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Where to Buy Japanese Yaoi Doujinshi - Online & Brick-and-Mortar

Hello, darlings and fellow fujoshi/fudanshi! Runa here, spreading the BL fanart love from Japan, and now selling 100% authentic Japanese yaoi doujinshi on ❤Etsy and ❤eBay for your collecting and viewing pleasure!

But since Runa is waaaaay behind the times (and the doujin she sells are mainly old-school video games haha), I'm sure you'd like your Promare or Fire Emblem Three Houses or Yuri or whatever it is you young-hip-and-relatable fujoshi/fudanshi are into these days. So I figured I'd write an entire article dedicated just for you, beloved readers, so that you know where to get doujin online - and also which physical stores to check out if you're planning your next shopping trip in Japan!

We're talking doujinshi here, so... I'm assuming you know what you're getting into here, but otherwise, WARNING the external links you may be clicking on may be sexually graphic. At your own risk, viewers!

1. K-Books [link]

With lots of branches all over Japan, if you're looking for a brick and mortar store to walk into, K-Books is always a good bet. I like K-Books because A: They're not just limited to popular anime doujinshi, but they also have oldschool gaming ones too. (Suikoden Viktor x Flik pleaseandthankyoooou!) And B: There tends to be a high circulation of doujin, meaning that they got a lot of new stuff (and by new stuff, I also mean secondhand things coming in, as they oftentimes buy from their customers (as most doujin shops typically do). I usually see a lot of shoppers here, so if you see a doujin you like, don't think twice and just buy it! Regret nothing, beloved fujoshi/fudanshi!

Series' with a large amount of doujin might be sorted by (カップリング kappuringu) coupling in K-Books too!

As far as I can tell, K-Books currently doesn't have any online shopping options right now, though ;_;

Average price ranges for doujinshi at K-Books

2. Surugaya [link]

Surugaya is another one of my absolute favorite doujinshi shops because their prices are usually a lot cheaper than K-Books, and they also have a great gaming section. The last trip I went to a Surugaya, the most I probably spent on one doujinshi was around 300en, whereas I have dropped about 1,600en on one anthology doujin at K-Books.

Popular series' are also sorted by coupling, or in this case, uke!

Also, something Surugaya does that I just love is that they specify for each doujin if it's a "comic" or "novel", making it much easier to shop, since you don't have to risk buying something with a cute cover, only to find out that it's a novel all written in Japanese with no pictures. Which happens.

In this case, "コミック" comikku means "comic"!
While "コミック & 小説" comikku & shousetsu means "comic & novel"!

If you don't mind fishing around, they also have a huge section dedicated to 100en doujin, too, which is usually sorted out by game/anime nicely.

100en doujinshi sales at Surugaya!

Storefront aside, they DO offer online shopping, too! But because the store is all in Japanese, when you do your searching, you may have to type (or copy & paste) the Japanese characters into their search engine. For example, if I type in "suikoden" into the search engine, only 5 results with the exact English "suikoden" come up.

But if I look for "幻想水滸伝" gensou suikoden (it's Japanese name in Japanese characters), I've got 1,522 goodies to feast my eyes on.

Quick note: This doesn't just go for Surugaya, but most of the stores here on this list don't have English options... Meaning, you'll have to do a majority (if not all) your searches using Japanese characters. If you'd like to type it yourself, I'd highly recommend googling how to install the Japanese ME keyboard on your PC. If you'd rather just copy & paste (understandable!), try googling it and finding the name on a Wikipedia page or something. I'm sure with a devious mind like yours, you'll be able to find it ;)

3. Mandarake [link]

Mandarake has a great online selection of high-quality items for you to peruse through. And yes, you can shop in English! And according to their shipping options page, your cheapest shipping rate could start at around 890en! Not bad! I've ordered from them online before, and I can say with confidence that the ordering process for international shipments is not that awkward.

4. Animate [link]

Given the name, Animate, this shop mainly carries anything anime or manga-related. They do get game items in stock, but if you've come for the Promare, you're in luck, darlings!

Unfortunately, their website, again, is all Japanese. But they do have a somewhat helpful English info page that shows you how to get started making an account and so on, if you're interested in getting start shopping at Animate.

5. Lashinbang [link]

Another great place to find both gaming and anime doujinshi is Lashinbang. Their storefronts are excellent (in particular, their wonderful Ikebukuro location has FLOORS of BL for you to drool over), and like K-Books and Surugaya, their stock is very well-organized, too, which will help save you lots of time in-store. Trust me. Though there's nothing more fun than looking through book cover after book cover of your favorite OTPs, your legs - and knees, if it's on the bottom shelf - will tire, my dears.

Their online store also has a pretty decent-sized amount of doujin for reasonable prices, which you can peruse through in Japanese only.

6. Toranoana [link]

More often than not, Toranoana storefronts carry mainly male doujin options. But every once and a while, they do have some of that good BL lovin' in stock. Their online store, unfortunately, is all in Japanese, and will take some getting used to maneuvering around. They don't have a huge selection of BL, but again, it's still a good place to look!

7. eBay [link]

Good old reliable eBay! Every once and a while, you can catch some good doujin finds here for a decent price, but I'll admit that a lot of them are rather pricey, considering their import and rare status... All in all, I haven't had too many problems on eBay as both a buyer and seller, and I'm even considering up setting up my own doujin shop there in the future, maybe! (That is, if Etsy keeps up with its shenanigans with taking high price cuts, results being skewed by its new "free shipping" rules, and high listing fees.)

8. Yahoo Auctions [link] Japanese only

Basically, Japanese eBay. From here on out, you'll probably need more Japanese vocabulary to help you search through, since, by typing in "幻想水滸伝" gensou suikoden will pull up things like games, soundtracks, cosplay, and lots of neat stuff other than doujinshi. As long as you type in the Japanese name (of the manga/game/whatever and add "同人" doujin or "同人誌" doujinshi to that, you should get the results you're looking for!

9. Mercari [link] Japanese only

At Mercari, there are lots of sellers that offer secondhand goods here, and doujinshi is a popular one to sell here! I absolutely love Mercari, but one setting I will advise changing off-the-bat is to change the "販売状況" hanbai jyoukyou (sales status) to "販売中" hanbaichuu (on sale now), because otherwise, by default, you'll see results for items that have already sold o.O (Which is sad because you get to see all the things you could have bought...!)

10. Rakuten [link] Japanese only

Basically, Japanese Amazon. Although they don't typically have a ton of doujin, they do have it once in a blue moon from some third-party sellers, so it could be good to give it a check.

11. Otamart [link] Japanese only

Sometimes you can find SOME secondhand doujin finds on Otamart. One of those, they-probably-won't-but-if-they-do-then-great kind of e-commerce sites. Sorry I couldn't be more confident with my number 10 on this list, but since I still think it might be worth a check, I figured I'd put Otamart on here too haha.

12. Anime / Manga / Gaming conventions

Maybe this one goes without saying, but if you're lucky, you can also find doujinshi at anime/manga conventions, too! To find your local conventions, here's a handy anime conventions list I used to use from Wikipedia. For in-Japan conventions, I plan on writing an entire article dedicated to different annual anime or gaming conventions in Japan, but in the mean time, I've got one recommendation for you, and that's Comiket!

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Other doujinshi resources

The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon - This isn't a store, but it's a good resource for researching new and old doujinshi. Most of the doujin listed in this lexicon are no longer being printed, but for the newer ones, they might even have a link for you to follow that can show you where to get one.


Anyway, I hope this helps you all out! If you have any stores to add, or if this was helpful for you in any way, let me know!

A sad P.S.: I really wanted to add Meikido to this list, because I used to do MOST of my doujin shopping there, but it seems that they're now bankrupt ;_; I've heard they came back to help financially with Surugaya, but I remember my shopping experience on Meikido's old website was always a fun and profitable one.

-Posted on: March 6, 2020



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