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    I recently found a stack of Pokemon books that I cannot identify. Has anyone ever seen these or know anything about them? They range from 1996-2000 and are in Japanese. Second picture is of some other miscellaneous books.

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    They are all knockoffs by the looks of it. Note how the book with Gengar has its name as 'Gangar' and how most don't have the accent over the 'e' in Pokemon.

    I know what most of the official covers look like and none of these look official.

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    Gengar's Japanese name is Gangar though.

    I've never seen any of these so I can't tell you what they are. What are they like inside, manga?

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    Well I did a bit of digging around and I think I've solved it. They are not exactly knockoffs like Lysson said, but they are a thing called Dojinshi.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Dōjinshi (同人誌?, often transliterated as doujinshi) is the Japanese term for self-published works, usually magazines, manga or novels.

    I also found a few that were being sold on a Japanese website, of course they were all out of stock.
    I attached some pictures of what they are like inside and some of the info along with the website I saw them on.
    Let me know if anyone has ever heard of these before, or if anyone agrees with my findings.

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    You might have a scenario where some of these books are fan comics made for doujins. Is there any pictures of the actual comics? Most fans cant have an official bound book so that would solve that scenario. I only say this because some of the books clearly have Japanese on them.
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    Yes, they are all on high quality paper and are staple bound.
    Here are some cool Japanese kids books I just found also. Now these are on those thick cardboard stock.
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    Default Re: Japanese Pokemon Fan Books

    Quote Originally Posted by Lysson
    most don't have the accent over the 'e' in Pokemon.
    Japan didn't start putting the accent over the "e" in Pokemon until very recently. It's perfectly normal to see "Pokemon" (with no accent) or even "Pockemon" used during the time these books would have been printed.
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