CoroCoro Comic

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CoroCoro Comic
Corocoromagazine.jpg
Monthly CoroCoro Comic (September 1983 issue)
Categories Kodomo and shōnen manga
(6-year-olds to 15-year-old boys revealed as of new release)
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 560,000 (2013)[1]
First issue May 15, 1977
Company Shogakukan
Country Japan
Language Japanese

CoroCoro Comic (コロコロコミック KoroKoro Komikku?) is a Japanese monthly manga magazine published by Shogakukan,[2] It was established on May 15, 1977. Its main target is elementary school aged boys, younger than the readers of shōnen manga. Several of its properties, like Doraemon and the Pokémon series of games, have gone on to be cultural phenomena in Japan.

The name comes from a phenomime korokoro (ころころ?) which means "rolling" and also represents something spherical, fat, or small, because children supposedly like such things. The magazine is A5-sized, about 6 cm (2¼ in) thick, and each issue is 750 pages long. CoroCoro Comic is released monthly with new issues on the 15th of each month (or earlier if the 15th falls on a weekend).

The magazine has two sisters: Bessatsu CoroCoro and CoroCoro Ichiban!. Both are bi-monthly.

History[edit]

The magazine was launched in 1977 as a magazine for Doraemon, which is one of the most popular manga in Japan. Before then Doraemon had been serialized in 6 Shogakukan magazines targeted to students of 6 elementary school grades that target audience has now increased. It collected stories of Doraemon from these magazines. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 with an exhibition at the Kyoto International Manga Museum.[3]

Tie-ins[edit]

CoroCoro regularly promotes toys and video games related to their manga franchises, releasing stories and articles featuring them. Pocket Monsters/Pokémon's big success in Japan owes to this in a way; the Game Boy game Pocket Monsters Blue was sold exclusively through the magazine at first, which helped CoroCoro's sales as well. CoroCoro is also often a source of information about upcoming Pokémon games and movies.

Other successful tie-ins include:

Manga series currently being serialized[edit]

Manga titles currently serialized in Monthly CoroCoro Comic[edit]

Manga titles currently serialized in Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic[edit]

Manga titles currently serialized in CoroCoro Ichiban[edit]

Manga[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010's[edit]

Rivals[edit]

Corocoro has had many rivaling children's magazine in the past, with one of them, Comic Bom Bom, closing down due to declining sales. The current competition includes V Jump and Saikyo Jump.

Past Rivals[edit]

  • Shōnen Challenge(January 1979–February 1982)(Page count: 650 pages long)
  • 100-Point Comic(January 1981–January 1983)(Page count: 370 pages long)
  • Comic Bom Bom(November 1981–December 2007)(Page count: 790 pages long)
  • One-Pack Comic(November 1985–January 1989)(Page count: 330 pages long)
  • Comic Bun-Bun(January 2004–October 2009)(Page count: 590 pages long)
  • Kerokero Ace(December 2007–September 2013)(Page count: 600 pages long)

Current Rivals[edit]

  • V Jump(June 1993–Ongoing)(Page count: 500 pages long)
  • Shōnen Ace(December 1994–Ongoing)(Page count: 810 pages long)
  • Saikyo Jump(January 2012–Ongoing)(Page count: 760 pages long)

Foreign adaptations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boy's Manga" (in Japanese). Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. September 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1996). Dreamland Japan: writings on modern manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 83. ISBN 1-880656-23-X. 
  3. ^ "Kyoto Museum Exhibits Genius Party, Coronary, Terra E…". Anime News Network. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 

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