Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of you think the fujoshi will control the demand in the anime/manga market in the future.
There seems to be more series catering to them lately, though moe series are still running around.
I just wanted to share a pretty long in-depth look at the rise of the fujoshi over the past few years. It's at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/153...-fujoshi-power
I remember reading on Sankaku Complex about how some of the otaku were talking about Comiket 81 and it being filled with fujoshi.
Does anyone think the market will continue to shift even further to them? I like to hear everyone's thoughts on this.
Well as long as the market continues to have good looking characters dominate, which will probably be forever, you can bet that Fujoshi will ship relationships.
I don't think that it's like the market is favoring them specifically, it's just ends up that way.
Fujoshi will continue to help drive sales, as they do now, though I daresay they will neither control the market or dictate what is popular. Like their male otaku counterparts they will always be an important market but not the only market.
I feel that 'having the market shifted more to fujoshi' is an exaggerated paranoia. Like Kaiten already mentioned, they are target market, but not the only one. And their number is in no way dominates.
They may dominate Comiket but Comiket is by nature Fujoshi/Otaku turf.
I don't think they'll affect the market since slash fandom occurs anywhere in everything. Supernatural and Sherlock Holmes are two that come to mind. At the same time periphery demographics such as fujoshi do affect tankobon sales to a certain degree* so they shouldn't be completely ignored in terms of marketing.
*The difference between Toriko vs. Mago for example, which I briefly touched on in the WSJ thread.
The series when Fujoshi are looking for are any series that features beautifully-drawing bishounen characters, including shonen-action series (especially when being drawed by woman), some seinen in the same manner (Hetalia) and maybe shoujo action series with the male lead like 07-Ghost and Di[e]ce.
I really like that article by mangatherapy. It touches on some good points, like how male otaku feel threatened, and how fujoshi are important to making a series successful. I think being a fujoshi is just as natural as being an otaku. And I think the more the anime/manga industry realize it, we'll get a lot more interesting titles.
Its like, you want your franchise to have an appeal on multiple demographics, but how do you do it without alienating one over the other? Is there such an anime/manga that can equally appeal to both? I know the essay gives Tiger & Bunny as an example, but I would think there are others too. One Piece has a huuuuuge slash fandom, but it makes sense because it is the most popular thing ever. Toriko having one, however, is kind of questionable.
What I want to know is, how much does Shonen Jump know about its fujoshi fanbase? I read an interesting comment about Jump's demographic compared to Shonen Magazine's:
A throw-away comment from here.Quote:
Last edited by Teeba; January 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM.