Ohta Publishing

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Ohta Publishing
Type Kabushiki-gaisha
Industry Publishing
Founded 1985
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Satōshi Oka (岡聡氏?) (CEO)[1]
Products Books, magazines
Website http://www.ohtabooks.com/

Ohta Publishing Company (太田出版 Ōta Shuppan?) is a Japanese publishing company. With a number of controversial books that disturbed the Japanese society and its erotic manga comics, the company has established itself like a source of provocative "subculture" items.

History[edit]

Ohta Publishing was created in 1985, when it separated from the publishing department of Ohta Production, a talent agency specializing in stand-up comedians. (Founded as a yūgen-gaisha, it has now, as of 2013, been converted to a kabushiki-gaisha.)

Initially, from an outside perspective, Ohta Publishing did not seem like a serious company but rather a sort of a toy company of Takeshi Kitano (who was an Ohta Production artist back then). It released books that were of interest to Kitano himself.[1]

In 1989, Ohta published the famous book The Age of M[2] about serial child murderer Tsutomu Miyazaki and started establishing itself like a source of provocative "subculture" items. Around the same time the bi-monthly magazine QuickJapan was founded. In 1993 Ohta released the disturbing book The Complete Manual of Suicide and in 1999 Battle Royale, which shook the Japanese society.[1]

At the end of 1990s, the company also started working with manga artist Naoki Yamamoto, dubbed the master of erotics, and founded the manga magazine Manga Erotics. Its successor Manga Erotics F now accounts for a large percentage of all company's manga sales.[1]

Prominent titles[edit]

The company is best known for having published books like The Age of M (1989), The Complete Manual of Suicide (1993) and Battle Royale (1999) and numerous manga comics, including Tatami Galaxy and Eien no Zero. It also publishes the manga magazine Manga Erotics F and the magazine QuickJapan.[1] Some other recent manga titles include Miyamoto kara Kimi e[3] and Kami no Kodomo.[4]

List of periodic and serial publications[edit]

Print magazines[edit]

Web magazines[edit]

  • Poko Poko(ja) (ぽこぽこ?)

Manga[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "QuickJapan、ついに電子化――太田出版の「根源的・挑発的」な出版魂". iMedia (in Japanese). 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  2. ^ The Age of M (Mの時代 M no Jidai?) by Akio Nakamori
  3. ^ "元祖非モテマンガ「宮本から君へ」が太田出版から復刊". Natalie. 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  4. ^ "西岡兄妹、ホラーM連載の「神の子供」太田出版より発売". Natalie. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 

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