Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny meets the stars of the doujin world in a 36 page, B5 size full color illustration compilation set for limited release from Toranoana, entitled the Ikkitousen DD Official Visual Fan Book. Featuring the likes of Mogudan, Kino Hitoshi, Eiwa, Azasuke, Same, and Maruto, it’s hard to imagine a higher profile collection of artists gathered to deliver their renditions of mangaka Shiozaki Yuuji’s iconic cast of characters. The volume is available for preorder from Toranoana now, with release expected on November 23rd at 1,050 yen. Those interested internationally will have to investigate proxy options as this is a Tora-only limited release. Sample images and further information below:


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The release of items like this provides an interesting side note to the editorial we published recently, in that this is yet another example of the term “doujin” being leveraged purely due to the means of publication and distribution and not due to the amateur nature of those involved (though they all technically have produced amateur doujinshi in the past). Despite being termed a doujinshi by Toranoana it is simultaneously a product officially sanctioned by the manga’s original author, its publisher Wani Books and the DD anime production committee – of which Toranoana is a member.

The product we see here, therefore, is leveraging three areas of Toranoana’s strength:

  • Their financial capital and influence on the official anime production committee
  • Their ability to coordinate activity between high level doujin creators
  • Their ability to effectively use doujin distribution methods to manufacture, market, and sell their product

Regardless of whether this item resembles traditional doujinshi in any significant sense (which it doesn’t), I find this to be a fascinating business model and one that demonstrates even more clearly the blurred edges between Japanese 2D content creators and those who parody them.

Now all we have to do is convince Tora to ship the damn things internationally…