The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon

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Name: Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon
Owner/Maintainer: MugiMugi, aka Tenetan
Dates: 2005 - July 23, 2022
Type: Doujinshi information
Fandom: anime and manga
URL: (previously
archive snapshot (Jul 7, 2022)
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The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon is a site intended to collect and disseminate information about doujinshi and other doujin works, such as music CDs, postcards, calendars, etc. It is intended purely to be a resource, not a site for downloading or sharing doujinshi themselves.[1] A large database, it includes information on over 1,500,000 items.

A database such as this is needed since (1) the same author may use multiple names (2) the same Doujin Circle may undergo name changes or personnel changes throughout time (3) a single author may have multiple works through different publishers (4) it's difficult to find an English-language site with detailed and correct information on authors (5) it's difficult to find information about many Doujin items, even on Japanese pages (6) extensive information is difficult to find on authors (7) many fan pages of Japanese artists tend to focus on genres or types of publications rather than on the authors themselves (8) too often an author's website is incomplete.[2]

Site Content

There are many ways to search for doujinshi on the database, including circle, author, parody (that is, what series or fandom), character, genre and imprint. The site is available in multiple languages, and allows for searching in Japanese characters.


The website existed since 2004, but the only thing viewable to the public was the notice "nothing here for the moment".[3]

It opened as The Doujinshi DB Project in late 2005.[4][5] The first news post was made in late November announcing that registration had opened.[6] Sometime in 2010 or 2011, the site name was changed to the current The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon.[7]

Since September 2013 the site has been located at, with acting as a redirect.[8]

On July 23, 2022, Tenetan announced on Twitter that he was migrating the site and said to expect it to be back up within a day or two.[9] However, as of late January 2023, the site is still offline. In November r/DataHoarder took notice and began sharing personal backups they had from the site.[10]

Impact on Fandom

The site was widely used by doujinshi collectors as a resource. It was also used by some doing fandom research to judge the popularity of a series/character/pairing within doujinshi communities.


  1. ^ The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon: About. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  2. ^ The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon: About. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Archived 2004 April 23 on The Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ An archived shot of the website from 2006 shows the banner "The Doujinshi DB Project."
  5. ^ The first news post says "Welcome to the Doujinshi DB project."
  6. ^ First news post dated 2005 November 20.
  7. ^ A capture of the site from February 2010 shows the name as still "The Doujinshi DB Project," but a capture of the site from July 2011 shows the site with the new name.
  8. ^ MugiMugi (September 23, 2013). "The Doujinshi & Manga Lexicon Forum". Archived from the original on 2022-06-16. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  9. ^ The site migrating services again, hope to have it back up within a day or two. @tenetan. Jul 23, 2022.
  10. ^ Largest Doujinshi and Manga Lexicon Went Down 5 Months Ago and No One Cares Nov 17, 2022.