Monthly Comic Zenon

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Monthly Comic Zenon
Comic Zenon 2nd issue (2013).jpg
Cover of the February 2013 issue of Monthly Comic Zenon, published by Tokuma Shoten on December 25, 2012
Editor-in-chef Ken Hanada
Categories Seinen manga
Frequency Monthly
Publisher North Stars Pictures (Issuance)
Tokuma Shoten (Release)
First issue October 25, 2010 (December issue)
Company Coamix
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Website www.comic-zenon.jp

Monthly Comic Zenon (Japanese: 月刊コミックゼノン Hepburn: Gekkan Komikku Zenon?) is a Japanese manga anthology. It is marketed to seinen public (young adults), edited by Coamix and published monthly by North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten since 2010. The collected editions of their titles were published under the Zenon Comics imprint.

Coamix discontinued its Weekly Comic Bunch, a magazine published by Shinchosha, due to its poor sales, and was planning a new magazine. After starting a partnership with North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten, the first issue of Monthly Comic Zenon was published on October 25, 2010.

Overview[edit]

After the drop of Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch circulation numbers, Coamix, which edited the magazine, announced Bunch '​s discontinuation. Coamix marked August 27, 2010 as the day of Bunch '​s last release, and started to consider to launch a new magazine.[1] In October 2010, Coamix announced a partnership with North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten, saying the first issue of a magazine called Monthly Comic Zenon would be published on October 25, 2010.[2] Although a sequel magazine to Weekly Comic Bunch, Monthly Comics @ Bunch, started to be published on Comic Bunch website,[3] many of the manga artists from Bunch have been moved to Zenon.[2]

The magazine's name is based on "Kanzeon Bosatsu" (観世音菩薩?)—the Japanese name of bodhisattva Guanyin—, specifically the "Zeon" (世音?) part, which means to "hear the voice of the world wide". The "Z" from "Zenon" was chosen with the meaning of "ultimate" since it is the last letter from alphabet.[4]

In order to approaching the readers, Monthly Comic Zenon was not released only as an imprint version.[4] The website "Zenon Land" was launched, publishing the Zenon '​s manga series only for smartphones.[5] A YouTube channel was created to disclose Zenon-related media.[6] Also, "Cafe Zenon", a kissaten decorated with manga motifs, in Kichijōji, a neighborhood in the city of Musashino, Tokyo, was inaugurated on November 11, 2009.[7]

List of works[edit]

Ongoing series are highlighted in light green.

Manga First Issue Last Issue Author
Ikusa no Ko: Oda Saburō Nobunaga-Den (いくさの子 織田三郎信長伝?) December 2010 Ongoing Tetsuo Hara and Seibō Kitahara
Angel Heart 2nd Season (ANGEL HEART 2ndシーズン Enjeru Hāto Sekando Shīzun?) December 2010 Ongoing Tsukasa Hojo
DD Fist of the North Star (DD北斗の拳?) December 2010 Ongoing Buronson, Tetsuo Hara and Kajio
Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu: Maeda Keiji Sake Gatari (義風堂々!!直江兼続 -前田慶次酒語り-?) December 2010 March 2014 Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie and Yūji Takemura
Papa wa Donkan-sama (パパは鈍感さま?)[note 1] December 2010 November 2012 Nao Sekine
Cat's Eye (キャッツ♥愛 Kyattsu Ai?)[note 2] December 2010 March 2014 Tsukasa Hojo, Shin Asai and Sakura Nakameguro
Profiling of Fridge (冷蔵庫探偵 Reizōko Tantei?) December 2010 February 2012 Saemi Endō and Izumi Satō
Chiruran: Shinsengumi Chinkon-ka (ちるらん 新撰組鎮魂歌?) December 2010 Ongoing Shinya Umemura and Eiji Hashimoto
Mandala Daladala (まんだらダラダラ Mandara Daradara?) December 2010 May 2011 Kōji Matsuka and Haruki Oka
Concierge Platinum (コンシェルジュ プラチナム Konsheruju Purachinamu?) December 2010 November 2014 Michihiko Tōei and Hideyuki Ishizeki
Waraenu Warashi: 108 no Karma (笑えぬ童子 〜108の業〜 Waraenu Warashi: Hyakuhachi no Karuma?) December 2010 November 2011 Makoto Mano
Valientes: Date no Oni Katakura Kojūrō (バリエンテス 伊達の鬼 片倉小十郎 Barientesu Date no Oni Katakura Kojūrō?) December 2010 March 2012 Yoshiki Tanaka
Saibanchō! Koko wa Chōeki 4-Nen de Dōsu ka: Boku ni Shikei to Ieru no ka (裁判長!ここは懲役4年でどうすか ぼくに死刑と言えるのか?) December 2010 Ongoing Toro Kitao and Inusuke Matsubashi
Cyber Blue: Ushinawareta Kodomo-tachi (サイバーブルー 失われた子供たち Saibā Burū Ushinawareta Kodomo-tachi?) January 2011 July 2012 Motoki Yoshihara and Tetsuo Hara
Haikin (拝金?) February 2011 October 2011 Shūji Takeya and Takafumi Horie
Otoriyose Ōji Iida Yoshimi (おとりよせ王子 飯田好実?) February 2011 Ongoing Shiho Takase
Konkatsu no Hanamichi (婚活の花道?) March 2011 May 2011 Ai Sakurakōji
Saibanchō! Boku no Otōto Chōeki 4-nen de Dōsuka (裁判長!ぼくの弟懲役4年でどうすか?) March 2011 July 2011 Toro Kitao and Inusuke Matsubashi
The Commander in Chief Koichiro Sakuraba (内閣総理大臣 桜庭皇一郎 Komandā in Chīfu Sakuraba Koichirō?) July 2011 November 2012 Ryuji Tsugihara, Hiroshi Kanai and Mitsuhiro Sera
Ten-pai! (てんぱいっ!?) December 2012 March 2013 KeiYu
Itsuya-san (夜さん?) January 2012 November 2013 Mizu Sahara
Kuu Neru Futari Sumu Futari (喰う寝るふたり 住むふたり?) April 2012 December 2014 Kinoko Higurashi
Hatsukoi: Pioneers (ハツコイ〜開拓者たち〜 Hatsukoi Kaitakusha-tachi?) April 2012 August 2012 Mitsuru Ōsaki
Nobo-san to Kanojo? (のぼさんとカノジョ??) June 2012 Ongoing Morikorosu
Kimi ni Tomodachi ga Dekiru Made. (キミにともだちができるまで。?) June 2012 March 2015 Shin Hotani
Kanayago (カナヤゴ?) September 2012 September 2013 Yū Hikasa
Cross Battlers: CyberBlue the Last Stand (クロスバトラーズ CyberBlue the Last Stand Kurosu Batorāzu Saibā Burū za Rasuto Sutando?) December 2012 January 2014 Motoki Yoshihara and Tetsuo Hara
A Comics Vocational School Student's Youth (漫画専門学校生の青春 Manga Senmon Gakkō-sei no Seishun?) December 2012 Ongoing Kotaro Yamada and Ryoichi Yokoyama
Kinyoku no Garda: Nanto Gosha Sei Zenshi (金翼のガルダ〜南斗五車星前史〜 Kinyoku no Garuda Nanto Gosha Sei Zenshi?) April 2013 August 2013 Yoshiji Yamaguchi, Buronson and Tetsuo Hara
Watashi no Kare wa Shigoto ga Dekinai (私の彼は仕事ができない?) April 2013 January 2015 Kanan Yamada
Bakudan Ōji Dynamite (爆弾王子ダイナマイト Bakudan Ōji Dainamaito?) March 2013 January 2014 Mon Shimizu
Back to the Hero (バック・トゥ・ザ・ヒーロー Bakku to za Hiro?) July 2013 December 2013 Hōzuki
Genocider (ジェノサイダー Jenosaidā?) September 2013 Ongoing Takahiro Akiyoshi and Maya Miyazaki
Sō Kakusei no Nova (双覚醒のノヴァ Sō Kakusei no Noba?) September 2013 February 2014 Izumi Urata
Hanakaku: The Last Girl Standing (ハナカク-The Last Girl Standing- Hanakaku za Rasuto Gāru Sutandingu?) October 2013 Ongoing Katsunori Matsui
Kaze no Gunshi: Gifū Dōdō!! Kuroda Kanbei (疾風の軍師 -義風堂々!! 黒田官兵衛-?) November 2013 Ongoing Toshiaki Yamada, Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie and Hiroyuki Yatsu
Detective Appli (探偵アプリ Tantei Apuri?) November 2013 April 2014 Yū Sugimoto
Mononoke: Umibōzu (モノノ怪 -海坊主-?) November 2013 January 2015 Yaeko Ninagawa and Chiaki J. Konaka
Arte (アルテ Arute?) December 2013 Ongoing Kei Ōkubo
Basketmono (籠球者 Basukemono?) December 2013 May 2014 Hirofumi Takezoe
Ningyo no Ōji-sama: Mermaid Prince (人魚の王子さま 〜マーメイド・プリンス〜 Ningyo no Ōji-sama ~Māmeido Purinsu~?) January 2014 Ongoing Kazumi Yuana
Zero no Shiniki (零の神域?) February 2014 February 2015 Hana Shinohara
Koishikarikeru (恋しかりける?) April 2014 September 2014 Rio Misumi
Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu: Maeda Keiji Hana Gatari (義風堂々!!直江兼続 -前田慶次花語り-?) May 2014 Ongoing Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie and Masato Deguti
Oda Shinamon Nobunaga (織田シナモン信長?) June 2014 Ongoing Una Megurogawa
Ohayō Toka Oyasumi Toka (おはようとかおやすみとか?) June 2014 November 2014 Machita
Kanshiki Joshi no Hayama-san (鑑識女子の葉山さん?) June 2014 Ongoing Izumi Sato
Rainy Sometimes Bochan (雨ときどきボーちゃん Ame Tokidoki Bō-chan?) August 2014 Ongoing Saya Usato
Onna to Hanashitai (おんなと話したいっ☆彡?) September 2014 November 2014 Takashi Yoshida
Power of the Wonderful Flower (花むすび Hana Musubi?) October 2014 March 2015 Subaru
Suzuki Just Want to Live Quietly (スズキさんはただ静かに暮らしたい Suzuki-san wa Tada Shizuka ni Kurashitai?) November 2014 Ongoing Hirohisa Satō
Dōdōma (ドードーマ?) December 2014 Ongoing Jun Shiraishi
Obaāchan Shōjo Hinata-chan (老女的少女ひなたちゃん?) December 2014 Ongoing Asa Kuwayoshi
Concierge Imperial (コンシェルジュ インペリアル Konsheruju Inperiaru?) January 2015 Ongoing Michihiko Tōei and Hideyuki Ishizeki

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It was subtitled Danna Ikumen-ka Project (旦那イクメン化計画 Danna Ikumen-ka Purojekuto?) from its start to the fifth issue of 2012.[8] From its sixth issue of 2012, it was published under the subtitle Kosodate Yori Dame Danna Sodate!? (子育てよりダメ旦那育て!??).[9]
  2. ^ The title only differs from the original title in Japanese; キャッツ♥アイ is the title of first series, while this one is キャッツ♥愛. However, both are read as Cat's Eye in English.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comic Bunch, Comic Yuri Hime S Mags to End Publication". Anime News Network. June 18, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Monthly Comic Zenon to Succeed Comic Bunch Manga Mag (Updated)". Anime News Network. October 12, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ コミックナタリー - バンチ最終号で月刊「@バンチ」発表、謎のゼノン詳細も (in Japanese). Comic Natalie. August 27, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Horie, Nobuhiko (October 25, 2010). "創刊のご挨拶" [Greetings of the first issue]. Monthly Comic Zenon (1): 9. 
  5. ^ ゼノンランド (in Japanese). Comic-zenon.jp. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "DD Fist of the North Star Anime's 1-Minute Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. March 22, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ ""CAFE ZENON"新創刊! in "News Topics"" (in Japanese). North Stars Pictures. Archived from the original on November 30, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ 月刊コミックゼノン 5月号 (2012年03月24日発売) (in Japanese). Fujisan.co.jp. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ 月刊コミックゼノン 6月号 (2012年04月25日発売) (in Japanese). Fujisan.co.jp. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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