Ero-Doujinshi vs Doujinshi: 2008 Ranking

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The scope of doujinshi, or unofficial fan-works of existing anime, manga or game series is gigantic, generating over ¥55 Billion (over $600 Million USD) in 2007 alone.

Most otaku know one of the main reasons for the huge proliferation of doujinshi is the fan-artist’s freedom (or sometimes even the original artists) to insert the series’ characters into erotic situations that would be unthinkable in the original work.

Below is shown exactly how much of the total amount of doujinshi for different series sold at one major retailer is of the ero-kind, as opposed to the tamer brand of non-H doujinshi:

Notes

  • This chart covers the catalog listings of Tora no Ana, one of the biggest and most well known doujinshi retailers in Japan.
  • The results represent titles on sale during January – December 27 2008. This means that no Comiket 75 (Dec. 28-30) titles are included.
  • The “Ero %” figure represents the total percentage of doujinshi that are 18禁 / Adult Only.

Series

18+

Total

Ero %

東方Project / Touhou Project

258

1864

13.0

家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! / Katekyou Hitman Reborn!

750

1801

41.6

ガンダム00 / Gundam 00

947

1629

58.1

コードギアス / Code Geass

753

1044

72.1

涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 / Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

378

731

51.7

戦国BASARA / Sengoku Basara

335

731

45.8

魔法少女リリカルなのは / Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha

323

727

44.4

初音ミク / Hatsune Miku

174

571

30.4

おおきく振りかぶって / Ookiku Furigabutte

161

426

37.7

銀魂 / Gintama

199

384

51.8

マクロスシリーズ / Macross Series

303

369

82.1

THE IDOLM@STER

106

349

30.3

ガンダムSEED / Gundam SEED

179

335

53.4

遙かなる時空の中で / Harukanaru Toko no Naka de

46

251

18.3

天元突破グレンラガン / Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

110

178

61.8

ヘタリア / Hetalia

58

175

33.1

BLEACH

96

173

55.5

Fate

64

173

37.0

らき☆すた / Lucky Star

69

170

40.5

マリア様がみてる / Maria-sama ga Miteiru

5

163

3.0

To Heart

115

154

74.6

リトルバスターズ / Little Busters

34

140

24.2

ペルソナ / Persona

61

138

44.2

プリキュア / Pretty Cure

76

122

62.3

鋼の錬金術師 / Hagane no Renkinjitsushi

71

121

58.6

ローゼンメイデン / Rozen Maiden

25

114

21.9

D.Gray-man

46

112

41.0

ToLOVEる-とらぶる- / To Love Ru

102

102

100.0

魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ / Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro

54

98

55.1

ラグナロクオンライン / Ragnarok Online

46

98

46.9

NARUTO

47

94

50.0

ハヤテのごとく / Hayate no Gotoku

70

90

77.7

スーパーロボット大戦 / Super Robot Taisen

72

87

82.7

狼と香辛料 / Spice and Wolf

54

82

65.8

テニスの王子様 / Prince of Tennis

24

79

30.3

魔法先生ネギま / Mahou Sensei Negima

57

75

76.0

ひぐらしのなく頃に / Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

26

75

34.6

ストライクウィッチーズ / Strike Witches

49

72

68.0

絶対可憐チルドレン / Zettai Karen Children

55

69

79.7

ゼロの使い魔 / Zero no Tsukaima

64

68

94.1

新世紀エヴァンゲリオン / Neon Genesis Evangelion

49

66

74.2

QUIZ MAGIC ACADEMY

35

62

56.4

さよなら絶望先生 / Sayounara Zetsubou-sensei

37

59

62.7

CLANNAD

22

59

37.2

ARIA

7

50

14.0

BAMBOO BLADE

39

44

88.6

しゅごキャラ / Shugo Chara

30

42

71.4

みなみけ / Minamike

29

42

69.0

とある魔術の禁書目録 / A Certain Magical Index

21

40

52.5

ひだまりスケッチ / Hidamari Sketch

13

35

37.1

黒執事 / Kuroshitsji

18

33

54.5

クィーンズブレイド / Queen’s Blade

31

31

100.0

とらドラ / Toradora

23

28

82.1

かんなぎ / Kannagi

15

19

78.9

こどものじかん / Kodomo no Jikan

15

15

100.0

灼眼のシャナ / Shakugan no Shana

10

12

83.3

The average percentage of ero doujinshi to total doujinshi listed here is 55.6%, meaning 44.4% of the books here are non-ero in nature.

As noted in our previous Ero-Doujinshi vs Doujinshi Ranking article, certain titles are much more prone to ero fan works.

Popular titles which have a decent, but not overwhelming amount of fan service elements included in the show/manga/game mostly have high ero ratings – Toradora, Kannagi, Code Geass and Macross all display ratings of over 72%.

Doujinshi based off visual novels are somewhat deficient in the ero ratings (Clannad, Little Busters), something that could perhaps be explained by the perceived lack of a need to make ero fan works when the original source material often include ero scenes themselves?

I have personally always believed that this sort of explanation accounts in some part for the low(er) amounts of doujinshi some series receive – especially service heavy shows along the lines of Ikkitousen or Sekirei receive less doujinshi adaptations than would be expected given the series’ popularity.

The amount of Touhou doujinshi is staggering, as always, and the vast abundance of non-ero books remains much more prevalent than ero versions.

Perhaps what is responsible is the lack of any strong narrative in the games themselves, encouraging fans to create their own?

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