This service is for people who wish to purchase doujinshi and doujin goods from China. They may include second-hand Japanese artbooks and doujinshi or brand new and second-hand publications produced by Chinese artists and circles. Doujinshi by the Chinese fandom are commonly retailed on Taobao.
About Chinese Doujinshi
In China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, many talented artists publish doujinshi, and many of these doujinshi are sold on Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of Ebay. You can also find second-hand doujinshi, some of which are Japanese.
How do you find doujinshi for your favourite anime series or pairing? If you have a specific title in mind, you simply have to copy it into the search box at the top of Taobao and you’re good to go! If you don’t, you will need to know the keywords of the series or pairing, usually in Chinese. If you do not know them, here’s where I can help. Just give me the name of the series and/or pairing and I’ll help you look for them. http://doujin.bangumi.tv is a comprehensive directory of Chinese circles and their works.
Purchasing doujinshi on Taobao can be tricky. Unlike most Japanese doujinka, Chinese authors tend to do pre-purchase/pre-order before they publish for sale. So you may purchase a pre-order doujinshi and then possibly wait for weeks before it’s ready to ship out.
It’s common practice for Chinese authors to give bonus items to people who pre-order doujinshi or are among the first few people to purchase. Some bonus memorabilia include postcards, card stickers, posters, even an extended comic and stuff like that. I place orders as soon as payment is made so as long as you made your payment in time, I’d be able to get the bonus item for you.
You do not have to limit your search to Taobao. If your favourite author has a website and she posts announcements about her doujinshi sales on it, you can refer me to it and I can check it out for you with regards to pre-order and sale infos. As long as he/she eventually makes it available on Taobao (most of them do), I’ll be able to purchase it for you.
Oh and if it isn’t obvious, Chinese doujinshi are presented in… Chinese.
OMFG why is this doujinshi 999 rmb?!
When a doujinshi is priced at some insanely high price, it is usually not for sale. It may just be for exhibition, to show off ‘lookeee I have this super-rare doujinshi be jealous’, or to push up probability of visits (a search for that rare doujinshi will bring the person to that shop). Most doujinshi on Taobao cost no more than 100 rmb, except for rare ones by popular artists, anthologies and Japanese doujinshi. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask me.
Additional Notes About Doujinshi
Many people are under the impression that Doujinshi = comics only, but this isn’t true. Doujinshi literally means fanbooks, and it can be fanfiction-only, or mostly fanfiction with some accompanying illustrations. Obviously fanfiction doujinshi aren’t popular with fans in the Western fandoms due to the language barrier, but Chinese fanfiction doujinshi are popular indeed. If you do not want fanfiction books, you should avoid listings / descriptions containing the words 小说 / 小說. Do also let me know so I can inform you if you’ve chosen a fanfiction book by mistake. Some doujinshi collectors collect everything indiscriminately, so if you don’t tell me, I’m just going to assume that you want it. However, do note that if no where in the listing specifies or suggests that it is a novel book, I may not be able to warn you on that ^^; In such cases, you'll have to give me the circle’s information website so I can check for you.
Some doujinshi are second-hand, and their condition will be stated on the page. Most doujinshi collectors are gentle with their doujinshi, so the books will be in good condition unless otherwise stated, but definitely not brand new condition. If second-hand books bother you, let me know.
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