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Finding Old Doujinshi Anthologies

EmilliaEmillia6 mese/i faAsk MFC
So there's an old doujinshi anthology I've been wanting to track down, but I'm always a bit confused on how doujin anthologies are categorized. Stores like Mandarake and Surugaya seem to list doujin anthologies in the 'comic' section (not the doujinshi category) at least from what I've found, and I often don't have much luck finding them unless I know what title to search for in Japanese.

Anyway, this anthology I'm hoping to find is called "World Submerge Stars" (title written in English on the cover) and is an Uranus and Neptune only anthology from Sailor Moon, published in either 1994 or 1998 (note quite sure of the year as I've seen both quoted), and had around 78 pages. The cover looks like this:

http://i64.tinypic.com/2eoco3l.jpg

I have no idea if this is common/rare/sought after/no one wants it, and I don't have any idea of where or how it was sold originally. I just know that it contains works by a lot of popular Uranus/Neptune doujinshi artists of the time, which is the reason why I want it.

So does anyone have any tips on how to track down old anthologies like this? Like what specific categories I should be searching in etc?

I'd be so happy to find this one day.
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The-Hurricane (6 mese/i fa) #23459180My Japanese is...well, "not even basic" is being too kind, but I regularly talk to garage kit sculptors on twitter and through email so I could try to give the circle an email for you if you want? The only danger with this is that my Japanese gives me away as a foreigner immediately (in fact I often apologize for how terrible it is and mention I'm an "overseas fan") and some doujinka are xenophobic towards foreigners (that's putting it lightly), they tend to blame foreigners for scanlations and uploading artwork (despite there being a bunch of Japanese sites that upload doujinkas work too). It's an increasingly small chance that this would happen, but it's such an obscure request that if the circle IS xenophobic that would blow your direct line to them.
Again, it's an extremely small chance, but I just want to be transparent to give you the whole scoop. :)

That would be amazing! I would love for you to do that. I think Studio Canopus has somewhat ambivalent feelings about their international fans, but they do sell to proxies - about half my collection has been bought direct from them via proxies over the years, and they're perfectly aware they're selling to proxies who are going to ship it to fans overseas. I do know the scanning/uploading thing is an issue they're upset about, and they do tend to associate it more with their international fans, but for what it's worth I don't scan or upload any of the doujinshi I have, so you can honestly assure them on that point.

Could I also ask if you could ask for info on a similar book, later than this one, which I also know was a Sailor Moon fan event only book that was produced. Studio Canopus was definitely involved/contributed, I'm not sure if it was a single book entirely by them or if it might have been another anthology. It was 50 pages long, which is pretty long for a single-author work, which is why I think it might be an anthology. It's from 2008 and was called "Happy Halloween 5" - there's a bit of info here, though you probably won't want to direct Studio Canopus there since that site is run by a collector who does sometimes do full/partial scans of books:

three-lights.ne...

From what I know, the Happy Halloween events were annual Sailor Moon fan events that ran from about 2005/6-2009 in Japan (rough dates, not completely sure when the first and last ones were, but basically around that time frame). A lot of doujinshi artists, cosplayers etc. attended and sometimes produced works just for those events. I know Studio Canopus attended quite a few, and I know for sure they produced Happy Halloween 5, and it's another of those works that never shows up anywhere, not even on Yahoo Auctions, isn't even in sold out listings etc. I'd love to be able to get my hands on it one day, and this and the World Submerge Stars book are the two that I think will give me the most trouble for completing my collection. (Only missing two titles now aside from these, and since the other two are both 'regular' books, it's pretty much a matter of being patient and vigilant and waiting).
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Emillia (6 mese/i fa) #23458822That would probably explain why it seems so elusive. Really handy to know, thank you so much for taking the time to help in my obscure quest. Yes, I'll see if I can get some help with an email and see if I can find out anything further.

My Japanese is...well, "not even basic" is being too kind, but I regularly talk to garage kit sculptors on twitter and through email so I could try to give the circle an email for you if you want? The only danger with this is that my Japanese gives me away as a foreigner immediately (in fact I often apologize for how terrible it is and mention I'm an "overseas fan") and some doujinka are xenophobic towards foreigners (that's putting it lightly), they tend to blame foreigners for scanlations and uploading artwork (despite there being a bunch of Japanese sites that upload doujinkas work too). It's an increasingly small chance that this would happen, but it's such an obscure request that if the circle IS xenophobic that would blow your direct line to them.

Again, it's an extremely small chance, but I just want to be transparent to give you the whole scoop. :)
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The-Hurricane (6 mese/i fa) #23449626Alright so I did a bit of research, and unfortunately I'm not finding much info. The only thing of note I found out is that this doujinshi was most likely named after a HaruMichi Only Event. It was called "World Submerge Stars", and so it's pretty probable that this doujin is an anthology done specifically for that event. It doesn't help you much, but it gives a bit of context? :O
I would really ask Studio Canopus via email. :)


That would probably explain why it seems so elusive. Really handy to know, thank you so much for taking the time to help in my obscure quest. Yes, I'll see if I can get some help with an email and see if I can find out anything further.
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Emillia (6 mese/i fa) #23374830Thank you, that's really nice! Just replying now since the site went down for me last night. The only other two I'm relatively sure about are Jesus Drug (Hayashiya Shizuru; now a professional manga author), and Akira (who sometimes wrote as part of the circle Sue=Cream=Sue, no idea if they'd still be around).
Yes, I agree it's almost certainly catalogued in Japanese, I've found that to be the case with other old Sailor Moon anthologies I've tracked down like the Colorful Moon ones and the Crystal Planet ones. Since I don't have any Japanese language skills, that makes it kind of tricky. I've put the title into google translate and tried either the whole title or just bits of it (like 'Stars' etc.) but yeah, I'm kinda just guessing wildly since I don't really know what I'm doing there, lol.


Alright so I did a bit of research, and unfortunately I'm not finding much info. The only thing of note I found out is that this doujinshi was most likely named after a HaruMichi Only Event. It was called "World Submerge Stars", and so it's pretty probable that this doujin is an anthology done specifically for that event. It doesn't help you much, but it gives a bit of context? :O

I would really ask Studio Canopus via email. :)
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The-Hurricane (6 mese/i fa) #23340100If you can give me some of the other doujinka in the book I can try to dredge up their email addresses for you as well. It might be a good idea to have a sort of vague template written that you can just send to a couple different doujinka, it would increase your chances of getting information that is ultimately useful.
Another guess of mine is that despite the name being written in English that it's actually catalogued in Japanese. This happens a lot.

Thank you, that's really nice! Just replying now since the site went down for me last night. The only other two I'm relatively sure about are Jesus Drug (Hayashiya Shizuru; now a professional manga author), and Akira (who sometimes wrote as part of the circle Sue=Cream=Sue, no idea if they'd still be around).

Yes, I agree it's almost certainly catalogued in Japanese, I've found that to be the case with other old Sailor Moon anthologies I've tracked down like the Colorful Moon ones and the Crystal Planet ones. Since I don't have any Japanese language skills, that makes it kind of tricky. I've put the title into google translate and tried either the whole title or just bits of it (like 'Stars' etc.) but yeah, I'm kinda just guessing wildly since I don't really know what I'm doing there, lol.
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Emillia (6 mese/i fa) #23327861I haven't ever emailed them, though it is a good idea.

If you can give me some of the other doujinka in the book I can try to dredge up their email addresses for you as well. It might be a good idea to have a sort of vague template written that you can just send to a couple different doujinka, it would increase your chances of getting information that is ultimately useful.

Another guess of mine is that despite the name being written in English that it's actually catalogued in Japanese. This happens a lot.
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The-Hurricane (6 mese/i fa) #23304367Have you tried to speak to Studio Canopus directly?
Their email address is here:
studio_canopus101★yahoo.co.jp (★→@)
If you can find someone to write passable Japanese for you and ask them if they can give you any more information on this book that might be a help? Explain that you're a collector who is trying to collect all of their work and that you've hit a stumbling block with this book, you cannot find any more information about it but you dearly would love a copy. A lot of artists are flattered that people go to those lengths.


I haven't ever emailed them, though it is a good idea.
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Have you tried to speak to Studio Canopus directly?

Their email address is here:

studio_canopus101★yahoo.co.jp (★→@)

If you can find someone to write passable Japanese for you and ask them if they can give you any more information on this book that might be a help? Explain that you're a collector who is trying to collect all of their work and that you've hit a stumbling block with this book, you cannot find any more information about it but you dearly would love a copy. A lot of artists are flattered that people go to those lengths.
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chobittsu (6 mese/i fa) #23242349Apparently, someone sells it here:
www.geocities.w...
Scroll down to no. 1 in the $20 list.


lol geocities doesnt even exist anymore, it's basically a fan created archive at this point
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Hatchuu (6 mese/i fa) #23267080snip
Yes, one of the main reasons I'd like the book is because of Yamada Mario/Studio Canopus - I'm a huge fan of her Harumichi doujinshi and after years of collecting and hunting stuff down I'm actually getting pretty close to having a complete collection of her books (based on as much info as I can find, which isn't always easy). I don't think the cover artwork of World Submerge Stars is by Studio Canopus, I'm not actually sure whose style it is - As well as collecting Studio Canopus I collect a lot of other Harumichi doujinshi, so I'm at least somewhat familiar with what most of the popular artists' art styles look like. But I should maybe have a look through some of my other Sailor Moon anthologies I own and see if I can get an art-style match and then see if maybe I can try finding a match online that way. The screenshot though from the book, if you're looking at www.geocities.w... (very old and outdated listings, not current sales) is def Studio Canopus, and interestingly doesn't look like artwork I recognise from any other story she's published, which makes me even more intrigued about it. There's a site called Sailor Moon doujinshi database that is actually quite good for finding info on old Sailor Moon doujinshi - it's very outdated now, but there's a lot of detailed info on older books, but this anthology isn't even listed there sadly.

Yep, I already haunt Manda's doujin section and Suru's coterie section for Sailor Moon, and have alerts set up for Studio Canopus etc. And I keep an eye on the Sailor Moon doujinshi section on YJA. I just notice that, for whatever reason, anthologies specifically seem to get put into the 'comic' category, not in the doujinshi section, which is kinda confusing. Suru does actually have a surprising number of really old Sailor Moon anthologies for sale, it can just be a bit tedious to find them as all the different series are jumbled together and they're only divided up by year of publication so you have to scroll through lots and lots of listings. But for the relevant year/s I'm looking for, I've pretty much been through everything, including the sold out listings, and haven't seen anything that looks like it.

Anyway, it sounds like I'm pretty much already doing everything I should be doing to look for it, so I'll just keep on keeping on.

And as to not finding even sold-out listings for Studio Canopus, it's not too unusual. There's some things the circle published that just barely ever come up for sale, and/or don't even have listings anywhere, even on the circle's own website. There's another book like that I'll probably never find that was only available at a specific Sailor Moon fan event in Japan. It makes me cry every time I think about it. Also a few of the copybooks are super-duper hard to find, and often have stuff in them that wasn't reprinted anywhere else - I'm amazingly happy to be down to only missing one copybook, and it's a more recent one that has a better chance of popping up somewhere.

Thank you for taking the time to look around, too.
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