahead and take what’s yours, baby” etc etc.

The Club Cowslip has recently scanlated two doujinshi on these last two series (here and here) that have that warped yet plausible ring to them.  You should by all means check these out.  Also, if you have been visiting this blog you’ll spot two of the members of my  recently unveiled harem in these works!

A THEORY ON JUNG-FREUD’S BREASTS:

This theory, I admit, is totally new, but I think it shows much promise.  I know your time is gold so I’ll just come right out with it: Jung-Freud’s name is actually an allegory and political commentary on psychoanalysis placed comfortably on the character’s breasts.  Jung-Freud is called Jung-Freud because in fact her left breast stands for Jung and her right one stands for Freud.

final

See how neatly it all comes into place: Jung is used by leftist, New Age, Gnosticky multiculturalists.  Freud, as every student knows, shocks the conservative with his language while deeply reassuring him with all the patriarchal structures he or she holds dear.  Jung on the left, Freud on the right.  And what’s between Jung-Freud’s breasts, what divides them and yet, what would we need cross in order to go from one side to the other?!  Ah, but I can’t, I’m not bold enough to say.  And I’ve already said it…

~ by Haloed Bane on September 19, 2009.

22 Responses to “The Shadow World of Doujinshi (nsfw)”

  1. My only thought is, Jung-Freud must have had a hell of a complex growing up. She might have had to

    (wait for it)

    cross the synaptic cleft.

  2. Another great post by you, especially the doujin theory. Most doujins want to avoid the aftereffects of the world-exploding sex or just to play it for laughs, but it can also be nice to see harsh doujins or ones who follow through on their changed story (Re-Take anyone?)

    I like that what you are bringing up here are good parody/referencial doujins, and I hope people who read this (who know less about doujins) understand that while B is the type that works, all 4 types are made regardless. I never understand doujins that not only have nothing to do with the character’s personality, but majorly alter the design. It’s like, why bother using that character?

    As for Jung-Freud’s breasts, roflmao.

  3. Lots for me to think about here. Doujinshi, being a creative and referential work occupies a high position in my imagined pyramid/hierarchy of “remembering love” activities (where I imagine variations of consumption at the entry level).

  4. @OGT

    Neurological Rubicon, as I like to call it.

    @digiboy

    Definitely, all 4 types are made. And I’d probably be dling Scenario D if I chanced upon it, I’ll admit.

    @ghostlightning

    Have you actually made a clever diagram of said pyramid yet?

  5. Hmm, I’m not a big doujinshi reader, so I can’t really comment. I do however approve of any post with Jung-Freud in it.

  6. Hmm I really should work on it soon!

  7. @Snark

    you’re obviously an individual of taste. jung-freud is delicious.

    @ghost

    it’d be a great diagram!

  8. @ kritik
    Then we are both men of impeccable tastes. Let us celebrate!

    As an aside, I like your blog; I propose a link exchange.

  9. @Snark

    OK, but we gotta do it like in the movies. I mean, we must exchange at exactly the same time, otherwise you’ll keep the hostage and take the money or maybe I’ll take the hostage and you’ll find the suitcase is empty etc..

    I propose the fall equinox, at the exact time when day and night is equal (22 sept, 21:18 GMT), our blog equality will be celebrated with a link exchange and the people will hail: Zero! Lelouch!

    and..oh, whatever. I just added you.

  10. Oh doujinshi. All I’m going to say is, if it may as well as happened, may as well draw it. Unless they’re doing one of those ‘we’ll just leave it to your imagination’……and since doujinshi is just imagination running wild…….whatever. Doesn’t matter, what we do, it’s for the fans. And ourselves, but let’s not get to that here.

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