Doujin Work follows the life of a young girl named Najimi Osana and her exposure into the doujin world. She was first tempted into becoming a doujin artist after seeing how much one of her friends can make at a convention. Najimi loves to draw, though soon learns contrary to what she expected that this new world is anything but easy. As she attends more conventions and meets more people, Najimi eventually manages to find a group of very interesting friends. These friends already have some experience in the field and help her out along the way so that she can someday make a name for herself creating doujinshi.
Doujin Work is a story about what the title says: A show working on a doujin. With subject matter of that magnitude, some would expect nothing but nudity, perversion, and loads of sex. I can SAFELY tell you that there is no nudity or no sex, BUT there is a lot of perversion going on in this anime. And perversion is all you need for a slice of life comedy about a rookie doujin artist.
If you have viewed any anime about manga artists, namely Comic Party, then the characters will most likely not appear as fresh and different. The cast of characters may not be as deep as Comic Party or Genshiken but of course they keep the key character elements in. The chemistry and banter between all of the characters works out very well, but then again having characters execute hilarious sex jokes is about as easy as making a list on MyAnimeList.net. ^_^ If you find comedy in simple things like that you'll be more than in for just a few laughs. Even though it's so painfully short
Thats one of the many drawbacks this show has. This show DOES have 12 episodes, but its only ten minutes. Well, technically its 15 minutes but the OP and ED lasts 5 minutes which makes no sense at all. So yeah the credits last longer than half the show, take that however you may. What surprised the hell out of me was how high quality the songs were compared to the rest of the show.
Once you watch a handful of episodes, you'll realize how poor the animation quality is. You'll see that most of the time their lips and eyes only move. If they do move their body, it usually consists of less than 5 frames OR cheap animation shortcuts like sliding, resizing, and even flipping characters like paper. Even the background characters are just in one color (pink, green, or blue). Now it could be their art style but i just couldn't get past the thought that the animation is so simplistic and poor looking especially when the show is so short. Thankfully comedy shows usually don't have to rely heavily on art just as long as the jokes and seiyus stay strong. The seiyu feel like they fit their character quite well and never gets old. Even Tsuyuri's monotone voice is refreshingly funny and quick witted whenever she speaks. My personal favorite is Sora. Her voice and how they present her in the show is just pure win.
The overall comedy is very hit or miss, mainly drawing most of its jokes from sexual innuendo and cliche' gags. With all the less than stellar things going for this show, it still brings out a lot of good quick laughs for me in every episode. I personally loved the show and wished it was a full 30 minutes. But what do you expect from a 4panel comic.
But if u want a quick pick me up of a comedy that u can watch all of it in one sitting or if you enjoy a little ecchi in your comedy anime, feel free to pick it up.read more
If you’re looking for a realistic portrayal of the world of doujin manga then this anime is certainly not the one for you. But if you want a few hours of mindless light-hearted entertainment then Doujin Work might be right up your alley.
The story is simple and fairly formulaic. Najimi goes along with her college friend Tsuyuri to a comic market where she is selling her work. She becomes entranced with how much money can be made by a successful artist and dreams of becoming rich herself and after the market is over decides she will draw her own doujin manga. As the story unfolds she meets new friends and rivals and tries to improve her ability and become successful. While the humor and some of the content is perverted at times it is never obscene. If you are coming into this series expecting a lot of echiiness and fan service you’re going to be disappointed because there is none of it.
Najimi carries the show well and is a very likable leading character. She’s not the most original character ever drawn but you can’t help rooting for her. It’s not realistic that someone who is drawing ero-manga would be so embarrassed to do the "research" needed to get ideas for her stories but it’s funny anyway. The rest of the cast is stereotypical as well but like the lead they are all fun in their own way. The character who really steals the show is Tsuyuri, who with her dry and perverted sense of humor drives the majority of the comedy. They all have the depth of tissue paper but they still manage to enjoyable.
The artwork and animation is not amazing but I don’t think it’s supposed to be. I may be wrong but I think the kind of crude and amateurish art was intentional to fit the overall theme of the show. Even if that is not really the case I think it works perfectly. There are lots of references to other anime, manga and H-games, I got a few of them but I’m sure others might notice a lot more. The seiyuu talent had several underused performers amongst the leading characters. Whether intentional or not I felt this was a perfect fit for the theme of the series. They were also quite good and it’s good to hear some new voices too. I felt Momoko Saitou's performance as Tsuyuri was strong and am a bit surprised she’s been in so few shows. The OP/EN theme songs were also cute and very catchy.
Overall I got an enormous amount of entertainment value from Doujin Work. If you’re in the mood for something light and a bit silly then you should check this series out. The episodes are short and its well worth the 2-3 hours it took to watch it. read more
i recently rented the first volume (episodes 1-4) of an anime called Dojin Work and i wanted to share my 2 cents on it.
First scene: We start out on a train with the main character (as seen in the picture above, i don't remember her name, but it's not important anyways lol). there is a misunderstanding and a lesbian joke breaks out (between 2 girls who are obviously underaged). this joke drags on for 5 minutes. this is foreshadowing that you will hear sexual pedophile jokes A LOT in every episode, in fact, most of the jokes are for pedophiles. the man in a suit you see in the background carrying an even littler girl on his shoulders is named Justice (ironicly). his little girl companion is always wearing a new cosplay outfit for each scene, from a maid outfit to a policewoman, flight attendant, etc. he acts like a gentleman but he hits on little girls a lot.
Anyways, back to the story. the main character who is obviously underdeveloped finds out her friend makes perverted doujinshi (japanese fan comics). she makes comics about sexual assault. what? yeah, the cover of her book is very explicit (a teen girl tied up in an awkward position). the main character finds out money can be earned by selling doujinshi at doujinshi events, so she decides she wants to make her own fan comic and sell it.
most of the comic releif comes from the main character getting embarrased as she discovers the world of (erotic) fan comics, then her friends give her a hard time about it, and then she gets pissed off. this cycle repeats for almost every joke and almost always involves pedophile puns and sexual puns. i only found a few funny, and by ''a few'', i mean i can count the number of times i laughed on my 2 hands... this pattern gets old after a few episodes.
the little girl with the green beret has some kind of companion the size of coin. it's a pair of short-shorts or underwear of some kind, and it has legs, arms and eyes. it dances around shaking it's booty and walking on people. nobody notices it or acknowleges it. kinda creepy they made it a pair of underwear, adding to the disturbia of the pedophile theme.
the intro doesn't make any sense. parts of it show the main character's boobs grow, and another part shows Justice grows into a giant and shoot a laser out of his eyeball at a forest. waahhh????
the main character is only concerned with money, all the more reason why kids should not be fooled by the underaged characters or cutesy bishoujo (pretty girl) style, it teaches bad morales all 'round.
every episode has a sexual title and usualy shows the main character stark naked with emprovised censorship (i.e. trees, furniture, etc.).
the story crawls at a snail's pace and grounds to a halt in some episodes, all in favor of a truck-load of pedophile jokes and puns in every conversation.
The animation for the most-part is non-existant because 90% of the show is talking. but when characters start to move it is very smooth and well executed, especialy to comic effect. characters will slide across the screen. when they turn around it looks like they are a 2-dimensional paper cut-out and they dissapear for a second, as if made of a flat peice of paper. i thought this was very cool and innovative. it seems these 2 effects use computer animation so it's very smooth. that's about all i can say for the animation.
The Art Style:
most of the characters are little girls. extra characters such as pedestrains and citizens in the background are a single flat mellow color like light green and light orange, which i thought was interesting. lots of bright mellow colors will ease your mind (and then the pedophile jokes will make you uncomfortable again). there are almost no ripples in the characters' clothes unlike most anime, which i found intruiging. a cutesy bishoujo style.
The Sound Design:
the intro and ending credits theme songs were a little annoying. this is coming from a guy who absolutely loves j-pop, beleive me when i say that. i didn't watch them more than once. the voice acting is definitely great and i give kudos for that. sound effects for the jokes are perfectly implimented for full comic effect and really enhances the comedy.
The Final Score:
in case you didn't catch on yet, this show is for pedophiles. nothing but pedophile jokes every few minutes, with less than 10 exceptions after 4 episodes! animation though sparce, was great, and the voice acting helped me endure the pedophile jokes until episode 4 was finished. i'm a big fan of the anime Comic Party, which teaches all about doijinshi and teaches great morals, even though it is targeted towards a younger audience. i was looking forward to Doujin Work as a modern take on Comic Party and its educational look into the world of doujinshi, but instead got a pedo-fest. only pedophiles should watch this.
i hated 99% of the jokes and the pedophile theme was overkill, but for the good (if not absent for the most-part) animation, nice mellow art style, satisfying sound design and great voice acting, i give this anime a score of 2.5/10.
this anime gets Pedo Bear's seal of approval, but not mine
you will learn nothing about doujinshi watching doujin work. this show completely ignores all genres of fan comics except for erotic ones, as if that makes up the entirety of doujinshi. and putting little girls in as characters who make these comics is just sick.
if you're looking for an anime dedicated to the world of doujinshi i reccomend Comic Party, even though it is really corny and cheesy.
fyi Comic Party Revolution (not to be confused with Comic Party) is pure fan service and has absolutely nothing to do with the world of doujinshi.
i also reccomend the much more mature anime called Genshiken. it's a very accurate, funny, mature, smart, and well written series.
It's shows like Doujin Work that give anime a bad name.read more
This anime is something like 2 hours when you watch all the episodes in sequence so this review will be short.
Doujin Work is good for some nice cheap laughs. It's about a girl who wants to go into the doujin business, because of all the profit that can be made there. *snicker*
Ahem, anyways, it's really funny. The episodes (the anime parts I mean, not that extra crap they tagged on) are about 12 minutes each or something so it's a decent way to get your daily dose of giggles during a break.
The characters are reasonably original, ranging from the naive doujin artist wannabe and her stalker childhood friend to the faux-innocent rape manga enthusiast (my favorite of the bunch) to a jealous loli and more. It's superficial entertainment, but amusing enough and well executed. The series shines at its best during the first 6 episodes, and kind of goes downhill from there, getting a bit more serious and also reusing some of the gags from earlier.
The art and sound aren't great but they're functional and won't bother you.
One note about the jokes-- they are mostly about doujins and otaku subculture. If you're not really interested in that stuff or don't find similar stuff (eg Genshiken) amusing, you won't like Doujin Work either. There's also, obviously, some perverted jokes (what, the tidbit about the rape manga enthusiast didn't tip you off?). If that's not your cup of tea, don't bother with this series, since half the jokes revolve around sexual innuendo.
Overall I recommend it heartily to the bored comedy connoisseur who just needs to blow an hour away. read more