Finishing up the Doujin Work anime (nothing special, but a decent watch), I was wondering what could have been had the show incorporated more of Hiroyuki’s brand of humor into it. But it’s better to think of what is rather than “what if’s” I guess, even if they do bring some iota of hope into our lives. While on that train of thought though, one thing that I remember from the manga was that compared to the anime, characters are more expressive (and I think that’s a give and take of the respective mediums in general, but that’s another side note). One strong example the manga is how our heroine Najimi feels when people start to check out the doujin she’s written. Never mind the fact that the doujin was apparently bad, but the way she reacts, the reader would think that she has her life staked out on that copy. A sort of mortified happiness occurs, as I think the following panels show:
It’s that sort of thing that I think would make the Doujin Work anime better, maybe because it makes it more… relatable to the viewers (there’s that nasty word again). Or at least relatable to myself, that is. Thinking about that, in a way, I’m like Najimi in that sense with this blog here. While this isn’t my job of my life’s worth by any means, I feel like I’m putting myself out every time I post something out here. I wonder if what I write makes an impact, but even before that, I nervously contemplate: “Have people read it? What do they think? Should I have done that?” I’m thinking these things even with this post right now :P).
I guess the good thing about it is that I made an effort to not half-ass what’s here, and I try my best to put what in my head out here in a way that makes sense to those of you reading it. And I do feel satisfied when I see people taking a look, but I feel more satisfied when I realize that I put something out that people want to take a look at, that I just put something out that I’m proud of in the first place. And I think that might be the take home message from Doujin Work as Najimi realizes that she has fun making doujinshi, and that’s what matters. Or at least that’s what I took out of it.
Now then, does this picture look like it’s drawn by Aoki Ume of Hidamari Sketch fame to you, or am I off by a large amount?