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    Are the Doujinshi canon?

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    In the majority of cases, no. Most doujinshi are created by amateur artists with no official association, with most of this being hentai. However, Takehiko Ito has released a few doujinshi of his own. The word just means a self-published book. So, Ito sometimes created doujinshi that featured Outlaw Star content. Whether these are canon or not is open to interpretation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Are the Doujinshi canon?
    Wow, good question! Surprisingly, I don't see folks ask OLS-related questions here all that often. I don't believe they are canon, at least not officially. I would consider them to be more akin to a spin-off, side-story, or a "what-if scenario". Don't take the doujinshi too seriously from a story standpoint.

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    In the majority of cases, no. Most doujinshi are created by amateur artists with no official association, with most of this being hentai. However, Takehiko Ito has released a few doujinshi of his own. The word just means a self-published book. So, Ito sometimes created doujinshi that featured Outlaw Star content. Whether these are canon or not is open to interpretation.
    ^^^ Mantis sums it up pretty well, but I wanted to back him up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    In the majority of cases, no. Most doujinshi are created by amateur artists with no official association, with most of this being hentai. However, Takehiko Ito has released a few doujinshi of his own. The word just means a self-published book. So, Ito sometimes created doujinshi that featured Outlaw Star content.
    I was mostly curious about the official ones. I consider to buy those, but it doesnt pay off for me when they dont hold any meaning or dont take place in the real storyline. They also seem to be difficult to get.

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    Whether these are canon or not is open to interpretation.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    Wow, good question! Surprisingly, I don't see folks ask OLS-related questions here all that often. I don't believe they are canon, at least not officially. I would consider them to be more akin to a spin-off, side-story, or a "what-if scenario". Don't take the doujinshi too seriously from a story standpoint.
    ^^^ Mantis sums it up pretty well, but I wanted to back him up.
    Can agree with that. Another thing.
    Lets assume all official Doujinshi by Ito are 100% not canon.
    Are the characters behaving in these what ifs the same way they would in the canon story,
    or are these also what if their personalities/ decision making where different scenarios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Lets assume all official Doujinshi by Ito are 100% not canon.
    Are the characters behaving in these what ifs the same way they would in the canon story,
    or are these also what if their personalities/ decision making where different scenarios?
    Remember that Takehiko Ito didn't have much control over the anime, so whether their behaviour is canon or not depends on whether you're thinking of the anime or the manga. A lot of character personalities had significant changes in the anime. Maybe that's for the best, because he seems like a very spontaneous person who might completely change a story very quickly. So if anything in a doujinshi seems crazy, that probably fits the canon because Ito himself is rather crazy.

    I treat most of what I see in Ito's doujinshi as canon unless it's completely silly. With the anime, we treat what happens in the drama CDs or light novel as canon, so I treat his serious doujinshi stories the same way.
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