Mark of That’s Not Kanon writes about ep.12 and it sure is some crazy talk.
Lucky Star’s a good example of exploring relationships in microcosm. Only an episode ago it discussed ideas of being a single woman in Japan, now it goes for another dynamic: A daughter-father relationship. Konata and her father are extremely close, owing to the fact that Kona’s mother passed away. Having only a male parental influence, she’s become tomboyish, to the point that lesbianism, or at least bisexuality is frequently implied due to her father’s own geekish pursuit of young women.
That Soujirou’s interests would somehow make Konata a lesbian is utter nonsense. It is not even possible to argue against Mark’s point, the connection is so bizarre and illogical.
The only way to rationalize such bloggage is in terms of pandering. He’s got linkage from me above, so it’s a win, right? I probably should declare Kamina gay because of his father, red cape and everything. Makes the same amount of sense and is sure to drive hits.
I mean, artist alleys at any given convention produce a lot of business, but there isn’t nearly as big a respect for the work done there as in Japan. Plus because copyright laws are so damned strict and corporations so trigger-happy here, it’s hard to produce any derivative works. Japanese companies tend to understand that provided the work is small-time, a derivative work will only help strengthen their fanbase. On top of that, a large number of manga and anime professionals started in doujinshi and fanart, and respect the next generation’s efforts. I wish that was true here, but we just don’t have that culture yet.
This also is garbage; a persistent myth which just doesn’t want to die. In his book “Free Culture”, Chapter One, Lawrence Lessig writes that he interviewed a number of Japanese publishers, and they made it very clear that they would stamp doujishi out of existence if they only could. Says Lessig:
[...] Perhaps the best account in the end was offered by a friend from a major Japanese law firm. “We don’t have enough lawyers,”  There “just aren’t enough resources to prosecute cases like this.”
UPDATE: Mark replied with a significant teatrise, but again failed to explain how this nurture mechanism works, exactly. So, Konata shares eroge with her dad. And then what happens? Should I be concerned about my daughter as well? After all, she keeps my Vandread… complete with Jura and Barnette.
I think Mark addressed the legal action issue well. Certainly, if firms were sufficiently determined, in America they could have gone against the convention organizers for the contributory infringement. But perhaps Japanese laws have a useful loophole. Based on Prof. Lessig’s testimonial, and on periodic action against unusually successful doujin outfits I remain unconvinced about any kind of gentlemen’s agreement existing here. They appear to be ready to mow flowers sticking above the lawn.