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Doujinshi Shops are Recession-Proof?

Toranoana plans on expansion in troubled times.

Inside a Toranoana Shop
Inside a Toranoana Shop
So, we all know that doujinshi-- the amateur-published comics that are the focus of the world's biggest comics convention, Comic Market –are pretty popular. But are they recession-proof? Apparently so, according to Hirotaka Yoshida, president of Toranoana, a major chain of doujinshi retail shops.


In a recent interview, Yoshida revealed that in the midst of everyone else restructuring and cutting back, Toranoana's strategy is to keep on growing. They're planning on new stores in Akihabara, and they're also turning their attentions outside of Akihabara-- possibly even the foreign market. That's, y'know, us.


Now, given that doujinshi usually retail for about ¥500-1000 (about $5.50 to $11 USD) in Japan, and imported copies in the States usually run $15-20, I would love to see a bit more competition to drive those prices down a bit. So...go, Toranoana, go!

yuetheguardianon Feb. 2, 2009 at 11:35 a.m.
yes go Toranoana make us an english website for us to buy doujinshi, or make a us shop in california, either way is good.
OkazukiIchigoon Feb. 2, 2009 at 1:19 p.m.
sweet I want some doujinshi
HeeroYuyon Feb. 2, 2009 at 4:35 p.m.
Man, I want me some Type-Moon Complex X and Crazy Clover Club doujins!

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