Weekly Shōnen Sunday

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Weekly Shōnen Sunday
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1984 Vol. 40 featuring Urusei Yatsura on the cover.
Editor Masato Hayashi
Categories Shōnen manga
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 532,667 (2013)[1]
First issue April 5, 1959
Company Shogakukan
Country  Japan
Language Japanese
Website websunday.net

Weekly Shōnen Sunday (Japanese: 週刊少年サンデー Hepburn: Shūkan Shōnen Sandē?), first published on April 5, 1959, is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan. Contrary to its title, Weekly Shōnen Sunday issues are released on Wednesdays.

History[edit]

Shōnen Sunday was first published on Sunday, April 5, 1959, as a response to its rival Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.

Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday was originally published on Tuesdays of each week, switching to Wednesdays in 2011. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.

Weekly Shōnen Sunday's mascot, Issue 1991-#37

Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.

Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Meitantei Conan, MAJOR, InuYasha, Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran manga artist which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.

In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue[2] on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.[3]

Currently running manga series[edit]

Series title Author Premiered
-Asaoka Kōkō Yakyūbu Nisshi- Over Fence (-浅丘高校野球部日誌- オーバーフェンス?) Mitsuru Adachi April 2011
Ane Log Moyako Neesan no Tomaranai Monologue (姉ログ 靄子姉さんの止まらないモノローグ?) Kenji Taguchi September 2012
Arata Kangatari〜Engaku Kōgatari〜 (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜?) Yū Watase October 2008
Area D Inō Ryōiki (AREA D 異能領域?) Yang Kyung-il, Kyōichi Nanatsuki March 2012
Be Blues!〜Ao ni Nare〜 (BE BLUES!〜青になれ〜?) Motoyuki Tanaka January 2011
Birdmen (バードメン?) Yellow Tanabe July 2013
Captain Earth (キャプテン・アース?) Bones, Hiroshi Nakanishi April 2014
Charactimes (キャラクタイムズ?) Fujiminosuke Yorozuya January 2013
Chrono Monochrome (クロノ・モノクローム?) Jingetsu Isomi December 2013
Dagashikashi (だがしかし?) Kotoyama June 2014
Denpa Kyōshi (電波教師?) Takeshi Azuma November 2011
Dezi-con (デジコン?) Tomohito Oda September 2014
E to T。〜Eiga to Tenshi。〜 (EとT。〜えいがとてんし。〜?) Ippei Nekosuna June 2014
Fantasista Stella (ファンタジスタ ステラ?) Michiteru Kusaba October 2012
Gin no Saji Silver Spoon (銀の匙 Silver Spoon?) Hiromu Arakawa April 2011
Ginpaku no Paladin -Seikishi- (銀白のパラディン -聖騎士-?) Keisuke Oka, Yūki Ohta, Toshimi Oriyama April 2014
Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!?) Kenjirō Hata October 2004
Heavens Runner Akira (ヘブンズランナーアキラ?) Hikaru Nikaidō April 2014
Hyōkyūhime×Tokiwagi Kantoku no Kajō na Aijō (氷球姫×常磐木監督の過剰な愛情?) Haruka Ono November 2013
Inubu! -Bokura no Shippo Senki- (犬部! -ボクらのしっぽ戦記-?) Yuka Katano, Haruki Takakura, Aki Hamanaka May 2011
Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyo (常住戦陣!!ムシブギョー?) Hiroshi Fukuda January 2011
Keijo!!!!!!!! (競女!!!!!!!!?) Daichi Sorayomi July 2013
Kiriwo Terrible (キリヲテリブレ?) Hiro Morita March 2014
Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE?) Rumiko Takahashi April 2009
Magi (マギ?) Shinobu Ohtaka June 2009
Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン?) Gōshō Aoyama January 1994
Nanimo Naikedo Sora wa Aoi (何もないけど空は青い?) Hiroyuki Nishimori, Yūki Iinuma March 2014
Nobelu (NOBELU -演-?) Shinji Nojima, Yuzuru Yoshida March 2013
Nozo×Kimi -2-nensei-hen- (ノゾ×キミ -2年生編-?) Wakō Honna May 2014
Psyche Matashitemo (サイケまたしても?) Tsubasa Fukuchi July 2014
Sensō Gekijō (戦争劇場?) Fujiko Dosei August 2014
Yugami-kun Niwa Tomodachi ga Inai (湯神くんには友達がいない?) Jun Sakura October 2013
Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン?) Takashi Shiina July 2004

Other well-known Sunday series[edit]

In its fifty-five years of history Shōnen Sunday has been host to many series that are considered classics of their genre. From the works of Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori to Rumiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Adachi and Gosho Aoyama, some of the biggest names in the industry have called Shōnen Sunday their home.

Circulation[edit]

  • 2000 - 2.02 million
  • 2002 - 1.53 million
  • 2003 - 1.31 million
  • 2004 - 1.16 million
  • 2005 - 1.06 million
  • 2006 - 1.01 million
  • 2007 - 0.94 million
  • 2008 - 873,438[4]
  • 2009 - 773,062[5]
  • 2010 - 678,917[6]
  • 2011 - 583,750

Editors[edit]

  • 1991 - 1993
    • Takashi Hirayama
  • 1994 - 2000
    • Toyohiko Okuyama
  • 2000 - 2002
    • Shinichiro Tsuzuki
  • 2002 - 2004
    • Shinichi Mikami
  • 2004–present
    • Masato Hayashi

International version[edit]

North American edition[edit]

Anime News Network also confirmed that Viz Media plans on launching Shonen Sunday titles in the U.S. Starting with Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne manga adaptation, which was released on October 20, 2009.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boy's Manga" (in Japanese). Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. September 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shōnen Sunday's 50th Anniversary". Rumic World. April 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Shōnen Magazine Shōnen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary". Anime News Network. March 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Where's The Manga Magazine Bailout?". Manga Cast. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. ^ "2009 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime News Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ "2010 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". JMPA. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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