Friday, May 6, 2016

Fan-Made: Japanese Star Wars Doujinshi Manga (Unknown)

If you ever investigate Japanese Star Wars comics, one thing you immediately realize is there are a lot of unlicensed, amateur manga available.  This is because doujinshi, or self-published, manga is popular with many Japanese readers.  A large portion of these doujinshi manga are of the yaoi genre.  This genre depicts romantic or homoerotic relationships between male characters.  Much of the Star Wars yaoi I have seen tends to be about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker or Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, although I have seen Qui-Gon Jinn and young Anakin Skywalker examples as well.  This genre's fans are mostly teenage girls and young women.  There is definitely a cultural difference between Japanese and Western views with regards to this material.  It is not material I ever consider picking up, not only because it is not interesting as a genre to me, but because I'm also fearful of violating U.S. indecency laws by importing it into this country.

Luckily, not all Star Wars doujinshi is of the yaoi flavor.  There are fan-made Star Wars manga that are of an innocent, humorous nature.

Star Wars Doujinshi Manga (Unknown)
Star Wars Doujinshi Manga (Unknown)
back cover
This details about this Japanese Star Wars manga is unknown to me.  The book is full of gags, none of which I really understand.  On the front cover, you can see Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, which is how they are depicted on the pages inside.  While Luke and Han are modeled as traditional manga characters, Chewbacca is drawn to look cute and funny.  The back cover shows what I presume is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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