the doujin appraisal

Doujin and Indie product reviews


What is Doujin?

“Doujin” is a Japanese term that essentially equates to “Amateur” in English and refers mainly to works of art created by those without an extensive or professional background in their practice. Such products may include games, manga (comics), animation, photography, live action video, theater, and written work. In the west, we call this kind of work “Indie” or “Freelance”. Products made as Doujin may often have low production budget (or none at all), consist of very few or even one creator(s), and have a very specific or niche appeal.


What do I do?

I review Doujin products. No, it’s really that simple; it’s even in the subtitle. More specifically, I take a product that I’m interested in and take note of all of its qualities, categorize them into a semi-standard series for the nature of that product and then give the pros and cons of all of them. I try to stray away from numerical rankings, but give them as a supplement for those who just can’t live without a specific numerical value that weighs the values of the product against its shortcomings. When it is given, the values will usually have an average of medium, not above medium.


How does the grading system work?

The numerical system is X of 100 for each category. The scores are then averaged and compared to the added total of the maximum possible. This is then turned into a division equation to get the percentage grade. Now, this is usually not going to be accurate, but it will be a change from the usual X/10 or 5-star models and will be a compounding of how I felt variously instead of an arbitrary number. You see, it’s multiple arbitrary numbers amalgamated into one that hopefully makes more sense than the former systems. You may choose to use this or not. I am not using a typical school’s percentage ranking system, instead opting for my own:

  • 100% is perfect in every way.
  • 99%-80% is exceptional.
  • 79%-60% is above average.
  • 59%-50% is average.
  • 49%-30% is below average.
  • 29%-10% is unpleasant.
  • 9%-0% is terrible.