Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 80

Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #80 is now online! In this podcast, I review the anime series Doujin Work.

This week’s Podcast Stats:
Time: 19:02
Download Size: 13.1 MB

Opening theme:
“Lights, Camera. Action!” by HALCALI
Opening theme to Getsumen To Heiki Mina

Ending theme:
“Yumemiru Otome” by Mai Mizuhashi
Ending theme to Doujin Work

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Doujin Work – Anime Review

The Essentials

Doujin WorkName: Doujin Work
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 12
Released: July 3, 2007 – September 18, 2007
Based On: Doujin Work manga by Hiroyuki
Director: Kenichi Yatani
Produced By: REMIC, Media Factory
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Najimi Osana: Masumi Asano
Tsuyuri: Momoko Saito
Justice: Hiroki Yasumoto
Junichirou Hoshi: Kazutoshi Hatano
Sora Kitano: Kimiko Koyama
Kaneru Nidō: Ito Sakata

Major English Cast



Animation: 6/10 (x 4 = 24 pts)
Story: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Music: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 9/10 (x 2 = 18 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 8/10 (x 5 = 40 pts)

Total: 142/190 (74.7%)


Doujin Work is about a college student, Najimi Osana, who finds out that two of her friends – Tsuyuri, who she knows from college, and Justice, who is a childhood friend – draw doujinshi for a living.

Having just been fired from her part-time job, Najimi decides to earn her millions by drawing doujinshi as well, even though both Tsuyuri and Justice try to tell her that it’s not all that profitable. On top of this, Najimi has two major problems: she can’t draw, and she gets incredibly embarrassed when dealing with perverted things.

With the help of Tsuyuri, Justice, Hoshi, a boy who becomes her first fan, and Kaneru, a friend/rival of Najimi’s in finding success in the doujin world, Najimi attempts to become a successful doujin artist.

Doujin Work starts off on a pretty good roll, hitting you up with one good perverted joke after another. However, in the last quarter or so of the series, it seems to start losing some of its momentum.

Probably the best thing about the story itself is that the development of Najimi as a doujin artist seems realistic, as she struggles through most of the series just to sell her books, as one would expect for a beginner, though the very end is kind of a stretch. It’s not necessarily the best story you’ll see, but I wouldn’t really consider it bad either.

On technical aspects, probably the weakest aspect is the animation. While it was done in a particular style intentionally, at times the lack of budget definitely shows through. Close-ups of characters are generally done well, but when you are looking at a wider shot, animation tends to take a major hit.  The music is also only so-so, though not bad.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quick laugh (the 12 episodes are only half-episodes), and don’t necessarily care about having excellent animation, then you may not mind taking a look at Doujin Work.

First Watched: July – October 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Indifferent

Doujin Work licensed? Plus Genshiken 2

Doujin WorkAnime News Network reports that in an AnimeonDVD forum discussion, Media Blasters CEO John Sirabella announced that they would license Genshiken 2 and seemed to indicate that they had licensed Doujin Work – and not just for a subtitle-only release but for a full dub as well.

Genshiken 2 certainly isn’t a surprise, given that Media Blasters has already released the first Genshiken series and has already licensed the Genshiken OVA and Kujibiki Unbalance.

Genshiken 2However, for the first license to come out of the Summer 2007 season (that I can think of) to be for Doujin Work, well, let’s just say that Doujin Work was about the last series I expected to be licensed out of that group, considering it’s length (12 14-minute episodes), it’s subject matter (doujin), and it’s quality (eh, could be better).

In any case, I guess that ends my watching Genshiken 2 on the side now that it’s licensed, and I guess it depends how much Doujin Work will be selling for before I know whether I’d buy it or not.

Doujin Work – Episode 10

It’s episode 10, and it’s Training at the Beach Part 2 as Kaneru and Najimi finally get around to making their new doujin. Will they actually be able to sell any this time? And who is this new character that we’re getting with 3 episodes to go?

Where's my work?!
Kaneru likes big, slipper, and wet things Hey baby

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Doujin Work – Episode 09

We can’t have an anime series without at least one episode at the beach now can we? Of course not! Najime and Kaneru are tricked into going to the beach for a Doujin Camp and have to churn out a new doujin in two days or else the thousands of people who have been given fliers for their event may not be all that happy. Also, enjoy some heavy Najimi midriff-bearing action!

Sexy Yukata
Summer is time to play Ooh, Najimi wants to 'play'

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Doujin Work – Episode 08

It’s episode 8, and it’s time to reveal Najimi doujin, Mark II. With a lot of head action. No, not that head…

Meanwhile, Kaneru reveals her new doujin, and reveals a lot more than that in the doujin, as she forgets to include something which the Japanese require. Also, will Hoshi like Najimi’s new doujin, or will his judgment forever crush Najimi’s dreams?

Take Two!
I'm gonna win this time Justice on the Prowl

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Doujin Work – Episode 07

It’s episode 7, and it’s all Kaneru all the time this time, as Tsuyuri and Hoshi help her research on how to make a doujinshi for women. Also, Hoshi sets out to confess, but to whom? Which way does he really swing?

Its Cardcaptor Sora
Ero games Prism Ark airs this fall

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Doujin Work – Episode 06

It’s finally time for episode 6. The rivalry between Najimi and her rival, Kaneru Nidou, gets into full swing as they each start training to improve their doujinshi skills.

Also, I think I’ll start including the preview image at the end of the episode, since they usually crack me up for some reason.

I sold one! Yeah!
Aren't you so happy I sold one? The single copy sold

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